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Well Traveled Pears

 

This quilt hands in the entry of my home, and always gets lots of attention from visiting friends, and  I love to tell the story about it!

Back when we lived in Ohio, I belonged to a large quilt guild, and we had what were called “splinter groups”, in our case it was a 12 person group we called the “Stress Knots”. We met once a month in a meeting house (so no one had to clean!) and once a year, it was your turn to prepare some sort of quilt like activity. In previous years I had showed the rest of my group how to dye fabric, or paper piece. My last turn to host was right before we moved to California, which was going to be quite a long car trip. I brought 20 pieces of hand dyed fabric and a pear block I had designed and printed off a bunch of copies onto freezer paper. I handed out the packets to my wonderful friends, and we all spent the next hour cutting out a pear, an accent and a leaf from freezer paper, ironed them onto the fabric and prepped them for freezer paper applique (wonderful explanation of that here).

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Then we had a blast arranging the pears on the backgrounds and putting together 20 wonderful combinations. Once the block color distributions were figured out, each got it’s own ziplock bag. They all went into a bag with needles thread and scissors, and stayed in the front seat of my car as we drove the whole  family west to Redlands, CA. I only managed to get about 7 blocks done during the drive, it took me another year and a ha lf of “free time” to hand applique the rest of them, but it was finished in October of 2005 (thanks goodness I quilted this into the quilt or I never would have remembered that!)well travelled pears 008

This was my 1st (and LAST) large hand applique project, and is a wonderful memory of “the Quilter Ladies” (as my husband and kids called them) – dear friends back in Newark, Ohio!

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Items get crossed off the list:

Item Date Due % Done
Floral quArt 3/20/2009 100%
30 Tie Dye shirts etc…for Elixer 3/20/2009 100%
Design Clutch – Will Tuba 3/26/09 100%
10 Notelets 4/24/09 100%
5 Warm Colors Grab & Go 4/24/09 0%
5 Warm Colors Clutch 4/24/09 0%
30 Going Green Totes 4/24/09 30%
5 Cool Colors Clutch 4/24/09 0%
Cool Colors quArt 4/24/09 0%
Crazy Colors Bags 4/24/09 0%
5 Cool Colors messengers 4/24/09 15%
Candied Fabrics Quilt 4/25/09 0%
Medium tote for Nicholle’s sister 5/30/09 0%
Laptop bag for Liz 5/31/09 0%

 

Today I just finished 10 cute notelets, 5 in the warm colors and 5 in the cool:

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The green one with the flower in it is a special order for my friend Leslie, the rest go in the box for the Orange Muffin Festival I’m doing on Saturday! Yet another fun little event in Redlands celebrating the local citrus!

6th Annual Orange Muffin Festival

Saturday April 18th

10am –1pm

Historic Kendal House at Plymouth Village

120 E. Palm Avenue, Redlands, CA

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Orange Muffins, Orange Butter, Juice, Coffee/Tea ~ $3

Muffins are also being sold by the baker’s dozen

I can’t wait to see what’s inside this gorgeous house!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I’ve always wanted to go to one of the really big quilt shows and I’ve never been able to…here’s our chance to have a virtual one!

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Starting tomorrow, April 17, you will be able to attend the First Annual Bloggers Quilt Festival! Amy of  the Park City Girl blog has set this up; read all about it here.

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Good to Know

Here’s an amazing project started over at pikaland, with advice/inspiration from artists and other creative folk. Their 1st topic they cover is about overcoming a creative block. Amazingly good advice!

Good to Know: Issue #1

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Citrus Celebration

One of the reasons I love my hometown is the Inland Orange Conservancy: an organization dedicated to saving the old local groves that grow fantastic oranges that aren’t pretty enough for SunKist to buy. When you become a member, you receive 10 pounds of oranges every week during the season, and if you don’t eat them,they’re donated to local food banks. Every spring they have an event in an old grove that lets you taste all these amazing citrus varieties and just revel in the orange-blossom-ness of our town. When we went yesterday, a reporter caught a good picture of my older son Liam trying what looks like a blood orange – and his picture made the story! Pretty cool!

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Happy Easter!

Well, the Easter Bunny has come & gone, leaving behind a spider web of string for the boys to follow to their baskets, as well as plenty of eggs outside to hunt. Now a peaceful day, full of chocolate and reading until Daddy gets home from playing his Easter gig. And later, a leg of lamb dinner! Here are some pix of our fun morning!

Liam very intent

Liam very intent

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Logan carefully winding up the string

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Will we ever find the basket?

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Stirling says "what the heck are they doing?"

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Logan gets the prize for finding the OLDEST egg - this one is from LAST YEAR! (No, we didn't open it...)

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This butterfly remained like this for the whole hunt - just warming up, or newly out of his cocoon?

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Item Date Due % Done
Floral quArt 3/20/2009 100%
30 Tie Dye shirts etc…for Elixer 3/20/2009 100%
Design Clutch – Will Tuba 3/26/09 100%
10 Notelets 4/24/09 20%
5 Warm Colors Grab & Go 4/24/09 0%
5 Warm Colors Clutch 4/24/09 0%
30 Going Green Totes 4/24/09 30%
5 Cool Colors Clutch 4/24/09 0%
Cool Colors quArt 4/24/09 0%
Crazy Colors Bags 4/24/09 0%
5 Cool Colors messengers 4/24/09 15%
Candied Fabrics Quilt 4/25/09 0%
Medium tote for Nicholle’s sister 5/30/09 0%
Laptop bag for Liz 5/31/09 0%

Slowly but surely, but dear Lord, I’ve been sneezing all day and I’ve got that sore throat creeping up in the back of my nose…AAAHHH!!!! no time to be sick!

And because no post is complete without a picture – here’s the 1st piece of art I ever sold…Just under 2 years ago at my 1st art show. It’s a “construction” of several of my little pieces of quArt (see larger description of quArt here).

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