Sunday, September 10, 2017

Puppies and Stuff

I will extend my sincere apologies right now to all my Stash Bee-mates whose blocks are late.  Moving really messed me up.  I got two out of three done in August but never got them in the mail.  I finally got the third one done today and will mail all three tomorrow.  And yes we are FINALLY moved in!

This first one of my bee blocks we were asked to make one of the puppy blocks originally from a 2015 Quiltalong from  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Ann, our queen asked that we choose one of the patterns that reminded us of a dog that had meaning to us.  So I chose our favorite dog ever, who was a wedding present.

Her name was Jodie and she was our first pet before we ever had any children.  When she was a puppy, we had a back door that didn't latch very well and we started coming home finding her inside the house and the back door standing wide open.  Not good in the middle of summer with flies all over the place and the AC blasting away.  In one day, we were able to train her to shut the door after herself!  She was one special dog, and we miss her a lot.  We've been married for 27 years now and she's been gone for a while.  There hasn't been another one as special since.

My second bee block was for Mary Ann in Stash Bee Hive #6.

My third bee block was for Merrilee for the 2017 Bee Hive Swarm.  I consider this one a fail because even though she did ask for these colors, I didn't get the right values in the right places so I lost some of the star effect.  I gave her permission to operate on it if it needed to have surgery.

This week, I was able to finish Kenzi's quilt top!  But oops!  One of the fabrics wasn't quite as long as the others so I need to trim another inch or so off one side.  It ended up being quite a bit bigger that I was planning anyway, so no big deal.

Now I just need to wait for her to pick out what she would like on the back of it.  What kind of quilting do you think would look good with this particular pattern?  Did I already ask this question?  I can't remember!

My quilting room is a mess!  Lots of boxes still to unpack and get out of the way.  I need to get a design wall hung up and I think for now, I'm going to go with the ol' standby of tacking up a piece of batting.  That works quite well.  I'm not going to show any pictures of the house for a while until we get a little bit more organized.   I am sooo grateful to be in my own home now!

I'll close today's post with two pictures that make me happy.  The first is the view out our back patio (from our bedroom).  I get to see such beautiful sunsets out here.  Mmm.

And the second is finding a good sale on reader glasses that are actually cute!  Aren't these fun?

Well, I am hoping to get back into the groove of things and get some things done that I committed to doing!  I hope to have a few finishes to share one of these days!

Linking to:
Love, Laugh, Quilt
Cooking Up Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday