Archive for May, 2009
This top of Cheryl’s makes #5 of 10 on the list so I’m halfway there.
1. Believe it or not, it was easier to put the machine in manual mode and slow WAY down. In stitch regulated mode if I went too slow I wobbled, too fast I wandered off my line.
2. I tried several different rulers and I had the best results with the Little Girl from Gadget Girls.
3. I don’t like doing stitch in the ditch!!!
I decided to load a small quilt thinking I’d just knock one off my list and this top donated by Cheryl was one I’d pieced batting and pulled a backing for yesterday.
Once I got it loaded I had the brilliant idea that it would be a great top to further my nonexistent stitch in the ditch skills since I didn’t really want to run an allover design across those diagonal frames.
I doubt you can see the stitching in this next photo (maybe if you click on it to enlarge) but I’m definitely better quilting in some directions versus others and I can certainly use the practice with the ruler.
Obviously, this will take a little longer than I planned ….
In spite of playing with postcards this morning, I did manage to get a little work done. This Roman Stripes was pieced by Mom and will be donated via the Angel Tree at her church in December. Quilted with my Circle Lord Baptist Fan Template, it’s #4 of 10 to be quilted by the end of May ….I’m beginning to wonder if I’m going to get through my list in the next couple weeks.
This next photo is for Karen, she commented that my *desk* was pretty clean the other day only I was showing a photo of my kitchen island with all the mail that had come while I was out of town….as you can see, my desk is not neat at all which is probably why I was going through the mail in the kitchen.
Our theme this month is hobbies so the little sewing machine patch and tape measure I found while shopping in Joann’s with Mom last week are just perfect. I had the bright idea to add some buttons last night when I couldn’t sleep — I love buttons but don’t always find a good way to use them.
The tumblers are together and I love it – I’m going to bind the sides as is rather than trim them even. I love irregular edges but this will be the first quilt I’ve made with one.
There was a question about the size of the tumblers. They’re cut:
6.5 inches long
6.5 inches wide at the top
3.5 inches wide at the bottom
Before getting back to work on Adam’s quilt — I decided to play with my I Spy tumbler quilt. My friend Cecile send me a BUNCH of novelty fabrics leftover from kid’s quilts she’d made and I’d started cutting tumblers a couple weeks ago.
After assembling the design wall, I cut some more and arranged the blocks. This quilt looks SO much better in person than in this photo – I was worried about the tumblers being too big but they’re perfect.
I always seem to want the latest and greatest gadgets so when Amazon came out with the Kindle 2, I avoided looking at it until friends and family started buying them. Once I started looking, of course I wanted the updated one too.
So with a birthday coming up and the old Kindle given to Mom this weekend (we can share books as long as both of them are registered to the same account), I’m waiting for UPS to deliver the new one today. In the meantime, I’m working my way through this stack of mail and paperwork somewhat diligently.