I have been seriously lacking time to quilt on my longarm, but I hope to kick that habit soon! Right now I am using a poinsettia pantogram on this Christmas quilt--
The quilt blocks were all made by members of my quilt group, the Ham Lake Piecemakers. At Christmas time, we take up the challenge to use one or two chosen fabrics to create a block. Then we have a drawing to pick the winner(s). Our friend, Thora Lee, won this group of blocks. She has moved away from the area, but still comes back here occasionally so I hope that this can all get done and be ready for her soon.
One big reason why my quilting time has become minimal is the fact that I have been involved with the kitchen and bath renovation at home. Some days it just isn't conducive to creative work, and other days I just have to be out of the house. To have our cabinetry all painted, the 2 rooms had to be completely taped off and sealed up. The fumes were very strong, and we stayed 3 nights with Ben and Brita. Here are some pictures of how much has been accomplished--
|tile floor in the bathroom looks wonderful|
|counter tops and sink installation looks fantastic|
|shower is coming together, still some grout left to do on the dark sections|
|and the wood flooring is now completely done|
I really love to see the craftsmanship that goes into all of this. I regret that I was not at home when the counter tops were done, because I would really like to see that process. We chose to use a laminate product, meticulously installed by our friend, Dana Lewis. He can undermount sinks from a certain manufacturer, and the join is flawless! And now the faucets and drains are in working order, so we can start using them. Oh, the things we take for granted!