Thursday, July 24, 2014

Unexpected Quilting Comment

I went to the dentist last week for my 6 month checkup. It's my first visit since moving to Florida so I had to fill out all the necessary paperwork. In the occupation field I decided to write "quilter." It just sounds so much better than "stay at home mom" or "not applicable." It's my favorite thing to do so why not list it.

After the hygienist took x-rays and asked all the typical dental questions, the dentist came in to introduce himself. This is what he said "Hi, I'm Dr. Chris, it's nice to meet you. So, I'm guessing you like to stitch in the ditch."  Add that to the list of things you'd never expect to hear your dentist say!

The hygienist's mouth dropped open and her eyes got really wide. I think she thought he said something suggestive and inappropriate but I just laughed. Then he told me that I had a dead tooth and needed a root canal. Yeah, not laughing anymore...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scones, Glorious Scone!

Sorry, not a quilting post today. I needed to take a break from my sewing machine this afternoon and since I had 3 pints of blueberries I decided to make some scones. This is the recipe I followed. It's a bit labor-intensive, but man are they worth it! And the best part of all -- you can make these up ahead of time, freeze them, and then bake just 1 or 2 in the morning.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quilting Conundrum

I'm really struggling with how to quilt my "triangles on parade" quilt. I've got some ideas that I want to bounce off of you but before I go into that I wanted to share yet another use I've come up with for Glad Press'n Seal. I've used it before to mark a quilt and sew right through it. This time I'm using it to audition some quilting options. I printed out a black and white rendering of my quilt and taped it to a cookie sheet. I then laid a piece of Press'n Seal over it. Now I can draw on it using a fine tip permanent marker to play around with how I might quilt it. (Yes, I admit it, I'm smiling ear-to-ear at my own cleverness).

Before I added the white sashing, my intention was to straight line quilt along the triangles, highlighting the triangle pattern. I'm not sure if I still want to do that now. Will that still look okay with the white, especially if I go with my original thread choice of a light celery green? I'd essentially be quilting triangles onto the white. Might be interesting and I could fill in some of them to make them pop. I don't know.

Of course, half way through making the lines in the drawing above, I realized that I made my white sashing double what it should be. Each of the triangle sections (2 rows of triangles) are 12 inches high and the white sashing is 6 inches high. In the drawing I made them both 12 inches. Oops. It still gives me an idea of how it will look.

My other thought would be to quilt curves on the triangles. I like that it would give some softer lines to all the angles of the triangles but then I really don't know what to do in the 6 inch sections of white.

If I go with this option, I would use the celery green in the triangle sections and probably white in the white sections. What do you think? Any brilliant ideas or suggestions?

linking up to Tweety Loves Quilting's MOP (My Own Progress) Monday.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Triangles on Parade

I think that's what I'm naming this quilt. Or maybe Parade of Triangles. Whatever I decide at least the quilt top is finally done. I still need to baste and quilt this bad boy but I'm pleased to finally have it all put together.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out now that I added the white stripes. It broke up the chaos of all those different fabrics that was haunting me. With the addition of the large white sashing I had extra rows of triangles so I decided to make a side border that would hang down nicely on the side of the bed.

I tried to take some outdoor photos but it's hurricane season here in Florida. That meant some high winds and this was just moments before it got dark as night and the skies opened up.

linking up to Tweety Loves Quilting's MOP (My Own Progress) Monday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome to QuiltLoop

I'd like to introduce you to a new quilting community website called QuiltLoop. When I started quilting 2 years ago, I wanted a way to track my progress on my various quilts. What was that charm pack that I used? How many yards did I initially purchase of that cute kangaroo print and where did I buy it? What is the exact color of this thread I'm using to quilt with? What pattern is it and what online tutorial did I use? These are all the things that I was trying to remember on a project. Multiply those same details on several projects and I was getting my details confused pretty quickly.

I tried to keep a journal in a notebook but that didn't work out well. I don't know about you, but I find it very tedious trying to manually write out websites. I figured there had to be something online that I could use. Yes, I like to share updates about my projects on my blog, but I don't necessarily blog about every single detail. That's when my husband Jeff got curious about quilting. Up until that point, I think he and I both made the incorrect assumption that quilting was mainly just a grandmother's hobby. He discovered that the world of quilters spanned generations and more and more quilters were under the age of 40 and grew up in the computer age. That got him wondering what quilting resources were out there for people like me who want to track details online. That's when he suggested that we build a site. Lucky for me, Jeff likes to do this sort of thing.

It is by no means a polished site. We're beta-testing and it's just the bare bones right now. That's because we need to get users to put up some projects and provide feedback on what's working, what's not working, and how they envision using it to help them with their quilting projects. Once we get a better understanding of how people will use the site, then we can start adding features.

Here is an example of my Home for the Holidays project on the site. Each project is in a journal format. Once you create a project, putting in the basic details (like project name, description, type of project, and start date), you can then create journal entries to make detailed notes, reminders (very helpful when modifying a pattern or block), add photos, etc.

So check out QuiltLoop and sign up for an account. We'd love to know what you think and have you join us on this new adventure! You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Blogger's Blog Hop - Weeks 3 and 4

Plum and June

Oh goodness, didn't I just drop the ball! While getting ready to post about the great blogs featured on the hop this week, I realized that I forgot to post those for last week. That means you'll be getting a double dose today (sorry about that). Yes, there are a lot of new bloggers here but it's worth it to take the time and check them out. There's lot of great quilty-ness to see and some great tips too!

Week 3

    Week 4

      Monday, July 14, 2014

      One Thing Leads to Another

      It starts with me looking for a fabric scrap to coordinate with something...
      After what felt like a dumpster dive in my oversized scrap bin, I realized that I needed to get my fabric scraps under control...
      Which led to me buying out the entire stock of clear shoebox bins at a local discount store (they were only a $1)...

       Sorting all of my fabric scraps by color led me to clearing off my fabric bookshelf so that I had someplace to put them...

      Which led to wanting a better way to store my fabric...

      Love the mini bolts of fabric and all the scrap bins!
      Among the piles of fabric on the floor were the batting scraps from my tree skirt which needed to be put away with the rest of the batting that is stored in the closet...
      That reminded me that I've been wanting to remove the closet doors so I have easier access to my supplies and small plastic rolling bins...
      Which led to my husband cursing under his breath, while indulging me in removing the closet doors...
      Which led me to cleaning out the closet so that my ironing board would tuck nicely out of the way but still be easily accessible...

      Now that my ironing board was in the closet I now have a bit more space in my sewing room so I needed to then rearrange my tables...

      Which led me to wanting to to finally make a bigger design wall...

      This design wall is 6'x6'

      Yes, you just got a glimpse into what goes on in my head ALL THE TIME and how one thing leads to another.  Now, back to that scrap I wanted...


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