Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thank you all for your comments, prayers and good thoughts. Now, back to purses!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Please add them to your prayers.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So...I did get the "Hazelnut Hill" site up on blogger with a slide show of about 8 or 9 bags. There are more that I will add when the weather clears and I can get outside to take photos. As I have mentioned before, no two are alike. I only buy enough fabric usually to make 2 bags and each of those would be from a different design or the color placements are different. At some point I have to throw a couple of diaper bags into the mix. I have designed one that I think is terrific but it is still on paper with no prototype.
That's the update, folks. Here's hoping I get a whole lot done this weekend!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I came down with a cold in the middle of the night but I still managed to be productive today – even if it meant a tissue stuck in the sleeve of my sweatshirt all day! The weather here is awful – cold, rainy and gray. I was supposed to be sewing at my sister’s house but several of our friends were going to be there and I didn’t want to drag my nasty germs over and infect others. Truth be told, I really didn’t want to get out of my sloppy sweats, either!
I have spent the entire day in the studio. I have 8 bags cut and pieced. I cut all the fusible interfacing so that is next. I find that if I do them in sort of an assembly line fashion they go faster. The worst part is constantly changing thread color. I try to group fabrics by color so there isn’t quite as much of that.
My big accomplishment is this
I didn’t have anywhere to hang it it the studio so this is the best photo I could take. Here are some close ups of the quilting
Monofilament is not easy to use. However, if you use a top stitch needle, loosen your tension and don’t go too fast, it works out fine. I did not have any thread breaks from start to finish. I finally think I know how to use this thread! I have also been practicing a lot of the stitches that Leah Day demonstrates in her tutorials and I find that my free motion quilting is improving every time I quilt.
Hope your day was productive and you were warm and dry wherever you are!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I’ve got it, people and I’ve got it bad! I need to make many, many more bags. They weigh heavy on my mind. They have been taking up all my time in the studio. I think I may have snapped. Instead of bags, last night at midnight I was doing this
Fish! I was making fish for a quilt based on a McKenna Ryan pattern. I have made this little wall hanging before and loved it. I dig through my stash of batiks and make little fishy pieces. I have two large pieces of blue batiks that I am going to audition with the fish on them to see which blue makes the best background. I will just fuse the fish onto the “water” and then add a narrow inner border and a wider outer border. The quilting on this is the most fun. I will use a smoke colored monofilament thread to anchor and outline the fish and then make long wiggles of stitches to represent water movement.
This project will, no doubt, occupy me for about another three or four hours and then back to the bags. I think I really just need some diversion.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Turns out that without a software package I cannot download photos directly to my computer from my phone. I also cannot send photos directly to my email. So…I emailed my photos to my friend’s iPhone and then she forwarded them to my email. After all that, I only have one that I want to show you. This is what Fabric Mart looked like when I walked in on Tuesday morning.
All the fabric down the center of the shop is the 3.99 fabric. There is even more to the right, two more tables behind me and all the way at the end and around the corner are the jelly rolls and layer cakes. See, THIS is why I stood there with tears in my eyes!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I walked into the fabric store and nearly cried. I was the first person there and they let me in a little early. (Nice folks, by the way!) Bolts and bolts of beautiful, first rate quilt fabric. One of the women working told me that someone spent just under $1000 in there the first day. I can understand that. Truly. I spent all that I could afford and I wanted to spend so, so much more. They had Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler in home dec widths. Regular quilting cottons were standard bolts but they had so much Moda it was crazy. They will be putting some of the fabric on line at reduced prices because they have much more still in the basement. I don't know when that will happen but add them to your shopping sites. They purchase designer fabrics for apparel but have lots of odd things there. Right now they have silks that are used in ties, linings, etc. and they are $1.00 a yard. I actually took photos of the shop to share but I can't figure out how to download them from the phone to my computer.
Here’s what I bought
The fabrics in the back are for bags. The fabrics in the front are for stash with the exception of the floral on the left. That will be a bag. The rest are for stash and a Christmas quilt and table runner that I am making…if I EVER finish these darn bags!!
I was so overwhelmed in the shop that I really could not make any additional decisions about exactly what I wanted. You have no idea how badly I want to go back and I just may do that! I can’t decide if I should grab more Christmas fabric since they had all of the Peace on Earth in the red color palette. They also had so much fall fabric that would be great to save for next year. There was so much more fabric that would be great in purses. I am so confused!! They close at 5 and are not open on the weekend so if I can manage to leave the office early this afternoon…
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
FABRIC MART in Sinking Spring just brought in 20,000 yards of quilt fabric (mostly Moda) and it is on sale. Sale!! $3.99 a yard. I could not go yesterday (first day of the sale) but I will be there when they open today. I gave my best quilty friend, Pam, the news yesterday and she went after work. She said it is FABULOUS! They even have Christmas prints. Oh, my!! I am hyperventilating just thinking about it. I am going into work early this morning (so I don't feel guilty about leaving the office) and will be at the shop when the doors open. Now, if you read this and are there at the same time I am, be nice to me. I only have 45 minutes to shop before I will have to return to work!!
For everyone else who reads my blog and is far, far away - please disregard the prior notice. I know you want to be here!!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tomorrow is quilting with S4 but I am begging off this time. I really need to seriously dedicate some time to purses. If I can finish 10 by the end of the weekend, I will be a happy girl!
Hope your weekend is wonderful!!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I know I should be working on purses but I need to do something different! I purchased some autumnal looking fabric yesterday when we were out doing the little quilt shop hop. (Little because there are only 4 quilt shops participating in this one.) My mother commented a couple of weeks ago that she would like a “fall” table runner for the hutch in her dining room. I have a super easy, super quick pattern that I am going to do for her today.
I have been watching the videos on Leah Day’s blog. This gal is amazing and has so many helpful hints. Please go look. She is trying to do a different free motion quilting filler every day and there are videos to watch her do the stitching. How she manages to talk and sew like she does is a mystery to me. I can barely BREATHE and free motion!
Here’s another link I would like to share. I LOVE this woman! Kim makes me laugh, makes me think and makes me cry. She is a fellow Episcopalian on a spiritual journey that is both heartwarming and heartfelt. She creates beautiful quilts. Her eye for color and design is unique and I love seeing what she is creating. Pop over and see.
OK – time to start yakking about sewing and actually do it!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I took the new photo this morning in my second floor hallway in front of a mirror. It is a little fuzzy and not because I fooled around with effects! I could not hold my hand still enough. As soon as I can talk someone into taking a "real" photo of me I will put that one up.
Until then - here's me at 57. Sheesh!