For all of you asking for Gibby updates, here he is on HIS couch and HIS quilt. He is growing by leaps and bounds and makes us laugh every day. We can't imagine life without him. And, he is smarter than a 5th grader. Okay, enough of the puppy-love.....
I have caught up on some projects and I got to start Winter Garden/Love Letters from When the Cold Wind Blows. This will be fun. I really am glad a lot of you have posted on your progress on this quilt too. My friend Susan from McKinney emailed me and she is doing it as a BOM. She uses the back basting needleturn method. She has kindly shown me two times how this is done and I am still bewildered. I am doing my Simpson Slapdash needleturn method. That means I slap the pieces down and stitch them where they lay. Works for me. She has kindly offered to mail me her real scale drawings of the block lay-out. I am taking her up on that. I will just trace the bias stems onto the block. Once those are drawn, I'll just put the vase on the bottom and the flowers on top and fit the leaves somewhere in between. I finished making all my bias stems a couple of days ago.Here is my first block in progress. I am doing the wreath block first. I basted the wreath into place in the center and am placing all the other components in place by eye. Again, works for me.Do you know the Kinko's trick? For a small fee, Kinko's will replace the original binding with a spiral binding. This was recommended to me by a student (that would be you, Linda) when I taught the Folk Art Stars quilt. I guess this isn't the newest tip for most of you, but it was for me. It makes it so much easier to trace the applique motifs from the book this way. You do lose a little bit of the inner page next to the binding, but not enough to lose any information.I actually have a pretty free day today and I think I will applique, watch some old movies and cuddle the puppy. Tonight I am taking Bill out to dinner for his birthday. I asked him what he would like me to cook for him on his day and he said for me to "take the night off" and we will go out. We are going to a new and promising restaurant tonight - Grange. We will order lovely things and we will critique it for you. Anything for you dear readers.
Oh, and the swing dance class was fabulous. While enthusiastic, we are not particularly talented. We have homework.
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