Monday, June 01, 2015

June 1, 2015

I always wanted to make a Missouri Puzzle quilt, so I made it a mystery and made a sample and now it's the BOM for June.
It’s not a hard block to make, just some simple little parts…

The quilt is finished and ready to go to the quilter, I’ll share a picture of it when it’s finished.  Here’s just one block.

 

Friday, May 01, 2015

May 1, 2015



A new BOM for May, another Pinwheel Star block.  Directions can be found here.


Photos of both the Angels and the Spring retreats are now on line. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 1, 2015

The new block for April is the Star of Hope.  It’s another block with many names, but I liked Star of Hope the most.   Directions are here.  

And I have to put another plug in for the Mysteries For Relay group.  We share a new mystery ever six weeks or so, all it takes is a donation to my Relay For Life page to join.  $5 gets you one mystery and $30 gets you a whole year’s worth.  For more information,

Sunday, March 01, 2015

March 1, 2015



Just a few updates for March.  I posted a new block, Dolley Madison's Star







and an updated Ohio Star Variation

The spring retreats are just a little over month away now, let’s home spring has showed up by then.
PS - I am sewing, but they are all top secret projects.  I actually started and completely finished two gifts in February, and started and finished a new mystery top also.  And I finished one UFO.  Plus I made quite a few BOMs for my BOM sampler, and I even made a few squares for my postage stamp quilt! 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

February 1 progress report

Yes there is some progress, in several subjects too.  First and most importantly, the 2015 Relay For Life year is officially under way.  I have a head start on my fundraising thanks to the fall retreaters and the Mysteries For Relay ladies.  Delaware Quilts will once again be an official sponsor of the Wicomico Relay For Life.  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MargeGordon2015

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and the Mysteries For Relay group just got the final clue for the latest mystery.  If you would like to join us and get this pattern and a new mystery every six weeks or so, all you have to do it make a $30 donation on my Relay page.  (Anyone joining in February will get the latest mystery as a free pattern.)  Go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MysteriesForRelay/info for more information.   

And since it is the first of the month, I did manage to update the BOM page.  We have a new block this month, http://delawarequilts.com/BOMs/MosaicPW/index.html  I also updated http://delawarequilts.com/BOMs/OhioStar/
Sometime last year I decided I wanted to make ALL of the blocks I have on the BOM page.  There are over 125 blocks listed and more in the works, a lot of blocks.  I decided to make my samples 9 inch blocks, and use a variety of blues, yellows and white-on-whites.  What I’m going to do with all the blocks I’m not sure, no real plans yet, but I can report that I have 50 finished and several more already cut waiting to be sewn. 

I have not worked on my Postage Stamp quilt since the retreat in the fall, but I haven’t given up on it.  Actually the only sewing I have done are the BOMs.  However that’s about to be set aside too as I begin work on a special order.  (Top Secret for now)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015 from Delaware Quilts

Here are the updates for January 2015. 

The BOM index http://www.delawarequilts.com/BOMs  has been updated with two new blocks and two others which were updated adding more sizes to choose from. 

The Retreat page has been updated  http://www.delawarequilts.com/Retreat  announcing the openings in the 2015 Spring and November retreats. 

 I also updated My History page, adding 2014 quilts.  http://delawarequilts.com/MyQuilts/History/17.html

And if you missed it, we added another free project to the projects page, the Christmas Log Cabins.   http://delawarequilts.com/Projects/Yearly/ChristmasLogCabins.pdf

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015 and wishes for lots of time to make lots of quilts! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quilting slump

I’ve had them before, but usually had a reason, illness, vacation, moving etc… This time I just don’t have any inspiration.  I have BOMs to do, and I have new patterns to write and make and I have zero willingness to even walk into the sewing room. 

Yes the cutting table is cleaned off, well most of it anyway.  And yes I have fabric and stuff to do… I just don’t have any desire to even work on quilting on the computer…  

I’ve tried, for the last week I’ve tried to make myself do something…..  but that’s all I’ve done. 

And don’t tell me not to worry about it… I have BOMs to do and I have mysteries to finish and I just don’t want to... 

I think I’ll go read a new book. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My gift to you

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Christmas too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Yes it’s been a while

Quite a few friends have asked what’s wrong, are you OK, and one friend wanted to know if I’ve been on vacation since October.  I’ve decided it’s time I reply honestly so you will stop worrying about me. 

I had two enjoyable but stressful weeks of retreating in October/November.  It was only stressful to me and I wasn’t real sure why.  The conference room was bothering me for the first time ever for one thing.  See I have claustrophobia and have for years, but thought I’d beat it.  However I found it was gradually creeping back and more and more things were bothering me. 

Because the conference room has no windows I'd tricked my mind into believing there was a huge picture window behind me as I sewed.   For some reason it wasn’t working this year and between that and all the normal chatter and noises, I was more and more uncomfortable.  Some of you noticed I wasn’t joining in the group meals and was keeping to myself a lot. 

I already had an appointment with my family Doctor when I got home, and he noticed something was bothering me.  (OK, I broke down while waiting for him in the examining room so it was hard not to notice.)  We had a good talk and he put me on some new meds. 

If you know me you know I hate taking medicines.  Adding another one to my already too many was stressful in itself.  But that I needed it was even worse.  And I realized that I did really need it when my house filled up with eight extra people on Thanksgiving.  All that “company” even though it was all family was just too much for me. 

And we had this planned vacation to Disney, the most magical and crowded place I can think of.  I wasn’t sure how it would go and well… it went so so.  I had a panic attack the first day, and prepared myself mentally for the rest of the week, and I made it through with some anxiety and a lot of encouragement from my dear sweet John.  In the end I can say I had a delightful but chilly trip but boy am I glad to be home.

Please understand I am fighting this, but it’s going to take a while.  Just don’t crowd me and don’t push me into something I am uncomfortable with.  I’ll be OK.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Packing.. unpacking and packing again…

First I was going to take this, then I decided to take that, then I decided to take them both of I could get them in the same container and now I want them both if they fit or not…  I’m sure everyone goes through these decisions when heading on retreat. 

And I took a serious look at my “stuff”.  If I was not the host of these retreats I would be taking my sewing machine bag which has all my sewing/cutting/measuring tools in it, a project bag with things to do, and a suitcase.  When I fill my car tomorrow it will be full, barely any empty space, and a friend is bringing up three totes for me. 

What could I leave home?  That is the question of the century! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Almost ready

Not leaving for a few more days but I think I am almost ready.  I have all the sewing stuff ready and all the retreat stuff ready.  I just need the “me stuff” like clothes etc.  I think I will get it all done.  Now I just need to figure out how to get it all up there… that may be a problem!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Almost retreat time

You would think after 18 years and 49 retreats I would have this routine down by now, but that’s far from so.  And I’m not real sure why, but this fall I seem more disorganized than ever.  I can’t decide what projects to take, I can’t decide what clothes either… will it be hot or cold?  I know… layers, t-shirts and sweaters.  And a jacket, I always forget a jacket if it’s a warm day when I leave home.   

But ready or not, it’s almost time and I need to start packing up the many piles I’ve made on the back porch and start getting ready… the way I’m going that’s what I’ll be doing all week long!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

More bulbs planted

Yesterday we worked in the yard because the weatherman said it was likely to be our last warm day of the year.  We still have a half a bucket of tulip bulbs to plant.  We went out and decided where we wanted the tulip bed to be, in a circle around my thorn bush.  Just deciding where was probably the hardest part… we thought.

John got the tiller from the shed, brought it to the front yard and tried to start it, and tried to start it, and tried to start it.  And that’s all we got done. 

Well not quite true.  While he was trying to start the tiller I dumped a bag of potting soil in to the old wheelbarrow that sits under a tree in the front yard, kind of our country decoration.  In the summer it’s filled with petunias and I decided it needed crocus for the spring.  I stuck a whole bunch of crocus bulbs in there and now just have to wait for spring to see if they come up… will be a while before I can show it.  
 
PS, glad we did go out yesterday, quite chilly today!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More work done

I can’t say finished because nothing new is, but I’m working on things.  I’m more packed than I was the other day and all the patterns are printed.  I planted another 500 and some bulbs this morning, mostly because I was up early, it was cool, and it’s going to rain which will cover all the holes I made. 

Now I’m going to spend the rest of the day (maybe) in the sewing room cutting strips and squares.  I cut more 3 inch squares yesterday and got a start on my own 2 1/2 inch strips, but I still have a long way to go on both. 


No, I don’t think I’ll have any finishes to brag about for a while, but I’m making progress.
   

Monday, October 13, 2014

I’ve been busy

It’s almost retreat time so I’ve started putting together my “stuff” to take with me.  When you’re the host, you have a lot of stuff, an awful lot of stuff…  more than my car can carry so I’m very thankful for a local friend who is coming up too. 
 
And I’m working on a few new projects.  I’m making sampler blocks from some of my BOMs, some old and some new too.  And I am starting my postage stamp quilts. 

Yes quilts… I’ve decided to make some eye spy postage stamp quilts for kids, using up fabrics I have on hand.  I thought I had enough to make some great quilts and started cutting.  With two of each square in a quilt, how much of a fabric would decide how many quilts I could make…  I cut and cut and cut for three days and ended up with 18 piles of three inch squares.  However, there are only sixty some squares in each pile and I’ve used up all of my kids fabrics… so I have some digging to do and maybe even some shopping. 

In the meantime I also starting cutting for my own postage stamp quilt or maybe quilts, time will tell.  I’ve decided my squares will be 2 1/2 inches, that way I can use up some of my left over strips from jelly rolls and other projects.  There is lots and lots of cutting in my future before I can even begin to sew. 

Yesterday I got sidetracked… the yard needed some work.  I have had a huge bucket of bulbs that needed to be put back in the ground.  And since it rained all day Saturday I thought the ground would be soft and easier to plant some of them… and I was right.  We worked about four hours, me digging holes and putting bulbs in and him weeding another small garden.  I only got half the bulbs planted but he got all the weeds pulled, until they come back.  And when we finished we were both too tired and sore to do much of anything else, so we didn’t… he watched TV and I read.... and thought about what other fabrics I could add to some eye spy postage stamp quilts…