Irish Lake Quilter

......snippets and quilts, family, pets and friends....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fun in the snow!!

We're having a wonderful time in the snow..... digging for my ball, chasing the snow from the shovel and making dog-angels!! I'm sooo happy when I can be out running and bouncing! Hope you are having a happy day too!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas

From our house
to yours,


Friday, February 13, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Today is a sunny, clear, cold day here in IL. What a welcome break we've had for the past two weeks! We got 45" of snow in December and January which is much more than this area normally gets and sometimes it is more than we get in a full winter. We still have some piles at the edges of the driveway even though we had 60*+ a few days ago. Lost tennis balls (four legged friend outdoor activity) have been found along with a January 10 newspaper. It really must have snowed hard on that night since it was buried in a large pile pushed there by the plower. We had a Winter Wonderland for many days and the woods are always a thing of beauty after a fresh snowfall. It is so pretty, but the sunshine and warmth is always a pleasure.

That was the weather-style Winter Wonderland. My quilty Winter Wonderland ( looks like this, now that I'm finished with the top. I started the redwork last year about the time we went to the lake in April and each evening I would work on it while Jim watched Wheel of Fortune. Finally, in late summer it was finished and the rash around my neck began to appear........I laughingly tell people that pieced blocks cause me to break out in a rash and this quilt not only had a lot of them, but they were either a different pattern, size or fabric. I bit the bullet and got through them. I'd rather do handwork any day!!! Now to get it quilted and I'll get to that one of these days. I've started "Over the River and Through the Woods", also by Crabapple Hill, which is a smaller quilt, but the embroidery is much more dense in design. Hopefully, it will be on the wall with WW come the Holidays this year!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm Back.........

It has been a few months..... Oddly enough, I just noticed my last post was 9/11. Unintentional, but just when things started to become overwhelming and I let my journaling slide. So much has gone on in the past several months - church garage sale and the chaos that ensued following that, 4 quilting retreats and all the fun of preparing and enjoyment from those, one kid returning to school and one looking for a condo to purchase, the holidays and ust keeping up. I haven't been so busy that I couldn't sew and here are a few pictures of what I've been working on lately. I'll be better about keeping things up here.

I finally got the Baltimore finished and put back together. It was a long journey that isn't quite ended, but a milestone just to get it to this point. It is now on the frame and I'm attempting to hand quilt it. Might be many more years before this one is finished!!

More to come.......I just need to find them! :>)