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Monday, December 16, 2013

As Seen On YouTube

I'm having a great time with this Herringbone/Friendship Braid project.  The fabric is beautiful, the pattern is all mathy, and the results are just as I imagined (phew)!

It does, however, require pressing and trimming after each piece is attached.  No chain anything on this one.  I was pretty tired and Sparki the wonder dog was camped out between my chair and the ironing board.  I could have overcome my inertia but add in geriatric dog inertia and I knew that up & down and up & down wasn't happening.

I've never had a large, cleared, surface to do pressing and cutting and sewing all from one spot, but I thought it was worth a try.  I felt so efficient!  My little portable pressing pad (with a towel under for condensation), a small cutting mat and ruler, & I was good to go!  Being tall was a big help, and working on a long, narrow piece made the cutting possible.  Check it out!  A work station worthy of Jenny or the Gourmet Quilter !!

Rendered in Black & White because it IS the week before Christmas!
I also discovered one more important tool to have on hand.  A decoy project - in case someone shows up or walks in unexpectedly.  This photo is also in black & white.  Any WIP that's within reach right now is also headed for a December delivery.
Hastily deployed decoy quilt
Even with a visit from my sweetie to install hooks, a wall heater (yay), & some artwork, I got a lot of sewing done & Sparki had a nice, long nap by my side.  See how rested she looks?

The sweetest dog on the planet & such a pretty girl!
- sash

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fabric Haul...Halted

Tree of Life (that insists on appearing sideways)
After 3 false starts including a long, frustrating digression as I tried to create a clever Venn diagram, I'm officially abandoning this post.  Here's why:
Horse border

  • My phone has become arbitrary about photos.  Some work.  Some don't.  So crazy making.
  • Not a lot of folks read this thing.  And it's really likely that those who do were either with me when I bought the fabric, have been subjected to fabric show-and-tell already, or both (you know who you are).  The other 1-2 of you probably couldn't care less (Or I would have dragged you to the show with me)
  • Writing about the quilt show (where I also failed to take pictures) was dull as a spoon.  I can only imagine what reading that would have been like.
And of course, once that post died, its rotting carcass was just sitting there keeping me from posting anything else. 

So - in a nutshell - the Quilt Guru and I went to a show/sale at Expo center.  I found some treasures including a kit (I've never bought a kit before) that we dove into back at her place.
The Amazing kit that I bought.  This is one almost-finished block.  Gorgeous!
It was a great day and I was SO glad to be sewing with her again.

(And I did decide to throw in the fabric pictures that did work,  Even reruns are fun, right?)
Some nice blenders

Amazing African Prints