Friday, January 30, 2009
For my sewing and quilting friends. Do you obsess about throwing bits of fabric away? Up until recently, one thing I was very comfortable with throwing away was the selvages. Because what could you possibly do with them? Not any more. One day recently, I happened upon Karen Griska's Selvage Blog. I couldn't believe my eyes, I was so surprised at the neat little projects that I saw on this blog. She even a book called Quilts from the Selvage Edge. I'd love to look at the book sometime I'm at Chapters.
Here is my first little 15" x 15" Selvage project. I was not sure what I would call it, but now, I think I'll call it my Cat Matt!!! I made this up in a couple of hours, just to get the technique down. This was a fun quick project.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So, while the girls were busy sewing, the guys were in the garage building a kitty food station for my daughter Patience. Her daughter Aurora loves to get in the kitty food, so this should provide a barrier and a fun place for kitty to get respite from Baby A. We need to get some artwork to put on it.. it's looking kind of plain right now.
On the way home today from Nova Scotia, we stopped into the Avonport Discount Fabric store. It's half way between Greenwood and Halifax. I was amazed at the amount of fabric they had and the wall of quilting notions. Every quilters ruler imaginable. I spent half an hour picking through fabrics and then just looking through notions.
Here are my purchases... A craft iron (very hard to find in regular stores), 8 half yard cuts of cotton, buttons, white rattail, and chocolates. What you don't see is the hole in the chocolate bag. I had to try them. My sister says that this store is known for it's bulk chocolates. They are wonderful.
When I go to Greenwood this summer, I'll know better and bring a few of my "to-do" patterns with me to get fabric. I was most impressed with the selection and price of the fabrics at Avonport.
And finally, see who we brought home from Donna's house. Her name is Missy. She did well travelling today. So much so, we almost forgot she was with us. As you can see, she has taken up with Mert already, and found her comfy spot in the family room.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Also I was surprised today when I noticed a short comment in my "Done is Good" blog from last week. It's from Kathie, who is the creator of the Nines and Vines quilt for McCall's Quilting, and she was pleased that mine turned out so good. I'm always amazed at the connectivity the Internet gives us.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
She's such a darling....
Here is a picture of Patience and Aurora reading one of her books.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This week while making my appliques, I noticed that my star points were wrinkling up... I looked underneath, and sure enough the non-stick coating is peeling off the tip. I use the tip of my iron twice as much as the rest of the iron. Do you?
So this week, I'll be looking for a new iron.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
But now that the end is near, I find myself wondering on to other projects.
I'm so excited for my boss... He and his wife are having their first baby in mid-February, and I'm preparing a baby package for him.
This week, I've had waffle weave fabric on the brain for some reason. So thinking about this new little baby, I have a about a meter size piece of medium waffle weave - so I think I'll make a simple waffle towel/blanket for his baby to put in the baby package. I wish I knew what his name will be... I'll make the towel, and I can easily embroider on a name later.
Also in the in the package for the new little baby, I have a couple of bibs, a couple of droolies, a nice Leapfrog drum, a little taggie blankie and a a little taggie bee (it's not finished yet).
This package will be done up and gone by Friday.
I love making baby stuff.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Today I did a practice sample of the vine border using the stitching with invisible thread. The ladies who I'm making this for, are very traditional and have always thought of applique as being done by hand. Machine applique is going to be a bit hard for them to swallow, but they've been dying to do a raffle quilt with applique on it for a change. So, after I did the sample and did a trial of 2 or 3 types of machine stitching the vine and other applique parts down, I took the sample to the head quilter... Rose. She was thrilled to see the quilt - in its almost done state... She looked at my sample and was pleased with any of the techniques. She couldn't believe how invisible it really was. We chose the bias bars method of setting the bias down, and it will be stitched on both sides. It's hard to see in my picture, but it is really quite invisible. Rose said the ladies will be pleased. So now that Rose is pleased, I feel more relaxed about finishing the borders.... I'm still on track as far as timing goes.... and plan on bringing this finished top to show and tell at Guild on the 20th... then delivering it to Rose on the 21st.
Then what... On to different and fun things...
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Just to take a little break from the sewing machine, I decided to cut the border pieces for my nines and vines. I love making borders from lengths of fabric that I don't seam. So that means cutting borders from a long length of fabric. Yesterday afternoon, I roughly measured, straightened, folded, ironed, fluffed... then did my final smooth out before laying ruler and rotary cutter. I cut the first 2 strips, no problem, cut the third strip no problem, and was about to cut the 4th strip, and I couldn't figure out why I would have so much of a margin left over.. well over an inch, when it was supposed to be 1/2 an inch or less.
Yep you guessed. One of my 8.5" wide borders is actually only 7.5 inches. Uggg..... It might seem like such a small deal, but this border has flowery stars appliqued on it and if I cut the other border side down to match , it would make the quilt 2" smaller in width. The St. Dunstan's ladies really want to make sure the width is a full queen size. (ticket buyers are always wanting a full queen size) Darn, Darn, Darn..... Oh, well, off to Fabricville for yet a 4th day in a row to get matching background fabric.
I'll trim the other 3 border background down an inch and use these 4 border pieces in my next project. I have some left over small 9 patches as well, so I guess I'll get a Greco Pizza Box and start another Nines and Vines project box - for me. I really do like this pattern. So, the moral of this story is.. Haste doesn't make waste.... Haste makes a whole new project!!
Do you see the cute little button tag on my scissors. These tags are from the Fons and Porter notions line and they come three in a package. You put them on your sewing notions that you take to workshops and you can easily tell which scissors are yours. In my case, I like to have the tag on these scissors because they constantly are being covered up with fabric pieces and the tag gives them extra visibility. My daughter Michele gave me 2 packages of these tags for Christmas. I really like them.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I've tried to avoid going to Fabricville over the holidays. I was very adamant that I'm only working on my nines and vines and I'll not be distracted until that's done. But I have a good angel on my shoulder saying, "stay with it... you can do it, you're half way there"... then there is the bad angel that says, "ahh, head up to Fabricville...nines and vines will wait..you're half way there anyway so no problem.."
So guess who won. I've been to Fabricville twice in the last two days. And guess where I'm headed this morning... yes, Fabricville. They have their preview sale on and many items are buy 1 meter and get one free. The good news is that most of my purchases are for my sister who is preparing for her daughter's wedding. She doesn't have a Fabricville near her so, I get the joy of spending her money...
I do have good news.... all 56 of my double nine patch blocks are done. This afternoon, I start sewing them together..
Friday, January 2, 2009
So, so far, this is what 21 of the double 9 patch blocks looks like. Altogether, the pattern calls for 56 blocks on the inner part of this quilt. If you look closely, there are 5 little nine patches in one block, and the adjacent blocks have 4 little nine patches. This makes the lines of squares connect. There are a variety of colors in this quilt, but all the background is the same. I'm hoping to have all my inner 56 blocks done by Sunday afternoon.
After these inside blocks are all put together, then a thin outer border goes on, then the larger vines border will be the next big job. My plan is to invisible thread machine applique the stars on the vine.
I really like this pattern.
I'll update you next Friday as to my progress. I'm hoping to have the center blocks sewn together, the small border applied, and the vine borders started. This quilt needs to be done by Jan 20, our guild meeting night.