Monday, November 23, 2009

Another Meandering Pines

I hope I haven't shown this Meandering Pines quilt before. I can't find it in my archives. but if I have, I apologize. Anyway, I finally finished it up with the binding. That task can really slow me down. Absolutely, it's not one of my favorite aspects of quilting!

The quilt is made up of lots of different greens. My scrap box got dumped over and over again, looking for just the right "pine trees".

The light/medium blue dotted batik was perfect for the sky.
And I just happened to have a woody batik that I have kept around forever.
It was calling out to me " I am a trunk".

Nobody would know, but I messed up on the block placement for this particular quilt.
And I'm not telling you what I did wrong! It works either way.

That's one more project finished!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Moving Day

Today is moving day for my daughter Carol and her husband Doug. This has been a very long process for them.
They started looking for a house to buy way back in April. They wanted in on the government rebate and the houses were priced right. What they found, though, was that low prices can be deceiving. With all the foreclosures and short sales on the market, they thought that surely they would find a house quickly. What they didn't realize was how much of a hand the greedy banks had in all these sales. Yea, the houses would be priced low, but that was only a teaser. As soon as the bank would get a few offers, they would put out a request for a "best and final" offer. Carol was outbid close to 30 times. The final prices were sometimes well over 30-40 thousand above asking price and this was for some pretty yucky houses!

The banks got this economy into the shape it is now and they are prolonging it by screwing around with the buyers. The worst was a short sale with a bank that eventually pulled out of the deal without even notifying Carol, Doug, the sellers realtor or Carol's realtor.

Happy Moving Day Carol and Doug. You deserve it!

Friday, November 6, 2009

A New Old One

Last year, at a quilt show, another vendor told me that if I was going to continue doing quilt shows, I would have to constantly make new samples. And she was so right.
I have had customers remind me, that they have seen my quilts somewhere else
where I was a vendor. Ouch!
They may like what they see, but they also want to see something new.
That means, not only do I need to work on new designs, each with new quilts, but keep going back and remaking the old.

So, in the interest of presenting something new and exciting, I made a new Scattered Leaves quilt this week. It came out very pretty.

The inner border is always a little tricky for me.
This time the quilt was getting a little too serious. Too matchy, matchy.
I found this beautiful stripe in my fabric cupboard that was a little woodsy looking and
I think it lightened up the whole quilt.

My daughter Carol is going to see this and want this quilt.
She loves these colors.

I wish I had made this for the last few shows. The time of year was just right.

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