Archive for August 2009

Back to basting.

August 31, 2009

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m trying to finish up the zig zag quilt.  Wow.  That was just written in April.  It seems like that was a lifetime ago!  Though it is already August.  Er.  Almost September.  Anyway.  

I finished the quilt top last weekend I guess, and I decided yesterday after getting the required chores done, I’d baste it.  Only the fabric that I had picked out and bought, and prewashed (a plaid flannel that matched the colors on the front) was too small.  I think it was mostly due to the prewashing.  Apparently flannel shrinks a lot.  So, I had to make an emergency trip to JoAnn’s!  I decided to go with a simple back.  White to be exact, and got some fabric for the binding.  I’m thinking a solid blue but I also got some more of the blue dots on white in case I don’t like the solid binding.  


Anyway, I basted it, and am in the midst of quilting.  I decided (along with some helpful input from my husband) to do some straight lines on the diagonals.  I’ve never done this before, but stippling just wouldn’t have looked right.  

The straight lines are not as forgiving as the stippling, so I’m a little paranoid, but have decided to just let my perfectionist inclinations fall by the wayside and take it for what it is.  A handmade quilt.  The love in it is what matters right?  Not perfect straight lines…. I’ll let you know how it turns out.


Free at last!

August 30, 2009

As you know, I’m back from my vacation.  We went to Bethany.  It was a lovely 5 days, and I wish it didn’t have to end.  But end it did, and then the weekend was here, filled up with all sorts of things that are better left unmentioned.  And lots of sewing.  And then a busy week, and then a lovely wedding.  And then another busy week.  And now, we can relax.  Also, I think I may be boycotting weddings and all wedding related events for the next year, so, if you want to get married, and you want me there, keep that in mind ;).

Here are the bags that I made for the bridal party of said wedding.  I think they look great, and was sad to have to let them go.  I received many compliments on them.  I’m glad everyone was happy with them.  I made a small one for the flower girl as well, very adorable but not pictured, as it was done in a hurry last minute. 






















 They are all the same style, so I included some detail shots….

It feels so nice to get something finished up and out of my hands.  And now I can move on with other things.  Like (specifically related to sewing)…

  • Finishing the Advent calendar
  • Finishing the ZigZag quilt (I finished the top last weekend actually, and am in the process of quilting it! More on that later.)
  • Formulating Christmas and birthday gift plans

There are a thousand other things I also need to accomplish, which I will also get to, but I don’t need to bore you with those details.

The first fabrics came for the quilting bee.  Very exciting.  I’m working on a plan, and think I’ve got it, but I just need to figure out the math, which is escaping me.  Hopefully now that things have settled down, I’ll have a clearer mind.

I’m Back. Sorta.

August 20, 2009

Well, I’m back from vacation.  Have been for almost a week.  Things have been so crazy though, so I haven’t been able to post anything.  I have some things planned though,  so please don’t abandon me entirely.

In the meantime, I’ve finished up my big project, which I’ll be showing you sometime soon, now that anyone who might possibly be reading who was to be suprised has them in hand.  And now that I’m finished with that, I’m planning planning planning my next projects.

One of which is Christmas gifts.  Any suggestions?  I have fathers, and mothers and siblings and babies to sew for.  The mother’s and girl siblings, and babies for that matter, aren’t as daunting.  But I highly doubt the men-folk will be interested in say, tote bags or pot holders.  So, while you’re waiting to read something more interesting, can you help me out?  My goal is to handmake all Christmas gifts this year.  I figure I better get started soon!

This weekend is gonna be packed, but hopefully we’ll be back to some sort of normal by next week!

Quilter Bees

August 7, 2009

And so, it has begun, and I’m oh so excited.  Welcome to some of my new quilting friends who might find this space remotely entertaining.  Or at least something to kill time.  😛

Anyway, it’s starting.  Introductions are popping up, and so far, it seems like a great group to be involved with.  The first up is selecting fabrics now, and has already posted some inspiration.  It also looks like I’m not the only one who is a little bit apprehensive, so that makes me feel better.

I’m already anxiously awaiting the arrival of fabric.  I think it’s so fun to see what other people like and what other people are working with.  And even though my turn isn’t until January, the ideas are still churning.  I’ve got a few different ideas and plans that are hanging around.  Of course, I’m sure all of these will be replaced with other ideas and plans once  December rolls around.

So, good luck to everyone!  I’m interested to see what all comes out of this.

I’m Trouble.

August 6, 2009

First, I’ve succumbed to the devil that is the iPhone.  After a bunch of half hearted debating, and worrying, both of which are typical Theresa traits, I decided to take the plunge.  Most people seem to love it, and the small sample of people I polled seemed to think it wasn’t an altogether bad idea.  So, I bit the bullet and I bought it.  My  husband has one and so it isn’t like I’m totally unfamiliar with it.  There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.  Something I don’t like.  Something that rubs me the wrong way.  I’m hoping that whatever it is will fade into oblivion once I’ve had the thing a while and fall in love with it. 

Second, I’m starting to really grasp the craziness that is my fabric obsession.  It started off innocently enough, but it’s really spiraled out of control.  I keep buying things with no plan, building my stash, so that when it came time to make something, when inspiration hit, I’d be ready.  As it turns out, when inspiration hits, I want to buy new things!  So, I’m thinking, once my project is finished, which at the most will be about 2 weeks, I’m going to make some plans for the things I already have.  It’s just so nerve-wracking to cut into something and take the chance of ruining it.  Like I did with that Far Far Away fabric.  I’m sure it’s salvageable, but for now it breaks my heart a little.  And it’s make me rotary cutter shy.  Which brings me to something else, sorta random.  My rotary cutter blades–how long should they last, and am I doing something wrong.  I put on a new blade, and it cuts beautifully.  For a day or two.  But after that, no more.  Is it the brand I’m using (Olfa) or is it me?  What could I be doing wrong?  Those blades are expensive, and it’s annoying to have to go over what I’ve cut more than once.  Or get at it with scissors.  Any help would be appreciated.

And in some other news…I stopped by my parent’s house to pick up their mail, etc., and found the quilt I’d made my mother crumpled up in the chair in her den.  Which means she’s using it!  Which makes me very happy!


August 5, 2009

So, at an undisclosed time I will be travelling to an undisclosed location, for an undisclosed amount of time (you know, internet safety and all). 

On this trip, I will be taking my husband, the cats (so what if I’m insane), my sister, her dog, a friend, and the sewing machine.  Why do I feel like I’m playing “I’m going on a picnic…”?

Yes, I’m taking my sewing machine.  What?  Not that interesting?  This is not abnormal?  You want to hear about taking the cats instead?  Because that is much odder?  More odd?  Whatever.  I’m talking about the sewing machines.  The cat story is really not that interesting at all.

See, I’m going to a family (my family) owned location, and we’ll be spending enough time there and it will be relaxing enough (hopefully) that I might be able to sew.  And I figure the machine has this handle on it, so it’s probably meant to be carted around, right?  And I have some work to do, with a deadline looming.  I’m making a list, and checking it twice (though I haven’t gotten to the checking it part yet).  I’m sure that I will forget some integral part of this venture and my machine will be rendered useless, even though I’ll have packed every single thing I need save for that one important item.  Wish me luck, would you?

I’ll also be bringing the hexagons.  I’ve been neglecting them somewhat, and maybe I’ll find some down time to work on them.  Is it totally weird to be sitting on a (undisclosed) beach and doing some hand sewing and paper piecing?

I’ll also be doing some relaxing, some sunning (with the appropriate sunscreen), some good eating, some even better drinking, and maybe some recharging. 

Oh, right.  And some sewing.  See?  I’m already forgetting things!

A Quilting Bee

August 3, 2009

So.  This morning, I was browsing through my Google Reader, and came upon a post talking about a new quilting bee that is starting up.  Like, just starting up.  Like, needed new members starting up.  I sat and thought about it for a minute, and then with much less thought than I usually give things, I said I’d like to join.   

Was this a totally spontaneous decision?  Not quite.  I mean, directly related to this bee, yes, but I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.  But I’ve been too chicken to really look into it, other than to admire other ones from afar.  This sort of just fell in my lap, and so I decided to go for it.

I’m scared.  Really scared.  Scared I’ll ruin fabric and quilts and not be able to do what people want.  Though, those of you who are members of this thing as well don’t really need to be scared.  I’m sure I can pull it off.  It’s just that in my latent type A sort of perfectionist personality, I’m shaking in my boots. 

I’m also really excited for a challenge.  Sometimes I need to be forced into new directions.  And this should do it for me.  So, here’s to the beginning of something great, I’m sure.  New ideas, new skills, new friends, new quilts.  It looks like there may be several first-timers, so I’m not totally in over my head.

I’m not going to obsess.  It will be fun and amazing and wonderful!  And I’m sure you’ll be hearing plenty about it as we move along.