Eight! Eight new kittens! I sure hope mom can handle that many. :)
Monday, April 8, 2013
Finished the binding last night, threw it in the wash this morning, so I could try to catch a sunny picture before it rained again (they're calling for it every day this week).
But my it's windy! And my clothesline seems to have sagged over the winter, going to have to fix that. I would say that this was definitely the most fun I've had making a quilt. Every two weeks Lori would post a new row for us to work on, it was fun being part of this group of quilters. I wish I had lots of quilty friends close by, but this was the next best thing. :)
Here's the label and a close up of the binding after washing, I wasn't sure what the quilting would do to my embroidery stitches, but I think they still look OK. I don't think I have to worry about that french knot dotted i ever coming out, one of my quilting stitches went right through it.
I worked on the binding for my row along quilt through two Law and Orders, a few Monks, and I think even one NCIS and there was more good TV to watch last night. Call the Midwife (love, love, love that show) was on, and I guess I was really in a binding mood, I pulled out this very pink quilt and finally started to put the binding on it. It's much smaller, so shouldn't take near as long, anything good on TV tonight?
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Hello! Anyone out there? All the talk about google reader and bloglovin' the last couple of weeks has made me wonder what to do with my little blog here. Thought I'd come visit again. :) Trying to decide what to do with myself on this third day of being snowbound, start a new quilt? Maybe quilt an old one? I thought I'd share a couple of my rescues from the last year or so. I've also noticed how many people have said blogger is hard to use now, curiosity got the best of me.
This one was bought at an indoor sale last fall, $6. Pretty isn't it? Unfortunately someone washed it before it could be quilted so the edges are rather frayed. I think I'll have to cut the edges off, but I'll be losing part of those sweet nine patches
The fabrics look old, don't they?
Another rescue, already quilted by me. This one bought at our fall flea market and steam show. I bought this as a top for $5. There was one block in there that was the palest pink it barely showed up against the white, and it seemed way too fragile too. I replaced it, can you tell which block is new? I think I found a perfect match with the red Betty Dear fabric (far right, third one down) I also used the Betty Dear for the binding. Now quilting this was something like I'd never done! I'd read here and there about "poorly pieced quilts" and always thought it was rather snobby. Oh my goodness, I understand now! There is not one thing straight about this quilt! I thought a simple cross hatch would look nice and I'd start out at an edge and every bit of it was a challenge. The blocks didn't lay flat, pieces that looked the same size really weren't, nothing lined up. But it's quilted, and I still love it (just don't look too close).
Old fabric . . .
My new fabric. Nice how my quilting lines line up with the fabric, isn't it? It couldn't be helped!
Two the same, only in different colorways.
Like the first one in red, only this time in black.
Maybe I'll be back again, we'll see. :)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I know in March it's coming up on that time that Flickr will start "reminding" me to renew my pro account. The advantage to a pro account as most of you know, is the ability to have more than 200 pictures. I exceeded that quite a while back. Most of my earlier uploads were embroidery or embroidery patterns. But since I haven't really been feeling the Flickr love lately, I'll probably let my pro account go, and those earlier pictures will disappear. With a pro account you can also look at your stats for your account, basically this just tells you how many hits each picture gets each day, and where these "hits" come from. Lately if the lookers don't come right from flickr, they come from Pinterest, without so much of a howdy doo or thank you. Granted, I put those patterns up there to share, but really? So, if you're one who actually likes to embroider, likes to have some of the old patterns, mine probably won't be around that much longer. I probably won't be taking the trouble to clean up and upload either of these piles in these pictures either. You can go find and save any of my little collection here before it's gone.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I thought I might, thought this Christmas season might get me back into blogging,
but I think not, think I'm over it. Over flickr, over it all. Just doesn't seem as fun as it used to.
This last non-Christmasy photo is for you Glenda, (my aunt's work) think I can fill in all those little flowers by Christmas?? I'm sure I'll still be over to visit you from time to time. :)
Friday, November 18, 2011
Just makes me smile!
I have quite a large Pyrex collection, and I remember the first vintage piece I bought. It was the small blue mixing bowl that goes with the primary set, bought right after I got married just because my husband didn't think my bowls were big enough to eat cereal out of. I now have two complete primary sets, I can never pass those bowls up when I find them for just a dollar or two. And I love my pink gooseberry and turquoise butterprint, but if someone asked what would I really like to find, the answer would be Christmas Pyrex. These two pictures below? They're mine!
This is a big 2 1/2 quart casserole called golden poinsettias. Earlier this week I came down with a terrible cold, and leaving for work early to stop and get some medicine at Walgreen's, I still had a few minutes to kill. Handy that Goodwill was right across the street. :) I spied this as soon as I walked in the door and made a beeline to it. Seeing the $8 price tag kind of irked me. Our Goodwill folks have recently discovered the value of Pyrex, and mark it higher than anything else in the store. When I got to the check out, the lady told me since it had a yellow tag, it was half price, yay! I'm already planning what goodies will be cooked in this Christmas season.
Four quart mixing bowl "golden leaf".
I found this at a garage sale this summer ($2 I think) and was thrilled! Couldn't believe the luck, I had no idea I'd find that casserole in just a couple of months. This one has already been used to make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies before it found a home in one of the cupboards (it's getting harder to find spots!).
And the Christmas quilt, rows all sewn together, yay! I should note that this is not my pattern, or something I made up. You can find it here. Did you ever see a quilt, or something else and want to make one JUST LIKE IT? That's what this was for me. I did change the dimensions a little, the original quilt was 60" x 60", mine should finish at 54" x 78", after I add a 4" border all around. I wanted something to cover me from chin to toes, and also my 6' 3" husband. Last year she put the pattern on sale a little closer to Christmas, that's when I got mine. ;)
Some more cute blocks, just because I love 'em so!
I made an apron out of this fabric two years ago, love it!
A snow lady
And a scottie (of course!)