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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Table Runners


This is a table runner that I started when I went on the Missouri Star Quilt Retreat in July.
There was no pattern available but I had purchased a template for the trees so I just made it up as I went along.  When I was finished with the top - The trunks of the trees weren't all centered.  Sunday evening I took off the borders and redid them.  I quilted it with an allover design on my Bernina. Backing is green with trees on it.


This is a top I made for Ladybug from fabric she had at the shop.  May do a workshop for it later on.
Made this using template from MSQC.  Finishes 14.5 by 38"


This on is using a Kaleidoscope ruler.  The trees are about an inch shorter.  Fabrics also from Ladybug.  This finishes 13.5 by 34".

I took some hand made things to church for our Family Community Day a couple of weeks ago.  Our Woman's group had a crafty- art sale.  The table runners and toppers were popular so I am going to try and make a few for next year. 
 Good Intentions!!!! 

Now for some other good intentions -  I need to get the wedding gift quilt on the machine today.
After Woman's Club this afternoon. (Excuses always excuses.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Crossed Canoes Quilted


An unusually cool day  for us here in NC for early September.  Temperatures in the mid 60's when the mid 80's is the norm. A perfect day to quilt.
I went out just before lunch and finished up the machine work on this quilt by late afternoon.


The back is a batik that I've had for sometime.  I rarely use batiks for backings as they are more tightly woven than regular fabrics.  I feel that the machine or maybe the needle has to work harder to piece the fabric plus they are not as soft.   


Now for some trimming and a binding.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quilting Time




This is the quilt top I made last year and started quilting back in June.  I had quilted only the top border when indecision set in and then ----------- it has just sat there all summer.
I really need to start quilting a different quilt so..............


 This afternoon I quilted three rows of blocks.
It looks like our area will be spared any effect from Hurricane Irma - other than a little wind and rain so perhaps I can finish it in the next couple of days.


I have been trying to trim and spray weeds in the back yard.
Just the minimal amount but it helps a little.
I think I pulled at least 100 false sunflowers from this bed.


It looks some better now - as long as you stand a few feet away.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

August in New York 2017






A picturesque farm.


End of a rainbow from Barb's porch


Dawn from "my room"


Taking pictures of farms in the area.


Heading home  - early morning fog 


Stratton Farm 


Amazing how fast the fog fades in and out.


I was so attracted by the fog and flowers  - I had to turn the car around at the end of the lane and take pictures from both directions.  This farm is on the edge of town.  



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Balancing






Since coming home from visiting friends and relatives in NY and CT - I seem  to think I am still on vacation.  Veery little has been accomplished around here - but I have enjoyed reading many books and catching with friends and family here.
The floral blocks are some I started in Missouri - I got 4 done there.  And the striped ones are ones I made back in January and abandoned.

 

I did sew more blocks last weekend.  I am a little disappointed
 in them as I know that when I put them together points will be blunted.  I am not used to sewing with precuts.  My jelly rolls came from different manufacturers and they are not cut the same width.  The white background  is a perfect 2.5" but the florals are  nearer 2.75".  I have finally figured out that I need to trim each piece a bit before I sew the block.  TEDIOUS!


We have had lots of rain this summer.  View from my kitchen window.


Coming up the back steps is a little ticklely.



 One tub of weeds and trimmings is about all I can accomplish in one session.


That's better!


I have been trying to keep this Autumn Clematis cut back as it tends to take over  - but this year I will enjoy it and cut it back later!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Labeling Quilts and Gifting Them



In between other things - I have been labeling the quilts that I will take to New York & Conn.
This one is for a nephew who turned 50 this year.  It has a flannel back. 
 I made it in 2013 and it is one the first I quilted on the long arm.

  
This will go to his brother who celebrated his 45th birthday this year - made it in 2014.
Liberated Stars - A pattern that is fun and easy to make.


I even put a label on one I finished recently - Just had a few inches of binding and then the label.



Ready to be bagged and packed in the car.  The pink one for my sister in law and her husband Howard (John's brother).  It is the Roll, Roll Cotton Boll.  
At the top of the stack is Zoe's H Quilt.
Hurrah 4 more quilts to new owners.  It always gives me pleasure to give my quilts.
Then I have excuses to make more.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

July 2017........Weeks 3-4


I was fortunate to spend time in Antwerp with Shane, Vince and Shelly.  As well as Vince's Mom, Mia. 
 We had a wonderful time enjoying all the local sights in the older section of the city.  Our apartment was in the older section of the city above a men's shop and a perfumery.
In the background is a backside view of the beautiful Our Lady Cathedral.


Bakeries and chocolate shops!!!!


Delicious Waffles everywhere.



 Spied this in a shop on our way to a restaurant on evening.


Our Lady Cathedral - the inside is so incredible.  So much to see, alters, statuary, paintings etc.
Antwerp is the home of Reubens and the cathedral has four to enjoy.
I would love to see it all again.


The view upon entering.



Shelly and I took the train to spend a couple of days in Brugge. 
This is the main square there.


This is a view of the canal right next to our hotel. 
The gentleman who lives here was out faithfully tending his garden when we first arrived.


Another canal.


At the Basilica of the Sacred Blood in Brugge.


Final evening spent with Mia before we headed home.