Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Strings

This pretty little unassuming building is my favorite Friday night restaurant in Laconia, New Hampshire!

It is The Water Street Cafe and we love their All-You-Can-Eat fried clam plate on Fridays, and yes, those are fresh whole-belly clams!

Felix polished off three portions on clams but I had the 16 ounce prime rib. We loved the side dishes of butternut squash, and red bliss mashed potatoes with the rib, cole slaw and French fries with the clams. They have a full liquor license but we opted for iced tea this time. Our total was $47 before the tip and the service was excellent. We can't do this all the time but it was a great treat!

On a quilty note, I put together some waste or bonus triangles and made this 12 1/2" square. I love it but I have no stinkin' ideas of exactly what I'll do with it yet, LOL!

The high winds and rains have finally subsided enough to allow me to use the clothesline for photographing quilts in the good outdoor light. Here's that two year old UFO all finished except for it's label.

That was back before I was doing my own quilting and this was quilted very professionally by Tracy Szanto of Dreamland Machine Quilting. Tracy did an overall meander that has lots of loft due to the old fashioned 1980's high loft polyester batting.

It's great to use on string quilts because the extra layer of muslin from the foundation piecing gets kinda heavy, but the poly is very lightweight. She did such a super job! Thanks, Tracy!

The backing on this quilt was purple flannel spliced with a section of hummingbirds and bluebirds.

It was difficult to come up with a purple flannel that was not juvenile.

The bird fabric was a cotton woven and thank you Tracy for centering it on the back. I'm so glad to have this one done!

Hope that now in the Spring you are finding satisfaction in a few of your own goals completed.

Happy quilting!


julieQ said...

I love your strings!!! Beautiful...I bet it is so cuddly!

cityquilter grace said...

oh vic your string is soooo beautiful....sure does look like a nice day when you took the photo too....and clam shacks are open here and yes, i've already had my first dinner....delish!

Beth Shibley said...

I love that bonus triangle block. It's the beginning of a great quilt...or table topper???

Beth in MN said...

Hey Vic, That string quilt is fabulous. What pretty flannel for the back. I too like to use flannel on the back to keep the quilt on the bed. Cute block with the bonus blocks. Can't wait to see what you do with it. We are not sending any hot weather your way but maybe some "SNOW."
Hugs -

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