Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Run Run Runner

absolutely my favorite fabric line ever.Allspice Tapestry by Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quan Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.not making it anymore.good thing i have more tucked pattern found here on Sweetwater.
found out about it here on Jaybird.
then Jaybird put it here on Moda Bake Shop.
would you believe there's another photo here on Flickr.if you make one. and enter. Sweetwater is giving away one of those awesome Authentic jelly rolls.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Secret Knitting

can i sit still long enough so that i can say i finished this in 21 months.
almost finishing a $4. scarf is just as satisfying as finishing a $34. scarf.
convincing your niece to work two things on one needle.knitting with girl colors when the next baby shower is for a boy.if you are local you may find it of interest that the Comstock Ferre building and seed store has closed down. because the building closed the knitting store had to close. this knitting store was a second location which opened up on the second floor of the Comstock Ferre building. no AC. no heat. wooden floors. but an absolute delight to visit and knit. the main store which used to be located in West Hartford has been in Bloomfield for about two years. only wish i had taken pics in Wethersfield so i could show them to you. here are seats from Wethersfield moved into Bloomfield.i can't knit unless i hand-roll my yarn. obsessively checking for knots. and i also have to cast on all my pieces at one time. and work on them all at once. but it seems that Nora has inspired Bridget to work two things on one needle. crazy huh. but it really doesn't get better than that. so the three of us have our secret projects to work on.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


by now you must have guessed it's not me picking out the fabric.Starscape BOM can be found here. they send enough to make 8 stars. then only scraps to play with. that's how i made this block.

Monday, August 17, 2009


2 more. 8 stars done. 72 more to go.a really hot iron and a sense of humor.

Monday, August 10, 2009


2 more. 6 stars done. 74 more to go.yeah. i was able to fix the shortage on the triangles by cutting them bigger than recommended.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Thread

i found this cute stitchery here. i also have one of the bicycles. and i might get the basil. not sure what i will do with this. but after i make another one i'm sure i'll think of something. so proud to have dipped into my stash of thread. but the happy dot i got @ JoAnn's. 5/8 yd. 30% off. $3.06. i was able to cut eight 10 in. squares.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Radio Windmill

i used background fabric inside this block in lieu of contrasting fabric. this places attention on the red and yellow blades. a contrasting fabric would have placed attention on the square of the block. does that make sense. i placed my blocks over some fat quarters not using in this quilt. i would like to use these yellow polka dots in the green and mauve colorways in another project. i love the blue. but i couldn't pass up getting the others while they were's my progress on the Hope of Hartford quilt. on a cooler night this would have been a snap to finish. but each puff of the iron throws unnecessary heat on the hands. hands which are crying out to wait for another day.i have to say i continue to learn new things taking this class. and the book fully explains each step in detail. for example. to make the above blocks. using two squares right sides together. we first mark with an "x". then sew on the left side to the middle. pivot across center. then sew on the right side. then rotate and do it again. when you cut on your marked "x" lines. you get 4 pieced triangles. which you sew to a full triangle. the top row are for my blocks. the bottom row are for my ribbon border. my teacher recommends not cutting your squares into triangles until you are ready so they don't pull out of shape. normally when i am in class i listen to the teacher and then just do it the way i want to. because there is always more than one way. but in exchange for my time and money i have vowed to try new techniques hoping that "they will be good for me". last month i found myself telling everyone that they weren't using the right ruler to trim their blocks. that would have been me before. using whatever ruler i wanted. next month we use the mini flying geese ruler. it sometimes takes me the entire three hours of class to complete my block. but i like to think that i am attending "quilt school".

Monday, August 3, 2009


2 more. 4 stars done. 76 more to go.i barely made the seam allowance on a few triangles. i must figure out why.