Saturday, September 26, 2009

Silk Ribbon Flower/Applique Class

This is LueAnne's basket of flowers in progress. Her yellow rose looks like a real old fashion rose. It looks like it must smell like a real rose.

Lisa showed us lots of techniques and made the day fun.
We all had a good time and a very good pot luck lunch. Sharon, Inez, Della, Barbara, Joan,
Diana, Pat, Janet, Teresa, LueAnne, Char, Sandra and Bonnie.

I really like this picture of Sandra so I had to show it twice. Really, I'm just getting the hang of posting pictures and did it twice and can't figure how to delete.

Sandra's is beautiful with her batik basket.

This is Della's work. Really nice.

We had a fun class at Manteca Quilters today with Lisa Van Groningren, Silk Ribbon Flowers an applique. Here is Barbara, Bonnie and Joan checking Lisa's class sample.

This is my sample. I learned to applique more than 15 years ago and the techniques then are alot different than today. So I stopped appliqueing because it was too time consuming and I didn't always like the end result. Lisa has showed me that it can be easy, quick and get good results. I'm not sure I'm going to make a boat load of wire ribbon roses. But I'm glad I learned and had fun day with friends

We had a fun class at Manteca Quilters today. Lisa Van Groningren taught us to make silk ribbon flower and how to applique. She had some great instructions. I realized the last applique class I took was about 15 years ago. I quit applique because it was too time comsuming and to much preparation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Are you Sure it's Fall In San Joaquin Valley

Today is the first day of fall, but you have to look at the calendar to may sure it's reached this part of San Joaquin Valley. It's the third day of over 100 degrees and miserable hot. It's exactly one week before Oct 1st when we get to meet our 5Th granddaughter. And the farmers are harvesting the walnuts. They are already on the ground. They look like little beige polka dots in a dark forest as you drive down country roads. The pomegranates are huge, almost ripe and bright red with a tinge of lime green. On the grape harvest has started. But it's sure hard to believe it's fall. It's just too hot. We have the airconditoner on every afternoon and we're running 3 spinklers 4 times a week just to keep the lawn alive. But it's perfect when I walk out to the barn and feed the horse at 6:30 in the morning and it's cool and fresh and I'm ready to start a new day.

Monday, September 21, 2009

So, how was your weekend?

I've been surfing blogs and reading all the work and accomplishments of my friends and family. So what did I do this weekend?
I started Friday on the third day of antibotic for Bronchitis and headed to W. Stockton for a 7 a.m. root canal. My dentist said, "May as well, you're alrealy on good drugs."
Then I bought stock in Kleenex. When I got home I transferred back and forth from sitting to sleeping on my couch, watching old movies and working on my "Tisket, Tasket Baskets". I'm doing them in redwork. I know Lisa H. will have her appliqued TTB quilted by the time I get my last block embroidered. Pictures later.
It's good to run with over achievers, makes me know not to waste alot of my time trying to keep up. But I do enjoy her finished projects, (usually years of enjoyment before my project every gets done.)
Thanks to the best computer geek I know, HUD my computer is up and running again, but my camera has been loaned out. So pictures to finally follow soon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This is the view from the back yard. What a way to watch the end of my day come to a close.
I'm sewing the top of nu bebeb's quilt tonight. I hope to have the top done by Friday morning.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pumpkins in July

Delaney and Allison help Gram pick pumpkins in our garden. We had a very nice garden this year and have been able to share with lots of family and friends. This was a good thing for Jeff this year to work on.