Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the good, the bad a** and the ugly...

 


The good is that I finished and sent off my BASICS quilt that I posted about earlier. Hope that the person who receives it enjoys this quilt as much as I enjoyed making it for them.




The bad a** is if you'll please excuse my language is that I received a new sewing machine! My Wedding Anniversary, Christmas, Birthday and Valentine's Day are all clustered within an 8 week period so my dream machine is an early combined gift for all these occasions. While I'm a new quilter I've sewn for a fairly long time and wanted a machine good for garment sewing too. Have named my new machine HAL after the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and so far love him to bits although he is a bit intimidating.




The ugly is that the snow tires are on my car. In my imagination we live in the same climate as Nedra. Every year I am in complete denial that winter will ever come. Every year my mechanic calls and orders me to bring my car in to change the tires. I always say "but it is lovely out". He is always silent at first, exasperated and finally says "but it won't be in the next couple of weeks". Always feel like I'm making my car wear really hideous shoes...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy you know what...


It seemed appropriate to post a picture of this Turkey Crazy Quilt pattern. I'd like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my beloved friends and family in the US. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

finished top...



Boy the things I've learned making this charity quilt! When learning a new technique and the author says to buy symmetrically striped fabric... Buy the fabric. Do not make your own... If you make your own striped fabric your quilt will look nothing like you intended. Although not an unpleasant result, you may have inadvertently invented something new (at least to you). Also if you want to make a bunch of longarmers giggle hysterically ask them if they have time to quilt something 5 weeks before Christmas. Therefore, the quilting will be rudimentary as I will be doing it and since I am not as brave as Lynne it will consist mainly of straight lines. Then off to BASICS in NYC this will go...

Friday, November 11, 2011

on a less somber note... BOM block#2...


Blogger's BOM Block#2 made with Kaffe scraps and dots, dots and more dots...

remembrance day...



Below is a video in which a very talented musician friend of ours set the poem "In Flanders Fields " to music. It is a beautiful memorial to those who served in World War I...