Still a bad bad blogger

Well, I'm still a bad blogger. I haven't been on since the end of January. I haven't been doing much quilting either. There are several reasons for that. I'll get into some of those later. But I did finish the Salt Water Taffy quilt for my friend's new baby. Well mostly...I have to sew on the label and then ship it off.

Here is the front. I still need to get better at machine quilting. I can't seem to do anything but meandering designs. I tried loopdeloops on this one.

Here is the back.

I love the backs of the quilts by Film in the Fridge. So I decided to take a page out of her book for this back. Sorry my picture quality isn't very good. I usually edit my photos or at least crop them. Now you get to see my cheap vinyl tablecloth design wall.

That is pretty much all I've done since I last posted. Oh.. except that I started sewing together the blocks for my Underground Railroad quilt border. You can see them on the top of the design wall. They are just hanging out waiting for me to get my act together and finish them up. My goals for this year are totally shot already. I think I'll have to revise my schedule.

So just what excuses do I have for my lack of quilting, you ask? Ok, maybe you aren't asking, but I'll tell you anyway.
Meet Miss RegEx Rhapsody. My husband and I are both computer geeks. We started naming our dogs using computer terms. We have Reboot, ASCII and now we have RegEx Rhapsody. We actually call her Rhapsody or Rap. RegEx is just there to continue the tradition. I haven't let my husband know yet, but it is also starting a new tradition of naming the dogs after quilts. In this case I'm thinking of Ricky Tims' Rhapsody quilts.

Rhapsody is a 13 week old Border Collie. She is a handful as most puppies are. I have not been going up to sew much because most of the time I need to take her with me. I have a lot of electric cords and stuff in my sewing room and since she is still in that phase where she wants to chew on everything. I really can't concentrate when she's up there. She is not the only reason I haven't been sewing, but she is the biggest little 16 lb reason I've got.

My other excuse is that I had to go out of town. My grandfather is not doing well. He has Alzheimer's and has been hospitalized twice with pneumonia since the beginning of the year. The last time when he returned to the assisted living facility he was put into hospice care. I flew out to Palo Alto, CA to visit him. My father flew out at the same time and we stayed with my uncle. I'm not sure Grandpa ever really knew who I was. He recognized my father though, so I am happy about that. It is so difficult to see a man who had a photographic memory and taught classes well into his 80's so confused.

While we were there we went to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. It was interesting. They had quilts from 3 or 4 different artists and they had an exhibit of beautiful woven rugs. They totally blew me away.

I also got to go to a quilt shop near San Jose, Eddies Quilting Bee. It is a two story building loaded with fabric, sewing machines and classrooms. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area. They even give a discount to out of state shoppers. I of course had to take advantage of that. I got all batiks.
Do you recognize that fabric on the left? It is the fabric I fell in love with while working on Salt Water Taffy. No idea what I'm going to use it in. I may just put it under my pillow and gaze at it each night before bed. It still makes me very happy.

I really enjoyed the trip. I don't get to see my dad very often. So it was great to spend time with him and with my uncle and his family. My cousins are both grown and married. I really enjoyed getting to know them again, and meeting their spouses, kids and pets. My aunt was wonderful and made me feel so welcome. I even got to spend a day in San Francisco. We went to the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. I of course forgot my camera, so the only pictures I have are on my phone.

That's all I have that is new and quilt worthy. I will try to post again sometime soon.


Barb in Mi on 5/05/2010 5:59 PM said...

I love your salt water tuffy quilt! Hopefully all things dog related are working out. She is a cutie though...

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