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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back from Vacation

My oldest nephew and his beautiful bride were married last week and I had the joy of celebrating with them.  Here they are.  The wedding was at a botanical garden in Massachusettes somewhere.  
We did a lot of this vacation besides the wedding.  We went to Salem, had lobster in Maine, did the Freedom Trail in the rain, went to Springfield museum (they had a cool lego exhibit), went to the New England Aquarium and attempted to go to a Red Sox game, got to Fenway, got our beer and dogs, and waited for the rain to stop so they could start the game.  But, it was delayed and since we were flying out the next day, we never got to see the game.  We tried to keep busy.  Don't know if and when we'll ever get to the East coast again.  I did make it to two quilt stores too.

These are my nephews and my niece.  Claire was the flower girl. 
And here is a picture of my parents and siblings.  My sister on the right was the mother of the groom. 

So since I've been gone for over a week, I haven't done any sewing.  Came home from work tonight and still tired so didn't start anything else.  I have a lot to do.  I have to work on the Loose Threads project, the word this month is tranquil and my life has been anything but tranquil lately and am finding it hard to figure out what I want to do.  I have to finish the block of the month quilt - the  blocks are done - just need to put them together and border them.  To make it the size I want, I will need to find more checked fabric. 

Anyway, that's been my life the last week or so.  Travel and family.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Postcards, Block of the Month and an almost finished

I will be leaving on vacation for over a week to go to my nephews wedding back east, so I thought I'd post this quilt even though it isn't quilted yet. 
I started this when I went to Cambria a few weeks ago and started finishing up the blocks this week.  With the help of a friend Janice (who completed 2 blocks for me since she was looking for something mindless to sew) I was able to put the top together yesterday.  I will not be adding any other borders, it has a small white one just to keep the edges from stretching, all the block cut edges are on the bias).  Anyway, my husband had to hold it up for me to take the photo and he deemed it long enough for him to use.  So, yipee - he just got himself another quilt.  You would think I would have used up all my strip stash but my box is still 1/2 full.  And it's not that big of a box. 

Last year I won some double wedding ring blocks through the guilds block of the month program.  I ended up with 5 blocks (a block has two of the football shaped pieces plus the center).  Since I didn't enjoy the process all that much I thought I would make a long table runner - but after looking at them and playing with them, I unassembled most of the blocks and put them back together with the right size pieces and decided a 3 ring runner was good enough.  It's still not straight and I couldn't figure out how to make it right so again, I just called it done, quilted it, bound it and that was it.  And purples really aren't my color either.
And last weekend our guild had a free postcard making class so I took it and made 2 of the 3 of these postcards.  Had to go shopping after (had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket) and was specifically looking for fabrics to use for postcards.  Thought the veggie material had potential.  Our guild decided to not trade ATC's this year, but to have people make postcards and show them each month.  The lady in charge of the committee is also working on something fun to do with them but it is a secret. 
That's me on the right.  I have 3 dogs--2 weiners and a Jack Russel.  Of course, the two really aren't weiners but they could be if you use your imagination.  These are fun to make and I look forward to a year of making and mailing these out to friends and family. 

Like I said, I'm off on vacation, without the hubby again.  He hates planes and wouldn't come.  I even lured him with a side trip to DC to go to the Smithsonian, but no, he said he'll stay here and watch the dogs.  I fly out with my brother, his wife (my Scrabble partner and yes I have a travel game already in my tote) and his two young kids early this week.  It should be loads of fun with family. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Loose Threads Meeting Tonight

Tonight was our Loose Threads meeting.  We started the book Fabric Embellishing.  The Basics and Beyond and last month Anna taught us to weave fabric so we had to use that technique in our piece and we had to use the word "reflective" as our inspiration word.  Here are our finished products.

We also had 2 birthdays that we made some "worm" or "snakes" for.  We each make a piece of this using their age for the amount of inches we make.  Example - Barbara will be 63 so we each put in 63 inches towards the piece.  Here are the sections that I did....
For Karen - who also has 4 doxies I made this portion.
Barbara Sawyer likes earthy colors so I used some batiks and made this zig zag piece.
They were both happy with their pieces. 

That's it for me.  I will post some stuff that I finished this weekend tomorrow or Wednesday. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Scrappy Again

My latest Scrap Therapy quilt is finished.  Bright colors like this are kind of out of my norm, but I really like this against the black and white patterns and I just love the border fabric.  That was actually in my stash too.  I even used some older fabrics for my backing and got rid of a lot of stash for this one. 

It was guild night tonight and I won the block of the month.  Yea!  This is a photo of some of the blocks.  I got some extra checked fabric so I can make more blocks.  It was a nice meeting with a few new members.  I also picked up a book from the library called  Liberated String Quilts.  Just trying to get more ideas of what to do with some of the extra strips I'll have left over from my other strip blocks I made at retreat.  (See two or three post before this one.)  Our library has some great books and am surprised more people don't use it more.  I know I hadn't taken advantage of it much before. 

Will be working on my Loose Threads project this weekend along with taking a postcard class on Saturday.  So much to do. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Baby stuff is done.

Thanks to the advise of my friend Anna (Annatheartistwithin.blogspot.com) I got the crib bumpers and skirt done for my grandson Jack (due in October).  Great Gram Erma (or GG Erma?) finished the lined drapes (with black out lining) and here's a  picture of it all together.  Also included in the corner is the little blankie I made for the little fellow. 
My in-laws hope to deliver it all to her next week and maybe she'll send pictures of it all in the room.

I also finished a little pillow (26" square) for my nephew to go with basketball quilt I made him.  I figured he could use it when he reads in bed, or does homework in bed. 
In the middle of quilting my latest scrap therapy quilt.  Not going to go overboard with the quilting since it's just a scrappy thing. 

Have a great week.