Sunday, January 26, 2014
I made this Turning Twenty quilt a LONG time ago but stopped before I put on the borders. I had myself convinced that I didn't have enough to do the inner border. So, I waited and waited until I could buy some more fabric. Then, the other day I got it back out and realized I had plenty to finish it. Doi! I don't know what I was thinking! I guess, sometimes you just need to step away from something. It's Alice In Wonderland for Sierra. She's always been a big fan of the original story. Not Disney. That was important to her.
Not to mention, the couple of hours I took to re-design my blog and set it up on Bloglovin.
I've also been organizing my DMC thread. I'm slowly adding to my collection every week. I did try to buy an American brand, the one they sell at Hancock's. It was terrible! Really rough thread. Won't be doing that again. At least I tried to give them a chance. But, the French know what they're doing when it comes to embroidery thread. I'm interested in trying Cosmo brand some time. It's pretty big on the internet but I haven't seen it local.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Rich bought this table runner pattern for me for Christmas from Shabby Fabrics. The mystery package I found with a Shabby label was patterns!
Lesson learned with the rickrack. Do NOT trace pattern with Frixion pen when you really need to glue down the rickrack and heat set before sewing. Yep, next time, I will definitely think first. Yep. Next time.
There were a few things for work as well. I made Lemon Angel Food cupcakes with a raspberry topper. They were cute but didn't taste that great. Honestly, I don't get everybody's fascination with angel food cake. Not my favorite but several people request it at work. I thought the lemon would jazz it up some. Nope. I tried to get root beer extract yesterday for Root Beer Float Cupcakes but our local store didn't carry any. I ended up making a peach dump cake. I was good but not blog worthy.
I finished Chad's baby quilt. His baby girl is due in February and they're naming her Ruby. I've had this pattern for years just waiting for a reason to make it! I love the way it turned out. He even said they considered doing her room in ladybugs. Ahh, babies.
I also made this little needle wallet for my secret pal. Her nickname is Lollipop. I love it. I have the same one but in cupcake fabric. I was tempted to keep this one, too. Hopefully, she will liked it. It's a new week, a snow day, and I've still got a half dozen or more projects to finish up. And, Rich's brother is expecting a baby girl in April. I'd like to have that one done before prom season, so I best get to gettin'. Hope you're all having a creative New Year!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Here's another 3 blocks that I've finished recently and not blogged about. I don't think I have anyways.
And, here's everything put together. I'd like to mention, all my pieces fit together appropriately. Thank you, thank you. No applause, just money. I really should have planned better and gotten my border fabrics first and then worked them into the main part. Hind sight and all that. The picture shows a dark pink inner border, a brown outer border with pink scallops appliqued on it. I'm pretty sure I can still get the brown and white polka dot that I used for a few of the bunnies. There are't any pink pieces left big enough to do either of the borders, so I'll have to buy that. I don't know if I want to applique a border. It's a lot of work. But, I fear the cuteness factor will be diminished if I don't. Le sigh. Le pout.
Monday, January 6, 2014
I volunteered for layoff this year. It's such a great deal for me, I couldn't resist. Rich isn't a huge fan but he's living with it. He really likes having a stay at home wife. Old habits die hard, I suppose.
Layoff started the week of Christmas so, I didn't feel like I'd have tons of extra time to make presents this year. That totally stressed me out last time.
Instead, I did something for myself. I made this kit while I worked at Sweet Annies' using some of my all time favorite fabrics from the shop. It's sat in my cupboard for years. I did the center applique earlier this year and finally finished the rest on my first week of layoff. And, like all my well laid plans, I jacked it up royally. Just when I feel like I know what I'm doing (quilting wise), I prove myself wrong in the worst way. First, I mis-cut those rose colored pieces. Naturally, I only had just enough and I'm too cheap and lazy to go search for more. It's from Moda's Aviary and is probably 10 years old. So, I pieced the pieces and fixed the problem Then, when I put everything together, I cut off my corners like crazy! Squares in squares suck! Seriously, I did such a terrible job! The picture doesn't give enough detail to see how bad it is. I've never been good at them. I followed all the tricks. I made sure my 1/4" allowance was a scant. Nope. Most of my corners are gone. Good thing this one if for me. It's embarrassing. But, honestly, aren't the colors pretty? I wish I could live in a world colored like this.
Then, because it was Christmas, I started a fun Christmas project. Again, Carol had given this to me years ago as a gift. It's so pretty. The pattern shows it in pinks and mauves but I chose to do blues and greens. It's gonna be great. But, now that the season is past, I find I'm not so motivated for this project. Well, at least I've got a whole year before I'd use it. And, yeah, I'm going to regret embellishing it before quilting but I just couldn't help myself.