Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today's List

Oh The lists get longer and longer and the errands greater and greater (I often HATE errands) as I prep for travel in my near future.

Today looks like this:
  • Trim Bind and Wash Anna's Flannel Quilt (I finally finished the quilting)
  • Hope that Fabric for dresden plates gets delivered (and hope I ordered the correct colors - if not - oh well) I really want to finish these.
  • Buy Fabric for Bonnie Hunter Jamestown Landing workshop
  • Pick up a new bobbin case for my Pfaff (blerg!)
  • Prep handwork for upcoming travel
  • Take Kids to classes
  • Pick Kids UP from said classes (this is the part I have to set an alarm for)
  • Register kids for MORE classes
  • Bank
  • Bills
  • Anna's Haircut
  • And the usual - Laundry, dinner, dishes, etc...

Goodness I'm tired just writing it down.  I better get off the computer and get to it!

Oh and a funny:
That's my poofy cat (PC) in Alessia's carrier.  Don't worry, Lessie isn't in there.

I'll keep you posted!


Friday, February 01, 2013

A Patchwork Kind if Girl?

I am a patchwork kind of girl.  

I am NOT an applique kind of girl.

I love cutting and piecing and joining the seams and the finished look and utility of patchwork.  

Patchwork quilts are friendly and relaxed - comfortable, warm, and down-home, while appliqué quilts (especially those haughty Baltimore girls) seem formal and uptight, staid and even a bit snobby (humorous reference only to the quilt's personality NOT the makers').  Oh appliqué quilts are beautiful - NO DOUBT, they are true works of fine craftsmanship and dedication - but if I threw someones Baltimore Album quilt (click the link for an example)on the ground for our picnic people would


For the entirety of my long and illustrious quilting career I have avoided appliqué.  Besides the formality of most appliqué work, the idea of all the pieces shifting around or working around pins - YUCK!  Except, I NEEDED to appliqué these dresden plates.  What ever should I do?


Yes, glue.  Specifically temporary water washable appliqué specific glue (I know I can also use elmer's washable and it's not $9.00/tiny bottle but I bought this BEFORE I knew...).   I tried it.  It works. See:

After stitching and removing glue basting

After stitching and removing glue basting

  I LOVE it! 

close up of tiny stitches

I might have a problem.  I seem to be looking for things to hand appliqué.  Alas, this patchwork girl might have to broaden my horizons.

On the Finish Along Front:

It seems like I should have more marked off my list.  I've been working and sewing and cutting and pressing...  but not finishing much.

Many of my projects are 'on the cusp' of finished - right there on the verge - like teenagers - chomping at the bit to be out the door, but not quite ready.

I feel February will be a month of MANY finishes!

I'll keep you posted!