Friday, August 26, 2016

Grateful to be alive

I know I have not posted in more than a month. After finishing the Roman shades for my daughter (see my last blog) I lost any interest in quilting. In the last year I have made 7 quilts. I guess my creativity has worn a little thin. Yesterday I finally did some hand quilting on my house quilt. So maybe I will get back my creative mojo.

But back to the title of this blog. I am grateful to be a live and uninjured. On Sunday we were in an accident. My Prius was hit by a Ford Explorer that was out of control. It hit the door behind my husband and sent us flying across the highway into the grassy median where we hit a highway sign. Thank goodness it was a wooden pole that just gave way and fell down. Thank goodness we were not hit by any other car or truck. Thank goodness she did not hit my husband's door. At any rate the car is totaled. It was a 2008 Prius and only had 74000 miles on it. We could have driven it for many more years. And I liked my car. Now I have to get a new one. Driving a new car always makes me nervous and now after this accident I am really nervous. I see danger everywhere.

On a happier note I think I found an art quilt group to join. I will be going to a meeting coming up to see if I am compatible with them. I am excited. I have to take some of my quilts to the meeting. I guess one of them will be the cardinal quilt....

Linking to Nina-Marie. http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Thanks for reading.
Chris


Monday, July 11, 2016

They're up, they fit, they work, she loved them

Linking to Nina Marie. http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com

For those that have checked in with my blog you probably know I am talking about the Roman shades that I made my daughter. We went to Boston over the weekend and the shades were taken and installed.
Here they are ready to go to Boston.



Here they are installed. My husband hung them before she got home from work. Boy was she surprised! Her condo is in an old box factory. She has one wall of old brick.






Now that they are done and hung the whole project did not seem that bad. How soon we forget!
Thanks for reading.
Chris

Friday, June 10, 2016

Still here

Wow I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have been plugging away at the hand quilting of my house quilt. I think I have 10 houses done, but still a long way to go.

For the roman shades I still have to sew the velcro to the top of them and then add the cords. We are not going to see our daughter until July so I still have some time.





I am debating about what art quilt to work on next...canal houses or abstract quilt.


 I am still trying to decide whether to do it with 5 or 7 houses. See this blog.

I guess 5 houses would be easier. My daughter still likes the 7 better.  This is what she said when I asked her.

"I like 7 houses better. In the one with 5 houses it feels like they are leaning toward the viewer more and it makes them feel more imposing. The 7 house one gives me more of a relaxed strolling down streets of Amsterdam vibe. I also like the visual interest of the one house that is jutting out a bit more than the rest. Both are nice though.


What do you think?






The other one I am thinking about is this abstract created in EB class.  I have already bought the fabric for this from Cherrywood fabrics. They had a sale on purple fabrics when Prince died. So I bought 2 sets of purple fabrics for it. The quilt will be monochromatic in purples. It is not my usual color scheme, but I thought it would look good and the fabrics were a very nice deal.

Which would you work on next?








I have been asked to participate in another blog hop. This time the inspiration can be a piece of artwork, a song, or some other writing. I am torn between "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel or "The Raven" by Poe. Maybe I will do both!

Thanks for reading. I have to stir my beans that are cooking on the stove right now. We are making homemade baked beans with my mom's recipe for happy hour tonight. That means starting with dry beans that you soak overnight. They are vegetarian since I do not add bacon to them. And they are really delicious.

Linking to Nina-Marie.

Chris