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I’m Back ! April 2009

A Wrinkle In Time

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I decided I really wanted to have a go at this again.  Partly because of  a Slumber Party, held here in Nashville, consisting of a group of girlfriends that date back to Jr.High.  I intend to post some photos documenting that wonderful reunion.  We have not all been together since our since our 50th Class Reunion 4 years ago.  It was a time of relaxation, refreshing of spirit, and filled with so much laughter we would pee our pants.  Since this is primarily for their enjoyment in recalling all of our fun, I will simply post pictures and one video but without a lot of commentary about where the pictures were taken.  Just click on each photo to enlarge.

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And the bonus to all of this is the following link…..

http://lea.glewwe.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/GigglingGirls.AVI

(30 MB)

Whew! Finished on time!!!

Well….”we did it …we did it…did it…did it..did it!!!!”

I guess only the Nashvillian Glewwe’s would understand that lingo.  A  favorite phrase Megan, our 2 1/2  year old granddaughter, picked up from one of her beloved TV for Toddlers  shows called “Dora the Explorer”. 

Howard and I embarked on Grant’s birthday gift quilt shortly after returning from our last trip.  I had purchased fabric for it when we were in Lancaster County, unfortunately it was not quite enough for the pattern we selected to do.  Of course the easy thing would have been just to order more from the original quilt shop.  But of course I couldn’t remember the name of the shop.  Dumb, dumb, dumb!  We of course began our search for the same fabric here with no luck at all.  After many quilt shops, JoAnn’s,  & Hobby Lobby,  we gave up. 

We did find some fabric that co-ordinated at a quilt store over in Goodlettsville and decided to use it…. and modify our design.  The documentation of this is brief but I did want to share how we lay out and stretch smooth the fabric to make our sandwich of backing, batting, and the quilt top.  Once it is stretched we pin the entire quilt  every 3 to 4 inches.  stretch-and-sandwich.jpg

Neither of us work well in this floor position anymore so when we do another queen size quilt, I am going to take my daughter-in-law Sandra’s advice and take it down to her quilt store.  There we can  rent a couple of tables to do this sandwiching on.  They might even be able to teach us how to use the “spray tack” thus doing away with having to “pin”. 

There is also a photo of my finishing up sewing the binding by hand and then of course the finished project.  I just hope he likes it.  When asked what he wants for his birthday he always says “Make me a quilt mom”,  “all I want is a quilt”.  Making a queen size is easy to piece and somewhat easy to assemble but the quilting has become harder for me.  It is just very hard to maneuver even when doing “free motion” quilting.  And….I’m just not as strong as I used to be. 

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Howard is such a big part of the creation of any of the quilts.  I kiddingly say I can sew almost as fast as he can cut.  But his support and creativity means that all of these quilts are “our” creations.

It’s on it’s way!

Finally!  We are started on Gareth’s Tee Shirt quilt.  We hope to have this finished so it can be given for his 14th birthday.  But we are going to have to go like sixty.  As usual, Howard cuts, then I press and sew.  The planning and preparation is the real work of making a quilt.  The construction and actually quilting is the easy part. 

Gareth had a number of old tee-shirts that held so many memories that he didn’t want Diane to throw them away.  Which has lead Howard and I into this project.  I will add to this and document with pictures as we go so you can see the varies steps taken.

 Well the tough part is just about over.  Here are the steps to date.    I have documented  these steps with photos. 

Step 1 - Howard measures and measures again

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Step 2 - Apply interfacing to back of Tee Shirt Block

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Step 3 - Make necessary adjustments

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Step 4  - Basic layout of blocks

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Step 5 - Sew sashing to blocks

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Step 6 - Assemble blocks into rows

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Step 7 - Assemble & stitch horizonal sashing to row

Step 8 - Sew border on to all four sides of quiltstep-8-sew-border-onto-all-4-sides.jpg 

Step 9 - Sandwich quilt top, batting, & backing & pin

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Step 10 - Quilt

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Step 11 - Attach  sewing binding to quilt and finish by hand 

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Step 12 - Finished Quilt

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New Project

Finally!  We are started on Gareth’s Tee Shirt quilt.  We hope to have this finished so it can be given for his 14th birthday.  But we are going to have to go like sixty.  As usual, Howard cuts, then I press and sew.  The planning and preparation is the real work of making a quilt.  The construction and actually quilting is the easy part. 

Gareth had a number of old tee-shirts that held so many memories that he didn’t want Diane to throw them away.  Which has lead Howard and I into this project.  I will add to this and document with pictures as we go so you can see the varies steps taken.

Great Movie

Howard and I watch a wonderful movie last night.  So frequently I simple listen and sew at the same time but this was really worth watching.  A rather serious film which brought me to tears.  The film is “I am David”.  Now I will attempt to put in a link to Netflix.  If you have a chance check it out.  We also watched Songcatcher again recently and that was also with our time.  Wonderful story!!

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/I_Am_David/60034547

Based on Anne Holm’s novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp through sheer will and determination. All he has in his possession is a loaf of bread, a letter to deliver to someone in Denmark and a compass to help get him there. Co-stars James Caviezel and Joan Plowright.

Starring: Ben Tibber, Jim Caviezel …
Director: Paul Feig
Genre:  Drama
Format:  Widescreen …

Language: English

 

Another Try at Photos

childhood-friendslinda-leta-karen.jpgI’m not sure just what these will be but I am just working on proceedure right now.

Megan

Now I think we need some photos of Megan….

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close-up-of-michaeli.jpgWe’ll I got my precious little 9 month old Michael.

Lesson on placing photos on blog

close-up-of-michaeli.jpgThis afternoon I am going to give a shot at putting some photo’s on this site.  We’ll see just how slow a learner I am.