Weekend Fun

Saturday was our 2nd Goal Saturday and what fun. We started early in the day, Rebecca arrived about 7:50 a.m. and she got all set up on the loveseat with a book and a nice quilt. Of course our cat Toni decided to join her. I have never seen a cat turn up a nap on a nice soft quilt. The concept of Goal day came from Rebecca’s busy schedule. She works for an Accounting Firm that is very busy from January – April 15th and it really helps her to have a structured day in her schedule that is away from all work and chores in order to relax and enjoy her hobby reading. As we like to describe it, Goal day is a day to concentrate on feeding our soul with enjoying our hobbies.

I did some prep work on Wednesday night, I laid out the Star quilt and another baby quilt for quilting so that I would be ready to go! I had started the quilting on the star quilt on Thursday night, so I was able to complete the quilting on the star quilt in the morning. At the same time, as I sometimes do, I was watching an online class about Art Quilt Backgrounds with Judith Trager on Craftsy because our Guild has an Art Quilt challenge as its 3rd challenge which is due in May 2014. So while I was finishing up the Star Quilt I wanted to start thinking about an idea for the Art Quilt challenge. I still am not sure what the plan will be for that but I will be making free form log cabin blocks for the background of it.

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Next I decided to start the block challenge that I have due in April. We did a simple block draw in September and making something from that quilt block is the challenge. The block that I pulled from the envelop was the block – Snails Trail. The plan is to make the block into the intertwining cat tails and build the cat blocks around it. I finished the snails trail block and now I have to make the cat blocks.

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We had grilled sandwiches for lunch and a light dinner of Chinese food as we had an event to attend Saturday evening, a Pearl Odyssey home party where we pick oysters and have the pearls set into jewelry. It was a great fun evening with wonderful friends, a little wine, and some lovely desserts. The whole day was full of relaxation, quilting, and laughter.

I usually spend time on Sunday making lunch for my Dad and if I am lucky we are also joined by Rebecca and Kris, or one of my sisters and one of my brother-in-laws, or some of my nieces and their beautiful children.  This week it was my sister Sharon and her husband Dwinal, her daughter Krista, and husband Mike and 2 of their 3 children.  On the way, my sister spied a Bald Eagle in a tree along the river.  She was able to get some good photos and if you are interested you can find them on her blog: http://newhartfordbeacon.com .  Also if you are interested in Rebecca’s blog of her book   reviews you can find it here  http://rebeccabookreview.wordpress.com

Until next time, spend time with the ones you love and spend some time doing what you love!

February 17th – Slowdown from dealing with Winter’s problems

Wow!  This winter has been difficult.  We have had snow after snow after snow.  We are expecting more tomorrow!  On top of that, since I blogged last I have been sick.  This Saturday was the first time I started to feel like myself again, but I had so much catching up to do, that the only sewing I worked on was bindings.   That is not to say I don’t have any quilting news to share.  Friday night, Valentine’s Day, we had our monthly quilt guild meeting and our first challenge of the year was due.  We drew names in September for a secret Quilt Valentine exchange since our February meeting would fall right on Cupid’s day.  According to all of the members that I spoke to, it was a great success.   Everyone enjoyed making their Valentine’s and they enjoyed receiving their Valentine’s.  I have to say, I really enjoyed concentrating on the small piece of work and trying to make it special for Sue Wentland.  Some of the members commented that they didn’t know their Valentine before and it gave them a chance to meet someone new. 

The second part of our meeting included a demo on hand embellishment by Debbie Denslow and machine embellishment by yours truly.  I was busy so I was not able to see what Debbie shared, but I am sure it was great.  I think of her as my 1st quilting mentor. 

The machine embellishment demo was to show how thinking outside of the normal box can give nice results and is not difficult.  I showed how to use decorative stitching to secure appliqué instead of just a blanket stitch using either rayon thread or metallic thread.

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  Also your appliqués can be cut from fabric that has had decorative stitching sewn on first using metallic and rayon threads. Using metallic’s on fabric to thread paint a motif, and even making a thread painted appliqué on dissolvable stabilizer and then attaching to the background.

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 Lastly, a little demo on foiling on top of quilts and using painted fusible for your appliqué.   It was fun to share these small changes and hear the comments on how nice these little changes can look.   This one is a transfer of painted fusible.

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Next Saturday is Goal Day so I have to get prepared.  I have another baby quilt to lay out for quilting and the Strip Pieced Star from the January 11th class so if I can get those laid out on Thursday night and Friday night, I can quilt, quilt, quilt on Saturday. Right now I have to run to watch Ice Dancing, enjoy the Olympics while they last!

             

 

Feb 3rd, 2014

Just a quick update, we began a new month on Saturday and I was able to do the quilting on the pod quilt.  I was able to work on it Saturday morning and went back to it after a little shopping on Saturday afternoon and again in the evening.  I had to run out to Close to Home to take advantage of a Superbowl Sale giving me 48% off a machine accessory.   I bought a single hole plate for my new machine because the regular stitch plate hole allows for a 9mm stitch width and fabric can get jammed when piecing.  I finished the quilting Saturday night after the kids came for dinner (Rebecca and Kris).  I maybe should have waited but I was getting impatient, the last border may have gotten a little messy.  Here are a couple of pictures,

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It was a busy weekend other than that, we celebrated my Dad’s 84th birthday on Sunday and we had 4 generations to sing and blow out candles.  We were blessed to be able to be together to share food and wine, love and laughter.  

We are expecting lots of snow this week, stay safe!

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