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Design Wall Monday--Apr 30, 2012

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On my design floor today is the work in progress, the UFO Challenge pick of the month. Cut, sew, repeat. Cut sew repeat...for Jewel Box blocks Pieces and parts awaiting assembly. This is the barn raising layout, off center because I'm still sewing blocks, but will be 8x8. Lookit Jo's pretty one she made for Moda's Bake Shop:  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/08/jewels-in-curio.html#more , which was the inspiration for the setting.  Oops, there is one at the bottom turned the wrong way! That's better.  I believe I will have all the blocks sewn by deadline tonight, but don't think I can get all the rows sewn.  If only a sewing fairy could do magic for me while I'm at work!  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times .

Weekend Work

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I'll be spending a lot of time at my sewing machine this weekend--after procrastinating most evenings this week I still have 10 more table toppers to finish for the wedding next Friday.  They each take about 20-30 minutes to sew, but thankfully are all turning out pretty well.  I also hope to finish up my Jewel Box blocks for the UFO pick of the month and get the top together by Tuesday.  No photos worth taking of that, but I snapped Mini in a new spot. She took my search and removal of a specific project box as an invitation to rest in the Hoosier cabinet. Cleaning up my sewing area last week led to stuffing the drawers of my stash dresser with all the leftover fabric piled up everywhere.  I told my husband that I might have to revise my statement that I didn't have THAT much fabric.  Fortunately, that isn't a fatal thing to say to him, but I sure need to get most of this fabric into a quilt!  Ideas are being turned over in my head...

Midwest Travels--Part V, Finale

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My sister left for home on Monday after the International Quilt Festival and Cousin Florence took a last photo of our trio.  We had a wonderful time together and look forward to repeating it next year. Afterwards, Mom, Florence and I headed out for some lunch and shopping nearby and made our plans for my final day. My flight was out of Louisville late the next afternoon and Florence wanted to take us to a Gothic cathedral across the river in Covington, Kentucky, so we were up and out the door by mid morning. This is St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica , designed after Notre Dame and of course is infinitely smaller, but look how big next to that school bus! As we walked from the parking lot, this group of kids in costume was exiting the school.  Florence first said "Peter Pan", but then noticed Friar Tuck, so this must be Robin Hood.  Aren't they cute in their garb? There is no way my small camera could properly reveal the extreme size and beauty of th

Design Wall Monday--April 23, 2012

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On my design table today are four projects--oy vey! Here is a mock up of one of the 17 table toppers I'm making for DD Elaine's husband's brother's wedding on May 4th.  That is a lot of nouns for one sentence, don't you think? Pieces and parts for Jewel Box blocks--the April UFO--ready to be fed under the needle. Layout for a table runner for the soon-to-be-wedded mentioned above.  Since this photo the blocks have been sewn together, and borders and backing selected.  This needs to get done in a hurry! Finally, I get to share a FINISH!  I put in the last of the hand quilting stitches on the plane from Louisville to Las Vegas.  This is my version of Lori's (Humble Quilts) Strawberry Fields quiltalong from a couple of years ago.  My stitches are not small but I tried to at least make them uniform.  Someday I will have to learn to use a hoop and a thimble.  But I am very happy to have this little project, which I call Patriotic Fi

Midwest Travels--Part IV Scarf Dyeing

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Lots of photos ahead! The $75 scarf dyeing class taught by Heather Thomas that my sister Kathy and I took included all the materials--good thing, since neither of us had any supplies.  We each got three 5 mm white silk scarves in class and learned three techniques.  Here's how mine turned out: From L to R: resist with one color dye submersion; accordion pleating into a triangle and dipping points in three colors; and the three color foam-brush painted scarf I showed before.  I love the argyle effect on the middle one.  The instructor called me a rebel for that, since we were supposed to have chosen three colors close to each other on the color wheel and I didn't!  She did like what I did, though :) I tried out some rubber stamping on the painted scarf, which I did not do well since I have never done any previously, but enough to get the idea.  You can see a splotch of blue where Kathy's dye got on my scarf since the workspace was not what the teacher reques

Midwest Travels--Part III, Quilt Festival

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Kathy and I got up early on Saturday morning for the silk scarf dye-painting class with Heather Thomas.  It was a totally new experience for me.  After some color mixing instructions, we were taught three different techniques to color our scarves, using Dye-Na-Flow paint/dyes.  The first was painting three different colors on the scarf with a foam brush--meant to dry before the end of class so we could try some stamping techniques, if desired.  I wanted some recognizable shapes on my scarf so painted stripes and X's (and was the only one to do so!) in purple and two colors of green. This is before stamping and heat setting with steam.  I love it!  The other two techniques were folding/dipping, and lastly, "resist" with rubber bands and stitching.  We took those home wet, in baggies, but were able to wear our first scarf out of the class.  Really fun and almost mistake proof--my kind of project!  After class, Mom and Florence joined us for lunch, some shopping, and vi

Midwest Travels--Part II

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Friday's outing was geared toward The Arts, with a trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum. My sister Kathy woke up with a migraine so went back to bed. We left her with directions to the restaurant that Cousin Florence had arranged reservations, the former Rookwood Pottery site, and set off for Eden Park on Mount Adams.  I just love those names! This Pinocchio sculpture had recently been installed at the museum.  Isn't he fun?  We were there for the Monet exhibit, which was small but very wonderful.  I would love to have taken a favorite painting home for that bare spot above my piano.  Photography was not allowed, unfortunately, and we soon exited the crowded Monet gallery for open spaces.  As we moved forward, we heard angelic voices singing and came upon this scene: A local high school singing group, I believe from Marymount (?) High School, with a token three boys to counter the sopranos.  They were wonderful to listen to as we strolled towards other galleries.