Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The main blocks are from my BOM club. It's a "quilt as you go" tecnique. I wanted to try it because I wanted to learn a new technique. The bottom row is ready to be sewed front sides together, then the back of one trimmed and then handsewn together. I am taking it with me on my trip to Montana to visit my parents, sister from Singapore, brother, daughter and my precious (3) grandchildren. My GDs want to learn to sew. I'm taking my Janome Jem and they have two there. I'm bringing a couple of pillow forms and some of their favorite color fat quarters. This will be fun.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I called my father this morning and he informed me that when I come to visit next week, "I'd better not bring any rain with me!" My family lives in Montana and it's been raining, lightening, and thunderstorms continuously for weeks. They want some "Big Sky".
My Dad. This wasn't his best picture. It was late on the Fourth of July and he was tired and not used to all the grands and great-grands not to mention all the fireworks. My SIL and Nephew in law seem to try to outdo each other every year with Who can get the most and the best and the loudest. Since fireworks are outlawed in town, everyone gathers at Mom and Dad's. We eat, play, the little ones wade in the pool and then the show begins. It's a great time.
Have a GREAT DAY DAD, I'll see you soon!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I've been busy this weekend trying to finish a quilt. I have till 5pm today to get it done. Then K is coming to get it. Pictures later. But what would a post be without pictures. I've also been reading a weekly tutorial by Sue (http://www.suehecker.com/category/photography/). So early Saturday and Sunday I've been taking some pictures. Take a look:
The first on is an Bullocks Oriole. He's so quick, it was hard to get any pictures. He does like our Red Hot Pokers. He goes from one to another. When this poker is mature, it'll be yellow on the bottom and red on the top of the cone. The hummingbirds like them also. My DB wanted a picture because he thinks it's a tanager and he wants to debate the issue. It couldn't match the Stokes Bird Book any better, but it'll be fun to hear his argument. The second is a female Grosbeak. I wonder why the males are always prettier that the females. I think it's because they need all the help they can get.
Friday, June 5, 2009
We had one heck of a storm late yesterday afternoon. The winds were around 80 mph. Trees down on my route home. One of the huge cottonwoods in the back field by our house, our sunbreak in the summer, blew down taking a mass of limbs from the other trees. It looks bare back there today. Our shed, which wasn't in great shape to begin with, but we were going to paint it this summer was trashed. Power was out for about 3 hours and again for a half hour during the night. Today we are cleaning up. The garden doesn't look too bad. The plants are all leaning because of the wind. All in all we fared pretty good. Salem to the south of us had trees down and flooding. To the east I think they got hail, rain and wind.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Here is another charity quilt Ann made and I quilted. I need to get some microhandles for the smaller stippling work. I didn't have a lot of control here. I do think that I should have slowed the speed down also.
Here's my design wall.majority of the wall is taken up with my BOM quilt. I'm about 2 blocks behind. The upper right corner is last year's BOM. It's a Lone star with these blocks as the borders. The Lone star is completed but I'm behind about 3 border blocks for it to be assembled into a top. The last is a string quilt square leftover. I want to make another of these and I guess this is just a reminder. My design wall is a king size piece of warm and natural batting against the wall with a piece of flannel on top. I can pin through it but mostly the squares just stick to it unless they are too heavy.