Thursday, March 23, 2017

Counting...Quiter's Style

One
1 big quilt
 1 hoop a day 

Two
2 fingers without fingerprints

 2 Clover Needle Domes filled with
60 threaded needles

Three

 3 months of work so far
and probably 3more.


Four

 4 borders plus 
filling in the background with rows
of quilting.


Five
 

 5 projects waiting and wishing to be worked on.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Exploring New Places

About twice a year
 Running Man and I try to get away


and explore a new place, a different city, or a unique area
of the country.

Recently, we had the chance to 
visit St. Augustine, Florida for a long weekend.


Hoping for warm weather and sunshine,
we mostly had cool cloudy days spattered with
rain, but, oh, well, better than snow.

St Augustine is the oldest
continuously occupied city in the US
founded in 1565 by the Spanish.

We visited the Castillo De San Marco,
the oldest masonry fort in the US
looking out towards the bay and the Atlantic.


Being young at heart,
we didn't visit the Fountain of Youth
which was supposedly
discovered by
Juan Pounce de Leon in 1513.
Wouldn't he laugh now at our
obcession of being youthful.

We spent time at the 
World Golf Hall of Fame


and even had a chance to practice our
putting skills.

Along with a food tour
in a little red roadster
we enjoyed many of the yummy tastes
of the area.
Isn't that how you learn about an area
through it's food?

Before heading home we
played for a day at
joining up with our Florida daughter and
having fun
drinking a butter beer 
 in Diagon Alley


and watching as Running Man
rode the Rip Ride Rockit.


knowing what goes up
must come down
after it goes upside down! 


We had a great time exploring this area.

Hopefully,
your path takes you to some
interesting places soon.

Happy Stitching,
Kyle



Monday, March 6, 2017

Photo Journals

When I'm with a quilt group,
large or small, and it's show and tell,
someone will always say,
" And I have a label!".
This is always followed with a big smile
and a finger pointed right at me.


I have suggested, encouraged,
and preached about the need to label
and document the works of art we create.
Most of my quilty buddies have caught on to
the importance of a label,
but still like to emphasis their good deeds
of labeling by letting me know.
Proud of you, dear friends.

Over the past couple of years I've taken my 
documenting to another fun place.

I've been making photo books.

They've been lots of fun to make and
it's such a feeling of accomplishment to
look at my quilts using
this format.

The company I've been using is Shutterfly.
The quality is first rate.
They have sales all the time, which
is a good thing too.
There are probably other companies
that offer the same quality. I'm just familiar
with this one.


Each of the 6 books
I've done so far is in the 10" x 10" size.


Using Shutterfly's website
is easy and can make your photos
look quite professional with the
editing capabilities.
There are lots of options
and possibilities.

If you've been a blogger for awhile
you already have photos
documenting your work.


Putting them into a book
is the perfect next step.

I decided not to include much
information about each quilt,


but rather let the photos tell the story.

I started a couple years ago and
began by working with the current year
and then slowly working backwards.
 

I've got my photos ready for
2016
and as soon as I have a block of time
I'll be ready to make
my next book.

It's a fun way to
photo journal and
to see how my quilts and styles
have changed over the years.

 They're  a real page turner.

Until Next Time-
Kyle