Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Printathon

I decided to stay home today and try to focus. Last night I used a new evening strategy of handpiecing at my sewing desk where the lighting is very good, and watching a movie on my ipad. Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins. Funny, poignant, but difficult to listen to the off key singing! 

I made good progress on my rosette ring. I decided to section outwards a bit before joining the ring together, so I spent a few hours today why Jose sent us just a bit of wind and rain on printing much of what I need to complete this huge rosette. Let's see if I finish before the end of the year! My inklingo printing is going well, no paper jams.  I am finding the reynolds freezer paper from the grocery store to be a bit flimsy, but it's working ok as long as I press things well.

I have a small freelance writing order to work on tomorrow and Thursday, so I won't make as much progress as I would wish for.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017


I feel like I am not productive as I should be. I don't know if it's the fact that I have too many crafts and projects ongoing.  There is a voice in my head that says "Make all the crafts!"  Or if I am still a bit mired in grief that comes and goes. It still saps my energy at times.  I am trying to rebuild a daily routine on those days that I don't have a meeting to attend. Get up, eat, exercise for an hour and then do some housework while I cool down (some thing always needs to be tidied up around here), then shower and get dressed. Do whatever errands need to be done, then it's about time for lunch. and then I am tired and tend to just sit, read, or crochet. I don't seem to be spending hours in the quiltorium these days.   Ah well, go with the flow.

I finished another twiddlemuff an hopefully that's enough of those for a while. The hand stitching of all the embellishments takes so much time.  Now we are moving on to baby items for donation, which is a much cheerier thing to do.

I made some progress on my current rosette. The star points are on (my least favorite part) and I am sewing the star ring together. Slowly.

It will go around this piece to provide a much needed increase in color and saturation.

This is one of the three BIG rosettes in La Passacaglia. I might do a very light blue next before bringing in more purples, not sure yet.

I received Millefiore 3 today. I ordered from Inklingo, and Linda sent a sheet of inklingo shapes along too. She is so sweet!

My first thumbthrough of the book was what made me think I am not productive enough. Willyne Hammerstein has certainly been busy with all these intricate new designs. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

For all you Row-along quilters

I gave me row by row blocks to a friend. They were from shops i visited during my last year on the road as a consultant. I didn't really enjoy making them....all that fusing is not my thing. But the patterns get lovelier every year, and I enjoy seeing what folks are working on.

My friend Moira over at the quilted snail has posted a pattern in a Christmas Carol Row-along, it would work up nicely as a Christmas wallhanging.

Take a look!In other news, I found a border fabric that i think will work for my holiday throw. Stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Salvaged a languishing project

You may or may not remember where this poor project was stalled. The genesis was Bonnie Hunter's Pfefferneuse pattern. But I didn't like the giant cream and brown pinwheels so I played with the few blocks I made and did this. Foolishly I tore the papers off those string pieced cream and brown squares, and the outer edge was all wonky when I laid it out flat to ponder my next move. I serged the edges with differential feed, and then figured I could ease the blocks into a border that was made on a 6.5" grid so that I could match seams and distribute the fullness evenly. Today I sewed that strategy together, with the brown edges down so that the feed dogs could help ease that layer in.

Yippee, it lays fairly flat now. I will search for a Christmasy outer border fabric tomorrow. It will make a nice holiday sofa throw.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blue rosette

Not 100% happy with the center of this. I was going to make it the center of a large rosette, but now I think it should not play such a leading role. 

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Scrappy new accessory

Been in a bit of a frazzle. On Thursday I noticed the screen on my phone was loose, and something was bulging under it. It had also been feeling warm when I using it. After googling around, I learned that the battery was ready to blow, so I needed a new phone pronto. It's a shame because I really loved that phone, an HTC M8. I took it to the local phone fixing franchise and the tech said because of the battery, which had been overheating enough to unglue the screen and expanding, it was probably wise to get a new one.

Down to TMobile store after that. Too lazy to switch carriers, and now they have a new cheap plan for people 55 and up.  Just got an LG K20 plus. It was easy to port over my settings, apps and data from the old phone. I spent most of Friday getting used to it. I like it so far, but need to get used to the camera.
My old phone case was a fold over wallet, not much protection, so I ordered a case with a big bumper that goes around the outside of the phone. These new screens that go out to the edge are just begging to take a hit.

In about an hour, I whipped up this little slipcase using scrap fabric, scrap batting, scrap bias binding and a button from my grandma's button tin. I may change that out if I can find a prettier one.  I can hook the pink strap from my old case onto the little blue tab at the upper left.

Used my bernina aurora to channel quilt the fabric, my trusty Singer 301 for the bias binding, and my Babylock Evolution serger to put it all together. 

These phones are so expensive and so powerful that I hate the fact that they are throwaways, don't you?  I fear that our cars and higher end sewing machines may be going the same route.  Too many bells and whistles mean too many things that can go wrong.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Dancing again

Got my fourth rosette done today. Going to start the big rosette that these hook to next.

I love the process. I have no idea how this will look when it's done. But I know it will be a joyful riot of color. All the colors.  And I really really love fussy cutting.