Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Oklahoma Sooners Quilt

An unusual queen size quilt, a commission Jennifer took on to piece then asked me to quilt it. A bit different to the usual, and with every new project I learn something.
 To make the letters stand out I did a diamond crosshatching using one of my longarm rulers. I had to mark the grid as I went in order to have it match up so there was a lot of rolling the quilt back and forth. Consequently I was forced to float the top which I never like to do, it makes it more difficult to keep the quilt square. I filled a clover chalk tool with whiteb"Magic Chalk" which may be ironed off but it all disappeared by itself by the time I was done.
Thankfully it worked out ok, and went together perfectly. I kept forgetting that the client wanted "Sooners" written in the quilting but managed to get it in a few times! I bound it by machine with some of the red backing fabric, I did not take a photo of the back because you could hardly see the quilting at all. Altogether I am quite pleased with the result and hope that the owner will be also!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Three More QOV's

These are for the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association to which DH belongs. They have an annual reunion in the summer each year and some of the wives who quilt construct 4-6 quilts for presentation. My part of the mission is to quilt them, others piece the blocks and construct the tops then send them to me. After quilting I send them on to the person who will bind them and attach the labels.
The first two I custom quilted mostly using rulers, I have come to really like this method for these kind of quilts. The mostly linear designs tend to be more masculine, and the solid backing shows off the designs very nicely.  I realize that ruler work isn't everyone's joy but it's fun for me though I wouldn't want to be restricted to it which is why the third quilt got a patriotic panto, I just ran out of juice, LOL!
So here is the third with a simple star and flag design.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christmas Vacation

With son and family we headed off to Boston for our annual Christmas trip. Disappointingly the weather was mild in the Boston area, actually warmer than Phoenix!
 Not so in Vermont where we spent a few days at a great resort over New Year.
 The kids really enjoyed the facilities including indoor and outdoor heated pool and spa.
Kids and dogs all enjoyed the fresh snow
After which a nice nap or two was necessary!
 In order to be ready for the next round of adventures!
Where to next Mum?
How about a stroll around a quaint Vermont village
Bourbon tasting at a local distillery
A visit to an ice cream factory
And an interesting store with everything from hardware to clothing
We came across a wonderful coffee shop seemingly out in the middle of "nowhere"!
Not to mention the piece de resistance, the Alchemist Brewery in walking distance of our resort!
 This was our New Year's Eve treat, Dom Perignon 2006!
Then back to Boston, almost 4 hours of driving.
While our very snuggly Nova always finds a warm body to lay on!
The boy baking cupcakes with his cousins. What you see in the Ball jars is jalapena jelly, I had just made.
A wonderful holiday always over too soon and then back to Phoenix and real life!

Family Christmas

We gathered as a family a few days before Christmas because we knew that everyone would be going  different ways on Christmas Day.
The whole family, how blessed we are.
Grandson Daniel with his new baby boy, Sterling
And son Lucas with his second granddaughter, Layla. It seems very odd that my son would have  grandchildren, three now!
Youngest son and his family
A four generation photo
The annual VIP day at school, and the construction of the amazing gingerbread house!