Saturday, January 15, 2011

aahh! a bit of calm

well, WHen I got the latest quilt loaded, I had to do a bit of housekeeping in the long arm room. Usually if I am not actively quilting, things just...well..magically appear on the long arm and in the room nearby. My poor daughter had to sleep on an airmattress on the floor next to the long arm when she was home for Christmas. I was not able to even get in the door! I can now!

You can see the FLOOR! (I'm surprised that there is not a dog hanging out there! One or the other usually follows me in only to be shooed out as I quilt.)

AND you can see the pantos! There are even some pockets of calm in OTHER rooms! Don't be happens sometimes. Please note todays date...hehehehehehehehe!

I found the yellow organizer at one of the big box home improvement store. I love having all my gadgets available and still easily moved when I change pantos. It was pretty inexpensive if I remember...around $5?

Do you know any beginner quilters who would like some online patterns with instructions? I'm thinking of doing a series starting with Roman stripe and then maybe rail fence or warm wishes. starting easy and moving up in difficulty. Please reply if you do. Thanks!

Friday, January 14, 2011

finally back at the frame

With all my busyness of the holidays added to some sad losses have kind of sapped my energy and desire to do any machine quilting. However, I need to get the quilt loaded on my frame off, as I have 2 customer quilts in the queue as well as my son's quilt. His just needs 3 free motion borders. Despite my repeated measurings, I ran out of backing just a couple inches from the edge.
S I G H! Ah well, it is easily repaired. Thank GOODNESS for zipper leaders! I just zipped it off..and zipped on my second set and I'm off. It feels good to be back with a purpose and as always, thankful for the solace of my quilting and piecing. Here are a few pictures:

I am using a pantograph by Michelle Wyman called Simply Seashells. I got it at

You saw these blocks, but not the top.

Here is the border with the panto quilted on it:

Can you see the seashells? I wanted them to be more of a textural design rather than to stand out, so I matched thread. Not exactly, but just a couple shades lighter. I will show you the panto for the body of the quilt and a full picture of the quilt when its done.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope you have a healthy happy New Year. Mine started quietly enough. They just passed a law recently in AZ that you can buy fireworks. Just the kind that stay on the ground. I was anticipating staying up for a couple hours with nervous dogs. I stationed myself with the wooden shutters closed and the TV on in the sewing room. By 1 however, I heard nothing so 4 sets of 4 paws followed me into the bedroom and we all proceeded to sleep in! NICE!

We woke up to frosty temps! My DH saw a bit of ice yesterday morning, so I had to go out and see if we had any today...

This is the view out of the back door....

Getting closer! Anyone want lemons? This poor tree is crying for us to pick some! A couple limbs look like they are about to break. By the time we harvest this, we won't need to trim any...looks like it needs a haircut badly doesn't it? My dad just drools over this tree when he visits. Too bad I cannot send more home with him on the plane!

This is the corner of the 'pond' that magically appears when we have a hard rain. We had a hard LENGTHY rain a couple days ago. The ground is so hard, it cannot absorb this much water too fast. Takes a couple days of no moisture to see a difference. This is about half of what it was when it stopped raining. ICE!

You cannot see this well, but the whole thing had a covering of ice. Didn't take much to melt the thin stuff, but the corner with the rake was icy most of the morning. This is one of only a couple days a year I wish I had a fireplace!

I'm off to the laundry room...I have MOUNDS to do today! That and play in the sewing room....THAT I like!