Monday, August 21, 2017

Full sun eclipse, once in lifetime!

August 21, 2017, 1.31pm

 We could watch it straight from our porch.

 When the Moon completely covered the Sun, it became unusually dark for the midday time for almost 2 minutes.

 We were still able to see the eclipse for another couple hours, which was pretty amazing and fascinating view.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"The perfect Firestorm". Finished!

The rain never came in time.
The blaze approached the city limits.
The winds had already arrived. Within minutes, the flames reached neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city; within an hour, wind speeds had doubled, driving flames through communities and toppling utility poles. The resulting blaze killed 14 people, injured nearly 200 others and damaged or destroyed nearly 2,500 homes and businesses.

                                   In Dedication to the victims of the Gatlinburg Fire

From an idea of this quilter, to the generosity of women from all over the world, “The Burning Leaves of Gatlinburg” quilt were born...

After seeing the inferno that engulfed our beloved neighborhood in Gatlinburg, TN, my heart could not rest until I set my fingers busy to try and ease the pain of others that had suffered an even greater loss than my husband and me.  This was just our vacation home and we knew from previous experience, in 2005, what it was like to lose everything to fire.

The Gatlinburg fires started during a drought that made the fall leaves brilliant with color, colors of fire itself!  With this in mind my quilter's hands began to designed and cut a leaf pattern that I set out to tell other quilters about.  I would send the pattern to all who would craft a leaf from it, return it, and then I would sew the beauty of the falling leaves and the compassion of others, into the warmth of a quilt for those who had lost so much.

The response was uplifting, the results were beautiful, most of all, lives were touched... and none not greater than mine.

I received 213 leaves in total and they are still coming. Four quilts are already made, one is donated, three more will be given away soon, 2 more of these charity quilts are under the needle…  Hopefully they will turn out my neighbors’ memories from burning to warming up their souls.

 This quilt will stay in my family as a memory of the beautiful house we lost in that fire.

By Natalie Patton

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Squared up and signed

Proceeding to the next step.

 This was the most intricate and challenging part of pieing and assembling this quilt.

 If you do free motion quilting, you might like these tiny but very bright LED finger lights!
They are available in my Etsy store. 
Waterproof finger lights: white, green, blue and red.
These Laser Finger Beams have bright LED bulbs mounted in small cases that fit on your fingers with an elastic strap.

Powered:3 x*AG3 batteries (included)

White color light (recommended for sewing) will brighten the area around the sewing needle. Extremely helpful for free motion quilting, especially when working on dark fabrics.

Elastic band will hold it tight on the top of your finger, so you can still feel the fabric with your finger tips.
Also helps in cleaning your sewing machine or bobbin area. 
Long armers will appreciate this little helper, when changing the bobbin.

Other colors will make any gathering beautiful!
Whether you're heading to a party or into fun long-exposure (shutter lag) photography, these are sure to entertain.
They are also WATERPROOF! Will decorate your bottles, cups, glasses, balloons, swim suits, flip flops, bicycles, etc....
You can also put them in a cave of ornaments to decorate your aquarium.