Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Visitors flock to the Tidal Basin every year to see the cherry blossoms in all their glory.  This year was no exception, in spite of the blooms being 2 weeks early due to the unusually warm weather.  Afraid that I would not get to see them before they were gone, I made the trek Friday after work and got some photos as the sun was setting.  While I didn't get to linger long, it was worth the trip.






Sunday, March 18, 2012

Playing with Baby

Today I finally took some time to play with my new Babylock.  I have a small quilt from a Karen Eckmeier workshop 2 years ago that needed to be finished.  It needed some more quilting and binding & sleeve added, so I pulled it off the design wall and got to work.  I wanted to get the binding on, but realized I hadn't quilted the border, so that was the first step. I learned how to wind the bobbin and set the machine up for free motion stitching.  After quilting the border, I went ahead and added the binding and a hanging sleeve.  Then I decided to add some more quilting to the landscape.  I have a bit more quilting to do and maybe some more embellishment, but it's closer to being done, AND I got to play with the machine!  Happy with my purchase so far - lots more to explore.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Screen Printing Class

Yesterday, my friend Elizabeth and I taught our thermofax screen printing class for the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. We had a great time with an enthusiastic bunch of students who printed their little hearts out.  Here are a few shots of them in action.



Monday, March 5, 2012

New BabyLock

My new BabyLock sewing/embroidery machine arrived today.  It took a few hours to unbox it, set it up, check out the parts, figure out the threading and do some test stitching.  That's as far as I got.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Enjoyed several days at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show last week.  There were lots of wonderful quilts - here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!