Monday, October 29, 2012

Almost November

fuzzy frogs
These are the frogs that are completed: all the applique done and they are squared.  I still have 9 more to square and then I will be sewing the sashing strips to them.

I don’t know if you noticed that one of the frogs didn’t have eyes.  When I was fusing them I found that two of the whites were missing.  I decided to continue with the applique and do these eyes later.  However, while appliqueing those little tiny eyes, I decided that this one frog could be sleeping.  I think he is a really cute addition.

I did get all of the insects squared and ready for sashing.  They were planned to be “in the hoop” appliques but I decided to do them as just embroidery.

almost finished
Toward the end of last week I had my Christmas 1 quilt on the frame.  Can I tell you that I was really excited when I could see I was almost done?

quilting done
And then there was the celebration when the quilting was done and off the frame.

binding started
On Wednesday I started the binding which I completed yesterday.

Walter Fiorini
Thursday  through Saturday I was in an machine embroidery workshop with Walter Floriani.  This is not a good picture of him but he was constantly on the move so even this was hard to get.  I learned a lot about digitizing and editing embroidery designs and am really looking forward to working on practicing what he taught.

Christmas 2 on frame
But after three days away I was itching to get back to my machines and projects.  So the first thing I did was to sew the backing for Christmas Quilt 2 and get it loaded on the frame. 

However, I must say that when I first start, and all that quilt is lying out in front like that, quilting it appears to be quite a daunting task.

So I left it like that so I could work on my frogs and insects.

forrest paths
Over that past few weeks DH has been using our Deere to create paths in our woods.  Can you see this rather large one here?  The puppies and I are having so much fun running up and down the paths.  And DH says he is going to make some more so we should be able to get some good exercise right here at home.

And we are not the only ones who are playing in the wood.  Here are Ms. Murphy and Abby at the end of playing hide-and-seek.  What good friends they are.

Now, as much fun as I have had showing you what I’ve been up to, it is time for me to get to the laundry and dishes so I can return to the studio and sew, sew, sew.


Teresaquilts said...

sounds like a very busy week, can't wait to see the frogs and insects put together will be so cute. it also looks like you are knocking some quilting out. I have so many that need quilting, hopefully get more done next year.

Judy in MO said...

Love the frogs and the santa quilt. Would love to know where the frog appliques came from.

Judy in MO

Julianne Emery said...

lovely christmas quilt.

Anonymous said...

Great projects!

Judy D in WA said...

You have been busy, busy! Love the Christmas quilts. And those frogs!!! OMG
I love going for walks in our woods...esp with the Grands, it's always an "adventure".

Bonnie said...

Wow you got a lot done and attended a seminar. Amazing. What type of embroidery software do you have? I love your sleeping frog. And, I know exactly what you mean about all of the quilt hanging close to you when starting long arming. It's another story when it is rolled up on the take up bar!

Vicki H. said...

Lovely Christmas quilts! I think the sleeping frog is the best idea and is adorable!! The insects are a perfect addition. Enjoy your walking paths, I prefer the gym because, well nature make me sneeze and wheeze. And snow is coming. . . .

Denise :) said...

Your frogs and insects are all darling! :)

* said...

Hard to reply when you are no-reply, but if you read this, it was in the July/August issue of Love of Quilting.

Dar said...

Your frogs are so cute. The sleeping one is my favorite!! I like your Christmas quilt#2 especially. I assume you float your tops when you quilt on your frame? Do you think it's easier than rolling it on the front roller? Just curious is you've done both.

Kate said...

Love your sleeping frog!