Archive for May, 2012
I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Mine was nice but quiet … I feel like I made a mistake this year not planning to be at Mom’s on Mother’s Day, usually I try to be there. Now my trip later this month is canceled. Disappointing.
Here’s a recent photo of my Mom with the “youngest” half of her 6 kids. I always describe my position in the family as the oldest of the youngest girls.
It’s amazing how much my respect and admiration for her has grown as I get older. She’s such a strong, caring person.
Love this pink and brown HeartStrings top from Tish — it’s just gorgeous although this isn’t the best shot of it. Just wait until it’s bound and I’ll take an outside photo. Quilted with the pantograph Hearts in Bloom.
In addition to sending tops in, Tish also has supplied me with many, many backings over the last several years for HeartStrings quilts. I am so appreciative of her support.
I’ve got a stack of tops waiting for quilting but I’ve been stuck – not wanting to come downstairs to quilt so instead of doing the next quilt in line — I chose a HeartStrings top pieced by Kitty and quilted some swirly Dwirling on it from the Pajama Quilter DVD. It was just what I needed – quick, easy, forgiving, and done!
This is one of 11 or 12 HeartStrings tops that I have here and want to get quilted by the end of June. I’ll do them in between one I’ve promised to Mom by the end of May and a couple of my UFO’s.
But at least I finished the quilting tonight. I finally made myself go down and finish this up – now it just needs binding which it will get after I finish up the Pineapple blocks — I’ll be late finishing it but it will be done by the end of the month along with May’s UFO.
It’s kind of hard to see but I just did a swirl in the border that is similar to the swirls in the leaves.
I still don’t particularly care for it but it’s almost done!
I am constantly amazed at how little fabric it takes to make a scrap quilt. A little of this a little of that and no noticeable difference in my scrap drawer at all. Times like this I feel like I need to take a vow NOT to purchase any more fabric!
I’ve got 4 more pineapple blocks to make before I’ll be able to start assembling that top.
On a day like today, I’m thankful I live in a beautiful location where I can walk or bike right from my house and follow miles and miles of trails. Today’s walk took me in a loop along the river.
More problems with my Brother machine … Had to switch back to the Elna. At this rate Keith had better watch out as I’ll be searching for a new primary machine.
While I love my Elna, it’s about 10 years old and doesn’t have the knee lift and thread cutter that the Brother has… It’s slower too. So what’s your favorite “newer” machine?
In spite of the challenges, I have made a start on the Pineapple blocks and so far I’m liking them.
And in case you’re wondering where I’m going with this …. I’ve been wanting to make another Pineapple quilt like this one recently published in Quilter’s Digest. I don’t submit my quilts for publication but now and then I’m contacted by newsletters or magazines. Many times it doesn’t work out because the quilts have already been donated but in this case all they needed was a photo and I’ve got another one being published later this month in the new Quilty Magazine.
Seems like most of my week so far has been spent running Chesty back and forth to the vet or sitting with him but the allergies are finally improving and he had his teeth cleaned too. Poor thing had to have one little one pulled but doesn’t seem to mind too much.
I have done a little quilting on April’s UFO, just have the border to quilt now and I finished up this little embroidered landscape.
The development we live in started a major renovation project so it’s been very loud and lots of workman swarming all over the place. I’d like to say I’ll get more done tomorrow but I might run away if they’re too loud and do some genealogy research at the coffee shop like I did Wednesday afternoon.
Some of my favorite iPad apps are for use with photos and I love transforming less than wonderful photos by playing with them to create something better. Tonight as I left the library after doing my volunteer stint, I snapped a photo with my phone – the light was low and the photo was grainy but I like the photo after playing with it in the app Photo Toaster