So here it is.. the top and back are ready.. still waiting for a name!
I’ve also still been hard at work making pebbles. As you can see I still need a lot of practice!!I’m trying to make sure the pebbles aren’t all the same size but some are coming out oval instead of round.. Oh well.. maybe I did that on purpose? HAH!
Yesterday was full of cooking instead of quilting. I made three gallons of spaghetti sauce and four gallons of Chili. I freeze it in one gallon increments so it’s ready for the days I don’t want to or can’t cook. I should have made more spaghetti sauce but didn’t have enough italian sausage.
My grand dog made it through his neutering and it has been close to impossible to keep him calm since coming home. He wants to play! It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it! One more day in the life.. My zucchini is blooming and so are the green beans.. I’m eating strawberries as fast as they ripen and snack on radishes as I weed the rows. The yard cats have killed two of my tomato plants or at least I think it’s them.. I’ll set a trap to find out tonight! They broke the top of the plants off! I may have to look into putting naphtha out there but I’d rather not .(It stinks!)
Hoping this finds you getting through your days with pockets of joy found in places that surprise you!
But, what if I didn’t want to spring??? There’s probably a good reason for the time change to still be messing with our internal clocks. I don’t know what it is but I’m sure there’s a reason. Even the dogs seem off their game today.
I’m going to spend some quality time today watching the garden grow. It’s very relaxing. Of course I want to spend some time in the quilt room too. I’ve gotten a pretty good rhythm going. It get almost hypnotic.
I cut the fabric for the puppy quilt and am starting to sew my strips. I changed direction on the pattern.. lets see if I like how it turns out. More quilty pictures tomorrow.. that is if I actually get anywhere! I’ve found I can only sit and quilt for about fifteen minutes at a time before the spasms start so I have a couple of projects going so I move a little in between.
Go ahead and Spring.. you’ll get used to it!
Another 6 am wake up.. I’m gonna be (more ) silly stoopid if this keeps up! I told you about my grand dog (the one with Addison’s.) She’s staying here for the next few weeks BUT she thinks it’s time to get up when she hears any noise! I have five (yes, real-life) dogs sleeping in my bed and it is a very delicate balance to keep them all sleeping.
I’m heading back to the quilt room to play with thread. I finally got the pebbles down but they are time-consuming. I think it’s worth it though.. I love the look of them! I still have to figure out the metallic bubbles, I may spend some time looking at bubbles today!
It’s getting a bit frustrating trying to figure out what I need to do to get this concept into the thread. But then I saw this (the pink bubbles) and I SEE! Do you see what I see? I can do this!
Oh, the needle changes have become second nature now.. although I did have to put nail polish on them to color code them.. I kept forgetting which was which. I won’t tell you how many times I put the same needle back on that I took off!
Well I’m missing yet another quilt show this weekend but it can’t be helped. I looked into going to the Paducah Show but finding a hotel room this late was impossible. I guess it ‘s not going to be my year for quilt shows. No worries, I’ll use my free time to make more quilts!
So here’s a few quick pictures..
The Diamond Blues…
Metallic Bubbles.. first try at “thread painting” .. still got a lot to learn! Not to mention I have to change needles and thread between quilting cotton thread and metallic!
I’m gonna get back at it.. more updates tomorrow! I gotta figure out the whole needle change thing! I’m planning on pebbling everything outside the metallic thread.
I finally finished the Diamond quilt and it only took four MONTHS! It’s hard to believe it took that long. But it’s finished and I’ll get it shipped off tomorrow. I also got out the Batik Bubbles quilt top and finished sewing all those bubbles and I got the backing ready (shhhh… don’t tell anyone but I prewashed it, I am against prewashing as a rule but I don’t want that much shrinkage after the quilting on this one) and it is all ready to go on the quilting table! Yeah for me!! If all goes well I will be thread painting today!
I am getting a new Grand-puppy in two weeks! Yeah (again) for me! I was told her favorite color is purple so I have two weeks to make her a quilt. What kind of grand would I be if I didn’t have a quilt ready for her when she gets here? Right??
Later today I’ll get pictures of the finished Blues’ quilt and hopefully the Batik Bubbles on the quilting table.. My batteries won’t hold a charge! ARGH! So I’ll “borrow” DD’s new camera or use my tablet.
It’s not so pretty out today.. the temp dropped to 55 this morning and the winds are about 10mph.. it looks like I’m gonna have to find some frost cover for the garden. What is up with the weather this year?? Come on this is Florida! It’s unheard of having this kind of weather in March!
I’m going back to the quilt room… hope you have lots of “Yeah for me” moments today!
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Quilting and Gardening.. that’s my goal for today.
#3 is at the Marines fitness readiness day and DD is sleeping in. DH is talking to me from the other room but I don’t have a clue what he’s talking about, my mind is elsewhere. I just keep saying uh-huh when I hear him pause.
Still attaching bubbles!
Ya ever have one of those days? I’ve been thinking about the Bubbles quilt I had to set aside before Christmas and now that Timmy (Tin Lizzie 18) has his tension problem fixed I’m getting excited about finishing it! I really want to try my hand at thread painting! But to do that I must first finish the binding and get my Nieces’ quilt shipped!
The weather has been beautiful here 70’s at night and 80’s during the day. I’ve got a row of tomatoes setting fruit and another row of tomatoes about four inches tall. The okra have their second set of leaves and zucchini is getting ready to flower. The corn and green beans still have another month and the cukes are right behind them. By summer the watermelons and cantaloupes should be in full swing. I’ll be making Homemade horse-radish next week. I pulled one and took a bite yesterday and WOW it cleared my sinuses in one bite!
Well I’m burning daylight and I’ve got to get dinner in the crock pot fast!
Inspiration from Paula Benjaminson.
Doodle Quilts? I love this! If you’re in Kenya sign up for the class.. if not take a minute to look at these quilts!
Image by jake.auzzie via Flickr
I finally found a way to interest my DD, Bess in quilting!
- Justin Bieber Concert Tampa
She wants to make him a quilt. Not a traditional quilt but an art quilt of using one of the pictures we took at his concert as the pattern. We are not talking photo transfer either, although she did start with that thought. I suggested a Warhol type thing but I think we may have come up with something different! probably not different to all of you Art Quilters out there, but for us this is a huge project!
Of course I’m aware, Mr. Justin will probably never actually get the quilt. I mean seriously, I wouldn’t begin to know how to get it to him. I imagine that once it gets close to being done I’ll look into that more. I’m hopeful it will be completed by October so she can get it into the West Pasco Quilt Guild Quilt Show. Once it’s on the long arm table I’ll start posting pictures. She is gonna love using Timmy! (He’s a Tin Lizzie 18) Since she draws so well I can’t wait to see her thread painting!
Fortunately he’s a cute guy since I’m going to be looking at his face a lot in the coming months.
So if any of y’all out there know how to get in touch with Mr. Justin please Help! Maybe some of your people know his people? Maybe we could get it to his Mom, now that would be a HOOT! I would love to find a way to get it to him. Bess is a good kid (don’t tell her I said that though) and has always worked more than she played. With three older brothers she cooks and cleans as much as I do.