Monday, May 25, 2015

another graduation!

Our son Paul graduated last week in New York from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
We wish you well, Paul!
This quilt will be his--a postage stamp made with 2 inch cut (1 1/2 finished) squares, with fabrics coming from my mother's scraps and my own. Over 70 years worth!
The back is made from more green and terracotta fabrics from my shelves.
Quilted by Sue DiVarco

Friday, May 22, 2015

a quilt comes my way!

I am participating in Lori's doll quilt exchange over at Humble Quilts.
Look what came to my house!
Merry from Washington State (she does not have a  blog) made this delightful 4 patch with tomato red fabrics.
I love it, front and back--thanks Merry!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

remembering Lisa

Last December I posted about our visit to our friends' caroling party and their display of the Christmas village with my quilt used as a backdrop.
Sadly, Lisa died last week. Her husband sent me a picture of how they set up a remembrance area in front of the quilt.
Farewell, my dear friend.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

birches--for Faith

Last year my niece Faith told me she'd like a purple quilt for her high school graduation. I wrote then about pulling together some panels from a shoebox full of short  1 1/2 inch cut strips with my serendipity snakes method.
I purchased a lavender grey dot to use between the panels and a darker lavender grey for the top and bottom borders and binding. It reminds me of the birch trees on our farm.
The back is made of pieces of black prints from my stash. Who knew Nancy Crow and Debbie Mumm and Hoffman Woodblocks would look so great together.
Quilted by Suzette Fisher.
AND I had it completed for her party! (Done 20 minutes before guests arrived...)
Congratulations, Faith!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Janna!

Janna celebrates her 60th birthday!
We are pictured coloring and playing with farm toys at Grandpa Scholten's feet, 1961.
Beth and I joined her this past weekend to help her celebrate. Note the quilt in the background, made from a delft tile theme block exchange I hosted many years ago. 
And, the last picture, Janna's granddaughter climbing the stairs, with a pile of my quilts atop Janna's shrunk.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Henrietta and newborn Lynn.
She made her robe during her pregnancy and I used some scraps of it in a quilt I made last year.

Monday, April 20, 2015

visiting my quilts

I spent a few days traveling to visit my mother, stopping by my sister Beth.
And, checking out the care of quilts of mine living at their houses!

Here is my Aunt Betty (who sewed on a grasshopper green Elna) and my mom (who sewed on a Pfaff 330 that my dad bought for her when he was stationed in Germany).

 I love this coop building. We are losing so many of our agricultural buildings. Barn and outbuilding upkeep is expensive. And many coop buildings are being torn down for larger storage facilities, so I was glad to see this one is in good repair.

 Looking north at the home place fields.
 Plum trees in the fencerows at the Hibma place. Ready to blossom--I'm sorry that I missed that by about 2 days.