My Rachel goes to a flea market on Fridays and Saturdays. She has "meals on wheels", a large wire mesh garden wagon. She loads it with food and drinks then walks around to sell to the other vendors. She sells various types of muffins, brownies, ham biscuits, sausage biscuits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. She has quite a rapport with the vendors, and they appreciate her service. One small problem has been finding a way to handle her money (lots of small bills). She thought of using a money clip--a metal thing to slide across her wad of bills. We were discussing it while we stood in front of the teller at our bank. The teller said, "why don't you just make her one?" This is the result of my effort:
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Last post on this for tonight. I am tired. Like dog tired. So is my husband. I slept 14 hours the other night. Feel like I could do it again tonight! Machine quilting wears me out, so I try to do it in small bites. Since I did two continuous borders on this quilt and changed thread colors, I had a lot of unrolling and rerolling on this quilt.
I ended up using a polyester orange thread that matched my orange Thimbleberries pumpkins nearly perfectly. One of those "did I already quilt there" matches. Here is a picture, but the quilting is hard to see.
Here is a corner I just turned of my own version of a pattern in Angela Walters' book, Free-Motion Quilting. I'm still learning the ins and outs of my HandiQuilter machine and frame. Now I'm quilting a simple zigzag in the cream one-inch-wide border. Just ran out of thread and time, so a good place to stop for now.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Here is the beginning of my Feels Like Fall quilt top being quilted. I am going to unsew the pumpkin veins and tendrils. One cannot see the tendrils because the thread matches the background too closely. I am going to do the veins on my DSM in a brown thread because they show up too much. Fortunately, I only have 2 pumpkins to unstitch.
Here is my flying geese block with my own made-up version of a continuous-line quilting design (no stencil used):
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
So happy that I did about 35 minutes of "walking at home" this AM. It takes me a long time to cool down. I walk in my sewing room to a DVD. While I'm doing that, my eyes wander to all types of projects to do/start/complete/progress on/plan. While I was cooling down, I sewed a few more strips sets for my Tree of Life blocks.
I squeezed in a few minutes later to complete the centers of two identical tops that I will be selling later.
Here is my sewing table a few minutes ago, with explanation to follow:
Clockwise, starting at the back left corner is my HQ bobbin winder, then my plastic spinach box lid with my Tree of Life block parts in it. Then my two bobbin holders--machine quilting thread on the bottom, regular on the top tier. My iPod speakers, my orange water spray bottle for the iron to the right (out of the picture), and two stray pieces of binding that need to be put in the leftover binding drawer.
On my mini ironing board (with the blue striped cover) are two quilt tops I will be selling after they are complete...hopefully before Thanksgiving!!
The spoon handle sticking out from under the ironing board? No idea :)