Archive | May 2013



Just took a weekend trip to Chicago: walked the Magnificent Mile; saw the Old Water Tower & had drinks in the Signature Room of the Hancock Tower. The Signature Room had wonderful views and there is no fee to go up. Of course, the drinks & snacks are not inexpensive. The Old Water Tower was built in 1869 and was one of a few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Water Tower Place is an upscale shopping location.

Six Pointed Star

A new project! I went to a quilt show recently & saw a demonstration for English paper piecing. I have had stitched quilt projectss with this method before. The demonstration inspired me to do another.

I like have portable hand sewing projects to do. I can easily take this kind of project when I travel (which I do frequently). I can also work on it in the evenings while I watch TV.

I went to the Paper Pieces website where I looked at the available patterns and selected the six pointed star. In the past I cut my own patterns, using old file folders. I decided to order from the website this time & the pieces arrived quickly.

Soon I was looking through my fabrics, cutting diamonds from small pieces & having fun.

Worlds’ Fair Teapot

My mother, her mother & her aunts visited the 1939 – 1940 World’s Fair in New York City. Millions of people from all around the world visited the fair, enjoying the exhibits and tasting the food. My family lived in New York City and were able to visit it on more than one occasion. I have their souvenirs from the fair.

The Trylon and Perisphere were the symbols of the fair and were represented on many of the souvenirs including this teapot that belonged to my great aunts. I love that the teapot is still such a brilliant cobalt blue  more than 70 years after the fair.


Early May Garden

Sunshine & rain are waking up the garden.


Quilt Shows

Quilt Shows can be inspiring & fun. Usually I attend quilt shows to be inspired by the exhibited quilts, to learn from the demonstrations and lectures & to visit the vendors.  It is great to see so many vendors displaying gadgets and fabrics all in one place. Usually I spend more than I intend.  I leave quilt shows with a spring in my step, eager to get home to my sewing room.

In years past, when I entered my own quilts I did not have them judged. I did not think I’d measure up to the beautiful quilts that others make, expert quilters. And I was happy with my quilts. Why did I need to hear what others thought?

Q.U.I.L.T., Inc. [Quilters United in Learning Together] holds a show every other year. I am a member of this guild.

Not exactly sure why but I changed my mind in 2011 I decided to enter quilts to be judged.  I was very happy to receive two third place ribbons. With each quilt I received the notes written by the judges. Those notes helped me to improve my quilting. They had made suggestions on improving my bindings. Since then I believe my bindings are more durable and attractive.

Recently I entered four quilts to be judged and displayed at this year’s show. I was happy to receive four ribbons: two third place & two second place ribbons! I was very happy.

I have discovered that I am the best judge of my quilts. I sew quilts that make me or the recipients of my quilts happy. However I do learn how to improve my work from judge’s comments. And I am motivated to do better with each new piece I create.