Can you find me? And my husband of just one year? This picture was taken in 1973, at the wedding of our then-Mason City, Iowa friends, Patty and Greg. (I'm on the far left.)
Here we are, two days ago at the Arnold Palmer Legends restaurant. "Just" 42 years later, looking pretty much the same... ha! Well, maybe not the same on the outside, but feeling the same on the inside. Patty and Greg visited us for five days from their Texas home. Though we only recently reconnected (in February, while in Austin for QuiltCon), the intervening years haven't diminished the wonderful friendship we share. We had a fabulous time together. Who doesn't like a good game of Mexican Train dominoes, even when someone has to be the loser (ahem, like me).
Patty says she still has a close relationship with all three of us who were her bridesmaids. How many brides can say that? I sure can't!
Patty return home with two of my quilts which were made years ago. They're well-suited to her decorating preferences.
|10-1/2" X 14-1/2", foundation paper-pieced|
|36" X 36", hand-quilted|
These once hung in my West Des Moines home - the then - so those who know me can see how my tastes have changed.
In the now... my Pfaff is back in action as I'm steadily making quilting progress on "Prism." I'm still smitten by the effect of double batting - Quilter's Dream cotton, and Quilter's Dream Wool. Such good dimension and texture!
I'm challenging myself to come up with different designs for the long-legged stars, and the elongated diamonds, with the cohesive uniformity of angled lines. Yes, you can see a bit of blue wash-out marker there, and I'm also using a disappearing ink, purple marker.
Top thread is Aurifil 50-weight in a very pale yellow. On the bottom is 60-weight white YLI thread. The design below was inspired by one seen on Instagram, by Dena of LivingWaterQuilter who is a beautiful domestic machine quilter.
Coming up with different designs is becoming more challenging. On the nightstand beside me while I sleep is a pad of paper and pencil.
Inspiration usually strikes at about 3:30 a.m. I honestly wouldn't mind more of those strikes! Linda