A View of My Quilt Life

Friday, January 23, 2015

I Got a Box in the Post

I LOVE getting boxes in the post!!!

This one was medium size, not squishy and a bit on the heavy side.

Hmm, I wonder what it could be?

Oh, I knew the sender - my dear friend Scarlet sent this gift but I had no idea what it would be.

It was a box within a box,

With a lovely vintage card

Inside was another box,

and an amazingly generous gift - a wonderfully vintage gift in perfect condition!!

This zigzagger is for Wendy, my Singer 301A.  One of my winter goals is to sit down and get better acquainted with her.  And now, I have this fabulous new attachment to experiment with and expand Wendy's capabilities.

What an awesome gift from a wonderful and thoughtful special friend!!!!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Diving into the Deep Blue Sea of My Stash

A Doctor appointment yesterday meant a half day of work in the morning and part of the afternoon in my studio.  

While I could have done any number of things, I chose to go diving head first into the blue batik stash to continue the prep for the Ocean Waves quilt. 

Only a PARTIAL pile of the blue batik stash
Having already cut down all the blue 2.5 inch strips from the scrap strip bin and a whole charm pack, I decided to cut a strip from just about every blue batik I own - from navy to powder blue, from periwinkle to indigo and from aqua to teal.

Here's a partial pile of newly cut strips.

Piles of new blue squares to add to my carry along work bag for drawing lines.

I don't think I made much of a dent in the blue stash drawer.  

And I still need to dip a toe a little deeper into the aqua/calypso end of stash - I think they wandered off into the green batik stash drawer.

This quilt will be my attempt at scrappy - I am going to embrace the random - at least for the blues!

The neutral part of this project? That's going to take some time to work out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Long Term Project - Pictures!

Yesterday, I showed you the pile of blue squares that will become HST units.  Today, I can confirm that the drawing of diagonal lines has started.  Woo Hoo - the project is off and running!  Not very exciting picture-wise, so instead I'm going to share what those HSTs may become.


Remember, this is meant to be a long term project because I'll need like eleventy thousand HSTs for this quilt.

Which quilt? 

Wouldn't you like to know?  

Okay, okay... something like this:

Or, in color:

Or, maybe, a variation like this: 
Will I be able to make it totally random, or will my obsessive need for color planning take over once the HSTs are all done?
Only time will tell!!

A long, long time... these are going to take awhile to make. Stick around, won't you?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Back and Working the Blues

Hi - I'm back.  

That was an unscheduled break from blogging but all is well and I'm back.

There are a bunch of little things going on and a lot of nothing - making for poor blog fodder! 

To get back in the saddle, let's start small...

New Project!!  

I'm drawing stitching lines on a boatload of 2.5 inch squares, making 2 inch HST units, which will finish at 1.5 inches.

Lots of blue squares

When I get this pile done, there will be more cut, marked and sewn.  Some of these were blue 2.5 strips in my scrap box, some were Bali Pops charm squares, quartered.  Before I can start stitching - I need some cream/white batik. The stash is notoriously void of said neutrals, which may result in a bit of fabric shopping...oh, DANG!!  
(insert evil shopping maven laugh here)

Yes, there is a 'Vague Idea' of where it's going. It's a longer term project to keep fabric under the needle while some of the challenge projects percolate in the design stage, or pre-design stage, or pre-pre design stage...

Stay tuned as I tweak the plan for these units.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Machine Bling!

You may have guessed that being a quilter, I LOVE color!  Even love on my sewing machine as evidenced by ‘Wild Cherry’.

But let’s face facts – custom repaint jobs are not a dime a dozen!  And while I dream of someday, repainting my other FW, that day is not today nor does that address the boring white plastic of my 2001 Singer Scholastic 

or the sedate LBOW (Light Beige, Oyster White) of my Singer 301A.  

Neutrals have their place – just not on my sewing machines!

I have found a solution!!!  While scrolling around on the Quiltville Open Studio FB page I found a thread about ‘Tattoo Elementz’.  Curiosity soaring, I googled and found their website! https://www.urbanelementz.com/shop/category/decals/  

Oh – the possibilities!!  While they have other products – quilting patterns for long arms and some other jazz, I was all about the color decals!

The selection of patterns isn’t huge but I found a few that would add just a great splash of color on the two machines needing a boost for the new stitching year. 

For the Singer 301A

 For the Singer 6510


Just have to decide which one. I'm getting me some more COLOR!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Studio Check

What's on my cutting table?

Last night, it was not fabric.  

It was my latest eBay acquisition.  
My new used dressage saddle arrived!  While it was in good shape, it needed a cleaning and condition. 



It will need a little more work, as the underflap is a tad too stiff for my liking.  A careful application of neatsfoot oil should soften it up. I need to take it slow so the leather is not overwhelmed.  

The next step?  

Saturday, I'm heading up to the barn for the first fitting to see if this saddle will be the ONE for my new riding focus. It needs to fit me, as well as a few different horses.  Getting all the gear (some new & some used) I need to start schooling dressage will take some time but I'm hoping the saddle hunt is over.  Fingers, paws & hooves are crossed!!  

Tomorrow?  Some sewing bling and maybe some borders to boot!! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Confessions On the Border

Confession Time first:

Last week took the wind out of my sewing sails.  Between the frigid temps, a few three hour one-way commutes to work, snow and general blahs, I didn't get much any sewing done.  I totally lost my momentum. 

On the Border:

I finally, finally pushed through the wall on Saturday, by making these pieces.

These will become the borders for the Chirp, Chirp quilt. 

 After carefully plotting the placement on graph paper, it was time to get back down into the studio and get the borders built. 

Partial borders sewn, waiting  to be pressed and have the plain extension pieces put on before being added to the quilt center.  I am doing my best to just keep taking things one little step at a time and get back into the quilting groove.  Also balancing sewing with other projects to help move in the right direction - more on those later.