Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sewing, Pressing, Cutting

Made some progress on more Gold Rush blocks today.  Unfortunately, the camera I purchased less than a year ago stopped working, so the best I can do is provide pictures taken with my phone :(   I mailed the camera off to the Canon service center yesterday, so it should be repaired under warranty (it's only 7 months old).

Here are the beginnings of 72 Gold Rush blocks stacked up on my well-used ironing board...I think it's time for a new cover.


These are stacks of pairs that will be sewn into little four-patch blocks like these



Have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Celebration!

Time to celebrate the arrival of gorgeous weather in Florida!  As you can see from the picture below, even the oak trees are celebrating (or maybe the neighbors' maples)!  Doesn't this look like confetti on my walkway?  They're some sort of whirly seed pods.


Got up early and took a nice long walk around the neighborhood - it was a perfect way to fit a little exercise into the day.  Came home and vacuumed the house, stripped the bed and threw in some laundry, cleaned everything in the screened in porch, including the floor, and cleaned the gutters.  After finishing up the chores, I took a shower and ran to the grocery store.  This evening, I made a nice salad, some fresh fettucine with garlic, oil and shaved parmesan and enjoyed a nice glass of wine. Working on a second glass right now while sitting on the porch enjoying the twilight sounds of chirping, some neighborhood kids playing, the neighbor's parrot who is having a blast, and the leaves rustling on the trees - aaaaahhhhh...

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Field Trip!

Have any of you ever taken your quilts on a field trip?

Today, we visited the park...


and the beach



it was a very good day :)

Just realized that my picture watermark still shows "2010"...guess since it's mid-February, it's time to update it *sigh*

Friday, February 11, 2011

Binding A Loveliness of Ladybugs

Last night I finally made the binding for Emily's Ladybug quilt and sewed it on.  I sewed one end down this evening and clipped a side to maybe work on tomorrow.


I also happened to find another Grammy "hearts" Emily hidden in the quilting that was done by Angela  (click on the picture below to see it better)  Her quilting is amazing!


I have put off doing the binding mainly because my shoulder has been hurting a lot, and remember the surgery I had on my finger to remove this last summer?


Well, the knuckle is all swollen and sore again :(  So, between the shoulder and the finger (both on my right), I can't do a whole lot of hand sewing.  I'm seeing the orthopedic surgeon on the 21st, so I suspect that I'll be having some work done on the shoulder in the near future.  On the bright side, if something is going on with the finger again, he can take care of that at the same time.

Well, I'll leave you with a picture of my little old boyfriend all snuggled up in his bed - the Stacked Drachmae quilt has become his during this cold winter...yes, it has been cold even in Florida for the second year in a row.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

*blushing*

So...here it is...February, and which of my projects have I finished so far this year?  Not one *sigh*

I went to a quilting retreat in January, sewed for two days straight, and managed to get about 76 blocks made for the Gold Rush quilt, so I'm about halfway done.  Here's a picture of several blocks all laid out.


...and one of my coworkers asked me if I would make several pillows and two black out curtains for his new house, so I did finish those.  The fabric draped over the back of the sofa was what was used for the curtains.  As you may have surmised...the entire house must be a "man cave."


I hope you have a great Super Bowl Sunday!