Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This shows the Japanese Gardens. We didn't know this was coming up (the Botanic Gardens is a HUGE place - acres and acres - we were there 2-3 hours and saw only a portion of it), and came around a corner and - POW! This picture doesn't do it justice, I know - but when I caught sight of it, I stopped short and got tears in my eyes. It was that beautiful.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Step 4: My design wall was so helpful!!! After putting all of the blocks up on the wall, using our photograph as a guide, we started at the center, and built a vertical strip up and down from the penguin (not pictured, sorry you'll see him below). As we worked, section by section, we would pin up hunks of scrap fabric to audition for the sashing pieces. We thought we had a final arrangment (see * above!), but we ended up moving blocks around on the design wall as needed. We would sew blocks and strips together until we liked it, pressing as we went along.
TIP: Use a press cloth! Even with a press cloth, my iron still got pretty gunked up. But that's what iron cleaner is for, right? Also, we did sort of ruin one of Katie's home-made iron-on shirts...but she was ok with that (thankfully!).
Above shows the lower left section, after most of its scrappy fabric had been added.
Step 5: After sewing the center strip together, we started joining the other parts together in sections, thinking through the math and the sewing as we went along. There were only a few times when we both had to stop and say, wait a minute, how is this going to go together?
I LOVE Hannah's design, using odd shaped-cutouts from the shirts. It gives each piece its own identity much better than cutting out squares, all the same size. And I also love the use of scraps, but that's no surprise - scrap quilts are my favorite!
Stay tuned for the next part of our tutorial!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Here you get to see all 3 of us together - I am so happy to have these pictures! Making music together is such a joy - and Scott and Hannah's voices have a musical blend that only family members can have. It was just a special morning!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Scott usually ends up relaxing on the blanket, looking at the stars - or maybe snoozing a bit! We are all very excited for tonight! This is another part of Scott's Father's Day celebration.
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