Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Little Kameron's Quilt

My sweet niece is having a baby boy, due in September.  His Aunt Penpen just finished up his little quilt and hopes to get it mailed off to her tomorrow:

This is the second time I used this pattern (Eleanor Burns) and it is so simple, and I love the traditional look of the design.  I quilted it on the sewing machine, but one could do some pretty handquilted designs in each square.

I chose to try straight line quilting on this one.  I didn't even switch out to the quilting foot.  I ran this little quilt through the machine and I was pleased with the tension and how the threads looked on the back side. I usually have a difficult time getting the back tension correct when free motion quilting.

I remember reading somewhere that you should always stitch in the same direction... not stitch to one end and travel back to the other end.  I think I may have done just that with a few lines... see the ripples in the middle?

I like to personalize my quilts, but never 'love' my labels.  Next time, I may try to embroider on the quilt itself, before the quilting stitch is done. (this would probably look better with an embroidered border, too)  I save labels on pinterest and found the following label recently.... I may even try this one next time.

corner label from Fresh Off The Spool blog

Click link for tutorial
I hope sweet little Kameron enjoys playing on and sleeping under his quilt.

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 2013

I'm here.  I've been reading your blogs, but not commenting a lot.  And I certainly haven't been posting! It's been awhile...

We just got back from our beach vacation.  We went to a new beach (for us) this year.  It was a lot of fun exploring new places, but I missed our 'home' beach.  The water wasn't as clear at our new beach AND we saw an alligator swimming along the shore!

Avery and his dad, Will

I forgot to take my camera, so not a lot of pic's.  My I phone is just about full already, so picture taking was very limited.

Chandler enjoyed the sand a lot! 
It's hard to believe this little fellow is having his first birthday party this weekend.  He will be ONE on Saturday.

April and Chandler
Bombshell news!  This girl is getting married!  A big surprise for me and her dad (and everyone).  She is packing up and moving to Tennessee by the end of July to be with her love.

Ronnie and Chandler

She is marrying this guy!  I'm trying to be happy about it.  I will miss my best friend being just a few miles away.  She will be living near Nashville, a place I've never visited before.  So, yes, I am looking forward to visiting her there.  :)

Most of my sewing time has been limited to this quilt.  It's being hand quilted and I'm almost finished!!  I've enjoyed the process of hand quilting again and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.  It's a slow process, but so pretty.

I've been sick with a sinus infection, bronchitis and just plain ole' yuk!  I'm much better after a round of antibiotics and steroids.  But my ribs are so sore.  I went back to work this weekend and I sure felt those ribs every time I helped to lift a patient.  Whew, glad for this day to recover!  

Our garden is just about gone.  We've had a lot of rain in NC and I think the squash just couldn't take it this year.  We still have a few cucumbers and a few tomato plants.  But they aren't the prettiest plants we've ever grown .  I think I see a trip to the farmer's market in my near future.  

Just checking in.... I hope everyone is doing well!