Monday, August 13, 2012

Celebrating a New Life

He is Here
Yes, the long awaited grandson, first boy in our family in a long time, and our second grandchild has arrived!!!
He had a rough start.  Mom had to have a section since she didn't dilate past 4, and he followed up with low platelets.  
They left the hospital today after 5 days in.  The new family gets to bond and relax now.
They are in Ct. and we can't wait to hold him and smother him with kisses!!

Finished this quilt this weekend.  It's made from Moda Vintage Modern.  I fell in love with this line, and had to make something  with it.  We didn't have it on the bolt when I bought the nickel pack.  It was a challenge to make something interesting, but keep the cutting simple without wasting fabric.  

The green on the left with be the back.  I will be quilting it myself.

The Bernina 200 has been broken for over a year.  I put off the repair, knowing that anything Bernina can get pricey.  I was thrilled when the tech told me it would only need a part soldered, costing 79.95.  

You know where this story is going don't you?  
I brought her home, turned her on, Wa La  ---How do you spell that??

Turned her on a second time, 

Brought her back,.
She needed the main board.
Upside, I made several more burp cloths for our grandson, and was able to do other sewing while she purred along.  
What price we pay, huh??

Hope you all are well, 
sewing the summer heat away!

See you soon,
Till then,

Thursday, August 2, 2012

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...

Oh, we surely date ourselves with certain songs, don't we? 
 Are you telling me to speak for myself?
Insert Big Smile!

We are fortunate enough to go the beach weekly, most of the year.  
When I am ready to leave Fla. and that is guaranteed to happen every September, I think about the beach.  As much as I miss the woods and mountains, and I seriously drool when you post pictures of Fall, Snow, and great scenery,  I don't think I ever want to live landlocked again.    
All you Grammarians out there, was that a run-on sentence?
The rest of you, do you even remember what that is?
Me either!!

Back to the beach.  
We usually go for a walk down the shoreline.  
Some days there are very few shells, but this last time, we happened upon these two beautiful specimens.  
The one on the left is one of the most perfect spirals I've ever seen.  Not one chip, and I especially like the tiny gold dots evenly spaced all around it.
The one on the left is a perfect image of a dragonfly.  It's on both sides, so when I first picked it up, I kept turning it over to see if it had a hole as for a necklace chain.  It's so unusual, I have to wonder where it came from.  
I hope if you try to enlarge the picture, you can clearly see what I'm talking about.

I have been playing with this pattern for table runners.
One of the gals I work with at the quilt store told me how much fun it was to work with, so I had to try it.
Good thing she pointed it out, since the picture on the front would never have caught my eye.

You start out with border fabric.
The pattern is well written and easy to follow.  
The technique is all about how you cut the fabric and sew it together to create just 5 seams, and hopefully an interesting design.
There is no need for binding.
Where the triangles meet, it would have looked a lot better, I'm sure, if I'd done more fussy cutting to get all the motifs aligned.  
It was a lazy day!!
In the spirit of learning, I wanted to share it with you anyway, in all its imperfection.
If you try this, I'd love to see how yours turned out, and please share anything you learn along the way.
See you soon,
Till then, be safe,