Monday, August 24, 2009

Let the Adventure begin

OK, it's design wall Monday and here we go... See that little ring there all by it's lonesome?

I got the Inklingo double wedding ring collection and read through it... Not too scary...

So now let's pull and print some fabric and see what happens...

Well, I lost most of Saturday evening picking fabric and getting comfortable with the terminology, but THIS is the result. It is not perfect and took a bit of time, but for my very first effort I am very pleased. I have enough cut out to make a three-ring table runner. No reason to just make more orphan blocks, right?

I have the medium/dark fabrics I bought for Shelby's quilt washed and drying on the rack upstairs. The background and a batik are in the washer (with synthrapol!). I still need more of the background and a more grape-ish purple, but I am on my way!

More Good News...
The shop is soon going to be joining the 21st century. I found out that there is cable high-speed Internet service finally available in Harrington. I told you I lived in the boonies. No more waiting forever for a page to load. I can actually watch a YouTube video and download my audio books without walking over to the library. No, it really doesn't take much to make me happy.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Can this be Karma?

First a little background:

My niece, Shelby, is getting married. And she asked for a quilt! Little did she know, she was getting one anyway, but it was really nice that she asked. The running joke is how much Shelby is like me. Her father (my brother) refers to her as "your clone" whenever he mentions her to me. I will admit Shelby and I share some unique ways of looking at things.

Now the issue:

So the wedding was planned for October. I worked out a very nice (read do-able in the time frame) Tennessee Waltz/Storm at Sea pattern based on a Judy Martin design. Shelby asked for blue and purples, not too girly (concession to the groom) and the pattern is up to me. I bought fabrics on my quilt show adventure in the beginning of August and was ready to start.

Now, about two weeks ago Linda Franz (of Inklingo fame) releases the instruction book for the Inklingo Double Wedding ring collection for free. I have always wanted to make a DWR. In fact I thought of it for Shelby, but there was no way to do it in the couple of months I had until October. The Inklingo makes it look pretty reasonable, for a quilt with a zillion odd shaped pieces.

The coincidence continues when my brother calls and tells me the wedding is March. Yep, I get to leave Maine in March and go to Florida, OK by me, and I gain a week in October and can work on Shelby's quilt in the dead space of January and February. But that DWR is still in the back of my mind. Inklingo + extra time...No No NO first design is very nice.

Finally Scott mentions the date- March 14- and keeps saying Shelby called it Pie Day... I didn't get it, then he tells me that that is 3-14 ...OK, Pi (not pie) day ... as in area of a circle you know A= Π R2. (see Scott I was paying attention and the new date is on the calendar) Well, if that's the way it is then that is just one more reason I HAVE to make the DWR. How could I not with that whole circle thing going on??? I tried to get my friend Faye to talk me out of it. She was no help.

I am probably insane (please keep your responses to this one subject). But a DWR it will be!
I will keep you posted on my progress. So far I have fabric and a rough drawing in EQ. And when I am a wreck in Mid-February with a queen size scalloped border staring me in the face please remind me of this cosmic convergence!

And by the way... Π R2? Pie R round...Cornbread R square! OK...Math Joke...BAD math joke

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Great Mail Day

Today I got my swap package from the Lemoyne star swap on the Inklingo group. Inklingo is that cool printing system I mentioned in the quilt show rant. The part of hand piecing I hate is all the marking of seam/stitching lines. If you are off even the width of your pencil, stuff doesn't work. Especially anything with set-in seams and small pieces. You print on the back of the fabric with your regular printer and everything is perfect. Hand piecing or machine piecing. And it comes in all those shapes that are just tricky to make... Diamonds, hexagons, apple core, double wedding ring... you know, the scary stuff. All these lovely pieces are printed and ready to cut and sew. All I need now is a good movie and large cold drink... I think Pride & Predjudice (Colin Firth in knee still my heart) with a G&T should be just the ticket!

These are some of the Lemoyne stars I had made before this weekend. It is amazing how just sewing for a little while gets them done. I got 2 more done at the festival over the weekend.

And there is this cute little flower that I am going to put together with more background like a carolina lily or peony block. I think I got 3 or 4 of these done over the weekend too.

If you are looking for a great take-along project, check out the free Lemoyne Star download. And for more ideas and great eye candy check out Cathi's blog Quilt Obsession and Tilde's Inklingo Projects. But beware. It can be habit forming!

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Design Wall Monday and weekend stuff

My poor design wall hasn't changed much recently, but those are sashing strips you see there. There are many more on the sewing machine waiting to be sewn, but that is something! Actually one whole row is together, I just don't have a design wall big enough. That's one of those things like kitchen counters, fabric stash and chocolate- Just NEVER enough!

Sarah and I shared a booth again at this year's Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias. It is a big deal around here with 3 days of events including a 2-day craft fair. We had a great space! Tucked in the corner out of the sun and getting just a bit of breeze. The temps were hovering around 90 degrees, so shade was a popular item. It really isn't about selling stuff for us at this event, more like public awareness and handing out information. Please excuse Mr. Topless-tattoo-guy. He was talking forever!

Speaking of the heatwave... No this is not a sheep...
Note to self:
Don't hose down the dogs and let them anywhere near gravel or un-raked grass. YUK.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Big Happenings in Town

I live in a VERY small town. And it doesn't take much to get folks excited. You remember the church steeple that got hit by lightening? Well the steeple was removed last week so it can be repaired. We made quilte a morning of it...

There were some last minute things that needed to be taken care of, so up they go in the bucket. The crane operator had already threaded the hook down through the hole in the top. That opening is maybe 18 inches across and probably 100 feet in the air! And you thought your hand sewing needles were hard to thread.

Every body was thrilled when it was lifted off and flew gently through the air.

It looks so much bugger on the ground. It is 30 feet tall and weighed about 3000 pounds. Who would have guessed? But they built things to last in the 1830's.

Finally it was loaded onto a trailer for the ride to Machias where it will be repaired for replacement in the Spring. Another big day's excitement to look forward to!

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!