Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back to a Quiet House

I had to say goodbye to the end of my summer company this morning. Wendy was only here for a few days, but those two cute hooligans spent ten days here with their mom. You can see all the fun we had on  her blog, beaching, blueberry picking, and always a peaceful walk through the cemetery.   Allan is still in town, but I don't see much of him.  Maybe he'll come to spend a night before he gets picked up to head home next weekend.

July didn't leave me with much time for quilting -- it was a great change of pace that I needed. August looks to be a busy month at work (only three more months to go!!) so it may be awhile before I get back in my quilting groove.

It's always easy to find time to do a little internet shopping -- these pretty fabrics will be tempting me back to my sewing machine I'm sure!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Grandkids and Flying Geese

I forgot to share a picture of these two cuties.  They spent a night with me while they were still in town, and we had another trip to the rock pile -- this time in the rain.  We were getting pretty wet so we didn't stay long, but long enough that they each had a six pound bag of rocks to take home with them.

I don't know where that little ghost picture is coming from so I can't get rid of it.

I've always loved quilts with the flying geese  blocks but haven't been satisfied with my accuracy when I've tried to make them.  I recently purchased this little ruler from Open Gate Quilts and had some fun trying it out.
I thought I'd try to use up my Verna fabrics while I still love them, and this gave me a chance to play with them.   I put together this small baby quilt which is now waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.

The ruler proved to be a great help -- I'll be using it again for sure, and I'm looking forward to trying some smaller size geese.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Good Morning!

I wonder how many people were out taking pictures of the rainbow this morning!

The sky here really was an eerie yellow color.

And then it went double -- maybe if you click on the picture to enlarge and  look real close you can see.

What a beautiful way to start the day!

I wish I had been quick enough to get a picture of the lightning flashing behind the rainbow.

Now I better go close some windows in case the nasty storm they're predicting really does happen.  It should be a quick one.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rock Picking

Sharyn blogged about a new walking stick that Greg carved and it reminded me that I hadn't posted these pictures.

Some of the grandkids are in town and these two came to spend the night on Friday.

One of the things they like to do at Grandma's is to take a walk to the rock piles and see how many rocks they can fit in their pockets.  The rocky terrain is a bit of a challenge for me, but it was a beautiful day so I couldn't say no.

I had the help of my walking stick to keep my balance.   Pete thought he'd like to borrow it for a bit -- until he noticed that "Mom" and "Grandma" were carved into it.  He was a bit worried that might show up in the photo.

Picking daisies to take home was a good way to end our hike.

No work for me on Friday so I'm hoping to have a couple more grandkids for the night tomorrow. It'll probably mean another trip to the rock pile and another bag of rocks for them to take home.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Working on July

Judy at Patchwork Times picked #2 on the list to work on in July. That would be this quilt -

I thought  -- "how nice"!  A small baby quilt that just needs to be quilted and bound -- I can whip that out in no time even in the busy month of July.

I put this top together quite a few years back.  Wendy was probably just a toddler when Sharyn picked out some fabrics to get started on a big bed quilt for her.  I asked her to give me a fat quarter off of each piece she bought and I'd put together a baby quilt to match -- just to have on hand when or if she ever had another girl.  So far that hasn't happened -- just brothers for Wendy.  So the quilt sat waiting in my pile of tops to be completed.

I spray basted the quilt this morning and as I was looking at it and thinking I could machine quilt it and probably finish it in a day or two, I had second thoughts.  I've been having so much fun hand quilting my June challenge quilt, and I happened to have a perfect color of perl cotton for this one -- I decided it really needed hand quilting to make me love it.

It'll take me a little longer to finish, and with a busy July I may not get it done -- but when I do, I know I'll love it.  I already do.  The decorative stitches were done by machine when I put the top together.  I think the hand quilting really softens it.