A Little Update

The king sized quilt was on the frame by the end of June.   The borders took a long time to finish and then even longer to blanket stitch all those tiny designs I created!   With the busy summer and lots of traveling the actual quilting has been slow going.   Here is a photo of the giant first being basted and then on the frame.

Irish Chain being basted

Irish Chain in Frame

In the meantime, I did create an adorable “Frozen” princess dress for my three year old granddaughter, Maya.

Maya Frozen Princess1

Maya Frozen princess2

Lots of traveling included a week in the woods of southern Indiana in June for DH’s hobby interest.  Then we did two weeks out west in Boulder, Colorado and the Black Hills of South Dakota in July.  We took a couple of grandchildren with us and my oldest granddaughter broke her arm the first day we left!   Next we spent ten days in Atlanta, Savannah, Tybee Island, Hilton Head, and Charleston, SC in Aug for a woodworking convention and just R&R for the two of us.   And one more week in the woods of southern Indiana in September at which time I did a lot of sewing on baby blankets in our RV!   Whew!   Fun, but nice to be home.

Grandchildren…Haley, Sophia, Noah and daughter Kathleen enjoying the Niwot, CO evening concert.

Niwot 2014

We had a GREAT family campout while in Boulder, CO.


Since then I have completed 20 baby blankets with teddy bears for my Quilters’ Plus Holiday Boutique coming up November 7 and 8.   My heart wanted to do a lot more projects for the Boutique, as some of the money goes to support our group, but alas, I did not do what I had hoped to complete.   Oh well, there is always next year.

Some of my blogging buddies have been wondering where I have been.   Just busy with life and trying to avoid spending time on the computer fighting with downloading photos, etc.   It has been a nice respite.   However, I do lurk behind the shadows and visit all of your blogs often.

I hope before too long there will be some stitching and other quilt items to show.   But my progress is SLOW.

For now…..Amities, Averyclaire


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lorettatulke
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 21:14:18

    How I enjoyed your update! Of course I looked long and hard at Noah’s picture.😀. I remember his squatting down to look out of the lowest window of the door by S. Christians office. Long time ago!! The quilt is gorgeous and the dress is prize winner as well as the “doll” wearing it! Great talent, Karen. God bless you dear friend!


  2. Barbara Lilian
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 03:51:17

    Hello Karen. I had wondered what had happened, as I hadn’t seen you pop up in my mailbox 🙂 What a busy summer you’ve had, good for you to put blogging on one side & focus on the important things in life, families are so precious. I’m sure you couldn’t have fitted anymore projects in if you had tried. Your quilt looks a master piece, so much work and all so beautifully sewn. I’m sure now that the days are shortening you’ll soon get it finished. Take care and I look forward to reading more from you.


  3. Your lil sis, Barb!
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 10:06:44

    I love the way the quilt is coming along, lots of hard work! The other pics were great also, including the Frozen Gown for Maya! Darling!


  4. KerryCan
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 11:24:28

    It sounds like you’ve been enjoying summer–good for you! The quilt is going to be a treasure!


  5. judyd18@aol.com
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 14:38:46

    Nice Blog!!!!


  6. Margaret
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 18:34:18

    That is a beautiful quilt! I love the border — it’s going to be spectacular when done! Lots of traveling, I see. So nice to be with your grandchildren too. Ouch on your granddaughter’s arm!


  7. Southpaw Stitcher
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 22:05:01

    Love that quilt, and all your photos. You have a very handsome family. Maya looks adorable in that dress!


  8. Jackie
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 22:21:34

    Your quilt is AMAZING! Love the Elsa costume too. I’m sure your granddaughter loves it and feels like a princess wearing it.

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy but fun summer!


  9. Nanouanne
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 02:03:51

    Your work is gorgeous, Karen! I admire your patience as well. As I said to you last week I do know that you are always busy here and there. And you have a very nice family you can spend a lot of time with. Thank you for the pictures you share.


  10. Annie
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 07:23:41

    What a fabulous quilt! I can’t imagine doing that much applique and hand work.
    The frozen costume is so sweet and your grand daughter looks beautiful in it.
    What a fun time you’ve had with the family. Looks like a great crowd to hang out with.


  11. Carol
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 17:03:38

    So lovely to read your updates–looks like a busy, but fun time with family!! That costume you made is so precious–as is your little grand daughter 🙂 And the quilt–oh, my!! Just stunning 🙂


  12. Marti
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 11:22:09

    The quilt is gorgeous! Are you hand quilting it? Your little princess is adorable. I bet she wears that dress nonstop.


    • averyclaire
      Oct 07, 2014 @ 13:08:30

      Yes. Marti…I am hand quilting it. It is a quilt top I did ten years ago and has been waiting for me to design borders. I have two good friends who quilt with me every Friday from 9:30 to 3:00….but it will still take about a year to finish. Maya adores the dress. Thanks.


  13. anneleonas@comcast.net
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 16:27:56

    Your quilt looks absolutely gorgeous, Karen! And I love Maya’s dress . . . she is adorable!

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!



  14. Elizabeth Janzen
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 19:52:14

    The quilt is amazing. It’s beautiful sitting in the frame in a warm, cozy room. What fun it would be to come over from time to time and help you and your friends quilt on it. Sigh! Maybe some day!

    Your family is beautiful and they all look genuinely happy to be spending time with grandma and grandpa. How wonderful for all of you.


  15. Virtual Quilter
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 06:17:17

    We have had our first taste of summer, along with reminders of some of the downsides of summer time Downunder, but right now winter has had a relapse and I am looking forward to summer with all those downsides!


  16. Virtual Quilter
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 06:18:12

    PS Love the quilt, and the little angel too … and right now that fire would be wonderful!


  17. Linda Hubbard
    Nov 02, 2014 @ 19:27:08

    Your applique borders on the quilt are absolutely gorgeous. Very time-consuming but SO worth the time and effort!! What a wonderful heirloom it will be.


  18. Renee
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 17:37:55

    Your quilt is looking great! Maya’s dress is adorable. I do hope your eldest granddaughter’s arm has healed well.


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