1. We helped my daughter move to a new apartment. Did you know that 2 flights of stairs are farther up than they were 20 years ago? Good thing she is young. I've already told her to seek other help if she decides to move again. Boot camp would be easier. :)
2. I finally finished this quilt which I gave to my mom for Mother's Day. (Stripping Vine from the book, Material Obsession)
Yvette quilted it wonderfully--hope you can see the detail.
She went around each of the white dogwoods, invented a special design for the orange triangles that mimics the fabric pattern, and stitched each of the star centers differently in a way that coordinated with the fabrics.
A really lovely job!
My mom's comment on the quilt: "You should have just made the whole thing out of the border fabric--it is beautiful". Oh well. She isn't a quilter.
3. I finished this Bordered Diamond quilt for my sister and her husband. They actually liked it and it looks nice in their bedroom.
Again the quilting is by Yvette and wonderful. She used a variegated thread and quilted each diamond differently.
The outer border fabric is the same one I used on another Bordered Diamond quilt I made for my aunt. Even though the narrow border, binding and backing are all different, the quilts look very much alike.
For the backing, I used an out of print fabric by Philip Jacobs. Not sure of its name--maybe Lilac Rose?
4. I repaired the Teal Quilt that I had given to my son and his wife for their anniversary last year. Their dog had chewed on it along the border and had made a couple of holes farther in--my fingers are in one here. I was pretty disheartened when they brought it back for repairs, and stuck it in a bin for several months while I thought about how to fix it.
Luckily, I was able to find each of the damaged fabrics on the front and back, and able to match up the pattern (I had a triangle left from the original cutting--cutting too much does have its benefits, as does having an outrageous stash). Here are some finished photos with a couple of the patches circled. Being able to match the fabric perfectly really helped the patches disappear. The repairs really aren't visible unless you look closely, and if you see like me without glasses, you almost have to feel to find them. And, I gave them the repaired quilt back for this year's anniversary. :)
6. I made a table runner of some leftover blocks for my daughter's birthday.
|Whoops--two sewn together!|
9. I made a little quilt/table topper for my daughter as a piece to practice different machine stitching styles on. Most were very roughly done, but hey, practice is practice, and I worked on it late at night to finish it. In other words, don't be judgmental, as I know it is flawed (but it IS finished) :)
10. And, finally, this is non-quilting and sad news. I spent a few weeks nursing our dog, Tessa. Sadly we lost her last month. Rips my heart out--she was with us almost 14, or is it 15 years? A long time, but way too short.
|Tessa and her duck|
Tessa was a great fashion advisor, and had a wonderful sense of style:
She had to wear shoes on walks due to a bad foot. The day she got to go into the store to pick the shoes out, she was very proud, but we were both disappointed in the color selection in her size. (She wanted red or purple) She tried to be a good sport about wearing them, even though she hated that they made her stumble as she aged and couldn't lift her feet as well.
Tessa lived her life fully and with exuberance until the end, despite many ailments. This photo was taken on her last trip to visit my parents, just days before she became ill.
|Tessa, May 2013|
She was such a special sweetie. I still look for her around the house, and I miss her everyday. I hope she was as happy with us as we were with her. I can't imagine a better dog. Love you Tessa!