July 31, 2011

Any wantobe quilters around?

Hello friends and followers, I would love to welcome you
to a Wantobe Quilters Campaign over here.

They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks.
Supplies that will have you quilting
before you know it...From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters,
to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles,
rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines...everything
you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter.

Even if you are already part of this community you can win
quilting stuff too...Tuesday and Thursday are days for us..
All you have to do is give me your name and phone number
and email sew I can submit this to the organizer, because if you win
anything I can win something too.

All you have to do is be my follower and a follower
over at Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure....
That is all! There are over 49 Sponsors involved.
I am pretty excited to be part of this, sew should you.
I love being a QUILTER!

( p.s you will not be eligible to win anything if you do not register
with a blogger where you see this message)

The campaign started today, so you had better sign up quickly, not to miss out on anything!

I'm a official Wantobe quilters campaign blogger. I'll need your name, email, address and telephone number as contact information. Just send me a mail and I'll take care of the registration. I'm not going to use this information for anything else, so don't hesitate to sign up. It's going to be great fun!

This campaign is international. You only have to cover for the shipping. The prizes are well worth more than any shipping fees so there is no reason not to try your luck. I've ordered a lot of stuff overseas and its really affordable. By the way; I've looked through all the other official Wantobe quilters campaing blogs and it looks like I'm the only one from Europe. That's really sad! We ought to do something about this big, white blob over Europe on the Quilters Map lol. Perhaps we can change it together and get something good started.

Madame Samm who is starting this campaign is a real power lady. She told me she works out one hour every day and then works on the blog for 12 hours! She doesn't get anything for this good deed; it's a kind of therapy after a busy worklife.

Me, for myself, think it is a good thing and I am going to enjoy myself the next twelve weeks. If we should win something, all the better! But most of all; it will be a pleasure to get to know you!

Take care and have a great time!

Gone with the wind

I just hate getting my hair done!! There is something about the eternal yaking "You have wonderful hair. You should just..." that doesn't suit my fragile mind. I even prefer going to the dentist. That should tell how much I hate those (mostly wellment) comments I get every time. So if you have been reading between the lines it has been some time since last. So far so good. It was finally my Granny who kept popping up and looking back at me in my mirror who made me rethink my strategy of ignoring my hair.

So a couple of days ago I duly went to a place that promised to turn me out into a new person in no time. I left myself into the hands of the hairdresser with the instruction to make the best of the mess on my head.
I closed my eyes and listened only to the sounds of scissors and brushes and the encouraging noises from my friend at my side "You look great! This style really suits you." I even got a new makeup (still with my eyes closed).

Well, the result certainly was a surprise. The hair was well cut, but I saw at once it wouldn't work with my kind of hair without some serious work every day. The makeup made me think of Cruella.

My friend kept chirping encouraging noises in my ear on the way home (and the Dalmatians kept wisely clear of me). I kept my doubts about the hairdo (in dubio pro reo) to myself and went directly home to get a good facescrub.

Next day my premonition turned out true - I looked like a scarecrow with good intentions.

So back again I went to this refashion temple voicing my doubts about the suitability of the new hairdo.

The discussion went something like this:

What did you do with your hair? (hairdresser)
I combed it. (me)
Didn't you blow-dry your hair? (hairdresser)
No. (me)
But you did wash it? (hairdresser)
No, why should I? You washed it for me yesterday. (me)
You should wash it every day so you can blow-dry it into fashion. (hairdresser)
Thats impossible; my hair is too dry to wash every day. (me)
Some haughty looks and comments later she gave up after my final statement (if you can't manage it I'll go somewhere else) and cut it into a new Wash and go-fashion. I was happy, she pocketed a generous tip and went away murmuring something along the lines "Chacun à sa fa¢on" (French for 'let the idiot have her way') and disappeared.

At the counter a new discussion with the proprietor of the establishment awaited me.

Why do you not want to blow-dry your hair? (p a)
(my problem wasn't only the blow-drying, but the muck I had to plaster on my hairs everyday to make it stay the way it was supposed to stay)
I haven't really got the time. (me)
Time, time! I can't hear it anymore! A little life quality is so important. (p a)
No objection to that from me; its just that I usually climb ladders or creep on my knees under some tables during working hours and it is rather difficult to keep your hair and outfit stylish under these circumstances. (me)
You should rethink your life and spend some time with fashion! I don't know what the world is coming to. (p a)

Pompous ass! I've spent a lot of time on qualifying in a profession usually domninated by males and am good at what I do. Should I now get another job just to get more time to manicure my fingernails? Or perhaps quit althogether? Let a man take care of the little woman?
No way! I've got rather used to regular meals every day and I'll keep climbing those ladders even if my hairstyle is rather like "Gone with the wind"!

Sorry about this. I just had to get it off my chest. This post isn't the important one for you; just me against the windmills.

Take care, I'll be back real soon.

Halloween in July

Halloween seems to fascinate me at the moment. I've been working on an old UFO I started almost two years ago. I miscalculated the yardage and had to make some new blocks.

I did some cutting

and chainpiecing

and some more chainpiecing.

Soon I have to order some more black fabric, but the good news is that I got a parcel yesterday with the ordered Oreo and some charm packets with even more Halloween stuff. I don't know what I planned to do with these; I probably just tried to fill up some space in the package, thrifty as I am :-)

Never mind; I'll just start with this one and see if some kind of bright ideas come to me in the meantime.

Now I'm off to prepare a post about a new project that is sure to interest all of you! I'll be back real soon.

Wish you all a marvelous time and take care!

July 16, 2011

PhD Spooky

Never did I realize I have so sophisticated company (apart from you of course!) until I received some enlightment while surfing in the bountiful quilting seas.

This is my first PhD (project half done). I've called it a lot of names, hidden passion, obsession...PhD Spooky is what I call this project for now.

I've made 36 of these blocks and still love the colours and the pattern. I really didn't even mind Jakie the Ripper getting so busy because of the bulky seams in the middle.

Well, frankly a few of the blocks are perhaps somewhat bold and make me want to run for the hills, but I hope they will blend in with the background.

This one has got some heavy competition as the ugliest block in the quilt. You may judge later. This one is a PhD because I'm waiting for an Oreo jelly roll. Sometimes it takes 4 weeks for the order to come from overseas, so I just have to be patient. Whatever shall I do with my time?

The next PhD is McGuffey. I haven't found a suitable name yet, so I name it like the pattern. If you have any suggestion please, please leave a comment.
Its made from the leftovers from a bigger project. I made 9 blocks like this one:

For the quilt I used the Neptune line. I spent some considerable time on my knees in front of the small blocks (36) adjusting everything to my taste. Still, no matter how carefully I piece together the blocks I always seem to get some blocks mixed up in the procedure. This time it was a minor mistake; I just places the same fabric twice next to each other. I can live with it!

This quilt is now waiting for the bigger project (Scrappy stars UFO) to get finished, because I don't know what fabrics are left for the inner border. I only need half a yard, but the Neptune line isn't available anymore.

So what should I do now?

Perhaps start on this kit.

It's supposed be an elephant sometime in the near future.

Or perhaps I should put in some UFO time...Sigh!

July 9, 2011

The Adventure of the Spreckled Band

Some time ago I joined a group of talented Swedish women hosting a blog about embroidery. It is called Mina stygn and is written in Swedish. Every two weeks a new stitch is introduced and we are supposed to try out all the different kinds of stitches belonging to the theme.

I never knew there were so many different variations of "normal" stitches. Frankly I know even less about embroidery than about quilting! Worst of all; I'm not even a Swede. So you see how tolerant and understanding these girls are. Generally speaking Swedes are very kind and pleasant people. In case you have never been to Sweden they all live in a dolls house come true. The houses are always freshly painted and there is never a weed in the garden. As I myself live in a health hazard hole I'm green with envy!
Oh well... Maybe next life.

This is a kind of explanation why emboidery keeps popping up in this blog although I'm supposed to write about quilting. It's fun to stitch, even if I don't know the hoot about it.

This is my contribution to the theme "Knots". As I only know French knots, the result isn't so breathtaking. Never mind; I'll get there in time. I'm just wondering, if I should sew some more knots into the circles, or should I leave it like it is? What do you think?

Take care!

July 5, 2011

Some chain stitching

On Sunday my daughter fell asleep in my bed, so I had to keep quiet not to wake her up. I had some white fabric and some floss and here is the result.

The picture is not so good; I have to buy a better camera. Anyway, I made the chain stitches on bella solids in white and used some pearls to adorn the stitching. I used floss from Stef Francis. I've never used before, so it was quite exciting to see the result.

I'm not sure what it shall be. Perhaps a book cover, or a pillow case. I'd like to adorn it with some black lace and a border of green and dark red fabrics in crossed porcelain look.

Take care!

July 1, 2011

My newest passion

Here it is; my newest passion. I know it is a long way to go until Halloween, but the colours make me smile. For me now is the right timeto get creative with this line.

I’ve had this jelly roll for almost 1 ½ years and been picking it up every now and then, planning on a suitable pattern. You know how it is; you pick out a pattern, but don’t get down to cutting and sewing immediately. So your plans are somewhere deep down at the back of your head, but not really ready to immerge. This has been the case with this jelly roll and at least 3 patterns. Originally I bought this jelly roll to give away as a gift, but I remembered at the last moment that my friend doesn’t like orange. No orange; no way! So I kept the jelly roll for my own use.

Now it suddenly overcame me. I saw the perfect pattern for this fabric line and was sold and couldn’t get the idea out of my head any longer. As I had a free box for a new project, there was no restraint on my part what so ever. The jelly roll was immediately stripped and I loved to handle the fabrics, trying to decide on my favourite combinations. From there on it was not far to ironing and cutting the pieces.

I decided on the Sweet embroidery pinwheels pattern from Rosalie Quinlan Designs. It is a free pattern using another fabric line. I liked the fabrics and colours Lecien used, but for me no further fabric shopping at the moment. My cupboard shelves are groaning already and I’m not sure they can bear anything additional. Some sissies! Must be male, groaning and complaining like that. Female shelves have more sense would know what is important in life.

For the blocks you have to pair and sew two fabric strips together, cutting the strips in 8 4 ½” pieces. From these pieces you make half square triangles (after ironing the pieces open). This wasn’t as easy as usual because of the bulk from the seam in the middle. It took quite a long time to draw the middle lines and it was almost impossible to get good, straight lines.
Yesterday the family wasn’t at home, so I had a whole evening just for myself and my spleens. Don’t get me wrong; I dearly love my daughters, but one evening with the sewing machine is sometimes a treat. I just sat there with all these beautiful fabrics and could sew as long as I liked. What a bliss! I didn’t mind that Jacky the Ripper got busy with almost every block at least twice. Sometimes I had to sew a block 4 times. No problem as long you are in hype.

Last night I finished ironing the triangles at one o’clock in the morning, but it was well worth it. Tonight I hope to be able to cut the triangles into shape, but I’m afraid I won’t have any time for finishing the blocks. This weekend is for the family and no time for indulging in my own pleasures.
It is really rather tough as I have to go on a business trip next week and there will be no sewing time at all. That’s life.

Until next time; take care.