Saturday, September 24, 2011

Locking Myself Out & A Special Wedding Cake

This week has been different.  Last Monday I locked myself out of our house and it was a rainy day.  There was one window that was unlocked, but it was 5 feet off the ground and very small.  My dear husband had left a latter outside and I used it.  To make a long story short I fit myself through a 9" by 24" hole going in head first--I know that was stupid, but I didn't want to spend my day outside in the rain.  There are coat hooks that are below the windows and I grabbed one with my right hand because I didn't want to hurt myself.  I landed on top of a pile of my husband's work jackets.  I have a few bruises, but overall I'm just fine.  Dean didn't like what I did and we now have an extra hidden key.  The next day the lawnmower decided that it wanted a new starter and just had to quit when I was mowing--oh well.  
I think I better stick to quilting!

 I did make friends with little guy that was hanging around my porch while watching it rain.
He listened to me talk and even let me take a picture of him. 

 Here is a wedding cake that I created at the bakery.
We set it up at the hall and I finished decorating it.

This is the groom's cake with yummy chocolate icing.

This was one wedding cake that I even was able eat a piece of cake!  It was for one of my friend's daughter. 
 Their wedding gift is a thread painted bluebird wall hanging
Wishing Christy and Frank a long and happy marriage!

I did go to quilt club this week and enjoyed all my quilting friends and enjoyed all their show and tells.
Hopefully, I will be able to go to more quilt club meetings this winter.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday Night Sew In Results & Bees In the Wrong Place Again!

Below is my Friday Night Sew In results.  This is the applique flower that I did in Harriet Hargrave's class.  I used YLI invisible thread.  There is a shine to this thread, which is alright with this small wall hanging, but there are times when I want invisible thread to just blend in. 
In the near future if everything goes as planned, Harriet will be carrying a nylon thread that doesn't shine.  
It also blends in with the colors of your quilt and best of all it wears and washes really well.  
I think I'm willing to try invisible out again on a big quilt and see what happens.  
Many years ago I quilted with invisible thread, but didn't like the plastic look to the thread.  
After seeing Harriet's quilts in person, I'm going to give it a try.

Last year in July we had problems with bees trying to make a nest in our house.  Well--they're back!
I like bees outside doing bee things, but not in my house.  Hopefully we will get the problem solved in the next few days.

Fall is just around the corner in my corner of the world!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Very Special Class with My Mom and Harriet Hargrave & A Free Motion Applique Flower

Many years ago I bought a machine quilting book from Harriet Hargrave and liked the book so much that I bought the updated copy.  I've taught some machine quilting classes in the past and Harriet's books really inspired me to machine quilt.  I didn't feel so bad when the self-appointed quilting police came around to let me know that I really should be hand quilting and hand piecing.  I love hand quilting, but in my mid-twenties I had problems with my hands and machine quilting was going to be my only option if I wanted to quilt.  Harriet showed us how to make wonderful quilts by machine and they will truly be heirlooms of the future. 

Several months ago our local Bernina dealer asked Harriet to teach a machine quilting class.  I really didn't need the class, but wanted to meet Harriet in person and I always learn something new.  It's also a great time to quilt with my mom.  Be sure to click on the photos to see Harriet's machine quilting up close and personal.  I was so surprised when she invited us up close to her table of quilts and she encouraged us to feel and touch her quilts.  Thank you for a wonderful class Harriet!

 Mom has always wanted to machine quilt and she's doing a great job!
We both did our first feathered wreathes together!

We had to bring a simple applique block to class.  So I had to experiment with free motion applique.

I echo quilted around my flower and will hopefully have some pictures of the finished block in the near future.

Please check out the Connected Threadz button.  It's a great place to meet other quilters!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne