I flew back to Mom’s on Saturday and for the last few days I’ve visited with Mom and my sister.
Ann has been working on a wall-hanging that she wasn’t completely happy with so we looked through Mom’s books and found some additional applique to add to it. She finished the wall-hanging before she left for home today and seemed to be happy with it now.
Mom has cataract surgery tomorrow so we’ll be up and out of the house early. When we get back I hope to get to work on another UFO I brought with me.
The latest books I’ve read:
Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
Break No Bones: A Temperance Brennan Novel by Kathy Reichs
Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller
I liked the novels by Reichs and Muller and I was disappointed in the Nora Roberts one. I don’t expect a lot from Nora Roberts – usually just an light entertaining read but this one was just OK.
I finally caught up, visited everyone’s blogs and just have to post one more picture.
Patti posted several pictures of scrap quilts on her blog, I have many of the same books and loved them all. I also have a quilt made for me by my Mom from one of the patterns she showed. It goes perfectly over the quilt on my guest bed.
By the way, the quilt on this bed is the same color scheme as the wedding quilt that I’m not going to post a picture of – yet.
All these challenges going on this month have got me thinking. I’m already on minimal buying for fabric – mainly just backgrounds and borders when needed for a specific project but I read that someone added books to their challenge. Now that’s one I can stand to participate in.
Cher and Hanne have also made personal challenges so I’ll jump in too. Right now the two hardest things for me are limiting my quilt book purchases and NOT beginning new projects (I’ve got a set of fat quarters sitting on my cutting table just calling my name).
So my personal challenge for August will be to not purchase any quilt books and to not start any new projects. If it goes well I may even extend it into September. I think I’m going to go move those fat quarters – hopefully out of sight will be out of mind.
I finished quilting the wedding quilt today and it’s off the machine and trimmed. Just have to bind it and make a label and that will be one more thing checked off my list.
Next up is a top my Aunt Nancy sent me to quilt. I’m going to quilt feather wreaths in the plain blocks but I’m not sure what to do in the borders. I’m thinking about feathers – I’d like to quilt half the feather in the dark and half in the light in two of them but there are 4 borders. What would I put in the other two? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
To respond to recent comments about my hiking, I’m still preparing for the Breast Cancer 3 day walk in October so regardless of the weather I feel I have to be out there *training*. It’s tough with the heat and humidity but I drink LOTS of water.
Keith has been out of town since Monday morning and was waiting for me today when I got in from another 10 mile hike. He took me to dinner at one of my favorite places – PF Chang’s – and because it was unexpected it was especially nice!
I’ve only got about 1/4 of the quilting left on the Wedding Quilt – this pantograph is taking a little longer than usual but I like how it’s looking.
I won’t post a picture of the quilt so it will be somewhat of a surprise but Chris does know the color scheme – scrappy red/beige – and the pattern – double 4 patch – so I’ll post my EQ5 drawing of the quilt. You’ll have to image the quilt as scrappy and the lights ranging from cream to tan. I like quilts without borders and this one doesn’t have one. To see this in green – check out Mom’s version that I quilted for her a month or so ago.
Yesterday I loaded Chris’ wedding quilt on the longarm and started quilting it. It’s a scrappy red/beige double four patch – the reds were from Mom’s stash and the beiges from mine. I’m using a pantograph called Rhapsody – its the pantograph I decided not to use on the Butterfly quilt.
I washed and dried 4 of the 9 donation quilts that will go to both project Linus and the Ronald McDonald House this month.
I also shipped Mom’s 2 quilts back to her along with another quilt pattern and some books.
And finally, I had a wonderful 2 hour massage!
Today I’ll work some on Chris’ wedding quilt and do a 10 mile hike.