Sunday, September 12, 2010
After three weeks of sullen silence and uncooperative piecing, the quilt and I have struck a compromise. You see, I wanted this multicolored strip border and the quilt kept insisting on a very complicated 48 piece log cabin star. I just knew I didn't have the energy for the stars, especially since I hope to finish this by Thanksgiving so I can give it to the Bride and Groom then (thanks, guys, for being so patient!). So after placing one multicolored strip border on (and it just didn't sing guys),I finally gave in and made one of the intricate stars. My friend, Phyllis stopped over and mulled over the dilemna with me and then my loving spouse came home and once he had dinner started, threw the star into the space where the border and body meet and voila! Magic!
So here is a picture of that result. I only have to make three more stars and can still use the strip borders. I am a happy (quilting) camper tonight. Time for bed!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Good morning Campers!
Here I am back on line after a summer of NO QUILTING and lots of exciting news to report. First off, I am happy to tell you all that George and I will be grandparents for the first time in Spring 2011. Daughter Jamie and her husband Jeff are expecting. We are over the moon! And just when you thought life couldn't get any better, Daughter Becky and her sweetheart Todd got engaged this past weekend. Our blessing overflow! We are twice over the moon now. Can life get any better, I ask you?
As you know from my previous posts, we are having an art quilt exhibition at the Museum and since I have the opportunity to talk to lots of quilters/shoppers who visit the exhibition and then the Museum Shop, I printed out Laura and Rob's quilt so that I may share what I am working on. Well, the other day, I was looking at the print out of the quilt and noticed that one square is in upside down. So last night, after my hour swim at the YMCA pool, I sat on the porch and ripped out the square and turned it around. As I was giving that area a nice press when finished, lo and behold - I found another square in backwards! So glad I caught these two oop's before I went any further.
After making the necessary repairs, I started cutting out the fabric for the borders (or corners, however you want to look at it). Once again, I was so grateful for the gift of the rotary cutter and other necessary equipment from Pam Allmendinger, my friend and sister (I would say sister wife as she is married to my first husband, Mark, but that sounds too much like BIG LOVE). The cutting went so smoothly and quick! Now I am ready to start stitching! Ironically Mark called me as I was cutting fabric (and listening to the President on the radio, announcing the end of the Iraq war - God, please make it true!) He wanted to know if I had any clue as to when Becky's wedding would be! I think he will need to go to the source there! We had a nice conversation and I was able to ask him to thank Pam again for the rotary cutter stuff.
More later. Have a super first of September day!