Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Merlinda is Missing!

Sorry for the delay since my last posting. Things have been very busy, at work, at home, a week in NYC, then company; all very exciting stuff! Then one bad thing happened and I can't get motivated to write or be creative with my blog.  Merlinda is missing.  We have not seen her since Friday evening, June 19.  How can I write on my blog, knowing my star photo hog is missing?  Her 10th birthday is coming up in August. I hope that a miracle happens and she is brought back to us.  We have registered her as missing at the Humane Society, Simply Cats, and Craig's List.  I have checked at the Humane Society almost everyday since we have not seen her. I posted flyers and talked with the neighbors. I hope someone finds her. She hates fireworks and I fear for her over the next few days.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Saturn V Wallhanging (aka mini-quilt)

This is a mini-quilt.  I got my inspiration from a sweet little book with lots of techniques for making mini-quilts:  pretty little mini quilts, published by Lark Books, featuring 25 quilt projects by various designers.  What I like most about the book is all the instructions, including optional binding methods and using embroidery as the actual quilting method.  One of them has French knots all around the edge of the quilt, which inspired me to use French knots as my quilting in the blue outer-space portion of my mini-quilt.  I tied each knot on one of the tiny white squares, so you can't even see them unless you get right up close.  I pieced the entire top, then stitched in the ditch on the rocket and on the curves of the planet and moon. I also ran some wavy stitching across the planet, and since the scrap of fabric I found for the planet has stitches as part of the fabric design, you really can't see the ones I added.  I used white embroidery floss to show the exhaust from the thrusters.  My Saturn V mini-quilt measures 18.25" X 19" finished.  I hope you like it!
For those of you not familiar with the Saturn V rocket,
this is not to scale.  It is my interpretation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fun Red and Blue Baby Quilt

About three years ago, I was looking at some quilting blogs and found a darling pink and white baby quilt that had an asymmetrical design.  I thought it was interesting and different and decided I would like to try making it.  I, eventually, used scraps from previous little boy baby quilts, to make the blocks and red border.  After I completed the top, it drifted around my quilting room for a couple years, before Teresa inspired me to use that gargantuan rick-rack that you find at quilt shops.  I guesstimated how much I would need and bought a bunch of red rick-rack.   I let Teresa do hers first, so I could learn from her mistakes.  I did forget that she rounded the corners on hers, until after I had cut mine after sewing it down one side. Too late now!  I used some dark blue flannel rocket ship fabric that I have had for 10 years.  After I turned it and whip-stitched the opening shut, I smoothed it out and pinned it all over, then I stitched-in-the-ditch and stitched two straight lines lengthwise on the blue fields that are on two sides.  It won't shift around and looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.
pinned it before quilting it with stitch-in-the-ditch
About the guesstimated rick-rack: I had 3 inches left over.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What Is On The Design Wall In May?

I finally went to Home Fabrics and got some flannel backed vinyl to make my new improved design wall.  I took my flannel quilt down and got my new design wall up.  It is big enough to really lay out my liberated houses.  I have all the house blocks up, and most of the sashing up. I ran out of my cute little car fabric.  I needed just enough to do three more city blocks of roadway.  I called four quilt shops and visited two today. I found more of the black with white dashed lines at Quilt Expressions, so I bought the rest of the bolt. I had high hopes that Nancy's would have some, but I cannot get a hold of her.  My Husqvarna is in the shop, so I don't want to start sewing my rows together yet, as I don't think the quarter inch on this Necchi will be the same.  I want to sew them all on the same machine to avoid any sashing-matching-up issues.  I did design the outside sections this morning and pieced my grain silos that are going next to the rail road tracks. 

Yes, I only discovered I need grain silos this morning.  It is going to be awesome, but I have to really get to work on it, so I can have it completed before I go to NYC in June.  I am soooo excited!  I should have my Husqvarna back Monday after work.  Yeah!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Photos of the Reverse Around the World Quilt

I went over to Teresa's house last evening and she allowed me to take photos of the RATW quilt that I gave her for her birthday. She has the most adorable place, and it was refreshing to photograph a quilt in a different setting than my quilt room that has a bunch of junk stacked in it. 

Sid Mooney did the quilting on this quilt. The back shows the pattern better
than the bright fabrics on the front of the quilt.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reverse Around the World is Finished!

I completed the Reverse Around the World quilt on April 12.  I took some poor quality photos before giving it to a friend. So, I am not posting a photo yet.  I will see if I can get a better photo.  It is 80 degrees outside and I just want to be outside, but it is my budget and bills night, so I will be doing those shortly.  I need to get back to my Liberated Houses, now that this RATW quilt is done, but I started a mini-quilt with my version of the Saturn V rocket on it and I think I can finish it up pretty quick, if given the chance.  But so many things are tugging at me for my attention. And gee, I have to work. Blah!
   Just remember the Saturn V rocket was holey-cow tall and looked tall and slender.  Since this is a mini quilt, my version is rather on the stubby side. It is not to scale, except maybe the thrusters.  Maybe another time.  I am using fabrics that I already have on hand, which makes it even more fun!  It is still in the layout and design process, but not far away from a couple cuts and few seams and then presto!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exclusive Apparatus

Well, sometimes it pays to visit your mother. I was over visiting tonight and she said she had been going through the drawers in her old sewing machine and she had found an apparatus, and perhaps I would like to have it.  It was strange that she did not call it a thing-a-ma-bob or something similar.  It is indeed an apparatus.  We agreed that it is an exclusive apparatus, since we doubt that we know anyone else who has one.  I am sure there may be a few out there, but these things are old and not flaunted.  Of course there are new versions of this same thing available, even locally at The Cotton Club, but it is rare to see such an old specimen; and yes that is true of my mother, also.  I kind of want to put a smiley face here. :)  There.  If anyone knows the true nomenclature of this item, please leave me a comment.
It is old and the plug looks a tad on the unsafe side.
It is to add light to your sewing machine, but the machine must have a thin neck like those old Singers and Whites.  I don't think it will help my Husqvarna!