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Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:20

The RED fabrics are off my stash shelf and on the big cutting table ready to get sliced and diced!  Have I mentioned once or twice or 20 times how much I LOVE RED?  One cannot have too much RED in their stash...it's just not possible.  If I owned every red fabric manufactured by every single fabric designer I would still not have "enough"!  Does this make me a PIG...a red fabric PIG?  HMMM...imagine that, one more thing Kathleen is obsessed with...red fabric.  Remember, embrace your weaknesses...it creates less havoc in your life.  Sure, your sisters make fun of you, but as my mother always told us kids when we were growing up..."If someone is making fun of you, then they are leaving some other poor soul alone...so consider it your community service for the day"!  Ahh... I love Mothers sense of humor!


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Monday, 30 March 2009 22:56

FINALLY...the LEMON SQUARES Quilt is actually done!  I am so glad I chose to do a regular straight set piano key border...it just makes the whole quilt POP!  Some of my students ask me how I make decisions regarding borders for my quilts.  Even though I use a software package on my computer called EQ5 to design the layouts of my quilts, I usually wait until the center of the quilt is done and up on the design wall before the final decision is made.  I wait to let the quilt speak to me as to what it needs or in some cases...DOESN'T need.  Right about now my sister Michelle is saying to herself...Kathleen has lost her mind completely...she THINKS her quilts talk to her.  It's a visual thing, not necessarily a "real" speaking type of conversation.

Rest assure Mic...my mind is still...well...LOST!  I'll look for it tomorrow!

Stay tuned...the RED QUILT is coming up NEXT!


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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 21:15

I'm taking a small break from writing about the many quilt projects I am in the middle of and the obsessing I do with my containers to chat a little about my daughter Nicole.  The picture on the right was taken last spring when the Clemson Womens Row Team won the ACC Championships.  We are so proud of our "little girl"...she's really a good kid!  As I type this I am reminded of one particular afternoon that we went to "PARENTS DAY"  at Clemson, where each of the class ranks were dressing up in a theme of sorts.  Nicole's class theme was "High School Days".  We arrived that warm spring day on Campus with NO idea as to what Nicole was dressing up as.  Our children attended Catholic School...Nicole went to Catholic School from Kindergarten through her Senior Year of High School and we just assumed she would wear something that replicated her Catholic School Uniform...or perhaps the cheerleading outfit she had from High School.   Her Catholic School Uniform...made up of plaid skirts, white polo's and "appropriate" shoes was really the image we expected to see that day.   UHHH...NOT SO MUCH!  Our sweet, adorable Catholic School daughter came out of the boat house wearing this...

It was one of those priceless, but proud moments in your life that takes your breath away.  I am sure the look on my face was nothing less than appalled...and shocked!  My daughter...my PINK AND LIME GREEN daughter was dressed like something straight out of a Gothic Movie.  The mother who was standing next to me leaned over and said..."Which of the girls here is YOURS?" I wanted to crawl under the bleachers by the water, but instead I pointed at this child all dressed in black, scaring the daylights out of me.  She just laughed and said..."YOU MUST BE SOOOOO PROUD!"  I didn't know what else to say, except..."Oh we ARE...considering we paid for 13 years of Catholic School!" 

I look at this picture of her and I think to myself "THANK GOODNESS FOR PINK AND LIME GREEN"!

PS...See Mic...I do write blogs without mentioning YOU, however...tomorrow is a new day!


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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:52

Now isn't this the beginning of a HAPPY quilt?  The center is now done and the 1st border of white is on.  I love the lattice look it has!  I am now working on the 2nd border...FUN!  This quilt would look great in a lot of different color ways, I just wanted mine to be yellow!  You're going to love the outside border, so be sure to check back and see it come together!

As I had mentioned in yesterdays blog, I have an empty and very sad container, so I am planning the next quilt project...let's just say RED!  Now red happens to be one of my favorite colors in a quilt, and it has been ever since I made the reds and creams quilt for my son Michael and his wife Kellie as a wedding gift.  I named their quilt "A Lifetime of Tomorrow's" and it was really the first quilt I ever made with reds as it's main coloring.  I just loved the way it turned out and I have been obsessed with the color red ever since.  Well, not quite as obsessed as I am with the CONTAINER!   My sisters Mary Jo and Michelle are rolling their eyes right about now.  Remember girls...you LOVE me!




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Monday, 23 March 2009 20:35

I can't believe how fast I was able to get all 80 blocks finished for my LEMON SQUARES Quilt!  Here you see the rows going together fairly quick too...I hope to have the center of the quilt done with the first border on it in the next day or two for another blog update.  These bright yellow fabrics are so fun to work with and they bring a smile to my face while I am sewing them together!

If you have been keeping track of my container situation, you would know that I have a lonely empty one sitting on the floor of my studio.  What's a girl to do...fill it up with my new project before my sister Mic calls the container police and turns me in for negligence in container use!  She has already asked me a dozen times what's with this unnatural obsession with the container that I seem to have.  She so worries about my mental health!  Either that, or she simply wants me to believe that I'm JUST NOT RIGHT!  Imagine that!


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