Thursday, March 6, 2014
This table runner is the Husqvarna Viking March project, and you can find instructions and a link to the embroidery design on the Viking website.
It has four hoopings with lots of embroidery, and it's SO worth doing.
I have to admit that I found the fabric at Tuesday Morning. Just sometimes, they have jelly rolls or fat quarter packs. Sometimes great, sometimes not, definitely nice this time. I pieced the backing from the remains of the fat quarters I used for the piecing.
I also found a small box of Legos for each of the grands. A star fighter and a Lego Friends magic show. Perfect.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It's the day, Fat Tuesday - for eating King Cake and being thoughtful about the Lenten season to come. I haven't given Lent a lot of thought yet, and I like to add positive things instead of "giving up" things. Ash Wednesday, tomorrow, is the day I like to do my thinking.
On this day, I just want to enjoy the crunch of that colorful sugar. Where do they get that?
Sunday, March 2, 2014
And then, the next time everything fell into place. The class on Saturday, went well, too, and everyone finished theirs.
This afternoon we're waiting for snow or more freezing rain or whatever comes our way. It was freezing rain earlier but the temperature is dropping now. Church was cancelled this morning, and there was no much-anticipated choir concert by Bluffton University. I'm very relieved, I hated to think of those students on the bus in bad weather. No setting up visuals for Lent and no Listening Group. Instead, a quiet morning at home.
I ordered a King Cake from Graeter's for Fat Tuesday. It sounds like such a hopeful thing. Colored sugar in spring colors. Sweet icing. A string of bright beads. And the baby.
Tuesday night I'm doing a little presentation for the Sewing Guild about sewing machine feet. I'll probably demonstrate the common ones that come with most machines, then show a few of the specialty feet. And of course the left-edge topstitch, one of my current go-to feet. The interchangable dual feed, which lives on my sewing table. I need to take a look at my Foot Book and choose.
I used to be more impatient when starting a sewing project, but now I've learned to take a breath and change the needle, foot, and thread. Maybe the stitch. Make it a zen process.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I thought I'd make a quick jewelry roll before my class on Saturday, and my goodness, how could so many things go wrong? Totally my mistakes, the design is fine.
I put a piece of fabric upside down, snipped a hole in the fabric, cut fabric too short, pulled the zipper tab off the end, measured wrong, caught the ties in the seam. By the time I was done, I felt totally stupid. I'll have things on my handout to not do. The end result is pretty nice, but it took way too long.
Somewhere in the process, I took a break and made some eggs in frames. I'd like to say that after that all went well, but there was one more incident . . . Guess it just wasn't my day. I'll make another jewelry roll tomorrow.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Another trip to the Freedom Center, this time with Carrye, to concentrate on just the quilt exhibit, And Still We Rise.
I was very struck by this quilt, probably because of the parallel between race-based marriage legalities then (1967) and gay marriage legalities today.
Tucked among the flowers, and not easy to see at just a glance, are pictures of interracial couples.
I really don't remember much about controversary about interracial marriage, probably because I was concentrating on graduating from college and moving to a new city. I need to do some research.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Thanks to my friend Lisa who gave me Anita Goodesign's Neighborhood Quilt for Christmas. I was so attracted by all the little houses in pastels, but when I made this potholder for myself I wanted it in my house colors. Well, my front door isn't turquoise yet, but it will be. I'm pretty sure I'll never make all the little houses into a quilt, but most of them will appear in various other forms.
I've been feeling kind of low since coming back from North Carolina, my usual. I just finished an alteration project that took way longer than it should have, so now I can move on to a tee shirt quilt that needs to be finished in a month or so. I don't have all the tees yet, but I found a design that I can use to start with what I have, then incorporate others later. How can I not feel good about that?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Aaron in the back seat on the ride down. Thanks to my neighbor Maureen for the valentine goodie bags.
Waiting for that first glimpse of Aunts Sarah and Winnie.
Nora at Brixx Pizza, following the Lego movie.
Excavating for fossils at the dinosaur exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum.
Walking on the closed-for-traffic Blue Ridge Parkway.