Friday, October 02, 2009

Low Rider

All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
Low rider drives a little slower
Low rider is a real goer.

I spotted this in the Ramona HIghs School parking lot last night. Exhaust pipe (behind front tire) is about 3 inches off the ground. So do you think that he can get that over a speed bump? Or did he just roll it out here from the high school shop class?

How many of you noticed that he used a rear window windshield in the front window? Yeah, it's a chick magnet.

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain

A couple of friends from the local area recently purchased quilting machines. One bought an Innova and the other one bought a Tin Lizzie. The service and support on Tin Lizzie are less than wonderful in this area. It might be the fact that the machine is owned by a family who lives in the middle of the mountains, altitude 4,000 ft., in Julian, CA.

Anyway, I went up there to give a quilting class to my friends. I spent the afternoon with them. It is always a blast to sit and talk with friends and swap stories about quilting. The view from Allison's house is rustic. No houses, no city, just a beautiful meadow surrounded by a pine tree forest. Pictoresque. If I lived there, I would probably spend more time with my eyes on the view than working on quilts.

I had to stop in Wynola on the way home. King Leo pepermint sticks were calling me. There was a very large bead shop there also with the coolest mural painted on the side.

Julian, CA is known for it's apple pies. Yummy. Of course, they import some of those apples, no doubt. On my way home, I stopped by Julian Pie Company and Dudley's Bread in Santa Ysabel, a wide spot in the road where 78 meets 76.

It was about 55 miles round trip. All in all, it was a good day.

Inspiration Comes From Many Places

I went into Bellamia for a haircut a month or so ago. On the way out, I spotted a really pretty crawlspace cover with a sweet flower on it. This is what it looked like.

And this is where I put it. I drew the flower on paper and when I had it continuous, I recorded it on my Intelliquilter computer. Then I played that sweet flower back into the alternating rows of a king size flower basket quilt.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Red Silk In and Out

This 48 x 48 wall hanging is made of Dupioni silk, Quilter's Dream wool batt, and silk thread in a square in a square pattern called In and Out. I got this kit from Brewer Sewing. I am hoping that the bright red will draw people to my booth during the upcoming Ramona Quilt show Oct 16 and 17th.

I wanted to showcase my freehand quilting in diagonal stripes using feathers, ribbons, molars, ferns and feather with circle. This left some gaps between the diagonal quilting so I decided to try some background fill that I have seen on Machine Quilter's Resource highlighting several background fills. It's way beyond micro-stipple. So I tried orange peel; that definitely needs more. The fans were fun and very dimensional; the tornados were harder than I thought. I used Rebecca Segura's 3's and E's fill; this is becoming my favorite fill. And then I did checkerboard in the corner. Wow, I loved that one.

I used the clover white pen (lines go away with a shot of steam) to mark my quilt line 1 inch apart for the orange peel and checkboard.

The quilt still needs a binding. Oh, and lesson learned: piecing with silk is not easy. Maybe next time I'll use silk on a whole cloth.

Here are some photos.


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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  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
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