Thursday, June 26, 2008
I was up until 12 last night putting on the borders. Our quilt group met today to sew and I wanted to be able to take it finished. It really helps me having some kind of deadline. This is the quilt I may trade for a photography print, hopefully. I have no idea what the print will be. The photographer does flowers and wildlife. The zebras that my brother has is gorgeous. This quilt is huge, 94 x 111. It is going to take alot of flannel for the back. There are 3 of the diamond shapes on the quilt and the border fabric has geckos on it.
Song of the day: "Genius of Love" by the Tom Tom Club
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I bit the bullet today and decided to purchase one of the fountains. I am happy with the one I picked and can't wait to get it put in. Unfortunately it will be a couple of weeks. It has just been so hot and humid lately with no rain. I am sure July will even be worse. My grass went from a lovely shade of green to an even lovelier shade of brown. I am trying to keep my new trees alive. I have never been one to take care of plants or trees or whatever else may grow in my yard. They have to be extremely hardy to live with me.
I am having a good week. My family has left me and they doing fun and exciting things. I am chilling out, sewing, spending time with friends, watching alot of movies and trying to get all of this yard stuff lined up. I watched Weird Science and Pretty in Pink (1986) the other day. They bring back alot of memories. That is right after I graduated high school. So that brings me to my song of the day.
Song of the day: "If You Leave" by Orchestral Manouevers in the Dark, OMD
Sunday, June 22, 2008
We are redoing our deck and patio. I am thinking of getting a fountain to look at while we sit on the patio. My friend Barb has one and I just love it! It is so peaceful to watch and it makes hardly any noise. The birds love it too. I don't like the fountains that sound like someone is peeing. This type is actually called an urn or olive jar. The ones I am looking at are 3-4 feet high and weigh about 2-3 hundred pounds.
If I plant flowers around it I am hoping to get butterflies and birds. Since we are fencing in our backyard I won't have to worry about any neighborhood kids messing with it. That is basically why I have not fixed up my backyard much. We are on a corner lot and really have very little privacy. All this will probably get finished just in time for winter. Hope not!
Song of the day: "Waterfalls" by TLC
Sunday, June 15, 2008
A finally got the borders on with just a few adjustments. I really like the way they look. I am glad I thought about it for a few days. That usually helps me figure something out. I used alot of my fabric which was good. I am trying to think of a way to discard my scraps. If I keep them that makes me want to buy more to go with it. I already have a bag of scraps to give one of the ladies in the guild. I cleaned my studio last night and found more things I need to get rid of.
I started piecing a new quilt tonight. I have had the strips cut since the fall. I am excited about this quilt. I am going to trade with a photographer for one of his prints. I picked out a masculine pattern and colors. I have a feeling I am not going to want to part with it. It is all batik and colors I like too. I will just have to be strong and hope that I find one of his prints that just make me forget about the quilt. I will post a pic as soon as I get a panel done.
Song of the day: "Stomp" by The Brothers Johnson
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My last post was my 100th post. How cool. If I could have fire works going off on the screen I would. I am sure there is a way to do it but I am not figuring it out.
I finally got it all pieced together. It took a little longer than I expected. Making the sashing and piecing it in was time consuming. I thought I would have it done in a day. I finished last night at midnight. Now I have to figure out the borders. I went and bought some fabric for that yesterday. I would like to incorporate a few 4 patches in the border but not in the corners. I will have to give it some thought. It measures 61 x 81 right now. It will end up being pretty big once I get the borders on. I think I am keeping this one. I really like how it turned out even though it is a simple pattern. I have the perfect flannel picked out for the back. It is a piece that I bought a couple years ago but I knew it would be for a quilt that I was keeping. It is extra soft. I have found that all flannel is not soft. There is alot that is very stiff and thin.
I am going to check my battery on my camera because my last few pictures have not been in focus. I hope it is the battery and not the camera.
Song of the day: "He'll Never Love You Like I Do" by Freddie Jackson
Sunday, June 8, 2008
If feels good to post something again. It was a very busy week and I felt like a taxi service. I had a bad start to the week. My friend Joan lost her battle to cancer last sunday night. Very sad, I still cannot believe it. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with her family. I had heard some friends of mine talking about a book, The Shack. I picked it up one morning while I was waiting on my son to finish his morning camp. It really helped with my emotions from Joan passing. If you have not read it I would recommend it, The Shack by William P. Young.
I think my son really liked lacrosse. It was our first hot and humid week so that didn't help. Once he got to wednesday he did much better. We came home straight from camp on wednesday so I could help my neighbor. She invited about 40 kids over to dye shirts red, white, and blue for the 4th. So I gave her some of my dye and helped with the process. Everyone really had a good time. I meant to take pictures but that did not happen. I will take pictures of my shirts when I wash them out. We had a ton of dye left over so I took some over to my friend Barb's house and helped her and her grandchildren dye some shirts. Kids really enjoy the process. I will be dyeing fabric here soon.
I worked in the yard all day yesterday. I love to play in the dirt. I know my grass will start turning brown here soon because we are not getting rain any time soon. It has already been hotter than normal too.
My treat was to sew all day today. I did too. After I quilted the soldier quilt I really liked it. I had made alot of 4 patches about 3 years ago and did not want to use them for the same thing I made them for. So I made some sashing and started sewing it all together. It is the civil war reproduction fabrics that I got into when I first moved to tennessee. It really shrunk when I started putting it together. I lost a whole row. I will have to add a good size border to make it a big lap quilt. Each 4 patch is 4 inch finished. I am just glad to be using them for something.
Song of the day: "Steady As She Goes" by The Raconteurs
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I bound 5 quilts yesterday. Not fun, but it nobody's fault but mine. I kept putting them off because I found other things to do. Now I can give the gifts away. 2 graduation, 1 new baby, 1 friend, and 1 soldier quilt. I hope everyone likes their quilt.
Now that summer is here I can tell I will not be posting as frequent so don't forget about me. If I get something going or finished I will definitely let you know.
Next week my son has 2 camps to go to. One lacrosse and one ice hockey. He will be exhausted, me too!
Song of the day: "Let The Music Play" by Shannon