Yet another pair for the closet shelf!

Those are The Best Fencing Shoes Ever. They are the asymmetrical fencing shoes made by Adidas…”made” being in the past tense. They were discontinued after only two years of production, and have become a rarity to find used or new. The shoe on the left is for the front foot (my left foot). You can see how the heel is reinforced and padded. The shoe on the right (my back foot) has the raised area with extra durable leather, as that is the area most likely to get worn down with repeated footwork and lunging. These shoes also have arch support, which is unheard of in fencing shoes, AND they have good traction. They’re as comfy as tennis shoes, and they wear well.

I planned ahead several years ago. A friend of mine went to summer nationals and offered to buy DH and me anything we wanted (on sale!), and we both requested these shoes. I was the lucky one – they had these shoes in my size because a) my feet are small for shoes that are only made in mens’ sizes, and b) I’m left-handed. He was jealous then.

I just broke into that pair a few weeks ago. My last pair of shoes lasted for four solid competitive seasons plus a season of intermittent fencing. They’re still in decent shape, but they don’t have traction any more. I happened to find another pair on the clearance page of an online fencing retailer – WHEE! DH is again supremely jealous. I looked high and low for his size, but they’re just not to be found.

I suppose it will be that much harder when these two pair are long gone, and who knows what kind of fencing shoes will be on the market?

Alzheimer’s Day – Make a Virtual Quilt Patch

Ami Simms posted this on her blog: “This Sunday, September 21, 2008, is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a day to remember the 26.6 million people worldwide who have this vile disease that will eventually rob them of the ability to remember and to reason. It will take from them every skill they ever learned and every relationship they ever held dear. And for most, they will watch this thief at work in their own minds.”

Her mother, like millions of others, is suffering from this disease. The loved ones of those with AD are suffering as well – suffering from watching their loved one deteriorate, grieving the loss of the person they once were, and accepting the emptiness that they are slowly becoming. It’s heartbreaking. I worked at a nursing home prior to my current job, and it broke my heart watching the residents I had come to know and love take a turn for the worse as the result of this terrible disease.

So please, take a moment to create a virtual quilt patch in someone’s honor to remember them. And check out Ami Simms’s Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative – all proceeds from the quilt auctions go directly to research for Alzheimer’s.

Raising Awareness & Funding Research

DOH!

I got to the guild meeting tonight, only to discover that I had brought my embroidery…but not the floss. I came home to finding it sitting on the kitchen table. That’s what I get for missing my alarm and scrambling this morning. *sigh*

Sunflower Quilt

Yay, I can finally post this! πŸ˜€ I made a mini quilt for Toni, as life has thrown her a few curveballs lately. I used this block for a birthday block swap, and I knew she’d like it…but in a mini quilt form! She called me today to say that it had arrived safely. πŸ˜€

I didn’t realize that I didn’t get a picture of the whole quilt (DOH) but you can get the general idea from the close-up pictures I did get. It is hand-embroidered and hand-quilted. It was also my first attempt at mitered borders, and they came out well overall.
Quilting close-up:

I added the yellow running stitch for an accent that wouldn’t overpower the center:

Backing:

Cookies & Cream top…done! (FINALLY)

I can finally post something! I finally finished the top that is for the quilt for my brother-in-law and his soon-to-be wife’s wedding present. It’s the biggest top I’ve made so far – 88″ x 88″ – and in the pictures is shown on our king-sized bed. Eek! Fortunately, I get to quilt it on a longarm machine, so it should be downhill from here. The binding will be the same blue as the inner border, and the backing is a deep, rich red. Their house is painted in tans, and they have dark wood furniture with red accent pieces. πŸ˜€ I chose the colors long before I saw the house…spooky, huh?

It’s not my best piecing job. I rushed it, as I procrastinated putting it together, and it shows. The pieces are either pieced perfectly or they’re up to 1/2″ off. *sigh* Oh well. If it’s used as intended (bed quilt) then it won’t matter, as you won’t see them from a distance. They’re more obvious in the pictures because it’s smoothed out and flattened, rather than bundled up on the bed. πŸ˜€ It will be bound in the blue fabric, which looks glowy in the picture but is in reality a beautiful French blue.

Angled view:
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Close-up:
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Random people

So I’ve been working on my coffee quilt on the bus going to work in the mornings, as well as in the coffeeshop area AT work for about 45 minutes before I have to be at work. This gives me time to wake my brain up and lets spend a little time every working on the quilting. Yesterday a woman approached me and asked if I did them for sale as she wanted one. She was really surprised and seemed almost insulted when I told her no and the reasons why. I dunno. Today a lady stopped for a closer look, and she told me she used to quilt before her arthritis took over her hands. She was very nice and was thrilled that there was a person under the age of 50 quilting…in public, no less!

I guess you’re more likely to see knitting, crocheting, or embroidery in those situations, as they’re more portable. This quilt isn’t that big (44″ x 44″) and I can sit on the bus and ensure that I’m not taking up an inch of seat or floor space of the seat next to me. πŸ˜€ I do have to get a spot where I can put my feet or knees up, though, but that’s not hard as there is hardly anyone on my bus at 6:53 a.m. at my stop.