Friday, February 9, 2018

that makes a dozen...

Earth Science, Mrs. Moth Queen Amidala, Michael Myson, Melissa, Corbadoo, NoJo, Gumdrop, Super Sam, my mom, my sister, me...
LuLu needed a stocking, too...

i had already started hers
a gazillion years ago 
and it took a LOT less time to finish stitching it...
but
there it is again
she didn't much like the colors 
or the fact that her angel was a baldy...

anywho...

her favorite color is teal green...
i have no idea what that actually is
but my mind told me it is a kinda turquoise-ish blue 
so...
 i took out some of the greyish blue stitches and replaced them with a turquoise-ish blue
 added some hair 
and a braid 
and some ribbon and charms...
is THIS teal green? i asked ... no, not really, she sighed
and finished it in time for Christmas...
and then she added, but it was a good try, Nonna.
so... 

twelve stockings done
 and two to go...

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
John Steinbeck

Sunday, January 28, 2018

rule bender

every sunday
 Kathy at Kathy's Quilts hosts Slow Sunday Stitching with an InLinkz for other stitchers  to link up posts that show their slow stitching ... i have been following those links every sunday for a few years ... i always make sure that my Kindle is fully charged on saturday night so i won't miss anything ... and i have always INTENDED to actually write a post about my own slow stitching
 and then link up...

but...
yeah, THERE it is!!!

i haven't...

what USED to hold me back was that i didn't make my slow stitches on sundays
cuz that's what every other day of the week is for...

but...
there it is again!!!

 when the regular NFL season started, i realized that i DO stitch during Bronco games
 and that Bronco games are usually on sundays
 and i COULD post about slow stitches that were actually taken on sundays...

so...

before the first sunday game, i took a picture of what i was working on...
it was a Shepherd's Bush stocking and i needed to stitch and finish it before the end of november so Super Sam could hang it in time for a visit from the Man in the Red Suit on christmas eve...
easy peasy - this should take no time at all ... NOT!!!
but mmhmmm 
i didn't get around to writing the post...

before the next sunday, i realized that my stitches were in the wrong places and, by the time they were all undone and redone, i didn't write a post...
that's better
i kept taking pictures...
this does NOT look like a shepherd to me
and not posting...
he looks more like a wizard
and taking pictures...
even with the sheep, this is NOT a shepherd
and not posting...
over hill
et cetera...
over dale
et cetera...
it takes a village
et cetera...
is that ... KRYPTONITE?!?
et cetera...
T Rex and Superman and a Wizard ... weird
and by then it was time for the machine work
- which is still slow stitching for me cuz i hafta rethink how to make piping and how to make a lining with the shiny side out and how to turn a handle -
and it was too late to post about the slow stitching...
merry christmas, Super Sam!!!
cuz that would be breaking the rules...

or maybe i could bend them a little bit
 and post all of it at once...

yeah...

and so i am linking with other slow stitchers on Kathy's blog

Harry was speechless. Hermione was the last person to do anything against the rules, and here she was pretending she had to, to get them out of trouble. It was as if Snape had started handing out sweets.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Thursday, January 25, 2018

comma chameleon

this was gonna be a two words post
but i realized that i am the only person in the World who would have understood it...

backstory:
back in 1983 or so, i lurved listening to Boy George and the Culture Club singing Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon
this was waaaay before song lyrics and their meanings were accessible at our fingertips...
anywho... 
i thought he was singing 
Come-ah, come-ah come-ah, come-ah chameleon
yeah...
in my defense, it's a hummable tune
which is what i mostly do when i sing along with a song
and i didn't know what karma was anyway

a few years ago, Zen Chic came out with a fabric line named Comma...

i dunno if it's still available anywhere, but i thought it was pretty cool at the time and bought three charm packs and some yardage, thinking i would make it up using Mama Spark's Charmalade Quilt pattern at the Moda Bakeshop...

but i never did get it made...

 so it lived in its pizza box with a label that said COMMA...

i was looking through the Great Pile of Stuff and said to myself
self, make something with these COMMA charm packs and get them outta here 

so i put together a bunch of half square triangles 
and then some pinwheels
added some borders 
and came up with a flimsy that i thought would make a nice little summer quilt
 and i KNEW was gonna have comma in its name
if i ever found a backing for it...

Melissa thought i was nuts...

she said it was OBVIOUSLY a Halloween quilt

and when we went looking for backing fabric at one of those Joann sales - you know the kind - 40% off plus another 25% off the total purchase including sale and clearance items
 Melissa led me to a Marvel Halloween pumpkin bolt... 

i thought it was hideous...

but the price was right...

sigh...

here is Comma Chameleon:
does that look like Halloween to you?!?
and this is the hideous Marvel backing:
i lurve Marvel comics as much as The Next Guy, but that fabric is ugly...

pieced and bound by me
beautifully quilted with Halloween cats and bats and witches by Liz Bowman
and given to Melissa as soon as it was finished cuz the back changes it from a nice little summer quilt to an ugly Halloween quilt...


People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.
Myles Munroe

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

three generations postscript

seven years ago...

 the Fat Quarter Shop had a Christmas Block of the Month available... 

 Everyone and Her Sisters were making the blocks and posting them each month... 

really cute blocks... 

and, of course, i drank the Kool Aid... 

the FQS kits were generous with fabric, and there were almost enough leftovers each month for Melissa to make a block, too... 

one of my Favorite Bloggers in the Whole Wide World offered us her scraps and leftovers...

 and Melissa and i were off to the races...

we made each of the blocks as the kits arrived...

yep, we actually kept up with the Rest of the World
 and had all twelve blocks (times two) finished In A Timely Manner...

Melissa wanted to finish hers just like the pattern, and ordered the finishing kit... 

 i wanted to use green instead of blue, so i ordered some yardage for the sashings and the borders...

since we were on a roll 
and it looked like we were actually gonna get the flimsies put together,
 we ordered backing and binding fabrics, too...

all of the goodies arrived
 and we ooohed and aaahed at them...

we put everything together with the binder of the monthly patterns and the finished blocks...

fast forward seven years...

 a couple of months ago we found all those Goodies in the Great Pile of Stuff...

i said
  i'm gonna put my blocks together and get mine outta here!

and Melissa said
i'm gonna finish mine before you finish yours!!!

a few hours later, we both had flimsies...

seriously, it couldn't have taken more than three or fours hours...

it was another hour or two to get the backings together and prep the bindings...

in the meantime...

LuLu added a few more squares to her Very First Ever flimsy 
and chose a sweet reindeer flannel for her backing and solid red for her binding...
my sweet LuLu and her sweet flimsy

we sent off all of them to Liz Bowman for quilting...

 and they came back from Michigan full of frosty quilted goodness...

a few more hours for the bindings...
dianne's FQS 2010 Christmas BOM finally finished in 2017
Melissa's FQS 2010 Christmas BOM  finally finished in 2017
LuLu's Very First Quilt Ever
LuLu is NOT fond of sewing down her own binding, so i helped
 and our three generations had three completely finished quilts in time for Christmas...
we were MADE FOR EACH OTHER!!!

woo hootie hoo!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

majority rules

yikes - apply the brakes!!!

progress came to a screeching halt on the thistle quilt...

i twiddled my thumbs for a few days
 waiting for SOMEONE out there to agree with ME - ha ha ha!!!

it turns out that Melissa and Jennifer and Amy were the Majority and, 
keeping Samuel Adams* in mind, i listened to the People...

*It doesn't take a majority to prevail
but rather a tireless, irate minority,
keen to set brush fires in the people's minds.

no more peeper borders
no more cream background
one batik for the sashings, the other for the binding
and 
corner stones

big problem, though...

 of the two purple and green batik fabrics - which were supposed to be sashing and/or binding - exactly NONE of them played nicely with the thistles... 
this was supposed to be a From Stash quilt, so Melissa and i searched for ANYTHING in the Great Pile of Stuff that would work 
and found Not One Thing... 

unless...

maybe...

i had 14 inches left of a half-yard cut of my favorite purple from the thistle blossoms...
and it just happened to have the name of the fabric line in the selvage - Timeless Treasure The Reclaimed West by Judy & Judel Niemeyer - so i started searching for more of it...
neither of the nearby brick and mortar shops had it, but Over the Rainbow did... 
 so i placed an order...
put all of the bits and pieces away...
and waited...

and that's okay cuz there are puh-lenty of Other Things To Do around here...

anywho, when three yards of kinda bright purple fabric arrived a couple of days later, i thought it was gonna be too much purple and waaay too bright...

so i dragged my feet getting it pre-washed 
and dried 
and pressed
 and folded to cut...

i had to make corner stones anyway, right?!? 
the sashing and corner stones needed to be 3 inches wide - and 9 square inches of any one of those greens was gonna be about  5 square inches too much...

nine patches or square in a square?!?

there wasn't enough of most of the greens to cut more than a few little squares, so nine patches won out...

and after i put all of those little squares together into bigger squares, i was still not Feelin' the Love for the purple... 

having already gone through the first 22 letters of the alphabet
 i came up with Plan W - just in case - and started cutting a bunch more little green squares to sew into 8 inch strips for the middle of those purple 24-square-inch rectangles...

which was a Total Waste of Time cuz the purple actually looks pretty doggone good...
the blocks are sewn into rows...
and after the Oppressive Heat 
drops from the high 90's to the mid 70's tonight
i'm gonna press the seams...
Melissa, Melissa
little sistuh

how does your garden grow?
and see if the tireless, irate minority is keen to set more brush fires...


Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns;
 so also the mind of Man.
Teresa of Avila

p.s. - i'm linking up with Mama Spark's WIPs With Friends