July 28, 2008
You know if you have a day of sewing, you also have a day at the ironing board. There are all kinds of special irons now, but none of them take into consideration repetitive motion injury problems. Do yourself a favor. Cut yourself about 12 inches of soft cotton batting, wrap it tight around the handle of your iron and baste it on...big loopy stitches are fine, you'll just roll the seam down anyway. This one I ran two rows of fancy stitches across before I wrapped it just because I have pretty stitches on my machine. Try it! You'll Like It! Change it about once a year...they get pretty grim looking after awhile :-)
Blessings for this last Monday in July
My fragile friends appear to all be in good shape for the nonce.
Good jobs for my Rob and myself.
July 24, 2008
and the same again with candlewick and candle wicking instead of candlewicking. I tell an untruth, I did find some gorgeous fiber in Australia, but the cost of shipping would tip my budget over backward. I've found two places in the USA that have natural/neutral floss, nope, I want color.
More July Blessings:
July 21, 2008
When I look back through them for ideas or inspiration or just a kick in the (Y) to get my needle to working they do all that plus are like a good visit with an old friend. They always remember the things I thought I'd forgotten...
July 17, 2008
For a double/queen backing it takes 6-7 yards of fabric, 7-10 yards for a top depending on how complicated the piecing is, because you use up fabric in seams too. So lets be generous and figure 18 yards of fabric in a nice big bed quilt. There is 120 yards of fabric in that little box. So, the question today is how much fabric do you have? And how much have you spent? This isn't a blame game, heaven forbid...stopping buying fabric for me was harder than quitting smoking. All I'm asking is that you be honest with yourself. How much do you have, how fast do you make quilts, and where will it all go when you are gone?
So what's she doing with that box of fabric you ask? Using the above weight and measurements I took a little over an hour this week to do a fast sort of about 1000 yards of fabric, pulling stuff I know I'll never use, not in a bazillion years. All the pinks, ditsy 70's calico, stiff cheap fabrics, holiday themed, I Spy type novelties, stripes. I'm going to put it in my garage sale next month at $1.00 a pound, smile, and wish it a pleasant journey.
July 14, 2008
Number 2, top right is a more old fashioned one made of pinked felt hearts with the top cover being blue felted wool and embroidery. Number 3, lower right is a fun to make six-petaled one held together with a button stitched to a yo-yo, and embellished with beads and a matching stick pin. I made a wad of these for a Dear Jane exchange 8-10 years ago.
The bottom left one is a well used and obvious favorite, a color wheel made from my own hand-dyed fabrics and is great for sorting needles from quilting to crewel. These are just the ones around the sewing machine area, I also have cushions at all my sewing stations around the house, in the RV, and in the car...suffice it to say, I like my cushions. If I were a collector sort of person it is probably what I'd collect. Have you got some fun ones?
To-do list: Ta-da ~ Finished!
Walking with Pembroke, my little 5 pound Pom
Fun things to anticipate in the mail box this week
Websites that offer free patterns, Thank you Sindy at FatCatPatterns
July 9, 2008
I think where the myth got it's start is the way we use the lines on the different rulers. Do we align the cut edge absolutely under the line, just a hair to the left of the line, or just a hair to the right of the line. Which lines are thick on the ruler in the middle and which are thick on the rulers on the left and right? Think about it next time you are cutting. The rulers are correct, it's we who are a bit wonky. I do swear though from personal experience that if you like all your points to match it is a good idea to do all your piecing on the same machine. Again...it's how our eye perceives that 1/4" sweet spot.
My blessings today:
Rotary cutters and rulers...I remember when pencil and cardboard templates were the rule.
Fuzzy soda water with lemon
Ink pens in lots of colors
July 7, 2008
I'm getting quite a stack of them and need to start thinking about a setting. I did up 8 blocks with mixed neutrals (all the handle background are mixed neutrals) to see how they'd look but now that I have lots of blocks finished I'm thinking I don't want quite so much blank space. Maybe I'll do 1 inch print cornerstones with 1 inch mixed neutrals as buffer strips between the blocks. Think? We'll see. Anyway, great mix of busy-bag carry along hand work, and machine work when I'm at home. I love quilting and everything to do with it.
Things I'm grateful for today:
The bowl of fresh radishes from the garden...already eaten.
Found strawberry hullers, have been looking for them for yonks.
How my fresh line dried towels smell.
July 4, 2008
On the right is a framed tribute I made a couple of years ago with photos of family service members, Rob's medals and one of his bravery commendations. He was a crew chief and door gunner in 'Nam and was shot down six times. I'm so honored by the gift our service people have and are giving us; the lost years out of their normal lives, their homes and family time, and for so many the ultimate sacrifice. Bless your hearts one and all. And thank you.
My blessings today:
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Faith
Freedom of Spirit