Thursday, August 8, 2013

latitudes

hey now!
yeah, it's been a WHILE...

Lost my quilting mojo for the last 12 months to an unforeseen DIVORCE... Life took a huge crap on me, but I've finally learned how to pull myself up and get on with it.

I AM starting to get my creative mind back in gear.
Hopefully things will get moving... I have lots of quilts in my head and in my sketch book- ready to hit the cutting table!

Here are a few photos from the last time i was able to sew-

having fun with CITY BLOCKS for a charity quilt

Someday I'll sew these cabin together!


progress

houses


coming together...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

cleaning up

Haven't spent much time in here at all for a few months.. ...like 6. God that's half a year... i can't believe it. All my crafty projects have been sitting dormant. I want to clean everything up and get things all freshly organized! try and get my mojo back. Still have a few more boxes of fabric to go though (4). 

My Comic book cards came in today, (i bought them used- so it's great to recycle!) so i started making up some nice mini-bolts. Takes some time, but does save a lot of space.

really need a better ironing/cutting space. I have a small table that I am looking into converting. just need to figure out where that's gonna go.

I hate Blogger. I can't really lay out a page in a nice manner...  the alignment never works.. any advice on where to move this blog to would be a great help. 

Trying to learn wordpress.... I like Blogger,  it's easy/accessible (iphone, email), but this page layout stinks.
My first blog I did in Dreamweaver. That was 12 years ago.. ha! That was fun, cuz I did EVERYTHING in photoshop, and just made hot-spots for all my links.. waaaaaaay more creative than this. 

so I'm not cursing here anymore, because my mom now reads my blog. :-/  Hi Mom! :-D
like that will last..






Mini bolts! - wrapped on acid-free comic book cards.
This is what i got done tonight.. so I can't wait to get to the rest of my stash.

He's giving me "That Jordash Look"
my furry angel





waiting to be made into neat bundles of fabric joy.


my latest faves! Jay McCarroll and zig zags! love love love!
can't wait to finish this!
nice sewing machine lady.
in my granny flannel




Friday, January 4, 2013

Fabric Rant


What was that you just said?
“prewash your fabric”
I am sorry, I just can’t hear you
“prewash your fabric”
Sorry, let me just turn the tv down
“prewash your fabric”

Look, I still can’t hear you, let me go and wash these blocks, then I will come closer and you can tell me what you just said

POOP !!!
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Sorry- I just had to reblog this one post i found on http://gloriousapplique.blogspot.com/

it breaks my heart when ever i hear anyone who starts a new a quilt and does NOT pre-wash....   

I quilting teacher once told me during a class- 

"You don't need to pre-wash fabric, good quality fabric won't bleed. And why would you waste all that time washing drying and ironing?"

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Pre washing not only eliminates the worry of colors bleeding into each other- no matter HOW good the cotton is..  

All cotton has a about 2-4% amount of shrinkage after you wash and dry it. And who has time to hand wash a queen size quilt in cold water and drip dry? I would still be afraid of some color bleed..

Washing gives you an even playing field. I wash ALL my fabric that will go into any quilt that will eventually need to be washed at least once.
I don't care what it is, it's gets washed on warm and dried on high.
This way when i cut a 3" square from that fabric, i know when it gets washed it will not bleed or shrink at all.

If the quilt is something funky that will just hang on a wall... then fine don't pre wash. That would be stupid to wash it then..


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Friday, August 10, 2012

QuiltCon Logo Block Challenge

QuiltCon is coming! QuiltCon is coming!


QuiltCon happens February 21st – 24th, 2013

I am HOPING on going to TX if all my stars align.. I plan to submit a few quilts, and I also participated in their Logo Block Challenge.

The judges will select a few blocks to be made into one large quilt that will be auctioned, and then the remaining submissions will be sent to Modern Guilds to sew into charity quilts. How cool!!!

The blocks have to be 12.5 tall and as long or short as you want. And be based on the QuiltCon logo colors. I made 2.

my 1st block sketched on some mail..

Then I drew a larger version with more detail

sewing some blue together...

"auditioning" some pieces

done!



My 2nd block, I did less triangles... and less colors



I actually thought about sewing them together when i was done..

but i didn't..


After I sent these off in the mail, i moved on to my Lollipops...




I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quilt Fest 2012: 2 days of non-stop quilting!

I had some reeeeeally nice DST this weekend! "dedicated sewing time". ( and I was so DTS)






It was a fun retreat with the great gals from The Little Shop.




I almost didn't make it this year due to my insane amount of kidney stones.

I passed about 6 on my right side this past Oct/Nov...  and then they kinda stopped. I got new X-rays in January and they found 4 new buddies all huddled together in my LEFT kidney.

So i have been waiting for them to fall, and they started this week. Promptly Sunday night after dinner, and it went ALLLLLLLLLLL week.... non-stop insane PAIN for 4 days.
Here is an old photo of the one i PASSED on the right! what a little bugger at 6mm!

Thursday they at least knew I had a big sewing trip to go to they they stopped moving and i was able to go to my event mostly pain free!

I got there late Friday and then the fun began!




I got to work on this one quilt that had been stuck in my head forever. 

mini gentle curves


Then i moved on block 2  of  my Lollypops quilt. 
I was channeling my inner Pat and Bobbi.

Debbie is working on the Kim McLean quilt Flower Garden 

This is just ONE of the 4 borders. It's just amazing. i just love it.

The grand finale of Saturday night was Cindy finishing her amazing feathered log cabin. Creams, golds, and super rich dark purples.


I was piecing with some blue lame that Kay just gave me, and listing to my Cure. 











Wednesday, March 21, 2012

seal fur


I took a visit to my parents house, and I found this hanging in the back bedroom. I completely forgot about this painting. I think i finished this the summer between 7th and 8th grade. So I was about 14. I used a lot of white paint in the fur. I still love the look on the momma's face.

Monday, March 19, 2012

it's just another photo update...


March 2012.
9 yards in... 

I made a little pin cushion

The square part is filled with walnut shells, and the green strawberry is filled with emery.