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Well we made it all the way through July! All the blocks or sections of our quilt have been sewn. We have until October 1 to have the completed quilt top ready to be taken to someone who will quilt it or to begin quilting it ourselves.
Here's a photo of all my quilt blocks laid out and arranged as I'm going to sew them together for the quilt top. The assignment in August is to piece together the blocks into rows, and then join the rows together to make the top. In my case there will be a lot of pinning of the blocks together one by one because there are many junctions that have to meet to create the pattern. I have a 8 blocks in one row, and a total of 10 rows. I will approach this by sewing the blocks together in the first row, then sewing them together in the second row, then sewing row 1 and row 2 together. I will continue this process with each row until the whole top is completed!
Five months ago we started this project to have a quilt on our bed next winter. I'm beginning to see the light at the end of this tunnel and I hope you are too!
So here's the deal. My black leather iPad cover is full of marks and stains from me touching it carelessly. This type of thing annoys me and I can't bear to keep it this way so I decided I would try to cover it before I replaced it. This is not a tutorial or recommendation, it is simply something I've done and I thought I'd share it with you. I decided I would decoupage a new cover over the front flap of the leather cover. First I removed my iPad from the cover before I started working on it. I first tried decorative paper but it didn't adhere well so I decided I would use fabric. I found this great print batik that I absolutely love and cut out a piece a little smaller on all sides than the actual size of the flap. I applied découpage to the flap, then laid the fabric on top, smoothed it out, and clipped it in place until it dried. I followed that up with two coats of decoupage over the surface of the fabric. Here's my final product.
I think it looks pretty cool and certainly more interesting. So far it seems to be adhering well although it's only been three days. I'm using it and remaining careless and it seems to have solved my problem. I learned that you don't want the fabric to extend completely to the end of the front flap because this will produce areas that can be pulled up with your constant touching of the cover. And the fabric should not extend where the cover folds or there are creases, it simply goes over the top surface of the front flap. So I saved myself a little cash with a quick fix and I'm hoping this lasts for some time. Besides, I have more fabric, right?
Last winter on one occasion I noticed my bottle collection in a cupboard and thought to myself how nice it would be to bring them out in the summertime, place them on the long windowsill, and put a flower in each bottle. So today, I did it! I'm posting two Photos so you have a chance to see all the bottles on each end. For a larger view just click on the photos.
This morning when I woke up I found myself first thinking about the Florida cottage where Bob lived. The quiet street less than a block from the gulf on a barrier Island in Florida. I remember how I first met Bob. My husband and I were newcomers to that island for our winter visits and one day I went to the island historical museum for a visit. Bob was an amateur radio enthusiast as well as had interest in all radios, and he had some radios at that museum and was there and eager to talk to anyone about his radios. I spoke with him briefly but as soon as I got back to our place I told my husband to go over and meet him there because my husband also was an amateur radio operator. That was the beginning of a long friendship between the two men. Lots of breakfasts out together, trips to the amateur radio convention in Florida, and talking on the radio to name a few of their activities. Bob had lived on the island for a long time so he knew a lot of the history and events that happened as well as where the good places were to visit.
Bob passed away last evening after a long and interesting life, he was in his nineties. Although I never spent as much time with him as my husband, I did learn a few life lessons from Bob. Although he had health issues he was always smiling and ready to go out for some fun. I think he may be the most positive person I've ever known up till now. And he always had a good story to tell you about something that happened in his life, and they were usually funny. So that will be Bob's legacy for me. Keep smiling, keep a positive attitude, and always have a good story in your back pocket. I'm pretty sure that wherever Bob is now he's sharing one of those stories.
I sure enjoyed making these three mini tapestries on the Mirrix Loom. The largest on the branch is 4.5 x 8". The blue one is 3.5" x 3". And the one that looks like a mini landscape is 4 x 4". With practice I am getting better at tapestry techniques and use of color. I'm thinking of mounting the smallest ones on a small canvas with a fabric background. I worked on these for about a month.
Aidan who is nearly 8 years old spent the night with us on Saturday and one of the many things we did together was make this art quilt. I took his photo first in the woods and transferred it to fabric. Then I got him setup to make some of his own art to go with the wooded scenery. He used inktense pencils, and leaf stamps and paints. We even mixed some of our own colors!
After he was finished and the paint dried I tried to combine the parts in an interesting way and I sewed it together. We both had fun creating and now he has a little memory of his time here.