Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hitting the Target

This past week it 
was 

 keeping my nose to the grindstone,

keeping my sewing blinders on,

knuckling down,

getting serious,

staying focused
and hitting the target!

Next panel:
50 circles to go.

I think I can...
I think I can...
I think I can!

Until Next Time-

Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Things You Might Not Know About Appliqueing

There are those who like to do it
and there are those who definitely don't.

There are those who do it the old way,
and there are those who do it a newer way.

I admit,
I like to do it the old fashion way.

Want to guess?
Why, I'm talking about hand appliqueing.

Here are 5 things you might never
 have known about the wonderful world of
needle turn applique.

1. Appliquers have the best thread collections.
Every piece that's stitched down has 
to have the exact color of matching thread.
So you can only imagine the number of spools 
of thread that includes.

2.  Hand appliquers don't carry
much excess baggage.
There's really very little equipment that's needed,
a needle, a thimble, scissors, and maybe 
a few pins here and there,
minus that big thread collection, of course.

3.  Appilquers don't like to show off,
and do mostly undercover work.
The key to a good applique is not 
having any of that thread show on the top.
Hand appliquers learn to make visible stitches.
 
It's suppose to appear like
the pieces are just part of the fabric.

But, if you were to look at the underside of the piece,
presto!
 There's all those beautiful tiny stitches in
a rainbow of colors.

4.  There can be considerable weight gain when appliqueing.

Just one panel of my Roseville Album quilt
weighed 2.5 ounces before I started
and now that it's complete it's 
 doubled in weight to 5 ounces!

Now multiply that out over the entire
surface of a quilt and you've got a sizable increase of weight.
That could require a few extra trips to the gym.

And, finally,
5.  Hand appliquers can come up short.

No, it doesn't mean that I'm not very tall,
it means
invariably, I'm short an inch of thread
to finish the inch left to stitch.
The question is why does it seem
happen so often.

Those of us who enjoy that "A" word
might get a little wacky from time to time
as we repeatedly 
make those invisible tiny stitches over and over again
that nobody sees.

So hug an appliquer and tell them "good job",
 but no comments about that little extra weight.
We're very sensitive.

Until Next Time-

Friday, July 18, 2014

Home for the Holidays

 This week I was invited to join
a new quilt group.
I thought it would be fun to meet
some new quilters,
enjoy some new friendships,
 be exposed to some new ideas,
and be inspired by other's enthusiasm.

The group was very inviting and friendly.
Although, it's hard to be the newbie.

I was enthused right off the bat by
their next motivational idea.
Each person is to choose one, two or more
WIP's and make a commitment to to finish
them in one year.
Okay, you say, we've all done that before.
The catch is that there's a small financial
obligation, as well.
It's like, putting your money where your mouth is.

Each project = $5.00
If you complete your project, you can have
your money back,
if not, your money will be given to the local food bank.
Actually, I think everyone who did this last year
 left their money in the pot and the
group made a very nice donation.

It sounded like fun.
So I looked through my "WIP collection",
and decided to start with this pattern:


 I had even bought a kit
 back in November, 2012.
( the receipt was still in the bag.)
Really, who starts a Christmas quilt in November?
Obviously, not me.

So, in keeping with the phrase,
"Christmas in July",
I'm officially adding my money to the pot
and beginning to work on this project
Who knows,
I might get it done for this Christmas.

  Until Next Time-

Monday, July 14, 2014

Busy as a Bee

If we were to walk down
my driveway today,
we might stop and wonder
what was that low droning noise.

And if you stopped near this tree
 which is called a Golden Rain Tree,
and paused to look at the beautiful showy yellow flowers
 on the long stalks,
we would know where that constant buzzing sound
was originating from.

Hundreds of honey bees
 busy at work
doing what they love.

 That's how it's been for me this past week.
I've just been as busy as bee
 
doing what I love.
 Hope you have too!
  Until Next Time-