Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Finally Finished!

Last year my daughter-in-law gently hinted that they needed a new quilt and that she liked the blue and brown combination so popular today. Fortunately, my stash was filled with blue fabrics and enough brown to make the necessary blocks. There are 6 rows of blocks. I assembled them in three sections of 2 rows each. I added border segments to each section, sandwiched, and quilted each section individually, leaving about 2 inches unquilted along the joining edges. After folding back the batting and backing, I stitched the top sections together, trimmed, and hand stitched the batting and backing. Then I completed the last 2 inches of quilting along the seam. This method allowed me to quilt this on my Janome machine. Each section was 32-36 inches by the width of a queen bed; not easy to handle, but doable in a simple design. This is the biggest quilt which I have completed totally by myself! Fortunately, we didn't see this part of the family on Christmas Day, so completing the binding last night was okay!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Party Time

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Wellsboro, PA recently held its Christmas party and a good time was certainly had by all. Click on the photos is you want to see a larger version.

Check out some of the lovely presents waiting to be chosen during the gift theft (I mean, gift exchange)...
Some of the yummy desserts...
And the good-looking crowd...

2009 was a very productive year for the guild and 2010 will probably be even better!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yarn Addicted Quilters (YAQ)

Are you a quilter who not only has severe fabric addictions, but suffers from a yarn addiction as well? Recently it was discovered that many of us quilters are closet knitters and crocheters and keep this addiction to ourselves. Well ladies, it's time to come out of the closet!

We are planning to get together once a month to celebrate our yarn addictions. If you live in the Tioga County area you are invited to bring your latest yarn project and a bag lunch to "the lake house" on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9:30 and spend the morning knitting or crocheting with your other yarn addicted quilting friends!

Feel free to pass this invitation along to any other yarn addicted quilters that you may know!

Please note that we will not meet if the Wellsboro School District is canceled or delayed because of weather conditions. As we all well know, the weather in the Tioga county region can vary substantially from one neighborhood to the next. Only you can decide if conditions in your area will allow for safe travel. Please use your own best judgment regarding travel conditions in your area.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ann and Raggedy Ann

Ann made this Raggedy Ann for the Tuesday Quilt Group's Open House this weekend at my house and it was a big hit all dressed in a Christmas outfit and of course, sold right away. Our group had a great time being together and buying each other's handmade items. This got me in the holiday spirit and the snow really made it feel like Christmas. Now it is time for me to think about Christmas and get my act together for our travels to see our children and a new Great Grandson that should be born this week.

Mary Jane

Friday, December 4, 2009

Going Green (and White)

The senior class at Wellsboro Area High School will be selling raffle tickets for this quilt tomorrow (Dec 5) at Wellsboro's Dickens of a Christmas festival. Be sure to stop by their booth outside of Carson Finance on Main Street (across the street from Needles Quilt Shop) to buy a ticket or two. The seniors will also be happy to sell you some hot chocolate to help you stay warm as you enjoy the day. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Santa at Open House

This beautiful handmade Santa was created by my friend Eleanor for our Tuesday Quilt Group's Open House on Dec. 4th from 4-7 pm and Sat. Dec. 5th from 10-3. The gals have been sewing, crafting and baking the last few weeks to have Mary Jane's heated garage full of wonderful gift items for Christmas or any time of the year. Mary Jane will have her latest red and green applique quilts on display so drop by for a look and refreshments.