Friday, November 30, 2007
Thanks for your opinions :-))
Thursday, November 29, 2007
It really bugs me that I'm finding these little
critters so challenging to make. Tonya's
tutorials are excellent and the rotary cutting and sewing are straightforward. But imagine trying to piece this simple block with one hand tied behind your back while your bottom is glued to a chair!
For the longest time, I've been playing a mental game with myself. You know the one--you can't start the quilt because you haven't found the perfect fabrics yet. You can't sit down at the machine because you don't have a big enough chunk of time. The irony is, I have tons of fabric and all the time in the world. I'm just afraid that if I actually try to sew, I'll find that I can't do it anymore. That's a tough issue to face. In some ways it is harder to accept than Multiple Sclerosis itself.
My goal in joining this class is to rekindle some of the joy that quilting has always brought me. I'll be working very slowly, but hopefully enjoying the process none-the-less. Sorry to dump my frustration here. Maybe my BAH! HUMBUG! theme makes more sense now.
Don't know, when I be able to baste and quilt it, now I have to make some Christmas presents first .
Besides the fun, I'm happy, I could use up those Christmas fabric leftovers and found the matching fabrics in my stash.
Now there's only a small 7" square left of the cute angels fabric ( at the bottom ).
Any takers ?
Making small bits of progress. I pieced this word, but I don't like the colors of the word with the colors of the windsurfing boards or the background so I think I will set it aside for a different Christmas thingy and piece a different phrase for the windsurfing Santa and reindeer.
I am experimenting with using multiple fabrics for backgrounds and letters within the same word so I can use scraps. I can't decide whether it makes it confusing or if it gives it some quirk. When I free piece the letters I'm pretty good about not wasting fabric, but I cringe thinking about the amount of thread I'm using. I guess I need to come up with a leader and enders project or I need to chain piece, but I'm not practiced enough in my letter making that I can plan that far ahead in construction to chain.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
There is just one more tree and word to make and then my letters are done!
I bought a couple packages of snowflake buttons and will sew them on throughout the quilt later on. Some have just been pinned on for me to see the effect.
Tonya, hope you are safe in Paris these days! Stay safe!
Have a good evening!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I worked feverishly on my letters yesterday. I made every.single.mistake.in.the.book. I sewed 2 pieces to the wrong side of the block- 2 very long framing pieces. Unsewedx2. Resewedx2. I sewed the wrong letter to the wrong word. Unsewed. Resewed. Chopped off a very important part of a letter. Unsewed, replaced letter, resewed.
This is WHY I took this class. I know I'm anal-retentive. I know I am a direction-follower. I WAY prefer to be told what to do than have to make-up my own mind.
Really, I'm trying. This has been an exercise in patience and forgiveness. Seriously. I'm thankful I'm using forgiving modas that have a memory of presewn fabric togetherness! Otherwise this baby would look like swiss cheese!
Is anyone else having troubles? It can't be just me......or can it?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The drum goes in the middle.
The previous blocks I showed you (trees and manger) go underneath. I'm going to make some snowflakes (I think) to go along the left side.
I was so excited to attach these knitting-needle-drumsticks that I already glued them down with a super-glue thing. (I also ironed on some fusible interfacing on the back and will do some kind of loop stitching around the sticks under the mittens. Mittens are not yet attached.) Afterwards I realized that it's going to be tough quilting around those sticks. What was I thinking??? It'll be a challenge I hadn't anticipated.
I love everyone's projects and ideas so far! Looking great! By the way, I futzed with this drum many times before I settled on how it looks now. At first I was going to have a snowman doing the drumming, but that looked utterly stupid. I experimented with different backgrounds, too. Finally settled on this and like it better with no snowman at all... just the drum and the mittens provide enough of the idea.
Here's a sketch.
I will use left over reds and greens.
Well, I've been slicing and sewing. And I'm finding it much more fiddly than I expected. I think I will need to do a lot of planning if I am to avoid set-in seams.
Here's progress so far.
Now that I am this far, I'd like to continue. I can see some embroidery embellishing the surface, in due course. Gold tassels?
I do have to mention that though we have a reputation for being incredibly cold here, we've still hovering around the freezing mark with very little snow so far. I used up scraps for this project, which is why there are several blues and darks. I found a piece of a Hoffman Painted Desert print that looks like northern lights to me, which we see in the Northern Hemisphere on clear nights, both winter and summer. I took Tonya's free-pieced philosophy to heart, so there are many seams because I added a bit more fabric to make it work out. ( I'm still slightly afraid of the quilt police --will they think I can't measure?). I've had fun making this, and if I had more weeks until Christmas, I might even try a few more carol-themed quilts. Maybe next year. So I'm about to sandwich it and want to start quilting, but I'm wondering what to do. How would Tonya's free form fans look on this? What should I be quilting with? thread or perle cotton? I'm slightly nervous about all the layers from the seam allowances too.
I've enjoyed following everyone's progress on this blog. It's a great treat to log on and see what you're all working on.
Here is what I have done so far, plus a few letters that I haven't photographed yet. I wonder if I am going to wish I had varieties of backgrounds on the trees, like a bunch of you are doing? I guess that's where I tend to experiment the least, with funky backgrounds.
I made the manger block without planning how to do the baby or family or animals. I ended up just appliqueing that little manger on there. And I sewed a little heart above the manger. This really is going to be a kind of border on my finished product, so I didn't want these to get too huge.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
My colours wont be traditional Christmas colours. When I was a little girl and people asked me what my favourite colour was, I would say "Orange and Purple". These days I'm quite fond of the combination of "Raspberry and Lime". I seem to have some of all of those colours in my stash I'm going to ty to crombine them.
I've heeded Tonya's advice and started on something easy - the trees. Here are my first few.
One of things I'd like to includes is some presents. Laura has drawn some very cute ones on her martini quilt design. I'm not quite sure how to go about these, particularly the bows. Any suggestions Tonya? Do I combine piecing and applique?
Here is the inspiration for my piece:
I gave this Christmas ornament to my mom and I think I'll make a wall hanging for her to go with it. I might create a few reindeer on surfboards to accompany Santa.
I have been sewing for years, but I am a new quilter. Today I made a trip to my friendly neighborhood fabric shop to buy batting for the first time and was knocked over by the choice. Do you have any tips for batting selection? Is there a particular type (wool, cotton, poly, etc) or weight you like to use for hand quilting, and is it different from batting you would use for machine quilting? Is there a batting you tried and would not use again? Why not? Have you ever had anything wild happen with the batting after quilting and washing?
Many thanks to those of you who have left comments on my blog! I'm having a breather now that I'm back from holiday and guests are gone, and I will definitely be checking out your blogs soon.
Friday, November 23, 2007
This is what I've accomplished this week. Would have done more ..... but wanted you gals to catch up to me! :o)
My letters are a tad too straight and formal and I really need a lemon martini to shake things up a bit.
So .... will plow away and see what there will be to show you all next week!
Have a great weekend!
But I think I have an idea - I want to do some kind of night scene with little houses (or at least one house) lit up inside. Probably some pine trees around it, maybe in the woods - the theme is COZINESS!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Well done everyone on the progress you are making. Love what you've all done. Have to ask what a lemon drop martini is, sound delicious!
I got all my letters done and just need to get the last word together. I think the 'o' in 'to' is too large and they are not as wonky as everyone else's. I'm finding it hard to cut unevenly. The next thing is to work on the picture to go with it. It will be a beach scene showing a kiwi with Christmas stockings on. Not sure how I'm going to do that since I am no artist, but I'm having fun anyway.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Eee gads I go away for a short trip and come back to find Tonya is doing something fun again. I most certainly want to join in the fun! I know I won’t get mine done before Christmas as I just have way to many things on my plate at the moment but I was able to form my idea onto paper this weekend and don’t think it will take too much to execute it. My friends and I have taken a liking to Lemon Drop Martini’s. Because of this our annual Florida trip this year became the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Martini trip. My friend Marguerite drew up the martini block and we all made one up and had a drawing for the winner. I wasn’t the lucky one but decided on the spot that I had to have my own Yellow polka dot martini quilt so Tonya’s challenge gives me that opportunity. I love all the ideas so far, isn’t Tonya the best in offering this to us all!
Now to find the perfect limey green/red polka dot fabric for my border before my vacation the week after Christmas!
She explains: "This is Brenda from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our winters are usually cold and snowy, so my winter quilt focuses on snow. My inspirations for this project were your free-pieced trees and the line from the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas: When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even."
She's doing great, isn't she. I love the word "deep" how it dips in the middle and wonderful trees - especially that little on on the right. Love the mix of fabrics for the background - looks like sunlight glinting off of snow.
Now we go from peaceful to bright. This is where I am on my Christmas quilt. I need to do trunks on trees today and then start moving things around, decide if I need more of anything, less of anything...
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
the Lady Elk. Somehow they look as if they have figured it out ... :-)
Thanks so much for this class, there are so many great ideas. I looked through my stash and thought oh, I could use this idea for this fabric and that for another...
My letters are better and I'll use them, but when I looked at the tutorial again, I found out mine are still too straight. I like the crooky look better .
So now I can concentrate on the hearts and letters. And I'm already pondering about the quilting. Tonya, I love your free-hand fans, maybe I'll try them or maybe I should quilt hearts on the lime background ?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I really think I must have missed a lot by not taking the previous class. Even though I'm checking Tonya's tips on making letters, I think the class activity itself must have been quite informative. At any rate, I'm enjoying this process!
Does this make sense?
Have fun piecing it - I'm really looking forward to seeing this project of yours in fabric.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
My theme is winter and this is what I’ve done so far. Blue and white will be my predominant colours. Those letters are hard! The first letter I started with was the W. What was I thinking? Should have started with the I first. Anyway, my first W ended up in the garbage after parts were removed to add to the R. Waste not.
There will be snow people and they will be appliquéd on using a buttonhole stitch. Felt is being used and I am stuffing them to give a 3-D effect. And, since I’m from Canada, there will be an igloo. There will be letters running along the remaining three borders and more trees.
This may be all the photos for a while as it looks like my camera just went on the fritz. Here is hoping that it is just the camera card that is the problem.
I have tried to leave comments on your blogs, but keep getting an error message from Blogger. Is anyone else having the same problem?
Have a great day, eh!
I'm happier with them now. I tried some white fabric underneath them for snow but it looked very stark. Unfortunately I don't have any more of the snowflake fabric I've used for the sky, so I think I'll dye some fabric in the microwave today to use for snow and possible background for the letters. Wonder if my boss will let me have tomorrow off to get on with them?
Thanks for visiting my blog. You have your settings as no-reply so that when you leave a comment I can't email you back directly.
This is my hot cross buns recipe. I now use a bread maker to knead the dough (using the dough function so it stops at the right time) and then I take it out after the first rising and shape it into buns
tsp = teaspoon (5 ml)
tbsp - tablespoon (20 ml)
100ml boiling water
3 tsp Surebake yeast (a dried yeast with improvers in it)
3 cups white flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
1 cup dried fruit
2 tsp mixed spice
I throw all this in the bread maker and when it has finished its thing shape it into 24 buns which I put in the pan to rise as per the picture. When they have "rizzed"enough I pipe a cross on them made from 2 tbsp cornflour, 2 tbsp white flour 1/4 tsp baking powder, pinch salt, 2 tbsp milk (approx) all mixed together. I bake them at 220 degrees Celsius for 10 min and then 180 degrees for another 5 min. After taking them out of the oven I glaze them with a mixture of 1 tbsp sugar dissolved in t tbsp boiling water.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
- baby Jesus
- friends and family
I've always wanted to make an advent quilt, but I'm not sure how to make that happen with this project. I also don't want to fall into my personal trap of biting off more that I can chew.
I'm really inspired by the work that has already been posted. I guess I better get sketching!
I'm over in the sidebar (MommaQuilts). It's a new blog, so there isn't much there yet.
For my wallhanging I want to do something about music. It is a very important part of Christmas for me. I have a rough sketch I made in about 30 seconds, and I have been mulling over the idea since I drew. So far, nothing in fabric yet. (I failed when trying to upload the sketch.. maybe next time.)
Heidi, I LOVE your elk! And the person who is doing the direction pole to towns named like Christmas? What a great idea!!!
Maybe I'll work on my idea a little later today, after a nap. (I have a cold which has drained my energy.)
P.S. My blog is Giraffe Dreams... link is over there on the right.
Here are the houses with different people (and creatures) at the windows and doors, waiting for their chimney pots. I want to add some snow in front of the houses to make an album quilt, and get all the visitors to our house over the Christmas period to sign their names. I'm also planning to do some words. 'Goodwill to all men' is the current favourite.
Now I'm off to cook the tea and think about chimneys.
I'm 27, a combat veteran, and I'm VERY silly. I usually think outside the box, EXCEPT for my quilts. I'm a great copyer, not great with colour, and I tend to like more traditional patterns. I joined this group to get me to think outside the (nine-patch, no triangles, straight lines) box. Like I said, I'm a copyer, so when Tonya posted her Santa Alien, I loved it, but I had to tweak it. I suppose owning every season of The Next Generation on DVD makes me a Trekkie (and late-night debates about whether a character from the holodeck and a starfleet officer could have children and all the logistics therein), and I really must be, because when I saw it I mentally removed an eye and changed the skin colour, et voila, Vulcan. Santa Spock. That's my idea for this winter class, and we'll see just how far I can throw my templates, rulers, and Borg-like quest for perfection.
aside: My blog is linked in the sidebar, but only recently are there craft posts and very few of them at that. The rest is insight into my life. If you have the time and inclination, I welcome readers. I have strong, currently unpopular opinions. You've been warned... :)
It was such fun...I think that I should read the tutorials again and maybe print them out...because there was much throwing away and seam tearing. I think that I also might make mine somewhat ambi-seasonal because I just love this word and this material and think that it would look nice in the craft room all the time.
Is it easier to do smaller letters when you are more of a pro?? and Why am I such a fabric miser? :)