Friday, June 22, 2018

Fat Quarter Shop Snowball Quiltalong

Today is the unveiling date for the FQS Snowball Quiltalong. You saw where I was working on it on my Instagram and here.
This is my quilt top.....


I love the way these quick and easy Snowball blocks allow for showcasing these adorable Christmas fabrics...







Thanks, FQS, for allowing me to be a part of this Quiltalong!!!

Take Care,
Jennie 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

RSC

Today is  Scrappy Saturday.for the RSC 2018. I failed to post the pink nine patches from last month...


And here are this month’s teal blocks...


I couldn’t stop myself from using some of my tana lawns to start this.....

They are mostly Libertys with a few others thrown in.
I needed another project like I need a hole in my head, but this one is so much fun.

I haven’t abandoned Glorious Gardens....I have eight rows joined....three more then the edges to go. My goal is by the end of the summer.

Tomorrow Laura, Kathie and I leave for rug camp and I can hardly wait!! A whole week of no responsibilities, friends and rug hooking. Visit 
Caraway Rug School to see what will be going on.

Christi and the kids will return from Hawaii on Monday. They have had a wonderful time, laced with some bittersweet moments. Tomorrow will be hard....Father’s Day and the six month anniversary of Rob’s passing. 


I had an incredibly fun day on Thursday. I got together with several of my Grady Memorial Hospital Nursing School friends....most of whom I hadn’t seen since graduation in 1969!

We chatted nonstop...as though we had just seen one another the day before. We are doing it again soon.

Our get together reminds me of this......

Take Care,
Jennie 



Thursday, June 7, 2018

One Monthly Goal

This month’s OMG   will be to finish the Shortcut Snowball quilt that I am making as a QAL through the FQS.
These are my fabrics....

A 1/2 yard bundle of these Christmas cuties 

And this as the background. Just seemed right to do a Snowball quilt in Christmas fabrics.

This is where I am now...

On my design wall and ready to assemble and add the borders. My deadline on this is 6/22, but my personal deadline is 6/15, as I will be leaving for Caraway Rug School in the 17th (can I say that I can hardly wait??).

One of the few things I am not behind on now is the Kaffe Mystery quilt....

Three months’ worth of snowballs that showcase his beautiful fabrics.  Hmmmmm....seems to be a trend with the snowballs here.

This is the rug I will be hooking at Caraway...

Wilton Rose Heroic by Lib Callaway. My teacher will, once again, be Jeanne Benjamin. Love Jeanne and have never done a rug with her that I didn’t like.

The Force came in 2nd (out of 32 teams)in their big tournament at Pigeon Forge.


And these guys are taking a well deserved vacation in Hawaii (despite the volcano; they’ve been assured it won’t affect them).




Take care,
Jennie 


Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Little Slow Stitching

A little CQ heart soon to be sent away to join many other lovingly stitched blocks. They will become a Comfort Quilt for an online group member who tragically lost her child.

I love the way Quilters always come together to shore friends and strangers up with their talents and kindness.  Linking up for 
Sunday Slow Stitching.

These are on the design wall. 53 little baskets. I think that if I add some 9 patches and some more plain blocks strategically it could be a lap sized quilt.

I think that it will take awhile to shave them down to size. And looks like I will need to pay attention to balancing the ones with the little cut outs.

This handsome young man had a birthday.


He’s the youngest of our grands and is growing up way too fast!!


 Take Care,
Jennie 





Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ali Strebel Class

We had the opportunity to take a class from Ali Strebel prior to our hook in. Ali likes to add interest to her rugs with different techniques and fibers. I will admit that I really didn’t think I would be particularly interested in doing that....but I had a pattern of Ali’s bought many years ago when I first started hooking. Wanting to support the guild by taking the class, I signed on. Within thirty minutes of starting this class I was totally on board with what Ali was doing...LOL.

Here are a few of Ali!s rugs...









This pattern and some cool neutral fiber came home with me.


This was a free Karen Kahlee pattern that Ali used her techniques upon in a guild challenge.



I love that Ali was able to add these techniques and still end up with a prim rug.

This is my rug....

The handle is made of roving dreads that are couched and needlefelted. The bunny’s eye is a quillie with a needlefelted center. The strawberries are needlefelted onto the hooking.  The pink flower was needlefelted and then added to the rug.  
Lesson learned...never say never.

Jackson (4th from left) got several awards today at his Honors Day.

So proud of him.


Take Care,
Jennie 




Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hook In Rugs Part 2

Yesterday I showed part of the Rug Show rugs from our recent Hook In. Today will be the remainder.






















This one was the top of a footstool and I have to say that I am in love with it.

There were many beautiful rugs by the talented ladies in our guild. So many different styles. But the art of pulling loops draws us all together.

Today is RSC day and I never posted my yellow and gold 9 patches from April. Here they are, all 22 of them, trimmed and added to my ever growing stack.

Now on to rose and pink...my faves, along with red. Just might be difficult not to overdo it this month. Hooking up at 
So Scrappy.  Go take a look at everyone’s progress.


Ashley gifted me with this beautiful double purple fuchsia basket at Easter. The color and form of these blossoms always take my breath away.



Take Care, 
Jennie 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dogwood ATHA Hook In

On Saturday we joined together for one of our three yearly ATHA Dogwood Meetings and Hook Ins. Because our members are spread out all over the Atlanta area out into TN and AL, we don’t meet as  guild but four times a year. However, we have multiple small groups who hook together informally in individual locales. It is always fun on Hook In days to meet with distant friends....and, of course, shop!!

Following are some of the rugs from our rug show.




















Aren’t these great? More tomorrow.

Rob has been gone from us five months yesterday...it seems just yesterday and yet forever ago. I miss you, my sweet boy. Grey Matters.


Take Care,
Jennie