Saturday, June 2, 2012
Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 21
Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 21 – June 1, 2012
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Our cat, Tigger, is still hanging in there. He is losing weight and drooling but otherwise seems to be acting normal. I’m brewing him some more thyme as I type. I’m just not ready to let go.
This week two of my first cousins on the Theaux side called. They were helping one of Loretta’s daughters move to
. Yes, that means I have family living in
town. Sadly, I haven’t had the
opportunity to meet her yet.
Nevertheless, Loretta and Liz came to the house for a visit and, as with
all of the Theaux’s, we had a ball. Our
parents, Mama and her 7 siblings all lived in Pensacola and knew all of their cousins and
relatives well. However, when that
generation got married and began their families, it seems many of them left to
the four corners of the Lafayette .
Thus, their children did not get the opportunity to meet their cousins
and extended relatives, or at least, get to know them well. All of Audrey’s girls look alike. George had met Loretta before and kept
calling Liz, Loretta. However, George
seems to think we all look similar and have definite inherited traits. United
The following day I decided that we all need to get to know each other. I created a “Group” on Facebook called “Family of Laurent and Flavie Theaux” and that group has been buzzing ever since. The whole family has not joined us yet but the ones that are on there can’t stop talking – that, indeed, is a family trait. Family photos are popping up all of the time. We’ve only been up for a day or two, but so far the family is having a great time. So, if you are part of this family and not involved in the group, let me know and I’ll get you there.
Last night I attended a baby shower for the daughter of a dear friend. I love making baby blankets for these occasions. The exact spelling of the baby’s name has not been decided. In fact, I’m not sure the parents are sure what the baby’s name is going to be. So, I felt it was best not to personalize the blanket. This blanket was made a bit different from most of my blankets. I used a lot of appliqué, a lot of quilting/stippling, and continuous hooping. The baby is a girl but the mama did not want pink. I used a sea foam green cotton fabric for the back and front of the blanket. Then I located the center and appliquéd “Beach Babe”. From there I used chalk to mark off five inch squares throughout the blanket. Every third square had a letter of the alphabet appliquéd. The square was appliquéd. Then the letter was appliquéd over the square. The thread color was a bright coral. The various appliquéd fabrics were animal print, white, coral, and a teal. I used a very soft cutaway stabilizer. Since the family lives in
I didn’t want to make a heavy blanket.
The soft stabilizer was the only batting used. After the appliqués were done, I pinned the
back to the front and starting in the middle embroidered a beautiful quilting
design with white thread in each of the squares without appliqué. This gave that wonderful quilt/trapunto feel
and look. Then I digitized an edge
design of two rows of satin stitching and in between the rows the word
“BABY”. The row of satin stitching
directly on the edge was the coral thread.
The inner row of satin stitching was a sea foam green thread; and the
word “BABY” was in white thread.
Following the chalk lines, I embroidered this design all the way around
the blanket. When that was finished, I
cut the edges along the outside of the coral satin stitches making them the
edge of the blanket. After that there
were a few trims and clean up and voila, the blanket was finished. It took a couple of weeks, working every day
on it, but it was finished in time for the baby shower last night. I think everyone liked it. Sarasota
Aspartame!! If you have received an email about Aspartame, the sweet poison, it is probably false. I did receive such an email and checked it out via Snopes. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp. Whether or not this is true or false, I do agree that artificial sweeteners are probably not good for you. Having spent many years researching class action lawsuits, I am personally very hesitant about believing anything the FDA says. When it comes to “all natural”, please remember that there are “all natural” poisons out there, too. Let us not forget that arsenic and strychnine are natural occurring substances, as is nightshade, poison ivy, poison oak, etc.
We did the names on the robes for Confetti Couture this week, as well. Five of the children robes came in last week, and five more this week, plus two adult robes. They were for a birthday party for a 9 year old girl. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the owner of Confetti Couture, Megan, and she is a very delightful young lady. In addition to all of the events that Confetti Couture coordinates, she also sews children clothing. She is quite the little multi-talented entrepreneur. If you need help with any special events like birthday parties, weddings, anniversary parties, etc., you will do yourself a favor by contacting Megan at Confetti Coutures. www.confetticoutureevents.com.
I haven’t begun practicing on the cutwork with the boring needle yet. This week I did learn how to use the boring needle on our new Amaya machine. Now I just need to do some cutwork digitizing. Right now I need more practice on the continuous hooping and getting those stitches where they belong.
Something that I did this week was to embroider a 12.5 inch monogram. The monogram was 12.5 inches tall but 15 inches wide. I found that the largest monogram that I can do with the new, fancy, large hoop that I have is about 15 inches by 15 inches. Of course, once I get really good at multi-hooping and lining up those stitches perfectly, then the sky is the limit on size.
Did you know?
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
Found at: http://www.coolfunnyquotes.com/
C’est tout, mes amis
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