5/5/13

Making Progress



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It was another very windy day here today.  The temperatures are quite warm, but the wind makes it less than pleasant to be outside.  The wind was supposed to have died down today, but it did not.  Maybe tomorrow.  In any case, there is no rain in the forecast as far as the eye can see, and it feels very much like summer.  That's okay by me.

I slugged around about half the day, but eventually made my way into the sewing room where I made pretty good progress getting the first three sections for the Gardener's Journal quilt sewn together.  Here is the first section:


I'm not very happy with how crowded into the space the embroidered blocks are.  It makes me wonder if my copy settings were slightly enlarged when I copied the motifs from the pattern book.  The embroidery in the next section seems less crowded.  Oh well.  I'm not going to be able to do anything about it now...unless I want to redo all of the embroidery...which I do not.

Here is what I have of the second section:


The first section was quite a bit more complicated than the second and third, and so I'm feeling more optimistic about getting this done.  I'm hoping to have more time to work on it tomorrow and Tuesday.  If so, I think that will be enough time to finish up these sections.

And now, I'm going to get in the shower and get ready for my birthday dinner out tonight.  We are going to the Portland City Grill, which has one of the best views in downtown Portland.  Many years ago we went there (when it was called Atwater's) on my Cinco de Mayo birthday, which fell on a Friday night that year.  They shot off fireworks over the Willamette River, and from our perch above the city, we had a spectacular view.  This being Sunday, I'm hoping for a repeat event.  (We've gone other years during the work week, and no fireworks.  Sigh.)  Keeping my fingers crossed, anyway.  Fireworks or no, it is always a lovely evening.  I'll tell you about it tomorrow.

I hope your weekend was perfect.  Mine could not have been better. 



15 comments from clever and witty friends:

Donna said...

Combine windy, a quick rain and a cat perched in an open window and you get one very angry cat. Ms Cha Cha Cat was quite insulted!

Enjoy your birthday dinner. I'm crossing my fingers you get the firework show.

gpc said...

Love it! Happy birthday. Hope it's the best year ever! :)

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Barbara, hope you had fun & fireworks at dinner :)

Kate said...

Looking good on the Gardener's Journal, lots of progress. Enjoy your birthday dinner.

Junebug613 said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope it was fantastic! The Gardener's journal is looking good.

Sherry said...

I really like your Gardeners Journal quilt. I always enjoy making quilts with embroidery involved. Happy Birthday, I hope your evening out was wonderful.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyy to you!!

Love your stitching!

Brown Family said...

You are making good progress on this one! They do look a little close to the edges, but i would not do them over!

Nan

Lyndsey said...

That Garden journal quilt is coming together well. I love the embroidery especially the lady smelling the roses. Hope you enjoyed your birthday dinner with the family and I so hope you got fireworks that would be the icing on the cake. Did you get cake?

Cath said...

I just love that Gardeners Journal quilt. Enjoy your birthday dinner!!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Diane Wild said...

The Gardener's Journal looks wonderful. It will turn out fantastic like all your stitching. Yes, you need fireworks on your birthday.

Dar said...

Your gardener quilt looks great!! When it's all together it will be perfect. Happy Birthday again and I hope you had the fireworks you deserved!!! I lit a candle in your honor at my house.

Kathy H said...

Love your stitchery quilt. I hope you had a happy birthday and that they had the fireworks in your honor.

quiltzyx said...

The Gardener's Journal is coming together nicely. I do see what you mean about the one section being sort of squished - oh well, the garden got a bit overgrown I suppose. ;^)

desertskyquilts said...

Happy birthday. Hope you got your fireworks! The quilt looks great. I loved being able to see your blocks up close, thank you!