I have been super busy this summer. The weather has been FABULOUS - the best summer I can remember in a long time. Even though I started tomatoes by seed and got a pretty late start, we got quite a few ripe tomatoes and lots of lovely flowers. Now the rain seems to be starting in earnest, and the nights are getting chilly. The squash keep blooming, but no more squash. Do you ever eat the flowers?
Paul's dad (Popo) decided to have knee surgery to update the knee replacement he had 20 years ago. He's 95, and of course the surgery and his recovery have not gone as well as the Dr. told him it would. Three weeks after his surgery he is still at the nursing home/rehab place with lots of pain and having difficulty with his physical therapy. I have been driving downtown almost every day to visit and cheer him up and encourage him to get up and walk more so he can get back home with Momo soon.
Here they are at Christmas, eating crab with us. They are both pretty spry for 95 and so hopefully Popo will be feeling better soon and they will be back to water aerobics, having coffee with friends and all the usual stuff.
My friend Joyce at the bookstore asked me if I could finish a quilt that her grandmother pieced back in the 30's. A fabulous grandmother's flower garden. I LOVE all the little prints she used, the top had been stored in a box, so a little musty but the colors all really fresh and unfaded. Here are some close-ups of a few of my favorites:
tiny gingham - even the leaves - and fried egg flowers.
I quilted little curves around the hexes, and a simple design in the middle of the flowers.
I faced the edges, to keep the hex shape as it was pieced. There's a good tutorial on youtube by Marci Baker, here: it's a little tricky on the corners, but worked out OK. Marci recommends folding the facing over so it is double, like a binding, but I thought that would add too much bulk. You have to clip every little corner though, so I think next time I will add a lightweight facing.
Buster had to help. He tests the quilts to make sure they are comfy and is always willing to provide cat fur to make kitten britches. :)
(Just a note, I don't typically let him get on customer quilts, but this one was going to get washed, and Joyce has cats too, so it was fine!)
Here's the finished quilt, the edges look great. It's big - about 95" x 105".
The top was pretty musty smelling from being stored for so long, so after all quilted & edges finished I gave it a gentle wash and dry. The batting shrank a little, giving it that nice soft crinkled look.
And I made a simple little label with info provided by Joyce about her Grandma, when we thought she made it and where she lived at the time.
Let me know if you have questions about the facing method or leave a little comment and tell me what you are up to.
OK, ready for another busy day - hope to get lots of quilting done!