Sunday, February 21, 2010

What fool decided… Part 2



If you remember from last time, I couldn’t find the drawing I made of the quilt using the drunkard’s path blocks. Well, I still haven’t found it so I spent Friday night, while watching TV, redrawing it. And guess what. I find that if I do it as I drew it I will be making 178 of those little 3” blocks. 178!!!!! So I am rethinking the design, just a little. Since I only have 46 made I figure I have a while to “rethink.”


Ed: Thought about doing appliqué in place of some of the DP blocks but decided I like my first idea and will just push through. I am kind of getting a rhythm going.




So on the design wall is the beginning of how this quilt center will be laid out. It is going to be pretty busy but I am liking it more and more. Nothing is sewn together because I will be moving both the sampler blocks and the DP blocks around to get the color matches as right as I can. But I can’t do that until all of the DP blocks are done.

Also on the wall are the Bunny Hill blocks that I have completely finished, 6 more to go.












Last time I showed them the appliqué was done but I hadn’t started the hand embroidery. This past week or two I have been taking a little time out to work on that and it has gone pretty well. I can’t remember how to do all the stitches I used to do but I’ve got the stem stitch down pat.




And look what I found.











I thought when I made my last move I had thrown all my embroidery stuff away: I had moved into the realm of machine embroidery. However, I did check in a storage area of the studio and there in a lone plastic bag was all this thread and a cross stitch project I started 15 years ago. Actually, the stitching is done but the young man I was making it for is graduating from high school this year so I don’t think he would appreciate it as much as he might have years ago.





And a little family stuff: This is our granddaughter’s boyfriend’s new car.







It is a customized Honda Civic. Check out those gull wing doors.










and here is Skylar, a man and his car. ;-)







And what did our granddaughter get? Well, meet Heineken. He is a 9 week old Great Pyrenees. Do you think they really know how big he is going to get or how much grooming they will have to do? I know that when we were that young we would never have done such a thing……NOT. I guess that’s what being young is for. Time enough for being practical.

10 comments:

  1. A wonderful, interesting Post, thanks Gari. So newsy - nice to see what's ahppening in other parts of the world. I still have those same threafds stored away, too. That car - that puppy - all delightful!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  2. I"m glad you found your threads. Had to laugh about the puppy! And....what a WILD car!!! Your design wall is looking wonderful with all those terrific things on it.

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  3. what a car! I have a small box of embroidery thread that I have used for about 20 years now and still pick out bits to use with my applique projects. I'm not even sure when I last bought embroidery thread (I hadn't used it much in years but recently using more than I used to) - I sure hope it is still good to use and that it isn't "too old" I wonder how old is to old for that kind of thread?
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  4. Car = meh
    Skylar = adorable
    Puppy = so cute!

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  5. The puppy is adorable and I'm very happy he doesn't live at my house. ;)
    Fancy schmancy car! Love the baskets and stop counting the DP blocks--that will scare you away. I love the design wall!

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  6. My car guys are enthralled with the Honda. Used to date a guy with a Mercedes gull wing back in the very dark ages. Very nice wheels.
    I can't tell you how great Great Pyrenees are as dogs. They are so wonderful with a wonderful personality. I know 2 people with these dogs and they would never get any other kind. They do get BIG but they're not slobbery or smelly like some big dogs. You're right Gari-that's what youth is for.

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  7. You have been busy over here....lots of good stuff on your projects. I sure like some of that
    machine quilting you have done!!

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  8. Your Bunny Hill baskets are sooo cute. I'm like Karenfae, been using the same stash of embroidery thread for 25 years. I use such small amounts that I don't worry about having the perfect shade of a color. Funny about the dog. I always said I'd never have another long haired dog!!!

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  9. Hi Geri! Love your bunny hill blocks (I've yet to start mine-I know..)
    My neighbor across the street has a G Pyrennes---I think she puts a saddle on him sometimes...hehe

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  10. Gari,
    Are you using the Curve-Master foot to piece the drunkard's path? I bought one years ago and have never used it.
    I think the puppy is a perfect size as he is. They great REALLY large don't they?

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