Thursday, October 31, 2013
As my nest is empty, and hubby works a "real" job, I am at home alone for long periods of time. My current companion Candy is 11 1/2 years old. The sad reality is that she won't be with us for more than another year or two at the most, so when the chance came to get a new puppy, I jumped on it. However, I had forgotten that a new puppy is very time consuming! My quilting has taken a temporary backseat to keeping track of this bundle of cuteness! I am hoping to finish some smaller projects for my customers during the next week or so. Christmas is coming, so this better be a very temporary hiatus!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This past weekend, I took a class on how to make clothes for 18" dolls using the "flat construction" method. Wow! Easy, peasy, pie! In a few short hours, I had a pair of panties, a pair of leggings, two tops, a pair of capris, and a skirt! Better yet, I am pretty sure I can make more at home without help!
These are the first doll clothes I have made since I was 12 years old!
The fun thing about all this is that the very first things I ever sewed were doll clothes. I drew up my own patterns for very easy little tops and bottoms for a doll I had at the time, and used my mom's trusty old Necchi sewing machine to create them. As a sophomore in high school looking for an "A" on a world history project, I proposed making Barbie doll outfits to represent clothing styles for women throughout history. I make a pleated skirt outfit for Cleopatra, a velvet coat with a stand up collar for Queen Elizabeth, and a hoop skirt for the pre-Civil War southern United States. I designed the outfits, and my mom helped me adapt existing patterns to create them. My daughter played with those beautiful clothes, and, hopefully, someday my granddaughters will enjoy them as well.
P.S.--I got my "A."
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Last January, I did a workshop where I learned to make this beautiful quilt. For more information, please see the following website: http://elaineadairpieces.blogspot.com/
It starts with a traditional log cabin block with 5 rounds of 1 1/2 inch pieces. Just when you think you are finished...you CUT THEM UP! To be honest, I loved the look of the standard log cabin blocks. I had never made one before. However, I paid for the class, and I was determined to make the finished project. I am glad I did! The more blocks I got finished and the bigger the quilt grew on my design wall, the more I liked it. (See pictures on my blog for a partially finished look).
This quilt reminds me that sometimes life is not what you might expect, but it is still beautiful. The straight, standard log cabin blocks are nice...if not a little boring. BUT- take the plunge to cut them up and do something a little different and WOW! Live life outside the box, and while you may end up a bit "wonky" you will NOT be bored!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|Hubby and I standing in front of Haystack Rock at Canon Beach, OR.|
The picture of the car cover is from that quilt show. Those talented ladies made that beautiful cover and parked it out front of their quilt show right on Scenic Byway Highway 101. Needless to say, even if I had not already known about the show thanks to the invaluable Quilters Companion book, that car cover would have drawn me in to their show!
I always collect fabric when we go on a trip with the intention of making a quilt to commemorate the occasion. So far, the only one I have ever finished is a fun lap quilt that I made out of Mary Engelbreit fabric that I collected on a trip to Branson several years ago. Last summer, I bought way too much Minnesota Shop Hop fabric! Luckily, my daughter in law has a lot of family, and a great liking for the state of Minnesota, so some day she will inherit that quilt!
This time, I decided to collect nautical-themed fabric. My mom doesn't buy a lot of that for her shop in central Nebraska...so, it seemed like a fun thing to get. I bought light houses, water, blue skies, salmon, seashells, and several other fun prints. When I got home, I designed a quilt to go with the fabrics, and then put everything into a clear project box. The newest project joins a bookshelf full of other kits and projects that I will eventually get to...I hope!
While I was on the road, I checked out a nice little shop in Port Orford, two shops in Astoria, a great shop in Canon Beach, a delightful shop in Tillamook (where we also bought some really tasty cheese at their factory) and a couple of others that I forgot the name of the town. The quilt show in Gold Beach was a very good show with a beautiful raffle quilt. I bought a ticket...who knows :) There was a sandy path directly from the Event Center where the show was being held to the beach--how can you argue with that!
All in all, we had a great time, but I was ready to come home. Here in the middle of Nebraska, I don't worry too much about traffic. I don't see signs telling me I am in a Tsunami Danger Zone (yes I know I am in a "Tornado Danger Zone") and I don't have to worry about falling off the side of a very steep cliff into the ocean! I breathed a sigh of relief when our plane touched down in Omaha, and I was swiftly heading down good old I-80. It is true what our motto says, "There is no place like Nebraska," Ah, home sweet home!