Oh my gosh, it’s been a busy week, or two!
Last week, my work work was really, really busy. How to get lots of work come in all at once, tell your clients you’re taking a couple of days off!
Once that week was done, my friend Bea, and her dog Abby, arrived to visit us for a few days, on their way from Montana to a bulldog meet-up in Portland, which is happening today!
I was working on an art quilt the day before she arrived, to submit to Quilting Arts Magazine, by invitation, for their 15 year anniversary. I got all the pieces made, and I have to say, again, wow my new Janome, the Memory Craft 8200, free motions as smooth as buttah! No tension issues, no skipping stitches, no snapping thread or “eyelashes”, it just goes. I can’t stop raving about this machine, it amazes me, seriously!
We even did a test using metallic thread- usually big trouble with most of my past machines, sewing thru a painted layer atop a quilt sandwich, and no problem. Bea did a video of the machine in action here if you want to see, piece of cake!
As usual when we get together, we sewed, had the lovely and sweet Cathy over for a sewing day- she spoiled us with fresh cut dahlias from her garden, plus a bag full of cherry tomatoes, a zucchini, and fresh carrots- yum! We also did a bit of thrifting, bit of fabric shopping, and even went to Blackie’s Spit with the dogs and met up with my aunt and uncle there with their dogs, so they could all play in the ocean. I so forgot to take photos, (overall I forgot so I failed on that, didn’t even get a photo of us together, what the what!!) but Starr had a blast swimming, her favorite, and Charlie had a ball running in the waves and sand.
Bea also brought Bananagrams, which is so much fun- I think I need to get it for us to have here too!- and we played several rounds outside til it got too dark to see what we were doing lol! (You can see some of my wordy “creations” above haha!
Check out the set up Bea had with her binding on the Juki above, how smart is that? She’s such a genius!
After Bea and Abby headed on their way to Portland, I finished my art quilt and got it submitted. Then finished a little quilt top with a special vintage sheet 4″ charms bundle I gladly nabbed from our last guild destash. (originally curated as a doorprize by Cathy, then whoever got it put it destash so I grabbed it! Score!)
Yesterday Norm and I were out and about so we visited the local thrifts and I scored some fab bowlorama small tumblers that match our set of 4 Pilsners and a matching glass ice bucket- lucky day!
All in all a fab visit with fab friends, got lots done, and had a ball.
And just in case, here’s a larger view of my finished art quilt, fingers crossed it gets chosen to go in the magazine, I should find out next week!
More soon, I have lots more fun stuff to share!