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Holiday Weekend Goings On.

September 7, 2009

I had a rather nice holiday weekend.  I stuck to the whole doing what I want idea, and got a few things done.  Of course, now that I’m sitting on the other side of that, I’m wishing I had done more housework.  Oh well!

I finished the zig zag quilt.  It turned out rather nicely, I think.  I think you can kind of see the stitching.  I think I mentioned it before, but as a recap, I stitched in the ditch diagonally in one direction, and then stitched straight lines on both sides of that the width of the walking foot.  I really like the straight lines, and they work really well with the pattern.

zig zag

I also worked on the quilting bee block.  I’m not sure how I feel about it entirely.  It ended up being really tricky.  I’m inclined to just send it off, but I’m thinking that since it’s still a bit early and I have some time, I’m gonna think on it a little more.  Here is a picture of it in all it’s glory.  Meagan asked for a 12.5×12.5 block of squares, none larger than 3 inches.  

september bee block

What do you think?  I really love the colors, and this really challenged me.  I also made some mistakes in construction as it turns out, though I didn’t realize/discover those until too late.  I might go to quilter prison if anyone finds out!  Ha.  Anyway, I’m hanging onto it for a little while just to make sure I’m comfortable with it….

That’s it for now.  


Progress, plans.

September 4, 2009

I’ve got the binding sewn onto the front of the zig zag quilt, and have started the hand sewing on the back.  Hopefully the long weekend will provide some stretches of TV time so I can finish it up and show it to you by the end of the weekend!  I was going to give it away, but I like it, so I think I’ll hold on to it for a while.  Maybe one day I’ll have use for it.  Or know when the time is right to give it away.

As part of my getting better mentally and physically plan, I’m going to try and do a lot more sewing.  I’ve ordered some more Michael Miller Funky Christmas so I can make some Christmas stockings for myself and Jack (and maybe the cats, or is that too weird?), and maybe a tree skirt if I can find or figure out a pattern for a round one.  I also want to make some napkins  for the annual Christmas Eve dinner at my house, so I need to pick out some solid fabrics for that.  I think I’m going to stop in to G-Street fabrics when I’m in Rockville this weekend to see if they have something suitable.

I’m also going to work on the sewing bee block this weekend.  I think I’ve finally got it figured out. 

I’m going to pick out fabrics this weekend (for reals!) for the manly quilts, and hopefully something will appeal to me for the grandmother quilt as well. 

I’m ALSO going to start on my embroidery.  I don’t know what the best fabric is for this sort of thing, but figure I will do my trial run on some regular old white cotton I have.  No sense in ruining the good stuff.  Then maybe I’ll have a feel for what would work best.  The plan is to frame these things I’m embroidering, so if you have any suggestions, they will be greatly appreciated.

I’ve also got to work on the pattern for my sister’s bag.  I think I’m almost there, but I’ve made such a horrible mess of my sewing room that I haven’t had a good working space lately.  I guess I should get to that this weekend too.

There are tons of things that need to be done around the house, but since it’s a holiday weekend, I’m going to act like I’m on vacation (mostly) and just not worry about it.  Maybe if I’m lucky (or if Jack is, ha!) I’ll do some laundry and go to the grocery store.

My mother and I are also going to check out some store for window coverings for our huge bay window.  Once upon a time I was going to make these, but the project is just too big and too overwhelming.  Wish me luck in finding something that a. works and b. I like, oh, and c. doesn’t cost me my life savings!

And because I have nothing else to offer, a picture of Spike sleeping on the quilt I’m trying to sew.  He refuses to get on the new sofa, or in my lap on the sofa, but as soon as that quilt showed up he was all about it.  What’s up with that?

spike on quilt

p.s.  The picture is not great because it comes from the iPhone which has a craptastic camera.  And that blurry thing on top there, attached the gray body is Shelby, who is trying to furiously lick his brother’s face.

p.p.s.  Have a lovely holiday weekend!

Almost finished

September 2, 2009

I’m almost finished quilting the zig zag quilt.  The straight lines have proven not too difficult.  Basically, I “stitched in the ditch” and then made lines on either side the width of the walking foot.  I was going to go back and do the diagonals the opposite way as well, but I think I’m going to stick with what I’ve got.  Another direction would be too busy, and the front is already busy enough I think.  As far as my thoughts on the straight line quilting: I really like it a lot.  It requires a little more precision than the free motion, and that is sometimes hard for me.  I know my lines aren’t perfect either, but I’m deliberately not inspecting them closely.  I give them a quick check to make sure something isn’t glaringly off, and then move on.  Otherwise I’d never get it finished.  I will definitely be doing it again.

Hopefully I’ll finish up the quilting tonight, which means I can get the binding on tonight.  I bought a bias tape maker at Joann’s the other day.  I’m not sure why.  Oh.  Because I’m tired of always burning my fingers and stuff, and hope that maybe this will be helpful.  I got the 1″ one.  I’m not sure that it’ll be wide enough, but the other one was surely TOO wide.  Maybe by this weekend I’ll have a finished quilt!  It’s been a while.  April to be exact.

In other news, I see a fabric buying spree in the near future.  See, my husband has decided to take a motorcycle course and is planning on paying for it out of the savings.  So, it’s only fair I dip in a little bit too, right?  Ha. 

Seriously though, I’ve seen some sales floating around and I want to get a move on some Christmas projects.  I’ve decided, for the fathers and grandfather I am going to make them quilts.  Throw-sized.  Solid colors, biggish solid blocks.  Straight line quilting (more masculine than stippling, yes?) Not sure of the exact patterns yet, but that’s what I’m going to go with.  Do you think that’s a good idea?  I’m already second guessing myself.  But, you know, if they aren’t going to appreciate something that I’ve made for them, well, they can shove it!  How about that?

So, this week, I’m going to pull out my kona color card and make some decisions.  And just go with it.  Because no matter what, even if their quilts are ugly, they’ll still love me.

I’m also finilizing plans for my quilting bee block.  I think I’m almost there.  I keep coming up with ideas, and then realizing I’m missing something, but I think I’ve got a plan, and I’m just going to go for it.  Maybe that’ll happen over the (long!) weekend.

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.

Short Stories for a Stormy Night.

June 3, 2009

A pile of zig zags



an impromptu quilted chair pad, halfway quilted.



a messed up, but easily fixed hexagon



and kittens after our toes.