Bet y'all thought I gave up sewing. Things have been so busy around here that any spare time I found, I would spend writing blog posts...or sleeping. LOL. I love to curl up with a good book, but lately, I would be good for two pages at night and then I would be out. I'm a good sleeper. I like my sleep. I need my sleep. It's not pretty when I don't get my sleep. Lately it's been over 100° day after day, and combined with the wind, that just wears a body out. At least it wears THIS old body out.
I've been walking 5 miles in the morning. I finally figured out how to download books to my Nano from a library so it's been a treat to hit the road every morning, although sometimes I just soak up the morning and never even turn it on. We're generally very dry here, but yesterday morning it was humid. I'm not going to complain if the arrival of humidity will be accompanied by rain, but whew! I was a wet mess when I got back. DH had been riding and working with a couple of colts and he was hosing one down when I walked up. I was very tempted to ask him to direct that water my way, but he would have gotten way too much pleasure out of that. :) I settled for a shower.
I think it's been about a month since I even touched my sewing machine. Although I did dust it frequently. :) Now that we've finally finished with our fall works and fed our last load of feed, I was able to sneak in some time behind the sewing machine.
I had forgotten where I was after I finished the wedding quilt for sweet Haley. But somewhere in there, I had started piecing a simple baby quilt for my niece using the panel in the Oink-A-Doodle-Moo line:
I just bought the panel and pulled other fabrics from my stash. I kept getting a nagging feeling that it needed something else like a pieced border. But wait. I've never made a pieced border. I have been wanting to learn how to add pieced borders so I went to the expert on such matters...the border queen...Judy Laquidara. I didn't actually GO to her, but I ordered her book . However, it just arrived today, and I was impatient so I found a book at the library and before I knew it, with a bit of number crunching, I had a pieced border that didn't turn out half bad:
In fact, I rather like it. A lot.
I like the way Judy presents her borders better. If I had not been so impatient, I would not have ended up with so many biased seams, but I'm thinking there will be more pieced borders in my future. I KNOW there will be, because Judy has inspired me. I am intimidated by EQ, but number crunching I can do.
Off to Jackie it goes as I am not confident enough in my Free Motion Quilting skills to tackle this right now, and I am bushed. I think I'm even too tired to sew. Yep, I'm that tired.