Good-bye summer, hello autumn

August 25, 2015 § 9 Comments

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For some, school has already started. But for some of us around here, school starts next week. I miss the change of seasons that comes with school starting (or ending).  I miss the anticipation and unrestrained excitement over a new box of crayons.  At our house we live that autumnal, back-to-school anticipation vicariously through others.

But, maybe, what replaces that back-to-school excitement, for me, is the start of a new project.  Yet I can’t seem to finish the old ones!  Argh!  I think I need deadlines, or grades, or something… or someone to keep tabs on me. I have not finished one thing yet this summer. Not one.

Above is my stack of Steam Punk parts all cut out and ready to sew should I ever get the motivation or time to work on them.  And below… are the really old paper pieced string blocks for a Liberated Wedding Ring quilt with some of my scraps. I thought I had lost them. But now they are found!

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a huge space to dump out all of our scraps and we could all get together and sew all day long with them?  Anybody have a barn or a warehouse that I could rent for cheap?  Joking… Not Joking. Seriously…  I would love to rent some studio space… cheap.  I can’t afford real warehouse space. But I keep dreaming of a way to make it happen.

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So… I just felt the need to check in here even though I have very little to report.  I’m slowly quilting the Mini Heart quilt for Do.Good.Stitches.

I’m waiting for our new washer & dryer to arrive. It has been back-ordered for almost a month.  Our current machine can only handle 1 or 2 loads a day or it just decides to randomly stop.

We have also been eating a modified Whole30 diet for the month of August, which takes a lot of extra time to chop, prepare, and cook.  But most of my cravings have gone away. Now all that remains is the psychological aspect that popcorn & movies go together. I mean, what does one eat while watching a movie?  Carrot sticks & movies just don’t create the same mood. You know?

Ok. Enough rambling.  What does the end of summer look like at your end?

Whatever is lovely

August 13, 2015 § 8 Comments

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The pink flowers at work coordinate with the do.good.stitches quilt that I am quilting at the moment. The heart blocks were made by the lovely ladies of the faith circle and all quilts are donated to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”  ~Philippians 4:8

What if… ?

August 8, 2015 § 12 Comments

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I am immensly delighted at all of your answers to my previous questions about blogging!  There were SO many good thoughts & ideas!  Many of you see blogging as a quiet respite from your busy day.  They are a part of your daily routine.  You likened bloggers to the local columnist in a newspaper who would write about local and current ideas or activities.  Blogs are a place where you can learn something new and be inspired.  Many of you limit the types of social media where you want to be involved. And they help you connect with the world when you are stuck at home.  I truly Thank You for all your marvelous feedback!  You are inspiring me to make my blog a better place.

And since you gave such good feedback on that topic, I have another topic for you.  I often find myself wishing that I had more space for my quilting, among other things.  What if there was a place that you could go to that would meet those needs?  Would you be likely to use it?  Would you be willing to pay a small fee to use some studio space to meet those needs?

I’ve created a poll that lists some of the ideas that have been rolling around in my head. Feel free to leave additional comments as well as vote on the poll. You should be able to select all that are of interest to you.

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A Hera what?

August 6, 2015 § 29 Comments

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Over the years I may have tried nearly every way of marking a quilt in preparation to quilt it.  Disappearing ink pens, tissue paper, masking tape, chalk pencils and more.  But I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like using most of those.  If I must mark, then I most often use a Hera Marker.  I am in love!  Have you used one of these before? They do come in different sizes and shapes.  I have another one that is smaller than this.  They look sort of like a bone paper folder or scorer if you are a scrapbooker or book maker.

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What it does is leave a crease in the fabric that washes away without leaving any trace of the previous marking.  It’s almost like pressing a crease in a pair of pants only in reverse. The sharp edge of the curved point can be run along the edge of a ruler, or cardboard or even used free-hand.  It leaves an indent in the fabric that you can follow for machine quilting.  It can be a little hard to see on busy or heavily patterned fabric. But it works super duper great on solids!  Here I am marking 1″ from the last quilting line or 1 1/4″ from the seam edge.

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I’m trying to finish up this quilt so that I can free up my pins to pin baste the do.good.stitches quilt waiting in the queue.  Or at least finished enough so that I have sufficient pins to baste that quilt next.

And finally… when do you like reading blogs?  In the morning?  At night?  Or are blogs falling from favor?  Lately I’ve been having a hard time mustering up the energy to blog. But maybe my rib accident & the hot weather has had something to do with that? Do you read many blogs anymore?  I know my own blog reading has shrunk over the last couple of years.  I’m just curious what the rest of you think.

On another note. It rained hard last night. Hurray!  I think our hot & dry summer trend has finally been broken.  It feels like the good ol’ Pacific Northwest again!  I’m ready for the rains to return. And then maybe my quilting mojo will return as well?

Sew together, stay together

July 20, 2015 § 10 Comments

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A friend of mine asked me when I was going to blog again. She said that Charlie was cute, but……. she needed something new to look at. Haha!  He is pretty cute, but I can understand needing a change of scenery.

Not much has been going on around here.  Or at least nothing very blog worthy. My rib is getting better every day. Nearly well, in fact.  Now, if the weather would cool off a little!  It has been the hottest, driest summer I can remember since moving here.  If we don’t get out and do something early in the morning, well, we just don’t do much.
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I haven’t been doing much sewing either.  What is wrong with me? I had big plans to get so many things done this summer. And since our bicycle crash… Nothing.

Although, when my friend, Letty, received a Sew Together Bag in a swap, I was finally bitten by the bug to make one for myself.  I can see now why people have been so excited about this bag. It’s pretty easy to make and so fun to use!
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I used fusible fleece instead of interfacing for the outside, which made the binding a teeny bit harder to apply.  And the only thing I wish I would have done differently is to buy a longer zipper for the outside. Maybe that would allow the bag to open up just a bit more. Other than that, I am quite happy with this little bag.

It’s now keeping together the parts to a new English paper piecing project. Because… you just can have too many WIP’s, right?

 

Whatever is lovely…

June 24, 2015 § 5 Comments

CharlieBoy BoySocks

Boy kitties  ::  Charlie (Charcoal Briquette)
And Boy socks  ::  My latest knitting finish.

Summertime!

~ More about the Whatever is Lovely project.

A challenge & a swap

June 18, 2015 § 12 Comments

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Can you believe that I have never done any English Paper Piecing before this?  Me neither!  These are 3/4″ hexagons made with scraps from my out-of-control baskets.

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This was both a challenge project and a swap project.

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My swap partner has received her package so I can now share the project. She mentioned in her questionnaire that one of the things she would like is something to organize her crochet hooks.  I put all of mine in there to test it out before sending it off.  I was inspired by this linen crochet hook case that I found on Pinterest.  But I knew I wanted it bigger. And I had real trouble finding any suitable linen-like thread to crochet a doily for the flap. So I ended up using hexies instead.

Just for those who are wondering what size this case is, I started with the outside cut measurements of 16 1/2″ x 8″.  The crochet hook pocket was cut 4 1/2″ tall and the individual hook pockets were stitched 1″ apart.  The flap was cut 3 1/4″ tall. I used 3/4″ hexagons for the closure flap and black snaps to secure it.

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The text fabric along with both the inside & outside black dot fabrics were part of the 2nd installment of my local 4-friend challenge. (Our 1st challenge was last fall) I added the creamy spirograph type fabric.  As soon as I opened up the challenge package I knew what I was going to make.  It was providence because my swap partner said that black dots are her favorite!  I’m pleased that she is pleased. And I’m tempted to make another for myself!

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