Archive for July, 2010

Another Great Give Away!!

July 29, 2010
P.S. I Quilt Giveaway

P.S. I Quilt Giveaway

Rachael is having a great give-away!!! Check out her site!

http://www.psiquilt.com/2010/07/sponsor-giveaway-fabrics-n-quilts.html

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July 29, 2010

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MY BEAUTIFUL NEW FABRIC

July 27, 2010
New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

Naomi Itaya Japanese Patchwork Fabric

Naomi Itaya Japanese Patchwork Fabric

I fell in love with this print a couple weeks ago. You see, I sell on eBay. I buy a lot of computer hardware there for repairs at my computer store too. I get eBay Bucks for all my purchases, and at set intervals one can cash them in. I told Geo that the eBay Bucks was MINE to spend on whatever (guess what?)

I came across this fabric & knew I had to have it. Colors being what they are on a monitor, I wrote the seller to ask for advise on what other fabrics would be good companions for it. She was so helpful…suggesting other fabrics, and offering to send scans of fabrics she didn’t have listed. And if I wanted some, she would list them for me to purchase.  I bought all the fabrics she suggested on the 22nd and I had it in my hot little hands on the 24th!! 

If you are an eBayer, I recommend this seller. She promptly answers questions, combines shipping charges, happy to make suggestions, & ships lightning fast!! You can find her at:

http://stores.ebay.com/Jane-Vincents-UNIQUE-FABRIQUES

(I have no connection with the seller, just wanted to pass on a nice dealer with pretty fabrics & good customer service)

But aren’t those pretty fabrics? This one is going to have to simmer for a while. I don’t have a CLUE of what pattern I’d like to use. Any suggestions?

Summer Patio

Summer Patio

Ya’ll show off your summer yards/gardens. I used to be one of you…I had vegetables, flowers, weeded them, canned produce,…basically cared.  Well, those days are over. I’m a dirt dweller only by necessity. My free time is spent on my boat. So the best I can do for summer flower pics is the corner of the patio where Geo placed the orchids for the summer. See how there’s not a bloom on them? The pot of impatiens, plus a couple hanging baskets of New Guinea impatiens is about it around the old homestead.  But I WILL admire yours any time you want to post some pics of your purdy posies!!!

Now I Understand…

July 26, 2010
Red & Turquoise 9 Patch

Red & Turquoise 9 Patch

So, I cut all my squares & sewed up my 9 patch blocks. Pressed & then cut them. When I began to piece them, I had an inkling that there were inconsistancies. When I began sewing my white inserts, I REALLY found out I had inconsistancies!!  

Disappearing 9 Patch

Disappearing 9 Patch

I always thought people were just lazy, and not frugal (like me), wasting money buying pre-cut strips & blocks. Instead of getting out their cutter & board & just DOING IT.  As for me, I was spending time on the boat and figured I’d just as well cut the blocks the old fashioned way…with a tape measure, a cardboard template, a pen to mark with and (gasp) …a pair of sissors.  Since my forte has always been clothing, sissors would seem the proper tool. But one is only cutting 1 (or 2) fronts, a back, a couple sleeves & some various underpinnings.  

I discovered that if you are cutting a multitude of identical pieces, even with a proper sized template, you are bound to get variations hand cutting them. So, my disappearing squares are getting squared after they’re completed, before getting any sashing. I’d LIKE for them to sort of match up…we’ll see just how small my 4-1/2″ 9 patch squares really end up at!  

Well, this IS a learning experience. My 1st Disappearing 9 Patch quilt, and learning just how smart you all are who own a die-cutter for quilt blocks, sell said blocks, or those of you who BUY those blocks!!! I think I’ll be joining the ranks of you all in the future…Oh, I’ll still be cutting my own fabric for any of my freeform or crazy quilts, but if I want to do a real good job with a pattern that I have to worry about, I’ll be out looking for the best deals on pre-cut squares & strips!!!   

What do ya’ll think about tearing? I spent some time Sunday evening working on this project. I needed more of the 1-1/2″ pieces. So I tore said strips & ironed them nicely. They seemed to be just fine. I’m thinking I should have done that for my squares…would have reduced the error rate by 5o% anyway.  Or does proper steam pressing not ‘fix’ the stretched problem? Anyway…it’s coming along…anxious to get on with it!!!

My Other Stash….

July 22, 2010
Lily In The Bag

Lily In The Bag

Couldn’t resist. She thinks the white plastic sets off her features just SO! And when you’re as pretty as she is, any photo-op is worth it (her take on the matter) 

But back to the title…my other stash… 

I’m planning on moving aboard a 42′ boat & cruising indefinitely. This precludes having a collection of books, magazines, & when out of range of a WiFi signal, the internet. In order to have plenty of fodder to fuel my creative juices, I’m busy collecting photos, PDF files, converting articles & instructions to PDF & generally amassing that which I will have to do without. 

I’ve been poring over photos on the internet, blogs, & other likely internet sites for inclusion in my permanent ‘morgue’ of information. (A ‘morgue’, in this case, is a resource library) The pics are not going to be re-issued on the internet or passed on to anyone else…being only for my personal use.  I’ve acquired over 1100 various documents, and have only just made a dent! There are so many talented folks out there & I’d hate to miss any of the quilty & crafty inspirations they all provide!  Since I won’t have room for books with ideas & instructions, this will provide me with the references I’ll need when the internet is unavailable.

I’m collecting tutorials & how to’s when I can, but oftentimes a good photo will be enough for me to use to make up the pattern. So if you see me rummaging around your site, don’t be concerned. You won’t find your items showing up anywhere without your permission…just a few megabytes on a CD floating somewhere in the ocean keeping me company on a long passage between islands

This May Be Me!!

This May Be Me!!

I have a program called ‘Print 2 PDF’ which allows me to save documents as PDF files. I’ve been collecting tutorials & project instructions  and saving them as PDF files to add to my collection. This is a handy tool to have, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on Adobe Acrobat. There are several publishers who make PDF creators, but this just happens to be the one I like.

See Ya Out There!!

See Ya Out There!!

More Give-Aways!!!

July 21, 2010

Here are several giveaways that are coming up…some very nice things!!! I sure appreciate not only the work these bloggers put into their craft, but the nice blogs they seem to find time to produce!

Check out these chances to win some quilting supplies:

 Just Ramblin’ for a chance to win 1 of 9 charm packs!

Gen X Quilters for a chance to win Gingher 4.5” thread snips!

The Curious Quilter for a chance to win a set of 80 (80!!) 5” fabric charms!

AN HEIRLOOM BONE TO PICK

July 19, 2010
Red Turquoise 9 Square

Red Turquoise 9 Square

Last week I was tag surfing, as I am wont to do, and some person unknown made a statement to the effect that ‘It wasn’t an heirloom quality quilt…just maybe picnic quilt’. Well at that moment, I thought nothing about it, and went on with my browsing. 

But then this weekend it slunk back from the depths of my memory banks & eased itself up to my conscience. Something about it just didn’t sound right. It festered around on Saturday as I spent the afternoon sewing Disappearing Nine Patch squares on my boat S/V Outrageous. (sewing while on the boat…not actually sewing patches onto the boat!) It was pretty steamy and not too many folk about. So the luxury of an air-conditioned boat, 65 percent humidity and close to 90 degree temps were as good as an excuse as any to have some quality “Me’ time with my little Singer Genie.

Then it hit me….the problem with the person’s statement. ALL quilts are heirloom quality/worthy/potential! When you consider the amount of time and effort and love that’s put into every quilt ever made, it matters not that sometimes the corners don’t match, the tip of a triangle doesn’t show, that the fabric choices were less than appealing.

If someone cares about another enough to spend the time necessary to create a quilt, then there’s a good chance that it will be considered a precious possession by the person receiving it.  Merriam Webster Online defines ‘heirloom’ as:  “Something of special value handed on from one generation to another.” Sounds about right to me!!

Now, I believe that what the author meant to say was that the quilt in question  wasn’t  SHOW quality or COMPETITION quality. Big difference there. I would never even consider entering a quilt in a competition. I’m a real beginner when it comes to quilting, and my work certainly shows it. But I would like to think that the quilts I have made, imperfections and all, will be considered well-loved possessions by the owners and one day passed on to their  heirs.

I’m sure most of the ‘Quilty’ folk out there have a quilt or two (or more) passed down from an Auntie or Grandma or other friend or family member. And you love your quilt, because that person made it. Not because it’s a prize winner in a show. Because you love that person or that person loved you.

I hope that one day I’ll make a quilt that is ‘show worthy’. But in the meantime, I’ll just keep quilting along….making memories and showing my love with my little quilts.

Beautiful Flower Sugar 2 Fat Quarter Give-Away

July 13, 2010

 One fat quarter of every piece of Flower Sugar 2 (that’s 21 fat quarters in all).  http://www.mariemadelinestudio.com/ is making this super sweet offer…Stop by & check out her pages…beautiful stuff!!