Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jo Morton Reel Deal Finished And Loving It

Yes it is true. I have finished my Reel Deal quilt and really enjoyed it. I used the back basting method for the applique and it was so relaxing. In the spring of last year I basted all the blocks and spent the summer doing the applique on my front deck. So enjoyable.

 I spent a lot of time this winter thinking about how to machine quilt. I finally decided on doing echo quilting around the applique blocks and this made them really pop. I wanted to do so sort of feather wreath in the alternating blocks but I just couldn't make them look right. So I did a meandering instead. I then quilted in the outer borders just following the stripes in the fabric. Then I found this talented quilter who showed how she quilts feather wreaths on her long arm. Sadly I don't have a long arm but figured I could do this on my Janome Horizon. It isn't perfect, but I like it. More practice and it will get better. The link to this video is here . She is so nice to put this video out there. It finally clicked for me. Thanks Jenny.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

We had such a nice Christmas with our family. It was so amazing to see how the grandchildren are all growing up so fast. Our daughter Maria and her boyfriend, Damian gave us a new cookbook called the Looneyspoons  Collection.

 Fabulous book. So I decided to try one of the recipes for Christmas morning. Erik eggstrata. It was so easy and delicious. The only problem was that it was so filling, we didn't have room for supper. Also we snacked all afternoon, so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Thanks Maria and Damian.
Today, we have a turkey in the oven, its snowing outside, hubby is watching westerns on tv, I'm in my sewing nest and tonight we will be watching Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Perfect day before going back to work tomorrow.
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