Showing posts from October, 2010

Ooh ooh!

Did you see?! Bonnie is doing another mystery quilt! I have never done one before but I've soooo wanted to try one of hers. Let me know if you decide to do it too, ok?

I'm off to the sewing room to pull the required 5 Yards of scrappy neutrals in preparation, yay!
(ooooh, i need a good stash buster!)

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Whew, I made it!  I hate being late to the party, but considering I had to bind this before a proper photo shoot and then write the post, I'm quite proud of myself for getting it all done on the first day of the festival.  I made this wall hanging for my cousin's dorm room.  She's planning to double major in biomedical engineering and discrete mathematics.  I asked her for a 3-6 letter word that I could sew into a piece of fabric art for her room, I was thinking something cheerful along the lines of "hope" or "dream" so I was a bit surprised when she said "logic" or "entropy".  I told her I'd do "logic" because it has less seams..

I made her pillows in the same colorscheme last year.  It's my grand plan to help her make a matching quilt for her first apartment after graduation (but that's still a ways off..).  I like making mini quilts like this (and this one I made for Shannon) because they go together in no ti…


it's a strange hobby, this "blogging."
sometimes I'll have good photos or a fun project to share but no time to get my thoughts in order and I end up with a post that looks the way I wanted it to, but sounds a bit off.  Or there are the pensive evenings, like tonight, when after I pour over other people's blogs for the better part of an hour (and get lost in certain flickr pages, like this one), I end up with lots to say but no pretty pictures to accompany my ramblings.  Anyway, here's what's on my mind..
I'm a bit bummed that I am unprepared for the Fall Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  I would love to participate this round, but ideally I'd like to be in the first 200 bloggers, on the Mr. Linky thing.  Last time I was 500-and-something and felt kind of like that one quilt at the show that's hung waaaay in the back, in a dark corner.  Maybe I'll miraculously remember some quilt and photograph & blog about it in the next 24 hours.  We'…


Two progress shots of the same quilt? No!
the top one is Merrill's, the bottom is mine. 

Yesterday Merrill & Sabrina came over for a play date, but the moms ended up playing more than the kids!

Merrill started her diamond star about a month ago, not really sure if she was going to like it, but man, she got obsessed pretty quickly. :)  So quickly that she started to get bored of her own scraps so we arranged a playdate for her to paw through my stash.  I have been offering to share fabric since I found out she quilted when we met last year.  I said, "come over, I have a lot of fabric.."  But over the phone she politely hesitated that she didn't want to just take my fabrics.  Haha!  once we got cozy and gave the kids some toys, I brought over my bin of fat quarters for her to start with.  After that she went through the drawer of "less than FQ" scraps, as I pulled brights from my shelves of yardage.  Some point in the middle she got a bit overwhelmed and …

See, I'm not the only one..

My friend Amber has written a great post on quilting in public.  She doesn't restrict herself to the car, but flaunts it out on the playground too! 

Have you quilted in public lately?  Take a photo and share it with us!

I thought this would be fun

sometimes it just takes one little thing to set ideas into motion

for me, it was this: I was tired of having random spools of thread all over my sewing table and then knocking them on to the floor when I pulled a large quilt through the machine.  Yeah, I have thread holders.  two of them,
and they are even nicely mounted on the wall, but I found I wasn't really making the effort to get up and walk over there to put a thread away when I wanted to change colors.  The layout of my space wasn't really working for me.  So my original idea was to get a small thread holder that I could mount right next to where I sit at the sewing machine.   Yesterday I bought one and did just that.  But then...
I decided to rearrange the furniture, just adding the thread holder wasn't going to be enough and I had an epiphany about where to put all the big furniture pieces and make better use of the space in the room.  So I went from this:

to this:

 and now I can..
-access a larger surface of my design wall
-Sit further away from the design wall to get a better vie…

Mail Call!

The following went out today:

a HUGE bag of scraps to Bonnie, via the 15minsplay scrap swap.

a baby quilt for Jake.

a wedding magazine for my cousin Janel (so glad I don't have to plan a wedding this year!)

and some bee blocks:

Snail's Trail for Lesly

Improv Crosses for Pam

Wonky Stars for Susan

No good mail for me so far this week, but packages have been arriving for my birthday boy...

Make it personal.

A Review of Quilter's Home's Modern Quilting article

After my last post I felt I really needed to track down a copy of Quilter's Home June/July '10 and read the article that made Susan think of me.. And I'm glad I did, because by entering my quilts in the local show, I'm doing exactly what QH says needs to happen to bring the online quilt world and the real life quilt world together.  Glad they agree with me. :)
Overall I had some mixed feelings about the article.  Their definition of Modern sounded rehashed (haven't we had that discussion already?) and I don't really agree with their rendition.  I think there's a lot more to it than geometric shapes and large white spaces, but I agree that the computer and the internet are essential creative tools to the movement and that there wouldn't be a "movement" without blogs.  I didn't like the quote from the product manager at Westminster that implied that it is mainly the designers' …

Thoughts on quilting IRL

Funny title, I know.  Of course we quilt "in real life" --the internet can do many amazing things, but picking up a needle and thread is not one of them.  What I want to write down are my thoughts on the flip side of this post, or my comforting realization that I am part of the real life quilting community that I've always wanted. 
This year I joined two guilds.  In March, the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild (look, we even have a BLOG now!), and in September the Evening Star Quilters here on Long Island.
The October meeting of the NYC Mod guild was really special for me.  I left May's meeting thinking I might not return, that maybe the commute and time spent away from home weren't really worth it.  I wasn't sure if it was the group I wanted to belong to.  Then I talked to Victoria a little more over the summer, and I started reading 15minutesplay.  By the time the October meeting came around, I feel the need to give it another try.  And I'm really really gl…

Mail Call!

Mail In:
Fabric for an Ohio Star block for Claudia.

Mail Out:
A star block to Dee for the Incredible Shrinking Quilters Bee

An orphan house block to Amber for her Houses & Trees project
A thank you envie of kitty fabric for Amy, in return for the great selection of reds she sent for my Travel Q #3. (sorry, no pics).
Oh, and the 60°Diamond EPP Quilt-Along group is all set up!  Come check out the piecing we're doing~