Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
My quilt is simple, made with half-square triangles. I cut the stripes on the bias to end up with a Sunshine and Shadows look without the piecing. Thanks, Ginny.
What I like in my quilts: pieced bindings finished with a three-stitch zig- zag. Mostly, though, just admire those gorgeous blue stripes.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Now that it has the temporary tags replaced with the real thing it really feels like mine. Especially since today there was juice spilled in the back seat and crayon melted on the all-weather floor mats in the front seat. And both cleaned right up. I think the all-weather mats are going to be a permanent fixture. I really love this car, and the dealership has been awesome. (Joseph Subaru in Florence)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Today was day two of the Kathy Loomis workshop, curved piecing.
I have to admit that I got off to an uneven start in the morning. Just before the workshop started, I realized that my keys weren't in my pocket or in my bag or in my lunch bag. I'd parked in a shopping center parking lot in Newport and carpooled to the workshop.
Oops. I could just imagine my keys being in the car or on the ground beside it. I have a shiny red loaner perfect for joyriding and I could just imagine calling the dealership and telling them that I'd lost their car. Panic set it - I called my neighbor and she said her daughter would go to the parking lot and take a look.
The workshop started and I sat there nervously trying to concentrate while waiting for the call. Then I remembered that I'd brought in one more bag, this one containing a quilt that was already in someone else's sewing machine bag. I took a look and there in the bottom were the keys.
I'd like to say that my concentration immediately improved too but that wasn't the case. I didn't do a very good job with the morning's work. Afternoon was better, though, and we had an hour at the end of the day to work on our own. I cut the morning's work apart and repieced it and ended up pretty happy. A little more sewing will make me very happy.
Following are a couple of example's of Kathy's fine line piecing. Is she not awesome?
Today's workshop is curved piecing, so looking forward to it.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
No luck with that, however. Nora very clearly told me, "Gran B, thread is not a toy."
Last week, however, my heart was warmed to see Aaron playing with the spools in the doll house, carefully making a line all around the upstairs. Ah, at last.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Nora, just out of the pool, was clowning with her birthday cake ice cream. She ended up mixing it with my blueberry ice ball.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So, I've started over with 2 1/2" strips and I can tell already that I'm a lot happier. Not to mention, I won't need as many blocks.
And, I've changed my mind about Aaron's train quilt. I'd planned on nine embroidered blocks but I'll be doing twelve. Four rows of three. My first choices were train cars with animals, very cute, but really, the tank cars and coal cars are just as cute.
Coming home from quilt guild last night was my first night trip in my new car and it was raining like crazy. Loved the blue dash lights and the red radio and temperature lights. Having new tires and all wheel drive was wonderful on the wet roads. I really like this car.
Loving the rain too. Sometimes in August it's just so dry - this is a treat.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Last night was a sleepover, and a good one. There was sleep, even during a 5 a.m. thunderstorm.
When my daughters were small, they had the usual Fisher Price farm, house, castle, etc. I didn't keep the large buildings, which were probably battered and just too big for easy storage. I did keep all the people and their chairs, cars, etc. and they always come out when the kids visit. Amazing that all those years later they still are so loved. I think that some of them even went home with the kids today. Some are lined up and enjoyed, like chairs and beds and cars. And some are fought over a little because, after all, there is only one refrigerator, stove, and sink. From time to time some go into the dishwasher and they always come out fine. Good times.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Probably eight months ago, maybe longer, I started on a train quilt for Aaron's birthday. I embroidered five cars, then quit, I think because Christmas was approaching. Suffice it to say, it took some remembering to get back into making the remaining blocks in just the same way. And now I have eight blocks finished, one more to go, I think, unless I change my mind about how many there should be.
Before I started the quilt, I bought a package of microfiber dish cloths at Family Dollar because the colors were so pretty, nice bright pastels. I was happy to find the train pattern because I knew I'd found a use for them. Luckily for me, they are still in stock since I needed a second pack. I think I'll back them with a fusible interfacing, sort of like a t-shirt quilt.
When I started embroidering, Aaron was such a different little guy than he is today. He's so grown up now and can ALMOST swim. He's tall and wears grown-up clothes. Luckily for me, he still likes trains. His birthday is next month, should be able to get this finished by then.