Saturday, April 19, 2008

Weekends are for Sleeping In?

Not in my little world.

I'd never get anything done if I spent my two days off sleeping.

Here is what I was doing at 6:00 a.m.

Marking my feather design for quilting. Remember when I told you I put in a long green border on my star quilt and that I would be very happy next winter to reach that point with no seams when I quilted it?

Well, that is the exact point I am at on the this winter's quilting project. After months of hand quilting over zillions of seams, I am now at the glorious point of having over 9 feet of seam free quilting. I found a nice feather design and used yellow chalk to mark it. I have been using a combination of a disappearing ink pen (blue ink) and yellow chalk to mark this quilt. I like the pen, but the color didn't show up on this purple border so I had to use chalk.

I have done all sorts of different patterns of quilting on this one.

There are big clam shells, little clam shells, triangles, diamonds, straight lines (well, not exactly straight, LOL) I like to change the design to keep myself entertained as well as to find ways to limit the amount of seams to quilt over.

I love to watch the quilt take on a personality as each section is quilted. I guess if you aren't a quilter, you wouldn't understand how exciting that is. We quilters can't keep our hands from slowly caressing the quilt top after we finish a design. Before it's quilted, it's just a bunch of patchwork pieces. The quilting gives it life.

I have made a mental goal to finish quilting this border this weekend. It's a lofty goal because I also plan to finish my outdoor work. So I guess I'd better quit blogging and get to work!

8:15 am update.

I took a shower (yes, I showered before I went out to work in the garden) and while getting dressed to go outside I realized that I didn't have any gardening shoes.

My favorite leather slip on shoes finally bit the dust last year and were tossed. I needed something stronger than Crocs if I planned to do any real work.

Luckily I used to buy a lot of shoes and I found these in my sewing room closet. Yes, they are nearly new even though I have probably had them more than 5 years. The only time I ever wore this type of shoe is when I went to the gym and I stopped doing that about 4 years ago.

So out I go to see if I can work in these. They do look quite fashionable with my biking pants, don't you think? No, I don't bike. I just liked the pants.

I hope we all have a very productive day today.


  1. Have fun outside, way to nice to work indoors at least around here it is! Watch those gardening muscles though!

  2. Nannette, thank you so much. Your comment means a lot since you are one of my few quilting blogging friends.

    Betty, It's a gorgeous day here today! I enjoyed being outside. I was thinking of your sore muscles and hoping I won't feel the same tomorrow!

  3. Your quilts are really detailed and I wasn't sure how you marked them, now I know!
    Looks like you are going out running to me! Maybe around the flower beds?
    I'm trying to remember to spread around the seeds you sent me! Think I'll wait until May 1st to be on the safe side.

  4. Dianne,
    You won't get blooms on the lychnis this year as it's a biennial. You should get little fuzzy silver foliage and next year they will bloom. You can put the seeds out any time as they can take the cold.

    I am going to plant some of yours in pots on the deck so they have a chance to survive. I'm not that great with seeds.

  5. Zoey, your quilt is gorgeous. I enjoy quilting, but don't have much time these days. I am a homeschooling mom with five children. I manage a small project now and then. If I have any crafting time, I usually do cross-stithc.

    We are just getting into our gardening here in the northeast. Love the gardening outfit.

  6. Hi Debbie, thank you so much for the nice comment. It sounds like you are one busy lady! I am going to visit your blog now.


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