Oh yeah! Santa's workshop is open for business!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Oh yeah! Santa's workshop is open for business!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Okay, I am inching towards the confessional. Still thinking of what the quilter's equivalent of a zillion Hail Mary's is. The fish had NOTHING to do with this. I'm just trying to distract you. I got it recently for a pittance at Pier One. I just had the family room painted. The walls are pale aqua and the fireplace is bight red! I saw the fish and knew it would be perfect on the mantle. It was on sale and had a little scratch on the tail fin, so they gave me 20% more off! Then the nice lady pulled out a brown marker and made the scratch disappear. Woo hoo! Okay okay, I digress, and stall, and otherwise try to avoid the dirty truth. The fish sits upon my shameful secret. Just keep in mind..... IT WAS ON SALE.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's baloney Lisa. You splurged, admit it. Swallow that bitter pill and face the music.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I got a couple of the companion prints. One of the photos, I just accidentally deleted and the original in on my husband's computer (remember the whole Geek Squad hospital etc?) You can see a smidge of it on the edges of this photo and later with my blocks. I really like it, it's kind of a greenie yellow color with Flintstone type boulders on it. Meanwhile, this one is fun too. These colors are bright but a little muted. I find them very intriguing.
What do you think? Did Rob and Laura Petrie live in a house like this? Oh gosh, I know I just dated myself big time. Please tell me that some of you watched the Dick van Dyke show. Please!!
I also got these at The City Quilter. The fabric was labeled cross weave or something like that but I think it looks like shot cottons. I got the perl cotton to do some rustic hand quilting. Everyone needs to now take a moment to ROFL. I have never done any hand quilting but over and over again I make plans to do some. Oooooh ha ha ha!! Maybe, just maybe, this time I mean it. They had so many colors of this perl cotton, I wanted them all.
Doesn't it make you feel like you just wandered into the sock department for pre-teen girls? Look at all these fun brights.
When we walked around SoHo, we found a place called Pearl River Mart. I could have gone nuts in there but it was the first store we had gone in AND I knew anything I bought would have to be lugged all over New York and then carted home on the bus. That helped keep me under control, but what a fun store. Luckily they had a nice little bench for the husbands to sit on. If you wanted fabric, you had to find a store employee who would write up a receipt, then you got in line and paid for it, then you went back and they would cut the fabric. Interesting system, but it was worth it to me. I got these two yards of oilcloth. I am going to try to make some folios out of it for xmas gifts. Seems like a good idea. I hope it works better than this did.
And I also got this at Pearl River Mart. It's 100% cotton and about 60 inches wide, great for backing, yahoo!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Look at those points in the center. Pretty good job, huh? Sometimes I impress myself, ha ha.
Then I found these bowtie blocks. I made these just as I was becoming intrigued with quilting. I saw an Alex Anderson 'Simply Quilts' episode that featured this block. So I scrounged around the house until I found some fabrics and made these. Soon after, I took a Stack n Whack class at the local Jo-Ann's and that was the end of any free time for me. All of my spare time from then on has been spent sewing or thinking about sewing. I think I need to make a few more bowties and make a crib quilt from them. I love modern bright fabric but also love these old classic block designs. Aw shucks, it's Sunday evening and I need another weekend for playing. Have a great week everybody! And guess what? My baby (laptop) has been discharged from the Geek Squad hospital. I'm back in business blogging. Woo hooooo!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I had a bunch of Halloween charm squares left over from a quilt I made for my nephew last year. So I threw them in.
And here it is! Pin basted and ready for quilting. The finished top. I am really pleased with it.
The spiders are my favorite even though they were the most trouble. Seventeen spiders with eight legs each. Yeesh!!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This was our view. It's either Madison Ave. or 31st St. I'm not sure which.
Check out this carpet! It's in the hallway outside of our room. Hmmmm? Some quilty inspiration don't you think?
So we totally used the subway system, never took a cab, and did lots of walking. We went to see the Flying Karamazov Brothers on Friday and then saw Laura Linney in the play, Time Stands Still, on saturday. Loved them both. We poked around Soho, went to Ground Zero, and I managed to visit TWO quilt shops. The City Quilter was just wonderful and I got some lovely solids there, and Purl Soho was the source for some great organic cottons. I also got some very cool stuff in another Soho shop. I'll share photos of my loot in my next post.
Twenty-five years ago I married a wonderful man and I would surely do it again. Seriously folks, he went to two quilt shops and waited patiently while I hemmed and hawwed (? is that spelled right?) over my purchases. He did get to spend some time playing in the Sam Ash music store, but not as much time as I spent fondling fabric. I've been catching up on the laundry and housework but have found a little time to work on my Halloween quilt. The applique rows are time consuming but the spiders are so cute. I will catch you up on my progress very soon. And very very soon, I plan on chopping into some new fabric and popping out a new quilt. Believe it!!