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I’ve been mising in action for a while.  I wasn’t feeling good, with pains in my belly and severe nausea.  I had several tests, and they came back normal.  My Dr. took the attitude that I was a hypochondriac and told me to eat Tums.  When I started losing weight at a pretty fast pace he ordered a CT  scan.  It showed enlarged lymph nodes in my belly.
He said it showed that something was going on…and maybe I should find a GI specialist?  I did.  A slew of blood tests, a stomach emptying study, and then a endoscopy gave us answers.  There was severe damage to my small intestine.  Several samples were taken for biopsy, and a diagnosis of Celiac Sprue was given.
Celiac Sprue is a severe “allergy’ to gluten, which triggers the immune system to attack the intestines.  It eats away the villi that absorb nutrients from the food...

quilt along « Ann Champion’s Blog

Several months ago, Jan of Be*Mused blog posted photos from her trip to the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  She generously posts her photos to Flickr and many of us eagerly await their posting.  Japanese quilts just have something very special about them. 
There was one by Setsuko Inagawa that was really interesting.  Several of us wanted to try our hand at making some of the fun blocks.
Amy, of Badskirt blog drafted the block pattern.  She wrote up a nice tutorial on how to piece it.
Then Laura, of My New Blog Journey decided to post a quilt along for those interested in doing their own version of Setsuko’s quilt.  She started a Flickr group so we could post our blocks and progress.
My quilt ended up quite different from the one that inspired it.  It was fun to piece a block here and there as I felt like it though.  I used a...

Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.
I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as Trapunto.  I loved the look and wanted to try it.  This wasn’t my first quilt, but it was early in my...

Egyptian quilt « Ann Champion’s Blog

For the past couple of months I’ve set aside the Roseville Album applique so I could work on a surprise gift for my Daughter in Law.
She’s very fond of Egyptian art and has been since she was a child.  She remembers reading mythology, her first introduction at a very young age, and in the third grade did a project where she interpreted hyroglyphs.
I recall being interested in Egyptian antiquities myself at a young age, because our Art Museum here had an Egyptian display, including two Mummies…pretty exotic stuff!
From the time we first met I knew that some day I’d like to make her an Egyptian themed quilt to let her know what a valued addition to the family she was…I just didn’t know where to start or what the design would be.  My search for “Egyptain quilt” turned up no commercial patterns available.
I found a little...

More Double Wedding Rings… « Ann Champion’s Blog

Today I’m pulling another Double Wedding Ring from the quilt top cupboard.
I’m the one that pieced it.  I didn’t have a destination in mind for it when I made it, I just wanted to try the pattern, so it hasn’t been quilted. 
As you can see by the colors, I made it in the 1990′s when there were a lot of Amish inspired quilts being made.
I’d like to quilt this one. but now I’m thinking it would be a good idea to add another row to the width?  It was made for a full sized bed, and I’m finding that a lot people have Queen sized beds..or larger!  I have a large baggie with extra pieces.  I cut too many, which I do sometimes.  It gives me more options for choosing the pices as I sew them together…BUT  I’m not sure I have more of that same black?  I could applique the edges to a solid of some color and have straight edged...

Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.
I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as Trapunto.  I loved the look and wanted to try it.  This wasn’t my first quilt, but it was early in my...