Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wedding Quilt Weekend

 Here it is! Mark & Heidi's wedding ring star! OK, it's only the center of the top, but I'm happy to have this much done. They are getting married today in New Hampshire! I hope I'll have a chance to show it to them, although she already saw it on Instagram. I've done 90 hours of work on this already (about 50 in the last 2 weeks), with borders and binding to go. I'll send it off to Pat for quilting!

 Jamie and Christopher's quilt is on display this weekend at the South County Museum show. Next week it will go to the Flights and Fantasies show. And then, they can have it back!

I love how they hang quilts from the rafters of the museum.

 In non-wedding news, Julia is safely settled in Tanzania. How great is this picture of a herd of zebras?!

Have a great weekend! We're off to the wedding!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Melons

All the parts are done except the melons, those wedges in the center. I'll finish the last 50 today after some volunteering at church.

Can't wait to start sewing these together!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday

 This week, I thought I'd show you my current set up. Only two rooms in our house have air conditioning, so when it's particularly hot and humid, I move my sewing into my bedroom. The Featherweight sits on a small folding table. The second table holds the fabric parts and an iced tea.

If I slide the jewelry boxes over, my dresser is a great height for cutting. (This pattern creates a lot of trimmings! I just emptied those bags.)

The ironing board is always set up in front of the window. I just have to clean off all the lint and bits of thread each night before Bill irons his clothes for work.

I'm plugging along, piecing about four hours a day. I should have all the parts done by Friday.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bee Blocks

After driving Pete to the airport this morning at zero dark thirty, and then a quick nap, I worked on some bee blocks. The RI Modern Quilt Guild just started our first bee. For the first month, Suzanne chose these adorable Sunshine Star blocks from 42 Quilts

When I started clicking around the 42 Quilts blog, I was excited to see all 64 blocks that Jennifer designed for her Modern Monday series. I think I might make a bunch of these to replace the Farmer's Wife blocks I'm really not crazy about. I'm such a rebel!

I'm off to an EQ7 class. Have a great day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Family Time

 With Pete home for the weekend, we decided to make the most of our one day together before Julia left for her semester abroad. We wanted to go on a hike, so Julia brought us to Norman Bird Sanctuary where she worked this summer. This picture was taken at the top of Hanging Rock, high above Gardiner Pond and Third Beach.

I just can't resist taking a picture of them on the trail every time we hike together. This is my new favorite trail. There's a little bit of scrambling up rocks, but the views are well worth it.

The crazy kids did some rock climbing, too.

We drove Julia to New York on Sunday for her flight to Tanzania via Amsterdam. She had to prove to herself that she could handle all her own bags. JFK's international terminal is the best place for people-watching.

As we were leaving the airport, we got a weather alert about flash flooding. A few minutes later, I was driving through the worst downpour I have ever seen. We could barely see the road as we crawled along at 20mph. There was one giant puddle to drive around that caused some traffic backup. A few miles later, we were crossing the Whitestone Bridge and a rainbow appeared. That's always a good sign!

I got an iMessage from Julia at 2am our time. She was waiting at the gate in Amsterdam and was very excited! I've been tracking her flight all morning and she just touched down in Tanzania a few minutes ago.

Pete heads back to North Carolina tomorrow and our nest will be empty again. It will be a busy Fall for all of us, so before you know it, we'll be together again.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Luggage Tags

 The world traveler needed some new luggage tags to match her new luggage.

I cut out some scrap paper to size and grabbed the bag of turquoise scraps. I turned on the AC and sat down at the Featherweight. It was fun to make each one different.

 Using the tutorials by Skip to My Lou, these four tags were done in no time (especially if you don't count the ripping off of a piece of vinyl that I stitched to the wrong side).

You can't tell, but there is a piece of clear vinyl on the striped side of each tag. I'll print out business cards with her info to slip in.

She's almost ready to go. Am I ready?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seaside Laptop Case

 As Julia started packing for her term abroad, we realized that the laptop case I made for her two years ago was rather worn out. One of our errands yesterday was to pick up some fabric for a new one. She chose this adorable beachy print from Dear Stella. She wants to take a little bit of home with her to Tanzania!

The lining is a Riley Blake medium navy chevron that I had in my stash. I layered the main print with batting and quilted it with parallel wavy lines. (I was corrected. "Straight stitched wavy lines" is an oxymoron.) In retrospect, I wish I had quilted the lining, too. When I was almost done, I decided to add another layer of batting, which was quite a chore.

I used a trick I learned from Kindred Quilters and used basting tape to hold the zipper in place as I stitched.

After I had the first side of the zipper done, I couldn't find the tape. After about 10 minutes of searching high and low, I picked up my pieces and found the tape stuck to the back!

I haven't mastered stitching the junction of the zipper and bag side. This one is better than the first one I made, so maybe the next one will be better still.

All done! About a four hour job, including a lunch break.

I can't believe I forgot to stitch one of my new labels into the lining. I'll have to stitch it in by hand later.

Edit 7pm: There. That's better.