Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Never saw this coming. In fact, it was the farthest idea from my mind. Yesterday I wanted to rearrange my office/craft room. Half my stuff was in my bedroom, half was in the office, and I don't know where the other half was stored. Mathematically that is impossible, but it does touch on the scope of my frustration!
I asked my husband for input on rearranging the furniture/goods in my office to make better use of the space. Then I mentioned that I'd like to move my cutting table and pressing station in there. He said, "Why not move it all into our bedroom and move our bed in here?" It took a while to sink in. When my son used the office as his bedroom, it seemed cramped with a twin bed and dresser in there. Move our QUEEN size bed in with side tables? Um, yes. I literally shed a few tears over this idea. My husband is the epitome of unselfishness and generosity (yes--he has both qualities to the max).
We slept in there last night. There are many upsides to this arrangement. We like a small bedroom. We don't have an exercise area, lounge area, dressing area, etc. in our room. We just need a bed and side tables. Our noisy neighbors whose driveway is right outside our bedroom window and enjoys sharing the vroom-vroom of their Harleys and boom-boom music are no longer an issue! It is cozy. It is more relaxing because there is not all the quilt stuff screaming "pay some attention to me, would ya?"
Now to rearrange my former bedroom into my quilt studio. Diving in on that as soon as I finish this post. To pay tribute to my Susanna, I will take before and after pictures like she taught me.
Another benefit is that Wes is going to move my quilt frame and quilting machine in there after I rearrange the pressing station and sewing machine table. All my sewing stuff in one place again!! Whoo-hoo!! Oh, the changes this past year have held. Some GOOD :) In case you're a new reader, I packed up my former sewing space about a year ago and have been in a state of transition ever since. I think we have finally hit on a long-term set-up.
Moving the quilting machine and frame out of our living room will give us room for my desk and cedar chest for grandchildren's toys in there...another solution. It's all looking great!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I love the Christmas season. This weekend is one of my favorites in a frantic, hectic, loss-of-sleep kind of way. We usually start the process of getting all the fall decorations down and the Christmas ones up the day after Thanksgiving. My newly-married daughter (March of this year) asked for our lighted house display. We had 5 ceramic lighted houses. I had always put them in our foyer, but I was kinda tired of them, to be honest.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers. Our family has been a in a phase of big changes for the past few years. Adapting is the name of the game.
This year 2 of my children married, and we have had one new baby (so far...another due in December).
I will be updating with the quiltiness going on since the wedding (11/15) at a later date.
Just wanted to wish you all a fantastic day full of warm memories (in relationships and pies!) and thank you for being a part of my life.
To those of you in New Zealand, Australia, and the like, I love you, too. Wish you had a Thanksgiving holiday!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Here is a huge block (24" square) that is one of seven to finish a quilt called "Round and Round". I am using all shirt prints for the friendship stars and natural muslin for the background.
I have a lot of sewing and painting to do in the immediate future, so this will take a back seat. I need to have it finished by January 2015. Getting a head start, and also curious as to how it would look with my choice of fabrics.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
These are some shirt crumb blocks I made while piecing some more String Squares blocks. I finished 16 more of the SS blocks!
I am making these crumb blocks into a table runner for my cousin once removed. We have just recently reconnected after about 40 years on Facebook. Her posts encourage me. She has such a strong sense of family. I am mailing it to her as a surprise.
Friday, October 24, 2014
This is the first row of a string shirt quilt I'm calling String Squares. I was inspired by my b-friend Julie.
The white on the right end is the sun coming through the window.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
This is flying along since I had all the HSTs sewn together as well as the star block centers already finished. It has not been ironed, but here it is so far.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This is the beginning of my "Glory Bound" quilt. The pattern is by Red Crinoline Quilts. It will be 64" wide when sewn together. There are large pieces sewn together in the picture, but the whole thing is in chunks...not completely pieced yet.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I finished the center of another ornament tonight. As much as I hate paper piecing, one does get some fabulous little pointy pieces!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Just put the seam allowance guide on my Featherweight. It's much smaller than other ones I've seen. Works like a charm.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I have made my eight children Christmas ornaments for many years. I don't remember when I started, but then I don't remember most things.
This is really what I was looking for with those blocks. Now I can plan how many blocks I want for a large throw and get cutting. It looks like I'll have a lot more piecing time away from home, so I need to have a stack of pieces cut and ready to sew!
For the first time, I used my Featherweight exclusively and for a l-o-n-g time. It performed like the workhorse it is, and did it beautifully.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Here is what I have so far on my GFG quilt. In the picture, it is laid on top of my queen-sized bed. I took it with me standing at the head of the bed on top of the mattress.
After taking this picture, I decided I'd like it better if it hung down the sides with whole blocks. I hope that makes sense. I originally was thinking I'd just make blocks for the top, but then I'd have to decide how to quilt large, open spaces. I guess cross hatching would look nice. Well, I don't need to decide right now.
Until I need to make a decision, I'll just keep plugging away on the body of this large piece. I really, really like it. Each block is my favorite!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I am interested in the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler. I saw one at the quilt show I was at last week. I don't want to pay $20 + for one. Have one of you bought one and no longer want it? I'd like to buy a used one, if possible. Let me know!!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
There hasn't been much sewing going on, but there has been some hasty cleaning, decluttering, and cooking. Which is good.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
This AM I sewed the last few rows of the Chevron Quilt together and also pieced 12 more I Spy leader/ender blocks to finish a small quilt top.
Friday, September 19, 2014
If you know my secret blog URL, check there later (30 minutes?) for a post on a secret project I machine quilted today. So fun. If you want the URL, email me.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
This measures only 11" square right now!!!
Quilt top, unite!! I am ready to sew the rows together.. This is a little more time-consuming because it's on point, but it shouldn't take long. I will finish this and put borders on it before I start something new. At least I think I will!
Heaven help me--I have started another new project! I think I need to go back to the beginning of this train wreck and start finishing my UFOs.
When I went to the discount fabric store on Tuesday, I had in mind getting a natural-colored muslin for a shirt disappearing hourglass quilt. I got 10 yards for $2.10 a yard. Score! The good thing is that the warehouse sells bolts at inexpensive prices. The bad thing is that they don't cut any fabric...one has to buy the whole bolt. They had some clearanced muslin at $1.65 a yard, but it was a 20-yard bolt. Yea, yea--I know I'd use it eventually, but...
While I was there, I saw this jelly roll for <$10. It was colors I don't usually work with, so I thought, "That would be fun!" When I opened the jelly roll (which I had not closely inspected at the warehouse), I saw that all the creams were one color, and the others were not varied. All the greens were the same print, and the blues were just 3 prints. That sent me on a search. Here is what I'm going to make with them...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I backed a baby quilt with this baby blue fabric. I don't even know how long it's been languishing in my stash, but it will soon be completely gone.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Made two things from my Pinterest boards today. A new banana bread recipe and a two-compartment zippered padded storage case. The bread was a flop and has been removed from my Pinterest board.