Archive for May, 2009

Three Signs of Spring

Sign Number 1 – May Spring to Finish, a lap quilt I’m calling Purple Fancy. It uses some of my gorgeous Tina Givens fabrics and my first go at solids. I’ve resisted solids despite the urging of friends because they’re just not as much fun to buy as the prints. But I must admit they do something really nice and will try to temper my bias in the future. This also marks my second go at free-motion quilting. It’s a bit better than the last time but far from good. I have a tension problem either in the machine or in my motion.

The other thing I learned on this quilt is that using batiks for binding and backing makes for some tough hand sewing. The weave of the fabric is so tight that I’ve snapped two needles sewing the binding. It’s hard to find one small and sharp enough that still has an eye I can thread. Note to self: Avoid batik bindings.

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Sign Number 2 – The first rose opened up. Pink and orange is a great color combination, isn’t it?

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Sign Number 3 – Our sultan bantam chick is starting to sprout her feathers. How fabulous is she … pompadour, feathery feet and all?

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May 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm 1 comment

Pattern Development

TEBtop

This quilt top is done with a variation on my last quilt. I decided against the assymetrical strips surrounding the block for some straight sashing. It’s my first venture into solids and I like it. This picture really doesn’t do justice to the colors. They’re much richer in real life. Maybe when I finish the quilting, I can get a better picture outdoors.

I just joined a quilt along that can win me a new Janome (swoon). These are the fabrics I’ve chosen. They’re not set in stone but I like them so far. I like the idea of mixing Kaffe Fassett, Heather Ross, Tina Givens, Amy Schimler with some Australian and everyday fabrics. It’s quite a grab bag. What do you think?

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May 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm 1 comment

New Blocks and Scrappy Progress

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This will be another lap quilt, a variation on the Going my Way that I just finished. More Tina Givens love in the fabric choices. I’m giving this to a friend who is a writer so I’m excited about the newsprint fabric in the center. The blocks will be sashed together with a solid lavender.

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This block will be going to Marja in the Netherlands for a quilt block exchange on Flickr. She wanted pinks and oranges for a girl. Doesn’t that just call for some Heather Ross?

isaacsmamablock

I received this block from isaacsmama for the Flickr exchange. I asked for greens and I love that so many variations of green were used. It’s lovely. I was so excited to photograph it that I didn’t even iron it.

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This is how the scrap quilt stands now. It is in about six or seven pieces and I’m going to have to do some y-seams now to get the puzzle to fit together. I guess I didn’t plan this out that well. I was thinking about an attic window quilt in the future so I can get some practice in on those wacky y-seams.

May 15, 2009 at 11:50 am 6 comments

New Additions to the Flock

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As a new experiment, we tried hatching out some eggs ourselves. Out of eight eggs, we got these two fine feathered friends. The duckling was a product of one of our backyard pairs of Pekin ducks. The Sultan bantam chick was from some eggs we bought on eBay of all places. (Check out what he’s going to grow up to be. Yikes.) These guys enjoyed a week of entertaining preschoolers in the big boys’ classroom and now they’re home with us. They’re great buddies and I am wondering how this imprinting will play out in the future. They got some curious stares from the other fowl in the backyard when we had them stretch their legs out on the grass and nibble on a few worms. We’ll see in another week or two when they join the rest outside.

May 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm 1 comment

Confessions of an Online Fabric Shopper

I started another quilting project and found everything I needed in my stash. Ok, not everything. I only had a fat quarter of one of the perfect fabrics. I needed another half yard. I knew it wasn’t a current design but I had some information on the selvedge edge to get me started. After two days of looking online, I found it! I got to thinking that it would be unfortunate if the half yard I calculated was a bit short. (I’m still not good at quilt math.) So I put one yard in the box, clicked “add to cart” and then paused. It doesn’t make any sense at all to pay as much for shipping as the fabric you are purchasing. Am I right?

So I checked the clearance fabrics. Hmmn. A few goodies in there. Oh, and I need some more sewing machine needles. Add to Cart.

Now I’m rapidly approaching the magic number where shipping is free. Another stroke of financial genius hits me. Why pay for shipping when I can have a yard of fabric instead? It’s just not economically sound. So my half yard of fabric cost me $38 and I feel pretty good about it.

Hello my name is Peg and I’m a fabric addict.

May 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm 2 comments

Spring Blossoms

It’s been a rainy few days and it looks like a few more on the way. I took these last week so here’s a little ray of sun. The white blossoms are from the pear tree and the pink are from the peach trees.

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May 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Something from Nothing

I like the idea of something from nothing. And if that something can be a beautiful quilt, so much the better. I’m working out the layout for my scrap quilt on my design wall (a piece of batting hanging with thumbtacks, very fancy). I have about two dozen little three inch squares to finish then I can start sewing together. Maybe I can finish by the end of the month to complete both the Nothing but Scraps challenge as well as Spring to Finish 2 (continuing through May).

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May 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm 2 comments


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