Sunday, January 30, 2011

Interesting Week-end

Aren't they so lovely and springy?  Makes me happy just looking at them.  We have enjoyed four bicycling vacations in the Netherlands in the past - fabulous.  Thursday evening some friends came over to talk about a bicycling vacation this summer.  They brought these sweet flowers.

And then, as I said, I left on Friday for the Women's Retreat.  It turned out not to be quite such nice weather as once predicted - mostly rain.  There were about 80-85 women there and we spent much of the week-end reflecting on gratitude and appreciation.  {not exactly what I was expecting, but. . . . .}  We did quite a bit of singing and as a result next Sunday there will be something of a flash mob at the beginning of the service.  Fun.  Here are a couple of shot of the local - really a lovely place on Lake Flora








As promised I worked on my flower wreath.  Because this was done as needle-turn applique, I was advised that it simply HAD to be hand quilted.  I followed the advice of two long-time hand quilters and outlined all the features of the piece.  The next challenge is to determine what I can use to mark the background in order to do grid quilting.  The few things I tried don't come out all the way.  Hmmm.  What do you use for just this sort of situation?



And there you have it. 

4 comments:

shirleyriley said...

For grid hand quilting (or machine) I use blue painter's tape. It comes in several widths. I just put on one or two pieces at a time and quilt along the line and then move it to the next position.

Rhonda said...

The painter's tape is a great tool. Some machines have inexpensive attachments (foot or bar) for grid quilting.

Kim said...

Hello, Marne! I discovered you over at Paula's blog this morning. It's always a pleasure to meet another quilter. :-D

I usually use a water-soluble pen to draw my quilting lines. Hope this helps!

Joke said...

Wow, Marne, that is beautiful! I use a grey charcoal pencil to mark my quilting lines. You can easily brush it off after quilting.