Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I finally got the half square triangles turned into quarter square triangles. There are 93 of them. I actually found ironing them to be more boring than sewing them.

Tomorrow I'll dig out my flannel sheet so I can use it as a design wall, and get all the blocks up along with the qsts.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Paper piecing

I finally got around to doing another paper pieced block. They really do take a long time. This shot isn't very good but I really like the block.

I need to find better papers. I think I'm going to have to break down and order more disolvable paper online.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Created by OnePlusYou

Not sure if I did well or not seeing as their are around 190 countries in the world...though part of my problem is I can't spell half the place I thought of.

HST and JK graduation

I've been making half square triangle for the Gather Leaves pattern I started months ago. Lots and Lots of HST. Which I find to be incredibly boring to make.

There are 93. Now I have to sew them into beautiful and equally boring quarter square triangles. As you can see, the pattern is mostly made up of them.

Little Bit had her last day of Junior Kindergarten Friday. She still doesn't really get that fact. Since she loved her teacher it's going to be hard to explain she doesn't get to go for the next two months. Hopefully daycare, which she also loves, will be an ok substitution for her. She hasn't slept well this week, getting up early and not falling asleep until late. So Friday around dinner I found her like this. She slept for about 13 hours straight, and then took a 3 hour nap in the afternoon yesterday.
Hopefully it means she'll be in a better mood this week. She is one cranky child when she is tired.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Birds and the Bees BOM

I finished these blocks a few days ago but didn't get around to taking a picture until yesterday.

I'm getting a bit better at the applique. Doesn't look too bad. I guess. Ok, I'm trying to convince myself I'm getting better and I will. I hope.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Two colour challenge Border Fabric

I'm still debating what to do about a border. Everyone, including me, thought the fabric too busy. I found these fabrics online but I can't tell for sure if they would go with my quilt. One of the really poohy things about only having one quilt shop in town is that I end up having to order online, which takes forever, and is always a guess if my screen, their picture etc are showing the true colours. These two are from Moda's Porcelain line. Anyone have/seen it? And do you think it would go well with Windham's China Blue?

The other idea I have is to use this, well try fussing cutting it, so the strip are the border.
There are two problems though with that. One is I am really horrible at fussy cutting, especially a border fabric. The second is I only have a yard, though I could get more without too much a problem, I think Fabric Shack still has some on sale.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Two colour challenge update

So I started today with this

And ended up with this.

Not bad for an afternoon. Funny story about the picture though. I decided sine DH was at work and I don't have a design wall, I'd just through the flimsy on my bed (yes I am about the only quilter without a quilt on her own bed). So I'm walking around the bed smoothing out the top a little when I notice a smell. A bad smell. The I look down. I've been wearing my crocs in the apartment lately because my feet have been hurting some. You don't feel doggy poop in shoes. You do, however, track it absolutly everywhere when you step in it without noticing. So before the picture could be taken I had to clean the carpet. Luckily, we have one of the home steam cleaners so it didn't take more than about 20 minutes, but oh was I pissed. And I can't even know which one of my demon dogs did it. These are the two likely suspects, but neither one if giving it up so I guess I just have to accept that it got me to clean the carpet, which needed to be done anyway.

So do you think it needs a border? If so what kind? Just plain, maybe 3 inches, of this?

Let me know what you think.


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Friday, June 13, 2008

Kind of spooky

According to the oh-so-scientific quiz at

You Are A Hazelnut Tree

You're a charmer with a killer sense of humor.

You are very demanding, but you can also be very understanding.

No matter what, you always make a lasting impression - you're quite popular.

Passionate, you are an active fighter for social causes and politics.

In general, you are moody, honest, a perfectionist, and very sexual.

Reason this is spooky is this one actually describes me pretty much perfectly. And it is arrived at by my birth date apparently. The only not exact thing is my sense of humour, it's killer if you like wit, not so much if you find the gross factor to be hilarious.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm Alive!

I can't believe it has been so long since I blogged. I got really sick with pneumonia for a while there. But not I am all better and back to sewing! YAY!

I got another of Lillbet's Garden BOMs finished yesterday.

I like the block but these fabrics are getting uglier by the block. I'm really hoping that when it is all put together and quilted I will like it. If nothing else it will be good practice if I ever get around to doing all the applique.

As I look at the picture it is not that the fabrics themselves are ugly, I just find the impact to be jarring, where I had expected from the picture on the website, and the pattern, to be softer. Oh well, I will see when it is all done.

I have made some progress on my Triple Irish Chain for the Two Colour challenge. I have the strip sets done and am hoping to get them cut and finished this week.

I cannot find the disolvable foundation papers anywhere so now I am trying to decide what to use to finish the paper pieced blocks. I'm hoping to surf around later and find some thing.