Monday, April 23, 2012

Lanolin Love?

Can anyone tell me why Charlie likes Bag Balm?

The listed ingredients: B-Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate in a Petrolatum Lanolin Base. Is it the Lanolin? Its been too long since my college Biochemistry class for me to even guess what the chemical is! Charlie loves to rub his cheeks against my fingertips when I rub some of the Bag Balm on them. I'm curious why he's doing this so if anyone knows, please let me know.
By the way, please excuse my very messy desk!

I've been working hard big stitch quilting the clamshell quilt and here it is draped over the ironing board. Those are freezer paper templates which I quilt around in the hoop in the upper right hand corner. As of tonight, I've finished 8 full diamonds, only 5 more to go!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Stitchin', stitchin', stitchin'

Keep those fingers stitchin'!

Just a quick post about my projects but first ...

I want to thank Linda from Flourishing Palms for awarding my blog the Liebster Award! Linda is a wonderful blog friend and someday before her move to Florida, we're going to meet in KC. Looking forward to that very much! My blog is officially a "No Award" blog but when Linda told me about the award, I really need some encouragement so again, my thanks.

Now back to quilting, you'll probably not be reading anything new on my blog for a few months. My life is just way too full right now taking care of my family and mom, quilt guild responsibilities and trying to get two quilts done in time for the June quilt show.

At our guild meeting on Tuesday, the president announced we are no longer able to withdraw quilts and I hope she was joking when she said they'd be displayed unfinished! I guess I could always call mine art quilts or folk art or maybe I'm just making a statement, ??? LOL

Here's the progress on my show quilts:

Clamshell quilt - I've begun big stitch quilting the clamshells. This is taking me a lot longer than I thought it would. Making those big stitches in a smooth curve isn't easy! The stitches on top look OK to me but underneath, not so good (if you can see them at all).

Rocky Road to Kansas - Is this a crazy quilt or an embroidered quilt? I'm sorry about the washed out photo. The gray is actually a little darker and the fabric used in the middle square is not quite so bright.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 2, 2012

It's done!

I finished the binding, sleeve and label on the donation crazy quilt tonight and tomorrow morning will check it over once more and give it a quick press before delivering it. Don't laugh but after putting this much work into it, its a bit hard to give it up!

Here are some close up pictures of the embroidery on the fans and middle block. I brightened the colors to make it easier to see the details.