Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Quilt

The Hunter Star quilt is done and delivered today to a very special lady on her half century birthday! Well, my DIL actually did the delivery for me to her Mom in Yuma, very convenient that she was headed that way for a surprise visit.
 It turned out 90"x100" exactly
 The large Rapid Fire Hunter Star ruler made the 10.5" blocks simpler and faster than the traditional method and the perfect size quilt, no border required.
 Then my favorite quilting design for single block quilts the Baptist Fan made accurate, simple and fast with Loricles Circle template boards. Last night I bound the quilt, from prepping binding to finish attaching in about three hours with my customary method, clean, neat, secure and fast!
Fabrics were purchased from my favorite online fabric store Thousandsofbolts.com and I bought enough of the red by Fabri-quilt for backing and binding.
Also remembered this time to embroider the label onto the backing before quilting, sometimes I get so anxious to get started on the quilting that it gets overlooked until after the quilt is already mounted on the longarm and quilting has already begun, argh!
PS. Here it is on Diana's bed!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

We're Back!

 So busy the past month I do not know why it is that our lives seem to get busier as we get older, it is never boring! Or are we slowing down so it just seems that we are busier?!
We had a quieter week or so while The Boy and his parents were in Boston having a great visit with family. Matthew had a lot of new experiences, surfing, riding the inner tube behind the boat off the beach, learning about bee keeping, a day at Legoland,
zip lining
 
fishing,
                                                                      eating lobster
ice skating 
and generally hanging out with cousins and making memories!
This day they went to a pottery class and painted, Matthew chose a crab.
His parents too had a good time, this was the "Sam Adams" tour!
Now he is home as am I and looking forward to hearing about his adventures tomorrow!
Last week I was visiting a friend in the mountains of Colorado Springs enjoying the cooler weather and some rain. We hiked around this lovely lake.
 Joined my friend at her quilt group meeting with a little show and tell!
 This little phone purse was made altogether on an embroidery machine 
as was the very cute flower adornment on this hat. 
We made our own versions of the flower minus the embroidery machine.
We think they turned out very well!
We also visited Glen Eyrie Castle home of The Navigators and NavPress.
 This beautiful 97 room edifice begun in 1871 and completed in 1904 by General William Jackson Palmer the founder of Colorado Springs was constructed of imported materials and furnishings with impressive features ahead of the times such as a built-in vacuuming system and fire fighting equipment on each floor. The setting is breathtaking, awesome evidence of God's mighty Creation. The facility has suites available for bed and breakfast as well as catering to retreats, seminars etc. A tour is available daily as well as an elegant High Tea which Linda and I enjoyed!
Unfortunately we were too busy enjoying the gourmet dishes to take many pics but below are a few that I did get.  There is a wide assortment of teas black, white and Rooibus and it was altogether very delicious!


 Last night I finished off one of three more baby boy quilts for our church families, but forgot to take a photo, I will have to ask Bentley's parents to send me one. This quilt needs binding and the last one will be quilted today I hope!
 The backing is the last of that lovely PBR brushed cotton, so soft!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017