Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Finally Finished


Shakespeare is finally finished and at the LAer for quilting. Much to my disappointment she's booked up and won't be able to have it finished until the end of June, 2 weeks after the wedding. I'll print a picture to include in their wedding card along with a small gift from their registry. They won't mind as Redding, CA in the summer is too hot for a quilt on the bed anyway. The picture isn't very good as my holders were both barely 5 ft tall and standing up on the picnic table didn't help at all. I'm pleased with how it turned out with all the blues and greens. The backing I chose is a light turquoise with white and will be quilted with a light variegated blue.


I've ordered Judy Mathieson's newest Mariner's Compass book for my Granddaughters wedding quilt due in October. I had planned on doing another Shakespeare for her and asked her if she wanted the same pattern or something different. She said "something different and please pick it out". Both of them like the water and her fiancee' has a sailboat so I think a Mariner's Compass will be appropriate for them. Another challege as I've never attempted a Mariner's Compass and want to design something special for them.

I've been busy this past couple weeks between rain showers re-doing my deck and patio furniture. Have sanded and stained the picnic table/benches and am working on sanding down the deck for staining and am getting ready to dig up the back lawn to replace with patio stones as I'm so tired of mowing the grass full of moss. It's going to be a busy spring and summer of yard work as I've let it go to many years in a row.

My sister came out and helped me paint our den a week ago. What a difference it has made to the room, so clean and fresh looking with all the clutter off the walls and out of there. Even DH was pleased with the results. I've kept one of my Mom's paintings and the rest will go to my kids and gkids as they have all asked her for one. The antique china doll I found at my MIL's I gifted to my GF's mom who collects them. DH wasn't interested in keeping it and I saw no reason to pass it on to my children. She was pleased as punch with it as it had all it's original clothing intact. Sometimes it just feels good to give pleasure to someone you care about.

Good news for Lady, my kitty. Friday she goes in for a blood test to see what her sugar has been doing. I recently purchased a monitor so I could keep up with her BS's. With the Vet's help I have been decreasing her insulin and her diabetes seems to be in remission as her tests remain the same while I've been decreasing the amount of insulin I give her. My good friend has been coming over in the morning to do her shot so I will be able to go out of town and not have to board her at the Vet's. A very special friend indeed.

16 comments:

ForestJane said...

Glad you're doing well and the quilt turned out beautiful!

What kind of quilting did you plan for it? I love the blue of the quilt against the blue sky.

Lucy said...

It is georgous Dona! The colors are great together!

Laura said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job!

Rae said...

Wow, what a lucky bride & groom. That quilt is GEORGOUS.
& yes Redding is hot during the summer. Every time I have been there durring the summer it has been over 100%. The summer we got my furbaby from near Redding, it was 112% and up from June till mid Aug.

Joanne said...

It's beautiful, Dona. Doesn't it feel great to have it finished?! Good luck on the Mariner's Compass -- I don't have the guts to start one of those yet! When I do, it'll definitely be paper pieced!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It is wonderful! I am starting my 3rd Sheakspear - just love that pattern! Yours is great.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Judy said...

That is a wonderful, amazing quilt. I love the colors!!

Laurie Ann said...

If this is a pattern, will you post the name of it again, please? I am in love with this quilt and would really love to be a copy cat. I wasn't sure if that was the pattern name, or your name for the quilt. Speaking of cats, I am glad Lady is feeling better.

Hanne said...

Congratulations on finishing a very special quilt. It looks very good, and I am sure it will be special for the recipients as well :-)

Samantha said...

That quilt is stunning. Lucky bridal couple!

Nines said...

I think the picture is perfect! It looks tossed by the waves and the wind! It really is a beautiful quilt- I'd like to make one some day. Glad your kitty is feeling better. I think they call it a honey moon stage- people can go through that, too, so hope she enjoys it while it lasts. Getting the quilt back by the end of June is pretty fast, and they might actually enjoy it more if thy recieve it after the whirl of the wedding! Yeah, that's the ticket!

Sarah said...

The quilt is beautiful! Blues and greens are my favorites! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah

Holly said...

Dona, this quilt turned out absolutely beautiful! Very nice gift.

Lois R. said...

What a beautiful quilt. The blues and greens are marvelous! I am with Nines on the charm of the picture -- it looks great!

How lucky you are to have a friend to give your little girl her shots while you're away. Hold onto that friend with both hands!

Ann said...

BEAUTIFUL....I love this quilt. And I think your holders did a fine job.

Dawn said...

Oh it turned out Fabulous! I do love those greens and blues!