I can't believe how time flies. I have had soooo many things go on in the last month I couldn't even find time to post. I did keep up reading though.
I am a Cat Scan tech and I need to take my boards. Let me begin by telling you I am over 45 and it was really hard to study. I think I forgot more than I remember. I refuse to admit it is because of my age so I'll just blame it on peri menopause. And what kind of word is that anyway?? Somebody in advanced stages of dementia came up with that one. I guess it means you are only getting "a little hot flash" and you are only sweating "a little bit". I'm new to all this so bear with me. I did pass though. I had a ceremonial book burning and yahooo celebration. I'll show you the pictures of what I treated myself too for passing. Something nice and prim of course.
I finally now have time to work on a couple of projects I wanted to get started.
First is a candle paddle from the pattern on Char's blog. I had my brother cut it out while we were in Texas. I put the hanging hole and the candle hole in when I got home. I added the stain today and I think I will prim it up some more.
Notice the picture background. That is a piece of furniture I brought back from Texas with me. I'll let you see that in another post.
Another project I have on the cutting table is am Americana Star quilt. A friend of mine found a blog www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com that has an on going summer project. She started in May and is making a 6 in 9 Patch to end in August. You make one block a day. Even I can handle that. A group of 40 of us are making them locally and getting together with our finished tops at the end of August for a pot luck. I thought it was a good way to get something done over the summer. And of course I can always use a chance to see friends.
I was trying to use up some fabric I have here. We had a sale at one of our quilting retreats from a lady in the group who had a stroke and could no longer quilt. She collected star fabric and I bought a ton. I love star fabric and thought once I made something out of it I would think of her when I used it.
This is my SIL Theresa's quilt made from some also. My brother Ron made the rack It's hanging on. I photographed it while in Texas. I'm not sure if you can see it or not but on the left side of the shelf is a make do bird I gave her for her birthday.
i will have mine quilted by the same gal. It has a meandering star pattern all over it. I love it.
The last and final project if you can bear with me is my drying rack. It was a yucky faded yellow color. First I tried stripping it and that didn't work. then i tried sanding it. That was changing the shape of the rungs to finally get off enough paint. So I went with painting it all black. I am putting it behind my bed with a quilt or 2 on it. We don't have a headboard and I thought it would be the perfect backdrop. It is utilitarian too since I can store my bed quilts on it in off seasons.
I think the black will bring out the colors in the quilts. I'm happy with it.
So nice to say "Hello" to all of you. Enjoy your summer. More about the Texas trip as time permits.
Be sure and visit Leslie's blog to see what others are working on.