Monday, June 13, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I was given a rooster at Quilt retreat back in March.  I just love my little rooster.  Later this week I am helping with Vacation Bible School.  I have a spinner coming to demonstrate!  I thought that I would give her the larger rooster.  I am also hoping to get a mug rug done for her.

DSC00390_1_1I think that my version turned out real cute.  It is made with two nine patches.  I had everything in stock!  Even better.



Lola….decided that she wants to sew!!!!  She found a pattern at Hancock’s.  She was hoping for a cute t-shirt dress, we ended up with a fitted sundress.  Now, let me first say, I can sew….blankets that aren’t ever actually square or rectangular and blankets that only lay flat after of the puckers are quilted out of them.  I am also good at making pj pants that never step foot outside of the house.  Lola asked if I was as excited about this project as she was….”No, I am just nervous and anxious.” 


Here is the top bodice….Look at all those pleats.  DSC00392 This is the other side of the bodice.  The pattern is Simplicity 2250.  I am sure that all will be okay.  God has dropped a great seamstress I know in my life twice now.   We saw her 1st on the day at the store…this was great in helping picking out lining and interfacing.  I saw her again today at Wal-mart.  I haven’t seen her more than 3 times in the last few years.  Now I have seen her twice in 2 weeks (devine intervention).

Lola’s Moment:  I just would like to add that I am not intending to become a “sewing fiend”, I just want to make something that no one else has.  Be prepared to see pictures of my future epic masterpiece!  xo Lola!

I have started on the quilting for the table runner.  The light squares are done.  I am having trouble with the tension.  The light squares have light thread on both sides, and you can’t see the polka dots.  The red and dark squares I have ripped out twice now. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June UFO Project

Judy L over at The Patchwork Times pulled #8 for the UFO Project.  I am really enjoying this challenge.  I find the finishing of projects cathartic.  I find myself going through many different states.  I feel joy as I pull out the much anticipated project, or apprehension at pulling out a more challenging project.  I once heard that you should finish a project while it is still exciting.  I believe that this is why many projects end up getting set aside.  The new project has excitement that the old and familiar does not.  I think working through some of the problems on the project is helping me work through some of “lifes” problems.
Here is # 8.  It is a 2 sided table runner.  I have it all basted in place.  I did a crappy job.  I will have to redo it. 
DSC00385                DSC00387
I made it over Christmas with my mother.  I needed some time in the sew room with all the company present. A friend from church had made several tops in this style and these runners looked so simple but turned out so nice once the small meandering I did was done.  I am looking forward to finishing this one.  The batik side with the stripe matches this quilt that is slated for the couch in the living room.  IMG_4255_1_1The table runner will go on the cedar chest under the TV.  The chest was a gift from my brother (he made it) for Christmas in 1998.  I will be able to just flip it for holiday decorating.

 The table runner goes with this quilt.  It is #2 on my UFO list.  I did some work on it at Retreat in February.  It’s goal is to have the top done.  Depending on when that number is pulled, I may get further on it than just the top done.
I am looking forward to the fact that this month is a smaller project.  The girls are out of school.  The husband is working lots.  The garden and lake are calling my name, along with the car to do some traveling.
Back to finishing these UFO projects.  Why is it most projects only get finished because of a deadline?  These projects are those with no “home”.  These are projects are ones we really wanted to make.  You know, life will not be complete unless we have this quilt in our collection.  However, life gets in the way, our collection is not complete, the excitement is gone.  Sometimes working through those hard parts is what we need to do. 

I am still going to Weight Watchers.  I am about 7 lbs. from my maximum ideal weight.  I also would like to lose another 7 lbs. after that.  The meetings talk of support.  Where do you get it?  Who are your sabotager’s?  Are you changing yourself?  Doing the hard work?  Being okay, finishing the job without the excitement of a new project.  Taking something to completion?  It is a learning process.  I eat when no one is around.  I eat when I am lonely.  I eat to indulge when I think I need the indulgence. . . . I don't need the food for sustenance.  I am not a terribly large person.  I am close to the goal weight, but I find myself at a plateau.  I need to do the hard work to get over the hump to achieve my goal.

Just Another Quilter learning to live with myself.