I am very disappointed in the dentistry world! Why???? Well you remember TWO weeks ago that my silly implant came out. Went to my dentist and he glued it back in. Yep - those little implants are glued in with TEMPORARY glue. Well - I have NEVER had one of them fall out. NEVER in over 12 years or however long it has been that the implants were put in. Guess what?? Oh yes - the darn thing came out again last night. I mean - seriously????? I know they are temporarily glued in, but I can't be having my teeth fall out every two weeks! Especially since it was NOT cheap to have them reglue the darn thing in.
Guess I'll be back at the dentist at 9 AM this morning!
I appreciate a good quilt. I appreciate good applique and I appreciate good quilting. But at what point does to much become too much?
Have a look at this link - the quilt is BEAUTIFUL - oh let me rephrase that - the QUILTING is beautiful. Oh - there is an appliqued quilt in there!!!!
Quilting on a quilt
This is one of those times when I think the quilting completely overpowers the quilt. It is a shame because all the componets on their own are stunning - just a bit distracting when all put together. What do you think???
I tried to work on some older projects at the retreat. This one had gotten moved to the 2014 shelf a while back. And it got packed into the retreat basket.
The story behind this project - when Jillybean's was open in Oakville, Rosemary Makhan would host "Ladies of the Evening" classes. The only one I took was with Kelly and Paula and the block that night was school house. It was not my choice, but the only night we could all get together.
I started to sew the red pieces together in a scrappy fashion, then decided that I wanted the houses to be coordinated so I started to resew the quilt. The quilt with the coordinated blocks got finished.
|The FIRST school house block quilt.|
And if you google Images on Google - this quilt comes up among the pictures. Surprisingly - it is the ONLY one in this setting. Go figure!!!
I was going to donate this quilt to a fundraiser at M's school - MANY years ago. I hustled to get the quilt done and it had minimal quilting. The quilt was to be auctioned off and was going for a paultry amount so I had a reserve bid on it. I kept the quilt and it sat around for many years with that minimal quilting - let's not forget - the binding was on - the borders were NOT quilted.
Then The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw, Sask. was going to have a quilt show and one of the displays was red/white quilts. I was going to be in the area at the time of the show and so I decided to put more quilting on this quilt. (That was in 2012)
|Oh - NOT a lot of room to maneuver here|
|The quilting in the border|
|Here is the quilt loaded on the long arm - WITH THE BINDING already on.|
|Other side of the quilt|
|I quilted the back ground of the houses while it was on the long arm|
|And the inner border was also done on the long arm - see that poor outer border was NOT done!|
|This is what was left in the box!!!|
|The fronts of the mismatched houses|
|Look at the date of the pattern that was faxed to me for the class!!!!!!! Yep - that says 2000|
OK - so back to the retreat - I dug out the blocks - first project - let's get this done!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Working on the school house blocks|
|AT LAST - Twelve mismatched school house blocks are DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And here they are - DONE DONE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
The question is - now what do I do with them. I do NOT want the same setting. I googled "school house quilts" and I saw one with pine trees as the alternate block. I may do that with green. But not a full block - just a half block.
Version of school house block
Anyway - I will use that quilt as a starting point and see how I can get it finished.
A number of us were working on Celtic Solstice - the 2013 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. Mary has her top done, Linda has all the components done and she is piecing her blocks together. I had three of the five components done and working on those %*((_ CHEVRONS. Tish had completed the first componet. I was feeling smug. While not the first to complete the quilt - I was still NOT the last.
Well Tish certainly put me in my place this past weekend. Not only did she complete the chevrons, the pinwheels - Oh yes - SHE COMPLETED ALL the components despite some ripping!!!!!
She even got one of each block sewn together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|One of each of the two blocks in Celtic Solstice|
Oh boy - it is time to get this thing on the road. I had taken the $%^&**&^%^ chevrons as my enders and leaders for the weekend. So I am stitching, pressing, trimming and so close to being finished at the end of the retreat. BUT I had miscounted the little yellow squares and was SIX short. So I finished them when I got home.
|Finishing the last SIX pieces for the chevrons|
|Chevrons - all 100 of them - DONE|
|The cut offs from the chevron making - have to find something creative to do with those|
|That leaves me with the component from Clue Five still to do - it is a shaded four patch and the half square triangle is already made. Must get cutting!!!! I've got a deadline now!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Before I left for the retreat, Miss Sparky had a hay day in the studio. Garbages were turned over and garbage shredded just for a scrap of food from a food wrapper or to lick out a hot chocolate cup (not mine!)
Well spring is definitely here. I saw people on roller blades yesterday, lots of bikes, walking the dog after dinner. The weather at last has broke. Will it stay???? I bought a new bike the other day - couldn't help myself. What do you think????
|So cute - NEW bike|
And for those that care - how much stuff does one need to go to retreat????
|This much - This filled the back seat of my car. Took a long time to unload and get it all back in the house.|
|The back seat - filled with my stuff|
|Mary's stuff was in the back|
There was a LOT more room if we had more stuff, but we were not even close to running out of things to do at retreat.
I see the dentist will be open soon, so I had best go and hope he can take me right away.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!