Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Nice Surprise

Merry Christmas everyone! My Secret Pal strikes again!

DD had planned on taking me out for some "retail therapy" anyway. Looking forward to finding something for myself & spending some time with the fam.

Thank you Secret Pal for another unexpected surprise!

Time to go get ready for Nanaland. 8 hours & counting!

Nana Sharon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quilting Square One: sewmamasew giveaway day !!!

My friend Pam is having a give away! She makes the cutest raw edge applique houses ever! It could be your lucky day!

Quilting Square One: sewmamasew giveaway day !!!: merry christmas to everyone....i am so happy to join in at  sewmamasew for MY very first ever giveaway....i have had such fun making this r...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Little Bit of This & a Little Bit of That

Today's quilts are brought to you by Joyce & Chris. First up is Joyce & this lovely panel. I think she got it on e-bay!
Big flowers needed big quilting. By echoing the first quilting line it gave it the dimension I was looking for.
I'm calling the stitching in the green "lazy river". I quilted a "lazy river" line by sections & then echoed about 1/2" away. Remember big designs need big quilting. She doesn't like dense quilting so I left the white areas blank.
If you want a closer look at the quilting just click on the picture.
Chris made Crabapple Hill's Winter Wonderland. I never get tired of quilting this one. Always a different way to add a swirl, curly que or do some Swirly Girly quilting.

Outdoor Christmas lights & more gutter cleaning are calling me. Mr S will be on the roof, thank you very much.

Next will be Christmas cards & cookies are next on my to do list. Sewing for the Little Misters too! And yes, I'm on the countdown again, 22 days 'til I'm in Nanaland!

More quilts coming soon. A big Double Wedding Ring is hot off the machine.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Little Misters

Home on Friday night from Nanaland. I can't believe how grown up Andrew looks in this picture. He was helping Nana with some cooking.
Daniel is getting so big. Crawling or scooting everywhere.
I have to say, my cup is pretty full right now.
xoxo Nana Sharon

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Amy

This was a class at The Quilt Shoppe in Arlington. A friend , Kathy Smith made it for her daughter Amy's birthday. Sadly, Kathy lost her battle with the big "C" this past summer.

Kathy was part of The Sassy's. An applique group I belong to that meets twice a month. Kathy would be the first to tell you "these are not my colors." And I'm pretty sure she changed the pattern, like always!

Here's a couple of the blocks.

This is the center of the quilt.
More blocks.

This is the border from the back of the quilt. I tried a new design I learned at MQX. I like the way it turned out.
Kathy & I with Joyce peaking around me. I have given some thought lately about all the women that I've become friends with through quilting. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful, funny,talented, caring , smart women.
Sorry it's been so long between posts. I had computer problems at home uploading photos to the blog. I took care of that while I have been in Nanaland. Hopefully will have a couple more posts soon.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Joanna reminded me that the last time we were together for Thanksgiving was 9 years ago. It was nice to spend the time with her family.

More quilts coming soon.

Nana Sharon

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Still Running

Apparently not fast enough though. I am 1 week into a cold & wishing I was over it!
Here's what's been happening.

Linda made this quilt for a friend.

Love the monthly themed embroidery blocks.

This sweet quilt is going to a new baby girl.
I tried some new swirly flowers. Click on the picture for a better look.
Minkee really shows off the quilting.
Della whipped up this stunning Storm at Sea using a Roxanne Carter pattern.
Friday I am quilting with the Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters at the Arlington Heights Community Center for Veteran's Day. Looking forward to a day of sewing, food & friends.

See you again soon!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Littlest Mister

Hi everybody, it's me Daniel. I don't know why Nana hasn't put more pictures of me on her blog. I wore this Seattle Mariners outfit for Halloween.
I better go, Mom says it's bedtime.

Can you hear Nana's quilting machine? She says she'll have more quilt posts soon.

Daniel the Littlest Mister

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sharon's Seams 2 B: Favorite Halloween Treat

I can't believe I first posted this recipe in 2008. Where does the time go? It's on my "to do" list for today to make these. Just click on the highlighted text to go to the recipe! Enjoy!
Sharon's Seams 2 B: Favorite Halloween Treat: My Mom used to make these every Halloween. She even made them for all the Trick or Treaters that came to ou r house one year. We lived in a...

Friday, October 28, 2011

One Block Wonders & More

Today I'm showing you quilts from earlier this month. Variety is the spice of life, right?

First up, Lynne's lovely creation.

Sorry about how dark this picture is. No wonder I'm deficient in Vitamin D. Not a bright room in this house!
This one is by Kathy. Love how they all come out so different.

Terry's Lone Star. Love my leaves.
Arlene's new guest room quilt.
Leaves & blocks. There will be buttons sewn on all the leaf centers.
The back.
And from another quilt. If you ever get a back like this , run from the building. I didn't have the courage to count the pieces & somehow I lucked out, no pleats!
What have you been up to lately? Serious Nana withdrawals here. And that darn roller coaster sucked me in again. Hope I can get off soon.

Loving the sunny weather! More quilts soon.
Sharon The busy Quilter

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MQX-Last Week's Fun

Last week I went to Portland Oregon to a big quilt show, MQX. It was also an opportunity for me to take some long arm quilting classes.
Someone went here. Third stop going west from the Convention Center & 2 blocks up. I could only eat half. Like eating a pancake swimming in syrup.
There were lots of special quilts.

If I ever spent this much time quilting something...........bring me back to reality please!
Some just pretty to look at.

Others with some new quilting ideas.
And some award winners. Wanda from Heartbeat Quilting made this beauty. The applique blocks were her mother's. You can tell there was a lot of love put into making the blocks & Wanda's beautiful quilting.
These are 2 of the ladies that made some of the blocks in this quilt. They are from the Boistfort Valley in Washington State. The quilt was made to honor the farming in the valley. One of them did the pig & the other cut our all the flowers. Take a close look at each block. The different footprints of each animal is quilted into the quilt along with a few surprises.

The Best of Show quilt always had too many people around it whenever I had my camera. It was "T With Miss D" by Sandra Leichner. Go here to see this lovely creation for yourself. It was quilted on a Bernina 730. Amazing!!!! Go here to see the whole quilt. Pictures do not do it justice. If you'd like to make one for yourslef check out this Amazon link.

I did take a few classes & get some new ideas. One was a whole cloth in Sue Patten's Zensuedle class. I need to quilt it & then I'll show you.

More quilts to some.