Friday, August 22, 2014

Empty Space = So Much Potential

I sold my quilting machine and frame. The new owner is thrilled with the extra space (she has been using a frame with a 9" machine) and how smooth the carriage travels.

Now I have a large empty space in my Sewing Dungeon ...
Do you like the poor man's alternative to an anti-fatigue mat? Opened up cardboard boxes from our move two years ago made up the floor covering in front of my frame :) Maybe I'll get some real anti-fatigue mats for my new machine/frame.

And I have to decide which machine/frame combo to go with. AQS in Grand Rapids is still running tomorrow and I will be test driving and finding out more about other machines/frames (and maybe even ordering as I have a down payment ;) ).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At AQS Grand Rapids :)

Silly grin on my face, excited to have my quilt in a major quilt show (in the guild challenge!).

I will admit that dh is looking forward to having this quilt back home and on his office wall ...

I drooled over machines and frames today. I am thinking of getting something with more bells and whistles. There are some lovely machines and I think I'll be happy with one of them in my sewing dungeon ...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday ~ August 18, 2014

On my design wall this week is the block I made a couple of week ago and a small self-portrait block I'm in the process of working on ...

I need to work more on the eyes and add in glasses as well as doing a little bit of thread painting :)
I'm mostly pleased with how it is coming along ;)

For more design wall links, check out Patchwork Times.

Friday, August 1, 2014

I snuck in a new project

I'm trying to finish up some UFOs this summer and not start new projects until I've cleaned out some of the old ... but I couldn't resist making a new bag (as if I *needed* a new bag).

I made a Mondo bag. These use Quiltsmart foundation for the piecing and you get wonderful results - all your corners WILL come out perfect because of the way the sheets are designed. I'm very happy with the results - and now I have a HUGE bag all ready in time for AQS in Grand Rapids, MI.

Now back to my regularly scheduled UFOs.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Garage Quilt

While The Army Guy is home this week he is getting things done around the house :) The fence has taken up a huge amount of his time (that and running the Boybarian to a farm to pick blueberries). 

One other thing he did today was put up my garage quilt :) We don't have a barn, so we can't participate in any of the barn quilt projects, so I painted one for our garage here in the city ...
The hardest part (of hanging the block) was deciding how to center the block --- centered on the garage or over the doors? We chose to hang it centered on the garage and ignore the fact that the doors are not centered.
I started thinking of hanging three of them up ... that would be nice and might disguise the offcenteredness of the garage doors :) But the Army Guy said that if I make more, he wouldn't be finishing them and hanging them. I guess I'll have to wait for our retirement house to hang another one (or more).

My Garden

Since we moved here I have wanted to plant a few vegetables ... and this is the first year that the space was ready for them :)

The Army Guy built some raised beds during the spring and I acquired some heirloom seeds and the garden was planted.
 The Army Guy is on leave this week (vacation for us civilians) and he is putting up the fencing around the garden. When you live in the city, on a corner lot, sometimes you just would like to have a bit of privacy (and a way to keep others out of the garden!).
We've got some tomatoes growing, we've been harvesting peas and lettuce (the lettuce is bolting, so we are at the end of the lettuce) and we've had one zucchini. More zucchini is on the way (no pics).

We tried the Veggeti - an As Seen on TV gadget - on our first zucchini and found it really does work and the zucchini noodles were tasty (well, the Army Guy and I liked it).

We also have some summer or crookneck squash just starting to grow.
All of my Pak Choi bolted before it got anywhere near harvesting :( AND the pests really seem to like the taste of the Pak Choi, so we let them have it ;)

How is your garden growing this season?

Monday, July 28, 2014

wanting to upgrade ...

I'm putting my quilting machine and frame up for sale ... I've quilted many lovely quilts on this machine, but it is time to upgrade as I am ready for more bells and whistles than are found on/for the Voyager 17.

It will be rather wrenching to part with the machine, I have very fond memories of many quilts on this machine!

If you would like to contact me, email me here: shout4joyDOTgeoATyahooDOTcom (of course, replace the capital letters with the appropriate symbol ;) ).