Monday, July 2, 2012

Design Wall Preparation

My design wall was abandoned last week in favor of a vacation trip to North Carolina.  However what would be coming to the wall was uppermost in my mind: please check out my last post.  Here you will see how I worked to make sure I am supplied with the wherewithal to keep that wall alive.

Mary Jo's fabric
I had a great time at Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC.  All of the top fabric is batiks.  I tend to buy darker batiks so I made myself get lots of brights and even some lights.  The bottom three are fabrics that I just couldn’t pass up.








plus thread
Then I added new quilting threads from Long Creek Mills, also in Gastonia.  I tried to choose colors I don’t already have.  These were $4 each and are first run.











Wanda's mug rug and mug
And for additional inspiration I brought home these lovelies from Wanda’s show (again see the last post).  I could find the same triangles in one of Wanda’s pieces so I figured I had brought home a piece of one of her “real” quilts.






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All of that happened in one day.  Then we began 5 days of doing this.  Here you see our granddog, Ponce, doing what he does better than the rest of us.








on vacation
Here are the guys, DH and DS#3, doing what they did best…resting.











each own thing
And here is our DIL doing  a crossword.  She made us hunt down new papers every day just so she could work a new one. 











stitching station
And what was I doing while they were all relaxing?  Well, this is my sewing station, set up on the back deck.









hand appliquing
And I began appliqueing the Dragon. 












tiny stitches
See my tiny stitches?  Because of my arthritic hands I can only stitch for short periods (no more than an hour) so I will be working on this for quite awhile. 

I did work on a couple of other projects, one new and one a UFO, and hope to show them later, maybe even on that design wall.






family at play
The week was one of rest, eating great food, antiquing, eating some more, and fun.  I took this picture on our last night in NC.  I was outside, walking Ponce, and the others were inside playing a board game.  I thought this was a beautiful sight, fun with family.

8 comments:

  1. What beautiful fabrics. Glad you are making progress on your dragon, some projects are worth the wait.

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  2. What a perfect vacation, and your fabrics and threads are beautiful!

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  3. Oh man I want to relax on that porch too! Looks like you and the dragon are having a wonderful vacation!!

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  4. I agree with everyone. I love the pic of Hubby & DS#3 because your reflection is also in that photo! I love Mary Jo's. Hopefully I'll get down there again after I use a BUNCH of fabric! Dragon looks great so far.

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  5. Oh, your appliqué is just beautiful! Next week is my relax and sew week and it's hard to wait! What needles do you use for hand sewing batiks? I've had a real hard time hand sewing them - it's so hard to push the needle through that tightly woven fabric.

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  6. Sounds like the perfect vacation! The dragon is coming to life...can't wait to see!
    I LOVE the last photo of the family...so significant with your reflection over top of the family. I'm sure you've worked hard (I know I have!) to create these kinds of fabulous lifetime memories for the family.

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  7. Looks like you had a great vacation. Did you work on any hexies? Slow and steady will get the dragon appliqued.

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  8. Oooh, pretty, pretty fabrics. They look like little jewels. Glad you got in lots of R&R, plus some stitching.

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