Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
We took a load of donations to our local Goodwill and then we decided to look around. Just for fun you know. And what do you know, there was a bunch of Wedgwood china on the racks. The lovely and intricate images of the English countryside are very relaxing. The cups feel nice to hold.
I started looking into the potential age of the particular pieces we'd just bought.
Each makers mark is different.
So I haven't determined exactly, but it was fun traveling through the web and learning about Wedgwood and so forth.
Turns out the two saucers aren't even shaped the same.
This all made me think of one of the pitchers I inherited from my Grandma.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
I finally broke down and plugged my sewing machine and one light into the many many extension cords my husband ran upstairs for us to use. And what do you know it worked! I was a little hesitant because of blowing up the machine's brain in China due to different power wiring. But this was fine and worked very well.
How do you like my Halloween manicure? One side is grey/black and the other is orange, you can tell I got bored with the power off if I'm painting my nails!
Okay, off to the sewing room to get what I sewed together pressed and carry on. We've been informed that our power goes off again tonight at 9pm for another "wind event". sigh.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
And that's the last thing I'll get done on the sewing machine before the power gets shut off in an hour or so, depending on when PG&E decides to throw us back into the stone-age.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Just heard that our power is scheduled to go out again(!) tomorrow sometime. Guess it'll be back to handwork. Fingers crossed for no more wildfires.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
And a surprise self portrait in the reflection.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Some Renaissance Ribbons, Tula Pink style. Aren't these fun? Their booth was very colorful and I wanted to buy everything. They had some of the designs printed out on this 3" wide velvet low nap ribbon. It was lovely but I refrained from buying any.
The grey honeycomb thing is a silicone mini-iron rest. Since I have one of those, I thought it'd be good to have a place to rest it when it's in use.
I've been on the lookout for a particular grey to use for a binding on the Body Double quilt, so I bought two things that might work. I just need to hold it up to the actual quilt and see how it looks.
Of course I had to get some of the Tula Pink purple monkey fabric to go with the ribbons. And another ruler fabric and a blue on blue interesting print.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
I started in on my Finish-a-Long list by working on sewing together the Kaffe Fassett quilt
I'm calling it Blue Squares (it's Red Squares in his book, Heritage Quilts) This is how it started, I only had one row sewn together but most of the other pieces cut out and sorted and labelled. (Wow, unusually organized for me!)
When I first cut this out at a CQFA retreat in 2017, I didn't have the central image fabric on hand. As I'm not following the fabric formulation exactly from the book, I did consider using something else entirely, but then I found it in the right color way. I like it a lot, the formality of the still life in the unusual colors is just great, very Kaffe, right?
The border fabric I'm using is an Amy Butler print, and after putting that on the central square, I had to try out fabrics for the larger second interior border. I had the basket swirls fabric in two color ways and one other to try. Time to "Make Visual Decisions Visually".
Here's the lighter color way of the basket swirls. I thought it was too light compared to the majority of everything else. I didn't want that much contrast at the center of everything.
Now back to sewing all these squares together.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
And all of a sudden: **Pow!** the brilliant red shining in the forest.
Friday, October 11, 2019
One of my two tables has never been ideal. It’s a drafting table and I’ve always liked the size of it, but the height isn’t adjustable. It’s too tall when I’m sitting down. And it’s way too short when I stand up to rotary cut. But now there are these newfangled height adjustable tables. I talked myself out of splurging on one, but then my husband insisted. Primarily because he saw one for sale at Costco and secondly because I was complaining about my back hurting after doing a bunch of cutting.
And here it is lowered down to sitting level. It’s not the same size or shape of the drafting table so I’ve had to move a lot of stuff around. But it’s a huge improvement in my workspace. Now if the power would come back on! It’s been a couple days and I’m itching to sew again!
Thursday, October 10, 2019
A friend in an online quilt group I've belonged to for a Very Long time asked for a block. As a group we used to do block swaps way back when and she hadn't gotten quite enough of one to actually make a quilt. Batiks was the only requirement.
It's a very easy block, just rectangles and squares, and makes for a great scrappy quilt.
I hope she likes all the new blocks that are coming her way.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Last Saturday was a CQFA meeting and we met at Needles Studio in Palo Alto. It was a great meeting and a very nice space. It's nice to try out new places like this with friends.
This is a picture of one of our members, my friend Sonja (Colorific on instagram) who is meticulously dyeing all the fabric she needs for an upcoming Nancy Crow class. She wheeled in a giant suitcase and showed us her efforts, very impressive right? Can't wait to see what she makes at the workshop.
There was a lovely amount of sunlight in the shop, a bit much at one point, which made me think this would be a nice place to come in the wintertime.
The space is set up very well, a huge counter height table with comfortable stools, and many sewing machines, one of which was an industrial strength type. There are clothing patterns, a small amount of fabric and notions for sale too.
I bought this embroidery kit, the picture makes it look like it's already done, doesn't it?
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
I'm adding some things from previous quarter's lists, adding some new things and taking one off last quarter's list. Ten is the total number again, because that worked well for me last quarter. Not too big of a list, but enough things to choose from at various stages. Sometimes I feel more like quilting instead of sewing bindings and I go to the list and pick something that works.
1. Body Double - I got the quilting done on this big piece last quarter. At least I think so, it may need more quilting. And then it needs a binding, sleeve and label.
2. Stripes -Finish piecing the top, quilt, bind, sleeve, label.
3. May You Ever Return - Finish assembly of quilt top, quilt, binding, sleeve and label.
4. Celestial Round Robin -Baste, quilt, and then add a binding and label.
5. Between The Cypress - Design on remaining appliqué, finish quilting, embellish, binding, hanging sleeve and label.
7. City Sampler - Piece top, make backing, have quilted, bind, and label.
8. Color Box - Square up, binding, hanging sleeve, and label.
9. Griffith Park Skirt - Hem and waistband.
10. Four Living Room Couch Cushions - Piece cushions from Fabmo, and other upholstery fabrics, assemble, install closures.
If you're interested in getting stuff done, making lists, checking things off and seeing what other quilters and makers are working on, come join in the finishing magic.