Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Here's a quick slideshow of a recent visit to Quilters Corner (I really wish they'd put an apostrophe in their name...) in Ithaca, NY. (If you have trouble viewing it, try a different browser...that's all I can suggest.)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Nick's quilt is now all sewn together and quilted. Initially, he thought he'd like just a plain black binding (the same fabric as the border), but after I took the quilt off of the HQ16 and auditioned both the black fabric and the striped fabric for him, he agreed that the stripes did add a bit more to the quilt than the black binding would. Yeah! I knew he'd see the light (I hope I'm this successful with my subliminal influence when he chooses a wife!).
Shouldn't every day be a sewing day?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
In addition to having to wash the backing fabric FIVE times to get the red dye out (see yesterday's post), I also had to deal with trying to make my backing square after piecing it. Washing FIVE times (three times with Color Catchers) may have taken care of the bleeding problem, but it also made for a very, very soft piece of fabric (four yards worth) that was hard to get square. Any sizing that may have been in the fabric when it came off the bolt was long gone after FIVE washes. It was no longer crisp and easy to cut (after FIVE washes).
I don't use starch when I iron, but I do like to use Mary Ellen's Best Press (I buy it by the gallon). It helped a bit with getting the backing to be more manageable (after FIVE washes), but not completely. But I'll deal with it.
The backing fabric (washed FIVE times) is now loaded on my HQ16 along with the batting and quilt top...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the backing (did I tell you it was washed FIVE times?) isn't too wonky when I finish the quilting and take the whole thing off the machine.
My, I had a busy week. I washed my backing fabric FIVE times (or did I tell you that already...?)!
Monday, July 26, 2010
I was pleased to see that the dye that had gotten on the selvages during the first two washings came out (mostly) after using the Color Catcher sheet.
Even though I have a high-efficiency washer, I'm afraid I used more than my fair share of water this weekend...
Friday, July 23, 2010
He's decided that he wants just a small black border and binding to frame it (darn...I was hoping he'd want the cool striped fabric that I blogged about here for a bias binding).
Perhaps I'll take my machine out on the deck this weekend and sew the top together...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
In addition to selling the fabric, the store provides very reasonably-priced classes for those in the local community who want to learn to sew. Materials and equipment are provided in the price of the classes.
One thing that I love about Ithaca is that there is a lot of support among the local community for businesses that are eco-conscious and socially-conscious. In my opinion, this type of philosophy benefits everyone -- both the businesses and the people who live there.
To learn more about SewGreen and what they do, check out their website or stop if you're ever in Ithaca. I can't wait to check it out in person myself!
Friday, July 16, 2010
The exhibit is on display through August 1st. It's a nice trip if you're in the area...beautiful quilts, gorgeous college campus, and even a quilt shop to visit in town (I'll blog about that later).
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'm a lucky girl..(as well as grateful).
Monday, July 12, 2010
I would normally make this a 4x6 quilt, but since the dorm beds are extra long twin-size, I'll add a 7th row. And then probably a small border in black.
P.S. Go visit Judy's blog to see what's on other quilters' design walls today...
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Let's see...I have to put a label and sleeve on my main entry for my guild's September exhibit, I have to finish the challenge project for the exhibit, I have to finish another small quilt for the exhibit, and I have to finish my son's going-off-to-college quilt by August 20th! And I still have a friend's quilt to quilt on my HQ16.
Once I have an empty nest, I will need to keep busy, so I'm sure Jane will be there to comfort me...and then you'll once again see posts about my progress.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Hopefully, some of our fellow guild members will volunteer to put these tops together. (hint, hint)
Monday, July 5, 2010
The day after the lecture, Carol taught a workshop on making the curved lines. You can see more info about her workshops on her website here.
Friday, July 2, 2010
As I mentioned in this post about a month ago, I will give Black and Decker a good grade for customer service (except for the initial request that I pay a $7.50 shipping fee). Hopefully, I won't have to blog about the iron dying on me six months from now...