Archive for January, 2008

Applecore complete

Here she is, the completed Apple Pop quilt.


Given the current wind chill factor, I wish I could crawl under a pile of quilts for the day. Alas, off to be a dutiful school volunteer…better take my Airborne before I leave.


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Quilt avoidance

Remember this?


Well, I still love it, but I’ve been avoiding it because I couldn’t decide how to quilt it. Nothing like a deadline to shake off the avoidance. I’m not sure I love the quilting choices I’ve made and I’m still kind of avoiding some areas, but it has to be finished. Love it or leave it.

I’ve kept my nose to the presser foot for some time now.

The apple core quilt is DONE! (OK, maybe the bias binding needs a good steam press…)

The Posh Tot quilt just needs the binding sewn down.

And diligent quilting on the Paper Plates quilt. I thought I was really getting somewhere. And then I got a phone call that a fabric collection–for which I’d committed to making a sample–had arrived. I’m usually not bummed out when pretty things come in boxes. But it too must arrive at some state of completion over the next eight days. I suppose I ought to go get the fabric sometime soon…more avoidance.

While sewing down some binding or other, I caught The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun on Sundance last night. I love a good documentary. This was a little tricky. There would have been greater progress on the binding had I not had to look up to read the subtitles and look at the castle. If you should happen to run into this film, I highly recommend it.

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I brought you some flowers


Florabundant by Julie Schlueter, Orange, California

These flowers don’t stink…like some I know.

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A synopsis of recent interactions with my seven-year-old


Setting: While doing homework, a drawing of her favorite part of The Witches by Roald Dahl.
She said: Do you know what this is? [pointing to the area of the drawing in question]

I said: No, I don’t. What is that?

She said: I don’t know.

Of course you don’t.

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A favorite tool

Pam asked about favorite tools. I happened to stop at the hardware store today and what did my eyes light upon?


My favorite quilting gloves from Atlas! How did Ace know I needed a new pair? I wouldn’t have thought to look there as I purchased my previous pair at the quilt store (of course, they are billed as gardening gloves…). If only they had had the lime green ones! I settled for this lovely purple pair because they didn’t have hot pink in my size. Oh well, the purple is far better than the sickly chalky green ones I’ve been using.

I love these gloves because they are coated all the way down to the palm, not just on the fingers. Once in a while, one is in the midst of a machine quilting frenzy and needs that extra grippy area on the palms until one can move one’s fingers. I needed a new pair because unhooking basting pins has taken a toll on the finger tips. Hmm, maybe I’ll get an extra pair to have in reserve. Or maybe I’ll wait and see if they come out with gloves in Kaffe prints next year!

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Quite possibly…

my favorite piece of fabric of all time.


Kaffe Fassett’s Lichen in Lilac

Listen, don’t buy it all. I’m gonna need some more.

Here’s what happened to the first piece:


This could also be named “Quilt Top in the Blink of an Eye.” It’s so cute and fast and the possibilities are endless. I might have to make 872 of them.

Well, until I get a quilt backing for this, I suppose I’d better tackle the binding on the apple core quilt. Not so much looking forward to the twists and turns there, but it must get done!

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You stink


I should have gotten an amyrillis.

Yeah, I said it.

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