Review of 2015

For the last few years, I’ve posted brief summaries of the year as it ended. I haven’t been posting much lately, and with the loss of my sweet hubby, I was hesitant to do a review this year, but I thought I would try a mini review. But, forever in my mind, 2015 will always be remembered as the year I said goodbye to my best friend. … Continue reading

See my work in Houston

If you’re going to the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year, be sure to look for my quilt, Little Punkin. It will be in the Art Miniature category, and it won an award! I won’t know which one until tonight. If you see it there, can you take a picture for me and email it to me? Thanks! … Continue reading

A little punkin surprise!

Little Punkin by Maria Elkins, © 2015

The weather is getting cooler and I’m eager for some yummy pumpkin-flavored treats — maybe a steaming pumpkin spice latte or some warm pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. Well, today I received a little punkin surprise that I want to share with you! I got an email announcing that my quilt, Little Punkin, won an award at IQA’s judged show in Houston!!! I won’t know which award it won … Continue reading

A week or so of Hazel

This past week or so I’ve had the great fun of spending lots of time with Hazel in one form or another. It started with quilting the two little portraits of her at three months and ten months old. Earlier this week we went to Young’s Dairy Farm so she could see the goats. She loved them licking her hands, but I think she had just as much fun following … Continue reading

Machine Quilting Unlimited

Machine Quilting Unlimited March/April 2015

I had a nice little pat on the back recently. Diane Doran of Machine Quilting Unlimited wanted to use an image of my quilt, “Strawberry Delight,” for a gallery of quilts featuring children. Of course I said, “Hmmm…let me think about it for a nanosecond…” Yep, I immediately said YES! A couple days ago I got the March/April 2015 issue in the mail and I flipped to pages 28-29 with … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Our Texas adventure, Part 2

Hazel's finished portrait

What do you usually do when you are on a long road trip, sitting in the passenger seat? Sweet hubby loves to drive, so I’m rarely behind the wheel, but that’s okay. I can always find something to do! On this trip, we listened to audio books most of the time, but I had to keep my hands busy, so I brought along a little project. I decided to use … Continue reading