Truly, a work of ART, Mirabelle. Beautiful. I can settle the argument between you and your daughter...just mail it to me!! LOL! Try miniature roses inside, if you cannot grow them outside. Dh grows many roses here for me to enjoy...outside. We get ours from Heritage Roses on internet. You have really exceed doing wonderful job on this quilt. If if does not win big for you, the judges need eye-glasses.
Mirabelle....your quilt is gorgeous...exquisite...I'm speechless. What a vision you had for the quilting! I hope you feel gratified after all the hours of work. I've started quilting a lap quilt with simple echo and some cross hatch on the borders and it seems like it takes forever. Right now I can't imagine quilting like you do but I would like to. Did you did this on a regular machine? I don't remember you ever saying you had a LA. I'm so in love with the piecing process it seems like the quilting brings everything to a halt and I get frustrated.
QNSue...keep the stories coming. I love to hear what your fowl are doing. And...where did your DH move his stuff and do you have your LA all picked out?
Dubib...how neat that you can give a sewing maching a new lease on life. Was it an older machine? I think I remember you saying that you had some of your own.
Mirab, I'm speechless (a rarity for me). That quilt is fantastic. WOW!!!
At our ripe old age, GG., we have separate bedrooms. He can make ALL the noise & heat he wants to in his room, and I can have it quiet and cool. So he merely moved things around in his room and made room for his two sewing machines,( third one is in the sewing room closet), and cutting table. It is a tight fit, but it works for him. He also has his computer in his room and the living room has became his "Man Cave" with his Fathers chair that rises up with him, his Father's big screen TV and his Father's Iowa Trophy Deer.
The kitchen is mine, except for the breakfast corner where he can clutter all he wants too. I think his favorite trick is to cook what he wants when he wants it, and leave me the mess about 75% of the time. I just cook one meal a day, usually, 'cause I am retired. He plants the garden or I do, and waters it in the drought. Its up to me to harvest any produce and freeze or can it. After 46 years, we still agree and agree to disagree, but trod along together, slower pace in our senior years.
He laughs when I say I am looking for a LA. He knows me too well...the budget must balance or I do not go to town or spent the cash. Thank goodness we cannot see the future; its better as a surprise, then ask forgiveness. He really has no idea how many $$$$ are tied up in my stash. Daughter laughed at me when I said I was going to use up the whole stash in the quilting room. Maybe she knows her Mom too well, too. Maybe they will get a shock when I do. So, St.Peter, please do not come knocking at my door....I have a plan to use it all up for others...need to re-size the stash picture before it will post.
QNSue...sounds like you two have a comfortable working relationship. What caught my attention is that your husband sews. Does he quilt too and does that mean he helps you reduce your stash? My DH and I have the heat/cold thing going. I too like it cooler than he does but usually his snoring is tolerable.
GG, he has quilted with me since 1972 , but we hit a difference of opinion in 1995. When I took my niece's quilt he said was done to the quilter's; she ran a quilting shop as well, and unfolded the quilt in the middle of her shop that was busy with shoppers. I was so embarrassed, 'cause it did not have too many sews that were sewn together, creating the largest holes in a quilt you had ever seen.... the squares I had sewn were fine, but when he sat it together, he had not caught both sides of the fabric under his machine...by accident or on purpose, who knows?? since the ones for his niece and nephew had turned out fine. He does sew his kilts together fine....
So if he 'helps' out now, I check it carefully, rip where I need too to do it up right.
He is losing his hearing, or seems to be...hearing sometimes better than others...if you whisper or talk to a friend on the phone in the other room, he hears just fine. But in his room, or living room, he wants that volume on the computer or TV loud enough I swear the neighbors can hear it.
When we came back to Texas from Colorado Springs, Co., in 1999. his family reunion, I begged him to stop driving and get a motel as I was sooo tired and suffered from high blood pressure...and it was apparently off the scales that night. He did not stop until about 12:30am, and I unknowingly suffered an optical nerve blowout in my left eye...leaving me blind in that eye...permanently. It all came together later in that week after trips to eye doctors and specialist. At least, it was not a stroke that could have been fatal. May this serve to enlighten others, so they can do things differently and not go blind or worse.
Oh such news from the trail--strolls down memory lane--great story Jan. Wonderful quilts QNS and mirabelle. Then the rumors of a LA--my my-that caught my attention.
I'm breathing a big sigh as my sis and BIL drove out of the yard this morning. Constant guests for 10 days, I am whipped. In 4 days DS and I crammed 4 years of not seeing each other. We start talking and thinking about going to bed at night and then look up and it's past 1:00 AM Experience has taught us that when parting we just look at each other and say it's time for the visitor to go as we need our sleep! Such a wonderful interlude in my summer. And yes I did give a lesson in PPing. Now to play catch up on bookwork, lawn mowing, et al. The priceless comment from 6 yo GD to her great Auntie. "I like seeing you and Gram have fun together." was marvelous.
oksewglad - I am so glad you had such a wonderful time with your sister. That sounds like so much fun. Our friends that we visited on Whidbey Island, WA this summer are the same way. It seems like when we see each other it is just like it was yesterday, and we just seem to pick up where we left off the last time we were together (no matter how many years it has been). My friend, Myrna, is more of a sister to me than my own sister. My hubby always says, your sister is calling, instead of Myrna when she calls. LOL
oksewglad, wounds like you had a wonderful time with family and that is a lovely memory for the summer. Dh's Aunt, his FSIL, and son & wife are coming today to see their quilts and to play 500. He was suppose to schedule a time when relation and friends could sign her quilt, but did not...so the son and I are going to have a 'discussion'...I can keep the quilts here!!! They are displayed on our beds. Not the compatible family you have Ok.
Oh, and that confounded rose block is coming around again by a different name: pig's tail. Warning has bee issued.
QNS, you're right about the Pig's Tail block--it's confusing and confounding. I got Pig's Tail done (I have insomnia)and the biggest hint I can give is: Crayons. Mark each piece the color you plan to use so you can do the placement easily. I don't think this is one you can use fussy cuts or directional fabrics. Heck, I was just glad the colors went in the right place.
What a wonderful time everyone has had with family and friends this summer.