Monday, November 19, 2012

Some finishes!

The Tropical Garden is ready to be gifted.  I received the tropical backing fabric from my neighbor, and had set it aside for this one.  Yesterday I finished the binding which was started on retreat.  I used the completely-machine-sewn-binding method, found the blanket stitch really did make the backside of the binding look a little better than the straight stitch.

And the fourth doll quilt, Wonky Sixteen Patch, also got its backing, quilting and binding finished. I get a kick out of the black and white stripe binding!

We are packing up for our trip to St. Louis for Thanksgiving turkey and football.  Granddaughter Samantha is a high school senior, a cheerleader, and marching band student director.  Big final football game of her "career" this year, and lots of family doings.

I'm taking knitting for hand work.  Here's my knitting bag with the current sock on the top.

Underneath I have charcoal grey and leftover yarns to start another pair with haphazard stripes, maybe on the way home.  Eight hours in the car, sharing the driving still should give me 3-4 hours for progress.


Therapeutic massage
Michigan dried cherries
Prius for good mileage

Monday, November 5, 2012

Retreat results

Some old half-blocks sewn together into a top:

Another doll quilt top made from brights:

Borders put on two tops:

Three doll quilts quilted:

A paper-pieced circle of geese constructed:

But the very first thing I completed was the binding on this quilt.  Then I took it over to my bedroom and had it handy for middle of the night chills.

That night the temperature in the bedroom was 80, due to faulty setting of the thermostat, so the quilt was NOT needed!

But now it is on the home bed for extra warmth.



Lots accomplished and mojo returned
Friendly conversations and laughs while working
Afternoon naps!