I drew sketches, I rummaged for fabric. A library book I found said the "Shoo Fly" pattern ws a good beginning quilt pattern for young girls. Well, I wasn't exactly a 9-yr old, but simplicity was needed! I started cutting hundreds of squares and triangles one by one, tracing them onto fabric with a pen from a template I made from a cereal box. I even cut triangles while camping! I had not heard about rotary cutters...
The piecing went relatively smoothly, which meant I could dive in on the quilting. HAND quilting. On a KING size quilt. What was I thinking??
Well, after a lot of work, and lots of "rest" periods (some were years long) the quilt is finally finished! Here she is, in her rightful spot on our bed.
While I will probably not tackle a big quilt project like this again soon (at least the hand quilting), I do enjoy sewing and the creative problem solving that requires. The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival is coming up this weekend... I can't wait to start planning my next project!
The under-sink area is uhg-ly! We need to do something to cover the hole, yet retain access to water valves.
I have a soft side. He bought me flowers. But he also knows I'm a dreamer yet practical, so he bought Stargazer Lilies which I can plant and (hopefully) keep alive for years to come.
I 'm a geek, and I love a good laugh. So a subscription to "Scientific American" shows up in the mailbox. Two issues at once! January's topic: "The Most Powerful Idea in Science: the Evolution of Evolution" (with a whiny article about Creationist trying to get their way in schools via legislature). February's features: "How eating meat contributes to global warming" and "Black holes may have even stranger siblings that violate known laws of physics."
Hmm. One month scientists can't deal with the idea of things happening outside the scope of purported scientific laws, and the next month they're intigued by them. The sacred temple of science looks more like a circus tent to me; pitch it where ever there's a crowd to pay admission.
We ordered some tin ceiling panels to redo our water-damaged ceiling. I love the look of time-worn tin, with the paint rubbed and cracked. You can buy panels already painted with this look for the cost of your arm, leg and firstborn. Since I like bipedal action and my children too much, I decided to do it myself. So 37 panels and yards of bright shiny tin crown molding arrived on my doorstep. I'm still figuring out my process, but there's lots of fun to be had in the process!
Which of the two panels do you like best? Dull and subtle details, or bright and high-contrast details?
finish Steve's birthday socks - 70 % done
finish Hemlock Ring cardigan -did nothing
flannel nightgown for daughter - fabric cut & ready to sew
flannel PJs for boys #2 & #3 - did nothing
canvas log carrier - 1st attempt was too small & turned into a tote bag, will try again
ironing board cover (not very inspiring, but much needed) DONE!
baby gift for new hobbit nephew (born on Tolkien's birthday, Jan 3) DONE! (knitted, not sewn)
Ugh. Not very good. But I did do a few things NOT on my list:
-sewed a jumper for my daughter
-knit fingerless mitts for myself
Here are the goals for February:
finish Steve's b-day socks
get body of Hemlock Cardigan done
sew flannel pjs for daughter
plan dresden plate quilt rescue
sew log carrier in final form
find fabric for spring jacket