Friday, October 29, 2010

What were YOU thinking?????

On my last post, I ended by saying I was running off to join the circus!  Out of 297 hits on my blog since that post, only ONE person commented on my running off to join the circus, and that was Thimbleanna who was intrigued by the idea.  One of my best friends did email me and ask what I was up to.  Now really......were you not even curious?  Did you think that was a perfectly normal thing for me to be doing?  Maybe you figured out what I was up to, or just thought - You go girl!

Well, I have some pictures to show you from my joining the circus....Circus Stars that is.

Know what this is?  Why its an empty project box - the operative word being EMPTY. 

And here is my quilt top spread out on our bed. This is a queen size bed and the top completely covers it with at east a 14 inch drop on each side. 
The next step will be to get it basted together so that I can start handquilting it.  I plan to use the big stitch quilting with these absolutely gorgeous threads from YLI.  Thank you Jane for helping me pick them out. These are Pearl Cotton #8 with wonderful names like Monet,  VanGogh, Renoir, etc.

In the spirit of the process pledge, I want to show you one hint I came up with in the later stages of joining these stars together.  Of course, I only had a few rows left when I came up with this, but it really helped these tired old eyes.  Many of the joining seams had to exactly cross a seam joint which on some seams was not a problem to see, but where the fabric was black and I was using black thread - I could not see where the "crosshairs" were to make sure I hit it just right.  I found that by taking a white chalk pencil and coloring the space where the "crosshairs" were, I could see with no problem where to sew across.
Well, that is it for now. In the morning I leave for the big circus - Washington, DC.  I will be at a conference all week. [I voted absentee ballot.] I hope to work in a visit to the Jenny Beyer Studio. I mean really - all work and no play is not being politically correct.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mid October - Hard to believe!

Yesterday, we had family pictures made and Fred and I did  a touch of Christmas shopping!  Can you believe Christmas is only about 9 weeks away!  Life is just flying past and I so wish I could slow it down a little.  

The month started out great, with the annual Quilters of SC retreat.  I am probably the last person to blog about the retreat, and I don't have any pictures to show, but I can show you something I finished there. 

Yeaaaaaaaaaaa...its my Be Attitudes quilt.   Well, its almost finished - the top is done anyway.

It is a beautiful day today, so I took some pictues outside, and we have lots of trees in our yard, so please just look beyond the shadows.

I have finished all the coloring and embroidery on my Acorn and Oak leaf Wreath - at least one of them.  I am making three which will eventually become a table runner.  I will be doing a demonstration on this technique at guild meeting tomorrow night and needed some in various stages for demonstration purposes.

Another project finished is the September Gifts of Grace block - Gentleness (see sidebar for link).  Just love the roses on thiss block!

Overseeing the photo shoot is Izzy - my daughter Ellen's  little pooch.

We took the kids to see Toy Story Disney on Ice. We rode the Monorail, saw the show and finished the outing at McDonalds  with chicken nuggets and icecream.  It was a fun day!

From Left to right are Ellen, Tess (5), Malachi (almost 4), Timothy (4) and the Leader-of-the-Pack, Levi (7)

Hope you are all enjoying some beautiful Fall weather. 

For me - I am running off to join the circus!!!  More on that later......