This past week was spent with my quilting buddy, Mary, and it has been a blast! We travelled to Intercourse, PA on our way to Quilt Odyssey, an annual quilt show and classes at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. I'm particularly fond of this show since my baby sister, Missy Molino, is the founder and energy behind it. Its web site is http://www.quiltodyssey.com/. Here Mary is posing beside the sign for the People's Museum in Intercourse, where one of her quilts is hanging for the next year.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
My table runner is waiting to be quilted. I have a customer quilt on the frame, so, although this runner was ready for the festivities and got used as is, it won't get its "big girl" finish until the other quilt gets done.
I am doing my lessons on my Designer Diamond. This was one of them. It's on the Husqvarna Viking web site under Education. Lots of free projects and lessons there. This one will end up as a little wall hanging somewhere after I embroider the Welcome To Our Home phrase on it.
Yesterday was such a peaceful day for us. No visitors, even though I would have loved to see the family. Just hubby and I, each doing our respective projects. We call it Multitasking, our way. Educators call this parallel play. Apparently children of a certain age engage in alot of this before they become fully socialized. They will each do their own thing, but in proximity to each other in a loose social group . Great training for adulthood! Team effort is one thing, but when the chips are down, it's what you can do by yourself that gets you where you want to go. Not to say that being socially tuned in, empathetic, helpful, etc. is not an important part of our humanity. Sharing our knowledge, imparting the "lore", supporting each other -- those make us members of the tribe. But somewhere someone decided to strike that flint against a rock all by him/herself to bring new potential to the tribe. If we had all sat around doing the same old thing as a group, we'd still be eating raw meat.
And I'd never get to sew on my wonderful machines!
Friday, July 2, 2010
A few days ago I started taking lessons on my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond, which I have had for over a year and understand the rudiments of, but realized that I owned a very expensive piece of machinery that was definitely not being used maximally. Then one day, a glitch occurred that required me to travel hours to have repaired, and while I was waiting for the work to be done (can you believe it -- done while I waited?!) I talked to Sherry, a computer whiz who teaches the Diamond for the shop where I had my appointment for the repair. One thing led to another, and I have become her student.
She lives in the same locale that I do! So she came out to the house (a house call!!! what a wonderful world!) for two hours the other day and began my education at the beginning, going over the embroidery part of the machine, starting with the design screen. Each function was explained and then I had a series of exercises I had to do while she downloaded all the updates that I had not been able to figure out how to do. Not surprising, since my security system on my laptop was keeping the download from occurring but not letting me know. She, however, being a master at back doors and wrestling the wily computer to the ground, was able to get everything done, and voila! My machine is now up to date.
Because I can only stand just so much of artificial practice exercises, I decided to make blocks from the Dakota Collectibles American Quilt disk that I've owned for about 10 years and have never opened. I used her exercises to position, scale, combine threads, etc. Everything fell into place. It all downloaded perfectly onto my USB stick. The stick then downloaded into the embroidery machine. The stitch out was beautiful. You can see three of the blocks above. I stopped at five because I just want to make a table runner in time for the 4th of July.
HAPPY FOURTH, everyone!
PS We ate the tomato. But never fear, another one is rapidly ripening even as we speak!