Love is ...... making progress

This is the progress I'm making with my Love is .... wall hanging from Paula's blog over at Quilt Happy Quilt Often.   I started sewing the blue borders on the word blocks and was kind of at a loss as what to do next. I thought if I did them all in blue it would just be a little too much.  But with a little help from my friends Kathy, who let me dip into her stash so I wouldn't have to buy more fabric and my friend Susan who suggested that I just sew blue on every other block, my problems are solved.
Every month two more blocks come out and I am managing to keep up so by the end of the year I should have a nice wall hanging finished.



These lilies are picutres from my garden earlier this summer and I just couldn't figure out how to get a them posted from picasa to my blog. With the help from my son I finally figured it out.
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Crazy Quilt Pumpkins

I love fall, it's my favorite season and with that comes decorating.  I meant to have this quilt done by last fall but that didn't happen.  I love making the tops and I like putting on the binding but it's just that dreaded getting the top, batting and backing together that I just don't enjoy.  But lucky me, I have a couple of friends that do a wonderful job and are willing to help me out.
This was quilted by my friend Susan.
 It's made with all flannels so I'm sure it was quite challenging to quilt.
Each pumpkin is a different color and has four different crazy quilt stitches in each one.

When I brought it to Susan I told her I loved everything that I have seen of hers and she could do what ever she wanted.  She didn't disappoint me and did an amazing job.
I thought perhaps I could use it as a table cloth but after I tossed it over my couch to take pictures I think it looks kind of nice there.


I've been busy

Over the last two weeks I have been to 23 quilt shops with the Minnesota quilt shop hop.  Now I'm on quilt shop overload and don't even know where to begin with my mounting piles of unfinished projects.
I also celebrated my anniversary.
These are flowers from my neighbor, Gert.  She is so sweet and thoughtful.

I went to see the play Wicked with my daughter, her roommate Steph and Steph's mom, Teresa.
Which one of us is not like the other?  Steph didn't get the memo to wear pink and black but we let her come along anyway.  We had a wonderful time and Wicked was just amazing.

I also went to a family reunion in Hastings then the next day headed to Hudson the see the Nina and Pinta.

That was fun and super interesting. If you want more information just go here. You can find out the schedule of when and where they will be.


The Gnomes

My little gnome garden is now a secret garden.
I cut the grape vine down to almost nothing and this is what happened.

Go here if you want to see the earlier view of the gnomes.

One stray morning glory.


Wool Garden Crazy

This is just one of the many projects I am currently working on.  I bought the pattern at the MN Quilt Show in St. Cloud.
 The pattern is called  Wool Garden Crazy by "A Piece of Work" and calls for wool but in my quest to use what I have I used flannel for the background and wool felt for all the applique pieces.

This has been a really fun project since it combines my love of crazy quilt stitches, primitives and working with wool felt.