This is what I have mostly been working on this past week. I showed it, again, to DH and he began singing Happy Birthday all over again. I figure I can draw his birthday out for 2-4 weeks as I prepare a backing, load it on the frame, quilt it, and then bind it. Maybe he will get a birthday month after all.
The boot appliques are from a 2012 BOM by Moose on the Porch. I had so much fun making these boots but then just couldn't figure out a setting I liked.
Recently I found the embroideries at Artistic Thread Works and I knew how I wanted to use them. The embroidery went find but then figuring out how to set them (math to figure out the sashing) took some time. However I am more than thrilled with how this quilt has turned out. DH is happy but says he doesn't plan t use it until it can hang in our local quilt show that comes in November.
I did spend a little time doing some machine applique and got completely caught up on my What a Hoot BOM blocks. However I do also realize that as of Monday I will be back to choosing owl fabric again. I would kind of like to have this one done by November, too, so I may work ahead and get it done now that the fish are complete.
I have really been enjoying knitting these simple dishcloths. I also have come to realize that although I love knitting it has taken me away from quilting quite a lot. With quilting I can be very creative, go my own way, make changes whenever the mood strikes me. Knitting is not like that, at least for me. It is much more pattern controlled. So I an going to cut back on knitting, using it as a form of relaxation, usually as a break during sewing/quilting sessions, rather than putting in a lot of knitting time. Of course this may change from time to time but I think this will work best for me. I do still plan to knit a sweater but I will be going very slowly cuz the sewing machine and quilt frame have been calling me.
I do have to share this, a birthday gift for me from our oldest son and his wife. They were to have come for a visit shortly after my November birthday but I got sick and we postponed it until last weekend, DH's birthday. Anyway, I got a gift too, this striking owl ring.
I do realize that it is a little difficult to see that it is a ring so let me pull back so you can see it better.
Can you still see it? You can see that it is a little big but it is also very noticeable. Of course that is kind of a strange looking hand, isn't it?
Thank you Scott and Sue. The ring fits in perfectly in this setting on my fireplace mantle.
And they gave DH a gift card to Dunkin Donuts, which we have already used once. This birthday thing is great, even in your 70s.
And now I am going to work on getting this new computer filled up with the programs I use. Of course I have to find the disks and manuals, which are not always where I think I put them. I have one that seems to have moved out cuz I haven't been able to put my hands on it but I will keep looking. And I will have a good week, how about you?