Thursday, June 18, 2009

Piecing Things Together

Time seems to be flying by this summer. The balancing act is really something isn't it? How do you pack it all in and keep track of it all? I have the traveling calendar and the kitchen calendar. It's easy to get everything written down on the traveling calendar, then I get home and it either never gets to the kitchen calendar or there is already something scheduled for that day. When I stand back and look at the calendar with all it's handwritten notes and appointments, I can't help but think how blessed we are to have so many events, opportunities and friends. I can't imagine a blank calendar. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of blank days on the calendar, those days are filled with spontaneous trips to the library, or just hanging out being a family.
During all of the running here and there and pad making, I have been able to finish up the quilt that I have been working on. Remember the blocks that Emily gave me? They went together quickly and I was able to get them on Ol' Betsy and do a little machine quilting.

What do you think? Don't you just love the colors?

I did a little free hand machine quilting here. It was a little tricky - I had to do the flower in two halves. The blocks were really big and my machine doesn't have a huge sewing space. Any pointers here? I'm thinking I could have done the center of the flower, then moved the quilt and done the top half, then moved it again to do the bottom half. The white sections just have some meandering stippling (not sure if that's the real term) which seems to be the easiest for me to do so far.
This fabric was perfect for the borders. The "x" pattern on the lattice goes with the white blocks in the quilt, and the orange is so fun. The rick rack by the binding seems to be showing up in a lot of my quilts lately. Rick Rack is one of those things that comes and goes in style and I feel like I have to use on everything before it's gone again.

This was my first attempt at using linen on the back. It was actually a linen blend, other than making the quilt a little heavy, it was great to work with. The fact that it was in the bargain bin at one of the local quilt shops didn't hurt either. It's a nice and neutral color that isn't too boring but won't compete with the bright colors on the front.
So there it is - don't you love it? I can say that because Emily did all of the work choosing the colors and creating the pattern. It should be available now, or if not soon. I'm taking it down to the quilt show to show her today - how exciting!

Just checked the calendar and I'm off to tie dye some shirts with the girls at church, run Josh to cycling practice, drop the scissors off to be sharpened - take a peek at fabric since I'm there and have a gift card in my purse, then it's off to the quilt show and maybe just maybe I'll squeeze making dinner in there. Is it Taco Tuesday yet?


  1. Every day should be Taco Tuesday!

    Love, love, love your quilt!!

  2. Sounds like life is good!! I love the quilt... you are so talented, makes me wish you lived here again, (well that and a lot of other reasons!) Keep it up!

  3. Thanks - I really miss living there too!

  4. YEA! I finally got on here to check out your pix. LOL It looks so good! I guess it is true- one person's trash is another's treasure. Well, you sure turned it into one! See you at the Peteetneet.

  5. I really, really like this quilt...want to teach me how to guilt? Maybe I can be as good as you! :)

  6. Amy - that sounds like a fun vacation. Quilting, chatting, and just plain old hanging out together :)

  7. That is such a beautiful quilt! I love it!!