Monday, September 15, 2014

Time to Finish The Fight!

My Relay is this week, and I am getting my act together for a final push.  I’m hoping I am well enough to walk some, I think I will be able to.  Last weekend I went for a short walk on the beach, short only because rain chased me off.  If I hadn’t been at a group function I would have kept walking, but there’s something about being the only one soaking wet at a party that didn’t appeal to me. 

Relay is important to me, and has been since 1999.  This will actually be my 21st Relay. 
Wow…

Why do I Relay?  I have many reasons, my friend Joan for one, a double survivor.  Also Marge, another double survivor.  And for Georgeine who has fought many battles, now fighting again.  Also Ginny, fighting for her third time. 

Sadly my list is long, and THAT is why I Relay.  It’s time to find the cure and Finish The Fight! 

Want to donate?  You can donate directly on my Relay page at  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Marge-Gordon
Or by PayPal at http://delawarequilts.com/Relay/index.html  (All money donated will go to Relay, I will cover the PayPal fees!)
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Second block

This is the 2nd block of that special quilt I'm working on.  These are all finished ironed and ready to go in the quilt.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Postage Stamp Sew-Along

The other day I posted this photo of a pile of “scraps” on my personal Facebook page and stated that I had decided to make a postage stamp quilt.  A lot of comments and questions followed. 

I’ve decided to bring this pile of scraps and the conversation here to DelawareQuilts incase anyone else would like to join us. Best thing about this sew-along is that you can decide what size you want your stamps to be.   I’ve seen postage stamp quilts made from as large as 3 inch (3 1/2” cut) and as small as 1 inch squares (1 1/2” cut). You can get started now by gathering your scraps.

I think of a postage stamp quilt as a way to use up little scraps.  I save all my scraps and usually make string quilts with them.  This project will be just another way to use up those scraps, and will allow me to use some of the smaller pieces.  You simply chose a size square, cut a whole bunch of them and then keep on sewing until you’ve reached the size you want.

Here are two good tutorials on postage stamp quilts.  The Curious Quilter shows how she puts hers together one square at a time, which is good if you have thousands of squares cut ahead of time.  I will probably have lots of scraps I can put together this way, but probably not enough to make a big quilt.  http://thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/postage-stamp-quilt-block-my-demonstration/

I know I’ll be using this technique also, and in the end combining both into one quilt… or two medium size quilts… or maybe a lot of lap size or kids quilts….
I have a L O T of scraps!

You can sew along with us here on my blog, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DelawareQuilts

Monday, September 08, 2014

All the pieces done, now to put it together

Sent from my Windows Phone

Uh oh

I thought I had this posting to the blog from my cell phone figured out and I thought that I had posted my progress pictures on here, but I guess I didn’t think to check and make sure because now I see that nothing has been posted…. 
I have made progress, lots!
First I made the star points, then I made the 4-patches, and then just because I couldn’t wait, I made one star. 

This weekend I made all of the triangle squares and tomorrow I will press them and start putting together the second block, and more star blocks and then eventually the whole quilt... imagine that!  
 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Parents of the Groom

A friend asked me why there weren’t many pictures of John and me at the wedding.  Well that’s a silly question to me, sorry Ginny, but it is.  It wasn’t OUR wedding, and we were just the parents of the groom after all.  But mostly it was because we were enjoying every minute we could and just didn’t happen to be in camera view. 

However, our nephew happened to catch this one of us as we were announced at the reception.  Did we plan our entrance, not really.  I think Michael asked if we were supposed to do anything fancy and someone said just be yourself. 

Well ourselves were quite happy with the joy of the wedding, the beautiful location and weather, and the wonderful celebration that was about to begin and if this picture doesn’t show that joy, then what could.  (Thanks Joey!)
 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Summer’s not over

Summer isn’t finished yet, at least not round here it isn’t.  The last three days have been hot and humid and the traffic… yuck on the traffic.  However today traffic seems much better and even though the temperature is skyrocketing, I’ll bet you can find a place on the beach to put your blanket today.

While my neighborhood was infested crawling with tourons I stayed home and sewed.  I’m working on a new project, a special quilt.  So all weekend I did this, 
over and over and over again, and I’m still not finished.  
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Update time

I managed to get one brand new to Delaware Quilts block up for September, a leaf pattern I’m calling a Sweetgum leaf, because that’s what it looks like.  That and an updated Autumn Leaves can be found at http://www.delawarequilts.com/BOMs/index.html

There are still openings for the October Retreat if anyone would like to join in on the fun.  http://delawarequilts.com/Retreat/2014/October.html

And that’s it for web page updates until next month, happy quilting everyone
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Haven’t been sewing

I’ve been deciding, lots of decisions and I keep changing my mind too, which doesn’t help.  I’m making a quilt for the newlyweds, although the way I’m going they will be an old married couple before I even start it. 

It was going to have scrappy four patches, found fabric I liked so that part will not be scrappy.  Was going to have scrappy dark, didn’t like choices so decided on just two.  Was going to have a w-o-w background, had that but kind of wanted a pale blue and white floral, never found anything even remotely close. 

Then today I saw some new fabric that came in at the local quilt shop.  Took a drive to Serendipity and there it was.  BUT… it had green in it, and was too tan and the blue was wrong.  So it stayed at the shop.  HOWEVER… they had the blue I liked and didn’t have enough of so I bought two more yards of that, and now I’m set.  Hopefully tomorrow I can start cutting.  Hopefully nothing distracts me.  Hopefully…. 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One more seam





It's been a long process but just one more seam to go and then quilting and then binding and then on my bed it goes!


(The color on my computer is off from the real thing, I hope I can get a better photo once it's finished!)
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ice bucket challenge

Did you do it?  Have you watched others do it?  Are you tired of looking at people doing it -  on TV, on facebook, in your neighborhood, at work, everywhere you look? 

Do you know how many people are all of a sudden aware of ALS and what it means?  Do you know how many people have donated to ALS for the very first time because of this silly chanllenge?  Do you know how much MORE money has been raised because of people dumping ice in their heads? 

Washington, D.C. (August 22, 2014) — As of Friday, August 22, The ALS Association has received $53.3. million in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.1 million new donors to The Association.

1.1 million NEW donors.  This is Wonderful!   Now go dump a bucket of ice on your head, or even better, go donate to a truly good cause.  No one really has to dump the ice on their heads, but maybe, just maybe, doing so will make that person aware of the shocking life people with ALS have to live.  Their bodies stop working, but their brains don’t.  I think the next ALS challenge should be sitting still with no movement, no control, NO control over any muscle in the body, no bodily functions at all, but a fully functioning mind. 

Imagine thinking about all you could be doing.  Imagine thinking about what you just did in your pants.  Imagine seeing your children, grandchildren, lover, and not being able to talk to them, hug them or even tell them you love them.  Imagine ALS and then go donate.  Please. 

 
PS, I didn't do it, but I DID donate! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

So very special


This is the first picture the photographer has shared with the newly married couple.  And this picture is so them it’s amazing.  Jon and Steph are always out on a walk somewhere together, always.  They walk the paths in their neighborhood park.  They walk the golf course (not golfing either).  They just enjoy each other’s company and the company Mother Nature provides for them.  This is SO them and I can’t imagine any other picture ever capturing them so beautifully.  
Thanks Amanda!
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another wedding

I haven’t been on line much in the last few days because I’ve been out of town for a very special wedding.  My son Jonathon finally married the lady he’s been in love with since college.  And by the way, we’ve loved too her since the day we met her, so we are very happy, extremely happy. 
 
The wedding was held in a very special place, the Philippi Presbyterian Church in Philippi, West Virginia.  This darling little church was built between 1875-76 and still has the original stain glass windows.  Steph’s Grandma Sarah (90) still attends this church. Steph’s Mother grew up here and Grandma Sarah still lives up the road in a darling little brick home. 


The reception was held at Adaland Mansion where Steph’s great grandparents Phoebe Patterson and Arla DeWitt Woodford were married in March 1900.  Here is a group picture of that wedding.  Right where this photo was taken now stands a pavilion which is where Jon and Steph’s reception was.  (We tried to recreate this photo, and I’ll share the results when we get the pictures from the photographer)
Jon, Steph, Kelly and Mike.  
Here’s my favorite picture of the day, my children.  My handsome sons have given me two beautiful daughters who I love as much as if I had raised them myself.  Both boys have picked soul mates and John and I couldn’t be happier!  
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relay For Life




If you know me even the slightest you know that along with quilting another passion of mine is Relay For Life.  For the last 16 of years I’ve been involved with Relay For Life. When we started it was just to say thanks to the community for helping us (Cape Henlopen Music Boosters) raise money to send a whole bunch of kids to England. Little did I know that would change my life in so many different ways. 

Next month the web site John and I started as a way to get messages to East Sussex Relay participants will go off line. As I look over the pictures from that site I see so many people I have learned to love through their involvement with Relay and the community. I am thankful that some of those wonderful people are on facebook so I can stay in touch with them and others are still in the community so I run into them often. 

I also see pictures of people who lost their battle with cancer.

East Sussex Relay may no longer exist, but as I said a long time ago, as long as there is the need for a Relay I will Relay. I’ve moved to a different event and will move again if needed, or I’ll just Relay on line, but I will Relay as long as cancer needs fighting.  We have to find a cure! 
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten busy days

Yes it has been ten days again, I’m sorry.  But let me confess, I’m having some focusing problems and the computer isn’t my friend right now.  For the last few years they’ve been at me to get trifocals and I’ve put my foot down, no.  I have enough problems with the bifocals, I’m not adding to the confusion.  Well now I can’t focus on the midrange and will have to admit I need help.  Trifocals no, but a pair of glasses for that midrange, yes.  I can see distance fine with my glasses, and can read find with the bifocals, it’s just that middle range like this screen.  I see the eye Doc next week. 

In the meantime, I got a bug, upset tummy and low grade fever, so lots of resting.  I’m doing better now and will get back to sewing today.  The blocks are almost finished, and I’m ready to lay it out on the bed. 

And this weekend is a big one, Jonathon (DS#1) and his very special lady are finally getting married.  We’ve loved Steph since the day we met her, and knew this day would come eventually.. Saturday is the day!