Monday, June 29, 2015

Bow Tie Quilt and UFO & Stash Reports

It's 2:30 in the morning - I seem to be having one of those nights when I cannot sleep.  That is a good opportunity to draft a blog post, which quite possibly will make no sense. But at least there are pictures. ☺
The UFO challenge for May/June was my Bow Tie quilt. 

This started several (!) years ago during a lesson at the Binbrook Quilt guild, when we learned how to make these cute 3-d bow tie blocks.
I really love the white with summer-beach-house-blues.  It has been custom quilted, using the IQ.


Now there is just the hand stitching of the binding to be done.

Here is my Singapore cutie-pie. (translation of cutie-pie:  great-niece)  Modelling the two outfits made by moi. Her head is lopped off in the photos as her parents like to keep strict control of her social media pics.


She is a total freak about FROZEN (the Disney movie) so this goes along with the pillow & bag from THIS post.  I  love making clothes for little girls.  They can be FUN and BRIGHT.
STASH REPORT
Used since last report  11.4 m
Used YTD                   58 m
Added since last report  0 - zero - zippo - yay
Added YTD                 35 m
Net YTD                     (-23 m)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Red Hat Day at the Grimsby Beach Cottages

The Red Hat outing this month was a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake for lunch and shopping.  That is such a beautiful city.  A total tourist trap, but still... beautiful.

Afterwards, on the way home we stopped in Grimsby to check out the Grimsby Beach cottages.  I have seen these written up in the newspaper but I've never actually been to SEE them.

Oh.  My.  Gawd. 

I am pretty sure if you poked around some of the yards you would find the Cat in the Hat, and Horton the Elephant.

Talk about living in candyland.

How often would these people have to paint????

Maybe they hire someone to recoat one colour every year.

Like, maybe 2015 is purple year.

Then 2016 might be yellow year.

I've stared at this pic trying to figure out what the hell those cutouts are.  Anyone???

Many of the gardens are gorgeous too.

Oh.  Dear sweet God in heaven.

The fences have not been ignored.

Fishies and flowers and vines.  Oh my.

Hmm.  After all those, this one actually seems a little boring.  Awfully pretty though.
Here is a wee bit of history on the community.
And here are some interior shots by the Hamilton Spectator.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jinny Beyer Moonglow Quilt, and All About Purple

You can see why this quilt is called Moonglow.

Mmm - look how nicely those fabrics play together!

I wanted to add some bubbles to contrast with the spikey star points.

Limited use of a variegated thread - only in the bubbles, the courthouse steps blocks, and the flying geese.

The s.i.d. (and there was A LOT OF IT), circles outlining the stars, and straight line quilting behind the geese units was all done with black thread.  Oh, so much fun to quilt on black fabric, with black thread, at my age.  Can you say "aargh!!!"?


And since we're all about purple today... If you were a three year old with jet lag, would this wee pillow & matching carry-bag (with a special pocket for your book) encourage you to lay down for story-time?  Anticipating a visit from the Singapore family.  Soon.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

How to deal with Prairie Points on the INSIDE of a Quilt, and the crossover between PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL

This little quilt has a row of prairie points on the INSIDE of the quilt, separating the body from the border. (Sorry, the row of flying geese is visually distracting here - but I'm sure you can see which are the prairie points.)

Stitch-in-the-ditch along the prairie points to make everything stay flat.  Try to stay on the LOW side of that seam.  Why did this photo decide to load sideways?  I have no idea.  Ask the computer gods.  Grrr.

S.I.D. done.

Now, pin all those little puppies out of your way so you can quilt the border.

Rocket science here.  Quilt the border.  Um, yes.  I am being sarcasticAs you are choosing the border design, keep in mind that part of it will be buried under those P.P.s.

Release the dragons.  I mean the P.P.s   If you want to get artsy fartsy, these p.p.s make GREAT dragon backbones.

Moving on... quilt the body of the quilt.  This quilt also had a repeat of the prairie point border at the other end, so I did the same process at the bottom of the quilt. 
  • S.I.D.
  • pin the points out of the way
  • quilt the border.

Here we go.  All done and ready for pickup.

Now, I'm going to give you a little peek into my married life.

Floyd is my quilting machine.  He works very, very hard.  But because he's a machine, sometimes things break or wear out.  I am married to a man who can usually fix anything.  However, he is afraid of Floyd.  Don't ask me why.  He's got about 200 lbs. over Floyd. 
Floyd has needed some wiring work for AGES.  DH keeps putting me off.  I had already replaced one of those little telephone jack things, but that didn't fix the problem.  So yesterday was the day that DH had to buckle down and do his thing, because we needed to replace the same plug on the OTHER end of that cable. 

He pulled the back cover off Floyd so he could trace down the cable, which is very challenging, since wires go into a track then up through the machine housing and around several corners where you CANNOT SEE, and of course there are three identical cables.  After every electronics tool and gadget in the civilized world came out, he finally (maybe) decided which cable had the other end.  So I replaced the plug.  But first we had to have a fight over the plug replacement, AFTER I had already cut the plug off.  sigh. So, I got the new plug on eventually after much hairy eyeballing and cursing at each other, then DH put everything back together.  Ha ha ha ha ha... (hysterical laughter).  That did not fix the problem.  Everything had to come apart again. 

More hairy eyeballing and cursing at each other over pins and copper wires and clampy-thingy-tools.  Put ANOTHER new plug on.  Now the wire has no extra play in it - if this doesn't fix it what do we do???  (insert hand wringing, aargh!!)  DH reassembles everything and I give Floyd a whirl.  Can you guess?  Yes.  Not fixed.  (insert curse words).  Well, at least at this point we know (or we THINK we know) that it's not the plug.  It's the wire.  With the constant movement of the machine back & forth and up & down, one of the wee copper wires inside the cable has finally bit the dust and broken.  So, DH takes the machine apart AGAIN and runs a jumper wire from one port to the other port, bypassing the bad wire, and that seems to have the problem on the run.  By now we are speaking to each other, but just barely. 

Somewhere in this timeline, friends had stopped in with coffees and green teas so we had a nice hour long break where we were pretending to get along for the sake of company.  Yeah?  Have you done that?  I'm sure you have.  Later, we went into town for 'senior citizen supper' (anything before 5 pm, in my books) because the food trucks were at the museum.  We both simmered down after some yummy food.  I stopped muttering about him being a stupid asshat.

Anyhow.  Now I will work on one of my own quilts to make sure the jumper cord is indeed fixing the problem.  If that's the case DH will fish a new wire through, that will be identified on both ends with pink nail polish.  I will put the new plug ends on. (for some reason, DH cannot do these.  Unbelievable.  He can do anything else.) 

In all honesty, I have no idea why we can both work with a million other people and get along.  But we cannot work with each other and get along.  Weird.  Is it because he's a middle child?  Is it because I am the baby of the family?  Dunno.  Kiss kiss.  Love you, honey.



Sunday, May 31, 2015

9-Patch & Shoofly Quilt, and we're under attack by "The Universe", and a book report

This turned out really pretty.

Motifs in the light areas, straight line quilting in the blue.

Ooh.  I just LOVE that border pattern.  

So.  In the past two weeks the friggin' Universe has decided to come down with annoying frequency on us.
  1. the computer exploded
  2. my windshield cracked
  3. the washing machine quit.  Although DH worked his magic and replaced a part so we are back to wearing clean knickers instead of turning them inside out.
  4. the pressure washer was stolen out of the back of the pickup truck
  5. one of my crowns (in my mouth, not the one I wear on my head) committed hari kari.
Must.Counter.Negativity.With.Positive.Thoughts.
  1. the asparagus has been delightful and plentiful
  2. I have the best dog in the world who still makes me laugh when she folds her rubber frisbee in half and stuffs it in her mouth
  3. DH brought home Dairy Queen Blizzards yesterday
  4. the weather has been absolutely gorgeous - hot & sunny
  5. it is finally raining after a month (or more) of mostly drought
Can I quit now?
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The current book, and I'm just lovin' it!!
STATION ELEVEN - link HERE

Says the author:  My fourth novel is about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. It's also about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books, and knife-throwing. 

Says me:  It seems that I'm really enjoying novels about a future after disaster.  In this case it was a flu pandemic that wiped out most of humanity.  There is not much no blood & gore, but a fair bit of underlying terror that makes me want to keep turning pages instead of going to work or going to bed or cooking supper.  The author is Canadian and much of the story takes place in Ontario.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Scrappy Blue & Gold - and hilarious internet site

Here's a gorgeous scrappy blue & gold quilt.  Yea, I have the best job, ever.

Quilting pattern:  Gypsy Feather by One Song Needle Arts.  Yum.

INTERNET SHORT FORMS
So, there is a quilting forum that I read which should be no surprise to anyone. Someone made the comment "SMH".  Since I have NO IDEA what that means, I went to http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php.  Lemme tell you - it's much more entertaining than reading the phone book, and it could take just as long.  Here is a tiny selection from the "S" category that made me giggle:

SIUP - suck it up pussy
SIUYA - shove it up your ass
SOGOP - shit or get off the pot (which was one of the expressions DH used when he proposed. Yes. Seriously.  Can you see why I snatched him right up? ha ha ha)
STPPYNOZGTW - stop picking your nose, get to work
 Go check it out if you feel a need to jazz up your emails or facebook posts.  :-)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's up! It's up! and the UFO Challenge update

OMG.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  The MAILBOX is up.

VIEW FROM THE EAST

VIEW FROM THE WEST

UFO CHALLENGE
Sigh.  The challenge quilt for March/April did not happen.  And I'm not explaining it.
May & June - this is still (!) a quilt from the UFO list back in 2011.  Good Lord.  The top was completed in March 2010 so it has marinated quite long enough.  It shall be done.

Hmm.  Speaking of ufos... I really should update the little list on the sidebar, eh?