Monday, February 25, 2008

Strip Clubbing

is the title of the book that Nancy C. told me about on her last visit. Just the thing for clearing out those 'stash' fabrics that have been hanging around for a while.
Easy to cut, easy to piece. Quick, quick, quick.

I love the geometric side of quilting. Look long enough and there are all sort of hidden treasures.

Even before I cut the inner border for this top, I'm going to nose around my stash for something interesting so that I can begin cutting for my second X-Block project.

Hmmmmm . . . . . .

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Woke Up This Morning

and this was the scene out our windows.

We had gotten up about midnight and switched on the yard light and was the snow ever coming down. Large, large flakes of wet snow.

This afternoon the temp is close to forty degrees and the snow is melting and should be just about gone by tomorrow afternoon if the temp reaches the 54 degrees they forecast.
Here's a quick shot of Thimbleberries Vintages blocks set together with TB's Star Flower Pattern. I liked the diamonds going up and down the throw. Just the right size to cover up with these winter evenings while we listen to audiobooks.
I began this pattern a couple of days ago and this was the quick mock up before setting the top together. I think I'm going to like this quick way to use up all those Fall Floral fat quarters that have accumulated in my stash.
I'll have a photo of this finished by tomorrow, I hope.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Free-motion and Facing

Last Fall I played with some free-motion stitching. I stitched out the doorway and then attached it to the NYC skyline piece of fabric that was a leftover from a purse project and then free-motion stitched that.
It's been waiting around patiently 'til I had the time and reason for finishing it into something. Well, I've been wanting to try my hand at using a facing for the back of wallhangings and now that I've completed the big 'Re-Organization' the doorway to NYC found it's way to the top of the pile and was perfect for my facing attempt.
For the backing I used a fat quarter Hoffman Challenge sent me, and a cabbage fat quarter for the facing. [Perhaps the cabbage thought they'd land up kraut before I got around to using it.]
I like the way it turned out. Really quick and simple.

Sock Fest

The quartet of sox were knitted on my blue round loom. They are all in the same stage - - ready to close up the toe to the body of the sock.
I didn't like the way the instructions for this particular sox pattern closed the opening, so I unfinished them and found my very old directions on weaving. However, these directions will take some concentration and the past several evenings we've been listening to audiobook mysteries and they've taken my concentration.
The 'weaving' instructions were from a knitting class I took at a Sears store sometime in the sixties. You know it was some time ago when Sears sold fabric and yarn. The lone sock on the circular knitting needle is a project begun right around the same time. It doesn't look like it'll every be one of a pair. Sad, but true.
Renee will be at the Alaska Fiber Festival this Spring. The Festival is to be held in Anchorage. Is this gal going to be wide-traveler by the time she comes home to mid-Missouri.
My drawstring bag purse, Mid-Summer's Bloom, will be on display in Dade City, Florida at the Pioneer Museum this coming weekend. And then off to Tampa to be in the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo toward the end of February. The second weekend of March it'll be in the Atlanta Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.
I just attempted to 'Spell Check' this, however, doesn't appear Google is in the mood. So hope I caught my typos.