Thursday, June 30, 2011

{745} H & G Coming Along

I didn't think I'd have time to sew or post while I was here, but I was wrong on both accounts.  Here is my H & G quilt in its entirety...if I knew more about Photoshop, I'd draw an arrow on the picture to point out the quilted area.  As it is, I'll just have to use row numbers.

I have the bottom four row of blocks completely quilted.  I have removed the basting stitches where the quilting is finished because it gives me a visual for where I am in the process.

When I was in Florida a few weeks ago, I quilted all around the border.  All half blocks and 4 quarter blocks.  Here is a closer picture.

You can see in the last picture (below) that I've quilted around each appliqued block (and between each section alongside the seam) as well as where the four "empty" corners meet.

On the way home I will quilt around more of the appliqued sections...those don't have to be marked.  The marking would be difficult in the vehicle.  I have the first 6 rows of appliqued shapes quilted around.  It really IS moving along quickly!


Vacation Pics

Here are some pictures Susie took yesterday at the lake.  Fun times.  My dad--Captain Ted--at the controls.

Someone else's dad...also at the controls...

A beautiful view of a seating area near the lake shore.

Lake Erie


Some of you have asked if I'm really in Ohio, thinking Lake Erie was in PA or NY...well, I am, and it is!  Lake Erie isn't the largest of the Great Lakes, but it is huge.  It has nearly 10,000 square MILES of surface area.  It is bordered by Canada, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  Oddly enough, when you go from one state to another, you don't go over any dotted border lines underwater. 

That is as startling as realizing that (when I was a nurse and working in the OR) the organs aren't color-coded like they are in anatomy books...they are all nearly the same color, which does make it a tad confusing!

Enjoying the R & R...


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{742} Quilting in Ohio

You've heard of ducks in a row...well these are my geese in a row.  Thirty for each top and bottom, 39 for each side.  In a bit I will mix them up and sew them into strips so I can attach them to my crumb quilt top when I get home.

Susanna took these pictures for me and of me.  I absolutely despise having my picture taken...  I hand quilted the whole way up here.  My son Ben just got his permit a week ago, and he got lots of practice on our way.

On the drive up I quilted around the 4 hearts so I would not have to mark anything.  So this AM I marked and quilted where the four blank corners of the blocks meet.  I sat outside for a couple hours and hand quilted.  Beautiful.