I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome my sister, Susan, to the world of blogging. We've had a private blog for several months and she's finally taken the plunge and started her own quilt blog. She's a very accomplished seamstress but only recently has she been bitten by the quilt bug. And she sure is making me look bad because she FINISHES her projects! Well mostly. She does have a few UFOs already but she has a long way to go before she catches up with the rest of us. So please visit her at Grammy's Quilts and tell her Nancy sent you.
I haven't been spending quite as much time in the sewing room this past week but I am still plugging away on both the pastel/blendy and handquilting the Yellow Brick Road. I have about 3/4 of the pastel top put together. I'm been pretty much doing a row a day most days. That's about all I've felt like sitting at the sewing machine lately. So mostly I've been sitting in my recliner working on my handquilting. It'll never win any awards but it's not bad and is getting better.
I've never been able to use a quilt frame with my quilting, just baste the heck out of it and not worry about a few wrinkles in the back. But every so often I decide I'll pull out a hoop and try to do it the "proper" way. Why do I even try? I took it to my Quilt Bee meeting last week and forgot the frame so I just did it my usual way and managed to get fans quilted in 2 blocks (in about 2 hours). I tried with the frame for the next 2 nights and only got most of a block done and not nearly as well done as the first 2 blocks. And those were the first hand-quilting I'd done in several years. So no more trying to conform. I'll go back to doing it my way and ignore the quilt police when they try to tell me I have to use a frame.
We've had visitors this past week. They show up every day but today was the first day they've been in the backyard close enough for me to decent pictures. This was taken from my back porch. There were actually 4 of them but I liked this picture of the buck standing beside my garden bench best of all the bazillion pictures I took. Gotta love digital cameras where you can just take a lot and keep the best.