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Monday, June 21, 2010

Catching up...

The Church quilt is finished and Glenda is binding it!  Yeah!  I think it turned out ok.  I'll add pics when it is finished!  The "costume" is also finished - it was a satin "poodle type skirt"  without the poodle.  Instead it had a bright orange guitar on it with musical notes made of fabric with lots of glitter.  I also made a vest using the same fabric, with a sparkly organza overlay.  Both of these garments had black fringe, and sequins.  After breaking 5 -( yes, 5) sewing machine needles trying to sew on the sequins, I hand sewed the rest.  Did I mention that both garments were black.  My eyes really need a break.  And my studio has lots of sequins and glitter on the floor.  I need to clean the ironing board, too - there's glitter there!

I was up at 5AM this morning to finish the costume.  When I finished, it was not quite 7AM, so I put a quilt on the Gammill - I'll take a pic tonight - it is a John Deere quilt that I'm quilting for my friend, Sonya.  It is really cute - Sonya said she is a new quilter, but she does nice work for a beginner!   I also went home for lunch today, and spent about thirty minutes in the studio winding bobbins and organizing stuff so I can quilt tonight.   Our family summer party is this Saturday, so I should be making brownies and cookies, but I think I can squeeze in an hour for quilting.

Father's Day was great - we had all the kids over (except for the Seattle contingent) and had a great time.  We grilled burgers, planned a little for the party, and played games.  I had gone to Hamm's Orchard this past week, so we had fresh peach cobbler and blackberries with ice cream.  Yum.  (Note to self - resume diet!)

Forgot to mention that my sister and her husband were here for a couple of days last week.  It is always good to see them.  We went shopping one day, and had a wonderful time visiting.  I don't get to see her often enough.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I don't like unsewing!

I've been busy putting the "Church Quilt" on my Gammill this past week.  This quilt is one that my small quilting group donates to the church where we meet each year as a thanks for letting us use the facility.  The top was donated by my friend, Judy, to the club and I get to quilt it this year.  I've been a little nervous about this.  I've quilted for myself and for gifts, but this is different!  I asked Judy how she would quilt it and she told me to put it on the machine and let it talk to you.  This has been one silent quilt!  I tried sweet talking it, scolding it, and even threatening it, but ..... nothing.  I picked out thread.  Still nothing.  I finally picked out a pantograph and set it up, and stitched about three inches - and something screamed "NO" - was it the quilt?  We'll never know.  I stopped and am now in the process of "unsewing" the stitches I made.(Note the seam ripper near the corner of the quilt!)  Starting over.  To make matters worse, it is about 90 degrees hot in my studio.  The AC is being replaced (bless those AC installers who are braving 100 degree heat in my attic right now!)  So - I am moving downstairs to the dining room (where it is a comfy 77 degrees) to cut out a skirt for the play that is to take place at the end of the month.  Gotta get moving on it.  Hubby is playing in a golf tourney today, so I have the house to myself (except for the AC guys), so I should get some serious sewing and quilting done.  I could clean the house instead, but ......