Monday, October 14, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

 When this is your view first thing in the morning I guess you really do have a lot to be thankful for.  The fog rolling in didn't stay all day, it dissipated by lunchtime but it sure was pretty while it was here.
 DD # 2 was here for the weekend and she headed back to Boston early....she didn't care for the fog for a couple of hours but it cleared up as she got closer to her home so it wasn't a total lost day.
This is my latest project just taken out of the frame this afternoon.  I tried something different....I marked the border design and practised quilting on the lines....it worked out fairly well....need more practise but I'm glad I did it.  I used water soluble marking and then used  a lot of water to make it disappear, but disappear it did.   I enjoyed quilting this today, everything went smoothly and I feel confident that I will enjoy  doing even more.  Having fun!!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Number four and counting!

Here it is all machine quilted and bound by machine.   I'm getting happier each time I make one of these...I didn't break a needle...had patience with the rolling aspect of the Grace Frame and for a change really enjoyed the whole process. I still think I would be happier with the larger machine and the longer frame but using this frame is really improving my free motion quilting.  I think I will keep it for a while longer and upgrade when I am much better at the whole thing.   Anticipation!!!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Nature's quilter!

One of many little chores DH took care of today...This is a picture looking down on a Chickadee's nest.  He put the birdhouse onto a post near the  patio at our walkout in the basement.  A little Chickadee decided it was the perfect place to nest.  Just look at the carpet of greenery she put in there.  That round thing you see is an egg that did not hatch. 
Can you believe how much effort she put into making this nest...the "carpet" is almost two inches thick.  A little sad about the unhatched egg...hope it does not have the remains of a little chick...would hate that.

It will be cleaned and put aside for next year and if we are lucky we will have another momma use it for a nest.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Hallowe'en!

It's certainly not my favourite time of the year.  I enjoy all the decorations and definitely the candy we buy for the kids and eat ourselves(hey...we're big kids, you know). I got this pattern from the Grace Company newsletter and thought it really was the best drawing of a spider yet.  It was fun to do and will hang somewhere in our house....preferable somewhere bright so it doesn't freak me out at night.

Sadly, the background colour looks more on the yellow side and it really is a gorgeous mottled orange. Perfect for the fall colours......

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Having Fun!

A couple of years ago I put together some patterns (drawn on EQ7)  to fit the 50 X 70 size for our Chemo Project. It went over very well and a large number of quilts were made and have been passed out at our local hospital. I put the patterns in envelopes so that the quilters that participated had no idea what the pattern was that they would be getting. They were all easy and beginner status which made it attractive to our newbies.  Well, needless to say, I kept all the patterns and now that I can put together a quilt faster by machine I am having some fun.... This is one that I finished today...just the top...DH is heading to the camp which makes it a perfect time to machine quilt(that way he won't hear me cuss when I break a needle or run out of thread in the bobbin) .

As usual, Tigger is supervising!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

It's Ready!

I finished binding it today...I have been sewing , quilting and binding by machine since my left hand it still giving me a hard time.  When your middle finger sends pain shooting up your arm every time you need to squeeze you have a tendency to not use it.   Hopefully , it will mend itself in time.

In the meantime, I am having a lot of fun on the machine...I changed my thread from Guterman to Glide for this project and I must say it was an improvement....except for the fact that I needed a thread stand and had to improvise. It all worked out in the end and quilting this one was  great fun.  I did something different in each pattern and realized that I still have to practice, practice  and then practice some more.  It is still going to the Chemo project at Guild and now I need to design another  so I can practice again...I think Tigger approves!