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Monday, December 05, 2011

Only a Flesh Wound!!

I remember laughing hysterically at the old Monty Python Spoofs about Arthur and the “Black Knight”

Are you this way? Some classic lines just seem to be stored in the back of the brain just sitting there, ready to be recalled when the appropriate moment arises.

Don’t ask me why “Only a Flesh Wound!!” was one of those statements laying dormant ---

But it sure came in handy!

I was sewing along, stitching border pieces together into a long length – humming, dreaming, pondering, singing along with whatever was coming up on my ipod play list, and

OH!

MY!

That heel tap feature on a Bernina machine can have dangerous side effects! And I have no reasoning to expalin why my finger was in such close proximity to the needle in the first place, but before I knew it –the needle was THROUGH my nail, and out the other side of my finger.

And I was STUCK! I couldn’t pull it --- I had to stop and think! Which is not easy to do when there is a needle doing the “through and through” through your finger!

The only way..was to use the hand wheel and raise it back up, and then slide my finger back OFF the needle.

And yes, I hate to admit it, but it's true --- I also thought "Quick! Where is the camera!" LOL! But getting my finger out of the machine took precedence over getting you an action shot ---

The biggest voice in my head yelling “DON’T BLEED ON THE QUILT!!!”

Quick! Wrap it in a paper towel! (( Did you get blood on the quilt?!?)) Get some ice! ((Did you bleed on the quilt?!?!))

Hold your hand above your head, holding pressure with the paper towel, and a baggie full of ice……do a funny dance all around the living room…(( Did you bleed on the quilt?!?))

When was your my last tetanus shot?! I’m up to date..it was a year ago. ((Did you bleed on the quilt!?))

Puncture wounds don’t bleed a lot, and I am happy to say the borders are on the quilt, but the finger is tender, of course. NO sign of infection so far --- but I’m watching it.

And no --- There was no blood on the quilt! Good thing it was "Only a Flesh Wound!!"

Be careful ya’ll! We are working with some pretty dangerous equipment! And yes, the machine got a NEW NEEDLE!

We have a ton of entries coming in on our Mystery Monday Link-Up! Be sure to stop by that post and see what everyone has been doing!

Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 3!

I can’t believe how fast we are rolling into December! Can you believe there are only 20 days left until Christmas? I’m in complete denial.

It’s not as stressful as when the kids were young. Now that they are grown, and we’ve had to help them financially quite a bit over the past couple of months, it’s pretty safe to say that both of their birthdays and Christmases have been taken care of this year!

But I still long for that festive holiday feeling --- the Tastes, the Sounds, and the Smells --- and the FEELING. And it’s slow in coming this year for me. Maybe it will kick in by the 15th or so??

Do you need some help getting kicked into gear? Sew Cal Gal is hosting a Christmas/Winter virtual Quiltshow on her blog!


Check it out HERE!

There are lots of wonderful entries…..click them in the linky there to see what everyone else is showing.

As for MY Christmas Spirit? Viewing the quilts inspired me to put some Holiday Cheer on my OWN bed!

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It’s my Carolina Christmas! I love how this one FITS the bed…The antique pillows look really fun with it. I love how just changing out the quilts changes the whole room!

The pattern is featured in Scraps & Shirttails II for those of you who didn't participate when it was our 2009 Mystery.

There are a few other Red/White or Holiday quilts that I can dig out and decorate with. I might get around to that, a little bit at a time. A few table arrangements, some stockings at the hearth --- and I think that will be it. I don’t plan on putting up a tree this year, no one else seems to really care if we have one or not, and that is one stressful thing I’d rather avoid.

Anyway--- How are you coming along on your Part 3 units? I was amazed just yesterday, one day after the clue was released…that several of you had already FINISHED! This year I tried to divide things up into more “easy-to-swallow” chunks…so that meant a couple extra weeks to break steps down into smaller portions, but hopefully it doesn’t add stress to YOUR holiday either.

If you are a blogger, please link your post showing your Orca Bay Mystery progress on Part 3 ((Or any other part, no matter where you are in the mystery)) below!

Remember that we need the url of the specific POST, not the address for your whole blog. To get the correct address in the linky –right click on the title/subject line of your post you wrote about your quilt progress. Chose “copy link address” and paste this url in the form when you link.

For instance, my blog address is http://quiltville.blogspot.com but that isn't enough. I can't link to the WHOLE blog, I need the address of the post. The address of THIS post ishttp://quiltville.blogspot.com/2011/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-3.html See the difference?

If you link to your whole blog, I’ll have to remove your link and have you try again because I can’t fix it FOR you.

We'll leave this open for a week to give you time to write your posts! I LOVED seeing what links came in last week! If you missed those, you can find them linked in the Orca Bay Mystery tab at the top of the blog ---just look at the bottom of that page below the step links for the Mystery Monday Link up Links !

Happy Monday!



Sunday, December 04, 2011

Rock you like a Hurricane!

It was a great night last night in Raleigh!

I’d only been to one “live” hockey game before --- that is unless you count the countless times I was at Jason’s street hockey games when we lived in Idaho ----they were rough and tough kids, and played on roller blades. Fun! But this time I’m talking professional NHL hockey.

Hockey fans are like non-other in the world. They wear their jerseys proud! And you could definitely tell who was rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and who was dressed in Red for the home team, the Carolina Hurricanes!

We had two vehicles full….We packed Shamu with DH driving, me riding shot-gun, and 4 co-workers who are up from Reynosa, Mexico working with DH. The other vehicle had 4 other co-workers from Mexico ---and they’d never been to ice hockey games at all! So this was fun. They are up here for 6 months learning the running of the plant, and will head back to Mexico at the end of the month and put their knowledge and experience to use there. Great people – we had a wonderful time!

Can you see our little posse? Bonnie, Dave – and the 8 Mexicans. Sounds like a musical group! LOL!

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Guess who made the best use of what daylight was left on the way TO Raleigh?! I got a bit more than one side done before it was too dark to see to thread a needle any more. One side done is one side done, right? And we keep working, one side at a time as we can squeeze it in!

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Waltz of the Zambonies!! I don’t think there is a guy there who wouldn’t love to have this job!

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It was even “free bobble head” Night! LOL! Not sure where I am going to put this guy --- he’s still in the box.

Hurricanes lost to the Penguins 2-3. SUCH a close game, all the way to the end! In the last few minutes, Penguins only had 3 on the ice…everyone else was in the penalty box! It was funny explaining to the Mexican guy sitting next to me why all those players were in that little glass cube in “Time Out”. It was hilarious, there were more IN the penalty box than were out of it!

It was a long drive home…the worst part of course, is getting back OUT of the parking lot with all those thousands of cars trying to do the same thing. THIS is why I don’t go to very many big-venue events. I hate the parking thing, and the getting OUT thing even worse…

But we'll always remember these highlights!

Remember that tomorrow is Mystery Monday Link-Up day! Remember to come back and share your progress on our Orca Bay Mystery, especially Part 3! You can show ANY progress you have made in the past week.

Have a Super Sunday!

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Jan/Feb 2012 Quiltmaker Magazine!

It’s out! I nearly spaced it with all that’s been going on!

My copies arrived about 2 weeks ago….BEFORE Thanksgiving. And didn’t THAT feel weird, because not only had we bypassed Thanksgiving --- but we left December completely out of the equation and moved right into Valentine’s Day!

Now, being a winter-phobe ---This is NOT all together a bad thing. I really don’t do winter. Yes, I think the snow can be lovely, if I don’t have to shovel it or get out and drive in it. Crazy words from a girl who is Minneapolis born, and lived for years and years in Idaho --- but it’s true!

I plan on braving my way though December --- and then for New Years I’m hoping for terrific weather in the Dallas Texas area where we’ll be giving 3 days of workshops over New Years for Fabric Fanatics in Plano, and then visiting the Garland Guild on Jan 3rd!

If I come home to snow and cold, never fear, I’m heading almost immediately after Texas for Southern California. And then Florida.

I’ve always thought that if I can just make it to February I’ll be okay! But then this is the East Coast, and we still might get some ice storms to throw a whammy in the travel plans. Heaven forbid!

But I’m getting ahead of myself ----

Remember when I made this quilt for Baby Michelle?

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OH she was so cute and tiny sleeping on it!

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The Princess Crown block is the featured block for my Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker for Jan/Feb 2012 and it is available now!

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It’s a GREAT Block for digging into the scraps --- I’ve shown it with the African batik fussy cut in the center for one block, but it also works great in reproductions!

This is another layout idea that Quiltmaker is showing!

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This is definitely an issue you don’t want to miss….it is guaranteed to get you over those winter post-holiday blahs and get us looking forward to SPRING!

For more inspiration from blocks featured on the Addicted To Scraps column, click HERE!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Afternoon Edition–Free Kindle Book!

Heading out to the Carolina Hurricanes vs the Pittsburgh Penguins game in just a bit! Dressing in RED to support the home team!

Someone just please remind me to use the sticky roller to remove all threads and other quilting detritus before allowing myself to be seen in public!

Just found this goodie and wanted to pass it on to you!

Sweet Masterpiece by Connie Shelton is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews.

Category: Mystery

Book Description:

Connie Shelton has wowed readers with her down-to-earth female sleuth in her Charlie Parker mystery series. Now she introduces a new set of characters in a mystery series that contains a little romance, a little magic and a lot of chocolate!

Samantha Sweet is a lady who breaks into houses for a living, and the things she discovers often lead to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed–all lead to a genuine mystery for Sam to solve.

Then there is all that chocolate! Sam’s real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. She’s gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep–jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible.

Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true.

Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous mysteries:

“Shelton, a major success for Intrigue, can only expand her fan base with this solid effort.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships.” –Booklist

“Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life.” — Albuquerque Journal

“Connie Shelton has another winner!” — The Book Report

Sounds like a good’un to me! Remember to check before clicking that it is STILL free..I pass these along as quickly as I can, but prices can change without notice….

GO HURRICANES!!

Gone Viral!

The Cleaning Epidemic has pushed its way down into the basement studio!

I honestly don’t know:

1. How it got so out of control in the first place?!

2. Just what it was that tipped me over the edge?!

3. How long this virus is going to STICK AROUND?!

I always thought I was semi-organized. I mean, ask me where something is and I can tell you….but pretty much lived by the philosophy that if it was IN the drawer and the drawer could shut, that was fine with me.

I honestly think it was working on this baby quilt that tipped the scales. I had THREE big drawers of 2.5” strips. And they all looked like the picture at the top of this page ---- two drawers with colored strips, one with neutrals. And they are OUT of control.

As long as there was one drawer for each, it didn’t bother me so much, but when you get to the point where both colored drawers are a mix of everything under the sun and you can’t find anything and you have to dig….it only seems logical ((Wait, did I just say LOGICAL!? Where does that word belong in fabric hoarding stashing?!?)) to want to sort things a bit better.

But what to do? I had no clue! But something had to be done. So I put on a Netfix movie and just started ironing. And sorting by color. And draping these strips by color family over the rail of my longarm…because it was the closest workable surface to do so.

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Did it occur to me that I wouldn’t be able to load a quilt on the machine until I finished ironing EVERY DANG STRIP IN THE STRIP STASH!? It started pretty simply. Looking good…but those drawers are deceiving --- they have more in them than you think!

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Strips began to pile on top of strips and some things became VERY evident!

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HOLY. MOLY. How did I get so much PINK!?? I thought I’d have more red than anything..but you know what? My reds are nearly non-existent because I’ve been sewing with them quite a bit! I thought I’d have more blue too…but I’ve attacked the blue strips quite a bit this year with the Jamestown Landing quilt, and some others. Blues were not much of a space taker upper…but THOSE PINKS?!? LOL!

Do I see a pink challenge in my future? Hmmmm…MAYBE!

For those asking, YES -- Jamestown Landing will be featured in the next book...stay tuned and look for it in July, 2012!

And this is where I reached a crossroad. What to do now? I had 2 empty drawers with all the strings now ironed and lined up on the quilting machine rail --- HOW am I going to store these so they don’t get all messed up again? I thought of bundling them with a rubber band, but that won’t stop the thready fraying happening at the edges.

I remembered traveling with a ziplock bag of red ironed strips when I kitted stuff up to travel before. In fact, some of those red strips were still perfectly contained in that bag IN the mess of un-ironed strips. Dare I? Bag them?

I know plastic is not good for fabric, but I don’t have to zip them all closed air tight. It would just be a way to contain them by color family and keep them from needing to be re-ironed as much.

If it works for Bali-Pops to come all shrink-wrapped to minimize fraying – it will work for these!

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This just might work for now. I’ll try it and see. It has to be at least a bit better than it was!

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I took a bundle of strips, folded one end over, and rolled it into a long rectangle to fit the bag.

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The gallon sized bags will hold 3 of these bundles….and I don’t have to zip it more than 1/2 way to allow air to circulate. Frankly? At this point, I really don’t care about the plastic..I just want the mess to not be so messy!

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Jeeze-Louise! I can’t believe the difference! I never thought in a million years I would find it necessary to do this, or have the patience to start --- but you know what? Now that I’ve started? I know it’s going to take some time to get the other strip sizes under control too, but it’s worth it!

How do YOU store your strips? Do you have any ideas for me that might work better than this? I thought of putting each color in a plastic shoe box, but some of these colors would require several shoe boxes, and I wanted to keep using my drawers.

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This afternoon we’ve got a fun excursion planned! DH has some visiting co-workers here from other areas, and we are all heading over to Raleigh for the Hurricane’s Hockey Game! It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Carolina Hurricanes!

I actually like Hockey – it’s easier to understand than football.. ;c)

And if I ride shot-gun in the van, I might be able to get some binding done on the 2 hour drive to Raleigh before it gets too dark.

Whatever you get up to on your Saturday, ENJOY EVERY LITTLE THING!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Inklingo-Link-Up & Mystery Fun!

Oh you guys!

I had no idea this Mystery was going to take the Inklingo World by STORM….but it sure has!

The truth is that Inklingo works so well with these small shapes that I love so much, and people are raving about the accuracy and versatility --- I’m going to have to try it myself just to see how it works.

Linda Franz has put the software for half-square triangles Inklingo Style on sale…Click HERE to find out more.

This is a caption from the inklingo website to entice you further:

ADVANTAGES

Either with scraps or with yardage, Inklingo has all of the advantages of chain piecing (continuous sewing) or paper piecing (sewing on a line), but you don’t ever have to fiddle with little pieces or sew a bias seam before it is cut—or pick off paper!

Print – Layer – Stitch – Cut

A very special sale!

Three choices! And yes, you can even have the special price on all three!

HST00B is $15 instead of $20 – Click

Storm At Sea 4.5 inch $20 instead of $25 - Click

Storm At Sea 9 inch $20 instead of $25 – Click

TO GET THE SPECIAL
You must mention Bonnie’s Mystery in the comment of your order to get the special price, okay? When you order, the higher amount will be approved, but I will manually process it for the special lower price.

As usual, if you buy a Storm At Sea shape collection for the 1.5 inch triangles, you will also get the Storm At Sea Design Book ($20 value) for no charge!

IMPORTANT TIME LIMIT
This sale only applies until Bonnie’s next clue is issued on Friday December 9 and if you note Orca Bay in a comment with your order. Don’t be late!

What I am intrigued by is the fact that she says I can use them with my 2” strips. I really want to give this a try. Unlike the go cutter and the accuquilt studio, which give you quite a bit of waste when cutting 1/2 square triangle pairs….this looks like no waste at all for those who like to sew first/cut after. The lines will be clearly visible on your fabric ---those shapes from the die cutters don’t have lines to sew on.

NO PAPER TO REMOVE.

I believe in having more than one choice when choosing what technique to use when working on a quilt. The more tools in our tool box, the better we can choose that right tool to get the job done.

If you are an inklingo user, would you leave a comment below to persuade us a bit more?

Even Better --- if you have written a blog post showing inklingo working for you, would you link to it below with a post as to why you love it so much? I’m SERIOUSLY thinking I need to do this. I’m a bit scared….I’m a bit shy at forcing myself out of my comfort zone --- but I’m willing to try!

Remember that we need the url of the specific POST, not the address for your whole blog. To get the correct address in the linky –right click on the title/subject line of your post you wrote about using inklingo. Chose “copy link address” and paste this url in the form when you link.

For instance, my blog address is http://quiltville.blogspot.com but that isn't enough. I can't link to the WHOLE blog, I need the address of the post. The address of THIS post is http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2011/12/ink-lingo-mystery-fun.html See the difference?

If you link to your whole blog, I’ll have to remove your link and have you try again because I can’t fix it FOR you.

We'll leave this open for a week to give you time to write your posts!

I can’t wait to see what you link up!



Quilt-Jacking ---Get the Word Out!


This morning I received a note from Sue who told me about Sharon’s devastating news that her quilt disappeared after being shown in Houston. It is not a misplaced shipment --- the quilt went missing before shipping.

She writes:

I’m hoping you can post this information and picture on the on-line quilt group you’re with. I just found out that my “Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Second Season” quilt went missing the day after the Houston show and I’m devastated and heart-broken beyond words. I’m offering a cash reward for its safe return, no questions asked. I would just like to have my quilt back home. The size is 62” x 64.5”.

Please urge each of the gals to send the information out to their own personal contacts as well if you would.

Thank you so much,

~ Sharon

If you have seen this quilt, please contact Sharon Schlotzhauer.

Sharon, being one who has to ship quilts often, and travel with them often, I feel your horror and devastation over your missing quilt. I hope we can find it and return it to you in short order!!

Everyone, please get the word out! I hate the thought of Quilts being stolen or missing for any reason.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Go Climb a Tree!

We have a lot of trees. More trees than anywhere we’ve ever lived in our lives ---and I love them.

I love being tucked in under the green shade of leaves in the summer to the point where I can’t see any neighbors at all unless I try really hard…

I love the smell of woods in all seasons….

I love to hear the wind blowing through the branches…

I even love the sound of the acorns bouncing off the roof and on to the back deck….but those acorns are NOT so fun when you can’t see where you are walking in the dark on the way to the hottub for a midnight soak…and mistakenly step on one!

I don’t like the branches that break off and take out the power or block the driveway in a wind storm or ice storm—so today I had some guys come by to take out some of the big dead limbs and a few other dead trees that could prove to be a hazard in the upcoming winter months.

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You shoulda seen this guy! He had these spike things on his shoes, a belt around this waist..and a rope…and up he went. Just that fast --- like nothing at all!

It didn’t take them long at all, and the dead wood was set aside for chopping for firewood later, or disposing of ---Now I don’t have to worry about DH trying to do something like this to save money and break his neck!

Now THAT’s what I call a tree hugger!!

I was a good girl today. I stuck to it, I did! We are ready for part 3 of Orca Bay to go live tomorrow morning!

I also finished up one pattern section of the next book, and sent it off to my editor ahead of schedule! Woot! On a roll now. Now that December is here I really need to buckle down and get those patterns written out.

When I was done, and had hit SEND --- I rewarded myself with a bit of this:

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It’s all laid out and ready to sew together! Might get the center done tonight. Now I’m thinking of the next thing it needs --- BORDERS! Another conundrum CHALLENGE!

What do you think? Does she keep it simple, or does she just keep on marching on, Bonnie style?!

Stay tuned and find out!

Cleaning Frenzy!


I have no more progress to show.

No great words of wisdom to impart.

No interesting details or pictures of places I’ve traveled to to share.

I’ve settled into the blissfully normal routine of 6 weeks at home!

The massage yesterday afternoon was the best I’ve had in a long time --- I’ve been having issues with my hamstrings being way too tight, and it feels like there is a band of tissue in them that just won’t release—like tying a knot in a piece of elastic. It just doesn’t work as well.

My therapist, Judit ((Yes, that is no typo, there is NO H)) is from Hungary, and I just LOVE HER. When she talks to me I close my eyes and she sounds just like Eva Gabor! LOL! Didn't you just love her on Green Acres?!

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Come to think of it, Judit is blonde too! But never mind, I love her accent, and I love her massages --- even if that hamstring work took me to tears.

After my massage, and a phone call from DH reminding me that HE wouldn’t be home for dinner – he was playing tennis in Greensboro with a co-worker--- I decided that an evening out to dinner by myself was just what I needed. I knew that if I went to that massage and came right home, I’d wind up back in the basement doing what I always do. SEW!

I already KNOW that we eat out far too much. I’ve been vowing to cut down, but this week was 3 evenings in a row! I am NOT eating out tonight, I swear. Monday was a quilt bee thing, Tuesday was because we were out running errands and by the time we got home to fix something it would be too late to eat dinner, and last night…well – sheer laziness on my part, and a longing need for hot n sour soup and mongolian grill, which DH doesn’t like at all. See! I can justify it all!

When I got home, one thing lead to another and before I knew it I had completely cleaned the kitchen top to bottom, and both bathrooms. What is up with that? At night? I could have been relaxing, sewing on a binding or something, but no ---something flips a switch and I just have to clean. Family knows to keep a wide berth when I’m cleaning too --- why is it that we don’t see things all the time? smudges, smears, little bits of this and that, until all it once it ALL becomes visible and we have to tackle it NOW?! At 9pm at night? Maybe it was a surge of hormones or something?

And this morning it hit me that not only did I have nothing really interesting to write about – but that tomorrow is FRIDAY and the next clue of the mystery is due! So guess what I’ll be spending the day doing today? I may get back to the baby quilt tonight ----

I’ve been asked by several of you if I will upload the directions for this when I’m done with it. I’m thrilled that you asked me, and yes I will! I’ve got plenty of irons in the fire right now, but I will write the pattern out at some time in the near future. I’ve already named it Story Time Stars ---because of the novelty fabrics, I think it will be perfect for story time. :c)

We’ve hit 118 people linking up to share their progress on Mystery Monday Link-Up, part 2! Check them out! Your chance to link up ends at midnight tonight! We’ll do the next round of Link-Ups starting NEXT Monday! ((Hasn’t this been fun?!))

Enjoy your Thursday, whatever you get up to! You know I’ll be here ---got stuff to be ready for you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Whoooopie!!

I think I’ve got it!

I tried black --- too dark--- I tried white --- too light! Besides, who makes a white baby quilt? STAIN is the first thing a new mother learns ---

I know babies see black and white first --- and then into color, so this is what I decided to do!

I spent the morning cutting 1.5” strips from my solid black, and several different black on white prints. Again, it’s hard to go for things that are not too florally!

Reminder to self….think BABY BOY!!

I stuck with mostly geometrics, and just for fun, I threw in the black ants fabric…hahah!

I pieced checkerboard sashings for hours…only to find I’ve barely made it half way. Sheeesh! There is more piecing in the sashing than in the blocks! ((What was it I was trying to keep myself from doing with this baby quilt? Restrain from over-board piecing??!))

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I dug into the box of pre-cut squares to pull out bright ones for my corner stones..there are still some that aren’t decided yet, more digging is required ---

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This one’s just for Siobhan! I saw the Scotty dog and thought of you!

I think it’s pretty dang fun!

I’ll do more on this later – right now --- I’m headed out the door. I’ve gotta get OUT of the basment. I’m headed for a massage ----one treat I save for myself on a some-what regular basis. It is ALWAYS good for what ails me, body, mind and soul!

More Novelty Stars..

I still need 3 more…and they are cut out to sew this morning.

As I lay in bed last night, before my brain shut down so I could sleep ---I played with setting ideas in my head. Do you do that?

I am an “on-point” girl, but I quickly ruled THAT out…these blocks are all directional. There is a definite right-side-up to them….

Sashing? Maybe. A pieced sashing? Well, maybe ---and then there are the borders…The novelty fabrics I have are all scraps like this. I don’t have any “yardage” pieces really because these little bits all came from other sources.

Does this mean I get to go shopping?

Well, Maybe!

I keep reminding myself this is a BABY Quilt – A drag around, love it to death, snugglie –DO NOT GO OVERBOARD ON THE PIECING! It’s not easy for me to do – because those voices in my head are going “It needs this!” “What about THIS?!” “Oh, you know you could really…..” >_<

It was a lot of fun yesterday picking up each print square, and then digging into the strips, choosing 3 that would compliment whatever was going on in the center. As laid them out this morning…things aren’t quite balanced…I see a lot of green, and a lot of yellow/orange. And purple.

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Several of these strips have NOTHING LEFT ---if the end of the strip was 10” or shorter, I cut them into 2.5” squares, or tossed them into the crumb basket. It never stops to amaze me that we can make SO LITTLE do so MUCH when working with the pre-cut scraps. They are always there, already cut to size, just waiting for the right project.

My favorite is the sea turtles block! Boy I’ve had that orangey-peach corner fabric for ages and ages…this is the end of it – after this, it’s gone bye bye!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Time-Out for a Free Kindle Book!

I’ve been sewing like a mad woman….even madder than normal! These stars have taken over the plans I had for my day, but they are so fun, easy and cute that I just can’t stop! Right now there are 11 of them all laying on top of the long arm machine rollers….shining like little star-pointed soldiers. Five more to go – I think I’ll stop at 16!

I just took a break and found a little goodie that sounded intriguing so I’m passing it on.

The Last Call, by George Wier is free today in the Kindle store.
Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble.
She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.
Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.
Sounds like a good action/mystery/whodunnit/intrigue, yeah?

Check to make sure it’s still free when ordering because they can change without any notice ---I just post them when I find something that I want to read myself!

I think my sewing afternoon is about to come to a halt. I went up to the kitchen to get a bowl of cereal for a snack a bit after 3pm, and lo and behold --- the MILK was gone! Don’t you hate that when you’ve already poured the cereal into the bowl? :c/

***Note to Self: Please file this under “Things to expect when a 21 yr old moves back home!” ***

We’ve got some packages to drop off at Fed-Ex. We’ll have to go get groceries – AGAIN! And since we are out and about, I think DH has in mind that we’ll just stop some where instead of waiting to come home to fix something.

But more blocks will be waiting tomorrow --- CUTE!! CUTE!! CUTE!!