Two weeks ago I started a quilt for a friend on Saturday. I had just recently watched a new DVD by Kimmy Brunner and was really anxious to try out some of her tips for keeping the quilt square while quilting it. This quilt was a twin size, so not a small quilt. I loaded it and was really proud of myself -- everything was plumb and square, the tension was great, the pantograph was a great one for the quilt itself (Alfresco by Lorien Quilting, which is one of my favorites), everything was great. I got all the way down to the last roll of the quilt to do the bottom and discovered I had 1-1/2" more top than bottom! So, for sure, Pride goeth before a fall! I've spent the past two weeks picking stitches every day but one - at least 60+ hours! Finally finished it and put it back on the frame yesterday and finished quilting it last night -- with just enough backing (I had started down too far the first time, so there was enough backing, but it was my fault for not starting up closer to the leaders.) Barb picked it up today and seemed to be pleased with it, and I was also pleased with it. And, I would recommend Kimmy's Beginner's DVD to everyone -- there are some great tips in it -- and they work! vbg
Before I started Barb's quilt, I finished quilting this one. I put the binding on and stitched it down during a break from picking stitches! This is actually a test to see if Steve reads my blog! He wanted me to make him a Bears quilt. I ordered the Bears fabric from a place online that handles NFL stuff -- it came 60" wide and is really a nice weight cotton fabric. I found the football fabric at my local quilt store and had this pattern around for years. It's actually curved piecing, but not difficult and was kind of a nice change of pace to make it. So, Steve -- if you read my blog, your Bears quilt is done and ready for you to claim it! vbg
Speaking of Steve -- he had another MRI this past Thursday and everything is "stable" which means no sign of cancer returning at this time. He is still doing chemo for another 5 months. We are still thanking God and praying!
I haven't gotten much done around here in the past few weeks (or months, for that mattter!). I hope to get some fall decorations and quilts out this week, I plan to get some weeding done that has gotten way out of hand this summer, I'm definitely going to visit the grandkids and Steph this week -- the boys grow so fast I hate missing any of it. I need to get back to working on my house too -- taking the summer off gave me a little bit more quilting time, but not much and I need to spend some extra time on the house, and probably a bit less time on quilting. I'll think I'll enjoy my quilting time more if some of the other stuff gets done first anyway. And, I hope to get back to blogging more -- I'm way behind on my blog reading as well, so I need to catch up there and maybe do some cleaning out. Lots of plans for doing things, but I need to get organized first -- as usual!
Another great MRI for Steve.
Making plans and lists (that's how I organize -- making lists!)
Subway sandwiches on a "I don't feel like cooking" day!