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!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Reverse Around The World Update

Here is a lovely photo of the quilt top. I don't know what an Around the World quilt looks like, but this is a Reverse Around the World quilt.  I actually got the top done in February. I have retrieved it from Sid the Wonder Quilter and now I have to get the binding on there.  I hope to have it done in approximately one week from now.  Don't time me, please!
Ebony gives this one her stamp of approval!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Words and Pictures

I completed a small quilted project in March. Yeah! Go me!  I need a Please be quiet! sign at my office so I quilted one.  This is my 'be quiet' sign.  It only just occurred to me I should have used blinding pink or something.

I could go on about my laundry closet remodel, but I think I will just keep it short today.  I admit the size of this photo makes it difficult to view the details.  I did put a casing on the back, should I decide to hang it that way.  A yard stick would work just fine, since the length of this is approx. 33 inches.  I will be using rare earth magnets to attach it to the glass window at my office.  I have decided to add another photo so you can see the pieced Phoebe in the center block.  I tried doing this because of the wonderful quilts in "Collaborative Quilting" that had pieced people in it.  "Collaborative Quilting" is a book by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Piecing Rocks!

Right now this is all I have on the design wall.  But of course, it is on the little design wall not the one with the fish on it.  The pattern for the letter 's' I found in Yoko Saito's book House Warming Patch Work.  She has instructions and patterns for the entire alphabet in her book along with charming crabs, scissors, fish, houses, and other darling things.  This bit of scrappy fun is going to be the back of my Scrap Happy quilt.  I have had this sun and moon fabric for a couple years and am happy to be able to use a little bit of it here. 
    I am in the middle of renovating our laundry room, so getting this finished up quickly is unlikely. Most of the work is done, but I must avoid having the fun of getting this done right away.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spock Block

I have been working diligently on my Scrap Happy quilt for announcing the 2016 theme for the Kuna Quilt Show. [August 1-2, 2015, at Kuna High School]  Leonard Nimoy passed away only a couple weeks ago. I have some fab Star Trek fabric and a few bits and tads of it here and there.  I found one with a piece that had only Spock on it. I fussy cut it and did one exploding pineapple around it.  I tried several different backgrounds for the final bit of the block.  I think the balance in this b&w fabric is perfect, and the fact that it looks like moons, suns, and planets clinched the deal.  I hope you like it! The block is in my Scrap Happy quilt.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What is on the design wall in March?!!!

I have been very busy. The theme for the 2016 Kuna Quilt Show was voted on at the last Idaho PieceMakerS meeting.  The theme is "Scrap Happy".  I can say no more.