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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Yellow Tulip

Two weekends ago I took a guild class with Grace Errea of Amazing Quilts by Grace.  She has a unique method for raw edge applique.  My class sample was horrible but only because I didn't bring enough or the right color of fabrics.  I thought I had enough batiks in my stash, but apparently I didn't.  So I learned her technique and went right home and put this flower together.  (It is one of her patterns.)



Over a year ago I bought some Aurifil invisible thread but was afraid to use it.  I have used Superior Threads invisible thread before and it always worked well.  But wanted to try this.  I used the clear with my Easter quilt I showed with my last post and it went well so I thought I'd like to give the dark invisible thread a try.  I LOVED IT.

Had a nice visit this past weekend with my younger sister and her hubby and kid and of course my dad and brother and his wife and youngest daughter.  (It was her 13th B-day.)   Had a good visit, ate too much and shopped too much.  It's fun to see what a good looking kid my sisters' boy is.  He had knee surgery a few months ago and he's doing very well from that too.  He's a soccer player and has to not play for a year which I'm sure is killing him.  And my niece is so cute.  A teenager now.  My brother and his wife will have their hands full with her.

This next weekend I go to Wonder Valley Resort for a quilting retreat.  Really looking forward to that.  Hopefully will get my Bonnie Hunter Mystery Allietare top done and my Snapshots top together.  I'll bring a little bit of handwork just in case I get those done and need something to do.  Ha ha.  I always bring way more things to work on than there is time to do them.  But a girl needs options, right?

I finally felt well enough to visit my mother and father-in-law to see how they are doing.  She's doing remarkably well.  She's getting around, with her walker of course, and her memory is somewhat better.  She doesn't remember much about the time she was in the hospital or rehab, has some recollection but is also mixing it with some dreams she must have had.  Just glad she's home and on the mend.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Ready for Easter

Last year my friendship group had a signature block exchange where we got to chose the theme of our blocks.  I've been wanting an Easter quilt for a while so I asked my friends to make me 12" Easter themed blocks.  Once I received the blocks I had to put it together.  I had collected some springy fabrics and created this.

I didn't do much fancy quilting - mostly in the ditch and a little scribbling.  It will be a utilitarian quilt.

I also got two block of the months done tonight.

The Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery block

And our guild's block of the month for March.  

I actually won the blocks last month.  I already put all 24 blocks together, slapped a border on it and just need to pin and quilt it and I will donate it to our charity committee.  

I leave tomorrow to go north to visit my dad and my brother and family.  And my little sister and her family are coming for a week.  My niece's birthday is also this weekend so we will have a nice family dinner.  

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Block 5 of Block of the Year DONE!

Finally.  This block actually took about 16 months to finish.  I don't work on it a lot, obviously, but my goal was to get at least one done a year.  Maybe by the time I retire I'll be able to finish this whole quilt.

Pattern:  Gingerbread House - Baltimore Christmas by Pearl P Pereira

I'm not a great hand applique person, but I learn as I go along.  I'm using the starch turn method and hand appliqueing it down.

I have not been doing much.  I have had that awful cold/cough that is going around.  I'm on week 2 and still not sleeping well because I cough all night.  Doctors just say to ride it out and come back if it's not better in a couple days.  Because I've been sick I haven't been able to visit my mother-in-law but she is home and is doing better.  Jeff said her memory is getting better.  Whew!  We were really worried.

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