Sunday, January 31, 2010

Another hoar frost morning

When we went to bed under a blanket of fog and it was already down to twelve degrees, I figured conditions were ripe for another hoar frost.  It's so fragile and yesterday I waited a bit too long to try to capture it.
But this morning I braved the cold while brewing coffee, and got some more photos.  The sun is trying to make an appearance, but so far it's losing.   Even the common house finch looks better perched on frosty limbs. 
The high yesterday barely got above freezing, and so we didn't lose much of our snow.  I'm looking forward to my weekend in Phoenix, although I can appreciate my frosty beauty.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snowy morning

It snowed all day Thursday along with wind that blew interesting drifts.  There were road closings all around us, and we were just glad not to have to go anywhere.  But today the sun is shining and everything is beautifully sparkly. This was the scene just outside my sewing room.  

I was working on getting my Mimbres Bend quilted.  I've had this Kukulcan pantograph for some time, and was just waiting for an appropriate venue for it. It's a bit fussy to do, but I love the design. 

The steady wind made an interesting drift atop our carport roof.  There was also a pretty big cornice hanging off the house roof over the carport, but it didn't hold up to the sunshine and warmer temperatures. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Row Robin

(I'm trying out the new editor and had to open another tab with my blog, because I had no idea what the default font was before.)  I finally put my row robin together that was started in February 2008.  I'm really pleased with the end result, and decided I like this method of making a quilt so much that I was going to join another one.  

But the best laid plans of mice and men, I just got a call from the VA, and I'm scheduled for my total knee replacement February 18th, the starting day for my annual quilting retreat in Phoenix.  I'm so disappointed, but I need to get the knee taken care of.  I'm trying out a new pantograph on a donation quilt, and then I'll be loading the row robin next. 

I did get this quilted for a friend.  I tried Maxi-Lock for the first time on the longarm, and I'm happy to say it worked great.  It's especially good because I bought five spools of it, four variegated, and one solid when it was on sale at Hancock Fabrics.  It's nice to have some less expensive thread to use on all the donation quilts I have coming up. 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Finished another

I'm still plugging away on the quilt tops Pat left for me. This one was a top from Carolyn, and I tried out another new pantograph. It's Winding Plume by Keryn Emmerson, and another nice one to have in my collection. Already had her Oriental Clouds panto.

The little bird in the bottom center block, Pat added to cover up names of quilters that swapped blocks for it. I'm sure it will cherished by some child. I backed it with a solid color flannel, and used a scrappy binding. I finally finished the quilt for our bed with the wool batting. It's very warm without a lot of weight, and Dale really likes it. Now I need to start making blocks for a king-sized wedding quilt for Jackie.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bright quilt under cloudy skies

This is another donated quilt that I finished up. There was enough of the striped fabric used on the border that came with it for bias binding. I do so like a stripe cut on the bias. Thanks Karen and Becky!

Also used the last of the kid's print for the back. That print has found a home in a number of quilts, and it's been a favorite. I used Nichole Webb's Spring Fling pantograph. It was fun to try a new one of my newly acquired stash of pantographs from another longarmer that has gone to computerized quilting.

I'm trying to work on our bed quilt, but the stash of tops and new pantographs to try keep calling out to me. It's been a work in progress for a while, so a while longer won't hurt's aging like a fine wine! At least that's how I'm justifying not working on it today! ;-)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another top done...

Pat left me with 13 quilt tops, and I'm slowly getting them quilted and bound. It's great to have such a wealth of tops, since I'm not very speedy at putting tops together. I've also been working on the quilt for our bed using some prints featuring Frida Kahlo. It's been a long time in the making.

It was a bit difficult photographing this one on the clothesline. The wind picked up just as I went outside with it.

What had been several days of just gorgeous sunshine, without much wind turned cloudy and cool today. We used a couple of pieces of fabric that were supposed to make up into a stuffed chicken, which we thought was fitting with the top. I finished another one today, but it needs to be washed. I don't love my quilts until they come out of the dryer, properly crinkled.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A wintery day...

Boy what a change in the weather, though not unexpected for a winter's day. Tuesday I was hanging clothes out on the line, and today I didn't even walk to the post office. Dale was braver, donned his snowmobile suit and walked to get the few pieces of junk mail that were in our box.

I finished putting a resting strip and borders on the quilt that was on the design wall when Pat left. I don't know who to thank for the cute center fabric, but Pat brought so many things, it was hard to keep it all straight.

I'm back to work on our bed quilt. It's been over a year in the making, and I have a vision for how I want to finish it. It's too heavy and won't stay up on the design wall now, so no pictures. I have wool batting that I'm going to use for it, and I can't wait to quilt it, but I'm sure I'll be waffling over how to quilt it. I've come to terms with my pantograph usage. It works for me, but I'm purposely going to load a donation quilt that I think requires some custom quilting. It has some chicken blocks that I don't feel should just be quilted over without regard to the design. We'll see if I really do a custom job on it, or at the last minute decide that a pantograph will be just fine! I think I need to add to my pantograph library. Here's the back of the Christmas quilt with Dave Hudson's snowflake design which is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Glorious Morning

The sunrises have been beautiful. Mostly I just enjoy them without bothering to photograph them, as I have so many pictures of sunrises and sunsets. At this time of year, there are many that are photo worthy.

We had a wonderful early holiday with the girls and their significant boys (what can I say, they're boys to me) in Colorado. We squeaked in and out and avoided a major snowstorm on the way home.

Pat came out for the New Year holiday weekend, and boy, we got a lot done in the sewing room. We delivered another nine quilts to Dr. Kaufman. I have that many left to quilt and bind. They are so appreciated. This quilt already found a home, hot off the press! A 21-month-old little girl that was in the hospital, newly diagnosed with diabetes, and understandingly not very happy with high blood sugar and a fever. Hope the quilt is a little bit of comfort during this trying time of adjustments.

We watched Julie and Julia and that inspired me to be creative with turkey leftovers. My favorite dish was spinach tortellinis, which Dale had helped me make and were waiting an occasion in the freezer, with a mushroom champagne sauce made with recycled gravy. Today I'm going to recycle the last of the mashed potatoes into a pie crust with the last of the turkey...and maybe a little of that champagne sauce. Let the new year begin...