A couple of friends and I have a silly hobby of picking up pennies or other loose change we find on the ground. I seem to have a knack for it, so I decided on October 1 of last year to keep all the money I found in a piggy bank, just out of curiosity, to see how much I actually found in a year's time. So now is your chance to guess - how much money did Lisa find on the streets of Seattle in the past year? To help you a bit with your guessing, I weighed my piggy bank - the weight of just the money was 1 pound, 8.6 oz. So - care to guess how much I found? Submit your guess by the end of the day October 7, and the person who comes closest to the grand total will win 6 batik fat quarters in your choice of colors.
September 22, 2008
I love Fall - I'd have to say it's my favorite time of year. Just the weather to make you want to throw something in the crockpot and work on a quilt!
I don't have any progress to show for my weekend. I'm working on a Halloween gift for my swap partner, so while I did finish it (except for the quilting), I can't show it quite yet.
We're all supposed to make Christmas stockings for the quilt shop where I work. I chose a fun Alexander Henry cowboy fabric and plan to make mine with suede-like fringe at the cuff. But I haven't started my stocking, so I can't show that.
I finished the binding on my 4OT/Portobello Market quilt and dropped it off at the shop on Thursday. I hope they get it up on display and when they do, I will snap a photo, but for now, I've got nothing.
Doing the binding in 2 days really did a number on my shoulder - that old rotator cuff injury flares up at the most unexpected times. This is not good news, as I have about 6 quilts that need bindings. My buddy at the quilt shop, Liz, agreed to a barter - she's going to sew a binding for me in exchange for some fat quarters. This may be a good solution.
September 10, 2008
There is not much being accomplished in my sewing room of late. I am starting to get some projects ready to take to my guild retreat in November. I try to have simple projects all cut out and ready for production sewing, but long sessions of cutting really aggravate my rotator cuff injury, so I have to do it a little bit at a time.
I picked up a new magazine at the grocery store last week, McCall's Quilting America Makes FAST Quilts. This magazine is great and has 4 quilts that are now on my "must make" list. My favorite, though is this Starring Repros quilt. I love everything about it - the fabrics, the size, the star blocks.
You can buy a kit to make yours just like this, but since I wanted to be able to choose my own background fabric, I ordered a fat quarter bundle. The fabrics are from a collection by Pat Yamin called Come Quilt With Me. These 1940s reproductions are so unlike me, but I just fell in love with the picture in the magazine, and the fabrics in person are prettier still. Even the few prints that I wasn't in love with grew on me as I began to cut them up. These big, scrappy stars will make the perfect retreat project!
September 2, 2008
Wow - it's been a week since I last blogged! I should have a lot of progress to show for my week, but no, I don't, really. I didn't get a lot of sewing done over the long holiday weekend, so I'm a little grumpy for not having spent much quality time in my sewing room. I did finish these 3 Web Sampler blocks, so based on my last blog post, I should only have one left, right? Well, in theory. But, the setting I'm using requires 13 blocks, so that one on the right in the photo is my extra block. I also decided to re-make one of my earlier blocks. When I first started this sampler, I was planning to use 2 different background fabrics. I guess I forgot that I planned to do that, and all of the blocks except one have used the same background. The odd-ball block looks out of place because the background was quite a bit lighter than these Civil War Classics fabrics, so what's a Type A quilter to do, but remake the odd-ball? So 8 + 3 -1 equals 10 and that means I still have 3 blocks remaining to finish the sampler. Oh and a fafillion sashing blocks. Best get started on those as well.....