Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Valentine Tribute

Hello friends!

My plan was to blog at least once a month, but that didn't happen for January 2016!  Oh well, I have good reason.  I was busy quilting!

September 2014 was a very sad month.  My sister-in-law Annette (Zych) Glista lost her father.  Then one week later her mother passed away too.  They were definitely a special couple-truly in love.

Throughout my career in healthcare, mostly working in Nursing Homes and Home Health Care, this occurred quite often. One couple in particular stands out in my memory. They lived in an assisted living apartment until the wife became ill and was transferred to the Nursing facility.  Her husband would visit at meal times, feeding her ever so attentively because she couldn't eat on her own. He always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone cheerfully.  Over many months....maybe a year, he never missed a visit.  True devotion! Then one day his wife passed away.  He went home to his apartment that evening, and he too passed. I believe some couples become so close and love each other so much that they cannot bear the thought of living alone without the other.  True love!

So, by request, I created three Memory Quilts in honor of two very special people: William and Mildred Zych.  Several large bags of clothing (t-shirts, sweatshirts, p.j.'s, robes, etc.) were delivered and here is how they were transformed! Comfy, cozy,  flannel backed quilts!




Next up is another memory quilt "western style" and a t-shirt quilt made out of triathlon shirts! Have I sparked your interest and imagination to create something similar for you? Let me know......we can make it happen!



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas 2013 Quilt

Completing projects is always satisfying, so when my friend Nadine shared that she had pieced a quilt top 2 years ago, but hadn't quilted it yet I couldn't refuse to help get it done! She had seen a strip quilt I'd made with the students at school. It was quilted with a basic, yet effective meandering stitch similar to what puzzle pieces look like when joined together to form a picture. I told her if she didn't mind that same pattern (the only one I've mastered so far) I would take on the project. She wanted it before Christmas so she could give it to her daughter Karen who plans to visit from Oregon this Christmas. So, that's what I did last weekend. Using my New Home table top sewing machine:
 Yes, this little machine quilted a 80" X 90" quilt. It takes a lot of maneuvering and patience, but it is possible.



It's an amazing quilt. Nadine used fabric from her family's past and every square has a special memory.


 It wouldn't be complete without a label so I embroidered one and hand stitched it on the back. The label reads "Christmas 2013" because Nadine finished the piecing back then, and gave it to her daughter with the promise of completing it one day.
I am honored to have been a part of this wonderful keepsake!

Bazaar Success!

Thank you!! To everyone who made our BGLC Christmas program and Bazaar a success! It was great to see friends, families, and co-workers visiting throughout the day. From the class programs........... to the choir.....it was a great performance for all to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Bazaar 12/10/2015

Just a reminder of the Holiday Bazaar this Thursday, 12/10/15, 9:00 a.m. at the BGLC! (Program begins at 9:30 a.m.) Here's a quick peek at some of the items that may be available for purchase:

Olaf pillow cases....



Team pillow cases....

Owl pillow cases......

Oink! Oink!


Frog bean bags!


And lots more........Come and visit us Thursday!



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Project Linus

Received a request to make a blanket for "Project Linus" (Linus the Peanuts character) from a class at the Van Buren Tech Center. The blankets will be donated to local hospitals. This is what I created with help from some wonderful students at the Learning Center:


And again, the fabric was donated. Thank you Mrs. Getty!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In the beginning there was........

COLOR:

My first "strippy" quilt. One day I will explain how this is created from 2 1/2" strips - another fun, quick project. But for now, it will be used to display my practice free motion quilting. Each row has a different pattern repeated from edge to edge.









The purple row is a traditional stippling pattern, while the dark blue row is something I created.....I call it "City Scape."

The dark blue flower strip is again, my own creation. It's like drawing with thread. The lime green strip was quilted with stitches to mimic ripples on a lake. 

Until next time........Enjoy!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Pillowcase Gallery

Today was a great day for sewing. Lots of sunshine through my window. Much better than yesterday when we awoke to a fresh coat of snow - the wet, heavy stuff. All morning long the lights were flickering off and on....then at 3 p.m. they went off for good. Luckily, we had just finished all the laundry. I was disappointed because I got the itch to sew some pillowcases. Then.....Frank to the rescue...he set me up with battery power and I was off and running(sewing). Amazingly, the power came back on at 5:30 p.m. and the sewing continued.  And here's what I've completed so far:

A pair of ballerina themed cases. I fell in love with this material when I saw it at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI September 2015.


This ballerina reminds me someone I know.......any guesses Becky? Rose?

For those football fans....made from left-overs from other projects.

These may be Christmas, or "Woodsy" themed....made from resale shop remnants.

And we can't forget the dog lovers! Also, resale shop remnants.

Butterfly Themed

Fun, quick, project!