Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Quilting Makes You Prettier

Last evening, as we finished dinner, my husband was staring at me.  I asked why, and he said,"Because you look pretty."  After almost 37 years of a happy marriage, it's the kind of statement that doesn't get made often, because we both have a quiet assurance of each other's devotion-no words are necessary.

I thought about it and said, "It's because I'm happy. Happy that I finished a quilt today.

So, ta-DA, here it is.

Pattern: Fading Charms from Wedding Dress Blue blog.
I used 2" squares and this was my leader/ender endeavor for a while. Managed to piece a backing from stash over the weekend, and had just enough bright yellow binding in my binding scrap box to finish it off. It will be a throw for a gray sofa in the office area upstairs here, and as you can see, it matches our gray cat, Bonnie. She is quite happy with it, and I think she looks pretty sitting on it too!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

A Little Guilt is a Great Thing

In the past twenty four hours, I made great progress on the scrappy trips blocks. Got a ton of them prepped to the point where I can sit at my machine with a seam ripper and pick the small seams apart and sew six strips together to make the individual blocks. However, he voice of my quilting conscience said:

"What! Another finished top to go in the drawer of forgotten quilt tops?"

I had figured that July would be too hot for all the pressing and basting in the quiltorium which is upstairs and not directly air conditioned. However, we are still topping out in the low 80s here, and there is still a breeze blowing after last night's storms.  So, I hauled out the smaller of the two, a sofa sized throw in the Fading Charms Pattern. It had marinated there for about two years. I pieced a backing from stash, and have it all pin basted and ready to start quilting tomorrow!  Hopefully it will be a quick finish this week.

Meanwhile, I have this whole bin of block pieces to work on. Despite the woeful ugliness of some of this old stash fabric, I think it's going to be smashing when it's done.

Friday, July 01, 2016

A perfectly balanced day....

This was the kind of day where you get everything done. So maybe I have had a glimpse of what it feels like to live in balance. 

Morning began a little late, but we were out walking before 7.While walking, I said my morning prayers and then thought of a few thoughts I could add to the freelance article I needed to finish today.

An hour of writing finished the article off, and the client approved it right away, so no stress worrying about revision requests. Next up was a little honest housework. The downstairs was overdue for aggressive vacuuming, because of the disruption and dirt caused by moving our laundry area from the basement up to our pantry on the main floor. Plus the large number of dust bunnies as the outlaw cats continue to shed for the summer heat.  Love the new machines by the way: LG 1501 top loading high efficiency washer and dryer.  Stood and watched the washer through the clear lid to see how it actually functioned with no central pillar agitator. Yeah our last washer was pretty ancient......

Lunch and then free hours of sewing time!  Yes!  I decided to haul out an old UFO. Scrappy Trips around the World. It is a great way to use up lots of old FQs from the "What was I thinking?" bins. I find it very freeing and resist rules like "always put the darkest color along the main diagonal." or putting colors together that "go" with each other. I found some really strange colorways in those bins:

  • A rust and gray small floral
  • Fabric that was a color I can only describe as the shade of uncooked liver

Here was what I had when I first pulled it out of the UFO bin of shame:

Today I made about twenty more stripset tubes. I just have to cut the little tubes, pick apart the seams, and piece the blocks and I should have enough to pull something together and slap a border on it for an interested throw quilt.