Friday, June 15, 2012

Fabulous Flag Day!

We enjoyed a fabulous Flag Day here yesterday with sunny but mild air with a low dew point that keeps you comfortable.

I'm very proud of my lupines that I planted on the steep unmowable slope that drops down to Route 140! I've planted so many wildflowers here that have failed to grow, so the lupines are a big success.

I spent a lot of my day driving up to Laconia to visit Vacman & Bobbin where my two Singer Featherweights were being worked on by Joel, who is my "go-to" mechanic. I wanted to be sure that "Scottie", my favorite Featherweight, was in tip-top condition for the Boxy Stars workshop with Bonnie Hunter at the Vermont Quilt Fest.
Joel sat down with me as I tested the machines before I left the shop and we went over all the details of what he fixed. One thing that was good was that I learned that some of my loose tension problems were due to pilot error. I had not threaded the upper thread through the tension spring correctly! Embarrassing, but at least now I know what I was doing wrong.
I also finished the last block of the Evening Stars! I needed 41 stars and I got them all done in 10 days. That's like lightening for me! Just look at this stack. Whew!

Also, yesterday, I cut up 50 width of fabric 2 1/2" strips for the July Blues washed swap. They are due in by July 15th (
Now I just need to snip them in half to make 100 and deal them out into ten stacks of one of each different fabric. It's kinda like dealing cards. My back and shoulder muscles were so tired from cutting that Felix very nicely rubbed me down with extra strength Ben Gay liniment. I love the smell of the menthol/camphor/eucalyptus because I associate it with the soothing healing quality I get from it.

Raven disagrees and avoids me whenever I smell of Ben Gay.


Sue Daurio said...

That is quite the stack of blocks!!! How wonderful to get so many done so quickly. Beautiful.

Auntie Em said...

I'm very interested to see the setting for your evening star blocks. 41 blocks is such an unusual number.

Raven is a hoot!

Debra said...

Congratulations on getting 41 blocks sewn! Goo Girl!!! Can't wait to see it done!! Hugs,

Elaine Adair said...

Funny (??) about just learning to thread the featherweight correctly. Humbling, isn't it? Been there, done that! That's the problems with learning oneself - there ARE steps we miss.

Lupines are lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi Victoria, this is Gina from Quiltville Chat and Quiltville Swap. I've enjoyed reading your blog today! Just wanted to say yay for your big black doggie, Raven. I manage our local animal shelter and big black dogs are soooo hard to find homes for. So sad, because they are usually wonderfully loving and loyal dogs to have. Thanks for your great quilty ideas, as well!

Gina in Missouri

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