Tuesday, September 22, 2009

haul from Goodwill

Yesterday on my way home from sewing class, I popped into Goodwill. My friend had told me it might be a good place to look for something to keep my thread in. I can always get the plastic drawers, but I'm tired of plastic. It has to be under 25 inches...and the drawers have to be deep enuf for a big cone of thread. I didn't find any furniture..but I DID find treasures!

I have a gap between my sewing table and my cutting table. Things that fall down between are hard to retrieve! I will be using parts of a couple of these things to make a caddy to fill that gap...Karen has been revving me up on my Home Depot wanderings. I love the crafty stuff she comes up with!

A frame for a Lang calendar. I have loved those for a long time...now I have some place to hang it... Also a box with a hole on the side. I'm going to repaint it and use it as a tissue box. Counter space on my sewing table it at a premium. I will be able to stack something on this if the tissues come out the side.

The blue divided platter will go on the long arm for prewound bobbins and other gadgets. See a snowflake theme here? I MIGHT be tempted to call my new quilting biz something with a snowflake...except I live in the DESERT! HA! Wishful thinking...

This little guy is self explanitory. I'm a dog person...and I have papers to organize. Enuf said!

Tomorrow is laundry day. I will finish up quilting a baby quilt and get started putting the next together. Maybe have borders and most of the backing together before bed. See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 21, 2009

300 posts!

OH MY GOODNESS! I just looked at my post counter...and this is 301! I know I have been a bad bad blogger this summer, but fall looks better for good info anyway!Maybe I should have a giveaway! More info to come...

I got to attend the Sept meeting of the AZ LongArm Quilters. Its part of the AZ Quilters Guild. I had an errand to do on the way. I only looked at the address from MY house...not from where my errand was. ::::S I G H:::: I'm not too upset if I'm just a bit late for things..but NOT THE FIRST TIME! I hate to be late to something my 1st visit. I WAS...I over shot not once..not twice but THREE TIMES! This is a lesson to ME...READ THE MAP. BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE ERRAND SITE. Enuf said.

I really enjoyed the meeting. Well..not the meeting part..those are always necessary..but boring. Especially when you are not part of any of what they are talking about! But this month they had a program...and it was GREAT! Terry Doyle talked about how to plan a whole cloth quilt. She even gave us folders with vellum, pencil, ruler and about 6 sheets of design idea. Her tip to look for quilting ideas all around you must have stuck. I took these 2 pictures at GOODWILL in the linens dept! HA!

I found these in the kitchen...I know I will get more use out of them in the quilt studio than the kitchen. I think they will live there for now...

The 2nd speaker was Jessica Brunneman ( have probably butchered her last name..I CALLED her Jennifer, even tho I have met her before. My brain said Jessica even as my mouth was voicing Jennifer!what a DAY!) She shared background fill ideas instead of always stippling. THAT was fun! She gave ideas for projects we brought too.

The AZ quilters guilds's charity (I'm not sure if always or just this year) is Quilts of Valor. They had a couple dozen quilts ready to go with backing/batting/top ready for volunteers to take home and quilt. Any way we want...good practice for a newbie! I took two and they don't have to be returned till Jan.

And last but not least: show and tell! there was one quilt that just came back from Moda's challenge traveling show...a quilt the quilter needed help on background fill (good timing on her part!) and a raffle quilt I have seen before and drooled AGAIN!

Tomorrow I will show you what I snagged at Goodwill...and what is going to become...and one more helpful tip from the Long arm group...I'm tired!

Friday, September 18, 2009

USC progress

I fiddle and futzed with the letters...and finally got a combo of 3 I liked. Here are 3 fused:

Here is a closer look at the U...On the fabric, it looked like the letters had a thin border around the whole letter. Instead of cutting extra pieces I used a zigzag stitch.

This is a close up of the zigzag. I have never been a great satin stitcher, so I just lengthened the stitch so it was not solid. It is nothing to write home about, but I like the look. If you step back, it looks like the one on the fabric. I'm a happy camper. I will do the S tomorrow, but I'm pegged out on zigzag for the night. It takes too much out of me! lolol

Tomorrow I get to attend the AZ LongArm Quilters group. It should be a good time! They meet every other month and last meeting I was flying to Austin that day. DRAT! The program this month is how to plan a whole cloth quilt. THAT will be interesting. I hope to make a trip into IKEA. I need some under bed storage and something to hold my batting roll under the Gammill. Night!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

USC quilt

Ok...so every year we rent a beach house in Central California. All friends of my husband from high school ...only 2 of us 'aliens'...rest are Mayfair Monsoon alums. I have been making each husband a quilt...this year is Nick's year. Nick is a USC FANATIC with the emphasis on FAN! He has season tickets, tailgates at each game..you get the picture. So when I asked him last year, what kind of quilt he wanted, this is what answer I recieved : Weeeelll, I REALLY would like a USC quilt, but you probably can't make one of those. (do you hear the CHALLENGE in that request? Do you think I would EVER make him anything ELSE? nope...not me..not gonna back down on THIS ONE! ::::grin::::). I found USC fabric. Every idea I had sketched, my DH said "that is too graphic". Um...er...Honey? those colors? ANY quilt in gold and maroon is gonna be GRAPHIC! I finally agreed with him on one...with a center square featuring the USC logo. Not the Trojan...I'm not THAT good! Just the letters. I scanned them off the fabric and cut them out for size. I'm thinking they need to be a BIT bigger..but how about some opinions? Please? They WILL be in maroon...so please excuse the white paper color!

The plan is to fuse, then edge stitch in maroon and do a wide zig zag just in side the edges to mimic the outline. On the logo letters there is an outline of the letter colors. Thanks in advance for your opinions...I love to have a sounding board!

PS Julie no blog...no forwarding this on to Nick!