My friend, Judy gave me a kick in the pants last week. Not literally and it didn’t hurt too bad because it was done via email. She was out of town recently and unable to attend JSS Bee Day and wanted to know if I had taken pics. I emailed back that I had and maybe I should blog. Her ALL CAPS response felt like a kick in the pants. She even told me I could just put all the pics on a blog. I didn’t have to write a thing. Ha! She knew that would never happen.
So then I got in the shower and started thinking about blogging. Just so you know, I write my best blogs in the shower. Now if I could just remember them when I get out of the shower, we’d be good. Somehow I don’t think my laptop, tablet or smartphone would like it in the shower with me. But if somebody hears of a waterproof version of any of those? I need one. You might get a lot more blogs from me.
Here’s another reason I haven’t been blogging….
Seriously. How is one to type when this sweet boy is laying on the laptop? And walking on the keyboard. And chasing the little arrow around the screen. And biting my hands. And getting into everything. And…….
I had forgotten what it was like to have a kitten around the house. If I ever think of getting one again, would somebody please remind me?
Well, anyway – on with the show! This blog’s for Judy……
I only took pics of Show ‘n Tell. No pics of food. Sorry Judy. I’m out of practice. Suffice it to say all the food was good and Mardi Gras related. Including the cake with the baby inside. Whatever that means.
This quilt is one we made for a member of our Bee who is going through chemotherapy right now. Suz organized the whole thing and we all made blocks to make this wonderful quilt for Nancy to take along with her to her treatments. And just cuddle with whenever she needs an affirming word. Because we all wrote words of encouragement on it. And it turned out great! More about this one later in the blog.
This is the back. One block didn’t arrive in time in the mail to make it into the front of the quilt. So it is on the back. Davene stitched the binding. And is pointing out the special block on the back from Lani. Jules did the quilting. And Pam donated fabric for backing. Good friends coming together for a friend in need.
Not sure what’s going on with these two, but Davene made the cute little apron she’s wearing out of a man’s shirt! And everyone wanted to know how to make one of their own. It just might need to be a retreat project next month.
Cindy showed us some special family heirlooms (at least I think that’s what these were. I’ve slept too many times since Bee Day.) Gloria and Davene looking on.
This is another of Cindy’s. I’m sure there is a story. Ask Cindy.
This crazy patch pillow was Cindy’s too. Very cool.
Kay has been working on <gasp> needlepoint! But isn’t it beautiful?
Three ladies got Christmas blocks from Nancy at our Bee Day. This is Patti.
And Dede is going to get this one to Pam.
Christmas goes on and on in this group.
Patti showed us this wonderful embroidered quilt she made. Isn’t the hanger for it cute? And very appropriate.
Lynn has been on a machine embroidery kick with a friend. She had this apron.
……. and also this piece with all her family names and birthdays on it.
Lynn also showed us this cute table runner.
Karen and Sue collaborated on this special quilt – I think it’s for a family member? Wedding gift maybe? Someone will correct me if I’m wrong, I’m sure. Feel free to comment, Karen or Sue, and tell us the story behind the quilt!
Sue also finished this beautiful tumbling blocks quilt. All hand pieced. She took a class with me on hand piecing some time ago and finished this quilt. She even added piping in her binding for a special touch. Beautiful, Sue!
Sue also made this cute wall hanging of leaves. Nice.
And Sue was binding this quilt for a friend. And that’s all I remember about the story behind this one. Only you have to see the corners up close and how Sue is doing them……
Yikes! Do you see how she’s going around those hexagon edges? We all told her to just whack it off straight and make it easy on herself. What did you end up doing, Sue? Did you listen to the group? We may need an updated picture on this one!
This one is Suz’. She was working on the binding. It’s fabulous, Suz!
This is Cookie’s Inklingo mystery quilt! The Case of the Secret Garden. All finished and quilted. I’m working on this mystery too. Mine will probably be finished in about 2025. But you must see the quilting on Cookie’s up close……
Isn’t it amazing? One more…..
Unbelievable quilting! And unbelievable piecing too. Cookie’s first Inklingo project!
This lovely purple quilt is Cookie’s too.
This is the back. It’s much more purple than it looks in this picture. Why does purple turn blue in pictures anyway?
And after the Mardi Gras lunch…….
Stitching was happening! Lynn and Sue….
Cookie and Kay.
And on the way home, 4 of us stopped by Nancy’s to deliver her quilt…..
Sorry for the blur, but I knew you would all want to see this picture of Nancy’s initial reaction when it finally hit her that the quilt was for her and not just some quilt we’d stopped by to show her. And then she immediately did this:
She wanted to look at it up close and personal and read every block. It was a special, special time!
And that’s how Bee Day went last month. Did I do OK, Judy?
Maybe you all should hire Judy to kick me more often?