Wednesday, November 15, 2017

READY.SET.BAKE


Hey, its me...the Cookie Diva!
Kathy has me back in the kitchen
and good grief, she is making me wear this 
GHASTLIES Christmas Apron!

Can you believe that?



She has me bake hundreds of cookies, every year!
Not for her, but for her family.
I told her she may want to include toothbrushes
in their cookie tins!

These cookies freeze nicely for up to 3 months
in her cute little freezer.  Safely tucked away
safe from her hubby...he seldom goes in the basement! 

You can find all the Cookie Diva recipes
on the tab above called "Sweet Celebrations"

But for now...
you gotta try these NEW Recipes that will
certainly feed that sweet tooth, we know you have!








Kathy does not like it when I exclude
 nuts, peanut butter or other ingredients that could cause
allergic reactions to cookie monsters!
AND nothing is Gluten Free....
Just Sayin!








Thursday, November 9, 2017

GET YOUR QUILTY WISHES GRANTED

If you have not joined in the fun on Instagram...
here's another great reason!

The IG quilting community is so generous and sharing.
Not only do they share inspirational ideas 
and pictures of projects, but,
For the 3rd year, there has been a sharing of
quilty things that is totally AWESOME!


Everyone uses the picture above and
then in their post...they make their quilty wish and
tagging it #getyourquiltywishesgranted3

IF you see a wish you can grant...you ask the lucky wisher
to send their address to you and you send that wish to them.

I sent out 8 wishes this year of fabric from my stash.
I forgot to take pics of the last 2 but you will get the idea!

And yes, one lucky person received some Ghastlies!
I am very stingy with my Ghastlies
but since I have a large quilt made with this
 OOP Ghastlies Christmas fabric
I parted with some large scraps...


Someone asked for Blue and White scraps...wish granted!


Another good friend wished for scraps..No problem and 
I threw in some Anna Marie Horner charms..she luvs her fabric!

Wishes for Pixie Noel, by Tasha Noel...Granted!


Another hexie girl wished from Christmas fabric scraps...Granted!


A newbie quilter asked for Cotton and Steel
and I sent her some cute F8s


And then I posted my wishes.
Allison Glass fabric because...
I had NO Allison Glass in my Stash...
and some quilt books!
THIS is what many peeps sent me..AMAZING!

Allison Glass strips and scraps


More AG scraps and a purse pattern thrown in for good luck!


Allison Glass charms...melt in your mouth yummy!


and more A G scraps

One day's happy mail here.
3 wishes granted.. 2 peeps sent AG fabrics
and 1 peep sent this awesome quilting book!


Another generous peep sent me this book!


and a lovely peep who used to own a fabric/quilt store...
sent me two books!



What a generous IG community...reaching out to one another
to share what we have...gives me hope for humanity.
There is kindness in this world.

If you are reading this and you granted a wish to anyone
Thank you for making this effort a huge success!
It is a wonderful way to #payitforward






Wednesday, November 1, 2017

GOING SOLO

I never dreamt that after 30 years of sewing...
I would have my quilts hanging in  
At a local metro park...
Inniswood Metro Gardens
SOLO QUILT EXHIBIT!

 I found out quickly...an art exhibit is not just about
your art medium or, in my case,
how many quilts I have for display.
It requires a lot of behind the scenes work!

First thing, I had to decide what pieces I wanted to show.
When you have quilted as long as me...
that in itself is a challenge.  
Because the venue is a garden...
I decided the majority of my pieces would be 
Flowers, Birds, Animals 
with a few surprises!


Innishouse was the home of Mary and Grace Innis.
Two sisters who loved gardening and wildlife.
They donated the park and their 37 acre estate to the 
the Metro Parks in 1945.
Today the park is 121 acres of awesome!

I have been a volunteer here at Inniswood for 16 years 
BUT  
I had to go thru the process of presenting my art
for consideration, to be the Artist of the Month, 
just like everyone else.  

Loving this garden and my quilts
It is a perfect combination for my first show!


I have some Charley Harper quilts...
so of course, they are in the show


My quilting journey began with traditional quilting.
This piece shows 9 patch blocks, the birds are also pieced
branches are applique and I used some pretty batik fabrics.



I also dabbled in Art Quilts, so a couple of those 
will hang in the show
A Paint Chip Challenge "art quilts"


OF COURSE, there will be some
"Ghastlies in the Garden"


I updated my business cards using washi tape
to cover up my ETSY store info..its closed
but the cards are still good!



I trip to the venue to determine how to hang the quilt.
How many walls are use? 
Measure the hanging space for each wall.


 I made a diagram to help me visualize 
what quilts might work on each wall.
Worked well...I only had to make a couple changes
once the quilts were be hung


I used a tape measure and yard sticks to
lay out the wall spaces in my yard, then laid out quilts
to see what would fit and look good.


The possibilities were stacking up!


I needed a cool photo for social media
to announce the Exhibit and the Artist Reception.
I used this pic in Black and White
and added the info about the show.

Next up...making labels describing the quilts
including lots of fun info and appropriate credits
for patterns, quilting etc.


Then the day was here...packed up and ready to roll.



My contract with the park allowed 2 hours to set up!
Hanging 16 quilts took every minute.
My good friend, Mary Isabel helped me or I might still be there!

I was absolutely overwhelmed when I stepped back
to look at all my pieces hanging in one space.
Maybe one of the few times in my life...
I was speechless.


I hope you will come and see the show if you are in the area.  
The house is open daily 9-4 except Monday
when they are closed.  

"Meet the Artist Reception"
Sunday, Nov 12, 2 -4 pm
Refreshments served
(yes I am baking cookies)


Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Rd
Westerville, OH


Thursday, October 26, 2017

40 NEVER LOOKED SO SCARLET & GRAY

My son Eric, has been an Ohio State Buckeye Fan 
since he was born.  OK I put him in this outfit...
which now hangs in the Buckeye Corner of our basement bar!


Because Eric lives in South Carolina...
BUCKEYE cheer gear is hard to find.
I take care of that all the time...like buying him this shirt!



Eric also loved Coach Jim Tressel
I have such great memories of us watching those games
together, when we could....and during those 
10 TRESSEL YEARS of Ohio State Football
I collected tshirts for each year of glory!


I also found the "Thank You" tee made after Tressel resigned 
(because he took the fall for a sad mistake) 
We fondly call this exit "Tatoo-gate"


I used charcoal gray grunge to set the shirts!


The back includes 3 shirts I actually wore!
Buckeye Mama had to be part of it...right?
 I used a FMQ meander, to hold it all together!


Yes this entire Murphy/Gordon family bleeds scarlet and gray!



It is an amazing quilt...and my husband (an OSU Alumni) 
was very sad...it was not his!





 Eric celebrated his 40th birthday this year...
and every stitch in this quilt is from Mom, with lots of love
I luv the label stitched into the border...



I took a couple shots of the quilt by the ocean 
before I gave it to him.



We missed getting a photo of us together with the quilt.
but, Eric just sent me this one.

He may be 40 but he is still a kid at heart...
...the kid that has my heart!


Eric picked the fabrics for this first OSU quilt
He also designed it and Mom made it too!


We are #buckeyesforlife