Monday, March 16, 2015

In Memory of Frank

These are two keychains I made this weekend for my daughter Colleen and myself.  Every time I look at it I will remember our sweet Dachshund Frank who went over the rainbow bridge on Saturday.  RIP Frankie, you were a special creature!

Monday, February 9, 2015

First Baby Project

This is my first completed project for my first grandchild due to arrive this summer.   I really liked the double seed stitch border, I think it would be nice as cuffs and a bottom border on a sweater.  Next up is a pair of sock monkey booties and hopefully after that I will know the sex of the baby so I can start a pink or blue quilt.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Another Baby Quilt

I designed and made this for an English teacher I collaborated with some years ago.  I really loved this giraffe fabric and the pink and green reminds of  Lilly Pulitzer colors which I love. When I saw her daughter's birth date I just had to encorporate it into the quilt.  I used a heart motif for the free motion quilting on the border which was something I hadn't done before.  This may be one of the last baby quilts I make as gifts for colleagues.  My daughter Kelly is finally going to make me a grandma next June so I think most of my sewing and knitting projects from now on will focus on grandchildren!  I can't wait!  I just wish I knew the baby's sex sooner than March.  I want to do boy or girl colors not just generic.

Monday, September 29, 2014

CTQ Mystery Table Runner

This is the center block of my guild's mystery table runner this year.  I love the batik fabrics and I'm hoping to put it on the table in the new shore house kitchen which is still gutted from Hurricane Sandy. My husband has promised it will be done in time for next Summer.  I'm helping as much as I can, I even ripped out sheet rock for the first time in my life.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Shore House Inspiration

Yesterday,  my husband and I went somewhere I've been wanting to go for a long time.  We went to the Gustave Stickley House Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, N.J.  Stickley was the designer of the furniture that is quintessential to Craftsman style interiors.  Ever since I realized the Point Pleasant house was built in the Craftsman style, I have wanted to visit this place.  The house was amazing and cutting edge for its time - electricity and indoor plumbing in 1916!  Stickley was best buds with Edison.  The grounds were as beautiful as the handcrafted, inlaid furniture and it really inspired my husband and I to restore the shore house with its historical roots in mind.  I bought one of these vases in the gift shop.  I wish I could have had one of each shape and size!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baby Quilt Complete

This is the finished quilt for my riding teacher's new niece. The baby has the most beautiful name, Tullia Noor.  Leah's idea was to use all the fussy cut squares of animal images to tell stories with her niece as she grows up.  There are elephants, giraffes, birds, hippos, monkeys, alligators and of course horses! The bottom picture is the back of the quilt.  I like the sun and the moon rising and setting in the corners.

Monday, August 18, 2014

In the Hunt Field at The Ridge Summer Spectacular

Colleen showed Praline in their first Hunter Derby on Sunday. It was a picture perfect day at The Ridge at Riverview's phenomenal show facility in Asbury N.J.  My husband always told me the girls were ringbound and couldn't ride like this when they were kids.  He can't say it anymore!  I love this picture for two reasons, the tails of her formal shad coat flying in the air and the awesome barn jump standards.