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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.  



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.



Monday, August 7, 2017

The Hen Party !998


Here we are back in 1998 - at Barb's house. 
(And this is not the funny picture) 
Who knows what we were thinking.
I believe we started out with a birthday party theme as all my sisters and brother have birthdays in July and Barb's is in August. 
 I just remember - Janet bringing gifts for each of us.  Books, Stationary etc. 

Barb made a spaghetti supper like our Mom always made for us when we came to her house. Without fail it was spaghetti and meatballs or a pork roast that she cooked in a pressure cooker.

We played cards, toured the local antique shops, played cards, did a porch tour, played cards,
relaxed and did I mention we played cards.  We used to be fanatics about playing cards. The guys would go to bed and we'd stay up and play cards till the wee hours.
Such simple fun - we loved it.

It's just around the corner - Can't wait till the fun begins this year. 




July 2017.....Week Two



Hamilton Missouri - Home of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Thirteen friends took a trip to Missouri for a 3 day retreat.  
We had a wonderful time - sewing, shopping; scavenger hunt, shopping; laughing, shopping; eating, shopping ----you get the idea.

Jenny and Ron with our group
 It was their Christmas in July Retreat so they brought each of us a small gift.
 And Jenny did her trunk show one evening.



Our hostesses did demos and entertained us with little skits a few times each day. 
Our meals were catered by some of the local citizens and for the most very tasty.
We had very nice Baby Lock Machines to use but I got very little sewing done.



 This is the quilt that was on the wall in my room.

At the end of the retreat we were invited to put all our purchases in bags and they shipped them home for us. 
 Lots of fun and something I would definitely do again.