Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quilt Top Almost Finished

City Blocks Quilt Top

I spent today sewing the last sashing strips
around the blocks and
sewing the whole thing together.

Kristine is going to take the top
to the fabric store
and pick out some fabric
for the border strips.

I hand pieced this top because I like hand sewing,
but I find this kind of pattern boring.
I want to take this to the sewing machine.

I loved hand sewing the blocks that are next to the top.
But, I'm not looking forward to hand sewing
the sashing and borders.

Part of my dislike has to do with the thread I'm using.
I ran out of the YLI thread
and haven't found a brand I like as well.
I guess I will have to order some YLI online.
I can't find any locally.

Tom has gone off to a town meeting.
Seems that the local water department
is having problems.

I wish we had a well like we did when we lived
in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
We lucked out and had good well water.
Our neighbor had sulphur in their water.
Not pleasant.

A well has been dug once on this property,
but they had to stop because they never hit water.
Maybe a new well in a different spot?


December Quotes
My Favorite Quotations On Giving


14 - The great art of giving consists in this:
the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted,
so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
~ Baltasar Gracian

13 - All who joy would win must share it.
Happiness was born a Twin.
~ Lord Byron

12 - Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

11 -You try to give away what you want yourself.
~ Lois McMaster Bujold

10 - To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.
~ Oscar Wilde

9 - It is normal to give away a little of one's life
in order not to lose it all.
~ Albert Camus 

8 - For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others is the joy
that comes back to you.

~ John Greenleaf Whittier


LindaG said...

That's very pretty!
I don't like hand sewing, but I do it when I need to because I don't have a table for my sewing machine.
I will one day, though.

Rain said...

The most beautiful quilt top!! Love it! You are a wonderful artist Callie!! Good luck with finding the thread and the water issue-well double good luck with that!!
Keep stitching!~you are encouraging me to get back to it!!~~Rain

lisa said...

It is just beautiful, Callie!!

Mary said...

You're right about thread preferences. The quality of your thread makes a huge difference in how much you enjoy sewing a project, be it by hand or machine. Very pretty top.

Tanya said...

Such a pretty stained glass looking quilt! I love the colors!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, Am stopping by today to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Love your quilt top... Awesome.