Saturday, August 08, 2009

Faster Posies at 15 inches

This is Carolyn's quilt for her aunt. There was quite a debate about which thread to use. Carolyn had no clue what color thread, "Red, Maybe?" The pattern from Tammy Finkler Designs is called Faster Posies.

Brenda, a friend of the owner suggested white thread.

Two ladies at the LQS said I should use gold thread.

In the end I used Superior's King Tut Pumice which I though looked great against all that red.

So, what color thread would you have chosen.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

New Contest

a-pron -- A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing.

And there are some very cool aprons in this world.

Hey, take a look at Lizzy Jo's blog. She is featuring an apron giveaway. Who doesn't need a new apron, huh? And this one is reversible. Go on over to Lizzy Jo's blog and check it out.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

My first IQ Custom

This is Jody's stack and whack with very busy fabric on the front and the back. Jody is a friend of mine so she was OK with being the guinea pig for this quilt. A big one at 92 x 101, we used Quilter's Dream Select cotton batting and Superior So Fine gold thread top and bobbin. The block, border and cornerstone designs are OSNA 007,8 and 9 from One SOng Needle Arts.

I took my IQ tablet to the LQS with several design pre-loaded. Jody and I scanned through the block designs. She wanted something art deco. She found the perfect block design and it came with a corner stone. We looked at several border choices and decided on one for that big 10-inch border.

These photos don't show the quilting very much but it is all I have. Jody loved the quilt.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


We drove up to Temecula Saturday. It is a long drive, about 50 miles. We started early while the weather was still nice. After finishing up in Temecula, we decided to drive back through the back country, Hwy 79 to Hwy 78, 1 lane in each direction which turns out to be almost 70 miles.
We passed through no less than 3, maybe 4 Indian reservations. And all but one had a casino or resort hotel with a casino. Pala Casino, Pauma Resort and Casino and Harrah's Rinson Casino. Middle of nowhere and there is an oasis. Here is a photo of one of them. Pretty ritzy-looking, huh?

We enjoyed the views of hills and valleys as we drove home the back way. It was starting to warm up and we had to turn the air conditioning on in the car.

Then we came across a funny site. My husband actually turned the car around so I could get this photo. You've heard all the talk about how cows are not real smart. Just big lumbering milk jugs. Well, look closely, under the tree, in the shade, there are about 25 head of cattle laying down in the shade. I might have to rethink my view on cows. These guys found the shade and are enjoying their day on the hillside.

My Walmart Find

Schedules don't always mesh. I had finished a client's baby quilt but we could not agree on a time for pickup as we live so far apart. She lives in Temecula, CA which is about 50 miles from Ramona. I have not visited the quilt shops in Temecula so I thought that I could deliver the quilt and since I was there, I could visit the 2 Temecula Quilt shops. I could not con any of my girlfriends into this long drive so I convince my husband to take a ride with me.

We set out quite early hoping to beat the heat that was forecasted to be close to 100 in the San Diego back country. I had google maps to where we were going so that was easy to find. I delivered the quilt and we set out to find a Temecula Quilt shop. We found one just a couple miles away named the Temecula Quilt Company. Unfortunately, the store did not open for another 30 minutes so we decided to find a WalMart.

This is one of those super Walmarts with groceries as well as the regular discount store stuff. San Diego voted against allowing super Walmarts last year. But several existing Walmarts have found a loophole and are trying to "expand" rather than "build" their Super Walmart. It was pretty cool and waaay BIG.

I happened on a very cool chair. It was an "only" and was on clearance. This purple chair cost me $15. Yup, quite a bargain. So do you think it looks like a sewing room chair.

Or is it a desk-chair?

What do you think?

My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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