Sunday, September 27, 2009

The "Chicks" are Done

My "Frame Friday" project is complete, along with another quilt from this same customer. I like how the "chicks" turned out; the second quilt was a panto and very quick and easy.

Now on my frame, for the first time ever, is a round quilt made with those 10-degree wedge rulers. Its a beautiful will probably still be there for next week's Frame Friday!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Frame Friday

Better late than never, right? This is on my frame today. Its the second quilt like this I've done for Marei; she loves these chickens. Of course, she wanted it done the same way as the last one, but she didn't put it together the same way. So I'm doing it the same, just different.

If you want to play, check out Shannon's Blog; this was her idea!

Monday, September 21, 2009

National Championships


A picture of Dennis and Andy at the Finish....don't they look great?? Dennis said Andy was perfect for the last 15 miles; once he convinced him that they were leaving camp. Poor Andy, he didn't want to leave Socks at the trailer and Socks wasn't helping by calling to him. Once they got out of camp, though, Andy did great!!
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Busy, busy, busy

Its been absolutely crazy here, but I think things will finally start slowing down. We spent all of last week trying to help with--and participate in--the National Championships that I talked about before. We rode the 50 mile ride on Sunday, but my horse was pulled by the veterinarians and myself at the 35 mile vet check. He has really poor conformation and his back was sore. Very ironic, since this was to be my second 50 since my second back surgery. At least we made it a very beautiful 35 miles!
Sad news is that Socks will be going to a new home in the future. He is not an endurance horse, but he loves to be ridden. Unfortunately, since we have four other horses, he won't get ridden because he isn't built to travel 50 miles. We're looking for a good home for him with someone that just wants to trail ride. Any ideas?? This is a picture of Socks and me on our first ride after my surgery. He's a great boy; I just wish he were built better.

We got home from the ride on Sunday night around 10 and were at work on Monday at 7. I tried to nap at my desk, but people kept interrupting...go figure.

Friday I left for the Chalet View and the Quincy Crazy Quilters guild retreat. Had a great time. My sister came over from Carson City and we sewed all afternoon on Friday, all day on Saturday and until 3 on Sunday. I'm only nine blocks shy of having my top done. My goal is to have it finished by 10/15, when I head to the bay area for training. I'll go right past the quilt shop whose owner, Marsha, taught the quilt, so I'll be able to get borders and backing then. Morning Star Quilts is famous for its batiks, and since I used batiks in my quilt, what better place to find borders? This is a sneak preview of one of the blocks in my quilt...

Just prior to the ride and before I could leave for the retreat, I finished this quilt. I was able to deliver it Thursday night and Carolyn loved it! It was my first true custom with SID on every block. I even had to outline applique and, as with everything else, its become easier with time. I used either Monolon by Madeira on the top or Bottom Line Lace White.

I did large cross-hatching following the contours of the border on the outside; ribbon candy on the inside border and then more cross-hatching in the sashing. Some of the blocks have CC, all have SID and usually some stippling to make the design really pop.

Here is a closer view of the bottom of the quilt. Remember, you can click on the block for an even closer shot. Isn't the dog cute?
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Yurt Alert...Yurt Alert

Its coming along!! We may have our second and final pour tomorrow, weather permitting. I'm not sure how all our stuff is going to fit, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I did a diagram to scale and it all fit then, so unless the stuff has grown or the yurt has shrunk, things should work out.

After they poured the concrete, they finished setting the blocks. The pipes you see sticking up in the photo below are for the plumbing. We're getting there...slowly *sigh*

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Counting Down

The countdown is on for many things. First and foremost is that in 90 minutes, I will no longer be at work and won't be back until late Monday. I'm taking the rest of the week off to finish the quilt that was on my frame on Friday (I'm done with the SID and the rest of the rulerwork--only need to do the fill now), get our toter ready for the National Championships and get us and the horses ready for our 50 mile ride on Sunday (the reason I won't make it to work by 7 on Monday).

Dennis has embroidered almost 150 hats, screen-printed 160 totebags, screen-printed 50 volunteer shirts, screen-printed 60 t-shirts to sell and will be doing an additional 40 before Thursday and will be embroidering 10 sweatshirts for sale all with this logo in various forms.

He has hit the ground running with his screen-printing and embroidery business. No advertising, all word-of-mouth and he's so busy, he can't see straight. But that's a really good thing with this economy. I'm very proud of him; he had absolutely no background with any of this before he started--he's really come a long way.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Oops...I missed "Frame Friday"

My friend, Shannon, started a "Frame Friday" on her blog, where each Friday you post what you're currently working on. I planned to play, but actually was busy quilting and totally forgot. So, even though its Saturday...this is what's on my frame.

Time to get back to work....I'll post more when its finished. This quilt was done by Carolyn; she's an excellent piecer and her quilts are a dream to work on.

Almost forgot...there was an absolutely beautiful coyote in our pasture this morning when we went to feed. He was very big and very healthy looking. I love the wildlife here.