Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Few Random Things

Once a month I get together with a group of women and talk about stuff.  We started as a quilting bee and we actually talk about quilts ... sometimes.  This month we met for a picnic dinner.  

Great everything ... The view, the food and especially the company.

I spent a considerable amount of time hunting for my class notes for the Crossroads Picnic Quilt.  In fact, they were missing right up until it was time to leave to teach the class.  Then I looked in my teaching norebook - and there were my notes!  I was so organized LAST month that I got it all ready and filed and ready to go.

Sticky Toffee Pudding is awesome!  It's cake, from Scotland.  Look up the recipe and thank me later.

I love these bags.  The pattern is a Creative Grids Cut Loose pattern. I've made 3 ... there will be more.

A new project - yes, Snowmen!  It will be winter someday. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another Beauty

Brenda pieced this pretty pineapple quilt top.  She did a great job with her fabrics and color choices.

I quilted it.  It's so pretty!

Merry Christmas ...


Southern Comforters BINGO is next month.  There will be fabulous quilts as prizes.  This is one of them.

Several friends contributed to this beauty.  Cappy pieced together and I quilted it.  YOU could win it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Times = Success

Success!  Or at least what I'm calling success. I am making great progress on this Million Sweater.  We have become good friends - this yarn and I.  I have ripped and reknitted and ripped and reknitted WAY too many times.  This is the fifth time I've started some sort of sweater and I think I'm going to finish it.

Many mistakes - in design, technique, size, but this time ... I nailed it ... or so I have convinced myself.

It's still a bit big and boxy but I'm going with "big, cozy, warm". I am NOT ripping and reknitting again.

Million Sweater? Yes, what felt like a million dollars in supplies and a million stitches later ... Just might mean a sweater.

Labor Day Weekend

No big End-Of-Summer Hoopla for us ... just hanging out at home.  There was a little grocery shopping (and I went, too) and a little grass cutting (not me) and Chinese take-out for dinner last night.  In between all that fun ...

Some stitching!  Number #3 of the Sue Spargo Imperial Blooms is done ...

Today, holds lots of possibilities ... and I hope it's as relaxing and fun as yesterday.  I do believe there will be steaks on the grill for dinner.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Be Brave

That really bad binding?  It was really really bad. 

Probably the worst I've ever done. 

And I knew it was bad while I was sewing and I just kept sewing. Really dumb!

So I bravely cut it off. 

I cut it all off and it only hurt for a minute. 

Now my quilt has a proper binding. 

PS - if you find yourself fighting with something that you've done easily for years ... stop! Evaluate what the heck is going on and then ... move your needle to the correct position - you will immediately get a better binding. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Goodbye ASIG

My Guild has thrown down a UFO challenge.  Pretty simple, make a list and start sewing. Bring your FO (finished object) to a meeting for Show 'n Tell.  There will even be prizes ... I'm not really motivated by prizes.  Getting stuff finished is a BIG prize in my book!

I got a UFO done this past weekend.  When a quilt shop closed, we (staff) swapped blocks - a good bye gift to ourselves, sort of a commemoration of our time at the shop.  I finally made my quilt.

The center block is part of the shop logo.  It's a small quilt - 40" square.  The border is selvedges.  That seemed appropriate - a quilt about a quilt shop.

Today ... it will no longer be DONE.  I'm taking off the binding and re-doing it.  It's an awful binding.  Well - it's actually it's quite a nice binding but I did a terrible job sewing it.  I've tried to convince myself that it was "OK", but really it's not and I'm going to cut it off and re-bind the quilt. 

It's not a spectacular quilt, but it does deserve a better ending.