Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
A most wonderful Nom - from a little dear pattern
Ravelry and knitting blogs led to craft sewing, led to embroidery, led to modern softies, led to paper crafting, led to.....
And so, to help push others into new crafty addictions, I thought I would show a couple of embroidery projects I did recently.
I used an Urban Threads design on this super cute t-shirt for my nephew. My husband lucked out and caught that huge drool - perfect for 'Where's me Grog?'!
This is a viking design I made from a picture a friend sent me. Sorry I don't know it's origin, but I thought it was so cool and translated it to an embroidery for Becket's shirt. Of course, he now refuses to wear it (what is up with that?!) So I may try to put some stabilizer on it and use it in a future quilt or pillow for myself.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This was the second quilt I pieced and finally got it quilted and bound in time to Spring to Finish! It is 51" square.
When it is cold and dreary next winter, I think this is be a fun quilt to warm-up under.
I washed that quilt with the Neptune coin quilt and did have a minor issue. I didn't pre-wash the linen and probably should have. While working with it, the 100% linen was so slippery and tended to unravel. That a led to square-ness issues overall and some edges that were less than 1/4" under the binding seam. This little section pulled out during the wash.
I ended up tucking it against the binding, then machine stitching a tight, narrow zig-zag along that area. You can hardly see the repair on either front or back - it blended into the texture of the linen. Hopefully I have stopped the pulling and fraying.
As a side note, the quilt went from 51x64 before washing to 49x62.5 All linen will be pre-washed going forward.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
It looks like the fevers have since broke and with the help of five Tamiflu precriptions, one for each of us, things will continue to improve. My quilt survived and I was able to finish the binding on another during nap time. Both are going into the wash. Hopefully the clouds clear tomorrow and I can get some good pictures of the newly crinkled quilt.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Before I have to post two week's worth, I better show my week 4 nine patch blocks! I actually have a full yard of that yellow Michael Miller with the appliances and jello - I'm strangely drawn to it and hope to find a good use.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
And just for fun, here are a few whirlygiggle blocks. I'm addicted and will share some more of this picnic quilt next week. We're off to grill and watch Caleb march in the parade.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Yesterday we were out from 8am until 8pm planting and moving stuff. I started counting it up, and stopped at 100 things: perennials, shrubs, grasses, and a few annual pots.
I still have to do the vegetable garden, and add some irrigation.
But first I'll take a break and make some more 2.5" squares for my nine patch blocks before I'm too far behind!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I usually listen to various NPR podcasts (This American Life, Planet Money) and The Moth podcast. Nothing I'm doing right now is rocket science, so it's fun to let my mind wander. It actually seems to help when I'm free motion quilting - the result is more organic and prettier if I don't over think it. I have to use the earbuds when actually quilting a top, though. Otherwise you miss all the funny stuff to the hum of the needle. What do you listen to?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I love it! Tula Pink's Neptune line - three charm packs and a bit of yardage for back and binding. It is sashed with 100% white linen, also on the back.
The other solid on the back is cotton oxford shirting. It was a substitute when I realized I forgot to buy enough linen for the back. A happy accident, it was wonderful to work with and I'll certainly look for more to use again. I got that piece for a huge bargain at JoAnn's, but it is considered a fall fabric, so I have to wait just a bit to find it again. I decided to feature some of my favorite charm squares on the back, and I like this the best with the sea turtles.
The black print is perfect for the binding.
(tossed in 3 yards of Bijoux - on sale, already paying for shipping and all)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Lame, shifty squares. I pin, follow the presser foot, try to rotary cut perfectly - nothing seems to help 100% of the time if I have to match up more than one seam across. But see how nice and smooth those seams are? So I tried a couple of blocks pressing the seams to one side or the other, then nested them.
Ooohh, pretty corner. But look at that huge cliff on top of the orange dots!
That awesome dotty fabric was sent to me by my new internet-friend, Chen. Happy, Fun mail!
I did a few more pressing to the side and all ended up nicely aligned, but lumpy. Sitting back and thinking on which thing would annoy me less, as well as what would show less once quilted.
I decided to go with side pressing - but opening up the final seam, since they are all going to be sashed and not directly joined. As I go along with more experience, I may change my mind, but this seams (couldn't resist the pun) best for now.
And also, thanks for all the nice comments about my finally-hung quilt! I think I may make a few specifically for hanging. They make the wall look so happy.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I also tossed in some cute Heather Ross fish to add to the fun!
I was going to do a block with the solid pink and Mendocino mermaids, but I didn't think the scale was going to work.
I finally hung my first quilt, and I'm so happy with how it looks on the wall. I was motivated to do it one morning, and it was just me and the 3 yr old. I had him take a picture while I held it on the wall so I could decided on placement. That actually worked out really well. I only had to mount the holders to the wall once!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Motivation finally moved me last night and I got the binding sewn on the Neptune quilt. Becket declared it 'Beautiful, it sure is'. Big up side to actually getting things done, is I now have a tidy little pile of the black tone-on-tone left over from the binding ends! Since I cut my binding strips 2.5" wide, I was able to quickly chop it into squares for my 9-patch blocks.
Speaking of which, I'm having a FreeSpirit fest with them this week. These are some more of my favorite fabrics that I had not been able to cut.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I think my mouth dropped open then first time I used it. That is my black binding fabric for the Neptune coin quilt I'm working on. [yes, I have to draw the line]
And got some better pictures than I did, I think!
While downloading, I found one of me setting up the pencil shot - not long before he has his own blog!