Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hawaiian Quilt

I finished appliqueing the first square of my Hawaiian quilt.  I have the book Hawaiian Quilting by Elizabeth Root. It has twenty patterns to cut out and applique. She suggests quilting each square with the "quilt as you go" method because there is so much quilting in each square.I have to get all the squares appliqued first and that is a tremendous project. I am using many colors on a pale gray background.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Fun Quilt Retreat

Gretel came in from Brooklyn to join me on another quilt retreat at Create A Memory Inn. Wehad the nicest group of ten quilters and one scrap booker. We were there from Thursday morning until Sunday morning. Gretel finished the top of a quilt and so did I.

         Gretel's quilt  

 

My quilt

Monday, August 6, 2018

Coming Out

Two of the Monarch chrysalis opened today. One butterfly was substantially larger than the other but the both seem fine. When the larger one flew out of the cage it landed on my arm.  I walked over to the flower bed and it left me for an echinacea.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Practice makes Perfect

My friend, Linda, loaned me her machine quilting practice sheet. It really is neat. She has already made the sandwich for quilting. I use water soluble thread in the bobbin and colored thread in the top.  After I follow the lines on the practice sheet,(or attempt to follow them). I can turn the piece over, spray with water and iron dry. Then all I have to do is pull on the top threads and they come out very easily because the bobbin thread is gone.  I find machine quilting to be quite difficult unless I am doing straight stitches.  Then I use the walking foot.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Butterflies

Hubby is back at raising butterflies.  His primary interest is Monarchs but he has also raised black swallowtails.  Right now on the dining room table in a plastic shoe box, he has two Monarch chrysalis. He also has 14 more Monarch caterpillars.  He has 10 Black swallowtail caterpillars. They are eating fennel.


Hubby has given presentations before the Lions Club on the Monarch butterfly.  The butterfly has been endangered but this year we have seen more of them than ever in the past. The video was taken of the butterflies coming out of the chrysalis.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Cactus

About 22 years ago when I was first dating Hubby, I knew how much he loved the West and cacti, so I gave him a cactus for his birthday.  It was an African cactus from Frank's Nursery, about 3 feet tall. Every summer we take it outdoors and bring it in for the winter. It is very susceptible to frost. It takes both of us and a wheeled wooden platform to move it.  We never give it water during the winter.  An easy houseplant, except, it grows. When it becomes too big to fit through the door we cut it back and start a new cactus.  That has happened three or four times.  I found a picture of it several years ago as it summered on out deck.


 A few days ago, Hubby got out his Saws-all and took it down  This is about a third of the cactus.  He lets the pieces harden and then plants them in a sand and soil mixture. We have several friends who want one.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Spinner Quilt

I finished the top of my Spinner Quilt.  The pattern is from Quiltmaker magazine. I have made several quilts from that magazine.  I used all scraps and did the cutting with my Go Big Accucutter.  Of course my new design wall made it much easier to lay out because each square contained pieces of the adjoining four squares.