Sunday, January 31, 2016
Mind you, either way, I'm still Irish. Until I get connected to my cousin who did the Purdy family's genealogy. I'm in my mid to late 30s by this point. She was wonderfully generous and sent me a copy. I'm like, hey, where's the Irish? She's like, nope, no Irish. We're English/ Scots. The woman was thorough. We started in France but got kicked out. So, we went to Germany, and got kicked out. Off to England, guess what, kicked out. Then to Scotland, back to England then kicked out again (or something like that). Then, on to America. We're like, 14th generation American. Basically, the only people more American are the actual Natives. Yeah, so why is it so important that I identify with anything other than American? Who knows, it makes no sense...
So, I got this major complex about my heritage. My whole life had been I lie. I was super uncomfortable being attracted to anything Irish. I stopped celebrating St. Patrick's Day. I felt like that white chick who identified with being black and basically lied to everyone so they'd believe she was black. It was embarrassing. I was super embarrassed that my father basically appropriated Irish culture with no reason to believe he was, indeed Irish. Totally weirded me out. This coming from someone completely comfortable with being part black... I know. Ridiculous.
LOOONNNNGG story, long. I now feel fine with identifying with Irish culture again. So, I started a Triple Irish Chain last year and I make it green, to boot. Yes, you can make one without being Irish but it just made me uncomfortable. Don't judge me too harshly...
All the pictures are a small tutorial on how I did the 2-tone border. I started by cutting an 8 inch border in dark green and a 6 inch border of light green. Overlapped them by 2 inches making them a total of 12". Then, used my walking foot to free hand a wavy vine down the center of the 2" overlap. You can feel the edge of the bottom layer with your finger, also I knew that my pins were 2" long. As long as I didn't go above or below the pin, I stayed in range. When I was all done, I trimmed the top layer to about 1/4".
Friday, January 22, 2016
I'm finally done-ish with Roberta Anne, With An "E". It's not quilted but the top is done! I thought I'd do a little recap of the months only to realize I never posted a couple of the blocks to begin with. The pattern name is really Bertie's Year but my mom's name was Roberta. So, I imagined that I convinced my mom to wear a silly hat every month for a year. However, she wasn't what you'd call a silly woman. I was known to convince her of a lot of things that weren't in her best interest. Like pink carpeting.
|September perked up a little. I like the acorn hat. I also like the funky teal leaves.
I'd like to get it quilted before I go back to work but I don't think I'm going to have time. At least I have an empty project box now!
Monday, January 18, 2016
Every time I quilt something, I become a little more confident. There's a whole lot of room for improvement but not as much as there used to be. For 1, my Pfaff is fantastic. Anytime there was a problem, it was 100% user error. Also, it doesn't like my cheap thread. I've switched to Aurifil for quilting and I think it's also made a huge difference.
Lay-off is almost over. Sad face. But, I've still got some things to finish first. So, I'll see you again soon.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
First, let me introduce you to Kenny Kangaroo. You can't really tell, but he's on a light blue background.
This is a terrible picture but I thought it was funny that he was so joyfully planning my demise. I don't remember now what made me angry with him. But, he only agreed to paint because he felt guilty about being a jerk. Whatever works... I made new curtains. It's actually outdoor fabric but I LOVED it. My peacock quilt is just to the right of this window.
Then I bought a mirror frame to house my old tiny mirrors. I couldn't convince Ethan to take down the Hamster Xing sign...
All in all, I'm really happy with how everything turned out. Rich likes it a ton more as well, the bright yellow was too much for him.
I also got some quilting done but I feel like I've taken up enough of your time! Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Man, these first 2 weeks flew by! Between Christmas, New Year's and the mega flood, I kept a little busier than I prefer.
However, I didn't let little things like major holidays and Acts of God keep me from my stitching! A girl has to have her priorities! I kept my goals for the week of Christmas pretty light. I managed to quilt and bind the baby quilt. I did a really simple star meander. I was out of spray adhesive and pinned it instead. Big mistake. I've got several puckers on the back. Honestly, don't know how people have so much success with pinning! I'm terrible! Hopefully, the baby won't mind. At least the front is super cute!
I also finished piecing Twisted Mystery 2011 but forgot to take pictures. I'll try to include them next time. I got to the end and found that I was missing the final instructions. I emailed the designer but she hasn't gotten back to me. Not sure if she will, so I may have to guess at the assembly instructions. We'll see what happens.
On the second week, I had a little more time. I quilted & bound the State Flowers quilt. I had my spray adhesive this time! Not a pucker to be found!
There was a definite learning curve on this, however. It was my first free-motion feather quilting. I'm calling them "Heather Feathers". Not quite right, but she had good intentions. I used the seam as my spine. Not bad. Not great, but not bad.
The bee and flower over here on the right really bother me. I think I may have to re-do. I think the rick-rack seam looks great. Actually, I like everything else. The flower is too bulky for the rest of the block and the bee is really "abstract".
I used binding clips to hold the fabric to the pattern for tracing this time. It made all the difference!!! Thanks, Pat K. for the tip!
Goals for this week are quilting the Hey Cupcake quilt and possibly getting Roberta Anne with an "E" pieced.