Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I ordered a wee little bit of fabric from Fat Quarter Quilters that came in the mail today. They have fabulous service and are based in Metro ATL so stuff comes within a day or two for me WOO HOO!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween and simply cannot resist Halloween fabric so I think I showed much restraint in only ordering 2 charm packs and enough yardage for border, backing, and binding to make a table topper. Goal is to get this done by THIS Halloween.
At my sewing group on Sat. I started working on my friend Pat's design called "Peace in the Valley" For the longest time, I couldn't decide on what colors to do this quilt in. I already have a lot of green quilts, I have a blue and yellow quilt, I have lots of purple quilts. What to do, what to do???
Then Pat made another sample in scrappy Civil War fabrics, and I got the idea to do it in a variety of colors. I had a FQ bundle that I bought at Quilt Market last fall and decided to use that. I have the blocks done. Here is one:
I hope it turns out OK. I am kind of second-guessing my fabric choice of using the bundle since the colors may not contrast enough. I don't know...I guess I'll find out when I put the blocks & sashing together.
Anyway, the pattern is really fun and easy since the blocks are paper-pieced. A non-quilter friend of mine saw me paper-piecing and said (and I quote) "Isn't that cheating?" No it's not cheating. There's no cheating in quilting just like there is no crying in baseball. End of story.
Since this has been a rather rambley post, if you made it this far, you are rewarded with a couple of way cute photos of Edgar Poe.
This is how I feel after piecing backings too.
What a sweetie!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
If you really want to know the meaning of quilt insanity, check out Pat's post about our Stitch-In week (12 hours of sewing for 7 days straight). Unfortunately, I have to work so I can't participate this time but it is so much fun that it really should be illegal. You can get a lot of UFOs done in a couple of days of nonstop sewing.
I dropped off three quilts to the longarm quilter today. So I better get busy making miles of binding.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The pattern is "Garden Trellis" from my new favorite quilt book "Jelly Roll Quilts" (if I ever get to England I'm definitely going by their shop and telling them thanks (????) for making me want to make 17 more quilts). Yea! Another quilt top finished. My new goal is to finish the projects stacked up on my sewing table so I can actually find the bottom of it. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, check out Jodi's blog here. She is making a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and doing a giveaway if you send her strips of fabric to make a flower. How cool is that? Little flowers from quilters all over the world. I found Jodi's blog after she emailed and asked if she could quote something I posted. I was so honored! (here is her post).
OK my sewing machine is calling....more later
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It was nice and rainy and cloudy earlier today which reminded me of...
can you guess...
I keep forgetting to post these funny signs for my friend & fellow Starbucks partner David. Every time I talk about moving to Seattle, David cautions me about the Big Tsunami that is supposed to hit Washington State sometime in the next billion years. I think David has watched Mega-Disasters about 20 too many times. Anyway I took this picture for David to show him that Washington State has the tsunami danger under control. If a tsunami comes, you do this:
I can't tell if you should run or climb...but the directions are clear.
Also, on the Pacific coastal beaches I saw this sign:
Wow! Beach logs kill! I had no idea there were vicious beach logs there. I used extra caution and stayed away from the logs and thankfully no beach logs sneaked up on me from behind. Click on the photo for a close up of the crazy-scary drawing on this sign. Love it!! Looks like 50s drive-in movie poster Killer Beach Logs!!!!! When Beach Logs Attack!!!!