I have had more free time during the week for a few weeks (been working more on the weekends due to some schedule changes, ugh!) but it has made for a nice change. Next week is a bit more work during the week and the week after that is full tilt again so sewing on weeknights may not be happening as often as I would like soon but for now I am enjoying it! Tonight Kathy and I watched the first four episodes of "Graceland" which we liked while sewing away. I started out with making myself a pillowcase to match my Picnic quilt since I will be bringing that on our road trip to Wisconsin (because I need a quilt!) and wanted my pillowcase to match. Kathy laughed at me, but that is how I roll!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Swoonalong 2013--Are You In?
Danny's blocks...love that she had everyone use a little tiny print for her background fabric!
Sarah is going to be trouble for me, she already influenced me to buy a cool book because of a post she made with pictures of the coolest quilt (the book is "Hand Quilted with Love" if you want to know) and now she has me jumping on the swoonalong train. Sarah is all the way in Ireland, who knew that quilty influence could go so far!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Finally got in a little YELLOW!
Here are Kathy's other Rainbow BOM's so far! Looking cool. We can now link up with Angela!
Sunday Sewing Day!
Today Kathy and I finally recovered my ironing board. The orange cover had some holes and was worn in the spot we use the most. We decided to go with lime green this time but I already miss the orange!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Happy Stitching Friday!
pattern--I need to just stick to what is out there!) so I then made the second one. I put the zipper in backwards on that one and after I noticed it continued to finish it thinking it would be functional and not THAT noticeable. I wanted the dimples to be the lining so it had to go that way...well umm a zipper doesn't function from the outside if it is on wrong (in case you are not as dumb as I!) so after mulling it over and realizing I did not happen to have another PERFECT colored zipper to just start over with, I took the zipper off and put it back on correctly. I am amazed that I was able to do that without taking the entire bag apart. Yay me. Loving my peachy octopus bag now!
Kathy is also ahead of me on the log cabin blocks for 35th Ave. Kaleidescope of Kolor...she had some seam allowance issues (due to getting the machine serviced, the guy reset things and she didn't think to double check needle position!). She added an extra strip on all sides so now they are slightly bigger than needed so it is all good. She also cut my strips so I need to get to those soon too!
I have also finally been working on my embroidered elephant that I started at the PHXMQG last month. One of our members Danny taught a class based on a pillow she had done for show and tell at a previous meeting. Lots of us fell in love with it and needed our very own elephant! I barely got started in the class (but learned about a half a dozen stitches) and didn't find any time to get going on it all month. Then at our most recent meeting several people had brought their elephants in progress and that got me all excited all over again so finally, I am really enjoying it and thinking about what I will embroider next. I volunteered (along with twenty or so other folks) to do some embroidery for Jane over at http://janesfabrics.blogspot.com/ with her thread. It came in the mail and has me thinking...I even ordered two books (I am a sucker for books!) to inspire me further--but first the elephant.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Precision Piecing--A Crafsy Review
I have taken several quilting and knitting classes on Craftsy. I love that I can keep the class and materials forever to refer back to. They even offer some classes for FREE so people can try it out and see if they like the platform and set up. As a sign language interpreter who happens to be hard of hearing, I love that many of the classes are also captioned so that Deaf and hard of hearing people can participate too. For these and other reasons, I really love Craftsy! So that brings me to why I am telling you all of this.
In Amish Pinwheels, students learn traditional piecing, Y seams, and eight point matches. In the Stained Glass Windows section, she demonstrates English paper piecing showing us how to use foundation piecing for exact seams. In this section she shows us how to pin for more accuracy as well as how to unpick some of the seam and spin it for flatter work. She even has tips for how to take off the foundation paper. In the Emerald Ring lesson there is more paper piecing, curved seams and even tapers. I love that her "mistakes" turn into new designs!
I plan on trying out the Stained Glass Window pattern--I love the bold colors and think it would be a challenge for me, but I know with Norah's help I can do it!
If you think this class is for you, Crafsty is offering it at 50% off if you follow this link!
Sewing on a Weeknight!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Pile O' Fabric that you can use. Here are some pictures of mine in progress and how it looks at the end.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Quilts in the Sun
Aunt Jenny's Quilt.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Binding Marathon at My House!
Rainbow BOM! Oh and I made my sister another Crown Royal tissue holder because she lost her purse and lost the last one!
Oh I almost forgot, lost 8 pounds in the first week of my 90 day challenge. Seems like it has been way longer!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
A Gift for Limbania of the PHXMQG
These first three pictures you have seen before but I had to be hush hush about what exactly they were for so now I can show you what the gals of the PHXMQG did for one of members/chairs who is battling cancer. Jacki and BJ are the charity chairs and within minutes (and I do mean minutes) of hearing the news they were off whispering to members asking for 12 inch pink block donations so they could quickly get a top together.
|Andee's Churn Dash|
|Kathy's Scrap Jar Stars|
|Andee's Talkin' Turkey|
Limbania posted pictures of her using the quilt during her most recent chemo. I wish her a speedy recovery and to know how much we cherish her at the PHXMQG! My hat is off to the Charity gals (and all who contributed blocks including my partner Kathy who isn't even in the guild) for jumping up when they saw a need. I am blessed to know these folks!
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