Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Smitten With Fabric

 Fabric, fabric, fabric. I think I may be one of those people that target advertisements are meant to incite. Put me in a shop with beautiful cloth and I almost hyperventilate. The sensors are firing full time with ideas and plans. I am anticipating a long and confining Winter in Sewtopia. I navigate that dullness with projects. Quilting, sewing, new window coverings, tablecloths and placemats and runners, knitted and crocheted projects. 
This year I have planned well ahead. I do not want to be caught in a snowstorm with no fabric!  
 I can always find a way to use a charm pack so I sometimes just pick up one or two in a singular fabric line to have on hand. The top fabric on this one shows the general feel of this pack. As I use the fabrics I promise to take better photo's. 
 Using pre-cuts provides endless possibilities as one works through the various colorways of each line. Add a first and/or second background fabric, a contrast border or two and you have a stunning quilt. The versatility of designing a piece using the pre-cuts  has become increasingly apparent by the many new books, written by quilting stars, that illustrate just how flexible the design can be.

This design, Somerset by Fig Tree & Co for Moda has been extremely popular in design. Many quilting magazines and books have used this fabric for patterns by featured designers. I resisted it last Summer but looking at it more and more I decided it would be perfect for a Warm Weather quilt for my bed. It is light, bright and modern.
I have plans quilters, lots of plans! Don't forget to add a Jelly Roll or Charm Pack in a neutral white or off-white. 

 Then there was a sale. What can I say...I am ready for the Nesting Season. You will know where to find me.

On another note, I would like to say that I have sorted out my Winter closet and have all that in order. I do not but I do enjoy living more simply via The Daily Connoisseur, Jennifer L. Scott. This weeks video shows how versatile her 10 item wardrobe really is. Just click on the link to see how she manages her closet.

*Mr. Sewtopia came home from the hospital yesterday. He is doing well now but we have months of healing and rehabilitation ahead.  Thank you all for your kind wishes and prayers. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Alert Quilters: Is the Accuquilt on Your Gift List?

This one of those non-compensated messages that may be of interest.  You know that I am smitten with my Go cutter. Now there is another option, it is electric. The ad states that these are the lowest prices of the year for the next six days. If you have been on the fence it might be time to gift yourself a special tool to energize your quilting life, just saying.
 Choose the Right Fabric Cutter for You
Lowest Prices of the Year at Accuquilt.

***as mentioned no compensation received or implied. Just one happy customer!!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fabric Therapy, Is this a Verified Form of Therapy?

Well puppies, if you quilt or sew just about anything the answer is a resounding Yes! No matter how many times I say "I don't need any more fabric"  I quickly follow my self directed comments to the simple fact that this is not about need. It is about passion, creativity and supporting local business. Yes, I am going there.  I am mad about beautiful fabric, I am always looking for ways to use different sewing notions and I find the atmosphere in a great quilt shop to be a type of contagion. I look at a difficult pattern and think....I could do that! I look at all the great quick quilts and projects and know that I could do that as well.  *finally found my little camera, buried under a large piece of piano key border that was under a few piles of new fabric surrounded by scraps of another project. This is why I need to clean more often:):):)
A recent purchase, these linen/? woven table runners with the hemstitching are just begging for adornment. I have one half done and will share soon. Not expensive ($14.00) I think, they are a blank canvas for the machine or hand embroiderer.
 The Sewist is now tempted with some of the nicest Kitchen towels to embroider, embellish or adorn with applique. These little beauties screamed Christmas to me. I plan to add some cute applique's that I will cut with my Accu-quilt Cutter. You don't need a fancy cutter though, by using the motifs on Christmas themed fabric one can cut all sorts of colorful and decorative items. BTW, these are for me!
You know I love my doo-dads. Just check out this practical rotary cutter/scissor holder. Good for class, for traveling projects or even as a holder for your favorite marking pencils. It doesn't take much to set my heart a-flutter.
 Speaking of flutter....just look at my new giant ric-rac! I have already gifted some towels trimmed like the ones I showed a few weeks ago. All with Harvest and Thanksgiving themes, they were big hits!
This green is slated for Spring decor. I wound both of them on those packing noodles I saved from the landfill a few weeks ago. My only glitch was that each of them were the first off the roll and each of them had little fold dinks. I steamed and pressed to get those creases out. Sort of a pain. I will reject any more with that flaw. They were wound that way from the factory.

Well, that's all for now. I have some nice fabric photo's to add soon. I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the fabric and the designs available now. Remember the calico days, the poly/cottons blends and the poor dye quality? Thank our lucky stars that the quilting Gods are again in power!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Muttering to Myself (and the dog)

An odd day this one. Starts and stops, fits and fancy. Noisy traffic down on the street, big house when you are the only one here, cold wind rustling the wind chimes. I've been making loom knitted hats again. Busy work, but fun. Lots of yarn purchased with some great purpose at one time, that purpose long forgotten and not recorded. So now... a hat or two.'Burgh Feeding
Light up night here, Friday Nov. 21st. I did not take this photo, when this was happening I was stuck in out-bound traffic, for two hours. My joke was that I spent so much time in the car yesterday, to and from the hospital, that I feared a blood clot in my leg! I call it "commuter cramp."

Thoughts on a day:
  • I had planned to pick these stems for the kitchen table, to brighten it up, you know? That didn't work out, we had a freeze.
  • I have trouble ordering RTW. I hate, hate, hate to shop so I find a brand, a name, with consistent sizing, go the site, order. Done. In the UPS truck. On my doorstep. Well 'somebody' changed their sizing. Now I have a load of very roomy items in the queue. 
  •  Image result for photo UPS truck
  • I have sort of a snow day today. No snow, just icy roads. Mr. has moved to transitional care and I am skipping the daily hospital vigil. He is coming along. I am going to quilt. No guilt, just quilt. Unity - Baby Lock sewing Machines
  •    I have entire seasons worth of special programs recorded on my DVR. Just deleted most of them.  Why do I even bother to record them when I almost always delete them? I saved the Martha Stewart Cooking School collection. I bought the book. Might as well go for the whole magila.
  • I also saved 13 episodes of Masterpiece Theater, heaven only knows what all is in that group.  I tend to have an ironing marathon and watch the entire season in a sitting. It is the only way I can tolerate ironing. I hate, hate, hate to iron............and shop!
  •  Now fabric shopping, now that is a different sport all together. 
  • My dog, Miss Lucy, never, ever stops shedding. 
  • We saw a news special about the War Dogs a week or so ago. What magnificent animals, trained within a hair of perfect. An organization in Texas is bringing them back, rehabilitating them and try to adopt them out to willing families. The intro video explains, in very specific detail, how special these animals really are. And there are major challenges to adopting them. Mr. thought we should get one, a big guy to follow our dear Auggie. After the video I decided that another big dog is probably not in the cards for us. Particularly one with guarding and aggressive tendencies. I am leaning to a War Poodle, small. Mr. wants a Wiener Dog. I sense a compromise in the works. In the meantime Lucy is holding down the canine fort. 
  • I cannot seem to do one thing at a time. Projects I mean. If you plan, start, work on and complete one project at a time, please tell me how. 
  • Off to sew a bit, Sewing relieves anxiety. Sewing centers a restless soul. 
    Hand stitched and quilted Redwork Christmas from a few years ago. Unpacking the Holiday pieces, brings back memories.

The Green Thing

Another of my favorite "new to me" blogs put this on the blog the other day and requested everyone share it. After I read it I knew it would show up here too.  If you are of a certain age, this will really ring true. Enjoy. Originally Posted Here, Samplers and Santa's Blog.

In a checkout at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings.  Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person...

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.--Benjamin Franklin.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Put a Wreath On It!

photo www.flaxandwine.com

Just a quick note today. No sewing is happening here except for bits and pieces of EPP project that I will likely not complete in my lifetime, really. It is a portable project and works well for long days at the hospital. On that note,   after what seemed like a positive recovery things have changed and we are dealing with some complications. I would like to blink and have this all over and done with for Mr. but such is not the case.  

Quilters in general are creative people. I have always liked items in the circle shape. Everything from wreaths to quilt blocks. 

This is wreath season for sure. When I saw this one I had intentions of whipping up a similar piece. Instead I will share the photo and look forward to creating one next Harvest season. Hope your Thanksgiving plans are well under way. I am thinking positive and picked up my Turkey breast yesterday. No traveling for us this year. 

Till next time.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Ladies of the Cloth Show Their Cloth

Hello all. Sorry for the lapse or two. I have been like the chicken searching for her head lately. Mr. has his surgery on Monday and there is much to do on the home front.  I have all my ducks in a row now and I sure hope the next week is a good one. Positive thoughts and prayers are most welcome. That said, these are photo's from two weeks ago, I told you I was way behind in the uploads! This first quilt is all about color and modern design. Many of us had a hard time embracing the trend but now I am learning how to appreciate the concept.
Terri has finished quilting this quilt in an traditional cross-hatch design, beautiful work Terri.

Teri is a beginning quilter. She is doing a great job already. I do think the modern concepts bode well for the new quilter. I see people embracing the art form because of this direction. 
Jenni has many talents, including tatting. Just look at this sweet ornament! Just look at that fine wire star shaped around the motif. The background is one of her hand painted silk scarves. Told you, many talents! 

Rose makes the greatest traditional quilts. Light, dark, light, dark. Charming. No matter how "modern" quilting trends I just love traditional patterns and color play.

Up close.
I saw this amazing quilt on Facebook. The makers name is Barb Vedder. When I first pasted this I had a link, I have no idea where that link skooted to. I will add it if I can find it.
  • I saw this stunning quilt on Facebook. Just had to share. Meet Barb Vedder here