Sheesh, what happened to Tuesday? And most of Wednesday?
Oh, I know: bookkeeping, baseball, dentist, and more baseball.
And some papier mache thrown in for good measure. The boys have been bugging me for weeks to try it, and I finally had to give in. I couldn’t think of any more excuses not to do it.
It’s a good thing their Dad wasn’t here. He would have hated it. It was very messy. And it was a lot more fun than I expected.
I didn’t get any in progress pictures, my hands were too messy. Maybe tomorrow — we’ll do a second layer in the morning.
I tried to encourage the boys to use a smaller balloon, but they insisted. I hung these outside to dry, when I brought them in , I managed to pop my balloon. I’m trying to make a bowl. I think the boys are both trying to make cannon balls or something like that.
The boys got sealant put on their molars this afternoon. Remarkably, it went well — they can sit still quite well when they have to. I got a little tired of sitting, though. They still want me in the exam room with them, so I got to spend 1 3/4 hours reading a book and providing moral support.
In between dentists and baseball games (double header last night, one game tonight…) and all of the bookkeeping, I’ve tried to spend a few minutes each day doing some applique. The colors in this picture are horrible, the background is actually a mottled black flannel. The applique is all wool. I’m doing a machine blanket stitch with a smoke colored monofilament. Two of these were already done, the other 2 have gotten done this week.
I got it as a kit from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop (which was called Back Porch Quilts when I ordered it), it’s called Backyard Gathering . Most of the cutting and fusing is done, just lots of machine stitching left to go. I’m probably cheating by not doing it by hand, but I realized that it would be a 10 or 20 year project if I tried to do hand blanket stitching….
Last, but most definitely not least: I finished the binding on my red/white/blue StarStruck that I showed off a few weeks ago before it got quilted. I presented it to my friend Lynn (who I had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks with at the quilt shows…) but had to keep it to finish it. Not the first time I’ve done that (and probably won’t be the last…). Here’s a detail shot showing the Feather and Curl Meandering Magic quilting:
Well, maybe you can’t see the quilting so well in this size picture, but it’s there, trust me. Now, for a label and to get it in the mail….
I think I promised some thoughts on the 2 shows I was just at. I’m not sure I’m up to it today…maybe tomorrow…