Oh my dear ladies, I miss you all already!
Today was our second workshop day at Moonlight Stitching Studio and Sisters Retreat –but these gals had been sewing away, some since Wednesday evening when the retreat first opened!
Their first two days they were taught by Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken of Jo’s Country Junction while I taught another group down in Oelwein for THEIR first two days..and then on Saturday we teachers swapped locations! I stayed with this group in West Union while Jo and Kelli headed down to Oelwein! It has been the best retreat fun ...
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This is going to be a hectic week. Bosses # 2 & 3 want me to work extra hours. And some of the DGC will be showing animals at the Fair. So Mimi and Papaw will be going out to watch on four different days.
I tried to write this post twice last night, so that I wouldn’t have to rush around this morning so much. But for some reason it wouldn’t go through.
Anyway, let’s review July’s goals;
1) Quilt Amish – Not quite – I’ve started the quilting, but it is not completely finished.
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We had dinner at Chipotle yesterday, an American chain restaurant that serves burritos. I had a craving for their cilantro lime rice. We also ordered iced tea. Chipotle prints different things on their paper cups - sometimes funny, sometimes educational. The current series is called Cultivating Thought. Mine had a short essay by Neil Gaiman, "Two Minutes to Run" which started like this.
"I am thinking about the fragility of civilization. Look around you, at the building you are in, the road you travel on. What you see was made by people who agreed that they would get up in the ...
Block #9 (Glorified Nine Patch)
Yesterday for a change I got a little bit done! I got back to Winter Wonderland, I figured out my problems and got the sashing strips on to make it a good rectangle of an even number size so I could make 6.5 inch blocks to start putting around it. I decided to stay with […]read more
When Melissa asked me to curate a bundle of Aurifil for her Aussie Aurifil Club, I was honoured, excited… and overwhelmed – where to start choosing the colours?! Enter Pinterest, and this is your result:
Kilim Me Softly was inspired by my love of kilim rugs and designs. The rich colours and gorgeous geometrics were just calling out to me!
The colours just work together, with the rich burgundy of 1103, the spicy orange of 2150, the glowing teal of 4093 and the soft salmony pink of 2435.
If you are located in Australia or New Zealand, subscribing to the Aussie ...
When I got back home, I finished up my canning. While I was canning I sat down at the machine in the kitchen and did a little bit of sewing. Nothing major but I worked on my Windmills.
My canning for the day...5 more pints ...
Lots of goodies going into the boxes that are being packed and ready to ship to the UK ready for the Festival of Quilts in the UK.
Gail and Vince had lots of fun with the sticky tape getting the boxes ready for pick up... I supervised!
Meanwhile in the UK, Teresa did a 'dummy car pack' with the boxes that are filled with pre-cuts fabrics that have already arrived from the US. I hope she has left room for the driver!
The 'dream' team are gearing up and are ready to man my stand H36 without me. I feel ...read more
Time for another Book of the Month!
This month, I'll be searching Judy Woodworth's Freemotion Quilting Handbook for inspiration to finish some quilts. There are lots of ideas in this book, plus it's geared towards those with longarms. (Sorry domestic machine divas!)
So let's get these quilts finished!
I am still in the process of quilting this block. Here is my work so far. Just wanted to talk a little about the orange diamond shapes around the blue star.
I'm a self learned person when it comes to crochet. I learned to do crochet by reading written patterns and not by reading graph, so initially when i see a pattern in graph...it was a language that i didn't understand. Later i learnt to read graph too, and also enjoyed working with graph. But always prefered a written pattern...but this time i hoped if it was a graph when i read the pattern...hmmm.
I was never a great fan of filet crochet, because it never seems to be challenging and so i get bored fast ...
Many quilting patterns direct you to piece your blocks using a 1/4" seam allowance and doing so accurately and consistently is important to help ensure that your quilt blocks fit together nicely and your finished quilt is the size that you want it to be. Piecing with accurately measured ...read more
Sunday 9th August
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Welcome back for week two of the Lost Lake QAL all of the information that has been previously posted can be found in the Lost Lake tab under the blog header.
Well the retreat is over…Ahhhhh…now for a little relaxed sewing time for us..NOT!!
We’re back in the thick of things already. Over the week I did EEEEK out a little me time sewing and managed to get the Garden Party blocks finished.
I had done a big count and figured out with the changes I am making to the quilt that I would need more chain blocks than I had so whipped up 14 more blocks and finished the remaining 34 hot cross blocks.
I ended up needed 144 hot cross blocks and 121 chain blocks ...
Een oerhollandse zomer, met van alles wat en elk weertype, zo zitten we te zuchten in de zon, en zo stormt het tuinset bijkans over de schutting van de buren, er zijn regenvlagen die je alleen in Verweggistan verwacht, het is zoals het komt en we passen ons aan, de één zucht van warm en de ander van koud, tis net waar je van houd.
Is it really the end of summer already? School starts next week for us! My family spent five weeks driving across the country (twice), and visiting my family back East. We saw the Grand Canyon, the Meteor Crater, Amish Country, Las Vegas, hiked waterfalls, scaled the Rockies (in a car), swam almost everyday, fished, caught lightning bugs, and stalked the neighborhood ice cream truck. I’d say it was a pretty good summer!
Now we are slowly getting back into the normal routine and I’m finally finding time to sew again.
Just before we left ...read more