Everything is a learning experience and today is no exeption

 

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I have to say I love the look of on point quilts. However, whenever I quilt one I get this dilemma. I call it Beauty and the Beast. It all starts out flat and pretty — a real beauty. Then as I roll, the ripples in the border become apparent and then with much stretching, pulling and flattening,  I think it will all be well. Until the last row, this is the beast. On this quilt, I even tried to shorten the borders and rebuilt the mitered corner. I love that my new Janome sews without a foot pedal, just hit start and stop. Yes, I was on the floor with a  quilt still pinned on frame. I learned that on point quilts are very, very difficult to make flat. All that bias is really tricky.

 

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All that to have a couple of pleats and some ripples in the finished quilt. However, this is a very pretty quilt.  I love the blue and white. I chose a large feather to quilt it. I am happy that it is such a beautiful finish. I think that it looks beautiful.

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After all that work, I celebrated with my husband Shephard’s Pie and my apple crisp. Today I moved on and loaded another quilt on the frame. I am learning that a dark thread on this  star quilt looks great. I am going a bit free motion crazy on it!

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I took out my new fabrics from my stash and started to think about what I want to do with it. Nothing comes to mind yet. Tomorrow I will share a block I sewed this weekend. It’s huge!

Vicki

 

I have time but the weather won’t cooperate

Isn’t is always true that when you have time to do an outdoor project the weather doesn’t cooperate? You know, the grass needs mowing, the leaves are starting to fall and need raking, the flower beds needs to be cut back. I have to start the great organization project of 2014-15. I am going to at least get things sorted this weekend. If the rain doesn’t stop to take things to the storage unit,  I will be very sad. We have sentimental items that don’t need to be thrown out, but I want to have my 2 spare bedrooms and front porch to be useful and not dumping zones anymore. This will be a winter long project.

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We have also been struggling with our vehicles. Last weekend the wheel bearing started to scream in the my husband’s Explorer, again. They have been replaced at least 3 times in our tenure of owning it. My van has some issues and driving it 78 miles a day three times a week isn’t good for it. So after much research and agonizing over the budget, we bought a used car. It is very luxurious for me. I am getting used to the modern dashboard. It isn’t without problems, of course we discovered them while taking delivery of the car at the dealers, at they will be fixed next week. One big one is the climate control on the passenger side. Another problem, is a chipped windshield.  I tell you,  used cars are the bane of my existence. Lets hope this one lasts as long as the last ones -many years. I just can’t see paying so much for a new car because as my great grandma used to say– “I didn’t pay that much for my first house!!!”

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I am working on a quilt I call beauty and the beast for a customer. I love it . It is a classic tulip like block in blue and white,  but the on point setting is causing rippled borders. Lets hope for a good outcome on this one. I am going to get this off the frame this weekend one way or another, for better or worse, sink or swim …. you know what I mean!!!

 

Here’s too a great weekend no matter what the car or the quilt or the rain says — it’s way better than working!

Vicki

Making quilts

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I bought this Janome a couple of weeks ago. Straight out of the box it sewed perfectly. I am finding that it sews beautifully through several layers of fabric, if needed. Putting blocks together is much easier, I didn’t realize how worn out my old machine was. This machine is perfect for what I do and it is easy to use. The stitch selection is more than what I will ever use…. I am very happy with my new machine!

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I had enough fabric to make 8 blocks in the mini chevron. Ugh, I hoped for 9 so I could do a 3×3 setting. I remembered another purple and green block that I made that was in with my orphan blocks. It looks very nice as a center. Now to decide what to do for the next round. It currently is only 36 inches square.

Vicki

Fall is pretty

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Petoskey, Michigan

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Ogemaw County Fair Grounds, MI

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Sparta, Mi apple orchard

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We have been going around Michigan over the past couple of weeks and have viewed some very pretty fall color. We went to see our Son this weekend. We took him and his girlfriend to the apple orchard. Then we went to the Homecoming game at his college. I love going to college games and I think they are more fun than pro football.

A great weekend. It was beautiful weather. The drive was gorgeous and now I get to make some apple bread, pie or muffins.

Now to do some work, laundry, quilts and maybe some sewing on my new machine. That is post for tomorrow!

Vicki

Day 12 and last day in Scotland

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The last day. We had a wonderful stay in Martin Guest House. It is right on the bus route and near so many wonderful places to walk too. We went to see the Britannia in the morning. This was the last Royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth. It was a wonderful look into the life of the Royal family and British Culture. It has a large banquet room that many famous people dined there. The rest of the rooms were luxurious for the guests and the crew spaces were pretty special too.

 

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Next pics are of Martin Guesthouse and Edinburgh Royal Mile

 

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We spent the rest of the afternoon walking the royal mile and then back to the National Museum to finish the areas we didn’t see on the first day. It is an overcast day so spending time in this Victorian jewel was fantastic! Some of the exhibits are set in a very interesting manner and the building itself was worth walking through. We head back to our guest house to get to bed early and pack. I am riveted to the BBC to see what is happening with the referendum. The results will be in by morning and being part of this historical event was a very special addition to our trip.

 

I took so much away from this vacation. I had moments of not being sure that I could physically keep up. I did. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to learn things like navigating the cities, find our destinations, be to all the Highland events. I did. I got lost and found my way without GPS. I was not sure I would make such good friends with other athletes and their families. I did. I found out that I was able to all of these things and be part of history. I really love this country. I can’t wait to go back.

Vicki

day 11 in Scotland

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Only two days left on our vacation! We went in September and i am retelling it day by day. we are back in Edinburg.  on the recommendation of some friends, we went to Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel is about 45 minutes by bus away from the city center. It is in a very small quaint village in the middle of several farms. It was made famous in the Divinci code in the finale scene. This chapel was built in the 1400 and was never finished as it was envisioned by the Property owner because he died. This place allowed pictures outside only. It is famous for its intricate sandstone carving on the inside. There were children from school doing a field trip and looking for the special carvings. My husband and I laughed, we couldn’t imagine going to a six hundred year old building for a field trip. All we got as kids was taxidermy at Call of the wild museum. This is an absolutely beautiful place and you could go more than once and still enjoy the beauty of this place. I found out the person who recommended it to us has been there twice. The last picture is a very ornate monument on the grounds.

 

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In the afternoon, we decided to go back to city center of Edinburg. We went to Princes Street Gardens and enjoyed the natural space there with flowers still in full bloom. We went to the National Portrait Gallery and enjoyed the art, we saw the media, and citizens preparing for the referendum which would be held the next day. We did a lot of walking and saw many parts of the town.

We had thebest time …

Vicki

scotland day 10

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Loch Ness

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The Jacobite train is an old steam engine that is one of the best ways to see the sights in Scotland. It is a very long and steep grade up to the coastal village. The train was used as inspiration for the Harry Potter movie and we drove over the aquaduct bridge or the Glenfinnan Bridge that was in one of the films. It was hours of nothing but photo ops, lovely country and time to relax. Our destination was a fishing village that we spent an hour and a half in. Just enough time to grab a delicious lunch in a pub and get some pictures. There isn’t much better views than this trip. I think I could spend more time in this rural place. I would highly recommend the train. Some people packed their own lunch so they weren’t stressed in getting lunch in a very small town.

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The pictures on the train were taken all through a window in the passenger car so I was pretty happy with the results! After we left Ft. William we drove through Glencoe on the way to our last B and B in Edinburgh for our last few days there. We need to go back and spend more time in this very vast part of the country. So beautiful.

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To see more detail click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Vicki