Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Binding left to complete the Baby Quilt!

The baby quilt has been quilted.  It was beautifully quilted by Tracy Palumbo of GardenBee Designs.  I love the movement that the quilting gives to the quilt.  It is just amazing!

The front of the quilt.

A close-up of the front of the quilt.

Photograph of the back art.

I will finish the binding this coming week and give it to my daughter to give to her good friend, Sara.  I hope they like this quilt.  It was so fun to make and I hope it keeps little Will warm in the winter and a good companion when it is warm in the Spring and Summer.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Finished - Moda Modern Building Blocks - BOM - Month 2 - Fig Tree Style

I love this quilt and the blocks.  They are fun to work on because they are all different and of course, the fabric selections are exquisite.  Enough gushing about Joanna's fabrics....Here are my finished blocks from Month 2.

Block #5 - 18" Block
Block #31 - 6" Block

Block #34 - 6" Block
Block #39 - 6" Block
block #44 - 6" Block

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Month 2 - Modern Building Blocks - Blocks of the Month: Fig Tree Style

Just received the Modern Building Blocks - BOM - Month 2 from Fig Tree and Company.  This month's five blocks are so cute and I love the colors of the fabrics.  We are sewing blocks:  #5, #31, #34, #39 and #44.  All of the blocks are 6" inch blocks with the exception of block #5 which is an 18" block.  I will start working on them ASAP.

The two fabrics are Clover (Bella #73) and Coral Dot (from the Mirabelle collection).  Both are beautiful.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hampton Ridge - Sashing and side triangles, DONE!

Phew!  I do feel very relieved that I finally was able to add the sashing and side triangles to the Hampton Ridge quilt.  I have never made a quilt that is this large and on point.  I avoid making quilts on point because of the amount of work involved. 

I took this picture a few minutes ago.  The flash doesn't seem to work but the camera is new so I have to play with it to learn the settings that I will need to achieve a decent photograph.  

I neglected to take off the paper in the middle each block.  It indicates the number of the block.  There are 41 blocks in this quilt.  In two weeks, we will receive the instructions to finish the quilt by making a mitered border.  This is  another technique that I avoid.  However, I think it will be fun to learn how to do one.

Baby Quilt Update - I have given the baby quilt to a long-armer.  I am sure that it will turn out better than anything that I could do.  I will photograph it as soon as I get it back!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Daydream BOM - Month 4 - Blocks 7 & 8

I picked up the 4th month of Daydream BOM from Fabric Garden.  I like this BOM because of the large blocks, 12 inches finished and we only make two each month, so far.  The colors are pleasant and the blocks are not difficult.

Block 7

Block 8
I have to continue sewing the sashing and side set triangles on Hampton Ridge!  I have not done enough to even consider myself to be close to being done.  The last month is in a couple of weeks.  I had better start working.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Baby Quilt Back and My 58th Birthday

Two days ago was my 58th birthday.  My husband asked our oldest daughter, Erin for some seafood recommendations in the Berkeley/Oakland area.  Erin came up with a couple of restaurants to try.  She and her fiance' had to go out of town to attend a wedding so we had to go by ourselves.  We decided to go to a small zoo before going to the restaurant.  We had heard that the Oakland Zoo had a wonderful elephant enclosure. 

There were three elephants in the enclosure.  There was a pool, toys, trees and many other things for them to play with.  I enjoyed watching them all.  Did you know that an elephant has over 100,000 muscles in their trunk?  They also eat over 200 pounds of food everyday.

I really liked this elephant.  He/she was standing in the pool which had pieces of apple floating on top.  The elephant would not go in very far but he would use his trunk to move the water, churning the water to move the apples closer so that he/she could eat apples.  

I was so surprised with the tigers.  They were down inside a pit.  There were five healthy looking tigers and they were so active.  I have never seen tigers move so much.  It may have been close to their feeding time.  They were so beautiful.

This lion was amazing.  We heard him but could not see him at first.  He was lying close to the wall of the enclosure.  He started roaring when he climbed onto the hill.  It was very alarming to me.  It was so guttural and wild sounding. His paws were huge and he looked pretty healthy and clean.

After looking at the animals at the zoo, we were famished and headed over to the restaurant, Skates on the Bay.  The service was excellent and the seafood was delicious.  We were each given a complimentary glass of champagne.  My husband, son and I had a wonderful time.  Thanks, Erin and August for the recommendation.

On my last post, I complained about my new camera.  My husband figured out how to transfer photographs from the camera to the computer.

Quilt top with my new camera.

Quilt back finished this morning.