Friday, May 15, 2009

On the way to the mailbox

yesterday I caught a slight whiff of roses and realized the very pleasant fragrance was coming from our bush in the right front garden. I don't remember these roses having a fragrance last year. For that matter I don't remember the blooms being as large as they are this year either. Yesterday wasn't the first time I had taken note of the size of the blooms. I had commented to Lyn about the size of the them when they first appeared a week ago and I am still amazed by them. .
I can not credit my gardening skills with the success of this bush. It is strictly by luck or nature that it is looking so well. Last winter Lyn and I chopped it down mercilessly in the dead of winter before she draped lights on it for Christmas.

I am still quilting and will continue today after I get back from seeing Angels and Demons staring Tom Hanks.
Health and fitness report: I am still walking and have reached one goal I set for myself and that was to walk three miles in an hour. Yesterday it took me 60 minutes and 12 seconds to do so. Today starting into week five it took 59 minutes and 38 seconds. Yeah and I am down 48 pounds. Double yeah.
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Karoda said...

Is this spray basted? the quilting is beautiful and the texture divine!

Shawn said...

I really like the quilt you're working on!

Anonymous said...

OMG! What a beautiful quilt! This is the first time I have looked at your blog. I too follow Fibermania. Congratulations! on 48 lbs. and on the walking...that is wonderful! Oh yeah, did I say,WHAT A BEAUTIFUL QUILT!

juanita Yeager said...

This is whole cloth, dye painted on silk broadcloth measuring 36 " x 45" will measure smaller after the quilting. To answer Karoda, I used wonderunder to adhere the top to the batting layer and because I love the look and feel of a ralluy flat quilt I have a layer of wool/rayon felt that is spray basted to the batting. Genarally I do not add the backing fabric to my quilts until after they are completely quilted. No I do not do work that will be entered in traditional quilt shows, if I did I know that they should be quilted with the backing. The felt acts as a stabilizer and makes the heavy thread paining without distortion possible.
Thanks Shawn for liking my quilt.

Susan Turney said...

Oh, Juanita, I am so glad I found your blog. This quilt just knocks my socks off!!!!! It is fabulous! I can't wait to see it finished. I know nothing about dye painting or silk broadcloth or using wool/rayon felt as batting!!! What an eye-opener. I wish I lived closer so I could take one of your classes!

Susan Turney said...

I wrote a long comment but it disappeared so if you get my blathering twice...that's what happened! This is the MOST fabulous quilt I've ever seen!!!! I'm so in awe and even more so after your explanation above. I so wish I lived closer so I could take a class!!!! I can't wait to see it finished!

yarnahoy said...

Love the bold palette & the texture. Gorgeous!