Friday, September 4, 2015

Modern Theory -- a finish!


First, allow me bragging rights: another of my tutorials has been added to Totally Tutorials!  Thank you, Kym, for accepting and publishing my tutorial.


In other news, "Modern Theory," a quilt that I made some time ago but never finished, is now complete.  In fact, I sent it off to the local quilt show along with four other quilts.

This quilt is one of those that I made in the summer of 2014.  I wrote about another quilt that I made during that summer.  I was in a use up some of the scrap blocks phase and made several quilts that I called "Fickle Quilts."  

I guess fickle just happened to be my word of the week or something. Who knows what was in my head? Surely not me--it was summer and I was sewing. 

And really, that's all that matters. 
 
When I quilted this one, I just played around with different motifs and designs.  The plan at the time was to have fun, work out some new designs, and see how it would turn out in the end.  

My guild friends were impressed, but I don't necessarily agree with them.  Some of the circular motifs are too tight, so they're warped. But more importantly is that the designs don't flow and blend like I'd like them to.  Of course, I wasn't trying to blend them at the time.  


I do that too much: just enjoy the process and then critique the outcome. In the end, I'm not terribly disappointed, but I think it could be much better.  

I do like some of the new designs. There's a flower design that looks like an octopus and a chambered nautilus shape with lots of circles, pebbles, waves, etc. in between. 


And if nothing else, I had fun and designed some fun techniques that I can improve upon. 



Now that the quilt is finished (completely, yay) I may even consider the idea of documenting the new designs so that I have something to refer to when I need them.

That is expecting more than my general M.O., isn't it?  Aww well, let's just enjoy the quilt, shall we?








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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pin It Weekly #118

What are you pinning this week?  I've been pinning to 
"thread, yarn" (a new board) and "beaded, jewelry"


Vintage African Vinyl Record Beads // Tribal Jewelry Making Supplies // WomanShopsWorld: Vintage African Vinyl Record Beads // Tribal Jewelry Making Supplies // WomanShopsWorld

Display your leftover yarn! Now to find the space to display these.: Display your leftover yarn! Now to find the space to display these.

handmade feather made from embroidery floss (holds its shape with starch): handmade feather made from embroidery floss (holds its shape with starch)

YARN. Any colors, any size. I prefer at least 50% natural fiber, but any and all yarn is awesome and exciting.: YARN. Any colors, any size. I prefer at least 50% natural fiber, but any and all yarn is awesome and exciting.

Spirograph: Spirograph

Becoming Art  yarns Theia Fingering. A hand-dyed yarn made of superwash merino, cashmere and silk. yum.

Embroidery Floss and Clothespins  Keep embroidery floss from unraveling and getting lost by wrapping it around a clothespin.: Embroidery Floss and Clothespins  Keep embroidery floss from unraveling and getting lost by wrapping it around a clothespin.Creados por la abuela de NanaAkua https://www.flickr.com/photos/nanaakua/sets/72157617114284128/

Welcome to the Ultimate Thread Guide, your one-stop resource for all things thread! Thread literally holds your sewing projects together, so it is important to make sure you pick the best type of thread for each project. This guide is essential for: Welcome to the Ultimate Thread Guide, your one-stop resource for all things thread! Thread literally holds your sewing projects together, so it is important to make sure you pick the best type of thread for each project. This guide is essential for

Bring home Anthropologie's best window-display ideas. #DIY: Bring home Anthropologie's best window-display ideas. #DIY

Knitted Wit Bling - eye-popping fingering weight merino yarn with soft sparklies!  http://www.knitculture.com/yarn/companies/knitted-wit/knitted-wit-bling.html: Knitted Wit Bling - eye-popping fingering weight merino yarn with soft sparklies!  http://www.knitculture.com/yarn/companies/knitted-wit/knitted-wit-bling.html

Knit Collage Cast Away: Knit Collage Cast Away

Pearl and Crystal Wire Wrapped Heart

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Copper and Rhyolite bracelet: Copper and Rhyolite bracelet

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Bead and Wire Snowflake Jewelry Tutorials - The Beading Gem's Journal: Bead and Wire Snowflake Jewelry Tutorials - The Beading Gem's Journal


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Personalized Romantic Pearl Bracelet image Bridesmaid gift idea....perfect to wear on the big day!: Personalized Romantic Pearl Bracelet image Bridesmaid gift idea....perfect to wear on the big day!

Beautiful bracelet: Beautiful bracelet

These necklaces “rock”! Learn how to grow your own crystals to make these gorgeous geode pendants!: These necklaces “rock”! Learn how to grow your own crystals to make these gorgeous geode pendants!









Monday, August 31, 2015

Love to the Rescue

I've been helping a friend, Leta, with her tee shirt business.  She personalizes tee-shirts by adding letters for initials or Greek organizations.  Recently she sold a large order of 40+ tees with plenty of time to complete the order.  



Then the sorority doubled the order.  With only a little over a week to go.  Getting the shirts finished in time is doable, but it would require an insane schedule of sewing. Me to the rescue.  



Leta and I have been friends for a long, long time.  I've offered to help out before, and really meant it when I said I'd pitch in when possible. So when she asked me to help with the extra shirts, I readily agreed.



Then I tried to sew.  Oh my. No!  My wonderful, fabulous machine did not want to cooperate.  And on a time crunch!  What?



The knit wanted to roll up under the letters, which are glued down with Wonder-Under, so there was that mess.  And I couldn't seem to set the stitches just right to match the shirts she'd already made. It was getting pretty bad.

But then it got worse.  Richard stopped in to see how things were going.  Thirty  minutes into the venture, I was still struggling.  He's a perfectionist.  A real perfectionist.  He'd compare the stitches and suggest a fix.  

When I got the stitches right, he started touching them!  He was feeling for the depth of the stitches and insisted that my stitches were too thick.  Who does that?  This man.

So I got up and let him fix it.  After all, he had the fix in his head.  


He did.  He really does.  I can't believe that he CAN have the fix in his head.  It took a while, but he fixed the bulky stitch.  Now I get flat stitches with the exact width and length.  They match perfectly with the finished shirt that Leta gave me as a guide.

Now that Rich has rescued me, I can rescue Leta.

Sweet, annoying perfectionist husband.  He calls himself a problem solver.  Well, if you insist.


Gotta love him.

Don't know that I want to encourage him.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B U N T I N G

Since my recent tutorial on how to make reusable bunting pockets was published on Totally Tutorials and has become so popular, I thought maybe we could get some ideas of pretty bunting pieces to put into the bunting windows.  
How to make bunting - an easy to follow guide.

How To Make Bunting | The Yvestown Blog

They're also great for garlands. | 34 Adorable Things To Do With Leftover Bits Of Yarn

Stars DIY pink

DIY 3D Heart Mobiles

Prachtig, van stof gekartelde slingers maken!

Travel themed bunting with button detail. Going to use map from our favorite places.

old books + ribbon + buttons = beautiful paper bunting banner!

Shabby Banner Made With Cupcake Liners, Paper Doilies, Beads, & Twine

Cotton reel bunting by Fiona Calvert for Issue 17 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine

Just about any of these shapes will fit into the vinyl pockets of my bunting, it's just a matter of cutting the shapes to fit.  

And, of course, the purpose of looking at one item is to see a quilt in it and think about how the first translates into the second.  So, QUILTS inspired by bunting.....

Celebration Bunting quilt by Melly & Me. Could use lots of scraps! LOVE IT FOR THE BACK OF THE QUILT TO MAKE IT REVERSIBLE

Selvage Blog: Bunting Quilt and Pattern! I love everything Karen Griska does.

A Bunting Quilt with bird sewn by craftingzuzzy #baby #quilt

I'd like to do this with bits of my mother's clothes I saved. Love the pattern, but may incorporate hummingbirds instead - Oxford Impressions: Patti's Memory Banner Quilt With Bird Appliques

"Pieced (not appliqued) bunting quilt - includes pdf pattern."  I'd use African shwe shwe fabric and then applique letters to spell something out.

a quilt from mamas kram (in german) I am thinking putting bunting into a baby quilt design might be fun

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Pennants on a quilt- be sure to click the link! The back is super cute too. (pinwheels!)

Hawkeye Inspired Baby Quilt

I something for birds and trees...