Monday, June 22, 2009

Quilt pictures

As promised - here are the pictures of the latest completed quilt.  It was a big challenge, but I'm glad I worked through it.  There are several different techniques in this one including machine piecing, machine applique, fabric painting, hand quilting, machine quilting, and even embroidery for the tag (which I forgot to take a picture of).  


Friday, June 19, 2009


I've been working on a few things here and there.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just some projects.  Most of them quilt related.  Did I mention that before?  That I quilted?  Don't think so, but I think most of you who read this already knew that...

I took some pictures (but forgot to put them somewhere I could access them at work) of a recently completed quilt.  This one took WAAAAYYY too long to finish.  I would get stumped by how to do something, and until I worked through it, I walked away from it.  I really need to work on working through it better.

I've got a few more planned, and hopefully, I can get working on them soon.  What's on tap?  A baby's "I SPY" quilt.  A "polka-dot" quilt.  Maybe a "jar" quilt.  I've got designs for them all.  

The baby quilt is the most pressing, as the the little bundle of joy will be home in just a few weeks.  I only found out about his arrival a few weeks ago, so there's a bit of a rush for that one.  Not too bad, as they live a few hours away, so we don't see them very often.

The polka-dot quilt will take a while.  It's going to be queen sized, with ALL polka-dotted fabric.  Lights, darks, mediums, big dots, little dots, solid dots, loud dots.  Should be a really fun looking quilt when it's finished.  Will probably take me a year or more to finish.  I have a feeling there will be quite a bit of handwork on this one and not as much machine work until the squares are finished.

So a "jar" quilt in the mean time might be just the thing to bridge the gaps, and to make a nice table runner.  This one will probably be able to be done almost completely by machine, so it will be nice to have a project that will go quicker.

Pictures - I promise I'll take lots of pictures.  

I'm certainly not the best quilter - but I enjoy it.  I just found out that the lady who I learned from, Edith Hughes, is still teaching.  I took a class with her 11 years ago, and I'm sure she was in her 80's then.  She is surely in her 90's now, and STILL TEACHING!  Wow!  And apparently still driving, and in good health...   I always loved the spunk in that little woman.  I need to visit her soon, I suppose.

Guess I've rambled on enough.  What projects are you working on?


Monday, June 8, 2009

What's new?

Not much!  

Really, there isn't anything going on.  It's pretty quiet, what with bowling being over for the summer, and no plans in the immediate future.  

I'd really like to get out camping, but the camper needs some work done, and the guy hasn't called me back yet.  But a nice relaxing camping weekend away would be great!

And surprisingly, we don't have any big trips planned for the summer.  It's kind of odd...  I think as of this moment, we don't have a single trip planned for the summer.  Really odd, come to think of it.  Perhaps that's why I'm itching for a camping weekend so bad..

Anyhoo - if anything fun comes up, I'll keep you posted.  For now, I'll just try to keep up with the Thousand Word Thursday pictures.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thousand Word Thursday

I've loved this picture since I took it.  It was taken from an upper window in an old lighthouse that was only accessible by boat, the island comprised of the many rocks and boulders that you see.  When we got up to the window, the contrast of the colored kayaks against the wet and dry rocks delighted me, and I took this picture.

The lighthouse (and island) are now completely closed to the public.  I consider myself very fortunate to have visited it several times before the restriction set in.