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This is where I yap about the quilts I'm making, ideas for new quilts and little things about life that gets in the way.

August 2013 - Posts

Here in New Mexico we don't have very many rainy weekends.  Typically you will find me swimming in the swimming pool or working in the yard on the weekends.  Well, this weekend was extremely unusual.  Saturday brought clouds, wind, and rain.  A lot more rain came in over night and today, Sunday, looks like much more of the same.  Hmmmm, well what, I wonder, is one to do wit themselves when they can't go outside to enjoy a lovely day?  It didn't take long for me to hit the hoop and quilt to my hearts content!

aaaaacccckkkk!  I write these posts at home on my ipad, then I review them on a normal computer when I get to work.  Almost every time my photos appear upside down on the normal computer, but look just fine on the ipad.  What in the world?  If I make them go right side up to be viewed on a normal computer, will the ipad then show them upside down?  I will fix these and see what happens.

This photo is trying to show how gloomy it is outside.  The window looks bright, but believe me it is usually much much brighter.  Now I know how most of you guys can get so much done, you don't live where it's sunny 362 days of the year!  Usually if we have rain it rolls in at around 6 pm and is gone by miorning with bright sun shiny days to look forward to.  


Well I have moved the hoop more this weekend than I did all of last week, that is to say just once, but I believe I will move it down again by the end of today.   I will be working on the blues brothers section for another week or so I am sure. 


The gloomy weekend has also given me a chance to take over the new chair.  Last weekend we found a terrific chair and ottoman at a church rummage sale.  Well needless to say instead of becoming my quilting corner, it became a place of interest for the 4-legged family most of all Mr. Tuxedo immediately took over.  


I used to take over the futon in the other corner in the opposite side of the living room.


But the mattress on the futon isn't very comfy and its really hard on the backside.  It's nice to sleep on in the flat position, but sitting on the edge is a bit hard.   That is my bottom would hurt after a night of quilting.  While I originally thought this was a good thing, like siting on my ass quilting would some how work out my butt, haha, I only wish.  Even leaning back with the hoop in my lap didn't give me relief.    Last weekend my all-nighter created some pretty rough bruises and I realized I needed to take the time and get off that bum and move my stuff to the new chair!  

Well, hah, which would you choose?  Nice comfy padding for you aching butt, or hard slats?  The critters weren't happy, but I don't think my backside could have handled an entire rainy weekend without moving.   The chair is just too comfy, I found myself nodding off more often than not on Sunday, not to mention the sun did shine at around noon.  So I didn't really accomplish as much as I thought I would, but at least I am now officially moved to the sweet soft spot!

Sew, I will try to stay awake from my cozy quilting chair.

Ok, so I don't really need another collection, I don't really need an excuse to visit estate sales and watch ebay.  But I did need a way to keep my quilting projects neat and organized, right?  I already am a collector of animation art, amber glass, copper, little house paintings, silver tea sets and silver vases and figurines, and now we can add vintage sewing storage boxes.  

I have recently just started doing two quilting projects at once.  In the past I have started one project and refused to start another until that one was done.  Well the crazy quilt is just going to be too long in the making, so I wanted to have a diversion so I dont get burnout on that one.

Most of you know that I started my mother-in-law's BOM project recently in addition to the crazy quilt 

Here's a photo of what the first block should look like.  I have decided to simultaneously make the same quilt using up some of my stash fabric just to see what happens.  It will also give me a chance to practice working with patterns.  This is the first time that I am trying to follow a pattern. The other quilts I have done are my own design or finishing Granny's tops.  So I thought I would just whip up two quilts a once, haha.  You can see my fabric on the left and their supplied fabric on the right.  I have also pictured the box of fabric I have chosen for the rest of the quilt blocks seen here.  So for every month I get from the quilt shop with their supplied fabric I will also chose something from this box to make that particular block of the month.  I am already 3 months behind, but I here that's not too bad in the scheme of things.


I really think the supplied fabric will turn out prettier, there's a reason we pay for their selection, right?  But I thought it would be fun to see what I can create also.

So I first pieced together block 1 using my fabric and I really like the results.      

Step one of this quilt is done, next will be piecing together block 1 using their fabric.  I have alternated working on this and working on the blue row for,the crazy quilt this past week.  I must say doing both keeps me really motivated.  However, I also find myself drawn to other projects and I don't want to find myself with the problem of having way too many things going on a once.  Besides, I can't begin another one until I find another wagon, see explanation below.

So, what's this about circling the wagons?  I have recently acquired an infatuation for vintage sewing boxes.  Well, not your typical little tin box, these are the large covered foot stool size vintage sewing storage boxes.  Since I have a Cowboys and Indians theme gong on here, I am picturing these as covered wagons full of my sewing provisions for my different projects.  In the yellow round 3-legged box I am keeping the BOM supplies for my Cowboys and Indians quilt.    

And of course, since I need a something else to collect I just had to get this one to keep my lace and black edging for the crazy quilt.      

This larger one came complete with the original paperwork dated 1970.  I was only 6 years old at the time, wow!

I picture these two really cool vintage sewing storage boxes, or "covered wagons" prepared and waiting to supply me with which ever project that suits me for any given evening or rainy day.  

Sew until next time, you will find me sewing and hunting for additions to. New collection which I so desperately need, don't you know?







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