Monday, May 22, 2006

This is a quilt I purchased at a garage sale! Can you beleive it????? I was so thrilled to see this. The maker is a friend of mine and so I asked for the pattern too. AND GOT IT!!!!! This is SO my style! It is hanging up in my sewing room for now. I think when we have the new house built it will go into the guest room right above the head of the bed. I will not even tell you how much I paid for it, but I am sure she did not even recover her fabric costs, much less the time involved in the HANDSTITCHING of the applique!

I am a huge fan of a local quilt store. You may have heard of it...The Stitchin' Post. ( I belong to a group that meets once a month called Stash Bashers. The reasoning behind this group is to help us dwindle down our stash by assigning a new quilt top to make every month and also to help us organize our stash. It is wonderful! I finished another top yesterday but have now decided to add some borders. It is a HUGE quilt! Made out of Civil War flannels. It is gorgeous even though it is not very bright. I attached a photo of when I had it all laid out on the floor so I could number the strips. Needless to say it looks better now that it is all sewn.

I belong to a group on the internet called Quilt-Europe. ( We share ideas, coordinate swaps, and just support other quilters as friends. It is wonderful. We are currently involved in a fabric postcard swap and also a block swap. I am behind as usual but plan on sewing all day tomorrow with my good friend Teresa. She also belongs to the group.

I have made a wonderful friend in Italy through one of my other groups. Her name is Simonetta. We have been writing almost everyday now for months. She is a fantastic quilter and sweet as can be. She has a blog at Take a look. She has a lot of talent.

I need to go and get ready to work in my daughters classroom this morning. I love teaching 1st graders how to do math! What fun. Maybe there are some future quilters in there??? We can hope.

Have a wonderful day. Make sure you do some quilting!!!!!


Friday, May 19, 2006

Hello! Welcome to my new blog!

Hello! Welcome to my new blog!
I am going to start this new blog with an introduction of myself! Not that I think I am soooooo wonderful or anything. I just want people to know who they are reading about.My name is Denise Wheeler. I am 37 years old. I have a wonderful husband named Dave. I also have 4 children. Nicole is 18 and married, Jake is 16 and currently resides with his biological father, Kyrsten is 12 and in the 7th grade, and Kady Jean is 7 and in 1st grade. We have 2 dogs. Barney is our Beagle and 16 months old. Gunny is a Black Lab mix and is 13 months old. Gunny is my husbands pride and joy as he is an excellent hunting dog. Barney is my dog and is very good at cuddling. We also have a Gold Fish name Big Bird who is 3 years old. I am a volunteer with the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). My husband is the city's fire marshall. He also is an excellent firefighter and a paramedic. I do many crafts but quilting is my passion. I have been quilting for 7 years now. I am not very good, but I enjoy it a lot. I am working on improving my techniques. I do not have a lot of time to sew but do what I can. I like to watch movies while I sew or listen to books on tape. I enjoy country music and also some opera. I read a ton of books.

Well, thats me. Nothing too exciting.I am doing this blog just for my quilting and ramblings. I have another blog with family news and tons of photos if you are interested. It is . Check it out if you are interested. There are a lot of photos of the house we are building right now.

For those die-hard quilters out there that live in the states, you are going to appreciate this...I live in Sisters, Oregon! Home of the largest outdoor quilt show in the world and the world famous Stitchin' Post! ( This is a quilters heaven!!!!! How lucky am I?????Well, I will be adding pictures on this blog as I get them. Check back often and be sure to say HI!Have a wonderful day...

Quilt till you wilt!