Thursday, July 23, 2009

I have been busy!

Let's see, since the beginning of July....

A very large quilt for a birthday present. All you get is the back (for now).

A charity quilt.

Translation: I wanted to play with the baptist fan boards.

Worked with Kayla to quilt a charity quilt (someone else pieced the top). She's also working on doll quilts to go with the charity quilts, she's piecing and quilting those.

This is Kirsten's quilt. Fun, fun, fun to do - and you just can't go wrong with a blue and white quilt. Kirsten lives on the other side of Washington - you know - where there is WATER!!

We did lots of back and forth with drawings and lots of e-mails to come up with the final design. She mailed her top to me, ordered the back from and had it delivered straight to me. When done, I shipped it back to her (on Friday) and she had it by Monday.

This quilt was pieced by Kay. We went with a pantograph on this one - Snapdragons. I think this is going to be one of my favorite pantos. Great texture, and really complimented the floral feel of this quilt. This quilt is a great example of when a panto is a perfect choice. Any custom work would have been lost in the fabrics.

Daughter Leslie came up with this fix for the A-1 laser light. Without the box, the quilt sometimes moved the wire, causing weak spots and eventual breaks. Leslie fixed my laser light, then built the box. She's leaving for UAA in Anchorage in a couple of weeks, so I've been learning how to make these. I have no idea how she figured it out. I thought it'd be an easy 'drill here' kind of thing. Nope! Drill, shave, fit. I've got it now! Now I want a drill press to fit the drill to make this even easier and prettier. They really are, at this point, just about function.

The first picture shows the laser box upside down so you can see how the laser shows through.

The second shows the laser box in it's correct position. Notice that the bend in the wire is now protected and comes out the right hand side where it's not subject to our normal wear and tear.

I plan to take some boxes with me to Innovations in Tacoma in September. E-mail me if you want more info.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor

Happy Birthday, America!

No pictures of quilts today, I'm going to send you to other sites.

The first is the Declaration of Independence. No fancy pictures or layout. Just the words. The stand on their own.

Declaration of Independence

The second link takes you to a speech detailing what happened to these brave men. Not a single one was left unscathed. We owe them all a debt of gratitude, and the responsibility to defend freedom today, from inside the country as well as from foreign threats.

The Americans Who Risked Everything