Archive for August, 2010
I have some great news!….look at my vintage muslins I have designed for Moda! This is so cool…they asked me to do some aged muslins at the Chicago Quilt Festival…so I was to deliver them to Cheryl at Spring Quilt Market…so of coarse I waited until the day before we left to make them… I experimented with some kona cotton ..they turned our just wonderful…the 5 swatches here are what Moda has come up with from my samples…The piece they are laying on was one of the rejects…too much mottling…the others were more of an overall mottling of the “tea dyed” look…so I thought I would share this with you and any of the shop owners out there that read my blog…Moda will be offering these at Fall Market…I think they will be a dream to work with…I have been using the Marcus Brother aged muslins, but they can be a little stiff…these new primitive muslins from Moda will have the same wonderful feel that Moda is known for….I will let you know when they will be ready! LB
I have not been feeling well since Sunday….we had a nice day out on the boat with the kids and girl friends, until I tried something I never have done before…Looking back my Husband should have stopped me…but anyway…for some hair brained reason I thought maybe I could “wake board”. Like snowboarding on water…the first attempt at getting up on the board I drank half the lake, and water was forced in my mouth, up my nose and some gross things were happening…after the second attempt, I pulled something in my right butt cheek…so at least then my common sense over came my pride and I decided I must be too old for this…so since this episode, I have a nasty cough, dripping sinuses and I have been icing my butt cheek a couple of times a day…the cheek is healing and doesn’t hurt as much… I only get a little sign once in awhile that I did something…but I cannot sleep…i carry a huge flour sack towel around for my “kleenex” because I have used everything in sight…Carole has come over and brought me some benedryl so maybe now I will sleep…I know I need to machine quilt some of these little quilts but it is so hard to do so with how I feel…so I have been piecing and will show you on what a little later this week…a lot of work has been done this week around here…too much going on and not enough alone time…
Here are some photos of the Gathering…it is hard to show much but I will narrate the photos….We have finished the master bathroom, and all the bathrooms…on the first and second floors…still need to to basement ones. It is all painted except to be touched up. The carpeting is in upstairs. Ceiling fans need to be hung and some trim put back on where we removed all the closets in each bedroom. The wood floor is put in as well as all the lighting on the first floor. The kitchen appliances along with another prep sink and new tile backsplash are done. The washer and dryer are in but the dryer hose needs to be rerouted. The addition is started and passed its first rough in and electrical inspection. The roof is on, the gutters and now the siding…Rick my cousin who is doing the remodeling for me is on vacation this week…so nothing is happing but the siding…which is being done by another crew… The house will have dark gray shutters and burgundy door.
I have had my blocks all put together for the BOW laying on my table for a week trying to decide the border application…i know i thought i had it figured out, but when I auditioned the fabrics…it did nothing for it. The quilt has so much going on that I have made the decision it needs just a simple finishing application. I am figuring that Florence came to the same conclusions because she used a simple border with some brodre purse applique…(i know I probably spelled that wrong…but I am too lazy to look it up and spell check doesn’t know what i am talking about) on her little quilt. Her large quilt she just set it on point and bound the jagged nine patches, using to setting triangles. Good news is..there is no more applique and the price will be minimal. If you want to do the setting I originally planned, you can figure it out by looking at the rough draft I have sent. I loved what I planned but it goes to show that it doesn’t always work out the way you design it to. That is why I don’t like to give you a hint as to how it is going to look because I seem to always alter it. Anyway…here is what it is looking like as of now…I picked a red binding to go on. I have oversized my border to leave me a little more room for quilting it and then I will trim it back a little..hope you like it….PS. I promise I will start to show the progress on “the gathering” retreat house…today I will take some more updated photos..
Thread used for this week’s freebie are as follows: #12 Valdani-1645 & O540. 3SF-O154, O86 and O540. This is the last block. Next week or so, we will be showing the finished quilt. If you want a finishing kit you will have to notify the shop, or order it online. Thanks! It has been a fun summer! Hopefully the weather will be “summerish” for a few more weeks…LB
Our warehouse sale is underway and we had a very successful first day…we brought some new things out today and depending on how today goes will determine what happens tomorrow… it was nice to see girls all the way from MN, MI and IL as well as, us great WI girls, hope you had a great day… it was nice chatting with you!…. I will keep you posted about what is happening tomorrow…but just to let you know I am not going to put any of this back into the shop????
Here are some photos of last weekend’s fun…Nick and I and a few other boats went to Winneconne on Friday. We ate at the Fin and listened to a band on the patio…then off to Partridge Lake on Saturday to sit with all the boats on the sandbar. It was all nice until the dudes with the houseboat started playing their TECHO music for the whole lake. But oh well, you will have that. we then slipped at Hahn a Lulu Resort for Saturday night. We cooked out on a nice grassy area with picnic tables. Our menu included grilled haddock and little red potatoes, with a great strawberry-banana, almond salad, with my honey mustard poppyseed dressing…it was sooooo good. Then we took a shower at about 9pm and went to the “bar” for a while. I wanted to crash the wedding that was there—I had a craving for wedding cake…can you blame me? But no one was up to it…must be getting old…then the best part came Sunday morning when this wonderful smell came over the lake….on the way to the bathroom I discovered the source…they had a row and I mean a large row of grills lined up covered with CHICKEN! I had to run back to the boat to get my camera…I have never seen or noticed before how this was done…the old fashioned chicken bbq… I remember being at them growing up in Little Chute, I think the Legion put them on…but I never paid attention at how this was done…I was mesmerized….the guys even told me their secret to keeping all that chicken moist… and I am keeping it a secret, I pinky sweared it with the guys from the Fremont Invaders Snowmobile Club, that I wouldn’t tell their secret. The menu included half a chicken, fresh corn on the cob, a baked potato with sour cream, a fresh baked roll and chocolate milk…it was the perfect surprise meal to a great weekend…They would turn all this chicken by laying another grate with handles down on top of the chicken grab both sets of handles and flip it…I forgot how many guys it took but it was neat that they mass turned all that chicken at once…they were definitely professionals…so if you live in the area and are looking for that old fashioned chicken bbq….put this on your calendar for next year…they use all the proceeds to groom their trails and educating the young drivers and for all that stuff it takes to run a club…I remember belonging to a snowmobile club when I was a kid…my Dad and Mom were in the Little Chute Snowshoes…I know they had a lot of fun…Anyone know of any more Chicken BBQ’s happening around here? It is making my mouth water just thinking about it…THANKS! INVADERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB…I HAD A GREAT TIME…LB
Here is what I have come up with to set the basket blocks…I am kind of in a nine patch mood…hmm..don’t you think…who doesn’t love nine patches….Finishing kits will be $20. Order on the website if you so desire…Kit includes, Pattern, 16 light and 16 dark fabrics, inner and outer border and binding. We have about 3 bolts of border and they are shipping us 4 more…so we have fabric for approx 210 kits…we made 650 freebie blocks each week…so if everyone ordered I would be in trouble…but more will be coming in early October…so if you must for sure have it…order it soon…Anyone have any suggestions for a name for this little beauty?…it is 25×29, i think…I made the outer borders a little bigger, I will cut them down after the quilting is done…speaking of quilting- I am machine quilting on my Juki a nine patch quilt for our upcoming booklet…I will show it to your later…LB