I've been busy today! Christmas is sneaking up on me, so I've been baking and working on projects for the holidays today. One of the projects was to make some machine embroidered gift card holders from a CD I'd purchased a few months ago. The CD is from Dakota Collectibles and allows each of the holders to be made completely in the embroidery hoop. That should have allowed me to work on something else as the embroidery progressed, I thought, but that wasn't the case. ;) I had to watch carefully to stop the machine and cut the various jump stitches before they had so many stitches on top of them that cutting them became impossible. LOL! At any rate, I forgot to take pictures of the baking I did, but I did take a photo of the card holders.
They were really fun to make, but I do wish I'd had a smaller hoop so I hadn't had to waste so much stabilizer. ;) Still, I'm happy with them and may end up making more, if I have time. :)
While I was in Houston, I was able to hang out with some people I don't normally have the opportunity to see. One of them, Sue, is from Michigan, and we get together each year in Houston. This year she brought me a beautiful machine-embroidered piece with a Christmas theme — and told me I had to quilt and finish it. LOL! I didn't want to take anything away from her lovely embroidery, so I did some very simple feathers in the white border area and a few straight lines between rows of words just to hold everything together with the backing. Here's the result:
This is going to look so nice on my wall when I decorate for the holidays! Thanks, Sue! :)
I've seen those gloves we quilters can buy to protect our hands while using rotary cutters; they're rather pricey, going for around $25 retail. This morning, however, my husband showed me something. You see, he frequently manages to cut his hands when using a knife. Since he loves to fish, he must do a certain amount of knife-wielding to clean and fillet his catch. Who knew that something called a "fillet glove" existed? Even better, who knew that it was just like the gloves quilters use to stay safe while rotary cutting? Best yet, who knew that fillet gloves range in price from around $10 to almost as much as a rotary-cutting glove? Here's what my husband bought for his use, paying about $15 for one that will work for a leftie:
Actually, this one will work for people who are either left-handed or right-handed. Sadly, just as with the rotary cutting gloves, they don't seem to be available for people who need something smaller than "medium" or "large". Still, it's an option.
On another topic, our adorable little cocker spaniel was so cute yesterday! I'd been sorting laundry, dumping a few things on the floor of the closet for different loads. I walked away briefly and, when I came back, this is what I saw:
I've been home for almost a week from the "really big show" in Houston, and I think I'm finally almost caught up. ;) It was wonderful, as always! I love everything about it: the gorgeous quilts, the amazing vendors, spending uninterrupted time with friends — some of whom I only see at this event — and the classes. I usually take zillions of photos of the quilts, but then I file them away and never use them again. This year I decided to simply enjoy the quilts, rather than taking pictures, so I don't have many to show. However, there was one very special quilt there that I simply had to recall; it was the Arizona Centennial Quilt, made by some very talented quilters in Arizona to commemorate a special anniversary.
The woman who had the vision for making the quilt and who did most of the organizing to get it done, Wanda Seale, was my roommate this year, and my very good friend Phyl contributed to the making. The quilt is actually two quilts, front and back, separately quilted (by different quilters) and then attached to each other. This is the front of the quilt, showing the state flora, fauna and topography.
And here is the back. This has the state flag, nickname and seal, as well as lists of past governors and the volunteers who contributed. There are also images of the state flower, bird and mammal.
The flag, seen here, was made by my friend Phyl.
These last two photos show areas of the state that are special to me. The first shows the southeast section, where I grew up (Tucson) and where I lived much of my adult life (Douglas).
And this one shows the northwest corner of the state, including Hoover Dam, which is between Arizona and Nevada, where I now live.
I'm a retired high school French teacher from Arizona, now living in the Las Vegas area. I loved teaching French, but I love retirement even more! I'm a quilter, and most of what you see here will be about quilting.
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