Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To Rip, Or Not To Rip....

Not really a question around here.  I purely hate to un-sew.  My seam ripper is in like-new condition.  So, as I was quilting my new garden quilt, deciding it was just plain awful and hating what I was doing, I didn't un-stitch it.....

I quilted over it.

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And quilted.  And quilted, and quilted, and quilted.....I'm still not done.  I probably won't be done until autumn.  But I think I like it, even though it's almost see-through at this point.

Inquiring minds want to know - do you rip out the quilting you don't like?  Or do you just go over it?  Have you ever quilted anything this densely?

In other news, someone had a birthday today, and she isn't telling how old she is.

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But I will mention that the grey in my hair got me a senior coffee the other day at McDonald's, without asking for it.  There have to be some perks.

My aunt had a beautiful dinner at her house for me on Sunday, and she made a gorgeous cake.  I brought my camera.  Unfortunately, I neglected to bring the SD card that goes in my camera.  So no pictures of that.  Today though, mum had a beautiful dinner for me, and made me a gorgeous cake.  I made sure to bring the SD card today.

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That was when we walked in - by the time she finished putting all the food out, small countries were calling for donations.

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The cake.  I forget what it's called.  Mud Volcano, or tunnel, or something.  It was like fudge.  This cake had to weigh 20lbs - I told her it broke all the laws of physics.  Yes, it was delish!

Time to quilt some more and work off all this chocolate - I'm also working on a new, free stitchery design, which I hope to have done soon.  If you like red-roofed cottages, I think you'll like this one!

See you soon - go celebrate something!  I'll be hiding in my sewing room....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Still Not Here. Where Are You, Springtime???

I wondered why I was so cold this morning, looked at my phone and it was FIFTEEN DEGREES outside.  It's officially spring, so what the heck!  And a frozen mix tonight, plus snow on the weekend coming up?  Can't put my fleecies away just yet, I guess....

I had a great weekend though, every year during National Quilting Day weekend The Quilt Show opens their site for everyone, even non-members.  I spent the whole weekend stitching and watching....what inspiration!  I finished my latest quilt top, except for the border....

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I think my birdie needs a bit of a bigger eye though, not sure he can see the worms.

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This was a fun quilt to make, although doing the pattern is proving to be less fun.  I did manage to figure out how to make a full layout diagram, just tape the pattern sheets together, they'll come all numbered so you don't lose any pieces.  And the pinwheels were tricky to applique with fusible - so many seams, and they didn't want to stick.  However, I wanted a frayed look, so it worked out perfectly!  You can opt for regular applique though instead of pinwheels, but I sure do love them.  Just don't look close at the centers.

I also finished off the first park bench on my Gargantuan stitchery project...

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Not sure I'll ever finish it, but you never know.

Last week was St. Patrick's day, and since we're all Irish, my mom and my aunt and I went out to dinner.  We stopped at a large Irish pub, but it was crazy loud in there, so we went to a gorgeous Mexican restaurant.  I'm sure my ancestors were rolling in their graves.  But hey, we got serenaded by a couple of strolling guitar players, so it's all good.  I have to show you what my aunt got her kitty, Snickers....

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Apparently she's Irish too.

I just found out that the Salvation Army gives senior discounts, and horrors, I qualify.  Not happy about the age thing but I'm seriously glad about the discount!  If you're over 50, you might want to check this page out, it has a list of places you can ask!   Just click here -  Over 50 Discounts.  There have to be some perks for living so long.

Have a great week everybody, I'll see ya soon - go make something pretty!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Where Is It?

I was looking out my window the other day, and noticed a huge flock of birds in the tree across the street -

waiting for spring

Closer -

waiting for spring

I think they were waiting for something.  I think - they were waiting for spring.

AS AM I.

I've been hearing songbirds in the morning again, I think they jumped the gun, it's still single digits here at night.  But a warm-up is coming, and I can give the heating pad on my lap a rest!  Hooray for seasons - just when you get good and sick of one, another one comes along.  I love it.

I've been working on lots of things, and one of them isn't making me happy at the moment.  I adore Jenny's Vintage Kitchen BOM, and am really enjoying working on it - I also love the fabric I had for it.  But oh dear, not only is my background fabric for the stitchery too white, the floss color is not the right red!

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It's not so obvious in the picture, but trust me - in real life it's glaring.  I'll have to find a different white, and a different floss color.  Because that background fabric is too perfect and I'm not giving it up.  I need a tomato red floss, guess I'll have to go shopping!

Another thing I've been working on is tiling a new quilt pattern.  It's one large piece, and I really wanted to provide a full-size layout diagram.  It took several days, lots of hair-pulling [it's ok, I have some left] and if I'm honest, lots of these....

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Just letting you know, if you can't figure something out, try chocolate.  It works.  Layout diagram is complete, it printed out just like I told it to, and tomorrow I'll start pulling fabric for it.  And - learning how to print reverse images for the fusible pattern pieces.....oh dear, I might need more chocolate!!!  Ok, who am I kidding....I always need more chocolate....



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