Bosbee Quilting

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rain! Rain!

Woo, this has been one rainy June!  I am married to a retired farmer, so this year is the kind that makes me happy, happy that he is retired.  But it still makes me sad for our relatives and neighbors who farm that are trying to get their crops in.  Hay in this area is tall and lush.  They just have not had enough clear weather days in a row to cut, dry and harvest it.  Farmers are blamed for a lot of evils, but American farmers have produce a lot of food for a very low cost for years.  I fear that those days are going to be a thing of the past.  I thank God every day for our farmers! God Bless you all!


2012 - My dear husband

Inspiration provided by My Life!

Well, here is hoping that the rain leaves up soon and the farmers are able to get their work done.
Just remember...

Keep on Farmin' 
Oh, I mean

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Project Preview

I know, I know.  I should post more often but it seems that time gets away from me.  I have a beautiful granddaughter graduating from high school.  I have a garden calling for my attention and I have a puppy dog who seems to think I am her personal playmate.  Excuses, yeah I know.  So here I am again and here are some pictures of what I have been up to.

Come on Mom, play with me!
Mom's Iris garden
The quilt top I call "Mom's Iris Garden" is being quilted right now.  I am doing it as I have done all of my machine quilts on my Janome 6600 P sewing machine.  I will continue to show pictures of it as I progress.  It is turning out to be fun to quilt. I am hoping to have it done by the middle of June.  Wish me luck.  And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Very Nice Day!

Sorry for not posting in a while but I have been busy working on my UFO's.  However, I had such a nice day I had to share it with you.  My husband and I met up with one of his classmates from high school for lunch.  I had never met him or his wife but I was immediately at ease.  Wonderful people! And to top it off, his wife is a quilter also so we had a great time sharing pictures of past projects and thinking about getting to gather to go quilt shop hopping so we can make new projects.  Can't wait!

It was so funny, but we found that we were from similar backgrounds so when she showed me a picture of one of her quilts, I was not surprised when it looked very much like one I had made for my oldest grandson.  We had used some of the same fabrics.





I bet you can't tell that our quilts were for great outdoor's men.  So funny!

Have a great day everyday and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!
Norma

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February already...and snowing!

Well, I think we are going to dodge the bullet with the big snow storm this Super Bowl Sunday. But I think we are going to get freezing rain and that is not good.  I worry about my truck driving son and grandson who have to be out there everyday.  Not a fun time of year.


I decided to make some more valentine items.  I made these Valentine place mats in a couple of days. They were fun and so easy.  Take a look.




Sunny is a little guy my mom bought for me many years ago.  I grow and love sunflowers of all kinds so he has become my mascot.  I keep him on a shelf in the kitchen and he changes with the seasons.  Here he is holding a quilted heart I made for him.  I will keep you up to date on his moods.

Sunny 

Hope you dodge the snow too and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nothing new!

Still snowing and more is coming on Sunday but I am retired and do not have to go out in it.  I do feel bad for all those who still have to fight the elements to get to work, and I especially feel love and appreciation for all those who go out every day to work in this cold and snow.  My dad and my husband both were dairy farmers and they were out in the cold, heat, storms, and rain every single day. And I worked for a local city government that maintained their own Municipal Power Plant and I saw the linemen work in horrible conditions to keep the power on for all of us.  I have nothing but respect for all those who give their working lives to that end.

I have been absent on here for a while so I decided to link up with quiltshopgal for the January Creative Goodness Weekly Linky Party.  I made this quilt many moons ago, but I still love the pattern and love making them.  I think I have made about 8 of them in different colors but I really like the white one the best.  Too bad it reminds me of all the snow in our back yard.


Stay Warm and...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November already!

Wow, November already!  Where did summer go?  It was busy and fun and when that happens, time flies.  I am in the middle of cleaning and organizing my sewing room so I have not had the time to do much sewing.  I have high hopes that when I get done, I will be able to go in there and find things so easily that I can finish all (or some) of my UFO's and start working on new ones.  I have so many ideas that my head can't hold them all!
Here are a few throwback pictures of quilts that were made many years ago.
The very first quilt that I machine quilted (mid 1990's)

Red Work Quilt.
This is hand quilted.  We found it in a chest in my husband's grandmother's house long after she was gone so we have no idea who made this quilt.

My mother's handiwork with embroidery.  I then hand quilted it for her.


This quilt was made in the 40's or early 50's by my husband's grandmother.  Hand quilted.



Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I need to get back to my sewing room.  

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sad today

Hello Everyone.
 Today I want to pay tribute to someone that I have admired for a number of years.  I do not want to belabor this sad testimonial but I felt that I must say something.  A few weeks ago, we (the quilt world) lost a wonderful quilt designer.  Pam Bono has inspired so many of us and her designs made us WANT to quilt.  All of her quilt designs drew your eye to her techniques and her use of color was something we all wish we had the comprehension to do. Her intuitive ability to see a design and give it life was so exciting.

And so, I wish to give a shout out to Pam Bono's family and friends, We in the quilt community will always remember you and miss you.  God Bless.

My inspiration-Pam's wonderful patterns

My third quilt in progress from "Big Book..."

A quilt I called "Nice Shoes" that I submitted with a story to Pam's newsletter
(the date on this picture is incorrect, It should be 10/2009)

"Nice Shoes" in progress
I made one other quilt from Pam's "Big Book of Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts". It was called "Baby Bunnies" and for some reason I can't find the pictures I took of it.  It was a baby shower gift to my niece for her first son.

Take care and...
Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Summer is so short!

I am so embarrassed that I have not posted anything since early spring.  But my garden called me all summer and I am so pleased with all of the flowers and produce I harvested this summer.  So to say I was a little busy would be an understatement.  Unfortunately, quilting was put on the back burner. But today there is a chill in the air, my flowers are waning and the vegetable garden has just about given its all.  I love Spring, Summer and Fall!  Winter? Not so much but it has its qualities to help nature renew for the next growing season.  So goodbye Summer, Hello Fall and Winter, please be kind to us this year.

Here are a few of the moments of my summer.




















I had an abundance of strawberries this spring.  We picked over 140 quarts.




















 My tomatoes were very good this year.  Just the right amount of rain. My cabbages were huge!  We love fresh coleslaw.






 My garden is raised beds, vertical hanging pots and lots of flowers mixed in. I like to air dry my herbs.  Here I have some dill.

My flowers loved the rain and we didn't have a lot of really hot weather.  




Starting Monday, I am rearranging my sewing room and I will post some pictures of the results.  This is  picture of some wall hangings I made years ago but I love to hang them this time of year.



 Happy Fall and
Keep on Quiltin'!
Norma

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring! Maybe...?

Oh, we had a beautiful day here yesterday.  Mid 60's and sun!  It was windy but who cares!  At least it wasn't freezing cold and snowing.  Today is my hubby and my 25th wedding anniversary.  It is so hard to believe that we have been married that long.  Yes, it is the second time around for both of us, but we got it right this time and it has been a wonderful 25 year journey.

I really got myself in gear the last couple of weeks.  Here are a few more pictures of the tee shirt quilt I made for a customer.  I also used the rest of the the tees that I couldn't fit into the quilt and made a quillow.  I just threw that in as a bonus since my customer allowed me to experiment with the quilt and her son's tee shirts.  She was very happy with the results and I now hope her son likes the quilts.



Quillow

The above folded into the quillow




And I finished some UFO's this week.  This is a quilt that a friend of mine bought at an auction.  The top had been hand stitched together and was so askew that I couldn't finish it the way it was.  So I took the whole thing apart and reworked the entire top.  I think it turned out great.

Before

Block before

This is how the patches were put together

I stabilized each patch and then squared each one up

After I sewed them back together

Finished as a tied quilt

Have a great day everyone! And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Thursday, March 27, 2014

One more done

I have successfully finished the tee shirt quilt for a customer.  I think it turned out very well. I had some trouble deciding whether to use fusible webbing for a stabilizer on the tee shirts.  Some say that the fusible webbing makes the quilt "stiff".  But I found that not to be the case.  This quilt turned out very soft and pliable and I feel it was so much easier to square everything up.  I definitely will be using the stabilizer method again.







I really had a good time making this quilt.  I hope my customer likes it as much as I do.  I would use this quilt every day if it were mine.  I think I will be making a tee shirt quilt for myself very soon!

And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!
Norma