Thursday, May 28, 2009

rainy day blues

despite having taken all day off and having gotten a lot of rest last night, i wasn't terribly productive quilt-wise. i've got almost all of my strips for my 9 patches done, and some whole blocks done. although they're taking a long time to piece, they're turning out really well, and my seams are all matchy-matchy, which is lovely.

Monday, May 25, 2009

so i says "ba-ba-da-BAAAAAH"

and he said: "yeah, but you've been working on it for four weeks, it should look awesome"
me: "fuck yeah, but did you see those corners??"
i wish that this were a punch line or something...but really, lookit my corners! :

also, scrappy quilty: 10 blocks done, 125 to go.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

inspiration #5,390,403

srsly, i need to stop being inspired. today it was this plus this mixed with a little of this:

which became (and will continue to become) this:

and ultimately this:

i'm pretty excited. :) oh, and: i've decided that i need 135 of these, and then 135 of my "other" stripe--white, i think (or mebbe linen since i've been eyeing everything oh fransson does with linen which turns out beautifully). no problem, right?

also, today was definitely the first full day of flip flop weather, and my feet were summer dirty again tonight--had to wash them before i could climb into bed, and i spent so much time outside today that the dog is DONE. i'm very ready for the summer. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

some slight progress...

i've been slightly distracted lately. my guild's show was pretty awe inspiring. and regular inspiring. i've been told in no uncertain terms that i'm expected to produce something for the next show. or several somethings. :) something to look forward to. some more inspiration that has come from the show is this alzheimer's quilt.

one of the women in the guild produced some written instructions. basically, the quilts need to provide visual interest (colour), textural interest (different fabrics) and some repetative movement (beads, zippers, velcro, etc). this particular quilt came together REALLY quickly from my pile as well as my mum's scraps from a variety of different projects. i will definitely be making more, since they're SUPER creatively open and give me a chance to try out a ton of different things, as well as practice top stitching, getting my corners to match, etc. defs love the medium, and being able to participate in the charity aspect of the guild. :)

next up: the wedding quilt:

it's coming along at least, and only two point squares will have to be ripped and redone, so that's not too bad. i'll have the blocks pieced before long, maybe by next weekend, and then i will just have to figure out what to do with the back and gather some batting. this will be my first attempt at quilting the whole thing myself, (not just tying the quilt) which is kind of exciting! and scary, especially considering it's a gift for an AMAZING seamstress and quilter. yikes.

oh! and some exciting news: my grandmother is scaling down and moving and she GAVE ME A QUILTING FRAME! so i'm going to try to learn something about hand quilting and see if I can manage to quilt something myself. YAY! and, another exciting: i also scored my aunt's fancy-dancy quilting table thinger that goes with my machine (like professionally, not just some table or whatever) and folds out to have extra table space to hold my project, and the level goes up and down and there's a fitted acrylic template made specifically for my exact machine model. HOLY. one final little brag: i love my new machine so much. i'm pretty sure that my old singer would have left me in tears by now, the difference is just SO vast between my old machine and my new machine. *loves*

Thursday, May 7, 2009

slow and steady wins the race...

i guess. i'm impatient though, and with the attention span of a gnat. but the wedding quilt is coming along.

all the peaks are sewn together and ironed flat

quilt 006

and some of them are trimmed.

quilt 004

and all the rest of my squares are cut.

quilt 007

and i have a small pile of blocks that are going to need a slight revisit because they aren't big enough. :(

quilt 002

hopefully this pile stays the smallest. now back to trimming! (also, for the record, the accountability post worked!)

Friday, May 1, 2009

because i need some accountability...

i'm going to get the cutting done for the wedding quilt tonight, and start sewing on it tomorrow. which also means that my sewing room (yet AGAIN) needs some slight tidying...