Friday, October 30, 2009
I love love love Stitching Lines! I am making half square blocks from pieced blocks, precision is important to the finished block and the Stitching Lines are letting me sew precise straight lines. Best part is they are also very easy to use.
Sorry, I can't show the finished block...this is part of that no peeking I posted about earlier.
And because my Mother called me a pill for not telling her what the first prototype is, here is a picture of the second little prototype I finished today.
After all I have a reputation to live up to. ;o)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I met the nicest people today as I was doing a little shopping to get ready to make my next prototype (Mom, prototype is a synonym for Christmas gift). Hello Cathy! She is a new quilter who was looking for local quilt shops that carried flannels. It is almost embarrassing all the quilt shops I know in this area, okay in a 200 miles radius of this area. Cathy, I thought of a few others, give me a call.
IF I make it again, I will change a few things, mainly figure out a way to reduce the bulk. But I think I will try another pattern first. Now I think I need to find my bed.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I decided since I've never made a few of the gifts I'm planning to give that I should do a prototype - get all the awkward new-stuff uglies out of the way. Good thing I did, I screwed it up already. All my own fault, thought it would be too bulking with two layers of batting so just quilted it my own way instead of following the directions...hmmm won't the seams show this way when you put it together? Oooohhhh, that's why two layers of batting...Boogers. Had one piece quilted already and had just started on another. Luckily I have lots of the fabric and I don't have to unquilt anything - there will be just an added layer of fabric. I like the fabric I'm using for the prototype. This is a safe picture to show, quilting grids using my walking foot.
Notice how quickly Siddi makes herself comfortable in my sewing chair.
And in all fairness, my Mom is not as bad as I hinted at yesterday. When we were kids my Mom would sneak peaks at the gifts my brother and I got, but she never peaked at her own. Shook, poked and prodded, but never peaked. Love ya Mom.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
As always I am waiting until the last minute, is eight weeks before Christmas waiting until the last minute. Nothing I want to make is overly difficult, but they all take time - hopefully not more than eight weeks.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Most of the fabrics are from the backs of quilts I've made (I like to put flannel on the back of my quilts, it increases the snuggle factor), and a few are from flannel quilts I've made. Truly a scrap quilt. I haven't decided if I'm going to put flannel on the back of this one. I have a ton of flannels, I was going to make a Turning Twenty quilt with flannels to back this...not sure if I still want to that.
It doesn't look it, but it is roughly 86 inches X 88 inches. I still have enough bricks left over to make a baby quilt.
Nothing fancy, very utilitarian but very soft.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Then let him take a nap on your sewing table...does that look comfortable?
Huh? I have no idea what was so interesting. Siddi stayed there and look in the waste basket the whole time I was taking pictures of Obba.
Usually when she gets like this there is a bug involved...
Still looking. No bug.
So why you ask am I posting so many cats pictures? Well, says I, I HAVE BEEN SEWING! I don't have anything to show yet. I have ten rows (out of 22) of flannel bricks sewn together. It is not staggered bricks like I originally planned, I'm just sewing bricks together to get the length I want, then I'm make a border of bricks to get the width I want. Hmmm. I just had a thought, I haven't figured out how many bricks I need or counted how many I have...oh oh.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I wanted a picture of my boys sitting nicely together...not alien eyes.
The paper bag is not trash on the floor, my cats love love love paper bags, there is almost always a cat sitting on or in the bag. Right after this was taken Fred moved over to lay on the bag.
I wanted a cute picture of Obba sitting on one of my quilts. Not quite right, no handsome face.
This also is not what I wanted:
I need to send my cats to obedience school so they will learn how to sit still and pay attention while I'm taking pictures.
Do you follow Bonnie Hunter's leader and ender philosophy? I do, I have baggies and baggies full of half square triangles. I haven't squared any of them up yet, and I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet. But I did see a quilt at PIQS that gave me some inspiration.
This quilt was HUGE. I had to laugh at the quilt name "Oh Holy Nightmare!"
If you can't read the notice, it said: "Based on an antique quilt, this quilt has nearly 11,000 pieces. I worked without a final goal in mind, and enjoyed the process knowing I could stop when I wanted to. This inspired me to keep going for longer than I had otherwise might have!"
11,000 pieces! It was a beautiful and fun quilt but I'm thinking it may be more perspiration than inspiration.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Below are a couple of pictures I took at PIQS of some quilting (hand and machine) that I thought fit the quilts perfectly. As always, my pictures do not do these quilts justice.
Here are a couple of whole cloth quilts that I thought were beautiful.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I'll post more pictures tomorrow. Right now I just want to put my feet up and read through all the patterns I bought. Which one should I make first.....
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Next to quilting, this is a perfect rainy day activity.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
And a bush that now looks like this.
The bush was huge, about 8 ft by 6 ft. I hated that bush, but I really wish someone would have bug sprayed that bee before it got into my bonnet. I am so sore right now I can barely lift my glass of wine.
Earlier this week I found a bunch of stitchery projects that ranged from almost done to just barely started. Don't know why I stopped working on any of them but since I'm in the mood for some handwork I decided to finish them up. This is the one that was almost done, a little sewing sampler.
Footnote: If you are interested I found two tutorials for the coasters. I like this tutorial the best, it is made very similar to the one I posted. Here is another link for the coasters (you have to scroll down a bit), this one shows the hour glass (triangles) design. The second one uses an extra muslin square and batting. I made my first coaster with batting and I thought the coaster was too bulky and you couldn't get sharp corners - I like the fusible interfacing better. Either would make great Thank You or Christmas gifts.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I played hooky from work one day a few years ago and took a trip to Old Folsom. I also stopped in at the local quilt shop. An older gentleman had come into the shop and left a couple of boxes of fabric and books that were his mother's that he had been storing in his garage for 20 years - he wanted them to go to someone who would use them. The shop could not sell the items and allowed customers to take what ever they wanted. One of the items was a plastic bag full of strip bundles - it looked interesting so I took it home. The woman had begun hand piecing a rail fence square so I decided to continue her pattern. The bundles contained strips she had grouped together in threes, I kept those together also. The fabrics ranged from vintage 30's and 40's fabrics to 60's polyester, silk and upholstery fabrics, I kept all of those in too. The only fabric I added was the sashing and back. I love how it turned out
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Thursday, October 8, 2009
I threw out most of the clothing related stuff. You can see some of the sewing related stuff below.
I think all of the patterns and fabric are from the '70s. Below are the three pieces of fabric that were not scraps, and the brocade curtain fabric (kinda pretty). There is about 2.5 yards of the white with bright florals, a yard of the pink stripe and about a yard of the lavender. They are all light weight fabrics, probably blends - I think they were meant to be made into blouses.
I have no use for the fabric. Do you want them? If so, you have to take all the fabric, even the scraps and curtain panels. Leave a comment - make sure there is an email address I can reach you at. If nobody wants them by Sunday, I'll give it to the Goodwill.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As I mentioned before I over cut the ornament strips so I'm also making this with a dark background and light ornaments. I can't wait to finish that one.
Monday, October 5, 2009
What did I do? I shut my eyes, added one more strip and squared it up. I'm pretending to be Obba. Obba is very timid, when anyone visits he hides under the covers of my bed. He thinks if he can't see you, you can't see the big lump in the middle of the bed. Using Obba logic if I close my eyes and just square it up the wonkiness goes away. Right? AarrrggGHHHH...
I will post a picture tomorrow after I get the binding on. Even wonky it is still a pretty wall hanging.
As promised, here is a picture of my boys. The picture is a few years old, but it is one of the few I have of the two together where they are not fighting.
Fred is on the left, Obba on the right. As you can tell, I do not have petite boys.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Oh, you wanted a cat picture not a quilt picture? Okay, I'll post a picture of my boys tomorrow.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Don't ya love those cotton ball cheeks? He acts like a dog, when he sees you he'll stroll over (cats do not run to anyone), roll over on his back and let you rub his belly. Too cute. He also torments my cats to no end. My cats are strictly indoor cats, because he's outside and he knows they can't get at him, he will sit in front of the slider door and watch all three of them bang and hiss at the glass trying to get at him. For good measure every once in a while he will tap on the glass with his paw just to see how much more trouble he can stir up.
Moses spent the good part of the afternoon hunting butterflies in my garden. He couldn't catch a one. What did he catch? A mouse. And a bird. Both dead. Which he left for me.
No thank you Moses.
Friday, October 2, 2009
The last time Suzanne had a give away it was good news, bad news. This time it is good news, good news...or is it? I went to the Auburn Home and Garden show today and since I was in the area I just had to stop by Cabin Fever Quilt Shoppe. I bought fabric...see?
The salmon background is also fabric I bought to go with this set. As always my camera does not do any of the fabrics justice. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them, but I just had to have them. I also picked up a Bishop's Fan stencil which is perfect for the Retro Chick quilt.
I'm not suppose to be buying fabric, so bad girl, but good news.