Friday, November 30, 2012

Inspirational Beauty

Last weekend, my husband and I went out to Montgomery Park, to attend an Art Show and fundraiser for The Audubon Society of Portland.
Afterward we took a walk in the rain, down a path near the parking area,
which turned out to be as awe-inspiring as the inside artwork and displays.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Therapy

This morning my husband and I were out of the house early to sign the papers for refinancing our home, yet one more time. Interest rates are so low right now, we just couldn't let that opportunity pass.

After we got home, I received a much appreciated text from my oldest son. He and his girlfriend decided to give their relationship another go, after a bit of turmoil this weekend.
I was so sad about the whole ordeal that I spent the greater part of Saturday night crying, as I tried to put our Christmas tree up. I know it's a bit early, but I was so upset that I was acting irrationally.

Today was dark and dreary, and after I ate way too many pieces of  left-over Halloween candy,  I sat down at my sewing machine and did some 'therapy' sewing . .
I feel better now.
Have a good evening!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

HQ Adventures-What I just learned

Here are the results from my latest adventures using my HQ Avante longarm quilting machine.
Let me share with you what I learned!
As you can see here, there is alot going on in this quilt!
Small pieces with lots of small patterns. 
(My quilting group had just finished making these as a gift to another group member who just gave birth to twins - a boy and a girl!)
As I was quilting it, I kept loosing my place. 
I couldn't tell how far away from the last pass of quilting stitches I was with my needle.
After several periods of crossing over previous stitches, ripping out and restarting, I finally figured something out.  By turning OFF my machine lights, the visibility improved immensely!
Then, I went so far as to turn off all the room lights, except for a lamp placed at the far right end of my machine. This created wonderful shadows over the entire top - allowing all of the stitching to be seen easily.

I finished quilting both of these tops, and never lost my place in the design again!

This is one of those things that you look back on, wishing someone had told you earlier.

These aren't the best pictures, but you can see that the shadowing makes quick work of the whole task.

Now, on to the next adventure. . .