Monday, January 31, 2011

Design Wall Monday January 31

Having been quilting, not sewing blocks for a week and a half, I decided to start on a project with a self-imposed deadline. A quilt for our guild quilt show at the end of April...

So, on my design wall is one little 6 1/2" block. And lots of threads. That is why I cropped the picture, I didn't realize how many threads were on my design wall!

I would have more to show, but prepping the ties to make into the fan blades is labor intensive and took a lot of my weekend. I cut enough and worked with them to get one block made. It usually gets me inspired to work on more blocks when I see that first one on my design wall.

Here are some more of the tie fan blade pieces. I have bunches and bunches more to cut, and sew, and iron, and sew some more...

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Sewing Dungeon

I'm going to give you a peek into my sewing dungeon. I call it that because I sew in an unfinished basement. Also, it has no heat, so winter sewing can be a bit chilly. I do have a little ceramic heater that I use to blow air under the sewing desk, which makes it workable.
As you can see, I have a window, so it is not dark and dreary. Though right now, with plastic to help keep the drafts out and a view of lots (and lots) of snow, it isn't as inspiring a view as summertime with flora and fauna to brighten up the day.

I will not be sharing the whole sewing dungeon because it is SO terribly messy right now *sigh* While I am creating, I don't see the mess. When I'm finished with a project, I'm overwhelmed by the mess and just move on to the next project. So, right now the piles of leftover pieces are pretty high right now (and I'd much rather create than clean).

Where do you sew/quilt/create?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What have I been working on?

I have been so busy being the driver of the mom taxi, cleaning up messes, and keeping track of the Army Guy (who currently has Casualty Assistance duty) that I've not be keeping up with posts...

I still haven't bound the daisy baby quilt, but I've got the binding cut and sitting next to the machine, ready to go.

I've been working on a quilt for my cousin. Since I know she reads the blog and I forgot to put a picture of her last quilt up, I better get a picture up this time :)

It is a fun quilt in Black and White that she is making for her daughter.

I've been enjoying working on it because the fabrics are so much fun.  
I'm hoping Jos likes her quilt!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Great Flood of 2011 *sigh*

 I took Princess Sunshine and the Boybarian to piano lessons today and came home to a garage with 4-5 inches of standing (and expanding) water from a burst water pipe.

We all got a work out bailing water (the drain seems to be plugged) and sorting through wet boxes.

We got the water turned off to most of the house (since most of the water runs past the broken pipe) and the Army Guy ran to Home Depot after work to get a new shut off valve. He took about 10 minutes and had it fixed (I love that guy).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I love having my quilt machine back home!

My quilting machine had a need for some TLC so it spent many weeks in Cleveland...the part had to be shipped to the company from there and then shipped back to the service guy. And then I had to find a day to get back over to bring the Voyager back home.

 Since the Army Guy had Friday off (four day weekend because of the federal holiday on Monday) he took me out for the day. We picked up the machine, went out to lunch and spent some time (and $$) in Borders and then headed home.

I got the machine loaded on the frame this morning and prepped the baby quilt :)

I spent a bit of time reacquainting myself with the art of frame quilting by quilting the baby quilt this afternoon. Oh, what fun! Baby quilts take almost as much time to load as they do to quilt, so I have the quilting done and will bind it tomorrow afternoon (if I don't nap too long!).

By Monday I'll have my cousin's quilt loaded and will be quilting it. I'm SO glad to have the machine fixed :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

First Monday I'm home this year...and what is on my Design Wall

Since I was traveling last Monday, I didn't have anything on my design wall and was unable to post. I also haven't been doing a lot of sewing as I have my quilting machine in the shop and I really hate the thought of quilt tops taking over my sewing dungeon (at least that is my excuse).

I did get some quality time with my Bernina over the weekend. It felt SO good!

Since I will want something quick and easy to get the feel of quilting on the frame back...I started on a baby quilt. I fell in love with this daisy print and pulled a brown dot and a pink gingham to coordinate and started up. It was hard to leave it unfinished but I had to move on to feeding the family, so there it is, unfinished on my design wall.

I am looking forward to later in the week when my Voyager comes home and we can quilt this quilt. I have a lovely black and white from my cousin that is first in the queue. I am excited to work on her quilt...have my freemotion design worked out and that is always when I get excited. Does working out the quilting design do that for you?

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Thursday, January 6, 2011



do you procrastinate? I sure do! Today is clean the refrigerator and freezer day...and I have been doing anything else in the world. I've read Motor Trends magazine, uploaded a silly video from our Christmas holidays, researched how to clean my bathtub stains, took a couple of online surveys, helped the Boybarian make some Comfrey Salve...I should maybe spend some quality time with my sewing machine, too, don't you think?

OK, back to cleaning out the refrigerator *sigh* it will still be there no matter how many other things I do in the meantime.