Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Updates

Finally finished the outdoors top and loaded onto quilting frame.  The practice was going smoothly on my muslin piece so decided to try the top using same thread and settings. Ha ha, it was not smooth sailing like I hoped.  Barely started the basting stitches across the top and it was skipping stitches, thread broke twice.......  I gave up (was already drained from two hours of practice) and have not tried again for several weeks now.  Must get back to it.
 After checking what could be wrong, the table seems to be not level (I guess it settled) but could not find anything else that could be the matter.  Frustrating. I'll change to a new larger needle, re-thread, clean out bobbin case and try a different thread.  

When choosing fabrics for the top, my husband saw the beer mugs and insisted that fabric would be used for the backing.  I agreed but added a Michael Miller kona solid black to break it up a bit.
 Ha, ha never let your hubby help choose companion fabrics after choosing the focus fabric.  He saw the dismay on my face and just commented that it's a guy thing.  The quilt is for his friend so.... oh well.

*****************************************************
HUMMINGBIRD REPORT

The baby humming birds grew and grew until they were squished in that tiny nest.  Finally one day there was only one baby, next day no baby and I was in "empty nest syndrome".  Where oh where did they go and would they survive the rainy windy weather ? 
 
 Very quickly we realized all was well.  The babies stayed close by, we saw them buzzing back and forth in the trumpet vine, then resting in their Mulberry tree.  You could mistake them for bumble bees if not looking closely but they fly much faster!  Mom was right there, chasing off any other hummers that dared to come around the vines.

So, for now the little family is right here, some days they are seen buzzing back and forth across the horse lane to mesquites in the wash.  Hummingbirds do have a distinctive call we have come to recognize. As they grow it's louder so we hear it around in the backyard too.   
 For now it's a happy little hummingbird world out there.  We hope they will come back next year and make our yard their permanent home.

 ******************************************************************

Here is my motto for this week :  
Take care and thank you for visiting *:x lovestruck.

4 comments:

  1. A world full of Kardashians - awful awful awful. I wish the "15 minutes of fame" was an actual LAW, not just a phrase to be bandied about, lol!

    I hope you figure out what's wrong with your machine - that backing fabric is a hoot! I made beer bottle print pillowcases for both of our sons years ago - it's definitely a guy thing, hehe :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. You outdoor quilt is wonderful! And for a guy, the backing is probably perfect. ;)

    We've had years with lots of hummers and years with almost no hummers, but you are right - they DO have a very distinctive cry. It surprised me so much to see them actually land on a fence or a branch and sit still. I do love watching the birds!

    Love your motto! It's a good one.

    Have you tried totally unthreading and then rethreading your machine? Usually, it's something simple.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your husbands friend will love this quilt. It looks very nice. I am sure he will love the beer glasses as well. I live near Buffalo, N.Y. I am finally seeing hummingbirds in my yard, I really enjoy watching them. Unfortunately they have left, us the nights get a little too cold for them. We have had great weather all summer long today it is 89 and very humid. Have to wait another year for them to return. I love reading your blog. Hope all your pups are well. Sorry to hear that your machine is giving you problems. Wish I could help you but I don't know much about that type of quilting machine.

    ReplyDelete
  4. How wonderful you were able to watch the hummers during their entire hatching process! Thanks.

    ReplyDelete