Monday, May 20, 2013

Of Birds, Berries, and Grads: Jingle BOM Applique Block One is FINISHED and So Is College For Amanda!

Jingle BOM Applique Block One FINISHED!
I stitched the last berries to my Jingle BOM Applique Block #1 in the Hartford International Airport last night while waiting for our (much delayed) flight to bring us back from my niece's college graduation.  My little 3/8" diameter berries came out better than I'd hoped for, considering that this is my first-ever attempt at applique.  I think I cut my seam allowances a little too wide, which created a lot of bulk under the smaller pieces, but I'll try to do better on the next block. 

My niece and former flower girl graduated with an Engineering Science degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA yesterday.  I still can't believe she's all grown up now. 

Bernie and Me with Newly-Graduated Amanda!

It was a beautiful graduation ceremony, the culmination of a weekend full of hundred-year-old traditions and a chance to catch up with my husband's side of the family.  Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post delivered one of the best -- and funniest -- commencement speeches that I have ever heard:

Now that I'm finally home (and properly caffeinated, thank you), I've got some unpacking, laundry, and grocery shopping to attend to.  Lars and Anders have only three weeks left of school, and next weekend my mom and I are taking a machine applique class with Harriet Hargrave at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium.  Now that I've tried a little hand applique, it will be interesting to try Hargrave's invisible machine applique method to see which I prefer. 

Have a great week, everyone!


Fred and/or Marlies said...

That is a really nice shot of the three of you. Shades and all. I agree about the commencement speech. That lady has her act together. We are home too and I'm just testing my mobile hotspot device. It works as you can see from this note. Last time I was home without internet access I got withdrawal symptoms in between runs to McDonald's. Couldn't let that happen again. I might keep this thing and use it in my garage library where DSL has completely failed me.

Lane said...

You're going to love invisible machine applique. I have a hand applique project that I've been considering finishing with that method. Glad you had an enjoyable trip. Lane

Ivory Spring said...

What an awesome looking block!