Friday, February 25, 2011

Just when you thought it was spring...

Guess again!!!
It is snowing... again... and isn't expected to stop until at least tomorrow morning... YUK!



Although before all that white stuff started falling from the sky the FedEx man was here and so was the mail. It was just like Christmas. Of course Legbert had to inspect the packages
















In the mail was the package of charm squares from SewCalGal. It is a wonderful selction of fabrics with lots of cats & dogs. I think I'll use them for this year's Ark Animal Shelter raffle quilt.



I sort of blame her for the other two boxes. You see, in the small box there were rulers and stuff I will be selling in the shop. And in the large box was a GO! cutter! Yep, I have given in to the hot new quilting trend.
















So I got it out and started playing. It really is very cool and makes short work of cutting perfect pieces. I don't think I will be giving up my roatry cutter any time soon, but I am really looking forward to being able to tame the piles of scraps that seem to be multiplying in the bins.

















This block took only a couple of minutes to cut out and all the pieces fit so well. I see some power cutting in my future!

OK, now back to work.







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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ooops!

There's a Block of the Month (BOM) going on over at the Electric Quilt blog. They are posting the EQ files and if you make the block and send in pictures you are entered to win prizes. How cool is that?

I know... I need another thing to do like I need a hole in my head, but this sounds like fun and how hard can one block per month be? I printed off the directions and am zipping through the January block. Things are going great and I press my finished block and ...
something ....

doesn't....

look....

quite...

right...

OH... POOH and BOTHER!



I know, quilting rule #3 says 
"If you do something once it's a mistake, do it three more times and it's a design decision"
But this was only twice and that makes it just wrong. So, a little quality time with the seam ripper and "take two" and we have this...

Much much better.

I am going to make the block each month in colors pertaining to that month. Hopefully this looks icy and cold (with just a hint of road sand brown... ha ha) and of course February will be pink and red and white. You get the idea. No idea yet how to set such a collection, but hey, I have all year to work on it!.  

Yes I should be working, and will go back to work in a minute. I have some lovely customer quilts to show you soon.

But speaking of  goofing off, I made this little qult several years ago. I call it "Can not tell a lie" since it was President's Day weekend and I should have been working on something else. I entered it in the Quilting Gallery Weekly contest. Voting is Friday to Sunday, so if you have time and would like some quilty eye-candy, click on over there and vote for your favorite.


OK, now back to work for me!





Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!
leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Happy February

Well, we have made it to the second page of the calendar. So far this month is going well. I won a pack of charm squares on Facebook this morning- Thank you to SewCalGal and EQ the Mouse.

The bad news is I didn't get my Jaunary UFO challenge finished- only one of the three quilts got finshed, but the other two are further along than before, so we are headed in the right direction.

This month we are to work on UFO #10. For me that is the split 9-patch blocks from a swap a few years ago.  I don't know exactly what I want to do with them but at least I will have something on my design wall for next Monday!

And I get to have birthday cake tonight (yep, mine) So, after I finish this customer quilt I am spending the rest of the day sewing for ME ME ME. The small snow has started, there is BIG snow to follow tomorrow so there will be quilting time. February is looking pretty good.



Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!
leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
http://www.thecraftyunicorn.com/