Saturday, June 25, 2011

Quilting therapy....!

I've been spending the last couple of days in Vermont!   Doing what you might ask?  Visiting the Vermont Quilt Festival, walking the many quilt exhibit and doing just a bit of spending!

Bought Penelope a new set of wheels!

Yep, M & M wheels, "decrease friction and increase fluidity". She's getting a tire change as soon as they come in! I can't wait!

I'm off to organize my photos.  I have so much to show!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Farmer's Wife Part 6...!

Yep, I'm still at it. Of course the customer commitment certainly helps with the motivation! ;o)

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Life, the universe and the possibilities of UFO quilters....!

I seem to be picking up a tad of a gloom and doom attitude as of late! Have you ever watched the series Ancient Aliens?

It is/was a documentary on the History Channel about Alien earthly visitations (past and present) and the "evidence" they have.  Anyway, it's scaring the crap out of me! Not that I think their theory is well supported, it's just my imagination that is running wild! Sadly, so far none of the aliens appear to be quilters!

As hand applique entertainment, I tend to watch Netflix instant view. It's great if you're like me and do not watch TV; all of the older programs are new! lol I think I will revert to scientific and historical documentaries for learning entertainment! ;o)

As a quilter, I am always looking for tools that make my quilting experience more enjoyable.  One of the issues I had with hand applique was the soreness of my under finger as the needle picked through the layers.   A while back I had written about the UnderThimble as a possible tool for hand applique (you may read about here)!  Why not, it worked great for hand embroidery.  Unfortunately, it just didn't cut it for hand applique.

However, Thimble-It works wonderfully!

What I do is cut the ovals in half, round off the corners and place it on my index finger.  Voila!  My finger is protected.

I can go on for hours and days hand appliqueing with no pain!

The problem with the UnderThimble was my inability to grasp my work tightly.  Thimble-It is more flexible, allowing me to get a firm grip of my work.

If you are like me and unable to hand applique for long periods of time, you might want to give Thimble-it a try.

Thank you for stopping by!  Keep well and if you meet aliens who quilt, do let me know.  I'd love to see their work!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The wonder of it all.....!

I have been living here in Upstate New York for quite some time. In our back yard, we have some beautiful old trees, some are more then 100 years old.

More particularly, we have this thorny tree that Stephen calls a Locust tree. I have never much appreciated this tree and often wondered why we had not taken it down.

During this time of the year (late spring), we would always get this wonderful perfume smell in the air. A smell that not knowing any better I had attributed to honey suckles. Strangely, we have no honey suckles around, but I just could not figure out where the smell came from that is ..... until tonight.

As I sat outside this evening enjoying the sweet smell in the air all the while reading my book, I looked towards the Locust tree, which is in the middle of the yard, and noticed it had blossoms. Hum..... I've never seen this before...

So I walked over to the middle of our yard and saw these beautiful blossoms on its branches, thousands of them!

As I stood under its canopy it smelled oh so sweet!

I ran to the house to get DH!

Believe it or not, he did not know that the tree blossomed in the spring. Well...

Now I know where that beautiful smell comes from and it's not from honey suckles! lol

And if that wasn't enough....

It was buzzing with activity!

There were these huge bumble bees buzzing about from blossoms to blossoms.

As I stood underneath, all I would hear was the buzzing of bumble bees.... and there were many.

I soaked it all in....!

It is amazing how blind we were to its beauty! I will never look at our Black Locust the same again! When it shed it's thousands of pods on the lawn, I will remember my Spring experience! ;o)

On the quilting front I have been a busy bee, buzzing from one project to another. I have finished a hand applique quilt that I hope to show you soon.

My orange peel stack is slowly going down.

I have 18 more peels to hand applique! I will then be ready to piece the top! Yea!

I'm off to do a bit of hand applique before it gets too late!

I wish you all a wonderful week! Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!
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