So last week we spent a few days in the Pennsylvania countryside visiting my sister and her family. My brother, his wife, and our Mom were also there so we counted it as a mini family reunion. The highlight of the week was this guy:

Pennsylvania Bear

As someone who doesn’t get to see this kind of wildlife up close and personal very often, or at all, I was pretty excited to see him and capture some pics with my phone. But he visited twice in one day so that was a tad unnerving. I told my Sis she better keep her bear spray close but she just laughed it off. It’s pretty common for her to have bear sightings and she thought I was being a Nervous Nelly. She would be right….

He gave us a great show, scratching his back on an electric pole in the side yard and sharpening his claws on the same pole. We checked out the pole after he wandered off and the marks were about 7′ high on the pole. He was a huge guy! If you want to see a video, check out my Instagram feed. The file was too big for me to load it here and my Internet service fusses at me when I try to do things like that.

After all the bear excitement, we enjoyed the rest of the Independence Day holiday with all my nieces and nephews and their friends. We had lots of good food, cold ice cream, play time, and topped it off with a wonderful fireworks show put on by my nephew. The show gets better every year!

After we returned home, I loaded this quilt that will be given as a wedding gift and started the quilting.

Smitten digital pantograph quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The color palette is very quiet and I love that about the quilt. The print is a very pretty gray-green, with Grunge as the background fabric and the quilt is built around the small panel. We are using Superior’s Magnifico thread, which is very similar to Glide, and Quilter’s Dream wool batting. You can see the definition the batting gives the quilting in the pic above. I am *obsessed* with that batting! It drapes and quilts beautifully and stitches up like a dream. Hmm, maybe that’s why it’s called Quilter’s Dream….

Smitten digital pantograph quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I did manage to sneak the quilt outside for a quick picture before it rained. It looked like rain all day and I was afraid of getting caught in a shower, but I needn’t have worried. It was ugly for most of the day but dry.

Here’s a close-up of the panel in the middle of the quilt:

Smitten digital pantograph quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The digital pattern we chose is called Smitten and I purchased it from Urban Elementz. It’s a great pattern that stitches out quickly and looks great. My client chose it because there are hearts and swirls – perfect for a wedding quilt. You can see the design much better in the first picture. I’ve used this pantograph before on a baby quilt where it was resized smaller. It looks good no matter what size it is stitched at. I can definitely recommend it if you are looking for a swirly, heart-filled design.

I’ll be busy this week with lots of customer quilts to get done. Top priority is a table runner that wants some custom quilting. I’ve finished the quilting plan, and I’m looking forward to loading it up. Which leads me to ask – do you guys sketch out a quilting plan before you start stitching? If you do, do you use paper/pen, or an app of some sort on your tablet or laptop? I’m considering buying a tablet for that purpose but would like to know what works for you.

And before I leave I have one last pic to share. This little guy loves to hang out in the small water hole/fountain in my sister’s garden. He enjoyed posing for pictures and I had fun snapping them. He was a great model! 🙂

Frog in fountain

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