It started raining yesterday and continued through the night. The Ice accumulated and there are many trees down. Every once in a while I hear a loud noise and I know a big tree limb is crashing down somewhere near by. Fortunately the power is still on and I have no major damage, but the forecast is for more rain/drizzle until noon and then snow tonight and tomorrow :(
Here are some pictures of the results (click to enlarge)…Ice can be beautiful as well as destructive
Now back to quilting
Merry Christmas :)
I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on the Trapunto work on my whole cloth quilt. I will be working on it exclusively until I finish.
Once it get it done I will go back to the Red thread big stitch whole cloth
And then on to a Christmas quilt.
I have it all planned and will be using a vintage table-cloth
I will add borders to it and then hand quilt with gold thread.
I did get out to the garden yesterday and took a few pictures. Click pictures to enlarge.
The Toad lily is starting to bloom (it is pretty late this year)
The Beauty Berry is loaded with beautiful purple berries
Ferns, Zinnias and Celocia and fuchsia still looking good
I cut a bunch of hydrangea to dry for use in Christmas designs later in the year
Now back to work on trapunto
I took some pictures of the garden today. I seem to begin to overlook it at this time of year, but it is still full of blooms….and bees!
Click pictures to enlarge
and here are some pictures of demos from floral design class…the first 3 designs are by Cindy Ching
And when I was at AQS in Grand Rapids I was interviewed by Bonnie Browning…here is the interview
Happy Quilting and happy Gardening
I have a wide range of interests when it comes to quilt styles. I like them all, for different reasons. For me the common factor is hand quilting. If I can hand quilt it I like it.
A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a vintage Corduroy quilt top (click pictures to enlarge)
Lots of people thought I was crazy. But I started hand quilting it anyway! Tell me something will be difficult and it becomes a challenge for me to prove that it is not.
So to make it even more of a challenge I bought corduroy fabric for the backing
I tacked it down to the floor.
then layered that batting (this is 80/20 cotton) and top.
Pin basted it.
And I am hand quilting it with various colors of perle cotton thread and an embroidery needle….Big Stitches
Here is the back
I can’t lie…it is not easy…..but It is going to be a really heavy warm quilt!
Since I have shown you a zillion pictures of the garden I decided to try a different approach. I took these pictures through the windows. They aren’t the clearest but you can get an Idea of the view out of the second floor. (click pictures to enlarge)
Friday I spend the Day teaching floral design….I didn’t get any pictures but a friend took a few
Thursday Night was a Gala celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MSU Horticulture Gardens. I made the centerpieces. (hard to tell from the pictures but they were beautiful)
Back to work
I have had a very busy week. Lots of teaching and little time to quilt, but I plan to make up for that this weekend!
I taught a class today on floral designs for weddings using garden flowers. I used flowers from my garden. I didn’t get any pictures from the class but here are a bunch of pictures of the garden. The red garden sculpture is new today (still has a tag on it)
click pictures to enlarge
I got another vintage quilt top on Thursday. the pattern is Texas Star/Hexagonal Star
This one is in great shape and just needs a good pressing to be ready to hand quilt