Monday, February 11, 2013

Sunny week ahead

I have two more quilts left in the closet that need quilting. Yay!!  This one is finally done.  The fabric is Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille.   It's 3 years old.  Old as dirt.
Good thing I still like the fabric.

I used a couple of charm packs (5x5 inch squares of the complete line of fabric) and simply cut them in half and stacked them to make a Chinese Coin quilt.  I'm pretty sure that's Kona snow as the background fabric.  I used some of the leftovers on the back.

This is the first time using my free motion quilting foot. When I started to quilt this (over a year ago), my machine broke when I was about halfway done, and I never went back to it until last week.  It was a good size for practicing  free motion quilting at 55x55 inches.

I spent this past weekend with my daughter and we had a good time shopping and decorating her apartment.  The weather was beautiful, and I had planned on taking pictures of my quilt out by the bay, but the Monterey Pro-Am golf tournament was going on at Pebble Beach and it was so busy, we had a hard time just navigating the city, never mind pulling over for a quick photo.
  I did find a yarn shop, although I won't say anything more than it was pretty disappointing.  I bought a beautiful hank of blue Malabrigo sock yarn, that seemed to mimic the colors of the ocean, so I didn't come away empty handed.
Now for some more yarn news.

I met a woman in the next town, who is raising 3 Alpacas, mostly to chew down the acres of grass on her property.  She just got them sheared for the first time, and was offering to sell their fleece.
Um, yes please!!!!  I bought four un-dyed hanks of pure Alpaca wool, and there is much more where this came from! 
Now I'm off for a walk.  I almost hate to post these next pictures, because so many of you are in the middle of a cold, snowy winter, but this is from my walk last week.

I know.  I can't believe it either.  No rain in sight and 62 degrees today.
 Sending you all love and sunshine from California : )


  1. I wish I would have been quilting when this fabric was available. I love it and it is so perfect for your coin quilt!! Glad you had fun with your daughter! Enjoy the sunshine!
    Love from gray, cold, wet and gloomy Ohio xoxo

  2. Congrats on the finish - that's terrific! And yeah for fmq.
    We were in SOCal a few weeks ago and all it did was rain! SO need some of that sun!

  3. Love the quilt Lynne. It always feels so good to finish!! I have three quilt tops that need quilting, and I just haven't gotten to it. I know once I get going, I will be on fire to finish!
    The photo of the horses....ahhh, gorgeous!
    XO Kris

  4. Good for you! Old as dirt? It's gorgeous.

  5. Ooo lovely at pabble mill. I went on ky holiday years ago around there. Your quilt is divine. X

  6. Love your quilt, good job and that Alpaca yarn is a great find. Thanks for the sunny pics too - they've cheered up my otherwise cold, snowy morning! :-)
    Happy Tuesday!

  7. You stippled that whole quilt? What a big job. The stacked coins look very nice and the quilting is perfect for it.
    I wish you could send me some warmth and sunshine, there is still snow outside in Bavaria.

  8. How satisfying to get another UFO finished. Is there a term for quilts not started I wonder because I must have about a hundred of those? Thank you for the lovely sunny pictures, I can almost feel the warmth which is needed here in a very cold soggy UK. Philippa xx

  9. Mmmm, lovely photos! I will be living vicariously through you for awhile. :) And, as always, your quilt is stunning. You must have a thousand quilts by now, which of course is not too many.


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