Saturday, June 14, 2014

Checking In

   Back from apartment hunting in Alabama!  The hilly terrain of Birmingham was quite a surprise after living in flat Florida.  Also made the observation that there is a dearth of quilt shops in Alabama.  We drove to one north of the city only to find it out-of-business.  Don't you hate that?  My daughter found one (in Ozark, Alabama) on the way back, Front Porch Quilt  Shoppe, that we stopped at.  I highly recommend it if you're ever in the area.  It was a Quilt Sampler (magazine) shop just last year. And wow! A few iPhone pictures I snapped but they really don't do it justice.
I loved this quilt.  Seems like it would be great with a layer cake or two...
I think the jack-o-lanterns quilt was my favorite.  There's just something about purple and orange paired with those happy faces!  I really had to control myself with purchases.  The shop had so many layer cakes, charm packs, and mini charm packs all matching along with yardage!
I narrowed it down to a couple of half yards of low volume fabrics, two fat quarters, and a charm pack in Daydream.
And just because...
Have a nice weekend~

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vice Versa

I did just a little bit of sewing today.  These two blocks (for June) are part of the third BOM I joined at the beginning of the year.  Another paid subscription: instructions come out the first Friday of the month to make two quilt blocks which are opposites of each other.  Details can be found at Gen X Quilters.  The finished quilt will have a Modern tilt to it with the solids and large amount of negative space planned. 
I'm thinking of joining the Nested Churn Dash going on at QuiltJane. I certainly don't need another project but we'll see.
I'm off to Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow to look at apartments for the daughter.
Send good vibes!
Talk to you later~

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bunny Tales

I had a most unique and unusual experience the beginning of this week while out walking in the morning.  First off, this photo is not zoomed in or cropped to make this rabbit appear closer than he is!  He (or she?) really was that close.  Here I am walking and I spot a wild rabbit picking the clover out of the grass and eating it.  I walked closer and closer and then bent down and he stayed put and continued eating!  Then he decided he wanted to smell me.  Meanwhile I'm trying to remember my microbiology from college, rabbits aren't known carriers of rabies, are they?  I stayed snapping iPhone pictures for a good ten minutes.  The rabbit never left and no one else was around at 7:30.  I left to walk to the end of the block and when I got back, he was still there. As if this wasn't exciting enough (dull life, I know), he started following me!  I walked to the end of the block and he followed.  I jogged, he ran! I'd cross the street, he'd cross the street.  This went on for a good fifteen minutes!  I finally had to jog behind a huge hedge on someone's front lawn and run out the other side to "loose" the rabbit!  I have no idea why this guy was so interested in me.  He appeared quite normal and healthy other than his distinct lack of fear of me! I went back two days later, and found him again.  He was not as friendly but then again he was not as fearful as the normal rabbits I've always encountered.  All in all, a very exciting once-in-a-lifetime event for me.  I am thrilled to no end.  I love the Easter bunny pose above.

A few more because he's so cute!

Other than close encounters with rabbits, I've been keeping up with the BOMs I joined.  Can't remember if I've mentioned those.  I'm doing the Aurifil Threads one using totally scraps.
I had quite a bit of reds, greens, and purples so that's been my color theme.  It's a designer Block-of-the-Month.  It's not too late to join if anyone is interested.

I'm also doing the Sugar Block Club BOM over at Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I'm really loving this one! I dug out a line of Asian fabric I bought back in 2005 and using them.  The blocks are pieced or paper pieced and I've actually learned a few new things since starting.  This one is a paid subscription but so much fun.
 And lastly, a sneak peak of a little quilt I'm making to be given away.  I just have to decide how to quilt it.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Business As Usual

I got my sewing room all put back together and after so many days off my sewing machine I just had to sew something.  I decided to sew some blocks from Nancy Martin's 365 Quilt Blocks calendar I've had for ages.  I realized I'd never made a block from it.  I decided on 10" sizes as I rarely make that size block.  And to use strictly fabric from my scrap basket AND to not fret over every fabric choice, to just do it!  This Rambler was a bit challenging to press.  Can't say I'd want to make a whole quilt using this block.

Both these blocks were easy and fun.  I didn't really need a new project (Ha!) but I ended up dropping a Block of the Month I had originally planned on doing.  This was after I realized that all the blocks were going to be just HSTs.  Struck me as rather boring.

I finally got my King sized quilt back from the long arm quilter so binding that is next on the list.  Anyone know a really good method for doing that using the sewing machine?


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Home Repairs

I finished this quilt and never got around to showing it.  It was a kit from Fons and Porter's Magazine that had been on my to-do shelf for ages.  I did use the little foam pieces I talked about here,
but I can't say they worked out all that well.  The foam isn't dense enough to really grip the pins so they kept falling out even though I was quilting a very simple design.  But there was enough hold that I could see them working for a table runner or smaller project.

We had a roof leak develop late September of last year and of course, it had to be in my sewing room.  Ugh.  It took several days to notice it as this was when my kitty was sick and had only a few days left.  We had the roofers come out but apparently they didn't fix it.  At the time, I decided to wait until after it rained to make repairs.  Glad I did! It did not rain again, not one drop, until late January.  The weather was more obliging this time and rained to test the repairs right after they were made.  So, it's been no sewing for me, I got my BOMs up-to-date and I've been spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.  I did get that yucky mildew off the rug mostly.  But my one bookcase was ruined. I got all three at Lowe's about 10 years ago.  They don't sell them anymore.  That makes me sad. Oh well, maybe it's a good excuse to sew more--- got to empty that bookcase!

Hope to have things back in order shortly~ Happy Sewing.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Building Block Angst

It took me for ages to finally settle on fabric for this Block of the Month over at Gen X Quilters. I hemmed, I hawed, I dithered, I vacillated, and finally had to have a serious talk with myself! It's only a quilt!  The premise of the BOM is to make a modern looking quilt choosing solids or a variety of tone-on-tones.  First I gave a cursory glance at the old stash and made a dash for the LQS.  Yes, even though I made a resolution to Stick To The Stash I indulged and bought the recommended tone-on-tones, 20 FQs, only to get home and decide, naw, not what I had envisioned.  Back to the stash it was!  I actually found 5 one yard pieces only to have two of the reds bleed when I, thank goodness, tested them for colorfastness.  It's not that I am clever, but these pieces were at least 20 years old.  What to do?  My LQS came to the rescue and had a small Valentine's Day sale that I ended up getting the stack you see at the top. 

That is January A and January B, February A and February B blocks you see.  I am finding the Vice Versa BOM fun since I settled on fabric.  I haven't worked with solids in ages knowing I had a limited amount in the stash.  I went through a phase back in the mid 90s where that's all I worked with.  I find them very unforgiving as you see every imperfection, any mis-stitch seems to stand out.

Anyway, I played around with the instructions and made the blocks a bit different, more loyal to the name Vice Versa.

Is anyone else doing this BOM?

Talk to you later~