Monday, September 03, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

In honor of Labor Day, I labored. vbg We don't normally do much on holidays like this -- don't like the crowds or the traffic tie-ups. The kids usually all have something planned with neighbors or friends and that's fine with us. We're retired, so every day is a holiday! So, this being Monday, I cleaned house and did laundry. And felt the urge to get out my fall quilts -- even though it is in the high 80's and the humidity is starting to build again, and summer isn't officially over for another 3 weeks. I also lemon oiled the new treadle and put one of my favorite fall table toppers on her. The one on the treadle is a paper pieced pineapple -- the first paper piecing I ever did and it was done in a class I took probably 10 or 12 years ago. The quilt on the wall is one of my very favorite little quilts. I love the small blocks, the very scrappy color scheme and of course the fall colors. The pattern was just a free pattern given to the members of my guild after a program by Kay Steinmetz, a local teacher. I immediately went home and made the quilt the next day I think, and have loved it ever since! The clock, btw, was embroidered by me many moons before I quilted, actually before I even did counted cross-stitch, I used to do crewel embroidery. This was the second clock I made -- the other is in our living room. (This is in our kitchen). Just to the left of the treadle is one of the side cabinets of my Hoosier cabinet -- these side cabinets have fabric in them -- just part of the stash.

I have been quilting this weekend. I really wanted to try Mary's heart meander, but haven't had a chance to really practice much, so bought a pantograph called Hearts A Flutter by Lisa Calle from Willow Leaf Studios.
This is the back of a baby quilt for a baby girl. I'll get a picture of the front after I get the binding sewn down and the label on. I have two bindings to get sewn down and labels put on. I also have a Heartstrings quilt in process -- most of it is on the design wall yet, but will be putting it together later this week.

Gratitudes:
Our friend and neighbor was released from the hospital today (he was treated for pneumonia and had a defibrillator put in and very nearly waited too long before he finally went to the doctor in the first place).
Having brats for Labor Day supper.
Fresh tomatoes (boy am I going to miss them when the season ends).
Washing machines -- I'm doing 3 loads of just quilts that I've taken down today.

3 comments :

Laurie Ann said...

We've just started getting ripe tomatoes in the last week. I hate that we have to wait so long. They are just so so so good!

Gail said...

Your treadle looks very happy after her massage and with fresh quilty clothes!

cher said...

nice! love the quilting design...