Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday Wegman Wannabe

one almost Spring-like beautiful morning and then snow, snow.  

fabric delivery:  Kokka Scaredy Cat in Mustard from fabricworm and from Pink Chalk Fabrics - Denyse Schmidt Vine & Leaf Lilac (Shelburne Falls),  Field Study Spotted in the Crowd (Victoria) and my first bit of Liberty of London (!) Tana Lawn (Amy Jane).   I kind of like how they look together, though no plans for any of them at this point.  felt bad one day, ordered fabric.  You know how that goes.   

I finished 36 of my Scrappy Trip Along blocks for a 6 by 6 layout.  not really sure what the final layout will be, but now that I have all  my quilt blocks, I can play around with the design wall.  I think I'm just not enjoying the scrappy trip as much as everyone else seemed to, but this will make a nice quilt for the couch.  I won't have to overly worry about dog hair or spills, and I didn't have to buy fabric for it.  I really need to use up more of the fabric I have on hand and stop buying more stash than I have room for.  I just keep getting tempted...  right now I'm stalking Alicia Paulson's shop waiting to buy a bunny kit.

and making my dog pose in my blog pics.  :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013


naps and tea, some reading, some scrappy trip-along blocks and a fabric delivery this weekend.  family was in town this weekend and we spent time talking and eating.  I'll be eating tons of Maggiano's leftovers this week.  yum.  I've been following the QuiltCon Austin fun through some blogs and instagram and hoping I'll be able to go next time.  aside from feeling a little sad that I wasn't there, it was a beautiful weekend.  lots of love and sunshine, internet is still working and I got some time in the sewing room.  I'm waiting on backing material for Madison's bowtie and scottie quilts and the Packers/Bears quilt.  and really wanting to finish some more UFOs so I can start new projects without feeling guilty.  :-)

Monday, February 18, 2013

from the design wall


not a whole lot of sewing done since last I posted.  I was having trouble with my internet – very slow – and called Comcast.  a week of frustration, no internet, several trips to Comcast service center, multiple waste-of-my-time phone calls followed.  but (knock on wood) I now have internet, and cable – though I have no TV, because it’s somehow cheaper than just internet service alone – and I was finally able to reacquaint myself with my sewing room. 

this quilt isn’t helping with frustration levels, though.  no matter how many triangles I cut, or how I arrange them on the wall, I’m not quite happy with this quilt.  my daughter finally told me to stop rearranging today.  I think she was worried that she’d have to find me a straight-jacket.  this isn’t the final layout, but it’s close.  kid knows me, and I had to listen to her wisdom (mouth of babes?).  she knows that I’d never put these colors together on my own, or choose football fabrics.  now that I’ve played with the “designer fabrics”, I’m a spoiled little fabric brat.  :-)  I have an idea for the other side (based on this) that I like better, which will probably make this the back side.  I’m thinking of calling it football and fairy tales?


got a few more scrap trips done and I’m playing around with layouts on the other side of the design wall.  I’m kind of just slapping them up there as I finish them.  the joys of being single – how many husbands would like nearly every wall in the dining room covered in felt just so their wife could “paint” with fabric every day??? 

gotta walk those dogs and get ready for bed.  wish I would’ve had more time to sew, but it was a really nice weekend.  it’s back to the 9 to 5 beige office tomorrow.  after a night of quilty dreams…

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Playing around with scraps and solids

Lately I've been experimenting with different ways to use all the scraps of fabric I can't seem to throw away. I spent some time (ok it took much longer than expected) to sort my scraps by color. Of course there's always that one pile left of ??? I just threw that all into its own little Baggie. Then I started randomly sewing together my purples into strips. It's kind of amazing how much useful fabric you can come up with just by piecing together some scraps. I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this, but I like this block. It's actually the third attempt at making something out of these scraps and this green. I've got lots more scraps and some solids to keep playing with. Hopefully, this will keep me entertained long enough to use up lots of scraps (freeing up space and cleaning the sewing room). Also keeps me from buying fabric. I'm trying to use up stash and scraps and spend less on fabric this year.

Monday, February 4, 2013

sew free weekend

At native foods by seahorsequilts
At native foods, a photo by seahorsequilts on Flickr.

didn't get to the machine this weekend - unless you count cleaning up from past projects and organizing current todos. I did get to spend some quality time with this cutie - sitting here waiting for our order from Native Foods on Sunday night - and that's one of the few things I like better than quilting. My baby's happy and healthy, the furry kids are doing well. life is good. :-) (but I sure hope I get to sew tonight!)