Sunday, February 28, 2010
Using Karen Neary's Maritime Beauty pattern, I'm going to make a Beauty out of these batiks. I have all the pieces cut out and the papers ready to paper piece the points. BUT, I have no light background fabric that will be used behind the spokes. Eek... I guess I better go fabric shopping on Monday.
Do you want to see my prototype Maritime Beauty that I completed last summer? I made this one out of old scrappy fabric because I signed up for the class at the last minute. I love how this scrappy beauty turned out and it stays at the cottage. I can't wait to see it again in April or May.
Check back in a couple of weeks, and I'll show you the the completed beauty top. I'll just machine quilt it when I get home.
Friday, February 26, 2010
So, I resist the urge to close up this boxed kit and commit to myself to at least do a few blocks. That's all I needed and I'm into it now. I'm following the directions very carefully. I have the first block almost finished. It's in two parts. I don't have the courage to sew them together today, but I will tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I have about half the seams covered on the three socks. I'm hoping by next week all the seams will be covered and I'll have lots of silk ribbon done. I may even start adding a few beads next week. We'll see.
Do you see the little buttons that I added? I love those. I only added these three to see what they would look like but I will add more to the other socks this week.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Donna has done something that I've never done, but I think I will give it a try when I get home. She personalized the Lazy Girl Take-Along bags with embroidery. They are really nice and would make a perfectly unique gift.
Go have a visit and be sure to leave a comment on the Lazy Girl Blog.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I should have been out last week when it was snowing, just to get a picture of the holly with snow on it. I missed the opportunity. It hasn't snowed here in 11 years, and heaven knows when it will snow again. When it does, I'll be a little more prepared to run out and take a picture.
This is a great segway into the pattern that I've chosen to buy fabric online for. I have admired this pattern online and have seen it in a few places.
I decided for my little experiment, to make a Christmasy quilt. I spent what seems like hours looking at patterns in online shops and I found a few that I really liked. The problem I found out is that project requirements are not given when you want to buy a pattern and fabric online.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Here's what I've learned so far:
- To get the most from your shipping dollar, you should try to buy between 7 and 9 yards of fabric.
- Most stores have a clearance section.
- If you don't want to spend any money on shipping, if you order over $50 some online stores don't charge you shipping. I found one highly recommended will ship free for over purchases over $35.
- Get a couple of references as to service, quality of fabrics and promptness. I have references from an online board that I look at every day.
- Not all online stores carry everything in the way of notions and threads. I'm looking for non-nylon invisible thread, and that is a problem.
So, I am going to pick out a pattern on the internet and buy the fabric online as a little experiment. I'm not sure what else I should look for in an online dealer, but I'm quite excited to do this little experiment. I'll let you know about my decision as to dealer, pattern, fabrics on Sunday, after I place the order. It'll be interesting to see when it will arrive. I hear that it only takes 2 or 3 days to get an order. We'll see.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So, this week, aside from getting started which can be a hurdle for me, I have applied some lace trims to each of the socks, and and I've started to do some basic stitching. I had to look at my notes and books again for a little refresher on how to stitch the blanket stitch.
As you can tell, These are going to be very monochromatic socks compared to my last three socks that were very pink. The white, cream and taupes are very classic and will look nice when hung together on the mantel. I may add a bit of color when I do the beading, buttons and other embellishments.
I was brave and cut into a doily to use as the heel on two of the socks. The other sock will have some lace placed in a curve to suggest a heel.
In the past I have followed the regimen to stitch with flosses first, then do silk ribbon, then bead and embellish. This time, I'm definitely going to do flosses and ribbons interchangeably. I may even decide to put some beads on before the end.
But my first two or three weeks will be concentrating on covering most the seams with at least basic stitches.
Monday, February 15, 2010
This week, Joan has featured ME on her weekly blog. Go have a look at the Lazy Girl's blog. Be sure to leave a comment, ok!!
So you might ask, what is my next Lazy Girl project?
Here it is. It's a Miranda Day Bag. These are the fabrics I'm going to use for my first go at this bag. I need a couple of things yet before I can get started, but I should be all set to start this bag next week. I'll be sure to show you my progress.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The first is a Stitching blog that I regularly read. SRE Deluxe. She was having her 2 year blogaversary, and I was drawn as one of two lucky winners. I haven't seen what it is that I won yet, but I think it's going to be one of her own patterns for a beaded creation. I can't wait to see it.
The second win is from an eco friendly tip that I submitted on the Quilters Connection blog. I was chosen randomly and the prize is a fun Eco friendly gift package that includes a selection of eco-friendly fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics, Mary Ellen's Best Press, Sew Karen-ly Patterns, Quilter's Dream Green batting, Natural twill from Pink Panda fabrics. Thanks very much to all the suppliers. I can't wait to try all these products.
Visit the new magazine's website here. www.quiltersconnection.ca
Friday, February 12, 2010
Snow's coming. It's everywhere in the south. It's overshadowing the Olympic start today.
They say that this is the first time in modern history that snow will hit all the states in the same year. This is a picture of the beach from our condo balcony. It's not that cold, but there's not a person walking the beach. The water is very calm.
So for my technology friends, can you spot my wireless connection at the condo in this upper picture.
Scroll down if you want me to show you where it is.
If you can't spot it, look at this picture. Lower Left. You can see the white access point with the antenna. It's mounted on the post of the little walkway bridge that leads us to the water.
I love it that we have wireless at the beach.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Be sure to have a look also at the link above, and give a vote for Judy G. on the sidebar of the exhibition.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I am participating in an I Spy Flannel swap on an online quilting board. "I spy" flannels out of quilters flannel are harder to find than I thought. I did finally get 3 fabrics. Golf balls, picnic ants, and frogs. They're cute. I got my 3 flannels washed, pressed and cut. Now I need to find an envelope to mail them in. Because they are flannel, they take up more space than I had planned on so the search is on for a perfectly sized envelope.
I will get my swapped blocks back about mid April. I don't know who this quilt will be for, but I thought doing a flannel quilt was such a different idea.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
So, we're adjusting our plans and going to take our time heading out tomorrow. We're not going to drive that far tomorrow, maybe to Portland, Maine and then evaluate how far we go on Monday. I'm glad we're taking the "Inside route", as the snowbirds call it. That way we stay away from New York and Washington. We're hoping that the snow will have melted by late Monday when we by pass the hard hit areas start heading towards Richmond where we'll catch the I95.
I am getting a kick out of looking at some of the photos online. My stitching friend Judy send me this link. Photo number 1 is a poor Domino's Pizza guy stuck in the snow. Do they still have that 30 minute pizza delivery guarantee? And further on, people on bicycles should not take them out in a snowstorm!
I guess that we folks, who have regular snow, and lots of it, should be thankful that we have the equipment to handle the snow and the experience to manage it.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The baby quilt that I showed you yesterday has been finished until the news of the arrival of the baby. The sewing machine is now unplugged and ready for travel.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Shes now living on her own, and in university. The minute I saw her, and her familiar smile, she said, "I remember going to your house, and doing crafts in your sewing room ". I really don't remember her coming over that often, but she does. She looked the same, just all grown up. It was so nice to see her.
I made her some bibs, taggie blankets, a ribbony baby ladybug and some receiving blankets. I took her the Baby Take Along bag that I showed you recently here. It was filled with things she might need in the hospital. As well, I brought her some things from Patience and things that I no longer need around since Baby Aurora is no longer a baby.
This young Mom to be was so pleased, she said "You made all this for me!! Oh, Thank You, Thank You!" I was so touched by her appreciativeness and as we said our good byes, I thought to myself, that's it, I have to make her a baby quilt.
She's such a nice young lady and her boyfriend seems nice too. She doesn't have anyone close to her who is a quilter. So, that's going to be my job. I'll make a nice baby quilt for her.
Of course, this week, I said to myself, that I wouldn't start anything new. In my mind, I said, I sure I have a UFO of some sort..So in thinking in terms of of baby quilts, last year I was on a mission to make 3 of these Nancy Halvorson baby quilts. I found out, that after having half of the blocks done for the 3 quilts, 2 of the 3 babies that I was intending to make the quilt for, turned out to be boys. I quickly lost my enthusiasm to make these quilts although I love the pattern. After all this, I had intended to just use the blocks and put them together to make Aurora a twin size quilt, but I have something else in mind for her single bed now. The blocks, fabric, pattern sat in a pizza box... now a UFO.
Yesterday, I took out the blocks and sorted out what I had done, and what was left to do. It took considerable effort to sort through my papers, notes, fabric strips, blocks (all times 3) and find out where I had left off. I did get blocks sorted and I have almost finished the center of the quilt. The name goes in the larger block that has the darker outline'. Since I don't know this precious baby girls name, I'll wait and applique her name on when she is born in early April. The minute I hear, I'll be ready to swing into action and it won't take long to applique her name, layer, machine quilt and bind.
So, one of these baby quilts finally has a baby that it will snuggle soon.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I have a kit of fabric for a queen size quilt all ready cut and in a pizza box. It's for a LeMoyne Star from an older book by Marsha McCloskey, I brought that kit with us last year and didn't do it. I'm wondering if I should bring it again.
For a smaller project, I have the papers photocopied to paper piece a round table runner by Karen Neary. It's her Maritime Beauty pattern. I have left over batik fabrics from my house table runner that I plan to use them to make a Batik Beauty. I made this Beauty in Karen's class last spring and it's now at the cottage. It was my "prototype" and I really like it but now I do want to do a good one.
So, I'm thinking, thinking and thinking about what other sewing project I should bring with me. While I'm in my room thinking and cleaning up, I've been sewing small stuff.
Today I made a small pillowcase for a small pillow that has been kicking around my sewing room for a while now. I'll bring it to Aurora this weekend. Patience needed a couple of boy taggie blankets for a new baby coming soon, so they didn't take long to whip up. And lastly, I made a 5" by 7" bean bag. This will be used on the console of our car to hold the gps during our travels.