Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Myra at Blue Meadow Designs posted on Monday some of the sewing steps for the mystery quilt. I started sewing and cutting yesterday morning and finished up last night.
So far I'm not seeing any apple sauce or criss crosses, but I'm sure by next Monday when the next posting goes up, everything will become clearer.
If you haven't been following along, it still isn't too late to join . . . and the little bit of fabric that is used and the easy cutting and sewing make this a really great small project. Can't wait to see what it turns into.
Friday is a big day for me, so I'm starting to get in the spirit of things . . . I love Halloween, although it means another year is added on :(
Have a happy Wednesday . . .
'til next time,
Monday, October 27, 2008
First off Myra is back with some sewing instructions for her Mystery Quilt. Anyone that is following along may already have their fabrics sewn together . . . mine will be happening tomorrow morning around 6:45 a.m. . . . I hope!
What do you think? Isn't this the cutest little pillow?
It was so easy and so quick to make - a person could kick out at least five of these in a day . . . ehm? more Christmas ideas?
This is the first time I've worked with wool and I love the dimension that each layer creates. I also love those little creamy centres . . . so bright and cheerful. Now if I can just keep the cat hair off it I'll be very happy.
Then I started working on my next project (yeah, I know, another one!). But, in my defense, it was just impossible to ignore the idea of creating a blue and cream quilt. The blue fabrics were part of the Portobello Market layer cake that I got a while back and the blues were irritating me when they were next to the greens and reds . . . so, I pulled them out and then I liked them.
Trouble is that in my great wisdom I have created the need to make 480 2" half square triangles. Where was my brain when I dreamed this up? This may take awhile . . .
I also prepared three quilt tops for quilting. This involved vacuuming the kitchen floor, laying out the backing and taping it down; smoothing on the backing and spray basting half and then the other half; and repeating for the quilt top. I started with the smallest one of the three and worked up to the big one . . . they all worked great.
My only problem now is that everywhere we walk it sounds sticky and it gets really irritating after awhile. If we don't wear slippers or socks, just bare feet, everything is fine and it doesn't feel sticky . . . just sounds that way. It's supposed to be water soluble and I washed it twice and even hand dried it thinking that would be enough - nope . . . we're still making sticky noises. I guess it will wear off in it's own good time . . .
While I was surfing around I came across Anyone Can Quilt blog and had fun looking around - go take a peek. There are some great Fall quilts and photos to see and the neatest little dog.
Have fun . . .
'til next time,
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
and waiting . . .
My fabric is all cut and ready to go. I've been following along with Myra at Blue Meadow Designs mystery quilt instructions . . . but Myra has disappeared! Some of the sewing instructions were to be posted on Monday . . . so I keep checking back to see if they are up . . . so far nothing.
Cori and Myra hosted a quilt retreat this past weekend so I know they are probably just catching their breath for the first part of this week. Hope to get my pieces all sewn together and see what the pattern is - I love a good mystery.
Since Myra is a little behind in posting the instructions, it still isn't too late to pop over to their blog and play along. It doesn't take too long to cut out the pieces and it doesn't use very much fabric - I cut into two fat 1/4's and had some background and border print fabrics that were leftover from other projects - no shopping spree needed!
Happy Fall Quilting . . .
'til next time,
Monday, October 20, 2008
This was the weekend to do some yard work - YUK!
My least favorite thing to be doing . . . the only thing the day had going for it was that it was absolutely beautiful weather.
This is the before picture . . .
And . . . the after.
The only problem is that by Sunday afternoon it looked like the before picture again. My aching arm, back and blister refuse to redo what was already done . . . at least for this year. Spring will be soon enough to catch up to the stragglers that keep falling and blowing into our yard.
Our property consists of a 100' x 200' foot lot with about 57 mostly oak trees scattered everywhere. We look around the rest of the street and most people have maybe five trees and some don't even have that many. I was doing fine until I ended up in the garden cutting back some of the taller perennials - that's when my back went on me. The aching arm and blister were from the raking though.
Quilting is so much more fun!
Shadow quite enjoyed the day outside . . . little sunshine dozes on the front step with the pumpkins was right up her alley.
Sunday was a great day to putter around and start some Halloween/Fall decorating.
I made this quilt last Halloween, but really too late to enjoy it, so this year it will be up for a few weeks. Looking around I think there is another five Halloween quilts on display . . . love this time of year.
I did get to the sewing room for a while yesterday, but most of the day was spent preparing a large stack of applique shapes. This morning I did start sewing down some of the shapes . . . that feels really good because that means I'm getting nearer to the end of this project. Time to start day-dreaming about the next one . . .
'til next time,
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My distributors are just starting to receive the new patterns today . . . it's so exciting to think that these will be available in the stores really soon and debuting in Houston next week. These two projects are "quilty" but you can't snuggle under either. Mostly scraps or fat 1/4's are used to make them and both make excellent gifts for crafty friends. These were lots of fun to create and I'm thinking that there'll be lots of gift giving going on using these two patterns.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
or at least a short bit of sewing time.
Kids came home from Winnipeg on Friday night and we spent Saturday in Brandon doing some shopping and other running around. Sunday was spent with family and a big 'ol turkey, plus a small bit of pumpkin pie. Belated "Happy Thanksgiving" to everyone in Canada.
My sewing was squeezed in during the early morning hours before everyone got up and then little bits of yo yo making and applique while visiting. Surprising what can be accomplished in tiny, little bits of time here and there.
My philosophy is that it's not a good day if you can't create something . . . no matter how small.
'til next time,
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
But . . . Myra! You've never seen my ugly mugs . . . have ya?
Edna - must have a good and colorful sense of humour - lime is her favorite color! Check out her blog and see some of the UFO's that she's working on for Finn's Challenge . . . New Year's is coming fast.
I received the Portobello Market fabric a while back (and I think my fat 1/4 October shipment should be here any day from the Fat Quarter Shop), so this is the yardage I ordered from the Fabric Depot to use for background and borders for whatever quilt I decide to make with this line of fabric. Actually some of this, including the jelly roll are heading off to my pattern tester so that she can give the newest pattern a trial run - should work out beautifully with this collection of fabric.
My internet has been down for 24 hours so I apologize for being missing in action for a short while . . . I'll try and play catch up for a couple of days . . .
'til next time,
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Oh . . . the colors are fantastic!
Before I started blogging and before I started taking pictures everything just happened around me without me really noticing. Now I stop and look and appreciate more of what is going on around me. If you don't have a blog or don't have a camera run out right now and do both. It is so eye opening and rewarding.
Remember that you do not have to have a blog to comment on a blog. Try it just once and see how easy it is. I know I don't comment on every blog I visit . . . sometimes there just isn't time or I can't think of a darn thing to say . . . but other times I'll leave a comment on just about every blog I go to. It's fun for me and hopefully fun for the person receiving the comment. If you need help, please drop me an email and I'll help you out.
Some of you Brandon gals will remember this little bag that Ramona and I made last year. Now it is finally the season when I can pull it out and make use of it. I think it looks great on my red front door.
Stop by Blue Meadow Designs and check out Myra's Mystery Mondays . . . looks like lots of fun. She will be posting a new installment for a little mystery quilt every Monday and she just started yesterday so you won't be missing out on anything if you pop by right now. Maybe choose some colors like the leaves in the photo above - the Mystery is called "Criss-cross Apple Sauce", so I think some of these Fall colors might work.
This weekend was full of pattern preparation . . . lots and lots of cutting, trimming and stuffing patterns. Last week was a turmoil of getting to the final approval stages for the pattern fronts.
Lots of little details to iron out, but I think ready or not, the package is hitting the mail tonight for the U.S. The Canadian distributor's package will likely be going out next week some time and then once I clean up my little production line and get a bit more organized . . . I'll be ready to announce a giveaway. Just be patient . . .
'til next time,
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
The teleconferencing system didn't work.