I don't actually play golf, but just about everyone I've met in Michigan since moving here does. I am a church musician and often hear people on a particularly lovely Sunday morning longing for the golf course. So I was thinking there should be one right next to the church. I can just imagine that moment of indecision on Sunday mornings (the clubs are probably already in the trunk...along with the plaid pants and white shoes...).
It's a given that I would add a horse (and an apple snack stack) in the quilt. My daughter rides and loves horses. The additions are mostly glue basted, I still need to stitch them down and embellish with embroidery.
The redneck block is now completely finished! Only two more to finish.
I used to just put the appropriate amount of water in the tub, dump in some fabric, let it soak a while with no soap, hand-agitate a little, then spin and dry. Of course, my husband usually walks by while I am hand-agitating and he quips something like, "you know...I think those machines will do that for you..."
I am so close to finishing the last 3 blocks of this quilt. I am also going back and adding a few things to the other finished nine blocks...just some animals and the odd piece of lawn art. How I am going to do the sun is slowing me down. Then I can add the "road" skinny stop border, the outer border, and the cars. I can't wait to do the cars!!
Barb over at Fun With Barb has a great blog and recently posted about finding her favorite thimble. When I saw the picture of it, I understand why she was so happy...it is beautiful! It made me start thinking about my favorite thimbles (and wanting one like hers...covet-lust-drool-covet-lust-drool).
The thing on my finger is a reusable leather adhesive pad called 'Thimble Pads' from Colonial Needle. I like to use them sometimes when I am hand appliqueing or binding.
The one on the left was my Grandmother's thimble (on my mom's side). It is only shiny where it is handled a lot.
I LOVE my Roxanne's thimble (can also be purchased through Colonial Needle), but the weight can be a little trying sometimes, especially in cold, dry seasons. I was teaching a hand quilting class one time, and I was apparently gesturing too wildly with my hands, trying to make some stupid point. The heavy brass thimble flew off my finger and hit one of my students in the chest! I was mortified!
I've started licking my finger before putting it on to create a suction...pretty unsanitary now that I think of it. That's probably not good for the inside surface. I was very careful in choosing the size, but we all know that our fingers vary in size from day to day (one reason I have 3 thimbles - 3 different sizes).
Every now and then I finish another basket...this is a slow, slow, long term project.