family, fun, quilting

Busy few weeks

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in the sewing room.  I finished the final quilt for the Veterans quilts our guild is giving to a new place opening up in Montrose, NY for homeless veterans to get back on their feet.  Several of our membership had a tour and lunch with their staff.  The place is beautiful and when it’s full 96 vets will be able to call this place home and get back on their feet.

Their website is  This provides information on all of the work they are doing to end homelessness.

On Friday night MJ, JB and I spent a few hours together.  Visited Burkholders Quilt Shop, Green Dragon and another friends family.  We had a good time together.  Enjoyed some Amish made ice cream, shopping for fabric and visiting with folks we had not seen in a very long time.

Saturday afternoon MJ and I went to the Fabric Barn and started purchasing fabric, batting and thread for a quilt that I’m going to make for her.  She made these beautiful cross stitched blocks her gramma gave her and I’m going to incorporate them into a quilt.  To enhance the cross stitching I’m going to use the trapunto technique to raise the design.  I’m going to bring the design out into the major border and copy the main elements into the alternate blocks.  I love the fabric she chose!  (I’ll post that in a few days)

Sunday afternoon MJ and I visited with this family.  R & C and their daughters A & J.  We lived with them in Georgia and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity about 20 years ago.  It’s been a while since we’ve visited.  A & J are married and A has two adorable little girls.

One of the girls who volunteered with us wasn’t able to attend the reunion.  So our picture isn’t quite complete.  Looking through our photo albums was so much fun and brought back lots of wonderful memories.

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m working on a challenge with 2 women in one of my guilds.  The center is my original block.  I’ll post the outermost border later this week.  I’m enjoying the challenge….

Happy quilting!


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