Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nobody's Perfect is FINALLY quilted!

I thought I'd be done with this one almost two weeks ago, but it just didn't happen. I'd quilt a pass or two and be interrupted by the rest of my life.

Today I crept downstairs and fired up the machine...the Boybarian must have heard me because he came down right after I started quilting and asked me where I put something *sigh*

Thankfully, the item was located in the sewing dungeon, so it wasn't a quilting time killer!

Here is the quilt OFF the frame, tossed over the couch :)

My precious daughters think I should have named this one No Thanks, YOU Take It as they know that many of these fabrics come from the Obnoxious Fabric Swaps that I host on about.com quilting forums.

Now I have tons of threads to bury and then I'll bind it and be glad to have finished it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Design Wall Monday February 21

My Army Guy spent the weekend at a conference in a hotel. *I* went along and took a project, so I had no interruptions (except for some trips out shopping...couldn't pass up a visit to a Joann's ETC and Ikea) and worked on some postcards for a swap. They won't stay up on my design wall, so here is a picture of them on the ironing board at the Marriot :)

For more Monday design wall inspiration visit Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 14, 2011

last week in our quiet neighborhood...

We live in a quiet neighborhood with narrow streets. It is very quiet as it is not on the way to many destinations.

Last week I heard an awful noise (it sounded like a snowplow scraping up our driveway). When I looked out I saw a truck...

The truck's trailer hit the utility pole on the corner and...well...buckled in the middle. The awful scraping noise was the center of the trailer scraping the road. He also hit a pole on the previous corner, so that might have weakened the trailer.

The driver was following his GPS and the GPS sent him straight into our neighborhood rather than following the main roads to get out of town (think the mayhem commercial). He tried to get back on the right route by turning right three times rather than backing down the hill, but the streets were not wide enough for his truck and trailer.

He was not a happy camper.

The trailer was a total loss. But it had to sit until morning, blocking our driveway (and our neighbor's) until they could clear it away.

In the morning, they cut the trailer in half (what an annoying noise that was!). Now they could get inside the trailer.

This enabled them to unload. Thankfully, it was not a full load, they might have been there hours longer, especially if they needed lots of insurance documentation!

They hauled the back of the trailer away, I'm assuming there is value in the scrap metal, axles, tires and etc.

They drove the cab with what was left of the trailer off down the hill, leaving one guy to sweep the debris off the street. You can just see the tape around the utility pole. It is narrowed a bit from the accident. I'm thinking we will be getting a new utility pole across the street sometime soon!

Design Wall on Valentine's Day

 on my design wall are the six blocks that I had there last week. I've been working on a dress for a military dinner this coming weekend - that is why you see my duct-tape dress dummy in front of the wall...I have pinned one spot on the waist and let the rest fall.

It isn't quite meeting my vision for this event, so I'm starting on a different dress later today that I think will meet my vision.

Here is the guy who will be my date :) He is all dressed up to go around as a Singing Valentine with his Barbershop Quartet...isn't he cute? You should see him in his Dress Blues...I'll be delighted to be his date this weekend!

For more Valentine Design Wall posts visit Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday February 7th - on my Design Wall

I still haven't cleaned off any pesky threads...I'd much rather sew :)

I have a few more blocks done for my Father's Day Ties quilt. 

All of the background fabrics are from men's shirts that I acquired at thrift shops or through some other (cheap) means. I found a length of chambray to use for the sashing and borders and I plan to somehow incorporate shirt buttons (harvested from those shirts) in the finished quilt.

For more design wall inspiration visit Patchwork Times.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Finished and shipped out!

The daisy print baby quilt was finished earlier this week, but it finally made it into a box and is now on it's journey to my step-niece and her new baby (due early next week).

Here's hoping she likes it!

AFTER I chose the fabrics and cut into them I found the note with color preferences and theme for the baby's room. *sigh* I missed again. She wanted butterflies and pink with green. Well, butterflies like daisies, right?

Friday, February 4, 2011

on my frame on Friday

I have Nobody's Perfect loaded on the frame again. It has aged long enough!

I am working on the quilting in the white areas, quilting flowers and leaves. Here I've completed the first pass...since then I've snuck down to the sewing/quilting dungeon in free moments and quilted a few more paths.

I should have the quilting finished this week and then see if I can dredge up backing for another top that is begging to be quilted!

What are you quilting this week?