Friday, August 28, 2009

Tim Gunn Would Be Proud.

I am so glad that you guys have experienced this too, it makes me feel a little better about it. I have had quilts that eventually I "came around" to, but I was just sure this would not be one of them. So, The seam ripper came out, and I MADE IT WORK.
Ha-HA!Anyway, it is sammiched and ready for quilting now, and I cannot wait to show you the finished quilt! I love it again! Hoorah!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Trial, But Mostly Error.

Do you remember, dearest blog-friends, my excitement? My promises of quilts-coming! Quilts Ahoy! And do you know, dearest blog friends, what it feels like when after getting 1/2 way through something, to discover that it is hideous? Like, it was looking a little sketchy up to this point, but then you see the whole thing and it suddenly comes into focus, and it is UGLY? It is disheartening, my friends. It makes you sit sadly at your computer screen, flipping through flickr, and wondering, how did this happen? How did it all go so terribly, terribly wrong?
Ack. And, having dedicated so much time and effort and fabric (!!) to the task, you know it must be, somehow, salvaged, and you look with dread at your seam ripper.
That is where we are my friends. I wouldn't wish this fate on any of you.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Spoonflower Obsession.

IT'S FREE SPOONFLOWER SWATCH DAY!!!Which means, I finally forced myself to put together the fabric design I have been thinking about for, oh, three months now? And, it was FUN! And, I love it! And, I am addicted to making the fabrics now!!
(This birdie is just a little preview of things to come...)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Invisible Quilt Machine.

For the last week, I have hardly pulled myself away from our dining room table. Well, dining nook table. Whatever, anyway, both the computer and the sewing machine are currently located there, and When I haven't been sitting at one, I've been at the other. So, with all of this sewing and computing, where are the blog posts? Well, they're coming. I swear, by the end of this week, I will have some quilt goodness for general consumption. And just in case you don't believe me, check out that fabric. It is CUT! Into STRIPS! If that doesn't indicate a quilt a-comin', then I don't know what does. (Rather purple, isn't it? Decided that my purple/red fabric stack was there for a reason, and I would find out what that reason was.)

Monday, August 10, 2009


I found more thread! MUST remember to centralize thread loaction!
(This image illustrates my triumph.)

Ack Ack Ack!

I guess it is fortunate for me that the bane of my existence is running out of thread RIGHT AT THE END of a project. And, hating going to places where they sell thread, which are all at least a 15 minute drive. Intense problem, right? But what is blogging, if not a forum to whine. Thankee, all.
(It is beautiful, if insanely hot, today. Photo conveys my threadless mood. LCA.)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Life in Analog

Long ago, in a place called college, I was all about the film. I sneered at digital cameras, and lugged around a delightfully sturdy old Minolta and a shiny little Colorsplash almost all the time. Those were good days, but at some point my sneering turned into curiosity, and I bought my first digital SLR: a little Canon Rebel XT, which was a pretty sweet camera in its day, and which I still use for the majority of my digital shots. But since then, I have always felt a nostalgia for my film days, when I spent hours scanning photos to upload them to my site, and worked in a CVS photolab to support my habit. Anyway, a couple of weekends ago, Brian and I found ourselves in an antique store in St. Joseph searching for vintage Penguin paperbacks, and there it was: a giant case of vintage cameras. I used to stop at thrift stores weekly to look for this kind of stuff, and would always ask antique dealers if they had any funny old cameras; I had a sweet Brownie Starflash, an old brick an Argus, and too many cheap plastic things to mention. Anyway, back to the present, a GIANT CASE of them, and the man who originally owned them at our disposal to tell us about them all. It was hard to pick just one, and in the end, I asked Brian if he would like one, too, (ha-ha!) and came home with the Mamiya/Sekor and the Zeiss Ikon. Anyway, the whole thing has gotten me excited about film again, (if not about the processing costs,) and I dusted off some of my old cameras and migrated my old Lomography account/home. Yay for film! I've missed you!