Friday, July 18, 2014

Stitched and Quilted

Here is an old project that I finished quilting yesterday!  It is raw-edge appliqué stitched down with embroidery   floss.  I quilted the flowers and foliage with gold cotton thread,  and used a metallic light green for all the background.  I added some large beads to the ends of the stamens.  I'll take some detail pictures for another post.

I will finish the binding, sleeve, and label next week,  and hopefully enter this piece into the PAQA-South Members' Show which will be at Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC this fall.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gammill Assembly Complete!

Here she is in her new home!  We were able to park the trailer at the French doors to the basement.  That made moving everything easy.  The only thing I could not help lift was the 12-foot table,  so we got our excellent friend and mountain neighbor to help set it on the legs.  Charlie and I did the rest of it ourselves in about two hours this morning.

We made a few errors that had to be redone,  but that's life!

Now we just have to work around it while putting in wiring, ceilings, floors...not ideal but it's doable.

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Gammill's Next Adventure

When we were trying to sell our house in Wake Forest,  we dismantled my Gammill quilting machine and took it to stay with a foster mother.  We set it up at her house, and we both were able to use it.  

Last night we went back and took it down again.  We are taking it to its new home in our mountain cabin.

It is not an easy process, but my husband and son managed to disassemble it in about two hours.  

I have a great space for it in the basement of the cabin,  which unfortunately is not yet finished.  We are going to set it up and roll it out of the way as needed.

Meanwhile,  look what happened last weekend!

We had a deck-building party!  Lots of family and friends worked together to put up this large outdoor space.

We even had time for some creek-sitting and Gator rides.

Life is good!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nice Surprise in the Mail

The mail brought a nice surprise...the return of three of my silk journals that were used as samples by C&T Publishing Company.

I really did not know if they would be returned.  Now I have three pretty journals to use or give as gifts.

You can see more about these handmade journals on my blog here.

Tomorrow we leave for the mountains for the long Fourth of July weekend.  We will be joined by our whole family.  Plans are in the works for a new sun deck in the back yard.  Photos to come!