I have got it working! I added a tab to the top of the blog so you can check in – when it’s on it’s on and when it’s not, it’s NOT!
But come see!!
I found this site called Ustream ---and I’ve become enamored with these kitties at “Friends of Feline’s Rescue Center 24/7” The camera is on 24/7!
This got me thinking….what if I were to set up a webcam for when I’m sewing at the machine? Would you watch? I wouldn’t run it all the time – because there are always things with deadlines that can’t be shown…but
Would you watch?
Watch the kitties and let me know if a QuiltCam could be fun? The only pain thing I can see is that there is an ad that lasts 27 seconds at the beginning...but watching the kitties is addicting!
See this envelope?
I don’t know if you can see by the mailing label who it is going to, but it holds very special contents!
This envelope contains:
Yes, I was supposed to GIVE the contract to Carolyn while we were in Williamsburg, but we got busy, and I put it off, and then her hubby showed up, and we all packed to go home and --- duh. There it was still in my suitcase! So she is getting it all in one large envelope that will be mailed off today.
This was one of the “MUST DO!” things on my list for this time that I’m home before Bali. My blocks for Quiltmaker are always due in August, because that’s when I’m home long enough to have the time to do them all in one big push.
And I am VERY excited about these blocks ---if you haven’t followed along with my column, be sure to click the “Addicted to Scraps” tab at the top of this blog. EVERY block I do for my column, whether I design it myself, or give an up-do on an old traditional favorite is a way to put my Scrap User’s System into good use.
For example….in the blocks I am sending in, I didn’t have to do ANY cutting of large pieces of fabric. I didn’t cut into Fat Quarters, I didn’t need Charm Squares!
I used the following strips from my pre-cut strip bins: 1.5” 2” 2.5”. I used 2” precut squares. I used 2.5” and 3.5” pre-cut squares. I used bonus triangles!
Making these blocks was a breeze---and because I tackle my scraps into uniform useable widths, they all combine together and made it really easy to pull the colors and fabrics I needed, getting me to sit and sew faster, and giving me the variety I need to give me blocks that I really love.
The hard part about designing and interpreting blocks for a whole year’s worth of magazine issues? I want to turn each and every one of them into a full size quilt!
To celebrate my completing this deadline, I want to do a little Give-Away.
Leave me a comment below, just give me ONE tip you’ve found here that has had a positive impact on your quilting, be it scrap management, or time management, or anything ----let me know how I’m doing!
One lucky winner will get Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, signed by me --
AND! to sweeten the deal:
I’ll throw in a charm pack of Moda’s Summer Breeze!
Let’s do the drawing Sunday night after dinner time. That’s tomorrow. So get commenting!
Oh – the movie last night? We went and saw “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones. IT WAS AWESOME! Definitely cheaper than therapy, and I wonder how many couples went that benefited from just seeing this movie? I laughed til I cried, and I cried til I laughed. It so hit home in so many ways, but it did it in such a humorous way ---GREAT MOVIE!
See it, and take your significant other with you. Don’t delay! Don’t wait until it comes out on DVD. Go to a matinee…take contraband snacks in your purse if you think the expensive concessions are holding you back. ((After seeing an ordinary bottle of water priced at $5.75 ---my big purse goes with me. Seriously. for WATER?!?)) BUT GO.
Today on the list? Randy’s posted some new Sow-Along blocks last week. I need to get caught up!
How nice is this? To be HOME on a SATURDAY!? I relish these, I really do!
I’m changing the name of my “Nearly Insane” to “COMPLETELY Insane!” Or Certifiable. Or some such thing.
Not much is known about Salinda Rupp, the original maker of this quilt, just that she was from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and her quilt was made about 1870 ---yes, and what drew me in was the wild use of Pennsylvania Dutch type colors – I love them! I am “SO” over BROWN ---give me COLOR!
Okay, sometimes I like brown….but I gotta be in a mood for it.
I finished the top last night, but had to wait until this morning when it was daylight to get a decent shot…the floor of my studio just never does it justice. I like the railing on my upper back deck.
It also poured and thundered last night – so this morning it is so very very incredibly green and lush out there. Mornings after a huge drenching rain? I love those too!
9 years from start to now!
For many years this quilt became a “retreat” project – I had my paper foundations in a binder, with each row in a page protector. I numbered, I crossed off, I assembled into rows as I went ---I had fabrics sorted by color in baggies, and it lived in a tote. When I’d go, it would come with me, and then it would sit---maybe for a year or more ---until the next time I got a hankering to pull it out and work on it some more.
Each little block in this quilt is a project in itself ---I took pics of some of my favorites:
I don’t remember the piece count. I just know that the pieces are tiny, there are a lot of them in this 6” block, and with all those seams this thing is about as thick as a potholder. OH, and that red polka dot? 1980s. :cD
I loved the medallion look of this one too….
And this one with the geese and the little pinwheels in the corners….And yes, I know that is a 1930s repro yellow in the center, but it had the look I wanted. Cross genre? Absolutely! Blocks like this just made me smile as they came together.And yeah, some geese parts may be chopped off. I don’t care.
I’ve chosen my border fabrics….pink and green.
This is a photo of Salinda’s quilt. Look at the border and tell me how YOU think it was made?
And please take in the fact that the left upper and lower corners just end where they end! I am wrestling with myself on whether I want to do that or not. This border was made with two rows of quarter square triangles that are offset to give the zig zag look. They end where they end. Her corners are mitered.
The “perfected” quilt in the nearly insane book has the border being made with rectangles with sew and flip corner triangles. Mucho fabric waste-o. Do I want to do that? I don’t know.
I could do the whole thing with two rows of half square triangles, giving me more seams, but less waste ((But more seam allowance)). Do I want to do that? I don’t know.
I changed the width of my sashing because what the nearly insane book said just didn’t look right to me. They were trying to adjust the quilt center to fit their pieced border. And a 1 3/4” finished sashing just didn’t divide well into a 6” block..so their quilting looked a bit strange to me, leaving quilted rectangles in the sashing instead of squares. I went with 2” finished sashings and cornerstones.
So now I have a quilt that is slightly larger, which is okay --- but I have to adjust my border to get it to fit, and that is why I am leaning towards “it ends where it ends” and let it do just what Salinda’s did above.
If a quilt is a reproduction, shouldn't it reproduce it all the way? I don't want to "perfect" out the charm and interest of an already wonderful historical quilt. To me the life is in the wonkiness and her personality shows in how she worked out the problems.
I also think Salinda’s blocks were smaller than 6”. Her whole quilt including the zig zag border, and the wide outer border measure 88” X 87 1/4”. My top already measures 79”. 3” of zig zag all the way around will make it 85”. And THEN how wide to make that outer border? I measured the blocks in the photo and measured the border in the photo, and the outer border is wider than the blocks.
This quilt may get to be ginormous!
I so admire the work that Salinda did in putting her quilt together with the fabrics and tools that were available to her in the 1870s. I don’t think I could have done it. I would have loved to see her work at her quilting. How did she mark? What did she use for templates? How did she come up with her designs? Where did her fabric come from? How long did this quilt take HER to make?
And I really want to know…would the “inner” quilt police in you let YOU do the border as Salinda did above?
Yes, I’m browsing! I think I’ve sewn all I can tonight…I’ve got my top finished ((Just the center)) and photos will follow tomorrow – it’s dark out side now so not good for photography!
I just found a little freebie I thought I’d pass on. I’m sure I have plenty on my kindle to read on the way to Bali --- but what’s one more?
Misthaven of Maine by Loretta Boyer McClellan is free this evening in the Amazon Kindle Store
Genre: Contemporary fiction.
With genuine characters and settings steeped in history with stunning visuals, journalist and debut author, Loretta Boyer McClellan paints an engaging, coming-of-age journey, rich in the beauty of friendship and abiding love.
Misthaven of Maine offers readers an empowering, contemporary story, amidst the sweeping vistas and echoed grace of New England.
Born and raised in Boston, with unyielding ties to her ancestral home of Maine and to the sea, sixteen year-old Eliza Hales is from affluent, yet grounded means.
Despite experiencing her mother’s death when she was a young girl, inner strength and confidence prevail, providing a well-rounded independence and knowledge of self, which carry her into adulthood and throughout her authentic life.
An accomplished artist and sailor, her unshakable sense of family, loyalty and the pursuit of her dreams witness the growth of a remarkable soul, who lives and loves deeply, always true to her heart.
Like the ocean itself, Misthaven of Maine offers up captivating and thoughtful treasures – a multilayered perspective, sure to entertain!
Having made my first trip up to Maine this year ---I’m anxious to read it!
As always, double check before clicking that it is still free for you ---
Have a great evening!
It’s turned out to be a crazier day than I thought ---catching up with a long time friend I hadn’t talked to in a while while working on some block deadlines…my articles for Quiltmaker are due before I leave for Bali – so that’s what went on this morning.
This afternoon 7 of us were out to lunch ----local Italian joint, I hadn’t been there forever, and we lingered over delicious food and the Olympics that were playing on a TV suspended in the corner.
Upon returning home, I glanced at the computer to find MORE orders for String Fling – leaving me just an hour to fill them and get them to the post office before my chiropractor appointment at 4pm!
So much for dreams of sewing all day!
Update on the MRI ---the disk bulging and tearing is on the left side. I was encouraged as we went over the report to hear words used like “small narrowing” "small tearing" “minimal degeneration” At least it didn’t say WIDE GAPING, ENORMOUSLY DEBILITATING – you get the drift?
What’s weird is that all my pain is on the right side, not the left – but this is where my neuromuscular massage therapist’s brain kicks in ((Yes, I did that in a previous life and just retired from that about 4.5 years ago)) and reminds me that just because it HURTS in one area, doesn’t mean the problem is there, and often times things switch sides….if I am guarding on the left, because that is where the problem is --- I’m going to feel the strain on the right. So we are working with it.
And wonder of wonders, I have to thank my student Helen, who took my classes in Williamsburg – She is a physical therapist and we brainstormed on what to do about alleviating some of the pain symptoms on the right.
STRETCHING is huge.
Calves, Hamstrings, Quadricepts, hip flexors --- I already was stretching out those, focusing on Piraformis, that “pain in the butt” muscle ----but I needed to go farther, so I’ve been doing those every day since I got home from Williamsburg, and I’m feeling “minimally” better. But I’ll take it! I’ll keep doing these up and until I go to Bali – hoping that my leg won’t hurt so badly on long plane rides ((Did I mention it is 14+ hours from LAX to Hong Kong?! OY!))
So ---all of that under the bridge – I got home and pulled out my blocks and started arranging…
I’m sewing rows!
I’m joining rows together!
Tonight, even if I have to stay up til midnight – this top will be DONE ((Minus Borders))
And I know the posts have been quiet --- but that’s just a glimpse in what has gone on around here today --- OH yeah, and as I look at this picture….no matter how you try to plan your blocks, it looks like that red/yellow combo is repeated in two blocks that will be diagonally next to each other. Too bad! Too late now! LOL!
Have a great Thursday evening, everyone! I’m back to the machine!
Thanks to the wonders of the internet I have found the quilter in Switzerland, and the other quilter in Australia who had orders pending where I needed more info and couldn’t reach them!
I even had other readers emailing me saying they could look them up in their local phone books and ring them up for me if I wanted! One quilter tried, but the phone was disconnected.
I was really worried until she must have read my blog post with her name on it. All is sorted now……those orders are on their way! Thank you to those who passed the word on! They contacted me!
I woke up this morning feeling really motivated to get to some sewing today.
Pick a UFO – the closest one to completion!
It’s my Nearly Insane! The blocks are done ---- the rows are mostly done, I just have to finish the rows, assemble the center and get started on the border.
I got an email the other day asking which fabric I am using for the sashing:
It’s a thimbleberries from long ago. The question went something like this:
”But aren’t you using reproductions?”
I started this quilt about 10 years go…and chose my sashing fabric at the same time because I wanted to sash it as I went. Nothing is worse to me than a quilt that stays in blocks with no progress to be seen for years and years, so I wanted to build my center as I went.
That said…my reply to the quilter was:
“I asked myself if Salinda Rupp would have used this if it had been in HER stash. I think the answer would have been yes! It looks very close to what the she used as far as I can see from the close up photos I’ve seen of the original quilt. I’m happy with it!”
I’ve thought about this a lot ---when Salinda was making her quilt in 1870 or so – she was working with what she had in HER scrap bag. She didn’t choose designer fabrics, or charm packs or a whole line by moda. She used the remnants from what was left from previous quilts, and household sewing projects. Maybe she acquired fabrics from other quilting friends and neighbors. But these are not “quilt shop quality” fabrics in her quilt either. Just every day ordinary scraps, and therein lies the beauty and the wonder for me.
This is a picture of a page of the original quilt as found in “The Ultimate Quilting Book” by Maggi McCormick Gordon. The actual sashing fabric is a “foulard” type print circa 1870, maybe a bit earlier if she’d had it in her stash for a long time. I just wanted something with the same flavor ---and when I chose my fabrics, the thimbleberries above that was in my stash seemed to do the trick…and most importantly, I had enough of it!
I still like it!
I hope to make a lot of headway today getting this top completed top center stage…and then on to the pieced border!
What’s up for your day?
I want to sew.
I want to sew badly!! But if you think back to when I left for Vermont ---I left on the 28th of June. 2 days before that, Spring Fling was released and I spent those 2 days frantically filling book orders.
I returned home from Vermont on July 2nd, arriving home about dinner time – and spending the remaining hours of the 2nd, and as many hours as I could the 3rd ---packing up book orders and washing the contents of my suitcase so that I could head out on July 4th for a family reunion in Idaho, and then on to Sisters Oregon for the quilt show. I returned home, however briefly, after a long red-eye flight from San Francisco to Dulles, only to find myself stuck there with no plane, and arriving home around dinner time on July 16th.
I washed my clothes, filled book orders for the entirety of the 17th and 18th, repacking the van and leaving July 19th for Pennsylvania. I then moved straight on to Williamsburg after the Hershey Show, and got home Sunday afternoon.
Between June 28th and August 5 I was home for a total of 3 days.
You KNOW what I’ve spent doing the last two days since I got home Sunday ---and I’m NEARLY THERE!! By this time tomorrow I will be all caught up on existing book orders, inluding the ones that came through today ---
The one thing it doesn’t leave me time to do is do what I want to do….
But I have a dream project for as soon as this is all done…and it’s all good, really! I KNEW it was going to be this way, but my time is here…I have TWO WEEKS just about before I leave with 16 fabulous and excited quilters for our dream trip to BALI!
((Yeah, when I was first asked to head up this special trip, I had to look for where exactly BALI is on the map. INDONESIA!))
To find Bali—look for the top of Australia where it says Indonesia…you will find the little arrow pointing to it to the left of the word Indonesia.
There we are again, not so many words on this one…
Here is Bali itself, with a bunch of words I can’t pronounce, and even if I could they wouldn’t mean anything to anyone who hasn’t been there ---but we are GOING HERE!
In TWO WEEKS!
But the way my mind is working is like this ----but I have two weeks. And I want to sew. I want to stay in my house and put some things together. I want to load at least one top that I’ve finished on the machine, I want to do normal household things..and I’ll deal with Bali about 3 days before it’s time to go, and you will see me freaking out trying to get ready.
BALI! Oh My Freaking Goodness!
I’m told I’ll have wifi in my room. Great. I may or may not be able to post. Great. This blog may become one big empty hole while I’m gone, or maybe the most I can manage is to do one wordless picture per day when I do have wifi to connect, if I do have wifi.
So in the next two weeks this is my plan. Finish the book orders until that plate is clean. ((TOMORROW! YAY!))
DIG OUT MY BASMENT.
Oh you guys, in the past several months my basement has become the dumping grounds for tote bags of this, that, the other thing – there hasn’t been time to put anything away, and when I first walked in here on Sunday evening I thought…..ohhhhhhhh my.
I want to sew, but I can’t sew like this. Tomorrow after dropping off everything at the post office, I’m having a digging out party. There will be music booming from my stereo. I will be ruthless with what I keep, with what I pitch, with what I put away and care in how and where I put it away.
When I return from Bali – there will be a CLEAN studio waiting for me, not the frantic mess of not enough time to put stuff away before I leave.
Goodness, this is a rambling post. I think I’m just back to nesting in my own space ---
I just got a message from June, the Editor-in-Chief at Quiltmaker Magazine ----She’s written a really cute blog post HERE with some photos of our time at Williamsburg this past week!
There are lots of photos and highlights to share, and she’ll be uploading those over several posts, so be sure to check back to see those! Just go to Quiltmaker.com and search for the tab marked BLOGS!
In the mean time, if you did not get to go to Williamsburg with us, June is hosting a little giveaway!
**NOTE!** Do not leave your reply HERE on my blog -- you must leave it for June on her blog!
Go to the post and leave your comment by Thursday, August 9th at midnight ((I am assuming that’s Central USA time since Quiltmaker’s offices are in Golden Colorado!)) stating WHERE you’d like to see a Quiltmaker Block Party happen…..and she will draw a winner for a totebag full of goodies!
These are some of the variety of goodies we found in our bags!
Your bag contents may vary.
Sincere thanks to our generous partners for this event:
Red Rooster Fabrics
Good Luck Everyone!