Monday, April 2, 2018

Oh where is spring

Yesterday on Easter Sunday God surprised us with a little reminder that spring is not here yet---a mix of rain, sleet and snow and slick roads greeted us. Upon arriving back home from a noon brunch I took the opportunity to have a day of rest---several times during the day I thought about doing some work and after a brief 15 minutes decided that the rest could wait---did some reading, watched a movie, took a nap---so today will be a busy day.

The Midwest newsletter came out yesterday-----If any of you have been one of my students and would like to submit a picture of your rug I would be honored---read about it on the first part of the newsletter.   This is the link to the complete newsletter---definitely worth your time!

Jody's crow

I have tried to move this crow down for 10 minutes
I give up!
He stays here!
he is going to have a beautiful; red sky---losing the graveyard!
I am excited to be going to Maryland for a

workshop on Thursday...some fun projects to be started.

Here are some pictures from my recent workshop
in Columbia Mo
What a great group of women and the
start to some great rugs

Sorry for the shadow on the picture---

Joyce is going to trapunto the paisley heart at he top-

--lots of standing wool techniques in this one---

love all the things she tried!

Marlene's trout---awesome job!

I found an antique fly in my collection

and she is going to put it at the mouth of the fly

and hang this from a bamboo rod!

This is my hearts and stars pattern which Patty is doing with lots of

standing wool techniques---each of these are so fun to see come alive--
-so many possibilities!

I can't take credit for Nancy's awesome rug---pattern by Blacksheep Wool---Elinor Barrett

While at the workshop she worked on the face and the path and we color planned some additional areas in the rug.

Renetta was working on a Judy Cripp's jack o' lantern pattern---always a fun pattern to work on.

I designed this crock Pattern for Pam a fairly new hooker from pictures of her crocks---added an "S" on the one on the left for her last name.

Elinor was working on her rendition of an old antique pattern---I think she was hoping to do a wider cut but the size of the motifs dictated some smaller cuts---I love the soft palette so different from the original---there was talk about her resizing the pattern but we will see what happens.

Diane designed this paisley footstool pattern with us collaborating of the design in emails back and forth---turned out great---such soft beautiful colors

Ranae was also working on a Janice Johnson pattern---great primitive house and leaves

Donna chose a Janice Johnson pattern

"Don't tread on me"
Great job on the flag---and think the banner and

lettering choices came out super!

Susan was hooking a new pattern by Blacksheep wool---love the pattern and color palette.

Julie was hooking a Linda Brannock pattern called Summer Medley---great progress on a fun primitive rug.

There are a couple more pictures that I am trying to locate---sorry Kari and Laura Lee---I will find them and post but I have got to get busy and get off my computer.

I tried to post the whole Midwest Newsletter and i just can't 1do it---will try again tonite---too frustrated right now----grrrrr

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lenexa hook in tomorrow

Sitting here with some friends who reminded me that I have not blogged lately---I am so sorry and promise to start doing better---looking forward to the hook-in tomorrow and seeing what everyone has been up to---had a great dinner with Jody, Marlene, Tammy, Denny and Anne---will post about the hook-in soon.  Baxter and Chelsea will be here next Saturday so maybe a picture of my grandson to follow.

Greetings from our cruise---we were in Key West at Ernest Hemingway's house.

Promise to be better!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tyler Texas, ATHA biennial, update on Bertha and other stuff

Well I thought I would try to catch up on my blog so here goes...

I taught an awesome workshop in Tyler Texas and wanted to share a few of  my students work...

Cranston Flower basket hooked by Naomi---off to a great start1

Jaci designed this fun bird for a footstool---love what she die with the wing using wool and a  men's silk tie!

Debbie was hooking Bugsy for a friend of hers---she definitely captures his personality!

Proverbs hooked by Diane---lovely little sampler---changed the gold lettering to a brighter gold after this picture was taken---great work!

Whatnots hooked by Pam---a fun pattern!n and great use of paisley---the pot is so good!!!

Sylvia worked on New England Twist and got a lot done---there is a" learning curve" to getting this twist pattern just right and she got it---#8.5 cut!  She will be done in no time!

Rebecca worked on my Hearts and Stars pattern===great caterpillar outlines around the hears and fun quillie flowers!

This is an awesome Quilt Block pattern hooked by Pam---she started with the Basket square and kept moving around using the colors and paisley in  different proportions---I love this rug!

Leah was a new hooker---I designed this rug for her kitchen---this is one that i want to hook---she did a fantastic job and became a confident hooker!

I am beginning to prepare for the ATHA biennial---I sent this picture to my students to help them select a color palette

This pattern will be available after the biennial---Twist and Vine

My antique goodies I bought on my trip to and from Texas...both stools had very ugly
covers on them.

Here are some updated photos of Bertha---I love her!!!  Makes me want to go to the Caribbean again ----well not right now in the heat but maybe in January!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sea turtle coming to life

I thought I would share with you my most recent project.....Our State Line rug Hookers guild brought Susan Fellers to do a workshop with our guild.  I have been pondering doing a sea turtle for some time---husband is a scuba diver.

I drew this turtle swimming and brought it to the workshop---I knew that I wanted the coloration to be browns and aquas and with Susan's encouragement and her saying "is it believable"  this is what is happening...

Thanks to my friend Jan he turtle's name is Bertha!

Will keep posting progress pictures.


The after and the before of Sarah and Philip's kitchen---now to paint the awful pink and add a backsplash but it is functional.

 Went to the lake for the first time this year to set up---our spot was under water until about 2 weeks ago---what a mess.  We had some water damage in the trailer and couldn't figure out where it came from???  Fred our dog was all tuckered out!

Getting ready to leave on Saturday to teach in Tyler Texas---looking forward to another workshop.  Much to do this week to get ready.

Doing physical therapy for my back and water aerobics ---also exercises on an exercise ball---all very time consuming but hoping it helps my back.

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A very random post in an attempt to show what has kept me so busy this Spring

February took me to Waukesha Wisconsin to kick off 2017  and then to Athens, Georgia for two workshops.  I flew to both of these workshops due to being afraid to plan a road trip in February---would have worked out due to mild February.  The end of February was the Lenexa hook-in---always a great day.  Then I was off to Springfield Mo and then to New Braunfels Tx.  May took me back to Georgia to Peachtree City and Cummings.  Wednesday I am leaving for Lancaster PA...then have a little break until heading back to Texas to Tyler.

 Waukesha WA

 Athens GA

 Springfield MO
 New Braunfels TX

 Peachtree City

 Cummings GA