Monday, January 30, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Well, I took it in my head to do a little more quilting. So I rummaged around, found a piece of fabric that looking back I think I was saving for a specific binding (oh well!), layered it up with a nice but inexpensively purchased batik and well, here's the result:
Or a little larger file size for a closer view: here
This is all quilted in a single thread color, that color being somewhere between kelly/grass and lime green. Looks pretty good I think. The whole thing is about 40 inches square.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Yup, another cartoon mentions that thing..... (thanks Mom)
Sunday, January 15, 2006
"Skies Above" done, I needed a little something simpler and quicker. So yesterday I headed over to my folks house for a little R&R and postcards. Brought my machine, brought my bag o'scraps, brought my little travel bag o'threads, brought my big bag o'stabilizers and wonderunder, brought my bag o'pre-cut batting bits and postcard backgrounds and backs...
Now my bag o'scraps, well, it's impressive. It's one of those new BIG bags, the XL size, not the biggest. Inside is one bag that remains apart. That's my bag o'reds and glitzes for making hearts. The other bag is the ziplock bag o'threads. That's all the ravellings from washing fabrics, some shredding of odd silks and other fabrics and some leftover thread from bobbins etc.
Quick like a bunny, there was one big mess o'scraps and stuff and machines all over the kitchen table. And not long after that - postcards. Soon, my mom had called Joan and despite the mess and all that glomming of fabric and threads followed by sewing everywhichway - Joan had made two postcards of her own!
I came home with five postcards including one little landscape that needs some help.
Tonight I decided I knew a new baby that needs a nice new little quilt so I rummaged until I found two cool fabrics and spent awhile tonight layering and pinning. Not your average whole cloth quilt but that's what's gonna happen! Just have to oil up the sewing machine and get it done.
What are you doing?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Quilting done. Applique done. Binding done. So here are the first completed photos of this quilt, titled "Skies Above" because the rest weren't working for me.
Skies Abovewhite background
60"W X 36.5"H
I'm always watching the sky. It is our constant companion. It is ever-changing and many-colored once you get to know it. Go look for yourself and then keep looking.
Machine pieced, appliqued and quilted.
Monday, January 09, 2006
My job involves working with a lot of people who know varying amounts about computers. Sometimes they're just nervous, sometimes they're hostile. Sometimes they take direction pretty well, sometimes not so much.
So tonight, after I'd done my software updates, my Mom called. We were chatting and suddenly the little bell goes off in my head - parents, new DSL connection, software updates! OK, Mom, here's what I want you to try. Here's what's going to happen... she takes some notes. No phone calls afterwards so I was sort of wondering.
Awhile later, instant message and an email - we think we did it - took awhile. let us know what we updated!
I'm so proud!
And it's gotta be a pretty wonderful thing that updating your software, including your operating system is such a pretty straight-forward thing that it could be triggered by a short phone call, a few notes on a bit of paper and a little time. Good job, Apple! A little confidence goes a long way for sure but why should it be any harder than that?
And have I mentioned that my Mom is busy learning how to get all the cool stuff out of iPhoto while my Dad is preparing his genealogy research to be put up on the web so others can share it. Whoa. Makes a quasi-geeky daughter mighty proud. High-fiving ya Mom and Dad!
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Yes done! And until I can set up my lights (and maybe finish the edges etc) here are some photos to give you an idea of the whole:Obviously I am back to the same problem - quilt too big to take a photo of in my sewing room. Not enough backing up room. Oh and those small squares are about 1.5 inches finished size, just to give you an idea of size.
Finally: A happy customer rummaged in her pocket the other day and gave me two pieces of dove chocolate, one milk and one dark. Not one to turn away chocolate I accepted them. I opened the dark one today and found this message inside. Interesting.
Head down, pedal to the metal
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Thanks to my readers who have been following along in this final push to finish my "Why is the Sky Blue?" challenge quilt. (Still waiting for a title to appear....) I got a week's reprieve to finish the quilting which I appreciate and I'm determined!
I'm not complaining either -- all the ruffl-i-ness -- going away. Inch by inch as the edges get quilted down. Flat. All good.
And in other news, I thought I was sort of stretching things doing all this quilting all over my "sky". Every day I'd look up at the clouds and well, the only thing that was feathery looking were the old contrails. Until yesterday, as I drove west in the late afternoon. Looked up to the northwest corner of the sky and there was a line of natural clouds with big loopy, well, feathers. Individual feathers. Big loopy ones. Bordering on sawtooth sort of things. Could I pull over and take a photo? Of course not, so you'll have to take my word for it.
And you'll have to just believe that I was bouncing up and down behind the wheel going - yes! yes! yes!
That final push is on. Probably one or two more nights and the quilting will be all done. It's definitely to that scary lumpy and bumpy stage right now. You know the one - where the center is all quilted but there's still a rim of unquilted all the way around the edges and a square foot or so of unquilted along one side. Ooops - that's way too much extra fabric that doesn't match the size through the center. Eventually the edges get quilted, the whole top is quilted evenly all over and voila it all lays flat. But right now - it looks pretty scary and rather ruffley. Here it is after I managed to get it hung up tonight and a close up of the quilting.