Greetings dear readers! My one and only sewing machine – a Bernina 440 QE that I’ve had since 2004 – is going in for its yearly maintenance tomorrow. I missed last year because of the pandemic so it needs this!! I love my machine and it has performed beautifully for 17 years. I’m guessing I must be one of the few quilters out there with only ONE machine. This means that for the next week to 10 days I will have to do hand work – no problem!!! Meanwhile, I’ve spent time this past week doing more machine work while I can, e.g. I pieced this month’s mini – no peeks! 🙂 – so I can work on hand quilting it while the machine is gone. And I finished up all the stars for Stormy Weather! Here they are:
I also finished 2 more sprigs, leaving only 2 more to do!!!
Center blocks almost all done!!!
While the machine is gone, I’ll finish up those last two sprigs and maybe have time to get started on one of the borders. My first challenge is to figure out how I am going to mark out the vine on the dark background (same as the stars in the center). I don’t think my light box is going to work very well to show the pattern lines on the very dark gray. Any ideas are welcome!!!
I also made all the parts for the second Maple Leaf Rag border and basted them in place so I have that whole border to work on while the machine is away. The first one is almost completely done. Here’s one closeup and then the nearly finished one with the second one so you can see how the embroidery enhances it:
I find bits of time here and there to add a few hand quilting stitches to Golden Glow and now 2 borders are complete and 7 of the nine center blocks – slowly getting there!!
We had a beautiful spring day recently so Al and I drove a half hour to Odiorne State Park – on a bit of NH’s 17 mile long coast – and had a lovely walk:
I found an interesting tree:
With some amazing textures inside!!
My book group read this book this month and I can definitely recommend it – very, very good!
I’m also reading this book “Vesper Flights” which is a series of essays. I like the description on the inside jacket: “A literary cabinet of curiosities about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.” There’s a lovely short essay on walking in the woods in winter which, of course, I loved!!
Wishing you all a lovely spring and good stitching.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi