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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