Thursday, October 31, 2013
Yesterday I went with a very fun quilting friend of mine to the retreat about an hour from here where many of my other fun quilting friends were spending four days of non-stop sewing, talking, laughing, eating, and even shop hopping! Lori had asked me some time ago if I would like to go with her as a daytripper to which I immediately replied "yes!" She works so is unable to attend for the entire time and it's no longer feasible for me to go for that long It was not a disappointment!! A lot of the girls there I have known since I first got into the guild along with others who have joined our group after I did - they are such a lovely group of women and I hope they know how much they contribute to my life. I am so much older than all of them but still feel so comfy when I am with them and I think they are part of making me feel not so old! It was a good day!
I didn't get a picture of it, but Lori, who I came with, brought along a quilt she had pieced a long time ago which she was embellishing with ribbon embroidery! Gorgeous! Her work is beautiful. We have so much talent in our guild! Lots and lots of great quilters whose work is wonderful.
Me, I brought along a scarf I was crocheting. Did much more talking and laughing than I did crocheting but that is just fine with this old hag! It was fun.
A Thought for Today!!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Now I will share a little video with you - this time of Annie who is now getting around really well. She is 11 months old - how the time does fly! Enjoy this little movie and check out her manner of crawling if you have a minute or two and so desire!!
Some words for the day--
Friday, October 25, 2013
Again, I will save the rest for one more post later on. I love looking at these again and love thinking about how much Ray enjoyed sitting in his recliner doing his beautiful stitching. Sweet memories.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The cross stitch picture above is from a container of many lovely (and a couple not so lovely) pieces mainly done by my Ray after he retired. He enjoyed doing it so much and did such a beautiful job. I know it gave him many, many contented hours doing this gorgeous needlework. A lot of them are not framed - but many of them are and are in my house and the homes of our kids. He used to mat and frame them himself - it is very costly to have them done. One day I hope that the granddaughters and their kids will have some of these in their homes if they wish.
I have more cross stitches to show, but will save them for another post. Don't want to overload you!
Now, here are some wise words:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I wanted to add one more thing - I made a discovery that really helps when using fusible web. I have used Heat and Bond Lite mainly because it is easy to remove the backing paper, but it is considerably stiffer than Pellon Wonder Under. The Pellon gives me fits trying to get the bqcking off - especially small pieces. Today I was using it and the pieces I was working on were larger. Out of the blue, I took a sharp pin and scratched a couple of lines across the paper on the cutout piece. I was able to easily pick the backing up and pull the piece off the applique. It sometimes came off in two pieces, but at least I wasn't geting any raggedy edges. Worked well on the smaller circles for the eyes,. also. You may already do it this way, but, if not, give it a try when you are fusing. I am giving myself an "attagirl, Carol" for that one.
I think it's time for some Halloween words--
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
http://leeprairiedesigns.blogspot.com/ almost since I first started blogging over five years ago. Carolyn has a fun blog and we have commented back and forth with an occasional e-mail for a long time now. Sometimes she sends along a little watercolor drawing she has done. This came in an e-mail a few days ago. Wish I could draw like that! So cute for this time of year - thought I would share this little bear pulling her pumpkin in a wagon! Thank you, Carolyn - it's cute as a button.
A thought for today--
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Had a very fun, busy day yesterday. Went to Frankenmuth - a quaint little German town about 45 minutes from here - to hear a lecture and see a slide show by Sue Nichols (hope I spelled that right). Sue is from Ann Arbor but has become a nationally known quilter (along with her sister Pat Holly) and also teaches machine quilting. She and her sister made the Beattles quilt that won the Best of Show at Paducah some years back. She was fun to listen to and the quilts are gorgeous. There was a luncheon also and some vendors. At one vendors, I bought an adorable panel to make this owl pillow
Then early evening a bunch of us went out to dinner before guild. That is always fun - lots of giggles with those gals. And the program for guild was soooo good! Linda (who absolutely excels in paper piecing.) and Leslie (with her beautiful hand applique and embroidery) showed a wonderful array of their gorgeous quilts and wallhangings. All beautiful, some breathtaking, it was a wonderful program. I think I have mentioned before that Linda designs all her quilts on #Q7 and also has a line of patterns and a website. http://www.lakeviewquilting2.com/ Leslie's hand work is beautiful and her colors lovely. A fun program!
Words for today:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
And a thought for the day--
Friday, October 4, 2013
Print the picture out then either put it on a light box right side down and draw around it with a sharpie fine line pen. Or you can draw around it on the right side with the sharpie then turn it over and retrace the lines which are showing up from the topside. It helps if you put a plain white piece of paper beneath the reversed pattern.
Words of the Day--