Friday, February 22, 2008

Pass It Forward

I opened the mailbox today and found a squishy in there from my friend Yvonne in Washington. I had forgotten all about being the first to comment on her blog the morning she posted the Pass It Forward Game.

So, now it's my turn. Here are the rules:

"The first three people to comment on this post will receive a gift from me, sometime within the next 365 days.Who knows when it will turn up, or what it will be, but rest assured, it will arrive. All you have to do is promise to make the same declaration on your blog, and send out gifts to three of your lovely readers. Easy Peasy."

Who's it going to be? And what will they find in their mailboxes?

A Lesson In Values Part 2

I just finished the second Spring Breeze top by Dorothy Young Designs and had to snap a photo so I could let you compare it with the first one, below. As I mentioned in Part 1, I picked too wide a range of light values in the first top, with some being too close to my mediums, so the design was lost.

As you can see in this one, I got it right. Well. almost. Can you see the spot where I swapped two pieces? I can, but only when I look in the photo. Oh, well, I am glad I too the photo before I quilted the thing!

I love the whirling designs in this pattern. I will have to make at least one more, out of non-holiday fabric, this time.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Finish Something!

I was suffering a bit of quilty ADD yesterday and wanted to get started on some of the many new projects I have on hand. Yet, the cutting table was still buried and the quilt frame had an untouched quilt still sitting on it. So, I told myself I had to finish something before I could start another.

The quilting went quickly. I did a continuous line row of trees, very Christmassy, and I was pleased with myself for trying something new.

I had to remind myself I was stitching trees, not soldiers. It was okay that they weren't uniform, and if the "ground" was uneven. Still, an occasional Charlie Brown tree turned up in the lot.

This is the Spring Breeze pattern by Dorothy Young Designs, without the border to continue the design, since my irregular light values made the pattern hide. I still love the look, though, lots of fun scrappy Christmas fabrics.

I had to share the back, too. The dot fabric on the sides is the light value in the second quilt I am making from this pattern. That one looks the way it was designed. I'll share a photo as soon as it is done.

Friday, February 15, 2008

One Can Never Have Too Many Purses

I've been going a little overboard, I guess, with purses. I want to make one from every piece of fabric I own, or see in the stores. And there are so many patterns out there, have to try them all at least once.


I started with a nice romantic one for my sis-in-law, and planned to make one like it for my mom. This is the Laurianne pattern from Moonlight Design.



While I had the pattern out, I made one for myself in wild and fun fabric.





Before I could make mom a nice romantic one, I saw the Gracie pattern from Lazy Girl Designs. It just looked like something my mom would have carried back in the day.

I found this have-to-have fabric, a coordinate that has the same lavender tinting the little stars, and from my stash pulled out the rest of the fabrics.

I made sure to buy enough that I can make one for myself. There will be leftover,s too, so I can make a lap quilt. I just need to find some teal to match, to bring out that color in the quilt.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I've been tagged! Me-Me, 7 things about me.

Linda tagged me, so here goes.

The rules:

1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog

2. Post the rules on your blog

3. Write 7 things about yourself

4. Name 7 of your favorite weblogs

5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged

About me:

1. I began sewing as a kid, making stuffed critters out of Mom's scraps. I didn't begin to quilt until about 5 years ago, and the first quilt I made was a photo quilt for my sister's 50th birthday.

2. I was one of the original Valley Girls, born in the San Fernando valley of CA, although I grew up in the surrounding suburbs. When Moon Zappa's song was released way back when, my mom swore they'd recorded phone calls of my best friend and me.

3. I am a published author, trying to make my way into the romance genre.

4. I once had a job doing oil changes & lubes at a truck stop. I had to paint my finger nails dark puple to hide the grease stains under my nails.

5. (This is hard, who wants to know this stuff?) Nine months out of the year, I am watching auto racing of almost any kind while quilting.

6. I have never been out of the country, even though my grandmother lived an hour above the Mexican border for the first 30 years of my life.

7. I am currently exploring the world of fiber art beyond traditional quilting, and hope to have photos to share here soon.

Favorite weblogs: Chania, Sarah, Tara, Kathy, Rhonda, Grace, Joy.