Sunday, June 12, 2016


Stardust is quite the glitter girl.  She loves her face painted.  Don't you love the gems!

It's been cool and rainy, it seems like forever.  The creeks have been flowing and everything has been endlessly damp until the past couple of days.  I thought I was going to rot.  Now I'm afraid of heat exhaustion.  :-)

In the cool of The Sandbox I've been trying to catch up on the 365 Challenge quilt.  The fabrics are in the two clear bins and the fabrics collected for La Passacaglia is in the large white bin.  If I ever put all the fabric away that is stashed with projects it isn't going to fit into my fabric cabinets!!

I've made a start on the blocks for May.  The larger blocks that have a lot of detail sometimes take four times as long to put together than the crazy small ones.

But they are coming along now.  No particular color scheme in mind besides the dark blocks being red and purple.  Just what takes my fancy at the time.  :-)  It's going to be an amazing quilt.

I decided to dip into garment sewing for a moment.  A simple blouse.

And the rain continued.  At least it's making everything grow and bloom.

I've been playing around with the "big" camera.  Usually I despair at my abilities, but once in a blue moon I caputre something interesting.

Dad fell and broke his collar bone.  He's bounced back very quickly and this was our first outing.  The Viking was more interesting in the workings of the cart than in the shopping.

More rain.  The pond is still an ugly brown.  Sigh.  Though I shouldn't complain.  Too dry is worse.

Give a boy a cape and make him run!  Down and up, down and up.  Got to work off the energy somehow.

On this day he was sporting stickers on his cheeks, his name bracelet, the cape, and "hair like Mommy."  Love it!

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium has come and gone for this year.  My secret sewing was gifties for my three symposium buddies.  One of the husbands has dubbed us The Quilting Babes.  lol!  I made them each a binding kit from this tutorial.  A fun item to make and give.

Since it was close to home we "commuted" to symposium each day and that gave us opportunities to eat out in Raleigh.  We enjoyed the best food at this Korean cafe.

I took Karen Eckmeier's Random Roses workshop with two of the Babes.

Karen runs an efficient workshop and we were well on our way with our table runners before the day was over.

The Quilting Babes at the end of the day.  A bit wilted and stuffed full of the best hamburgers/turkeyburgers any of us could remember having.  (That's the blouse I was making.)  Until next year friends!

I finished my first La Passacaglia rosette.  Woot!

And laid out the second one.  I have no clue what it will look like in the end.  I'm just determined to have fun with it.  :-)  The only constant is the purple star points.

The weather has improved!  Though now we are having to take walks in the cool of the early morning.

And we've had our first day at the lake.  Joe Cool really enjoyed himself.

The goslings are big and growing feathers.  They look different every day.

Tada!  It's bordered, quilted and waiting to be bound.

Nothing fancy quilting-wise.  I had a big oops when my Bernina 710 dropped a plop of oil on the border while I was sewing.  It washed out thankfully, but now I'm nervous it could happen again.  Grumble.  Time to call the shop and ask why it was oily enough to drip.

I also finally finished the Chain Reaction quilt.  I haven't quilted much besides straight lines in quite a while so it seemed sensible to practice.  I wanted the feathers to follow the chain links so tried out a few versions.  It's a pretty good effect on plain fabric.

So I feathered away the afternoon.  Of course you can't see the feathering at all on the busy fabric.  That's ok.  I know it's there....and it's probably best it doesn't show up anyway.  Heh.

Now I have a little quilt binding to get done.