Thursday, October 4, 2012

October is going to speed by

I didn't get any quilts completed in the month of September... but then I didn't post anything here either, so I have to stop and think whether I got anything done.  For one thing, I did go to Rockport for a quilt retreat.  I worked on a couple quilts, but the only items I completed had little to do with quilting.  The purse here was my first project completed while at the retreat.  I really like how it turned out.  I buy fabric in lots of places, but I found this combination at my local WalMart.  Hooray for the fabric department at WalMart.  They took it out of the old store, but I think there was enough feedback from the local customer base, that it must have had an impact, because when the new WalMart opened, they had a fabric department, and nicely stocked most of the time.
The only other items I completed at the retreat was 3 pillowcases.

  Now that I think about it, in September I did finish the quilt that my sister and I started in August when I was in North Carolina.  This looked like a pretty easy quilt to get done, but I couldn't get it to lay flat as I was trying to prepare it for quilting.  Ended up taking the middle seam out and reversing the ends before I could get it squared with minimal distortion.

I put a name for the quilt on the front, and I made another label for the back before I sent it to my sister.  She had kept the scraps from the jelly roll strips to piece together for the binding.  She says the finished quilt looks awesome.

It finally got cooled down a little so that we could consider installing the new storm door that we bought about 3 months ago.  It is the kind of job you really can't do in extreme heat, which a good part of our summer was.  Anyhow, I'm really really liking our new door.  I didn't remember to take a picture of the old storm door, that was really sadly looking like it needed to be replaced, but after we put in the new storm door, we just had to paint the inside door to go with the house trim.  The old door knocker had been painted over and was the same color as the door.  We have a new brass door knocker and the door looks so cool being red with that bright brass knocker.  Tomorrow we are going to buy a new brass door kicker plate.  Who would have thought one could get so excited over a new look for an old door?