Saturday, December 06, 2008

Actually Quilting during Quilt-a-thon!

Can you believe it? Two posts in one week! And I am actually quilting on a Quiltathon weekend. But hey, I'm a long arm quilter and it's December... Of course I'm quilting.

I just finished a customer quilt, it was an online mystery and she did a great job. It is great fall colors and I got to do custom work in the borders. I can't show pictures yet, since she reads my blog and she hasn't seen it yet. Let's just say I'm happy with it, I hope she is too.

The rest of the afternoon will be a few small pantograph quilts and finishing the dozen wreaths that need to be sent to my brother in Florida.

The area I live in is the wreath capital of the world I think. The company who makes the wreaths (and centerpieces and table top trees) for L.L. Bean is just up the street from me. They ship out 10's of THOUSANDS of pieces every December.

It now looks like December in Maine... The snow has been coming down since about 11:00. I've got to go home and take the dogs out and guess who wore the wrong shoes to the store? Oh well It's not far to the house and my tennis shoes will dry. Then back to quilting.

Sunday I am treating myself... I'm going to the Christmas Tea at the Ruggles House. That's the museum I work at in the summer. This is the last thing they do before the house is completely shut up for the winter, but I'm sure it will be lovely.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, December 01, 2008

I almost made it

Yep, I almost made it... Almost made two posts in one month. But I sat down to write about all the stuff I had done in November and dozed off waiting for the page to load. Dial-up can be a real pain!

So here it is the first of December... I surely don't know how that happened. I hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving. Like everything else recently, mine was a grey blurr. I actually spent a bunch of the day at the store quilting. We didn't do the whole big meal thing. I did my usual bread baking on Sunday though and it was a very good bread week. Two loaves of white and FOUR loves of brown serendipity bread. I'm calling it that because it started off as cracked wheat bread, but I ended up adding sourdough starter, whole wheat flour molasses, honey, and anything else that sounded interesting. It is really good and really fluffy. But I can never reproduce it!

On a sad note, I'm going to have to say goodbye to some old friends this year. I wrapped up the apple seedlings on Sunday and have to face the truth...My wellies (garden boots) have finally reached that point. I was trying to figure out how long I had them and when I asked my husband, he said I had them as long as he has known me. Well that's almost 20yrs so I guess I got my money's worth. But it seems sad to throw out such old friends like, well, an old shoe. Maybe they could work as some funky planter...OK maybe not

So finally to make this quilty and so you know I really have been working...

First:Cindy's Batik Irish Chain. Don't be deceived, that is a king size quilt and on cotton batting it weighs a ton. But it is gorgeous. Lots of blues and golds.

Second is a crib size IC with Teddy Bears, also Cindy's.

Cindy is the Queen of Irish chains. She even manages to get all her directional prints going in the same direction. No Teddy Bears on their heads here!

So that's the highlights for now. Lots of customer quilting to do before Christmas and then maybe a bit of time for me.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!