Monday, January 23, 2017

Bright Thread on Black Fabric & January Projects

I love the backs on both of these quilts...

Bright lime green on a black/deep purple backing fabric.

Bright harvest gold on a solid black backing.


  • Master bedroom painted. Check.  Next up on the list will be the new window treatments, starting with Roman Blinds (hopefully will start tomorrow?)
  • I'm attempting to put together a portfolio of quilts.  All quilts have been dragged out, lightly spritzed, and then rolled into tubes on the diagonal in an attempt to remove the fold lines so they can be photographed.  The photos need to be taken outside on an overcast day.  The Universe has gotten carried away with the 'overcast' thing.  If this stupid FOG doesn't go away soon ...  Well, in addition to me not being able to take photos, we are all going to start getting a bit moldy.
  • As a member of the Program Committee for the Caledonia guild I've been trying to organize a sewing event for our March meeting when we can work on outreach quilts.  I bribed a friend with dinner, so she agreed to come help me sort out the guild collection of blocks (hokey smokey!!  There were TONS of them!).  Last night we kitted up six bags with a plan.  Two tops are already almost completely finished from last year, they just need a couple more rows and/or a border.  Four bags require assembly, but have plans enclosed.  There is another group of blocks that will make a nice sampler quilt that I hope to prep.  Additionally, we bagged two future projects that need a bit more planning, and there is still a bag with lonesome blocks that need sorting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Storyteller Quilt and "business casual" fashion advice

Here is a Block of the Month from Connecting Threads:  "The Storyteller".

The central medallion gave me some challenges as far as quilting designs, but I think it turned out well.

Six borders.  Yah.

Gorgeous back.

This is the only way you can see the Celtic Braid design in the outer border.

This does not qualify.  My advice, if you are expecting customers, is to NOT dress like this.  I was painting the bedroom.  That took me longer than I anticipated, and the customers arrived earlier than anticipated, so, you know... I look bad.
Speaking of painting; I really miss the days when I could go up and down the ladder a million times, then crawl around on the hard floor for hours, and STILL have energy to go out and party all night with friends.  These days when I'm finished I need help to crawl down the five stairs to the kitchen so I can open the aspirin bottle.  Afterwards, someone needs to tip me over into a hot bath with epsom salts.  sigh.

Monday, January 9, 2017

9-Patch Beauty & Meryl Streep

The simple 9-Patch block in pastels.  This is such a pretty effect.

The quilting request was to enhance the diamond shapes, and quilt feathers.

That shell feather border is so pretty.

The backing was a nice muted fabric that shows the quilting beautifully.

Last night, I decided to watch the Golden Globe awards.  Normally, I don't watch award shows.  Hubby was glued to the football games, so I figured I could escape upstairs, keep one eye on the tv and the other eye on the weekend Sudoku puzzle.  Lots of pretty clothes, and lots of nice speeches.  I have no idea why Sylvester Stallone's daughters were featured... can anyone tell me?

Anyhow... Meryl Streep was honoured with the Cecil B. Demille award.  Did you see her speech???  She made me cry (and she commented on how great Canadians are 💗).  If you missed it, here is a link to a Youtube video of her speech.  Or, here is a link to a NY Times article with the story of her speech and Donald Trump's response.  Warning:  My Personal Opinion ... he is such an asshole.  Donald Trump, I mean.  I hope he does make America great again, but I think the personal cost to the citizens of the USA will be high.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

I am starting off 2017 with a clean kitchen floor, new coffee cups, and a Sewing Marathon Day with some friends both near and far.
What are you up to for the first day of a BRAND NEW YEAR?

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Black & White Christmas

Modern quilt, from a Drunkard's Path base.

Love the pillow ticking fabric.

Modern Dresden Fan.

The turquoise really pumps up the black & white prints.

Labyrinth quilt.  So graphic!

You don't dare mix up your piecing with this quilt.

I knocked off work at 2:30 pm on the 24th.  Went directly upstairs and cracked open the Baileys. 😁
DH and I had very specific plans for Christmas Movies this year.

  • Dec 23rd - Diehard
  • Dec 24th - The Sound of Music
  • Dec 25th - The Grinch with Jim Carrey
I had never really thought of Diehard as a Christmas movie before.  But in fact, it takes place at a Christmas office party,  so I guess that qualifies it.  I was giggling at the 80's hair.  And startled to see people SMOKING IN THE AIRPORT. Wow, the good old days, eh?

DH has never (!) seen The Sound of Music.  He gave me a bit of stinkeye when he realized it was three hours long, ha ha ha.  But he was a trooper and sat through it. 💓

Today I started The Winter Project.  All three bedrooms need painting, so this afternoon I did the cutting in part on the first two, which are the same colour.  Tomorrow will be 'roller' day.  Room number three is the master bedroom, and it can't be started until a large hunk of drywall is replaced.  Bad windows were leaking for, like, 30 years.  That problem is finally fixed.  DH has torn out the bad drywall, but he had enough brains to stay away from the home improvement store today.  Also, it was pouring rain.  That is NOT a good day to bring home drywall in the back of a pickup truck.

When I'm working on a Project I am grateful for leftover turkey in the fridge.  We don't have to worry about cooking for DAYS.  When repeated turkey dinners get nauseating we can switch it up with either turkey pot pie, or shit-on-a-shingle (translation:  hot turkey sandwich).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Decorating 101 for Longarm Quilters

Step 1:  Put a Christmas quilt and Christmas pillowcases on the bed.

Step 2:  Put a Christmas quilt on the other bed in the guest room.

Step 3:  Put a Christmas quilt on the couch.

Step 4:  Hang a Christmas panel in the workroom.  For sale.  $10.00 each. 23.5" x 42".  Call or email me if you want one. 🎄

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bear Paw Quilt and the First Cold of the Season

Isn't this a beautiful Bears Paw quilt?  I love the addition of trees in the border.

Stitch-in-the-ditch: the borders, the trees, setting triangles, sashing, perimeter of the bear paw block, and green ribbons.

Half inch straight lines in the background.  Motifs in all the pieced units.

With the colour variation between the brown border and the brown setting triangles, I treated them separately instead of quilting as all one unit.

Evergreens were added to the tree border, along with windy/cloud background fill.  In between the pieced trees there is a bit of grass quilted in to fill the spaces.

Beautiful back.

It is pretty traditional at all guilds (I think) to celebrate Christmas at the last meeting of the calendar year with some kind of food event .  Binbrook meets on the last Monday of the month, so our Christmas pot luck supper was on Monday, Nov. 28th.
Picture a line of banquet tables laden with food.  Platters, casseroles, crock pots, salad bowls, each with their own serving utensil.  Now... picture 20 or 30 ladies all lined up, filling their plates.

Are you with me so far?  Many women.  Each one touching every single serving utensil.  Is it any surprise that I woke up Friday morning with the beginnings of a cold?  😷
I've been drowning my poor body with lemon/ginger tea.  Onion soup.  Comb honey on toast.  On Sunday I slept until 10:15 am.  I know that humour is good for what ails you, so I spent last night watching and laughing through Bridget Jones' Baby. Today I was up at 3:00 am with a headache.  I will probably need a nap by 11 am.  However, SO FAR this has not progressed beyond the froggy/sore throat/slightly feverish stage.  I have another pot luck scheduled this week and a guild dinner next week.  I do not want to be sick!  I work in the basement.  Alone.  Generally feeling like a solitary cave-dweller.   I N.E.E.D. my social events.  Let's all send a rallying cry out to the Universe:  "Keep Helen Healthy!!!".  Thankyou. 💖