Monday, August 30, 2010
Actually I've been busy with classes and helping out at a local quilt shop during a four-day sale (now over) and actually sewing! Who knew! So hopefully tomorrow I will have something to show. I'm very pleased with my fabric choices for the project and am anxious to finish the top. I also got fabric for several more projects while working at the shop--while cutting one sees the best stuff come through--sort of like shopping vicariously. Of course, then one has to edit the list to make it manageable. I sort of did. But in my defense, I haven't bought this much fabric in quite a while!
So until tomorrow, I am signing off. I now have to decide whether to have some supper (yes, I know it is very late) or do more sewing. Hmmmm....
Hugs to all,
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thanks for sharing, oh one who shall remain nameless! You have made my day!
Who knows what lurks for the blog tomorrow? Heh, heh--only me--are you scared yet? Just a little? Just got a little tingle? Okay, back to work for me!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Here are Gale and Sharon studiously working on tying those buttons! You can see the edge of Myra's beauty in the lower right corner.
Off the dining room is a screened porch, where we usually sit for meals. There is a great view of the grounds from the porch, and you can see some rockers on the right side of the picture. Porching is a definite activity at Wiawaka! Here are Lucille and Kathleen.
And Cindy and Nancy.
Hugs til then,
P.S. Yes, I am wearing shorts--I wore shorts every day. Who knows? Maybe next year I'll wear sandals!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Lucille probably had the hardest time putting her top together. She had directional prints which she had fussy cut, plus her fabrics were not distinctly light and dark. It captured the Adirondack theme beautifully, and the eye is drawn in to see all the detail.
This was Kay's first ever retreat! She thought that I was running a sweat shop and was a bit apprehensive! She recovered quickly and did a fabulous job! (The blurry picture is strictly my fault--her quilt is not a bit fuzzy!) Don't you love the dark green ferny border with the prairie points against it? Many fabrics were auditioned before deciding on the green--the perfect choice!
Hugs to all,
Thursday, August 19, 2010
As a group we decided to use fabrics that reflected the colors we saw around us in August in Lake George. Sandy's top has prints for the center and plaids for the prairie points. A soft, serene palette.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here are Sharon, Gale, Lucille, and Kathleen hard at work on the Friendship Quilt. This is the inside of the House of Trix.
Nancy, Cindy, Sandy and Kay.
Myra and Liz. So serious!
P.S. No posting for last week because I had no internet connection. Did you miss me? Okay, those who are saying it was a good miss need to wipe that smirk off your face ;-)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Everyone got their sleeve and the binding on by machine. I demonstrated the hand sewing portion and off we went. At one point we were laughing really hard and a customer said we were having way too much fun! Quilting is supposed to be fun!
P.S. Jenni, thank you for sharing your story with Sheila. Sheila, soooo great to finally lay eyes and hugs upon you!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Check out how beautifully shaped Hallie's ears are!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
My friend Julie loves Maxine, so you can imagine my excitement at finding this! I got two fat quarters and made three 7.5 inch finished potholders and a set of four coasters. All are reversible to the other fabric.
My favorite is, or was, the green. It makes me absolutely insane to have its and it's misused! It would be at least slightly less annoying if people erred on the side of NOT using the apostrophe in everything. What this really says is "Age has it is advantages". I have another fabric I bought several years ago that was supposed to say "Angels we have heard on high" but actually said "Angles we have heard on high". I didn't know angles spoke....
Here's what I am reading: Still State Fair by Earlene Fowler, plus The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd by Joe Camp AND Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes (Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up) by Joyce Meyer.
Friday, August 6, 2010
One of the ladies was new to quilting and you could see her just blossoming as her skills increased. One is making the quilt for her son, who turns seven; one is making it for her family and chose fabrics and colors outside her comfort zone. One is going to be a comfort quilt for a family member. It was one of those days that will long live in my memory as so special. Thank you, ladies! You are the best!
On a different topic, check out this blog:
You may have seen Jay's name in the comments on my blog and this is a blog post from Japan about him! You'll see why I am so proud to call him my friend.
Tomorrow I will have pictures of what I did today! In the mean time, you can make up your own stories about why we are "blaming it on the thong!" You might even share them with us--okay, maybe not!
Hugs til tomorrow,
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Perhaps, as part of my new presidential campaign, I will propose that when the temperature reaches a certain number of degrees and the humidity is 1 billion percent (doesn't it feel that way!), all of America will have the option of going totally nude. I mean, really, one can only take off so much clothing in polite society, so let's legislate a nude polite society. Okay, maybe just a polite society would be a start. Just sayin'.
Okay, enough rambling for tonight. Stay tuned for the next installment.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Elaine C. was in the Lily of the Valley class and she recently sent me this picture.
It is always thrilling to see finished projects from classes--and this is no exception. Elaine added the embroidered stamens to the pattern I provided, which is based on a Nancy Cabot design. Students learned how to form 1/8 inch stems, appli-piece leaves, backstitch embroidery and so much more. The use of the black background really makes these yellow flowers pop! Great job, Elaine! Thanks so much for sharing.
Sorry I didn't post last night; by the time I got home it was after midnight, so I decided to take a bye. On a totally unrelated note, have you tried coconut M&Ms? Delish!!!!
Loved Julie and Julia! What is it about Stanley Tucci? I remember liking him in Shall We Dance, but this was even better! Apparently Meryl Streep asked for him specifically! And I just sat and watched the movie--not even knitting!
Goodnight for now!
Monday, August 2, 2010
First is a new ChapStick - Fresh Effects in refreshing mandarin. It makes your lips tingle and it tastes great! Still a bit hard to find, but definitely worth looking for.
Last night I had mentioned the color catchers. Here's what the box looks like to help you find it. Usually in the laundry/softener/pretreater aisle.
That's it for tonight. I am going to get something to eat and sit and watch Julie and Julia on DVD. Perhaps finish the gusset decreases on the sock I'm working on and maybe get a start on the foot. Or perhaps I will simply sit and look at the screen. It's really a toss-up at the moment.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The bottom row is: a just because, Maxine fabric x 2, another just because, and the rest of the row is for a new pieced sample.
I'll keep you posted on how the fabrics are used. What are you all working on? I'm also trying to make some semblance of order out of the horizontal surfaces throughout the house. I fear it is a losing battle...but I am forging onward.
P.S. I am reading State Fair by Earlene Fowler and listening to Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler.