Lucy Boston

Thursday, September 22, 2016

quilting in the heat

Welcome to Autumn!!!
I love all the seasons and the changes brought by each.
I always think that my favorite season is the one that's here now...
then the next season comes in and it's my favorite! lol
89 degrees and humid here today, so definitely NOT Autumn-like.
In preparation for the change of seasons, 
I've not changed out a single bed quilt or quilted wall hanging, either.
With all the heat, it just doesn't feel like the time to do the change over to Fall.
But still nice to have the warmth and sunshine,
even at more than 15 degrees above normal.

My machine quilting slows down a little because of 
the aforementioned heat and humidity -
as my long arm machine is in the back sun room.
But just beautiful, early in the morning:
Even with the extreme heat, 
I do have a couple of customer quilts to show for the last few weeks, though.
First is a baby quilt that I got to meander over for Janet:
Just perfectly made and oh, so cute!!!

The second quilt is a larger-than-king-sized that I got to quilt for Jackie:
Flannels front and back.  And it was so large that it was hard to photograph - I had to take it out to the back deck!
It's pictured a little in the shadows, so the colors are a little dulled in the brighter areas, but you can see the great fabrics used.  She used the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.

That's all for today... Hope you've had a nice welcome to the first of Autumn!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Gwennie - late but better than not

Last month's challenge 'round' in the 
Gwennie inspired sew-along
was Stars...
I made stars.
I kept making stars.
I don't care for my stars. lol
The stars themselves are really fine. 
I don't like...... something about them WITH the medallion.
Maybe set differently,
or it needs a stopper/border.
Anyway, all that, and my lack of time this past month
what with all the fun family gatherings - 
IE: vacations, family birthday gatherings, 
reunions, and the normal day-to day activities,
means I slacked in the sewing department.
So, this is what I have so far:
 Or all straight set:
I need to decide soon, it's almost time for the last and final, 
fifth round/challenge!!!!

The final round design element was chosen by
Wendy of The Constant Quilter blog
and she said:
"Being from Maine, my theme choice for the final border is
“Something Fishy”.  As with those who have gone before me (Lori, Cynthia, Cathy and Katy), you can interpret this as loosely as you like. Here are a few examples:
Clam shells
Seafood fabric or appliques
Sea birds (they eat fish!)
Marine mammals (they eat fish too!)
Lighthouses (they see fish)
Boats (they catch fish)
Ovals and triangles (i.e. fish shaped)
Tartar Sauce – what???
What a hoot!! and how fun is this going to be??? 
I have an idea, and ready to get going...
even if it's almost time to reveal the
Fishy addition.  LOL

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

welcome September

Yes, I know I'm a week late - that's my style... lol
August was a great month -
reunions, plural; 
birthday celebrations, plural;
vacations, kind of plural - 
we had a family/friend vacation, which I shared about previously,
then I kept the three grand kiddos for five days over the long holiday weekend while sonny-boy and sweet wifey vacationed/went to New Hampshire for a friend's wedding/camp.
So much fun to have the grand kiddos stay for sleepovers.  They are probably as excited as I am about the time!  Really, no kidding about this... I so look forward to making these memories!  :)
I can not believe that another Summer is winding down -
(I don't count it gone until the calendar officially changes to Autumn, though.)

So with all the fun family times here,
not a whole lot of stitching getting done...
  • I'm sewing along on my Gwennie Inspired Medallion Sew Along, and that definitely suffered from the too-busy-not-enough-time-to-stitch, during the month of August.  I have stars and more stars sewn into blocks, but not attached as of yet for the previous 'round'/border.
  •  I'm still stitching on my Circa 2016 blocks (by Temecula Quilt Company), which I don't believe I've shared any pictures to date.
  • Still slow stitching on my Sweet Surrender applique blocks - with the emphasis on the SLOW!
  • And, because it's been soooooo hot and steamy, our air conditioners (yes, plural - haha) decided it was time for them both to take a break, so it's been a little hot inside, too.
  • With THOSE ^ air conditioner problems, came the additional issue of my Long Arm machine - BigDD, not wanting to work, too... I really think she decided if it was too hot for the airco to work, it was too hot for her!  So I've had fun trying to get that figured out while sweating away the days. 
some of my stars for the Gwennie inspired stitch along
Circa 2016 - I think these were the blocks from May
Sweet Surrender - slow stitching
But no worries, here - I'm ready to tackle the month of September!

Thanks for visiting, and hope your August was wonderful!