Sunday, August 3, 2014

Christmas in July

This past week I took the time to do some desperately needed painting around the house.  Well, as I posted on Facebook:

"Why is it when I start a painting project, I can never stick to the original plan? I was only going to pain the interior doors. Then I had to paint all of the door jams. Then I had to paint all of the exterior doors. Next, I feel as though I have to paint the hallway because it looks dirty after painting the doors. Who knows where that will lead to in terms of painting. "

This week I will paint the hallway.  I am thinking of a neutral color, a light shade of gray.

I  was not quite ready to begin my new quilt this past week, so I made long overdue Christmas stockings for my son-in-law and granddaughter.

Yesterday I went to the best yard sale ever for quilters.  This person would have won the gold metal for the most material, patterns, quilting tools, etc.  Here is just a sampling of what I bought for fantastic prices.  This wasn't even a fraction of what was for sale yesterday.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quilting and Binding Finally Finished

I feel a sense of accomplishment, yet sadness, because while working on this quilt I felt a connection to my sister.  She is missed with  her living so far away in Nome, Alaska. 
Tundra Girls, A Quilted Wall-hanging
My next quilt will challenge me to work with a family portrait.  

This past week, we spent the week with our good friends at their family cottage in Michigan.  The weather was gorgeous, crisp, cool, and sunny.  We loved sitting on the deck looking out over Lake Michigan,

This is just one reason why we make the 13 hour drive to Michigan:


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finally Making Progress

The wedding is over and it was beautiful as all weddings are for each bride. The back of the dress was stunning,

This picture was taken when we were doing the final fitting and designing the bustle.  It is a shame you can't see the detail around the opening in the back of the dress.

The bride showed her appreciation by sending this beautiful bouquet of flowers to my house even though I told her this was a labor of love.

This week I was in full quilting mode.  After the border was chosen and attached, I was able to complete the quilting with round the clock sewing.

I found this border to be too overpowering.  I love a good seam ripper.

I think this border recedes to the background and allows the picture to come to the foreground.

At this point in my quilting, I find working with large areas the most difficult to quilt with a design that will lend itself to the rest of the quilt.

This week, I hope to complete the quilt and send it to my sister for her birthday.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Finished Piecing

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July.  We enjoyed the day with my daughter and her husband.
I am still working on the wedding dress, but I carved out time to work on the wall hanging.  This week I tried to make up for lost time.  I finished piecing my quilt.

To unify the quilt and to give it a flow, I used the pinkish rose material throughout the piece.

More pictures from Nome:

The Last Train to Nowhere


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interruption to Quilting

Over the last two weeks, I have devoted most of my time to altering a wedding dress for a friend.  The bride has decided to wear her mother's dress.  She is larger than her mother's 100 pound frame when she got married.  Needless to say, the zipper cannot zip up past the waistline.  It was decided to made the back opening into a keyhole opening lined with lace removed from the veil.  The lace is very thin and I had to double the wide by hand sewing two rows together before applying it to the edges.  A strapless bra didn't work under the thin knit material of the dress (the cups made a horrible line in the front).  I had to use lace again from the veil to hide the back of the bra.  In other words, the dress has become quite a project.  But, I will admit, it is a labor of love.  Hopefully, I will get back to my quilting next week.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Piecing the Clothes

Happy Father's Day!  Beautiful weather for a great day to gather with family and celebrate dad's living and honor those who have left us with loving memories.

Here is the progress I made this week:

More pictures from Alaska:

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tundra Girls

My family has lived vicariously through my youngest sister for the last 20+ years.  Mom refers to her as her "wonder lust" child, the last pioneer in our family.  After college, she moved to Alaska and has  remained there ever since.  She is married and has two daughters, thus the Tundra Girls.  One of her nieces, on her husband's side, took some beautiful pictures of her daughters.  When I saw this picture, I  immediately thought this was one I could attempt, and it would make a beautiful wall hanging.

This is the picture she posted on Facebook.  Aaah, this would make a good birthday present.

So much for birthday surprises, I asked her to send me the color version.  I wanted to replicate the colors of the clothing.

The pattern

A good beginning

I am sure you can guess where these pictures were taken;

I think this one was taken around 2:00 in the morning.