Thursday, March 29, 2012
The female startled out of the front garden when The Engineer went out to get the mail. She has made a nest in the vines - about 2 o'clock from the dandelion flower. There are maybe 8 or more eggs in there.
I will try and get a better picture another day. It's cold and windy today so I didn't want to make her stay away from them for too long.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Do you suppose if I sit right here being annoyed with myself the problem over there on the table will fix itself?
No - I didn’t think so either…
Those of you who know me… or if you’ve read this record of my misadventures in quilting long enough you know that I have a mantra that goes… “I haven’t met a border I can’t screw up!”
And you know that I am nothing if not consistent.
I have no idea why I have more than one piece of black yardage… Yesterday I picked up this piece and tore the 3 yards lengthwise into 4 long strips to use as borders for the 4 Patch Stacked Posie I’m working on. Last night before quitting for the day I pressed them all so that I could put the borders on today – there was enough length to miter the corners – Yea!
Today after putting 2 opposite borders on I realized that the black was not right!??? That was when I found the yardage I needed over there with the other fabrics… you know - over there where ALL the fabrics for this project are sitting!!
So I now have 4 nice strips of black fabric approx. 10 1/2” by 108”… but I’ll have to find a use for them another time.
I wonder if this is the black fabric I thought I had for the Bouillabaisse project? NO… I don’t want to think about that… I do know that I need to quit moving fabric around this sewing room – oh and maybe get better lights… and maybe check and recheck when I’m using black…
I think tearing these new border strips out of the correct black fabric will be good for my psyche… such that it is…
Monday, March 26, 2012
I spent the weekend working on a small banner for a church event for my granddaughter.
I wish this picture was better… the background fabric is from a piece of hand dyed fabric I received many years ago from an online friend Leora – I lost contact with her many years ago but the fabric is the perfect blend of purple and pinks for this project – so Thanks Leora wherever you are!
I decided to fuse white fabric to the batiks to keep them bright – fusing them directly to the black would have darkened them – so those stained glass pieces are like cardboard and make the cross rather stiff – I won’t be stitching through those! Since this - as you see it - is only 11” x 13” it’s not going to need much more than to have some stitching to outline the cross. There will also be black borders to bring it to 13” x 18”. I’ll need to get my granddaughters name on the border in some fashion too.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Did I happen to mention that I spent too much money at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show last week… Well I did… spend too much that is!
I got a Martelli Mat set – I’ve been a Martelli Cutter Lover for a long time and the set came with their heavy duty double sided mat (it is lined on the other side as well with a purple background), a non-skid ruler (not shown) a cutter and a 5 pack of blades. I am loving this mat!!
I have got no less than 6 small plastic bins with leftovers from projects… I hope to use this AccuQuilt Go Cutter to put a dent in all those odd pieces of fabric.
I renewed my AQS membership and the goody bag contained a small pair of embroidery scissors, then I picked up a pair of curved and straight Havel Scissors (buy one get one free!), I bought an ironing board cover that will fit the big ironing surface I made and an iron shoe – suppose to be that nothing sticks to them and they make ironing better, I found a cool little curved ruler from a designer from Easthampton, MA, I found 3 interesting patterns to try out, I picked up a bunch of fabric for a project, I found a nifty device called a strip stick and a device that’s suppose to make sewing long strips easier (we shall see), and I picked up a book from an Amish writer.
I’ll let you know what I think about some of these things as I try them out…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It’s hard to believe it’s been two months!?
Whilst on vacation I…
- visited with my family in Texas
- shopped and sewed with my sister
- visited with an old quilty friend who had moved to Dallas
- vacuumed 120 gallons of water out of the basement at my parents, removed wet carpet, padding and tile
- went to a Quilting Retreat hosted by the most gracious Judy Laquidara from Patchwork Times
- worked on a couple old UFO’s at the retreat
- work on a couple new projects at the retreat
- found my quilt MoJo at the retreat
- went on an unofficial quilt shop hop with my sister
- visited an amazing shop called Batiks Galore
- watched the Longhorn Cattle Drive at the Ft. Worth Stock Yards twice in one day
- ate Mexican food when ever I could
- ate Chicken Fried Steak when ever I could
- ate sausage biscuits and gravy when ever I could
- probably gained 10 pounds
- visited my Aunt and Cousins in Kansas on my way home
- brought my Aunt home with me for a 10 day visit - dodging tornados on our way across Indiana
- visited my brother in VA while our Aunt was here
- played cards and dominos every chance I got
- attended the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show last week
- visited with many Quilty friends during the show
- spent too much money at the show because now I have my MoJo back
- caught up on (over 3 days) all of AMC’s The Walking Dead shows that have aired since it began again in mid-Feb.
- decided that 3 days of zombie apocalypse is too much because I dreamed about zombies
But I am officially done with vacation and all the fun stuff has come to an end… today I go back to the gym… then I’ll probably need a nap!