Around here it seems to be feast or famine when it comes to quilting work to be done. This adorable octagonal quilt is Pat's crib quilt. It was the first time I had put an octagonal quilt on the frame, and let me tell you, those angled sides are stretchy! There was alot of smushing and pinning and easing that had to be done as a result of the fullness that is created when bias is in a quilt, but the hearts and flowers pantograph was widely spaced and made the border look good after the fullness was quilted over.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Many Moons is finished! What rich colors in these batiks!
I hope you can see the two quarter moons looking at each other in the circles of lighter batiks. Isn't this just the cutest pattern? I give it to its owner and pick up two more quilts from customers at our guild meeting tomorrow.
I actually had the chance to whip up a quick charity quilt and quilt it, too, but no pictures yet. I'm still doing the binding. I'll post some tomorrow for you.
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is son Jon with wife Shary and boys Adrian (8) and Jon Russ (10) on our front steps. They were my most delightful guests this Mother's Day weekend, giving me the greatest gift of all -- their presence.
Shary makes cakes for special occasions, like weddings and the like, and brought one of her scrumptious creations to celebrate our Mother's Day together. Chocolate cake with chocolate filling and double chocolate icing! Talk about overdosing! (She also does professional makeup for TV shows, weddings, political campaigns, and the like, by the way, and if you're interested, I will post her contact information.)
Jon Russ is a very creative and knowledgeable kid. He likes to make origami roses (above) and cranes and Christmas tree ornaments and the like. But he can also hold forth on subjects like dinosaurs, spiders, and various snakes and fish. This is of some interest to me since we live on a lake and have a variety of all of the above on our property -- with the exception of dinosaurs, of course. Unless you count how I feel after a weekend of adorable but very busy grandchildren...
I also received some real flowers from Adrian. And then both boys helped plant marigold and cosmos seeds for my summer enjoyment. I sure hope they come up.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I am having a blast with customer Jane's quilt. It's still on the frame, but I'll post a few pictures first. This quilt is for her sister's birthday. It consists of 64 quarter circles made into 16 full circles on square backgrounds -- all out of beautiful batiks.
Usually when you sew circles, they aren't as round as you think they are, but these circles were darn near perfect! So I put a spirograph in them, then added 36 rays around the central circle extending to the edges of the block.
There are two blocks that have very light batiks in the circles. These two I put quarter moons into, because Jane had named the quilt Many Moons (talking about how old her sister is!) as a playful bit of whimsy.
I'm cleaning and making strawberry pie and getting bedrooms in order because my youngest son, Jon, and his family are coming for Mother's Day weekend. A house is a house, and a bedroom is a bedroom, but a strawberry pie is outrageous! Happy Mother's Day to all of you out there!
Friday, May 7, 2010
But that's not the shaggy dog story.
I have two dogs. RazzMaTazz is a 71 pound mixture of Australian shepherd and who knows what -- maybe Husky? Jet is a 65 pound furball that is part Chow and part Shepherd. Both have very long coats with alot of down underneath, and they are particularly hard to brush in the summer when the shedding is so intense. So this year -- the first in their 7 years of life -- we got them a summer do. They have taken to it quite well, but Jet still won't go outside when the sun is up. He hates the heat down here and only leaves the house under duress.
This is Razzy
And here's Jet.
And neither are shaggy anymore!
Back to my lurkim, where I am having a ball with the newest customer quilt. More on that later!