Wednesday, May 28, 2008

May is almost over

Well, my good intentions seem to have evaporated (for more regular updates). Alas, life has been keeping me away from the computer - but that's not all bad. Starting with the sewing activities: I had a great visit with the gal who will be quilting my White Chocolate "child" [it has been over 9 months, so this child is sorely overdue by now]. She helped me with some accurate measurements and a decision regarding another border or not. (yes, to the border) I also needed advice regarding the backing. I was going to use a pieced backing. I headed to the quilt fabric store, to look for fabric for my backing, as I didn't have enough of the wonderful Moda "Shangri-La" that I had recently found to add to the 25 fabrics I already have in it. I do have enough and will use this for the last border. Well, the quilting Gods were smiling upon me, as they had exactly 3 yards of the backing size (108") of Shangri-La. So, forget the pieced back and onto a lovely, lovely back.

The backing is on the right - and you may be able to see that it is just a teensy bit darker, which is just fine. So I have my work cut out for me and Alayne is ready to take it later in June. Yeah!

A while ago I bought a series of Patterns called Baltimore Blues from Sindy Rodenmayer. I had thought that perhaps I would try my hand at needle-turn applique. But my skills are not that good, so decided to try my hand at using Steam-a-seam.

This turned out pretty well, so now to do the machine work. Whether or not I will manage all nine, I'm not sure.

We had a delightful camping week-end over Memorial Day, with our RV group. We did the annual triathelon (bocce ball, ladder golf and horseshoes) on Saturday and while my performance was pretty mediocre, it was fun. On Sunday we had a fund-raising auction and I purchased a charming bag made by my friend Miriam - a fairly new quilter.

And arriving home on Monday, I discovered a parcel on the front porch from Crazy Exchanger, Pascale from Belgium. A flannel table topper, shopping list, thread, patterns, scissors and fob and a Dutch quilting magazine. Aren't I lucky?


méri said...

So you have been a good time, happily.
(i missed you, in this virtual world!)

Ballard quilter said...

White Chocolate is going to be a beautiful quilt. Glad you have updated your blog.

Lottery Girl said...

The Baltimore Blue did turn out! Looks great!

I also love the bag, especially since I think I'm going to make crazy quilt bags with silk ribbon embroidery. Yesterday one of my daughters and I cleaned out the sewing cabinet and went through the entire stash. 'Bout time I use some of that!