Monday, April 11, 2011

What a great weekend! Sunshine, family time, sewing and tatting too.

I got to sew, get out in the sun (too much- I have a terrible sun burn!), be with the grandkids, be with family and get some quilting done too! 

This weekend was really busy but it was fun too.  I spent some of Saturday at the baseball field watching my grandson play baseball.  This is his first year to play regular ball. He played T-ball last year but I don't know if you should count that.  He mostly played with his friends and played on the ground.  This year, he's playing coach pitch baseball.  He's a little more focused this year and  these kids are so cute to watch. His team won on Saturday but that really doesn't matter.  What matters is that they are having so much fun and learning to play as a team.  The coaches are so good with these kids.  I had such a good time watching them and being with the family. It was noon time and I didn't pay attention to how burnt I was getting.  I had a hat on and I'm glad of that, otherwise my face would have gotten burnt too.  My arms are slightly pink but my neck and chest are so red, I look like a tomato.  I had a V neck T-shirt on and it looks like I still have it on.  It's time for the sun block!  I'll be more prepared next time!  Other than being burnt, I had a great time.

I left there and went over to my friends house for some quilting time. She called me early Saturday morning and said her machine was empty and asked if I wanted to come use it and visit with her.  She needed to sew but I could use her Gammill while she sewed. I said you betcha!  I went upstairs right then and started pulling out some small quilt tops and started putting the backing and battings  together.  I pulled out a community service top and one of my UFO's. I had hand quilted my UFO except for the border.  I decided I would take this over and see what Jackie and I could do with the border.  She didn't get alot of sewing time in but I got the little top quilted and we put my full quilt on the frame and I quilted the border on it.  I learned alot about her machine and she said she learned some things too.  It was so much fun to visit with her and get some quilting time in too. I finished both of those and they are ready for binding.  I'll show you those later when they are bound.  I didn't get to bind them yet, but I'll work on those this week.  I went home and went out to dinner with the family.

Sunday afternoon, I worked out in the garden and I planted two Knock Out Rose bushes that my MIL brought me.   She said one of them was Double Knock out roses...I'm not sure exactly what that means but they are pretty rose bushes. The Knock Out Rose bush is a new rose brought out by Texas A & M and is supposed to be very healthy and like the Texas soil.   We'll see how good it does at my house.  My roses are doing great this year and I have one bush that has bloomed out and another that is covered with buds and should be blooming any day now.  I'll show you pics as soon as it blooms.   After Mom left, I was able to go to my sewing room and do a little sewing. I pulled out some purple scraps and some blue scraps and made another purple quilt top and added to the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top too.  Here's a pic of both.

Ok, this is now big enough for a baby quilt. I can add a border and it will be ready for quilting....

Yay!  It's purple month over at Angela's -So Scrappy Blog.  I have a little bit of purple and can make a few things. Here's the first one...
These scraps are from the purple baby quilt I made.  I'm making this one to give away as a community service quilt.  I just need to add a border and it will be ready for quilting.

And, last night, I got a little bit of tatting done too.  This will eventually look like a hexagon or maybe and octogon, I don't know which....I'm using up little bits of thread still left on my shuttles and am enjoying doing these little flowers.  It's called a Grandmother's Flower Garden and I saw this over at Martha's Ess's blog.  This just spoke to me when I saw it.  As a quilter and a tatter, I knew I wanted to make this.  My first thought was to swap little flowers with each other but you can't do that as you build this as you go and have to attach them.  You can swap thread and it takes just about 40inches so I might bring this up at my next tatting meeting.  Anyway, I'm enjoying this while I watch TV....


Diane N said...

I LOVE your purple quilt! I really should make something with purple in it. Every purple quilt I see I fall in love with!

Chris said...

Your tatting is fabulous. I don't tat much but I do make bobbin lace ;)

Scrappy quilter said...

I really like your purple the purples in it. And that tatting is amazing.

Vickie said...

Tatting has always amazed me! Yours is beautiful! I love the purple quilt! And the baby quilt is wonderful!

sophie said...

The value placement in the purple quilt really works! I love your tatting--I learned when I was young ... I wonder how much I could remember?

Nancy in Dallas said...
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Nancy in Dallas said...

Oh Linda! Your work is awesome! We are so blessed to have you in our tatting group. Thank you for sharing with us Martha's 'Grandma's Flower Garden'. What a wonderful way to 'use' up the extra on the shuttles. I have soooo many 'daisy flowers' I'm almost buried in them! lol

Anonymous said...

You've been busy! Love the D9P and the purple scrappy. It's so wonderful to take leftovers and make something useful, right? The tatting is looking good!

LuAnn said...

I love the quilts, and that tatting is great.

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