Quilting and piecing
I was out most of yesterday. I had a clay shooting lesson in the morning. I wasn't very good. I was having allergy symptoms and when that happens the floaters in my eyes are more prominent. I don't know why that happens but it does. Floaters make it much harder to track the clays, especially when they are presented on the back (black) side. But it was still great practice and having to train myself to see beyond the floaters is part of the purpose of all these lessons anyway. My distance vision really is getting better and that helps my driving.
I also got to see my instructor's 8 week old puppy, Lacy. They will train her to be a hunting dog so she brings her to the range just so she gets used to hearing gun shots. It doesn't phase her at all and I get puppy kisses.
That reminds me of one of the dogs that used to visit our house all the time. Stanley was a beautiful yellow lab and was the pick of the litter. The owner wanted him for a hunting dog but it just didn't work out. He was afraid of the sight of a gun and the sound of thunder. He was the sweetest dog ever but he wasn't the sharpest blade in the drawer.
After the lesson I ran a couple of errands. One was to my local Innova longarm dealer that is no longer a longarm dealer! Their business started as a quilting and machine rental business and they are going back to their roots. Covid gave them to opportunity to really understand the amount of time that they spent traveling to shows in 9 states. They decided that more balance in their lives needed to be a priority. Everyone really seemed happier. I'm happy for them all although I'll miss being able to drive a few miles for supplies but, let's face it, the chances that I will ever buy another longarm is close to zero.
I came home in the mood to quilt so I added 2 more rows to Mom's quilt. I'm over halfway through now. I should have this ready for her by Monday easy.
After dinner I sat down to add some more rounds to my Summer Sunset quilt blocks. I'm working on the 5th star right now. It's really good to be back working on this.
I'm linking up to Alycia's Finish (or not) Friday.
I have read many blogs over this past year where people who were instructors on the road for quilting - whether that be showing long arms or workshops or whatever have seem to realize that they do not like so much time of the road going to shows and what have you.
1/8/2021 08:12:04 pm
You had a busy day! When all is said and done, I think the places we were use to having to shop especially the Mom and Pop places, is going to change dramatically because of the pandemic.
1/9/2021 07:29:08 am
Sounds like an awesome day. The quilt you are quilting on is really pretty. and the colors in summer sunset - wow! this is going to be cool!
1/9/2021 07:30:01 am
The Summer Sunset pieces are so pretty.
1/9/2021 09:47:08 am
Your blue and yellow quilt is so beautiful. You have an impressive number of different fabrics in it and they look so lovely together. I also really like the bold colors of your paper pieced project. Have a happy weekend!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.