Saturday, August 30, 2014
ok, have seen this around blogland and decided to jump in....confession, they say, is good for the soul and these may or may not be new to those of you who follow and read sort of regularly.
1. yes, sew over pins and yes, i do occasionally break a needle.
2. don't believe in using fusibles on my quilts....they are too new and who knows what the long-term result will be
3. not a perfectionist quilter; occasionally points don't match, seam junctions don't match; not worth losing sleep over
4. don't square up my quilts as a rule, occasionally yes but not regularly
5. yes, do have too much fabric and yes i do buy more...have slowed down but not stopped
6. yes, do like aurifil best; use others but prefer aurifil for its thinness...all my girly machines love it
7. no longer trek to many quilts shows; don't have to, internet fills that void nicely
8. not a big fan of hexies....even tho i am making an amish honeycomb (hexagons) quilt but they are big ones, like 4"....little and teeny tiny ones take too much time for me
9. would never make a yo-yo anything in my life
10. no fan of "turning twenty" or similar boring patterns
there you have it....so you can continue to read or not, your choice. so what is on my quilty plate? tying the baby quilt....all ready to start first thing sunday...hawaiian progress continues at snail's pace. then some batik swap squares and i can move on to another UFO. so are you ready to confess?
qreative quilts for the "it's a sister swap" thing. apparently she has been reading my blog in order to choose these beautiful items so perfect for me. first, a kaffe fassett pillow that goes in my sewing chair, some nice civil war fabrics, an adorable journal with angel cover and the delish beach bag that is nearly all paper pieced. this gal is a wizard at paper piecing, i tell ya! the two photos show back and front and i cannot decide which is better. course, having my name on it makes it ultra personal and absolutely perfect for just about anything, almost too nice for the beach, know what i mean? it has a large zipper pocket on one side and 2 open pockets on the other when you peek inside. check out her blog for other beautiful items she has made....thank you, kathy, for such wonderful surprises! **** i mailed my package yesterday so once it's revealed, i'll post photos of what i sent, which i hope will be equally well received. i don't do many swaps now because of prohibitive postage rates, but this is one i'd be happy to do again. thank you, michele, for being such a super hostess! *** well reality bites and my 3-day birthday weekend has come to an end. now i get to work for 3 days while others relax, but no matter, i had a terrific "weekend" and it won't always be this way. i'm grateful to have a job with so many positive aspects. just hoping i'll be able to find another when i move. **** and last, it's 57 days to retreat...coming fast now and gonna be busy until departure getting stuff ready to take. ooohh lancaster at harvest time...how great is that!
Friday, August 29, 2014
on a lark, went to google this morning to look up the previous owner of my antique sewing table. it belonged to my ex-husband's grandmother, lila, and was given to me by my ex-father-in-law on the death of his wife, lila's daughter, maud erminie. this is what i found. top photo is lila at age 9 in 1886 and bottom photo is lila and her daughter, willena. the spooky thing is, the top photo is a close resemblance to my own daughter, miss B. also of interest, when i was married to miss B's father, his aunt, willena (above left) gifted me with a box of fabric scraps, patterns and patchwork pieces that belonged to lila, most of which i used to fix/create some vintage things. and no, miss B did NOT inherit the (ahem) large nose, though she thinks hers is too large. could have been worse, my dear! anyway, i think lila would be happy to know her sewing table and scraps have been put to use....
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
these just came out of the pot and are begging to be tasted, so one must bear up! LOL...have a wonderful day, even if it isn't YOUR birthday!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
EVER buy fabric that you just love without any idea at all how to use it, but confess that i do. case in point, this piece....a half yard. pretty colors, nice jacobean-esque print and outlined in gold....it called to me like a siren song and i caved. i was playing in the stash the other day and came across it again, still loving it and thinking i should pull some fabics that "go" with it and think of a project, or at least cut off some strips to include in some scrappy projects going on right now. but time was short and i just left it in the stash for another time. i felt quite rich indeed with my stash and all the colors and patterns. much like a fingerprint, it's mine alone, a collection born out of things i chose, others that were gifted....i can't wait to see it all neatly stacked in a cabinet like fine wines to inspire me and bring those project ideas swirling around in my head to life. making my fingers itch already!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
as for us in maine, we are still chilly at a brisk 53 degrees here this morning. i have heard summer is coming back this week for a few days, so hoping there are more beach days in our future before fall arrives permanently. *** busy making lists for fall retreat and planning which projects to take. oh, almost forgot, one more birthday surprise to show....
a pair of karen kay buckley serrated scissors for precision fabric cutting....i had a small pair that evaporated somewhere which were super for applique, so i replaced them. *** my sunday to-do list is made and hoping to get a few things finished so can continue on busting stash!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
a gray and fallishly cool day here in maine....summer will be back later this week but for today the slate is clean and just planning on doing some sewing and relaxing. *** the lexington stash is all washed and dried and ready to use. think i'm gonna just look at it for a while and enjoy...