Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day of the Deadline

31 hours worked already this week - and not on sewing projects mind you...

Over the weekend I had a bit of a break though, my second Sew Day with the Mad Mod quilt guild.

In preparation, I broke out the pins.

Somehow in glancing around my sewing room, I missed the huge package of pins I'd purchased for basting... Instead I pulled the old container of random sized pins from my desk drawer. Once I'd picked out all the easy to use pins, I started thinking to myself that I must have more pins somewhere. Then, after using most of the small pins and rumaging through the desk drawers again to steal additional small pins from assorted sewing kits, I finally spotted the 300 nearly new pins I'd looked for earlier perched on a shelf with my fabric stash.
Anyway, I need to get this shipped off pretty soon. The baby will be here in a few weeks.
It coordinated so well with my machine as I stitched it up!
All that's left is the binding. :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Block 2 - Autumn Tints

I suppose it's fitting that I chose fabrics with some leaves given the title of this block. I didn't do it intentionally; I was more just trying to set a precendent not to use the same fabrics in all the blocks.

This pattern was pretty simple to cut and didn't take as long as my first block.

I decided to square up my 4 patches after closer inspection. They weren't too far off, but in my efforts to make scant 1/4" seams I think I actually wind up making them even narrower than they need to be.

I am absolutely thrilled that my points came out so well in this one!

Up next is Basket. It has an appliqued handle. Overall, I'm not sure I like the basket patterns much. Should I stick to the integrity of the pattern or skip over them and fill in with other patterns?

I paged through the Pony Club version of the Farmer's Wife Sampler and I think I could pull some from there without getting duplicates...

First snow!

It's been snowing since before I woke up this morning. It's rather pretty.

Perhaps it would have been a good idea to have Will get sand bags and install them in the back of the truck before he left for the weekend though...

I'll just drive slow I guess. I meant to go out to lunch and shopping with Wendy today, but she is home sick. :( At least she has cuddly quilts and kitties to help her recuperate.

I'm still planning on the shopping bit. I've decided to splurge on the baby quilt I am making. One of the local shops here still has some bolts of Little Apples. I want the apples on white for backing and the red sweater print for binding.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Tonight I made my first foray into the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. I know I'm well behind the bandwagon on this one, but...

Block 1: Attic Windows

I'm going for a navy and neutral color palette so that in the end the blocks will coordinate.

Should I continue that on the back too? I have a red fabric I really like... I might just take on another traditional quilt at some point. What do you think?