Monday I got some interesting news, and decided I needed to get out of the house - so mum and I went out to eat. She says "hi" and dinner was yum.
I haven't been doing much, not even reading blogs. However, Jenny convinced me to try Instagram - and now I'm hooked. Very fun. Jenny made my Loaves and Fishes pattern, want to see? I LOVE what she did with it! That girl blesses me so much.
Did you see the super blood moon/lunar eclipse the other night? I was watching it out my sewing room window, but it was so cloudy - then suddenly the clouds parted and I got to see it! It was beautiful, wish I had a camera that would really capture it. This shot was through the window - too darn cold to go outside.
Let's see what else is new - I've started a new project! A long-term project. And it involves piecing, yikes.
See all that fabric on the ironing board? What do you mean, what ironing board? Well, I started cutting and cutting and cutting into it - all 2" strips. I'm starting a log cabin quilt!
I'm not sure why my red squares look kind of pink there. Anyway, I'm using up all kinds of scraps, this is going to be so much fun. I seem to have way more darks than lights, so I hope I can balance it out ok. There's going to be three applique blocks too, and tons of autumn leaves in the borders.
One thing I'm learning already on this quilt. I always thought I was a terrible piecer - my points never match. Which is strange, because my very first quilt was perfectly pieced. But I used a cardboard template, and cut the pieces out with scissors, and hand-pieced. I thought my sewing skills had deteriorated, but now I'm thinking it might be my cutting!
For some reason, my ruler slides when I cut, no matter how hard I hold it down. I noticed it when I was cutting out my red squares. My ruler has little sandpaper dots on it, that I put there....
But I used them on the top side, because if you move your ruler with them down, you end up moving the fabric too. Today I tried putting them on the fabric side, and they worked like they were supposed to - perfect cuts!
I just have to be careful when I'm laying the ruler down to measure my cuts, so I don't move the fabric.
The name of this quilt will be Scrappy Harvest at the Cabin. I'm intending to bust as many autumn-colored scraps as I can - and I'm using the biggest variety of fabrics ever! Batiks, animal prints, homespuns - everything but brights, and blues. If anyone would be interested in scrapping along with me, maybe I could do a stitch-a-long.....the applique patterns would be freebies. Mine will be bed-sized, and depending on how many scraps I have [tons] I may make an extra one for a Christmas gift. Let me know if you'd like to join me, ok? I know there are tons of stitch-a-longs out there already, but hey, what's one more. LOL!
Ok, must get busy....these scraps won't cut themselves, you know....