Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here is a peak at my French Braid quilt.  I have purchased the backing and batting and am ready to sandwich sometime this week.  As usual, my dilemma is HOW to quilt it.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I am anxious to use my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen as soon as I decide the quilting pattern.  This quilt is to be a graduation quilt for my grandson Alex who will graduate high school in 2013.  I completed two graduation quilts in the Hollow Cubes patterns for this years graduates, Jackie and Sarah. 
My major accomplishment this week was completing my Peaceful Pathways!  It is a stunning quilt, a beautiful free BOM by Esther Aliu.  I am struggling to keep up with the new BOM, Forget Me Not.  I am about halfway thru with my Peony block from last month.  Quiet time to hand applique has eluded me for the past couple of weeks.  We have been busy with some remodeling and decorating, but that is almost finished so I hope to catch up soon.  My choice for this months block is the Calla Lily which looks to be less labor intensive than the peony! 
Have a great week!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Day Late

This just sums up my life this week.  I am trying to play catch up, but seem to keep falling even farther behind.
I continue to plug along with my quilting on Peaceful Pathways, I should finish the next to last border this afternoon.  The final HST border should be easy and maybe done by next week.  Then on to the binding, and I am done.  My plan is to give it to my older son and his wife when they celebrate their 25th anniversary, two years from now. 
Progress on my first block in the Forget Me Not quilt has also been very slow.  I didn't like the greens that I was using so I scrapped the first block and started over again, using some yellow-greens instead of the original blue-greens.  I am much happier with it but I only have the stems done and one leaf so far.  I need to finish cutting the rest of the leaves and try to catch up by the 15th.  I will have quite a bit of time to do handwork starting in June, when I go to New York for an extended visit so I may have to count on getting caught up then.  My mom, who is 100, enjoys watching me stitch while I visit with her, in the nursing home.
I still need to plan my Easter dinner menu and make a shopping list..... nothing like waiting until the last minute.  This should be my last entertaining in Florida for the season.  Last weekend we hosted the neighborhood block party here at our house.  The weather did not cooperate, we had 50 mile winds and lost the tents that we had set up earlier in the day.  Then it rained......... so 47 people had to eat and visit in the house instead of outside as planned.  It went well, all things considered, lol.
I hope you all have a great week!  Keep sharing your photos of Forget Me Not.... I need the motivation!