Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Finished and inspired from April.

Last week I finally finished "Kestrel's Cousins".  After I had put the binding on I realized I had purchased some Kaffe Fassett fabric for the binding but didn't use it.  I'm doing Quilter's Quarter's Buck-A-Block which uses KF fabrics.  So I may use it for that.

Between the Buck-A-Block and Block-of-the-Month I will have enough blocks for three quilts (because I make a sample block  before I do either of those). I have challenged myself to use the Flynn Frame I HAD to have to quilt them.  It is currently gathering dust behind my studio door. Am determined to become a better machine quilter.

Well, I just blew away a whole paragraph! But I remember what it was about so I can write it again!

As promised, I ripped out some of the stitching on my whole cloth quilt and remarked it. Thursday night I worked on it for about and hour and completed quite a bit.  I can see a pinprick of light at the end of the whole cloth tunnel - whoopee!

I briefly looked at The Scientific Quilter blog this morning. The name inspired a possible new design for a block - will let you know if it comes to fruition.

Artquiltmaker and I are on a road trip to visit my mom. We had a very nice trip down. I didn't have to drive at all and was totally relaxed (except when the raven dive bombed the windshield) because AQ is such a good driver. Of course that is because I taught her to drive!

We stopped in Paso Robles at Birch Quilts (the online store is called Fabric Worm) which is a light and airy shop with

Once again it has been a while since I've blogged. Got bad news, not unexpected, from Mom's doctor.  He says she has Alzheimer's. He expects she will be able to live alone another six months to a year. She can no longer drive or make legal or financial decisions.
Mom goofing around - she has not lost her sense of humor

Needless to say, this has created a new dynamic in the family.  The steps have stepped up to help. Perhaps we should have asked sooner. Friends are driving her around.  My girls (women) are doing paperwork and spending more time with her. Apaperaddict daughter, who has been spending more time with her had to leave on a month-long trip for work. Artquiltmaker has been doing tons of paperwork and liaising with the attorney and financial guy. I have many easy little jobs.  I am, however, paralysed. I feel as though I have lost my best friend!  So I do nothing until I am under the wire and then scurry around like a little mouse.

On a totally different plane, The Big Guy and I were Chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church on Orthodox Great and Holy Saturday - May 4th.  This journey, started last September, has brought us peace, joy and direction. Saturday was wonderful.

The Big Guy and I after Chrismation in the narthex of St. Basil's Greek Orthodox Christian Church

 TBG has on a white kilt which I made Friday in about 90 minutes! We couldn't find white pants on short notice and, of course, fabric is always available. Making the kilt was similar to making drapes!  We looked stunning - he more than I.