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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Highs and lows of the day.....

I had little bits of time here and there throughout the day yesterday so I did my mindless triangle pairing and sewing.  

I took my flat tire to the tire store where I bought it and left it for evaluation/repair.  I got a phone call about 2 hours later that there was a gash in the sidewall and it wasn't repairable.  I had pulled onto the shoulder for an ambulance to pass at the beginning of my trip home from shopping and that is likely where it got gashed.  It went flat about 1.5 miles from that spot.  This is a 2 year old Michelin tire with only 9000 miles on it.  I was shocked.....thought it would be a simple repair job.  The guy said he would check with the company and see if he could get any reduction in price of a new tire for me.  I went to lunch with a friend and then had a 2:30 appointment for them to put the new tire on.  Shock #2 - the tire was free....road hazard warranty credit.  I just had to pay for the tire disposal and technician's time on the job.  

That gave me the energy to go out and mow my backyard in 86 degree weather.  The energy was soon gone after 25 minutes of mowing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A long day.......

The art quilters came and we had a fun day.  Early in the evening I decided to go to W*l-M*rt to get a few things.  On the way home I got a flat tire.  I always wondered what it would feel like to blow a tire while driving and now I know.  I sat on the edge of the highway for a half hour waiting for the AAA road assistance.  My van is 12 years old and the spare is under the front seats.  I never imagined that they would be able to get it out after all of the years of road dirt, salt, snow, etc.  The guy did get it out and put it on so now I'll be going the tire shop for a repair today.

When I got home I started looking for the triangles in the photo.  After spending an hour searching I found the box they were in but I was too tired to start sewing them.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pink 16 patch sewn........

I sewed the final seam at almost 10 p.m. last night. Since this one turned out to be 71" x 94" it could be used on a twin bed so the layout doesn't matter very much if part of it is hanging down and not viewed with the rest.  I see one more block I wish I had moved but I'm sure the bed won't care.  As a review, I have a tutorial for the 16 patch which assures all seams going in opposing directions at intersections.  The back of this looks almost as good as the front.

Hopefully the hot steamy weather is gone today although the predicted 89 degrees with lower humidity still sounds hot.  The art quilters are coming and we will be in the basement eating cookies so we won't know what the weather is until mid afternoon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Final layout.....maybe..........

My favorite double design wall was empty yesterday so I put the 6 rows that were stacked back up and then added the other 6 rows, changing a few pieces in the first half for variety.  I thought I was done, that this was the final layout.  Then in the photo I could see 3 darks in a row, vertical rows 7, 8, and 9 piece 6 going across.  I sewed 7 vertical seams last night and flip flopped pieces 6 and 7 in row 8.  I'll sew the last 4 rows on today and see how it looks.
This quilt top is sewn, all Marcia Derse fabrics from many years of her lines.  It is 72" x 91.5".  It is so much prettier than this photo.











The close up shots capture the intensity of the colors better than the full view.












 I have enough of the purple print with red bullseye circles to make the backing for the quilt.














 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cleaning up..........

I was vacuuming and cleaning the clutter in the basement yesterday.  When I came to the rail of the longarm machine, I found the parts of this quilt still waiting for me to sew in the contrasting strips. I got them sewn in and pieced the bottom border which is just laying there on the floor.  I need to cut 2 narrow strips for the top border and then I'll sew them on too.

The Weatherbug app said it was 85 degrees last night at 7 and would feel like 94 with the high humidity.  I didn't think it felt that bad so I mowed the front and side yard.  I didn't do the back because it is shady and the grass grows slower back there.  It is going to be hot for the next 2 days and the grass was getting too long to ignore in the front yard.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Colorburst 2 sewn.............

I finished sewing the cross seams on Colorburst 2.  It is 34" square.  I turned it one quarter turn from the way I designed it.









My friend Sharon thinks I should join them together (along with any others that i make) into one large piece.  Colorburst 1 on the left is 30" square.  I could add 2 rows to the bottom of it and sew these 2 together.  It would end up 34" x 64".  That would make a nice wallhanging above the head of a queen size bed (which is 60" wide). 

I now have to switch gears and work on cleaning the basement for my art quilters group that is coming on Monday.  I may get a chance to put the pink 16 patch blocks up on the design wall when i get tired of cleaning.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 seams sewn...............

I finished sewing the vertical seams and got 5 of the horizontal seams sewn.  It will shrink 5.5" more in length when all of the seams are sewn.  I changed some of the yellow pieces to a softer golden yellow instead of the bright pieces I had in there in previous photos.






Here is my little bouquet of zinnias along with some more tomatoes ripening on the windowsill.






I love the centers of the zinnias.   It is like a ring of little flowers circling that center.







 I love the view from my kitchen window.  There are more flowers back there this year than ever before.  I have kept it cleaned up this year keeping out the weeds that grow tall.  There a Creeping Charlie carpet in many areas.  I tear it out by the armload but it grows back in.  I also have Virginia Creeper and wild strawberries as well as hundreds of violet plants.  The hostas are doing great this year too.