Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gobble Gobble

I'm really struggling with this turkey block. The first one is too orange.
And the second one just isn't doing anything for me!
I haven't finished it yet. My heart just isn't in it. I think I will go work on something else for a while. Hope you are having a better sewing day than I am!
Happy Sewing, Y'all!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ready for Guild on Monday!

I tweaked the latest two blocks-of-the-month for the night guild. The schoolhouse one is for September and the pumpkin is for October. I like how the embellishments turned out!
 
 The pumpkin has a lemony yellow background. I am not sure why it looks so odd and almost greenish! Blame the photographer!
The pumpkin was paperpieced. I am not sure if I got the pattern upside down or the fabric upside down. Either way, I think it looks just fine this way. It adds to the mystery of the Halloween season! Ha!
I am doing the Member Showcase for the morning guild. It was fun pawing through all the quilts I have made. I think I will have a good show! I also have half a dozen quilts that we never use and plan to donate them. All in all, a nice little sewing day!

Till next time, happy sewing!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fabric Hoarding and more!

I am sitting in my studio for the first time since last weekend. My big computer is in here. I hardly ever sit in here anymore. The pictures seem so big on the monitor! I really should stay off my laptop in the living room. OR I could move the laptop into the studio. Two computers in the studio? I will have to give that some thought.

Speaking of thinking, I often struggle with feeling guilty for having more fabric than I will ever use in my lifetime. Then I came across this posting from
 (She's talking about fabric stashes)
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"We've all done the "fabric diet".  We've all tried the "not buying for 6 months" etc.  And lots of us have come out and declared: 
"I am a Fabric Addict."
Now if this is you, and you're happy with all this, that's fine with me.  I have no problem with anyone else.  You do what's good for you.  I want to do what's good for me.  And that's what this post is about.  I have a declaration for you.  
I may or may not be a Fabric Addict.  But either way,
I DON'T CARE!
You know what?  No bills go unpaid, nobody goes hungry, no overdraft gets touched.  So, thank you, but no thank you, I don't have a problem.  
Its FUN to buy fabric."
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Isn't that a wonderful way of thinking about fabric? I think I will try to think more this way instead of ruining perfectly good fabric by feeling guilty that I have it!

Speaking of fabric,  I played with mine today. I finished up the pumpkin block using reverse appliqué to add the face:
I plan to add a few swirly vines before I actually quilt it.
Here are the first six blocks, all sewn together:
I did find a flag to put on that schoolhouse block. I need to do the flag pole yet. I will probably do those pumpkin vines at the same time.

I took the plunge and am going to do a few courses in thread work with Superior Threads University series. It starts several times per year. This is what came in the first box which is bigger as it has all the starter stuff in it:
I will be working with their Razzle Dazzle thread first.

The box included a special batting, five spools of thread, a DVD, a catalog of all their threads, a three ring binder with 12 clear plastic sleeve/pockets, a selection of machine needles, and the first project. Two of the spools of thread were my 'welcoming gifts'. I started working on the first step today. I will post photos of my progress later.

The dress in this photo is made from sweatshirt material. I am going to try to shorten it to knee length to see if I like that better. If not, I will shorten it more and make it into a longer-than-normal sweatshirt.

I finally got my Thanksgiving table runner done!!! 
It only took me three years!

Here is a photo of my cathedral window quilt:
I dug it out of the special box where I was storing it. It makes me smile every time I look at it! I am going to start to work on it again. I needed a hand sewing project since all my appliqué projects are currently done. 
I am still hand quilting the hexagon quilt too. It is slow going but at least it IS going again! I really want to get these two done before starting any other labor intensive quilts . . . like my own designed appliqué quilt!

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful autumn weekend!
Happy Sewing Y'all!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September is off to a great start!

I've spent a nice few days in the studio, playing and working and playing some more! I finished the ninth block-of-the-month for my night guild. It is supposed to be a school house block.
I think it needs something more. Perhaps a bell? Maybe I could make a flag pole and put a flag on it?
I don't know what I will do yet.

I finished Leafy Quilt!
It is my first log cabin quilt. I made it for my son. (He's up there on the right) I let him decide the layout. It looks great on his bed!

I worked on the October block-of-the-month:
Right after I did it, my ever-so-helpful-hubby asked me, "Didn't you mean for the darker colors to be in the bottom?" Sigh. I did. I messed up. I used photoshop to see if it would look better if I turned it upside down. The result is on the right, below:

I think I will keep it the way it is. I might add the jack-o-lantern face and vine spirals to it too; see my ideas on the left above.

That is the latest from the studio!
Happy Sewing Ya'll!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Timber!

I have finished the Celtic Solstice quilt. I am not happy with it. As I readied it for quilting, I found the edges were wonky and wavy:
I did the best I could do, blessing the quilt, as I stitched, with language not quite as colorful as the quilt.
If you click on the photo, you can see more detail. I mostly meandered on this one. The batting is a flannel sheet. I should have left the backing off completely! This thing is HEAVY!!! Oh well, it still makes for a nice utility quilt.
I just started quilting the Leaf on a Log quilt. I really thought I had stretched the backing correctly, but it is already puckering too. Grrrrr!!!
 
I am afraid to start quilting the My Tweets quilt. I do not want to ruin that one! I think I may try a quilt as you go method.

A new-to-us flower is blooming in our backyard. This is a mandevilla:
I plan to labor on Labor Day, and work on quilting the leafy quilt. Hope you are enjoying this first day of September! Happy Sewing!!!