Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Next Project Done......

My projects are slowly getting done. I thought you might like to see my Love and Inspiration quilt.

I did hand quilt a small pink flower in each of the white squares. Now on to the next!!! Jane

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I did it!!!

Goal accomplished!!

I layered, marked and pinned. Now on to the fun stuff!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


It is down to work today. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am working on a square tablecloth for my kitchen. I picked the fat quarter set Rambling Rose. It has a fresh 1940’s feel to it. There are 11 fats in the set.

I cut them into 5 ½ X 51/2 inch squares. I believe I got about 84 squares.

I then placed them at random (well…) and made 4 patches. I did this all by hand, I love to hand piece. I then kept building until it was about 36 X 36 inches. This is a perfect size for my table. I will place it on point and you will still be able to see the wood table.

I am thinking of using the green check as the tiny binding, to pull out the green in the leaves.

My goal for today…
Layer, pin, mark and hopefully start to hand quilt. I think I am going to use red thread! Have a great day, I have to get busy!!! Jane

Friday, July 25, 2008

Running of the Brides…..

What a wonderful and so very fun day! As I mentioned, my middle daughter is getting married in 2010. She attends the University of Chicago Grad School and lives right downtown. We live about 45 min. west. She thought it might be fun to attend the once in a year event at Filene's Basement called, The Running of the Brides. If you are not familiar with the event, once a year they take all their wedding gowns, put them in one place and price them, $299. $499 and $699, many of these dresses cost $1000 or more. The doors open and everyone piles in. You go with a team to help you; many of the team’s wear matching T-shirts. You grab an armload of dresses, find a spot anywhere and start to try them on. What a crazy place. Now because she is not getting married until 2010, we did not except to get a dress, but boy was it fun and now she knows just what she wants. Maybe next year we will camp out. I took some pictures, to show you our adventure……

Arriving at the Union Station Train Station

My Girls outside of Filene's, My youngest in the pink 12, The Bride to be, and her married sister of two years

Just a peek at how the dresses were laid out

The Bride and (tired) Mom on the way out

Our next stop Marshall’s Fields (now Macys) to look at bridesmaid dresses.

It took us a while to get there because we had to stop at the make-up counter and mix our own lip gloss. You get to pick the gloss, what color or colors to add, what scent, sun block and lip puffer. (I know we all need puffy lips)

Well, a quick drink, a peek at dresses and then no trip downtown would be complete without a stop at Garrett for their famous popcorn balls. They are simply to die for. This was such a fun day for all!! Maybe I will quilt a little tonight…… Jane

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Hi Everyone,
I am reading Quilting Blogs, what fun! There are so many talented people in the world. I love to hear all the wonderful things they have to share. Ok, enough writing, there are blogs to be read!! Have a great day! Jane

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

Monday, July 7, 2008

Down Time......

Hi, I hope everyone had a safe and fun weekend! I have some fabulous fabric in my store, janesfabrics.com, called Rambling Rose. I just took one of the fat quarter sets and cut each fat quarter up into 5 ½ by 5 ½ inch squares. I am going to use them to make a square table covering. I love to see small quilts on a table, and this fabric is so summery! I enjoy hand piecing and quilting. They will be placed in a random order for a total of 64 squares. I am going to make 4 patches, for a total of 16 --4 patches. This is great "take along project" that you can work on whenever you have down time--at a ballgame, at the pool, at the park, or, if you're lucky, at the beach! Take advantage of your down time and start a small, fun, easy to finish project. When I've finished, I will post a picture. Jane

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July to All….

Most people know this of me but for those who do not, next to Christmas this is my favorite holiday. A warm summer day, picnics with great food, swimming, kickball, croquet, and enjoying family and friends. Then the best of all the fireworks! Where we live, you can put a blanket out and watch the fireworks from our neighborhood. We are so close; we usually come home with ashes in our hair. So, I wish you all a safe and happy 4th and God Bless our troops who help us keep this freedom, Jane