Sunday, May 31, 2009
everything has to be cut out individually but it was fun because the fabrics are so pretty. first, i ironed each FQ and then cut a clean edge. i almost prefer FQs because it fits under my 24" ruler without folding (for the uninitiated, a FQ is a fat quarter, or 18x22") --i have such problems cutting fabric--it's almost impossible for me to cut a perfect strip, sigh...
i got the hexagon ruler at Joann's (40% coupon of course!) --i used the biggest size which makes it extra easy to cut.
and here are 324 hexagons!
now, i'm a little confused as to how many hexes i actually need. using this picture (which is also the inspiration for the quilt), i'm approximating 325 hexes, but the guide sheet on the ruler says i need over 400 hexes! not sure why there's such a discrepancy. oh well, i don't have enuf for 400 anyway so i'll just adjust my size as i get closer to the end.
this was easy to sew--but took longer to cut since i basically cut a piece from every one of my conversation prints (any fabric that has objects on them, rather than a design) and then fussy-cut them again. i never did count how many different fabrics are on this quilt but i think 100 at least. i'll get one of the kids to count them one day!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
we picked 13lbs of strawberries and ate lots more--see the juice dripping off alex's chin!
i also cut up a few cups of strawberries and froze them--they'll be good for smoothies--yum. a few pints went to our neighbors and there's a bowl of too-ripe strawberries in the fridge. i'm done for the year! until next Memorial Day...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
whew! i washed (well really, the machine washed) 3 loads of laundry; baked two loaves of banana bread and 3 loaves of chocolate buttermilk pound cake and baked ribs for dinner--the oven was on for probably 4 hours!
here's sophie anticipating the pound cake...
it's hard for me to use my stash--i always feel like i need to save it for "one day" (as in one day i'll make a green quilt)--well that day is far off so i'm trying to use stash especially for backing. i liked how this green back turned out.
i still have lots of scraps & FQs of this line--no more purple though!--and will save for a baby quilt in the future. (oh, not for me! but for other babies that come around :-)
but the pattern calls for you to make the diamonds and then cut them in half!!! which is so incredibly wasteful, it took my breath away. it probably looks better but my frugal (i.e. cheap) side couldn't take it. so i ended up making all the diamonds required, decided to cut out the side triangles from yardage instead, and instead, make another quilt with the extra diamonds. that quilt was a little smaller, and looks pretty much the same as this one (so no picture). i gave it to my friend JH who helped us out a lot when the twins were younger.
here are a couple more detailed shots. note how i pieced together the center of the above block. i probably had enuf fabric but loved it too much to waste any piece of it.
i'm still making things from all the tiny scraps from this quilt because it is just too beautiful to throw away. i'll show pictures of those when i'm done with them.
(this is a series of blogs about quilts that i made in the last 2-1/2 years (i know that because the twins are 3-1/2 and there was very little sewing done that first year!) that i finally quilted, bound and photographed this year)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
and then they also had one of those really expensive massage chairs. i was prepared to be underwhelmed, thinking how good could a massage chair be--but this one was amazing. it was so powerful that it was almost painful at times! each "session" lasted 20 minutes and i got two sessions--am feeling very relaxed. i would love one of those too--i'd put it in my sewing studio which won't happen until that aforementioned life either.
good times :-) (paul took the kids out to a newly opened bridge--alex scooted, sophie biked (with training wheels) and max triked--what a great dad :-)
Friday, May 22, 2009
in a roundabout way--this quilt started my blogging obsession. i came across the Miss Rosie pattern book at Joann's and really liked the traditional patterns with a twist, and the colors/fabrics that Carrie Nelson, the designer, chose. i googled Miss Rosie , but she didn't have a web presence then (this was around 2 years ago) but i did come across a blog called Sister's Choice and it was like a new world opened up--where people took pictures of their quilts and fabrics and talked about stuff that i was interested in! plus, the twins were still little and i was house-bound a lot so had lots of time to surf the 'net (and no energy to actually sew). btw, Sister's Choice is still one of my favorite blogs--lots of pretty pix and lots of posts. and Miss Carrie Nelson now has a wonderful blog LaVieEnRosie which is also a fave. (i know there must be some way to link to them from the text but i haven't figure it out yet so look on the sidebar and click over to them from there.)
i bought the fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop soon afterwards--again, having found out about FQS (great selection & customer service) from reading the blogs--and spent a ton of money (qualified for free shipping, for those of you in the know) --this Lecien line was on sale --it's a Japanese fabric and pricier than the american fabrics. i think it's called Durham Rose but not quite sure.
i know this is wordy for just one quilt but i figure quilt-geeks would appreciate it :-)
i like these the best 'cos they post often and have lots of pretty pictures--and isn't that the basic requirement for a blog--to have fun things to read and look at.
ok, got it. this is a fq bundle of susan branch fabrics. i love this so much i haven't opened it yet! i've only made one wallhanging with SB fabrics but have a huge box of it--it's so hard to cut into fabrics that i love (which is kinda dumb 'cos i end up making a lot of quilts with fabrics that i only "like")