Remember that little bowl of snippets?

by CountryThreads on April 26, 2015

  

These were the corners I trimmed off the connector squares when I was making Devil’s Claw.  I took it as a challenge to see if I could use them in some way.  So I started sewing, not trimming, just sewing. 

 

And this is what I made with those little snippets – a little zippered bag.  I need more practice on the zipper but I’ve heard that practice makes perfect.  Ha! 

  
Some answers:

Yes, Laura Boehnke lives in Garner and used to work for Country Threads.  She has a husband and 4 boys and she’s a good friend.  She lives just down the street from Connie and has what many quilters think of as the perfect job.  I would answer that with one word that makes it a very hard job – deadlines!

The Civil War Cruise that Connie is teaching on is sponsored by Stitchin’ Heaven and has been advertised in quilt magazines for months.  I had every opportunity to go along but I would much rather stay home and watch Connie’s dog, Hope.  I’m not much of a traveler.

If you have asked me a question in the comments, I will always try to answer in another comment.  If you would like a private answer, please contact me through my personal email marye@ncn.net. 

Tomorrow is a busy day – window washer, carpet man, and root canal in the afternoon.  Ugh!

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This is what I bought

by CountryThreads on April 25, 2015

  

Every spring Laura Boehnke, quilt tester at American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, has a fabric sale in Garner which I have never attended because, of course, I was working.  I got there 30 minutes after it opened and people were standing in line with armloads of fabric.  This is all I bought – if you snooze, you lose – next year I’ll be there the minute the sale opens because I’m sure I’ll need fabric by then, right?  Ha!

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More Practice

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2015

  

More practice but this time I’m practicing on the quilting machine.  This little quilt was a reject for the Pinterest Club.  I made it again in gray and yellow and if you were a member of the Pinterest Club you probably recall getting that packet in the mail.  Most of the practice involves putting the quilt on the frame which I have decided I hate but obviously it’s a necessary evil.  I don’t hate the actual stitching part.

This afternoon it is raining steadily, so it’s either read a book or load another quilt on the machine and since I don’t need practice reading, I am going to load a quilt that I made entirely out of shirts, even the back.  The pattern is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book Leaders and Enders.  Wish me luck!

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Devil’s Claw

by CountryThreads on April 23, 2015

        

And here is my finished Devil’s Claw quilt of only 16 blocks.  I couldn’t get 30 blocks (like the cover quilt) sewn before Connie left on the Civil War cruise this Saturday because this little quilt is “cruising”, too.  I hope all of you going on the cruise will have a super fun time in Connie’s class.  I know she is looking forward to it.

Here is a closeup and also a picture of my pots of grass — they are really growing. 

    

Whoops, I got an extra picture in there.

And here are all those little snippets left from trimming the connector squares.  Think I could make something with them? 

 And remember that beautiful cactus bloom from yesterday?  Here it is today – done!  I keep the pots of cactus plants in the southwest windows of the piano room and fertilize gently with a cactus fertilizer.  I’m not sure how to make them bloom – they just do now and then and it’s always exciting to me.  I wish I had a better answer for those of you who asked about them but I don’t.  The one with the pink bloom I bought a year ago at a garage sale for $1.00.  And the white bloom is on the  

 plant I called “cheerleader cactus” last summer if anyone remembers that double bloom.

Nice day here — finally—and NO WIND!!  Hallelujah!

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Blooms!

April 22, 2015

     You all know how much I enjoy cactus blooms – these photos were taken yesterday.        And these were taken this morning.  The blooms last only 18-24 hours so I have to enjoy them quickly. Yes, the blocks shown yesterday are Devils Claw – today I am quilting it.

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This is what I’m working on

April 21, 2015

   This is what I’m working on – do you recognize the block?

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Readers Digest Books

April 20, 2015

  Terry – is this the book you wanted to know about? Another story—- last night a retired local elementary music teacher came up to me and said “All I had to do is look at your hands when you played to know you took piano lessons from Marjorie Benzler!”   She was such an […]

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Piano Practice

April 20, 2015

.   Last night capped off a busy week at the piano.  All the churches in Garner got together for a concert of individual choir selections and ending with this mass choir singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  It gave me goosebumps! On Sunday morning I played for church and our choir. On Friday morning […]

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Sorting the Quilts

April 14, 2015

   Connie and I are sorting quilts by size today and hoping to start marking them soon.  My guess is that we’ll have quilts priced from $3.00 to $300.00.  As we open each one and look at it, so many memories come to us.  Many times we remember what was happening in our lives when […]

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An Early Trip to the Greenhouse

April 13, 2015

   We had such a cold, wet spring last year that I did not get to my favorite greenhouse in time to buy large geraniums so off I went today with the dogs in tow.  The geraniums are not very big and pretty yet but I bought them anyway along with some assorted bedding plants. […]

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