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Progress

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The Winding Ways quilt has reached final stages at long last. Over the weekend I got all of the quilting completed.  A hunt for the proper sized circle ended with this charger from the craft store. I used a water soluble pen, which I've never done before. I read some online reviews and although some people said they had problems with the pens running dry after 5 minutes, mine lasted for the whole quilt.  I've copied the APQ magazine cover quilt's use of simple circles--great way to avoid all those thick seam intersections.  The Minky backing shows the quilting nicely.  I've removed the marking pen from about half the quilt top, and have a lot of threads to bury, but am pleased with the way it turned out. Binding and a label and this commission is done! And now, some baby spam: After bath hair :) 

National Quilting Day

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What I did: Crawled around on the floor a lot measuring and cutting the Minky backing and batting for the Winding Ways top. I went to five local stores this past week looking for quilt basting spray but finally found some. I enlisted my sister's help for the chore.  She swept off my back patio while I gathered my prepared top, batting and backing. Naturally, the wind picked up just as we started laying out the backing and she sprayed the can. Sticky and with sore knees, we celebrated our success.  It took the two of us about half an hour to get the three layers assembled. I'm guessing that it would have taken me about 2.5 hours to layout and pin baste by myself. And now I don't have to take out any pins while I wrestle this large throw through my small sewing machine! I also quilted a tablerunner that's been ready for months. I promised this to my dad for his birthday--in October--oy! Some very casual and imperfect peaks and valleys. I've got the binding stitched do

Getaway Weekend

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Last month my darling husband and I had a fabulous getaway--and it was practically free. Grant was one of the winners of a sales promotion at work and was awarded a free weekend stay at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara.  The prize also included the valet and resort fee charge and a gift card for expenses.  Thank you, Hormel. We were upgraded to a wonderful suite when we arrived, yay!   Isn't it lovely?  The other half of the suite was the luxurious and huge bathroom.  Soaking tub, separate shower, generous vanity. Opposite the bed was a console with TV and amenities, and a fireplace in the corner, with these double french doors leading to the private balcony.  Our view was unobstructed since we were at the edge of the resort.  Ahhh. The occasion was our 30th wedding anniversary.  We took this selfie right after arriving, and, I think, before Grant surprised me with some lovely diamond earrings and made me cry! Before dinner we took a

Design Wall Monday--3/16/2015

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Finally off my design wall is the Scout quilt top, which I finished last week.  This is a larger crib size quilt and looks pretty big here!  I'm pleased with how all the colors play together and the combinations that came together. I shared this at my MQG meeting and it was a hit. Sunday I went to Superbuzzy and picked up some more of the black with gray dot to use as backing, and some of the cream tree print for binding.  Things are moving along to the sandwich stage.  Sometime this month, I will have a finish for 2015! Also off my design surface as of yesterday is the Winding Ways quilt top--finally (but no photo yet).  I sewed the remaining blocks into rows, then into the bottom half of the quilt top, and finally created the whole top late Saturday night about 10:00 pm.  I've washed the Minky backing and am ready to enlist my sister to help spray baste the batting to the Minky.  We found that worked really well in keeping the Minky tamed while pinning the quilt top and

TeePee for Cove

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My daughter Elaine began sending me pictures of TeePees a month or two before Cove's first birthday.  She wanted a camping theme for his party and wondered if I could make one.  I agreed, and began looking around for a pattern.  There were a bunch of different tutorials on the web too, and I found one I liked a lot from Pink Toes and Power Tools .  There were clear instructions for materials, do's and don'ts, and it was a good size.  I especially liked that there were seam finishing instructions, something that doesn't always appear in the "make this in one hour"- type tutorials. I wanted this teepee to last!  Many folks who had made one of the teepees had left good suggestions in the comments, too.  Piecing together tissue paper, drawing and cutting out the patterns, laying them out on the fabric and cutting the fabric took about the amount of  time expected, about 2 hours. Add onto that about 2 hours of first spraying and ironing the 5.5 yards canvas duc

Almost Wordless Wednesday

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Cove's Cake goatee--1st birthday!

Design Wall Monday--March 2, 2015

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On my design floor is a project that's been in the works for several months, but hasn't seen much progress until recently.  This is a baby quilt from the Scout pattern by CluckCluckSew that my daughter asked me to make for a friend of hers.  We chose all the fabrics together at Superbuzzy. A couple of weeks ago I had managed to get the sections all sewn, sliced on the diagonal and sorted into four rows, and last week got 3 of the 4 the rows sewn for one side of the design.  I laid them out yesterday morning and got all the remaining rows assembled. Here they are laid out with the spacer strips before trimming to length...  ...and with the black spacer strip joining the two mirror halves of the rows (I haven't cut the white spacer strips to length yet).  Although it differs from the pattern, DD Elaine requested the center to be floating, so I will add white strips to the top and bottom.  Then we will pick out backing and binding.  The colors are a little off