Whew! Long time no chat...I have been working, working...and then!! Dear husband whirled me off for an amazing weekend...in Lake Tahoe! It is so beautiful there...and a place I have always wanted to see. He loves, loves, loves old and antique cars, so we went to Reno and attended Hot August Nights...a huge car show and extravaganza! Think of the huge quilt show in Houston...it is like that, except the topic of interest is cars. We saw so many gorgeous cars, his (and my) mouth was watering! I loved Tahoe the best, it was just gorgeous.
On the way, I appliqued basket handles to basket blocks...I have a lot cut out in different colors, but here is what I have so far. I love them! They are 4 inch finished. The red one was an experimental block...it may not be in the finished quilt...or it may, LOL!!
Trisha of www.TLCstitches.blogspot.com recently had a binding tutorial, where you used two different fabrics and sewed the binding to the back, then turned it to the front to hand stitch. I absolutely loved this technique!! I plan to do this on a lot of quilts now...do you see the little pink strip? It is pieced into the binding...how cool, huh??
Caladiums are getting bigger...pretty! I love them. The bright green is my sweet potato vine...hey, does this really grow sweet potatoes? Or is it only ornamental...?
Please see Mary's blog...for some reason, I cannot get her tutorial page to hop over to my blog, but she has the coolest technique for nine patches!!! The post is dated August 7th, 2010. Thank you dear Mary!!
Nine patches are coming for the big swap!! Aren't these gorgeous?? I love them! They are from Susan in North Carolina, and she sent some amazing backgrounds too. I am almost totally out of backgrounds, so I am just tickled pink!!
These are from Trisha in Washington...aren't they so pretty too? I just think this is like Christmas opening these packages...and I think you will too when all these get distributed!! And some wonderful fabric was included...thank you so very much, Trisha!!! Trisha also has a very cool way of making nine patches...please click on her name to view her blog.
These nine patches are from Sweden...how cool, getting mail from Sweden! Louise made these...and they are amazingly pretty. She also included some fabric too...thank you! You all are so very kind to me.
OK...confession time...I ate like a little piggie this week, but still managed to lose a pound. I am not sure how that happened...and I know it will catch up with me. Let's see what next week brings!!
I also took a lightening fast trip to Colorado to see my family...I would love prayers for my sister, who has dementia, and cannot walk or think much anymore. She is fading pretty quickly now...
Have a wonderful day all!!!