Auction's Up

This link should take you to my seller profile, which should let you see all the items that are up for auction.  "Should" being the operative word.

Auctions will end this Sunday, 10 MAR 2013.  Any questions, feel free to contact me through Ebay's message system.



Charity Auction

Several people have expressed an interest in having some of my mother's crafts.  While I am very attached to anything that she made, she was such a prolific artist that she did leave literal rooms full of quilts, paintings, and other hand crafts to me.  I've pulled out items that had special significance to me, and am planning on putting the rest of her items into a charity auction with all the proceeds going towards the Colon Cancer Alliance (http://www.ccalliance.org).

I'm still doing preliminary research, but hope to sell the items in an online auction opening the first week of March.  As I finalize the plans, I'll keep you posted.



This is Tim.  My mom died on Friday night at her home in Atlanta.  She passed relatively calmly, surrounded by me, her pets, and the attending nurses.  The crafting community and this blog gave her a lot of joy.  Thanks so much for being a part of her life and sharing these experiences with her.



Turn, Turn, Turn

I am looking forward to getting back to quilting, including the BB Suffrage blocks and to my Judie Rothermel contest idea, which looks SO pretty.  My studio is so gorgeous and bright and I want to use it.  Every day, I think, am I up for it today?  

A few ornament favorites...Marcie and her daughter put the lights on this tree.  Then Muriel put on the ornaments the next day.  
I decided to stop taking chemo drugs.  What I didn't understand is that there was never any hope for a cure.  It wasn't until I went for a second opinion that the dear man explained this to me.  I wouldn't have put myself through so much misery later in this year had I understood this was not heading towards hope of any cure.   So I tried one more chemo drug, it poisoned me, and I decided to stop.  I got pain pills yesterday and am glad to have them.  I may have a few months left, really do not know.  I hope I surprisingly live on a few months longer.  

So, the daily routine is one of hoping the last chemo will clear out enough that I can quilt.  And of course I have other things to do.  I literally have angels around me helping me.  Timothy is being wonderful.  Still making me laugh.   
I don't plan to dwell on the sad part of this, in fact, this is probably the last mention of it, so I hope you don't drop me as a blog to read.  I won't be a drag, honest. 

For instance!  I had no idea The Waltons reruns were on TV.  

So I have been building a library of episodes with huge delight these past few days.  I forgot how much I loved that show.  I just love everything about it, including how they cope with being cash-poor during the Depression.

A dear friend sent me a copy of Jeanne d'arc Living Christmas, which is what my studio is like (just love the white shabby c**c like crazy):

Then what should happen but Jo Morton sent me a copy of her latest book and it is SO good.  Now I have the best inspirational books around for white with slight touches of red.  Thank you, Jo! 
Till next time (maybe a little piecing).



Just look at this amazing small quilt gift from Marcie.  Isn't it darling?
Marcie came by to visit on Friday and Saturday because she was visiting her daughter, Jennifer.  I was in pretty bad shape and they cleaned my bathrooms for me!  They haven't been that clean since last January and I can't tell you, girls, how grateful I am.  I also need cleaning tips for that downstairs bathroom because I can't get it nearly as clean as you did.  Comet?  Steel wool?  Jennifer also put lots of lights on my tree  so I am extra-grateful for that, too.  I probably shouldn't have pulled out the Christmas stuff since I still am feeling fairly bad.  

While I was snoozing in bed, helpless, Rembrandt chose Kaaren of Painted Quilt and Quilt Hollow as the giveaway winners; congratulations to you and for finding favor with that crazy cat.  If you can get your mailing addresses to me today, my friend Muriel who is visiting to help with chores might be able to get these ready; otherwise, it might take me a  few days to be able to get to it.  

I'll do an update after awhile on my health.  It isn't good and I think I need to let you all know because so many of you have been so kind to ask and send good wishes and I can tell you are kind of wondering why I don't say anything much about it.  

So talk to you later!  Karen


Giveaway Results: I'm a little under the weather

For anybody who is awaiting the giveaway results, do not despair, but I have been sick these past two weeks and do not know how much longer it will go on since I am on a new chemo drug.  


BB Suffrage #12, Holiday Bliss, and Giveaway

Latest Barbara Brackman Grandmother's Choice, or as it is called in my little file, suffrageblock12:

This is the wonderful Victoria Classics Holiday Bliss that I recently won from Kimber at Heirlooms by Ashton House.  You know that Kimber is a very busy editor.  She edited many of the features in this magazine,  
including the Cranwell Resort hotel profile:
and Winter Symphony, just to mention a few.  The magazine is so beautiful; be sure to get your copy:
And thank you, Kimber, for doing your giveaway.  

Here is my giveaway: two copies of my book, A Bountiful Life.  Just mention in Comments what you treasure about the upcoming holidays:
Good Luck!  Rembrandt will choose the winners.  I will try to curb her hideous tendency to show favoritism. 


voting at mortonmasterpiece.com

The voting began today on mortonmasterpiece.com.  Of course you know which one is MY favorite it's KAREN'S version of A Bountiful Life that I have shown you.  

Isn't it adorable!!!  I am truly in shock over this quilt, the bright Jo fabrics, Karen's divine applique technique, those dear, dear bird/fruit/animal motifs, oh what could be better. 

Anyway, go vote (no ulterior motive there of course bwahhhhaaaahaa)!  

Here is a screenshot of Karen's description, etc.:

Oh....what else was I going to say.....oh yes, a very nice lady named Diann asked me how I am printing the photos on fabric for the BB Suffrage blocks, which I think you all know, but she probably doesn't realize she has her email set on the infamous "no-reply" so Diann, first I print the templates for the block using EQ7.  I measure the template(s) that will be printed on Printable Treasures fabric (which you print on your inkjet printer), then I go into Photoimpact (in my case; any photo editing software) and that's when I start fiddling with what I'm going to print, i.e., get the size right, pour in some color that I might be trying to match to some real fabric that will be in the block, add some text, and things like that.  It can get detailed and sometimes I drive myself crazy with it and have to print a few times and that printable fabric isn't cheap.  Sigh.  But you all are familiar with Quilt Addiction.

I am just so very grateful that today begins my holiday from work until a week from Monday.  Thankful, thankful.


BB Suffrage #11

This week's BB Suffrage block is a schoolhouse and has to do with the shocking lack of education available to women in the first few centuries of America's colonial and early republic life, i.e., how when Lucy Stone wanted to go to college, the only option was Oberlin.  I have always been so proud of the fact that Oberlin is in Ohio, my birth state.  The background areas in the block are sections of an old map of the Oberlin College area.


BB Suffrage #10

BB Suffrage #10.  Took a while to figure out how to summarize the content of BB's post; so much more could have gone in but where lol?