Pop on over to my secret blog to see progress on a belated Christmas gift quilt.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
That is the name of the new block I'm working on as a leader/ender with the goslings. Here is the first block...
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Once Susie twisted my arm and dragged me into the sewing room (ahem), I started on some pillow shams to match this quilt that is currently on my bed. I had this boxful of leftover pieces...
So I started sewing and sewing. I had 4 strips going, two of each direction. I sewed from the time Maria arrived at the mansion until they escaped from the Germans (wasn't the wedding beautiful). The hills are alive, with the sound of sewing.
But I digress. I also was moving forward on another quilt I'm piecing via leaders/enders. Here is a picture of many of them, grouped by tens and held together with safety pins. They finish at 1" x 2". Project picture to come later.
I was just a rollin' along on my Texas Braid strips. Here is one finished on the cutting table, ready to be trimmed down.
Then a few chops later, I haphazardly put these on the already overburdened design wall.
Do you even SEE them? I have the well-developed ability to tune things out, but it takes regular upkeep and plenty of practice, Practice, PRACTICE! After I cut up the 4 strips, I needed two more pieces, one of each direction! Ack!! That does mean more tiny flying geese (I might call them goslings, they are so small) to come! I had to dig these out of the trash can (one for each direction) to have a starter for my next sewing session.
I don't have a pattern for the shams. But I always have a plan. I am making shams for standard sized pillow forms. I am going to make them with 5 Texas Braid strips across, which = 30". Then I'm adding the red of the center squares in a 4" border and quilting those. Then I'm going to make backings that are two pieces that over lap and are Velcroed in the middle (that way they can be easily removed for washing). I will run a seam along the edge of the red so the pillow doesn't slip around, but will have a nice edge. That's my plan and I'm stickin' with it (unless I need to change it!).
The not-so-surprising part is that my box is still so full of pieces for this quilt! I may have to crank out a baby quilt to use them up. I can't stand having a project just hang around like a piece of gum on the bottom of a shoe!
Going to read a while then hit the hay!
Susie asked me if I would sew with her this afternoon and evening. I said, "No. I hate to sew. I don't have anything to sew. We won't be watching a movie will we? Will you force me to eat chocolate?" Ha ha--then I snapped out of it and said, "Of course! What will YOU be working on?" She said she had a lot of alterations to do. We all know how boring and monotonous that can be...but not when one sews with a friend. Did you think I meant ME? That *I* was her friend? That is too normal for my Susie-Q. She was sewing with her duct tape double. Here they are...
Do NOT be alarmed. That is not Susie's usual facial expression. She was hamming it up for the camera. If you look closely at the neckline of the double, you see it is made out of duct tape. Basically, one dons an old shirt and has someone (in this case a sister) completely cover their torso with duct tape...tightly wrapped. Steve made her a sword out of duct tape to complete the outfit. I don't think they cut the form with the sword, however deceiving the picture may be.
You cut up the back of the tape and shirt underneath, then tape it back up after removing and stuff it. Voila! You have a duct tape double. Here is Emily (who appears legless, as does the Susie form) stuffing the form with wrapping paper that we had just emptied moments before. So it's a green and gray craft!
Susie says it really comes in handy when doing fitted alterations. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to pin pleats on my own back while wearing a garment. I'll tell you, that girl is one creative genius!
Monday, December 26, 2011
UPDATE: This request has been fulfilled! Thanks to my e-friends who responded!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
The above picture is four clothespin angels I am mailing my sister tomorrow. I have made them for all of my children and my husband and I. Finally, this year, I have caught up with my sister's ten children!! At last. These are so cute on a Christmas tree. You just slide the clothespin "legs" on a branch. Mine are all red with white trim. Her children all have different colors...there might be a repeat or two.
Hope you are enjoying a great holiday.