Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New York Beauty Blocks into Wall Hanging

It's done and on the living room wall.
I've got it pinned and it bows a bit in the middle. (The photo is less forgiving than the real deal.)  I'm not quite sure how to make it totally straight.  It's small about 26 inches square.  I think this is only the first of many!

I found this helpful link this morning, after I posted this, so I'm adding it as a reference to me and anyone else who may need it.
Blocking a Quilt

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Perfect August Day for Quilting

The sky is a pretty blue and the air seems clean and I can see a perfect day ahead for quilting.

A little peek at my doll quilt I finished yesterday:
As I read Julie's post and our email exchange, I figured she liked bright colors and polka dots among other things.  She adores her granddaughter and this just seems to be girl friendly, bright and polka dots.  It will go in the mail this week.  I'll show the rest of the quilt when Julie has a chance to receive this little quilt.

I've also got a little quilt now ready to quilt. 

These are the parts I have so far, and I'm having so much fun with them.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I Keep Checking the Weather...

and there's no change.  Well, at least it has dipped below seventy at night, which makes for a bit cooler days.  No more triple digits, but it is still hot.  Thank goodness for the little fan we purchased at Costco earlier in the summer before we really needed it.  I have it going 24/7 as well as the two ceiling fans in the house.  Our patio is even too hot to enjoy, except for the early morning coffee.

It has taken a bite out of my energy and my quilt making!

Family came for the weekend and we enjoyed the visit,

                                                      shooting off rockets at the high school

... but now that they've left I feel my peace and quiet is so sublime!  The doors stayed closed and the house was a good 10 degrees cooler yesterday!

...do I sound like an old lady???
I'd rather be this...
I turn on my Pandora to "happy" music and I feel more like the second one!  This morning after playing Farmville for two hours in the middle of the night, I'm dragging, but now that I've had two cups of Java, I'm starting to feel like Pattilou rather than some zombie in my body. 

A friend of ours was booted out of the bedroom that she lived in the the home of her daughter. She's 82.  She is now living with a friend in an apartment so I thought I make a little lap quilt for her.  She likes pink.  My Sunshine quilt lotto blocks I won for June, came in and saved the day!  Thanks Sunnies!

It is now ready to bind.
I'll be so glad to get a HQ Sweet 16.  But for now, I do what I can on my little Bernie.  I did a combination of swirls and loops, and stitch in the ditch.  I could quilt more, but I've still got that commissioned quilt waiting...and waiting...and waiting...

Today I'll make some bright blocks!  So glad that I gave myself a year for the completion of that one!