Friday, July 22, 2011
I knew I needed to get a walking foot but was putting it off because I knew as soon as I had that there was really no excuse to NOT get started on the quilting. Yes, I was intimidated. But I did it - I got started. I'm just getting my toes wet with some stitch-in-the-ditch quilting so at least I have some easy lines to follow. Is it as hard as I thought it would be? Well, yes, actually, it is. I'm finding it to be extremely awkward. I also feel as though my machine just isn't big enough, the table I have it on isn't big enough and I am not big enough. The quilt, on the other hand, seems way too big.
Maybe some seasoned experts can tell me if there is anything I can do to make this process go a little smoother - or is this just one of those things that gets easier with practice? I just hope it doesn't turn out too terrible and I do value it as a learning experience. After I get these two quilts done though, I think I will stick with table runners and place mats when I want a quilting project.
Wish me luck!.
Friday, July 15, 2011
First I throw Fall at you and now I'm steamrolling you right into the holiday season. Sorry about that. I'll go turn off my time machine now, I promise. But before I do that I'll share my new pattern set called "Jingle Belles"
As you know, I do like to step away from the boy zone here once in awhile and get back in touch with my girly side. Designing and stitching this set gave me a chance to do that and I hope other people will have as much with it as I did. Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I know, I know, I'm not ready for Fall yet either and heaven knows there are still so many more Summer days to be enjoyed.Sunny October"
School Days". Can you believe I tackled my least favorite stitch for this set?? The dreaded satin stitch - yeesh!. I'm forcing myself to do a LOT of it though and I know it will one day become my best friend.
More new things to come, my needle has been hot lately!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I distinctly recall being so excited about the end of the school year. I couldn't wait to get out of a routine for awhile and to stop looking at the clock so much. I am enjoying a more laid-back course but the adjustment has not been without it's challenges.
Don't you love how when I don't have anything that I have actually made to show you I just make you look at our nature walk pictures? Sorry, it's all I could come up with today!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I can't keep this library score to myself so I'm gushing here today at this amazing children's book, Me, Frida by Amy Novesky. I spied it in the 'to-be-shelved' pile and snagged it before it could be put away. If I hadn't, someone else would have because these illustrations by David Diaz are so mesmerizing.
Hopefully you are all having a relaxing and fun holiday weekend. We are keeping it low-key (Vince is working - boo) but we did squeeze in a round of mini golf last night. That's when we found out that 3 years old really is too young for mini golf. Oh well, it was a gorgeous evening so everyone had fun anyway.
I also baked my annual Fourth of July Apple Pie. I would have taken a beautiful photo of it to share like so many other bloggers do but to be honest we dug into that thing before I could even take my lens cap off so, who knows, maybe next year. Hope all your celebrations are just as delicious!