Wow! the final day is here. I thought the deadline was way out there when we started. I did finish ahead of time. I know myself, and if I don't jump on the band wagon right away I never finish in time. So here is the last post about this quilt. It was sent in a couple of weeks ago - just before vacation - to Happy Chemo. (You all know why.) Here's the picture.
I've been home for a week - oh dear, it's actually almost 2 weeks already! How time flies. I can't say I've been busy. I did finish that I Spy and donate it to Project Linus. While I was there (at the Open House) one of the ladies said how someone else liked the quilt I made for the Open House... mind you they have been hijacking donations and selling them on Facebook. (Okay, I understand that charities need money for things, but to take the quilts we make for the little kids in crisis and sell them (for next to nuthin) I just think there must be some other way!) I'm going to start giving my PL donations to a friend's PL group. Maybe the kids that deserve the quilts will get them. I don't trust the locals. Here's that donated quilt finished, and a couple of the blocks.
You can see my poor attempt to quilt it. The polar bear reminds me of AK and my Son who loved polar bears as a kid. Here's a few pics from our trip to AK... we had such a good time.
Alaskan beauty - that's the back of my son's head lower left.
This is my son the "First Shirt". He's an advisor, and councilor to Air Force personnel who get into trouble. He's been in over 20 years now. We are so proud of him. And his daughter , the graduate! The first of our grands to graduate high school! We are very proud of her, too.
More Alaskan beauty! We were there May 7-14 and there were still snowbanks all over. This is in the mountains around Anchorage, way more snow than down in the city.
This is a family portrait at graduation. L to R: the graduate = Alyssa, DIL & mom = Michelle, dad = Scot, our son, and brother of the graduate = Christopher, our grandson (who is an interesting story, too, but for another time.) Aren't they a handsome bunch... more Alaskan Beauties! (The graduate caught one of the balloons as they fell from the 2012 - it's a 2 upside down.)
And this is the graduate! Isn't she pretty? I think so, and she has nice manners, a great bubbly personality and such a helpful girl. (She gave up parties with her friends to entertain her 2 grannies and her gramps. (So thoughtful! Brings tears to my eyes!)
Well, I know this is supposed to be a quilting blog, and I do have more pictures of Alaska, and the fabric I bought there. You won't want to miss that! But I'll have to do it next time. The Hubs is bugging me to relinquish this machine. What is he thinking?
I'm gone to Alaska today, but I wanted to show you the quilt up on the design wall ready to baste when I get back. Yes, I baste on the design wall. (Mine is made of craft board... soft middle with a hard top and bottom.) I pin up my blocks when designing. I like to baste this way because I don't have to bend down all day using the floor, and I don't have people walking on it, and I don't have to try to get up from the floor...I'm just that old.
Anyway, here's a UFO I found while cleaning... drastic, I know, butI tidied a bit! So here's what is on the wall now. See the batting and backing? I have pins all around to hold it all taut, then I baste... big stitches on the back, and little ones on the front. (I found that big stitches on the top catch on protrusions on my sewing machine... and we can't have that now. Can we? I'm hoping to get this one done and bring it along to Open House for Project Linus... (Bet you are getting tired of that phrase.)
This is the first time I'm blogging since Blogger changed... I'd have bet the input screen couldn't get any smaller than the old one... Wrong!
Anyway, I finished my H2H and the quilt for the Project Linus Open House. Here are the pictures...
H2H - button on the side panel - 2 charities, mine will go to the cancer one.
Project Linus donation for the Open House - make a quilt with your favorite color and any of it's tints or shades. Voila!
I really hate making things with a deadline, but I'm glad I made them, and they are gone on their way tomorrow. And so am I. The Hobby and I are off to AK (that's Alaska) tomorrow. Our granddaughter, Alyssa, will be the first of the grands to graduate! So we will be there with bells on! We are so proud. And we are visiting our son and family for a week. Our first time to AK. I can't wait.
So you are on your own for a week. (But I know you will be alright - after all, you were alright last week without me.) I hope we will have some wonderful pictures to share with you then.