Just my musings about life, quilting, my family and my dog.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tough Weekend

Having lunch with a friend at the Hotel Del Coronado. Sigh .... does it get any better than this?

I hope your weekend is equally relaxing


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday 9.10.12

 I thought I would have this done by Friday.  Last Friday.  Things don't always work out as we plan.  Still, the top is done and I am very pleased with it's immensity (is that a word?).  It is lying on my son's king-size bed and it drapes nicely over both sides.  It measures 84 by 110.  I decided, wisely I believe, that it is suitably large enough without additional borders.  Somehow, I let myself get carried away making blocks.  I challenge anyone to find a single red scrap in my studio.  There are none! They have all been incorporated into this behemoth.
YIKES!  I forgot to mention that my top is from a Bonnie Hunter design.  I started it in her class at Road to California in January of 2010 (I think could be 2009.  I'm afraid to check!).  I think the pattern can be found in her book, "Adventures With Leaders and Enders."  All of her books are great.  Check them out at the link above.

For your viewing pleasure, please admire Izzy in the photo below.  Despite her huge size, she is as bad as a cat in her need to be included in quilt photos.  I could not get a second shot of the top with out her in it so I surrendered and accepted my new quilt-model.  Maybe we should change her name to Vanna.

The Husband and I had a trying week.  Last Saturday we learned that a young man who had been an Eagle Scout when The Husband was Scoutmaster, was fatally injured in fireworks explosion.  The Husband was asked to speak at his memorial service on Saturday.  He did a marvelous job of telling stories about Willie that captured his fun-loving spirit while speaking directly from his heart to Willie's family.  Over 300 people came to pay their respects to this wonderful young man and his family.  It was a very, very sad day.
 There is no sense to life sometimes, we all just have to keep moving forward making every day count for something because you never know when that day may be your last or the last time you see a loved one.

Thank goodness for quilting, it gives me that little place where I can be safe and insulated from the harshness of life.

You all go out there and make this day count.  But first, hop over to Judy's blog and see what a bunch of other quilters have on their design walls.


A small finish

I don't know if I've ever posted this little quilt but I finished it and thought it deserved a post. 
I won the square-in-a-square blocks at LEAST three years ago at my guild.  The top came together quickly. When I started to quilt it I had serious tension problems :-(  .  After ripping it all out I hung it in the closet of sad and lonely quilt tops where it has been aging gracefully ever since. 
I finally put on my Big Girl Pants and faced off with The Quilting Machine.  The quilt and I were victorious!

One more UFO off the list.