Sunday, April 27, 2008

We are having a beautiful weekend in the SF Bay Area. just the kind that the Big Boy (on the left) likes. The temps are in the 80's, they say it will chill up a bit, but I'm enjoying it while I can. Love having the doors open. Yesterday I spent the day sewing with my good friend Deb and her 96 year old aunt. Her aunt is such a character, she had us laughing all day. She was very interested in our processes as we prepped our appliques. Deb uses a thread basting technique and I was using starch. Deb is in my Lost Sock Swap, so we were working on socks. I only finished one sock and prepped another but we had a wonderful day.
I thought I would show you what I've been puttering around with while waiting for my Prairie Paisley order to arrive. One of the fabrics is backordered so it may take a while. That is ok, because it gives me more time to clean up loose ends before starting a new project. Maybe it's not ok, I've got that itch to start something new and it won't go away. I will be strong!I will be strong!I will be strong!I will be strong!
So, yesterday I also finished Bock #5 of the Piece and Plenty BOM.
And I didn't show you the blocks I made to donate over at QYW, we are making red/white/blue friendship stars to give to some of the members that have family in Iraq. I got 8 done, they are huge 12 inch blocks. I need to get them in the mail.
After trying to take a picture of my pincushion and it coming out blurry, I decided to purchase a tripod. It wasn't very expensive, I think $20 at Target, I didn't shop around for the cheapest, you may find one cheaper. This is what it looks likeThen I had to play around a little and yes it will improve your pictures! (I need all the help I can get!)
With tripod: and without:

11 comments:

Erin said...

wow I need to get a tripod..thanks for the info! great pics and love the blocks!!

Vicky said...

Great blocks! And I love your sock darners! :) ILY

Perry said...

Hmm, like that tripod. Great idea. And your p&p looks great. I always feel like I have accomplished a major hurdle when I get one of those blocks done. I like those star blocks a lot. What a great idea that is.

Lea said...

Oh! Your star blocks are stunning! It's very patoriotic and I'm sure recipient will be so happy to see your beautiful quilt and appreciate your very warm support.*S*

Laurie said...

HUGE difference using the tripod! And your blocks look terrific!
hugs
laurie

Thimbleanna said...

Oh cool! You have a new tripod. I use mine a lot 'cause I'm just not steady enough. I love your little basket block -- very cute!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Love your Piece and Plenty Block! I love to see other interpretations of the same block!

Have fun using your tripod!

Libby said...

I have put a tripod on my wish list . . . maybe Mother's Day *s*

Marcie said...

Great stuff Mar! Love the Piece and Plenty blocks, and the big Friendship Stars are awesome!

Cara said...

Love your P& P blocks! That is one of my favorites...the stars are wonderful!

Nan said...

Look at the Big Boy - growing like crazy - tomatoes are on the way! I love the Peace and Plenty blocks - they're gorgeous - and so are the friendship stars.
The tripod really makes a difference, doesn't it? I could use one of those, too.