Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
Have plenty more castles!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When is the quilt really done?

Finished quilting it!  Then take pictures. 

Get a couple of angles.  And show the quilting lines.

Close up on the square.  Now is it done?  Nope!
 
You should sew on the casing so it is ready to hang if you are entering it in a show or going to display it at any time.  Next the label.  What do you put on it?  I put the name of quilt.  No name?  Then at least put down it's untitled and a number.  Easier to keep a record of it and that's important if you ever send it out of the house.  Next on the label, who worked on it, everyone's name.  If it's for a present, then put that info on there.  Then a contact, address, and phone number!  You'd be surprised how many quilts get left behind, miss placed, or stolen.  If you have this on there, it could find it's way home.  I also put the size of the quilt on the label.  I can not tell you how many times I remeasured quilts to enter shows, when it finally hit me, just put the size on the labels.!
 
Ok, I don't, DON'T, put the date on the label.   All has to do with entering quilt shows.  Let's say you finished a quilt at the very end of one year.  The show only wants quilt made in the last two years.  What difference would 1 month make?  So I do keep track of it.  But now, in my mind, the quilt is finished when it gets to it's FIRST show!  Why not!  It's all in how you look at things.

So last weekend, Mike, Terry and I went to Road Atlanta and had some fun!  Mike doesn't drive on the track, he rode with Terry...or gave it a go.  Didn't last many laps.  It's not easy to keep from getting carsick on a track!
 
I drove and did the fastest ever!  I'm 10 seconds less than Terry, but I'm better than ever!  Too much Fun!!!

Terry unhooking the trailer.

Our little car is ready to go!  Road Atlanta is 2.54 miles a lap.  It is a very fun track!
 
So I'm home catching up on things and realized I had to finish sewing on the casing and make a label.  Food shop, go get new glasses... etc. 
 
Thinking of the laps! 
Patty

Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilting inbetween life.

I got the quilt top off the free table at guild meeting.  Love quilting this one!

She did a nice job piecing the top!

Ah, a machine quilted piece.  I'm not great at this, but it's for a child to drag around and use.

Close up of the kitties!  I quilted around each face.

Terry has been getting the car ready to go to the track soon.  He noticed in time that the tire is worn down to the cord!  Ugh!

He didn't see it until he washed the tires.  So new tires are on their way!  Need to be safe out there at high speed!

I quilted this one up very quickly.  Just loved it!

Here it is with the blue lines washed off it.  Doesn't take long to hand quilt!

 Close up of the quilting.  Background is white thread.  Then green vines and blue for the circle and around the border. 
 
There is always time for what you really want to do.  Make time.
A good friend of mine died on Sunday.  I have not seen her in years, but we kept up on face book.  Thank for that.  But you can't get back in touch when they are gone.  Call, write, go see.  Stay in touch.  Sit and sew, or go for a drive.  Don't wait! 
 
Go see a friend!
Patty

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day at the Zoo!!!

Knoxville Zoo was great!  It was much bigger than I had thought it was.  Being Mother's Day, the line was very, very long.  And it never ended all day.  I got in free, but it cost for the guys and parking.  I didn't think it said that in the paper! 

First we saw the elephant!  Love the texture of their skin.  Watched her pick at hay with her trunk.  Amazing.  I love elephants.

the Rhinos were pretty quiet..  You could see where they rub their horns on the cable.  Worn down. 

Giraffes  were fun.  The biggest one is the male, and there were 3 others.  2 females and one littler one that was one year old.  You could see that the spots are different for different species of giraffes.

This bird kept walking back and forth, just too quick for me to get a good picture!  The feathers were a wonder shine in the sunlight.

Meercats!  Too cute!


2 in this area.  Not enough.  This one was pacing in front of the window.

Zebras!  Nice lines! 

The lions were down for the day.

Baboons.  They have 5 males.  only can have 2 in each cage.  Brothers in together so they don't fight as much.  They are very angry and extremely strong.  Just don't mess with them!  If they put in a female, then all hell would break loose!

The keeper could train this one.  He like apple juice and would do things to get a drink.  She never put her hand near him, and he would stick his hand out or foot out between the wire.  She would only touch him with a long Qtip.

chimps were pretty relaxed.  They had very gray hair around their noses. 

There was supposed to be a waterfall going on, but it was shut off.  They looked disappointed.

Gibbons playing around.

Now, there is a red wolf in this picture, way in the back.  Look between the shed and the log, and go back to the fence in the back.  He's lying down. 

Red Panda!  Isn't he cute!  Climbed all over the tree setup. 

The Tiger was beautiful!!!  Went into the water there.  This exhibit had just opened a week ago.

In the water.  It was hot out by now.

The otter was coming up to any little kid, or person holding a camera!  What a ham!  Had to be fast to get a shot of him!  Then he would flip over backwards and swim away, and come right back! 

Little girl had quite a giggle from this one!

Then turtles and tortoises.  I do love these guys!  Don't need a big fence to keep them in.

Spider turtles...look at the design on the shell, like a spider web.

Another of that.

Look at this one!  Love the design.  Nature is great!

The big guy was beautiful. 
 
I hadn't been to this zoo, and we have lived here for over 22 years!  We love zoos.  So it was great for my guys to take me there.  First Terry and I had bagels.  Took a couple for Mike to have.  Mike gave me a great Mother's Day card!!!  After the zoo, we found a Dairy Queen and had blizzards!  Terrific Day!
 
So home and worn out.  leftovers and just pick at food.  Tv and bed.
Who could ask for anything more!
Patty

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Why keep blogging?

got this off the "free" table at the last meeting.  I couldn't believe she wouldn't quilt it!

It did have a large square in each corner that seemed to fight your eye for attention.  So I cut that down to a triangle and seems to be gentler on the eye.

Been quilting in feather designs.  I love those. 

black thread in the blue triangles and yellow thread on the black fabric.  Really stands out nicely.
 
So?  Why keep blogging?  No one makes any comments.  No feed back.  I have a few friends who tell me that they like looking at the blog.  Here's who else tuned in the last week:
United States  54
Russia 23
Germany 5
UK 5
Netherlands 5
France 4
Venezuela 4
Portugal 2
Canada 1
S. Korea 1
 
I believe that some of these hits are actual quilters, but several are not.  My computer is being hacked again.  Want to guess where they are coming from?  Pick a number, any number. 
 
I used to get up every morning and write for 20 minutes on the blog.  Then it got farther apart.  Loved sharing quilts from shows, and what I'm working on.  But if no one can take the time to even let me know that they are enjoying this, then it's time to quit.  I listed things for sale at times, with no response.    I don't believe that several of the hits are actual quilters.  They are searching for something else.  Before the election last fall, there were 154 hits from Russia.  Do I believe that there was something fishy going on with elections... ?  Right....
 
So?  Either let me know you are there.  Quit hacking into my computer.  Or I'm done.  I'm just a quilter working at home and enjoying fabric. 
Patty

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The "Way Back Machine"

2010 Doesn't seem like that long ago.  But it also seems like ages ago.  We went to a good friend's place on the French Broad River. 

Ate watermelon and lunch by the river.



And sat in the river.  Just enjoying the sun and water.  Ever take time to just be with friends and watch the water go by...?
 
I'm going to do that more often now.  Don't wait.  Take your quilting and go sit with them.  Eat watermelon and spit the seeds out!  What will you remember about summer this year!?  Make it happen. 
 
Patty