Sunday, May 19, 2013

Times Flys When Your Having Fun

I'm happy to report my Birthday was a success. I had a great day. My husband took me out to the Berry Fields restaurant and we had breakfast together. Food was good, but expensive. After that we went to 3 stores looking for africian violets, to replace mine that died when I took them out of the living room. Afterwords we sat and I played on the computer. By 3 pm we were off to my folks and heading up to Olympia for dinner. We went to The Ram for supper and I was thrilled. It was the first time I went and it had food for EVERYONE who has different tastes and diets. Then we played cards when we got back to my folks. Awesome day!

On Friday we attended the TAS (The Applique Society) meeting in Sequim WA. When I say "we," I mean Bev, Ethel, my mother and I drove up to Sequim to attend. It was a wonderful meeting! We stayed way too long as we didn't get back till around 6 pm, but it was well worth going. I was introducted as a new Board member of TAS and met the President who is from Canada. It will be interesting but fun! I'm excited to help TAS out and try to get more members to our little world of applique! It's well worth joining. The newsletters are AWESOME and you can learn a LOT!


We were in a small Church, which was a lot smaller than the one I attended last year. It worked out. Mom is the one in the Norweign sweater and Ethal is in the white coat. We stopped to chit chat with those we attended the Retreat with. It was good to see them all again, after just a month's absence.


Demonstrations were given on how to paint your quilt with the paint staying on the quilt. I was really interested in this one. It was "natural" stuff and not stuff you needed gloves and masks for.


Loretta, our outgoing President is in the chair closest, with the new President of TAS right next to her.

While at TAS meeting, I was able to get a lot done on my friendship block.


One more star and then a few leaves, and it will be done for barb. I was surprised at how fast it went, and I was trying to "tone down" my colors as I'm very bright and Barb is more the Civil War, and darker colors. It's a learning tool for me.

During the week when I was "grandma sitting" I was able to get more done on Susy's friendship block. I'm now trying to decide on what to do with the circles. Trust me, there are a ton of circle and that is why I changed and worked on Barb's before finishing Susy's. Susy wanted Civil War colors, and I went shopping for those colors - again, not colors I would use.


At first I thought I could use this fabric (in photo) for the handle of the basket. After starting to work on the handle, I realized it would go, and the fabrics almost blended too well with each other. I needed a contrast. At first I didn't realize the piece was part of the basket, till I really looked at the pattern. The block is a really pretty block! I then re-thought the pattern, and realized it was a handle and not a leaf like the other side.


Then I decided to keep the basket all one fabric. That worked out well. I then used greens from the pieces friends gave me that would work with the basket. Looking at the photo, they look more blue then green. Each of the three leaves have circles around them. As you can see, I though I could use the design from the previous fabric (that I used for the basket) to see if they would work as buds. NOPE. Now I need to iron on more circles and cut them out to finish the block. I'm going to use either a light green or a blue fabric for the circles. I haven't really decided yet, and that's why this has stopped at this point. I laughed at myself the other day when I put the bottom of the basket on - it was lopsided. I ended up taking it out. Funny what happens when you don't pay attention to the fabric bottom to see if your lined up right.

I'm hoping to pull out the quilt today and get back to quilting on it. Patrick is out mowing the yard, and I'm doing laundry along with playing.

I did sit down yesterday and draft a pattern for my friendship quilt. Decided I would use the Kimono #1 pattern for my blocks to give to the group to make for me. That is a Sindy Rodenmeyer pattern. She has a couple of really pretty patterns. As I was doing that, I found 12 butterfly patterns, that I thought I could use in the quilt, but Patrick looked at me as if I was crazy when I explained what I wanted to do. So, I'll do the blocks on point and wait and see what comes in to what I will be doing for that quilt.

Looking forward to being Happy Quilting.......today........

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