Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars
Dancing Stars can be found on the cover of the American Patchwork & Quilting calendar for 2011. It's the month of February.

SPRING FLING is located in Volume 6 of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites.

Friday, December 31, 2010

 Yoshiko Kurihara lives in her home country of Japan.  She is a dear friend who belonged to my quilting bee group about 20 years ago. She and her husband moved back to Japan about 18 years ago and we have stayed in contact with each other.  She won the grand prize at the Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2006.  She makes amazing art quilts.  I feel honored to have received three of her Christmas wall hangings.  The one above is this years gift.
This is 2009 wall hanging
This is 2008 wall hanging.  Not only does she make charming little wall hangings, she also makes delightful Christmas post cards.  I will share those in the future.  Yoshiko also makes charming small bags, even one that just fits my ipod shuffle and it's tiny.  She has such talent and imagination.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Georgia, the beautiful tiny kitten, grew in the past six months.  She thought all the pretty shiny round things on the Christmas tree were hers.  She kept us busy all season trying to protect the decorations.
Atlanta had a white Christmas, the first in about 100 years.  We felt lucky to have it fall on the proper day, it never did amount to much, except it was beautiful while it was here.
The two grandchildren 4 and 10, who live in Georgia visited us for a day during school vacation.  Natalie sat very patiently adding macaroni while I put the drop of hot glue on the tree form.  She did very well for a four year old.  A good coat of silver paint and ribbon finished her tree, a gift for her Mom.  Austin worked on the candle for his Dad.  I remember almost everything about using crushed ice and a milk carton except for the wick.  We should have used a real candle in the center because the wick burnt up in a very short time.  Believe me whipping that hot paraffin made one big mess on the counter where there were no papers.
The most fun on Christmas Eve is exchanging hand made or free gifts.  Looks like the children had their share.  Free means anything you have gotten as a sample, premium, etc.,  nothing of much value usually, except for the fun of opening it.  I managed to get robes made for both children for their hand made gifts.  Think the final stitch came about 9PM on the day before Christmas Eve.  I'd rather make quilts!
This is just a small part of the new library in Burleson, Texas where our daughter, Cathy is librarian.  We visited the week of Thanksgiving and were fortunate to get the grand tour of the school.
Everything is bigger in Texas!

Christmas 2010