Monday, April 30, 2007

Raffle Quilts and Murder

Well, I beat my personal best time for finishing a top. This little 30's job was an unfinished top at 2pm Sunday, and I finished doing the hand work on the binding at 7pm. That same night. Whoo-hoo! I had to piece out a backing, then quilt it, make binding and sew it on and finish it by hand.
I got to do the handwork outside on my new lawn enjoying the weather, my yard and just being alive. It was so nice, and relaxing and calming - I'm going to have to do a lot more finishing! I tried a new (to me) thread too - King Tut by Superior. It's way nice; a 40 weight with a real nice finish - I was so pleased with the way it looks. If you click on the picture you should be able to see the white borders pretty well - the quilting shows so nicely.

This is the pattern I copied from Quilting Peach, one that she makes for Quilts of Valor. I espically like the quilting on this one, it's all stars and squiggles. Both of these are bound for raffles, 1 for for Kidney Disease Awareness and the other for a Patient Emergency Fund. Now with those out of the way, I can concentrate on my fans. One of my mini-group buddies gave me a good idea, and I have to try it out......

What's that? Oh, what about the murder, you ask?

Well, it's like this. There is a mockingbird that lives nearby, and keeps very very early hours, (or very very late hours) and there's no sleeping happening around here after about 3:30 am. That bird is SO loud, and SO obnoxious and SO relentless - it NEVER shuts up! - and it has SO many people feeling antagonistic, that it may be a scramble to see who will shoot it first. Aren't birds supposed to sleep when it's dark? And where's a nice bird-eating hawk or snake or something when you need them? When I was sitting outside doing binding and enjoying the peace, the little buggar sat on top of a power pole and yada-yada-yada-yada'd the whole time. I was too lazy to get up and get a gun, besides it was too close to a house. There's a neighbor up the road who swears he's going to take up falcon training just to take care of every mockingbird in the county.

I'd have to help him.

10 comments:

computerpeach said...

Both quilts look great! I especially like the RWB one (::wink::) !

I probably would murder the bird also!

Leslie said...

Hooray! Your 30's quilt looks 'way cool!' so cheerful and vintage. :D
And I know *just* what you mean about those mockingbirds. Had one in our yard singin' at all hours of the wee dawn last year. It was an amusing sight: me out in my night dress at 3 am trying to spray the hose on it UP the pine tree. Oh sure! So glad no one was around to see that!!

Elaine Adair said...

Your leafy quilting in the border is wonderful! I'm going to remember how you did that. Great job, and BTW, the quilt is lovely also!

Rosy said...

Great quilting on those 2 beautiful quilts! I know the Mockingbird routine.....yikes,even though they are so "verbal" at the wrong times they are kinda interestingly bossy! I'll send our screaming hawks over to you for help!

Ms. Jan said...

Love the quilts!!

We have lots of hawks down here--I'd be happy to send one up your way!

Susan said...

Both quilts are wonderful. I can't believe you did all that in 5 hours! Amazing! It would take me that long just to bind. Which is one reason I pay a good friend to do all my bindings. It's so boring, I hate it. =) Yeah, anything singing at 3:30 am needs to find a new home!

Anne said...

Well done on your quilts!!! And I'm impressed with all the work you managed to do in inly five hours!

Best of luck on the bird murdering!

Wendy said...

Wow you're fast. I love the quilts.
Best of luck with the noicy bird.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Raffle quilt? Boy we tried that here, in Kentucky, and the gaming commission got all over us. I won't tell...Someone said you can trick them and call it a donation, but that didn't fly...speaking of which, we've got those murdering hawks here too. I wish I could send one to you. When they come around every bird/animal runs for cover...the lord of the back yard, I call them.

Patti said...

I love King Tut thread! I think I have a cone of every color combinaqtion except for the newest bunch. I love how it looks on a quilt.