Archive for April, 2012

Christmas post #2

April 29, 2012

If at first you don’t succeed, or could have been titled – *don’t argue with wordpress*  or * what do you expect when it’s FREE?* but here’s the final picture I couldn’t get in the previous post.

so this is what resulted from that table full of scraps and there’s a lot more of the pile still left for the workbee tonight. and what do I add as borders?


Shades of Christmas

April 29, 2012

Still on the mission to make string blocks, log cabin blocks or use whatever fits.

I grabbed my christmas scrap bag next. Took out the bits with fusible on the back and found these useable strips or small chunks.





I found these near the bottom and one of them already had some logs sewn around the edges.

Cuteness Factor – Off The Scale

April 28, 2012

I was just lucky or he actually sat still for longer than 6 seconds, but here is a photo of Mr. Gabe,age 2 and grandpa

OK – just call it a creative mess

April 23, 2012

The demo evening at the guild went well . Shawn gave valuble information on adjusting the tension and other points like stitch length on your machine.Shirley had several methods of making flying geese, plus a new style that may become my favorite. I took the group thru points to remember for improving yourbinding success and particularly the  mitered corners on your bindings.

So I came home and put my samples away and thought……..what am I going to do with the rest of the summer with this tidy , reorganized studio? Well, I guess we could make a creative mess and see what’s in some of these boxes and bins.

The first item that popped out was a string pieced sample from my class assortment. It’s a little small at 32.5 inches, so I’ve worked the last 4 days to make 50 more blocks.Here’s what I had made about 2 years ago.

So I dug around and found  4 assorted bins of blue scraps here here…….. and here……..

Here are the 50 blocks that I completed

I’m going on to some green blocks next. If I can make 10 blocks per day until the Sept guild meeting, then I hope that I will have used up a great deal of these scraps.

serenity is nice sometimes……….

April 12, 2012

We had a wee leak in the basement wall this past winter. The wet spot happened to be on one wall of my studio and it was discovered because of squelchy carpet. Moving a whole wall of drawers and bookcases was not fun, but I did that before I went upstairs and told the hubby.

I informed him  that the good news was that I took care of the water and the furniture moving , the bad news was that he had to rip out a wall and find this problem. It finally got fixed this week and I moved all the “stuff” back into place. I decided to clean , declutter and rearrange a bit. I took these pics to show some online friends.

Here’s the damaged wall all repaired.I’m working on weeding out some magazines in the middle, but the books on the right have already been thinned for the guild book sale last fall.

One can never have too much fabric for inspiration, can one? The goal is to trim this all down to only fit in the drawers and not overflow into plastic bins-yeah right! Don’t laugh………………

These small bins under the table are scraps- but I don’t feel inclined to get rid of them – there’s always a search for just the right wee piece so I don’t have to cut into yardage.

I put away all the projects that were class samples, and quilt tops or quilt sandwiches and left out 2 piles of things I’d like to tackle. The first pile on top of that table is half finished class samples from a string piecing class and some orphan blocks. I want to get them completed by Sept.

Then this pic below shows the large number of boxes and ziplock baggies full of strings, 2 and 2.5 inch strips, precut bricks, squares,logs etc that has developed from the scrap organizer class that I taught last fall. These definately have to be used up by Sept as I want empty floor space. New gift and/or community quilt tops will be the result.

It’s nice to have elbow room on both of the sewing  and cutting tables and I cleaned up my mess tonight RIGHT AFTER I completed an art card challenge for the fiberspeak meeting.

Sunny Days are here again- The Skies ………….

April 5, 2012

Well , you know how the song goes. I went to the Patricia today and tackled another path. Did not have any war wounds as I did not prune any roses or go near the Yucca this time.

Just for your information. The best Chocolate chip cookies in town are available at the Thurs matinees. I know because I did quality control on 2 as soon as they came out of the oven. Ann adds twice the nuts and chips AND uses real butter instead of margarine.Yum!

Look at the total on the fundometer. We’re nearly at $40,000. Watch for a great concert on the 29th of April.

Gabe is now 2 years old. This is one of the few photos that turned out on Monday- he is a blur in all the others.

This afternoon, I got back to the compost area. I worked for 2 hours and got this pile

out of this area

and now this pile needs the top raked off into the new empty space and the bottom added to the pile in the first photo.

Then I have to put these 2 piles back into that area – nothing like moving things twice, is there?

Then I’ll get out the mulcher grinder and reduce this pile into chips.

And do you think that I may have harvestable rhubarb in a week or two?