DS arrived at his destination safe and sound. He called us (messaged us and we called him back!) from Zurich and from Chicago. The flights were full but he slept nearly all the way. Classes will start on monday (today) - I just hope he had enough of a rest to carry him through this semester. We managed to clean his teeth and he promised he would use the sonicare toothbrush at least twice a day (flossing is another story!!!). Oh well.. there is only so much that a mother can control from 3,000+?? miles away!!!
I finally sewed the binding on my maple leaves quilt and put a label on the back. I called it "Souvenirs de Quebec" to represent the many years I lived in Montreal and Quebec city. It's done in batiks and is beautifully machine quilted in a swirly pattern by Wilma Gatti of Jericho, VT.
Next I decided that I must finish my pine tree quilt so I fused the pine trees on my background and machine-appliqued around them. For the machine quilting I was stumped because I hate to see uneven tension even though I have the Bernina BSR ( I just need more practice) instead I used some adhesive templates (see white tree in upper left-hand corner) and machine stitched with a walking foot around them all over the background of the quilt. Unfortunately, you can't see from these pictures but it really did turn out nice! For the templates I used this really neat product from EQ Printables I just photocopied directly on the template sheets, cut out the images, peeled off the backing and stuck them to my quilt top. The sticky templates are reuseable and were originally meant to be used for applique! I placed the templates in a random pleasing pattern on my quilt top and machine quilted with a walking foot. Next time I think I should try the 'hand' quilting stitch on my Bernina using invisible thread.