Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stormy Seas Finished

Such a relief to finish the quilting on this quilt for several reasons.
1. Tensions issues
2. Lots of stitches to remove and re sew.
3. Time constraints - mostly from my waffling on choice of backing and procrastinating in general.
4. And most importantly  - I plan to give it as a gift this coming weekend.

This afternoon I finished sewing the binding and adding the label.
 I probably should take a picture by daylight but I am just glad to be able to cross this off my todo list.
The quilt is 84 by 96 inches - (56) 12" blocks.  I bought four different backings and two different fabrics for bindings........DONE!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gift Quilts and Town Mural

 My grand daughter Molly and I drove to Connecticut to see Howard and Pat while I was in New York in August.
 We had a great time with them. 
 I took three quilts. The Roll, roll Cotton Boll was given to My brother in law and his bride of 46 years.

I gave Chad a Liberated Stars and Darrin (camera-shy) a String Squares Quilt.

A friend of mine painted this mural on the building across from our church. 
Some friends from church helped her out on some of the backgrounds.
I think it is very fitting for Wendell. 
 ( and it sure beats the ugly Tobacco Worm mural that graces the side of another building in town.)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stormy Seas - Tension Issues

After much procrastination, I finally started quilting on a quilt I'm calling Stormy Seas.
It's living up to it's name!   Tension issues yesterday - large section had to be removed.

Today the first bobbin went fine and I thought all was well.  I received a call from a friend 
and as I was sitting talking to her,  I could see the underside of the quilt.
GRRR - more  unsewing.  

Even the pictures are worse than normal.

I will be changing thread, needle and making a large test sandwich to try and figure out what is going on here before I quilt any further on this.
These tension issues are causing too much tension around here!

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.