Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Settling In

Well, I think I've managed to settle down.  I'm back to work on a few projects, but not much to show today.  I did find an old project that I had promised would be a free download here, and forgotten about....

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I had started hand-quilting it, with RAYON embroidery thread, what a mess that was.  And it was extremely difficult to see unless I was quilting in direct sunlight.  The thread tangled something awful.  I picked it up, decided to heck with it, and tore out the hand-quilting.  Then yesterday, I tried to quilt it by machine, which was also a disaster, so I tore THAT out, and started hand-quilting again.  This time, with cotton hand quilting thread.  That is going nicely, so as soon as I'm done, it will be a free download!  It's a very large table runner, but you can put the appliques closer if you like to make it smaller.  I just hope I can remember all I did with it to make the pattern.

Last night, we ordered new glasses from Zenni Optical.  Glasses start at $6.95!  The one thing you want your optometrist to do when you get an eye exam is to measure the pupil distance, as it can be difficult to do on your own.  They have a neat feature - you can upload a pic of yourself and try on glasses!  This is the pic I took of Sam for that purpose, I thought it turned out pretty nice - the one pic I have of him not making a face.

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Just wish I had that nice hair.  *G*

30 comments:

Michelle said...

Very summery table runner, Allie! And unusual. Very cool! Glad to hear the quilting is going better. :-)

What a handsome son! I've thought about trying Zenni, given the obscene price I paid for my last glasses, but I'm into bifocals now, and it seems the people in the shops have trouble getting the positioning right. It would have been a great choice BEFORE bifocals though.

Jan said...

Glad to hear you are feeling more settled. I absolutely love the lighthouses and sailboats. What a darling pattern! You have a very good looking son!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great tablerunner. Perfect for summer.

Sue said...

I just love what you're working on, Allie. It reminds me of summer fun :D

I love anything that has lighthouses on it!

Yes, your Sam has great hair. Do you think he'll let me borrow some of it :D :D

KaHolly said...

Oh, I love anything nautical!! It's beautiful. Thanks for the link for the glasses! I am saving it to use later. Probably sooner than later now that they are more affordable!! ~karen

Karen said...

I have a friend who is a lighthouse nut big time. She would love the quilt.

Mary-Kay said...

That's a real cute table runner. We must be thinking of summer. I'm working on a cou[le of comfort quilts that have lighthouses on them also. Boys and their hair. When my brothers were teens, they had long flowing locks and were the envy of every girl in the neighbourhood.

Mama Pea said...

Boy, isn't that frustrating when you have to keep tearing out stitching?! Yuck. Good luck with the rest of it. It's a really cute table runner! Great pic of Sam!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Great table runner. People on this side of the state would love it! They are really into light houses! Handsome son!

Sue from Cyprus said...

What a gorgeous table runner Allie. Sometimes it takes disasters to actually see the beauty in quilts. I have had so many disasters with quilting, I could write a book! We now have 2 long arm quilters on the Island... abit pricey, but boy do they come in handy sometimes!!

I, too, wished I had Sam's locks. Alas, my age has caught up with the hair... I am now gray and the hair has thinned out!! Thank goodness for hair dye!! (:>).

Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x x

Linda said...

Your table runner is really nice! I've also had problems quilting with rayon. It seems to have a "memory" and wants to curl as it comes off the spool - not good for going through a machine or trying to manage by hand!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love the quilt Allie, your design is fantastic...good looking boy...

Carrie P. said...

Oh, look at your great table runner. Can't wait to see how you end up quilting it. Sorry you had so much trouble doing it other ways.
Isn't that the way it is? Our kids get nicer hair than us.

Fiona said...

too many of us would like nice thick dark hair..... love the nautical runner.... I still haven't really done hand quilting.... I keep promising myself...
Hugz

shez said...

Allie that table topper is lovely,bright and happy and boy what a looker Sam is.xx

Dandelion Quilts said...

:) It is hard to snap a good shot of boys, isn't it? Good job!

Terry said...

I love the lighthouses! And congrats on getting a good picture of your son. I can never get a good one of mine! LOL

Cheryll said...

Handsome boy you have there Allie... must take after you with his good looks!
Great table runner too! :)

Mary said...

I remember this project! Although it is a huge bummer to have to start over with the quilting, it is so worth it. It is a beautiful quilt/table runner :) How cool is the idea of a virtual eyeglass store? I always have trouble because when I'm trying on frames, I can't see anything because my eyes are so bad. This is a great option (and by the way what a handsome son you have).

jan said...

I have only used rayon floss once. It was a mess to work with! I have some vintage pieces that were done with rayon that look great, though. I had new respect for the makers after I tried it!

Love the lighthouses!

Val said...

Love that table runner! It looks like a quilt it is so big!!! Glasses...6.95? Thats cheap!!! Good looking son!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Love your design, girl!! Sam, you are one handsome young man...and don't let mum get your hair. ;-)
Hugs
Jen
xxx

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Please stop by my blog, as I have given you an award. I realize not everyone accepts these awards, but your creativity is definitely to be noted :-)

em's scrapbag said...

Sorry to hear of your quilting woes. I was having simular problems yesterday. Grrr! Glad you have found a solution.
Not fair those boys have such nice hair. My son N's is to die for.

Shari said...

What a handsome young man Sam is.

I"ve had to take out quilting too - not fun but so worth it if you're not happy or it's just not right. Lovely table runner. Perfect for a hot summer's day.

Michelle May said...

Great table runner and great hair Sam!

Ivory Spring said...

That quilt is absolutely DARLING!!!!

Lauranie said...

Glad to hear you are back to creating! Too bad you're having a tough time :( I am sure you will persevere!! I remember when our 21 yo had long luxurious locks...I was jealous too! ;P Have a great weekend!! xo

Talin's Corner said...

Love your table runner quilt. I have heard that Rayon is the hardest thread to work with.

Liz said...

It's beautiful. I love the nautical colors.

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