Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Birdsong Quilt Top




I've just spent the morning before a "Storm Of The Decade" crawling around the floor pinning the top of my completed Birdsong quilt. It seems in the past ten years, that the weather people are always expecting the sky to fall, and it never does. So, I bought extra batteries in case of a power failure, and that's the end of my preparation. I hope that they're correct about a lot of rain. 





My only other preparation would require the power to remain on. I've pinned the three layers of the Birdsong quilt together to start basting. I baste by hand, just like I quilt by hand. I like doing it. I love the way it turns out, and most of all I love that I've included a bit of myself in every stitch. Someday when I'm gone, my family will look at my art and know that I thought of them while I worked. 








Anyway, I need the light to see my stitches, and even to pull the pins out. So, if I can see, i have a project to work on. It will take me all winter to do the quilting, and if we get snow, I will be warm and cozy while working on my quilt. I use a hoop, so the quilt is on my lap. Such a perfect winter project. 

Happy stormy weather everyone. I hope you are surrounded by warmth and family.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Surprise



I certainly hope I didn't startle you, because I'm writing a new post this fine cool morning. We are getting prepared for a large storm later this week. The all knowing weather people are telling us to prepare for five to possibly ten inches of rain, very heavy wind, falling trees and power outages. I spent the summer praying for rain, and I think it worked. I have books to read, and projects to work on, but those may have to wait if we have no lights. I bought myself a little book light that fastens to my book, and has a battery, so I'm good to go.


We had such a wonderful time with all of our children and grandchildren over Thanksgiving. Turkey and pie and fun kids. Nothing could be better. Family is such a blessing, and we gave thanks for all of them.





I've finished the top of my Birdsong applique quilt. I'm planning to go shopping for backing and batting today. Next post I will show you the completed top. So exciting... If you aren't totally sick of the Sugar Kisses quilt, I can also show you photos of the new squares I'm stitching.

 Guess what? I had to order my quilting thread, because no quilt shop in my area sells hand quilting thread any longer. They informed me that "No one hand quilts any longer". Well guess what? I do, and so do my friends. What would we do without computers?





Speaking of my friends, it was my turn to be the hostess for "Bee" last Wednesday. I  am always the hostess the week after Thanksgiving. It's my encouragement to get all of the Christmas decorations out and set up. It's a quick transformation from autumn and Thanksgiving to Christmas.