Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I have been trying to figure out how to use the embroidery module on my new Bernina. I reached in too soon and ran the needle through my thumb from the nail to the palm side. Oww!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Catching Up

Catching up is what I end up doing when I get home from a trip. Laundry, cleaning, bookkeeping, quilting and blogging. Well, the laundry is done, and I'm getting this posted today. Can't say the same about everything else.

While I was in SoCal not only did I get to watch Twinkle Toes
play softball, I got to watch Spicy play baseball.

After her game she celebrated her birthday with a  Tutu Tea Party. The girls wore their tutus, feather boas, party hats and dress up shoes.

They were adorable!

Quilting related, I'm currently piecing a quilt for my husband's cousin. He volunteered asked me to make a quilt for her. He asked for a king sized quilt, but I don't have a longarm table large enough. So, I'm just making a queen sized quilt.

I have the fabric for the framed nine-patch blocks cut, and I've begun sewing them together. It is a fairly simple design. I'm hoping it comes together quickly. It should finish at 89"x94".

I currently have this beauty on the longarm. It is taking me a bit longer than I expected. At first I was just going to stitch the stylized feather in the background, but it seemed lost. I added the micro-stipple around it, and I liked it better. I've never done micro-stipple before. It takes a long time, a really long time. On top of the fact that it takes a long time, is that it irritates the tendonitis in my elbow, so it is also painful. However, it is turning out so pretty that I keep working on it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Road Trip

I drove out to SoCal yesterday, and I got to see Twinkle Toes play in a softball game.

She got a good hit in and made it to first base!

Tomorrow I get to watch Spicy play. Plus, I get to be at her birthday party.

On Sunday, I'm delivering finished quilts to customers at Ginger's Quilt Shoppe in Upland. It's one of those great shops where they greet you by name when you come in. Love it!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quilter's Attention Deficit

I don't know if it's because it's spring, or it's just a pattern of behavior, but I have so, so many projects that I want to make. I'm not sure where to start. Maybe I have attention deficit disorder?

Liberty Fields from Material Obsession

These two that I played with in EQ7.

Plus the three UFOs that I have already started, Buckeye Beauty, String X, and my blue and white Hovering Hawks. Then there are the four knitting projects that I want to work on.

This is a shawl from Ravelry. It's a free pattern, but you do have to join Ravelry to be able to get it.

Then there are the socks knit two at a time on circular needles. It's a technique that I've never tried, but it avoids the second sock syndrome. I also want to make a long sleeved cardigan and a short sleeved, lacy summer cardigan.

Tack on to my list of things I want to make for myself are the eleven quilts that I need to quilt for customers. I think I need to learn to prioritize. What do you think?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

We went from snow a couple of weeks ago to these blossoms today. I've been watching the buds swell for a couple of days. It seems like they just went wild as the weather has warmed up to the 60s.

The flowering plum in the front yard.

The flowering pear in the backyard.

The unknown shrub, also from the backyard.

I went to the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show this weekend. There are sure some talented quilters in this state.
The show was very well attended, so it was difficult to get good pictures. I only got a few without loads of people in front of the quilts. I had entered a quilt, but didn't get a ribbon. I didn't expect one. My quilt was too basic to warrant a ribbon. I'll get my quilt back in a week or two, and it'll be interesting to read the judge's comments. I didn't always agree with the judges in the awarding of ribbons, so I'm curious to see what kind of comments I get on my quilt.