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Soren's I-spy quilt arrived, and he is clearly enjoying it!

The top for the quilt for his baby brother (due in August) is almost done. Only the embroidered eye on the horse to do, and then off to the quilter.

The pattern is based on "Twin Stars" from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

One of the little tricks I've learned for making flying geese blocks is to match up the corners of the square I've sewn onto the rectangle. Then I press it in place.

I can then cut the extra fabric off the back, and my flying geese block will be an exact rectangle.

There has been progress on the first sleeve for the Mary Tudor. I'm now working on the cap of the sleeve. I elected to make it with a steek, rather than knit back and forth.

Common Threads met at Kay's on Thursday. Karan was working on this shawlette:

Janet finished this lovely quilt, with Minky on the back. Here's Kay playing Vanna White with Janet's quilt.

We hiked on Saturday to wear the pups out, so they wouldn't mind staying at home on Sunday, while we marched in the Pride Parade in Salt Lake City. 

Some of us skipped church to participate in the Parade. (Next time, I'm going to try to stand next to a shorter person!)

We had a great time. It was amazing how many people showed up to watch the parade.

In other news, our reward for putting up with months of snow is an abundance of beautiful wildflowers in our yard and along the hiking trails. This choke cherry has the most delicious aroma!

What's on my needles: Mary Tudor cardigan, almost done with first sleeve.

What's on my Featherweight: Back to Delectable Pathways, still waiting to finish hand appliqué.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished A Kiss before Dying. Now I'm listening to Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber on the Overdrive app and reading Pursuit and Persuasion by Sally Wright from Book Bub on the Kindle app.

What's my app of the week: Vtok for Google Voice. I call from my Google Voice number if I know I'm going to be on the phone for a long time. It's free, you just need an internet connection for it to work.

What's in my wine glass: A Greek wine, Agiorgitiko Nemea 2010. Great with Greek food, which we love, but good with other cuisines, too.

What's my tip of the week:  Brush your dog's teeth, the outside edges. It saves them exposure to anesthesia, not to mention saving you the expense. 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by angelkarhu on June 10, 2014 at 12:19pm
Thanks for the info.

Ok whats wrong with people? Another HS shooting! This time in Troutdale, OR, just east of Portland before heading into the Gorge.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2014 at 12:11pm

An appliqué stitch doesn't show. The needle moves under the fabric, comes up through the binding (in this case) and then back down in almost the same spot, but catching the quilt backing, before moving through the batting to the spot for the next stitch.

Comment by angelkarhu on June 10, 2014 at 8:58am
I have contrasting fabric for the binding. Watched a craftsy video on it. Dont know what an applique stitch is.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2014 at 7:22am

The binding doesn't take much fabric. I like to use 2 1/2" strips across width of fabric (unless it's a check or stripe and I want to cut on the bias), sew them together at a 45-degree angle, so the seams don't bulk up. I add 10" to the total distance around the quilt for overlap. That means it takes less than half a yard to bind a baby quilt that's 54" square. I press the 2 1/2 strip in half, sew it down on the front side, mitering the corners, and then I use an appliqué stitch to sew down on the back, but you can use any kind of stitch that's tidy and even. If you don't have enough of the fabric, you can use a contrasting fabric. I often use a fabric I didn't even use in the quilt.

Comment by angelkarhu on June 10, 2014 at 6:06am
I havent hand quilted yet. My hand stitching is not that great but I'm gonna have to do the hand stitching thing during the binding step. Hope I have enough of that fabric.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2014 at 5:51am
I enjoy hand quilting, although I haven't done much of that lately. I also like appliqué. Otherwise, I'm more of a product quilter. With knitting, it's more about the process, but I try to discipline myself to finish the project..
Comment by Buffy Joseph on June 9, 2014 at 10:17pm

Interesting, Angel, I'm the opposite! I've been quilting for much longer than I've been knitting (or spinning), but I enjoy knitting much more. It relaxes me, while quilting tends me make me frustrated or tense. So you keep on sewing & ironing, and I'll keep on knitting! :)

Cheryl, it's supposed to be cooler for the rest of the week. I hope it gets cooler for you too! Also, I'm glad you don't chew your toothbrush! :D

Comment by angelkarhu on June 9, 2014 at 8:17pm
I havent knit much either. Found that sewing and ironing relax me more and can bring me out of anxiety issues before they get necessarry for a pill. For some reason ironing as a child was enjoyable. And no I'm not coming over to iron all your linens. Just havent been motivated to knit the last several months. Last march a couple hrs after surgery and an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I was home sewing. Go figure. Now if I could just get rid of this pesky headache. Think its sinuses.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 9, 2014 at 6:44pm
LOL, Cheryl! I won't come to you at bedtime and say, "Brushie, brushie teeth!"
When it gets warm here, I won't be knitting. I'll be doing appliqué or cross-stitch.
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 9, 2014 at 5:58pm

Buffy, it's hot here as well, though not quite as hot as where you are. BUT it is so warm that Sunday I went to a crawfish boil and didn't eat any crawfish. I was just too hot.

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