Saturday, August 29, 2015

Where Have I Been?



Well, goofing off on the computer rates right up there as a big time-waster, but the truth is that I have been quilting as much as I could squeeze in.  I have now received 35 quilts to quilt for others and I still have my Quilts of Valor and Project Linus local commitments (1 and 2 a month, respectively).

So here are some of the results that I have posted on Facebook or in Yahoo groups but not here on my blog:

Project Linus


panto is Stars and Clouds


panto is Van Gogh


panto is Cotton Candy

Quilts of Valor


panto is Surf


panto is Stars and Clouds

Another QOV is on the frame now so I can turn it in at the Monday meeting and have someone else do the hand-binding.

Quilts Beyond Borders


panto is Geometric


panto is Stars and Clouds (must be a favorite of mine!)



panto is PS I Love You

didn't get a detail picture yet, but the panto is Celtic Spiral


That’s it for now.  There will be lots more to come!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Rain Stopped

I actually got a lot of quilting done when we had all of the rainy days.  This is the standing water at the back edge of our yard.  They haven't been able to mow that far back for three weeks:

But this is the quilts/quilting I have completed when there was no lightning:
this is the Easy Baby top - it is now quilted - I'll take another photo when it's bound

still using up the Nigerian fabric I received

Spaniels quilted up with Paw Prints, of course!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Finished Another QOV

Quilted another one for my Quilts of Valor group (I didn't make it) - the meeting is in two days - had to get'er done!
panto is Stars n Clouds - it's a favorite of mine


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Catching Up Project Linus

Finished quilting two more for Project Linus this weekend (they do the binding).  And posting the pic of one I did last month:


Panto is Sparks


Panto is Celtic Braid


Panto is Celebrate (colors are prettier in person!)


Panto is Bo Dangles

Also worked a little on growing this panel for a Quilt of Valor for a lady Vietnam vet:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer Sewing and Extras



I thought summer was supposed to be a relaxing, more laid back time.  Hasn’t happened yet for me!  My DH had a grueling year of medical interventions, but is now doing extremely well, so he is raring to go and make up for lost time.  That includes getting his golf game back up to snuff.  We have been playing at a little executive course so he can work on his short irons – in this heat that wipes me out for the whole day, but the course is nice and I’m losing weight – that’s a plus!
 
Hole No. 1 - over water? No fair ...
The course has lots of critters and some have highly developed skills that would rival any good sneak thief.  This is where my purse with the granola bar was in the basket with the towel completely covering it:


When I went to retrieve the granola bar, it was missing!  I was bummed, big time.
 
suspected perp

Oh, yeah.  This guy snagged something from a cart.

These big guys do not steal things – I like them:
 
see the cranes?

I have been concentrating on finishing things and making easy tops to get some boxes shipped out of here and into the hands of the kids that need them.  This batik started with the intentions of becoming a table runner with a braided center.  Then I got some orphan blocks from a friend and they had some of the same batiks.  A donation top was just meant to be.  The blocks were added to the sides and this is the result:


The inspiration for this little quilt was a pattern called Hopscotch.  The actual Hopscotch quilt is cuter, as it had 3 columns of vertical sashing, but I whipped this up one evening and finished quilting it last night (done is good):


And the other thing distracting me recently?  Why it was the New Horizons Mission to Pluto, of course.   I’m just nuts about space exploration and I’ve been glued to the TV or Internet watching to see the new discoveries.  I can’t begin to fathom 3 billion miles or 32,000 miles per hour, but I do know that there is a lot more out there than we know about.  Fascinating stuff.  This site has lots of good info:  http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
And one of the things on it is “Pluto Time”.  Since Pluto is so far from our Sun, the light reaching it is weak.  These are my photos of what noon looks like on Pluto:
 
8:33 EST = noon on Pluto









Too cool !!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sewing or Exercise?



That is the question …
Well, in my mind, I think that certain amounts of sewing ARE exercise!

It’s times like these though that I really would like to be able to do custom quilting.  Wouldn’t this look lovely with thread painting of that gorgeous eagle?!


I guess I should be able to about now, since I’ve had my longarm about a year and a half.  But fear holds me back.  So alas, until I practice I’m stuck with edge-to-edge quilting and that’s what this panel is getting (Star Dance Digital Panto):


This will go to Quilts of Valor at our meeting at the end of the month.

And, as for that exercise, DH and I went out to play golf at a nearby executive course a few days ago (I haven’t played since Sept, so I haven’t the stamina for a big course yet):
 
ominus clouds beginning to gather

getting darker

We had to share the course with a few critters:
 
seagulls come inland during storms - onto my tee box

that ibis didn't mind my golf ball by her feet - and that's not a short putt left!

soft shelled turtle laying her eggs not far from a green

And we got rained on twice, but we got the 18 holes in – now that counts as exercise!