Batik Flying Geese Quilt

Batik Geese Quilt

Batik Geese Quilt

I finished the quilt for a graduate student in my department…she spins and dyes her own yarn and knits beautiful things, so we’re exchanging our crafts.

Here’s the quilt from beginning to end.

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I pin my quilts…not a big fan of spray basting only because I get more on me than the quilt.

I pin my quilts…not a big fan of spray basting only because I get more on me than the quilt.

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Scrappy binding using most of the fabrics from the quilt.

Scrappy binding using most of the fabrics from the quilt.

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Yes…my cats found the quilt.  She liked the quilt fur and all.

Yes…my cats found the quilt. She liked the quilt fur and all.

For Today ~ 12 May 2014 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 12 May 2014

Outside My Window… Blue Blue Blue sky…breezy. Big piles of dirt the tonka toys keep moving around. They sure make a lot of money for just pushing piles of dirt from one end to the other. A Stellar Jay and Scrub Jay being chased by a dove…too funny.

I am thinking… nothing too deep. :p

I am thankful for… Long-time friends.

From the kitchen… Yesterday was a roasted chicken with a kale/broccoli salad and garlic bread. Tonight (after feeding him three meals) my husband’s friend is coming over and making his Puerto Rican chicken and rice & beans dish. He’s from PR and I love Caribbean food.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, pretty blue print blouse.

I am creating… A lap quilt for a graduate student who is making me a scarf (she spins and dyes her own yarn). Here’s what I have up on the design wall so far:

Batik Flying Geese lap quilt I'm making.

Batik Flying Geese lap quilt I’m making.

I am going… to find some chocolate…there has to be some in this office somewhere.

I am reading… I started reading one of the free Nook books I downloaded…Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller. Not bad for a freebie.

I am hoping… My husband gets that part-time job that he was told about by one of his friends. Part-time is better than nothing, which is what he has now.

I am hearing… Someone brewing their coffee down the hall. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet here at work.

Around the house… Probably kitties napping in sunbeams…not home, so I’m taking a guess.

One of my favorite things… Flowers.

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A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week…. Finish the batik geese quilt. Buy tickets for Godzilla! I get to see it twice! Regular one with my husband and friend (who don’t like 3D)…then how I really want to see it, 3D ATMOS with my sister and nephew.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you…

Spent about 3 hours cleaning 25+ years of grime off the bricks of this fireplace at a friends “new” bar (bar is 60+ years old). So much more work to be done.

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Batik Labyrinth Quilt Top ~ all finished!

I had a furlough day on July 15th and took a class from Sherry, at Windy Moon Quilts, on The Labyrinth. HERE is the pattern…Sherry adapted it to a lap quilt size.

I finished it on Friday ~

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Just have to sandwich, quilt, and bind it now. 🙂

From Hawaii…with Love

I got a wonderful surprise gift from my sister, who was on vacation in Hawaii with her family the last two weeks.

2 yards of a batik fabric and 4 yards of a lovely oriental fabric with two quilt patterns by Pacific Rim Quilt Company!

Herd of Turtles by Nancy Lee Chong & Janice Lee Baehr, a Two Fabric Appliqué quilt pattern that will be 24″x36″.

Hawaiian Wall Quilt applique quilt pattern, Delicate Beauty ~ Hibiscus, 44″x68″.

Start of a Batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt

Not sure how big I’m going to get this…it’s now 12″x18″ in size. I find I like hand-stitching these guys using the English Paper Piecing method…until my CT kicks in and my hand goes numb. LOL! I thought I was using 1″ hexies, but looks to be 2″ from tip to tip (1.75″ from flat side to flat side).