March 19, 2010

Look what i got - FOR FREE!!

I got this beauty from a lady on Freecycle. I'm feeling extra lucky, maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket!

March 11, 2010

That was easy

While cleaning up a little in the craft room, I came across three leftover blocks from a quilt I made a couple years ago. This seems to happen all the time.  I can't bear to throw them away, but I don't want to take the time RIGHT NOW to decide what to do with them. Does this happen to you?

Since I try to stay focused on dreaming cleaning, I always put these orphan blocks in a drawer, or a pile, to save them for when I'm ready. Well, that drawer is getting full, so I figured I'd use these 3 blocks to make a little quilt RIGHT NOW.

I put this whole thing together in one day. ONE.DAY.  That is a record for me, even though this little thing is only 10 x 23. The reason I sound so shocked is that I rarely can stay focused long enough to complete anything in one day.

I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet.  Maybe put it in my shop, maybe donate it for an upcoming fundraiser at my son's school.  Hmmmmmmmm.

March 10, 2010

The gloves came off

It occurred to me the other day that I may need a new pair of quilting gloves.

Me: Honey look, I think I need a new pair of gloves.
Him: Well it's about time you wore through a pair of gloves around here.

And then the gloves came off...

March 4, 2010

I think I can, I think I can

I've started the quilting on the one just for me and it is looking awesome! if i do say so myself

There are 12 blocks in this quilt, and they all came from the SewConnected 3 group I'm in. I needed to make the quilt a little bigger, so I put picture frames around each block in white and dark brown.

Initially, I was going to stipple the center blocks and do straight lines on the frames, but then I thought, What the heck? This is MY quilt, I'm going to practice some of the fun quilting patterns I've seen online! So I did. :)

You'll notice there is a duplicate picture in the mosaic above. That's because I had already stippled two blocks before I decided to change things up.

The straight lines around the frames are the ones that are killing me. They look awesome, but honestly, my body is so freakin' tired of shoving all this fabric through the machine on each turn of the needle. I'll have to mentally make a note to myself about that for the future. I actually found myself thinking of the train going up the mountain while I was doing the squares. Of course I haven't been doing my Wii Fit for WEEKS so, maybe I could consider this quilt my workout.

Now that I've taken a break from it, I'm having a hard time starting again. Does this happen to you? It just makes me freeze in my tracks to think of wrestling all that fabric again. My new mantra will be I think I can, I think I can....