Saturday, July 30, 2016

Beads on My Quilts

A bead is a small, decorative object that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes of a material such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl and that a small hole is drilled for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimeter (0.039 in) to over 1 centimeter (0.39 in) in diameter.

Here are a couple of small quilts before and after pictures, that's before and after beads!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer, It's Time for The Locks, that's the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

100 years ago, The Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route. 
Today the Hiram M. Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks are the Nation's busiest with nearly 50,000 vessels/yr. "locking through". Boats can lock thru 24 hours/day, except during maintenance.

No fees are charged for visitors, commercial ships or private boats.  Even guided tours and summer concerts are free.

Next year is the Centennial year, so it's time to replace some 100 year old parts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Leather Roller Foot

Made to sew leather gloves, this foot has exceptional maneuverability which makes it a great “training wheel” foot to use in free motion quilting.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dyeing Fabric

I especially love the subtle differences I get with dyed fabric.
I love to dye fabric, I am not a precise dyer by any means, and know I will never be able to get the same results twice. I'm okay with that. Here is the results for a day of dying green.
Over dying commercial fabrics. This was a silver on white geometric. The back is on the left, the front on the right. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers add brilliant color and beauty to the landscape through the heat of summer and until frost, with only minimum care. Summer is a time of beauty and abundance with Summer Flowers in the garden.

I'm a flower lover, whose heart beats faster in summertime.