Monday, November 29, 2021

News of the World - My World

Here is my quilt published in a beautiful new book "The Quilters Night Before Christmas".
This book illustrates each stanza of the poem written by Clement C. Moore almost 200 years ago.   I made a santa that reminded me of these little elves that we had when I was a girl.
Sue Reich invited quilters to submit a little quilt for each stanza which was also to include a quilt or quilt block.  Here the cover quilt made by Jill Mezaros.  Each quilt is unique and many are made by quilts friends from around the country.
It is a beautiful book with vintage postcards and Christmas history and traditions.
 It also includes some wonderful traditional quilt patterns.

It is available on Amazon for $28.00 and is a hardcover.  A perfect gift for a quilt friend or for yourself!

In other publishing news; I was featured in the December QuiltMania Magazine for my Instagram Account.  What a nice surprise and huge honor!   I was proud to be among the other quilters who I also follow.

This year I decided to display my White House Historical Ornament tree.  I'm trying to separate the beauty of the craftsmanship and history with the current atmosphere in DC.

Each year the committee selects a past President to honor.  Here is my collection.  I am only missing 4 to complete the collection and I think Santa is going to come through this year.  They are gorgeous ornaments. The White House ornaments include the same limestone as the actual White House!
Each ornament comes in a pretty box with lovely goldleaf and an illustration.
A booklet is included with historical facts about the President, his administration and how the family celebrated Christmas in the White House.
This year I am challenging myself to read one little booklet a day.  I am learning so many things about the President and White House.
I have also been very busy lately watching the entire Bond series.  It started with watching all the Daniel Craig movies then I took the plunge and watched them all.  Here is my very sloppy tally sheet.
My favorite is Daniel Craig, then Pierce Brosnan.  It was great fun watch them in order. 

I made a new crochet pattern hat for my quilt guild's Holiday Silent Auction.  I may even bid on it myself.
We had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday because my son, Andrew, worked night shifts at the hospital Wednesday and Thursday.
It was wonderful to relax on Thursday and have dinner together on Saturday.  It think it was the best turkey we've ever cooked!
We cooked for 12 even though there were only 3 of us.  I love the week of leftovers! 

I am Thankful for all the friends and talented people I have met through quilting.  Thank you for continuing to read my blog or visit my Instagram feed.  Quilting has enriched my life beyond measure.

See you next time~

Friday, November 12, 2021

Time Hurries On

I can hardly believe it is November!  More wins for my Sparrow Quilt.

My son, Andrew, and I attended the CT Fair Association 2021 Banquet Dinner.  It used to be a small homey affair but this year was held at a hotel and pretty fancy.
My Sparrow quilt qualified for state level judging and I won First Place.  Sadly there were only two quilts in my category instead of the usual 6 or so.   As an unexpected bonus I also won People's Choice, which is voted on at the banquet.  Can you tell I was chuffed?
My daughter, Hanna, has been staying with us for 2 weeks while her fiance', David, is attending the Global Climate Summit in Glasgow. 
After two long years, we finally returned to Mohegan Sun Casino for a ladies night out.
We like to play the penny slots for fun.  No table games for us.
We both won pretty big!  We were laughing and cheering so much a man came running over to see what we won.  Hey $80. is A BIG WIN for us. 
It helps pay for this at Michael Jordan's Pub.
and this at Tao' an Asian Restaurant that is new to the casino.  Yum.
We had a wonderful family picnic lunch on the patio with this fabulous Charcuterie board that my kids arranged.
The weather was perfect for a little fire and time outside.   It felt like a mini getaway.  Can you spy my little whale pick holder ?  
In Quilting news~
Not much.  I've been working on settling contracts and getting my calendar pulled together for 2022.  

I'm joining in a mystery medallion project with my Brownstone Quilt Guild of NJ.  I've finally settled on a theme.   Btw, I cut all these out wrong but will make them work. More on that later.
The center will be a mid-century styled clock face something like this.  Can you guess what time it will be???
On instagram in November I'm sharing little quilt gifts that I have received over the years.  Here are a couple so far and you'll find more details on IG.
Did you know you can enjoy Instagram on your PC or tablet?  You can go here and open a free account.  You do not have to post photos to  follow people and things you are interested in like quilting, doll quilts, orchids.....almost anything!  You'll find me at Fun With Barb or Barb Vedder.

Happy November

Thursday, October 28, 2021

No Tricks all Treats

I made two new Halloween quilts this month which I didn't need; not sorry.
Haunted Mansion Medallion - 28" x 31"
I came across the liberated house block in my sewing room and decided to make a little medallion quilt. 
This witch's laundry cracks me up.  I got some scraps of it from Norma my fellow Halloween enthusiast.
It was a good challenge to organize the strings with directional prints.  I did some fussy cutting for the corners.  I quilted it in a drop diamond pattern with alternating orange and purple thread.
The backing was also from Norma and I made a special label.
I used this book and these fabric markers.
I also made this little candle mat, which I suppose is my monthly mini for October.  It is a gift for Hanna and David for their apartment.
I used a little pack of 2" halloween fabrics to make light and dark half square triangles.  super simple 
The backing is made from weird scraps that were too good to throw out.  I quilted it and then did a pillow turn finish - no binding.
I received the nicest gift from Annie of Annie's Quilt Orts blog.   There was an unfortunate mailing delay that resulted in Annie's blocks coming after I did the swap so sent her all my blocks and returned hers. 
I know she felt a little bad, but it was no ones fault but my own.  If I had triple checked all the names and packages it could have been prevented.
A few weeks ago she sent me lovely doll quilt with six of the stars along with a sweet note.  What a clever setting!  Thank you so much Annie.  It was such a wonderful act of kindness.

Last weekend I made one of my quick pantry meals in my 30+ year old crockpot. 
There are several versions of these sweet and hot meatballs.   My moms original recipe called for chili sauce and currant jelly.  I can't seem to find that so I use strawberry jelly and it works great.
The longer you leave them, the more tender the meatballs will be.  It's great for game days, sew days, busy days and lazy days.

Happy early Halloween Everyone!
See you in November!

Friday, October 22, 2021

Quilt Show in Review

 Yay! Finally a quilt show and it was my guild, the Ninigret Quilters Guilds' 40 year anniversary Ruby Jubilee Show.

The show is held at the Westerly Armory.  We had 205 quilts - all in one room! Here is a panoramic view from the balcony just as the show was opening on Sunday.
There were 14 Guild Mystery quilts on display.  I love to see how everyone makes them their own.
Here is Best in Show made my Pat Harrison.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of the card. Pat is a professional Long Arm Quilter and won extra merit ribbons for this quilt.

Many quilters in our group do not have their quilts judged.  If your work is judged, there are two categories; artisan and master.

This was my favorite quilt in the whole show.   It is a quilt from the Shelburne Museum.
And here are some other beautiful quilts from this wonderful show.

Chrome Sweet Chrome received Best Appliuqe' and Best Hand Quilting.  What an honor!  It also received a Vendor Ribbon (not in photo) from Beyond the Bolt a great local quilt shop.  Thanks ladies!
Technicolor Dream Quilt received best Modern Quilt.  Who Me? a Modern Quilter?  
Chernobyl received a 3rd in pieced master.  I spoke to several visitors about this quilt who wanted to know more about it.
We all received these commemorative labels for our quilts.  What a special touch.
Here is the drawing for the Jubilee Raffle Quilt.  The tickets were SOLD OUT.  Tina's sister-in-law won, which was great because she designed and finished the quilt and was the Quilt Show Chairwoman.
I was lucky to win the Scratch Off Lottery raffle basket.  Wee!  I'm still working on them.  There are over $100 worth of tickets.
I hope you have enjoyed this visit to the show.  I celebrated by sipping this pretty sparkling rose' cava which came in a patchwork decorated bottle.
Hope have a happy weekend! If you have a chance, check out the harvest full moon.  Here are photos I took on Tuesday while driving home from NJ.
Until next time.