Open Line Friday-Mothers

Mother's DayHappy Mother’s Day!

This weekend marks two very important events in my family’s life:  Mother’s Day and my mother turns 90!

Happy Birthday, Mom!Mother's DayI’ve really enjoyed reading the comments from one of our followers, Rosemary.  Last week she wrote in about her 90 year old mother who was born without a hand, but could do more knitting and other sewing than most people!  —Comments HERE

Mother's DayMY MOM

Today, I’d like to tell you a little about my lovely Mother…

Dorothy was born in 1925 in Cicero, Illinois (home of the infamous Al Capone, too!).  Her parents were both born in Czechoslovakia and came to the US as children.  She had three brothers and she loved to play baseball and marbles with them in the prairies around their home.  Her early life was shaped by the Great Depression and her Dad died while she was in high school.  She worked as a secretary during World War II and after the war she married my Dad.  They had seven children (including one exceptionally bright, talented  daughter.)  And she now has 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

She has always put family first.  (And we appreciate it!)   I have never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.  One of her favorite sayings:  If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!  (She has a whole book of Motherly Sayings.)

She taught us all to cook a little and sew a lot!

Mother's DayMOMS on OPEN LINE FRIDAY

What about your Mom?  Can you tell us a little about YOUR Mom?  Did she teach you to sew?  Did she have a favorite saying?  Is there something special you can tell us about YOUR Mom?

We’d love to hear!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lori

Doodle Thursdays–A Quilting Classic

Doodle LessonsGood Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Tea Lovers!

Pour yourself a cup of your favorite tea and before you can read the leaves, you’ll have finished pages of this addicting little doodle!

It’s a Quilting Classic–every quilter should practice this doodle.

Begin with slightly curved “v”.  Then just add a bit more curl.

Doodle LessonsAdd a full spiral.

Doodle LessonsSee how many different variations you can create–with just downward curls and spirals.

Doodle LessonsThen start combining them…

What happens when you turn them into a vine?

Doodle LessonsOkay…time to get back to…dusting, laundry, paperwork…

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle LessonsWell…just ONE more!

Doodle LessonsSigned,

Procrastinating on paper,

Lori

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Quilt One of Three…

 

Blue Flowers, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

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QUILTING OR CLEANING

Did you ever notice that once you start Spring Cleaning you want to change everything from pillows to wallhangings?  I’m in that uncomfortable mode these days…nothing can be clean enough and I want something new to view!

So…I dusted awhile, then I started stitching!

Blue Flowers, FMQMy Grand Plan is to make three of these panels in different colors and then hanging them together as a triptych in my bedroom.

The thread is Superior’s Magnifico-trilobal polyester with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

Of course, stitched on my BERNINA–a domestic sewing machine–no long arm here!

Blue Flowers, FMQInstead of meandering between the flowers, I stitched lines.  (We all know how I feel about Meandering-)

I really think the lines are very effective!  Because the flowers and leaves are really open and the background is tightly quilted, the flowers POP off the quilt.

Give this a try…

Or you could always….dust….

#meandernomore,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, share or re-blog with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com  Thanks!