Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The train quilt was finished, and delivered to the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum for their silent auction last weekend. It made $125, which I thought was good for a drag-around size. We had two grandparents striving for it, so it went higher than I expected. I did, however, tell my husband he had to buy it if it didn't go for at least $75. I didn't have to worry. It was won by a quilter / grandma for her grandson, and the quilt was being sent back to Missouri, but to St. Louis this time. People seemed to enjoy the back art big star, made from scraps, so I may have to rethink always using one-piece backs for my quilts. When I was quilting this quilt, I didn't have problems with the dreaded "baggy back". I did pay attention while loading it so I could center the star left-to-right. I deliberately didn't center it top to bottom. I'm holding it upside down, so the extra on the bottom would tuck in and still leave the whole big star on the top of the bed.
I had a wonderful time at the symposium, which was over on Sunday after seeing the McKeene car nearly restored. We stayed over an extra day, and drove down to Gardnerville, NV to the quilt shop there. It was wonderful! They had a collection of antique sewing machines - and child sewing machines that was wonderful to see. On top of one set of shelves was an old, but beautiful Singer that appeared to be a chain stitcher. I have a Willcox and Gibbs, but have never seen the Singer one. It wasn't listed for sale. I did a planned buy - two pieces of light blue, a serendipity backing of flannel for the Cabin in the Woods (40% off), two fat quarter bundles - red and white for DGD2, and pinks (I'm out) for DGD1. That just left 2 one yard pieces of diagonal stripes to use for binding on the QOV tops I need to finish. I didn't plan to buy them, but didn't want to pass it up, either. We also took in the Windy Moon quilt shop in Reno. I would love to have that place near me, because they have lots and lots of stuff - some of the older fabrics and such. If I ran out of something needed to finish an older project, I might be able to find it here. I only bought one panel which is a bright colored train tote bag kit. DGD2 is using my basket to store Thomas (the tank engine) track and cars, and I would like it back! Hopefully I can finish this for her for Christmas. Who knows what I would have purchased if I had more luggage space. I had carried on the quilt, and the fabric purchases just fit in that space.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The picture above, left, has now become the picture on the right, so the back art is now finished. I hope I feel good enough tomorrow to load the front, bottom left, and the back on the quilting machine. I'm in a quandary how to quilt it. I was going to quilt it following the piecing lines, such as Mary http://blog.maryquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/DSCN7803.JPG
has done on the Heartstrings Happy blocks, but my center patches are 6" rather than the usual 4", so I thought I would have to quilt in the centers. Then the border is 8 1/2", so now what should I do? The train fabric has little swirls with 4 dots, almost like a bass cleft, including the border fabric. I suppose I could fall back on my swirls templates, but they will really mask the train blocks, and seem to make a quilt less puffy than I would like. Maybe I should try a panto?? Any comments /ideas would be helpful. DH asked if I was binding it all on by machine, but I think I want to hand turn it if I can. I think I can eke out enough binding from the last of the lime green fabric - I hope. This trying to use up every last bit of fabric from one project can really cut you close.
For the last four weeks I have been taking care of DH, then DGD#2 with all their respiratory viruses, pneumonia, etc. Why now, when they are nearly well, do I have to come down with it? I started antibiotics and breathing treatments yesterday, so hopefully I will have enough energy to quilt this top tomorrow, and sew the binding on. I may be finishing it on the plane, as we leave Thursday for the V & T symposium.
Monday, October 5, 2009
The train donation top is finished, and I started playing with the scraps for some back art. I don't know where I picked up this obsession of using up all the small scraps before I move on to another project. I'm sorry the train quilt picture is a little fuzzy, and the colors are closer to real in the backart picture. I hope to start quilting it tomorrow, so will have a finished picture in about 3 days (I hope).
I'm still playing in the back yard with iris transplanting. I became frustrated Saturday - I thought I would have the help of DGS - and he's such good help - but he had to go home too early. I was trying to hold an iris with my grabber in one hand, and use the hoe to pull dirt over the rhizomes. DH came home, and I asked him to come outside in about 20 minutes and help me stand up. Then I did what I call the "Mom Ackley" way of gardening. She sat on a cushion and inched her way down thru the garden area. She was, however, able to take off one leg to get it out of the way. It was probably quite a show when DH came out and tried to help me up. I can't get my feet back under me to be pulled up. I finally scooted on my bottom down to a swale in the yard so my feet were lower than my bottom, and then he pulled me up. Note to self: Don't get down on the ground when you are alone. I sure hope when I have the second knee done, I will be able to kneel.