Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Woohoo! A completed quilt!

Now it just needs a title.

My FMQ faves, stones and posies.
A little while ago I had blogged about working on this piece from a Sandi Cummings class.  Ok, it was a bit more than a while ago, it was mid November.  I had gotten all the quilting finished and just needed to tuck the threads and bind it.  So it has been pinned to the design wall waiting for me.  I finally decided it is time to tuck those awful threads and get it finished.  Well it didn't take me nearly as long as I had expected to tuck the threads.  I am a "tucker" and not a "take 3 tiny stitches and clipper".  I found that I like the way it looks when you tuck the ends.  It might be my FMQ skills, I always get big clumps when I try to take 3 tiny stitches and clip.  I would love to hear what everyone else thinks about this problem?  

This guy needs a name and I am totally drawing a blank, I am open to suggestions, thanks.

One Kings Lane is having a Safavieh event!

Starting today, the Safavieh Event at One Kings Lane is launching! Don't know Safavieh? They are an ever stylish home furnishing brand offering incredible deals on so many of their products right now, so go get to know them! With spring time around the corner, this is the perfect time to freshen up your home for the brighter days ahead and I am always in the mood to make my home that little bit nicer. One Kings Lane has stylish lamps, colorful rugs, beautiful armchairs and ornate side tables (to name a few items) from Safavieh all discounted so everyone can feel stylish in their home!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Off the wall

Tada!  Ooops!
The corners should all look like this . . .

. . .  and not like this!
I finished the quilt top from the class that I took at the retreat.  Actually finished it twice, once I thought I was finished and then realized, despite my careful pinning procedure, I had sewn on one of the borders upside down.  It is fixed now.

Last week on Off the Wall there were so many wonderful ideas presented by the participants.  One that I decided to try was blogged by Linda.  She showed how she made some Valentine postcards with fabric that she had drawn on with sharpies and then brushed with rubbing alcohol.  I had to try it out.

My sample piece of fabric, sharpies and brush.

Just some simple shapes and swirls.

It worked!
I just used the wrong side of some junk fabric lurking in my studio.  One thing that would have worked better is to use a much larger brush.  It took quite a bit of time to go over all the lines with the tiny brush.  I think that with a larger brush you could go over the entire piece of fabric quicker.  I have the last round of a surface design round robin to do and I was thinking of using this idea.  

This is my Off the Wall and THIFF post for this week!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

20 a day

So I missed sewing on Monday.  I was driving down to Ruby's Inn near Bryce National Park for a quilt retreat.  I did knit for at least 20 minutes (probably an hour or more) so I am going to count that.  And since I have been at the retreat I have sewn quite a bit every day.  I finished the binding on the t-shirt quilt last night!


The best design wall ever!  You layout the blocks by the pool area
and then go to the 3rd floor to preview.

Pool area.

Pool area, another view.

My good friend Anne's daughter Aliria is going on a medical volunteer mission in May.  If you are interested
in helping fund her way, please donate and you could win a wonderful art quilt donated by Anne.

This is my off the wall post for this week.  Also my THIFF!

Friday, February 1, 2013

20 minutes a day- how hard can that be?

How hard is it to hold 2 fabrics together?

Coming along

I made it through the first day of the Drop and give me 20 challenge.  I sewed for at least an hour.  When I wasn't picking out seams or rewinding bobbins.  First seam I sewed today was not a success.  How hard is it  to hold the fabrics together while feeding them through the machine?  Apparently quite difficult.  And how hard is it to wind a bobbin?  Well, when you don't pay attention and the thread jumps out of the gauge and winds itself under the bobbin, yeah kinda difficult.  I persevered and made it past the little hiccups.  I have most of the blocks ready.  There are 3 more to go and then I can puzzle in the spacers.

Monday I am heading to a quilt retreat that is held at Ruby's Inn just outside of Bryce National Park. It is always a good time!  The first two days is the pre-game show.  We go early and just hang out and sew.  Sometimes wine is involved.  Ok, most times wine is involved.  Wednesday evening is the official start of the retreat.  There are classes and lectures and a vendor mall.  We also like to do some walking and snowshoeing.  The drive through the park is fabulous this time of year.  The red rock is lovely during the summer, but even more so with the snow.  

This is my off the wall post for this week.  Next week I will be reporting in from Bryce!  Check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.