Thursday, March 14, 2013

My First Pieced Quilt Top

As I mentioned in my last post, the post where I try to explain away my lack of posts on this blog, I was putting together a quilt top. Yesterday afternoon I finished piecing it together and now have a completed quilt top. Here she is in all her glory.

As you can tell I decided not to add sashing, in the end, I'm so glad that I didn't. I think it would have detracted from the overall scrappy look that using the layer cake provided. I still might add borders but I'm not sure. My husband complained when I held it up to him because it doesn't have "tucking room". Which, if you weren't aware, is the ability to tuck the edges under your body when you're cuddled up on the couch with your blanket.

Here's a closer look.

One thing I did notice after I'd pieced it together was that there were quite a few spots where the same fabric, or similar fabric, butts up against each other. I had it sprawled out on my kitchen table but when I got it to my sewing room it had gotten somewhat mixed up. Am I still happy with how it turned out? Absolutely. Could I have done it better? You bet I could have. There are spots where I didn't nest my seams well enough and I've got a tiny oops BUT for my first pieced top I am more than proud of myself. I went shopping for the background fabric and got lucky when I found out that there's more than one quilt shop in town that carries this line (Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda). Unfortunately none of the shops had the fabric I wanted to use for the backing in stock. (Do you see the multicolored stripe? That's what I wanted to use for the backing and possibly a border.) One shop did have my second choice though. So here's the backing, and binding, fabric I'm going to use.

I'm honestly not sure when I'm going to finish this quilt. We're almost done with the shop on our property so at that point I'm forcing myself to focus on getting my craft rooms together. This mean tearing out carpet, putting up something to trim out the opening between the 2 rooms, finding a flooring that my husband and I both like, installing some cabinets, putting in a counter for my cutting table, hanging ....... well you get the drift. It's blank canvas and I've got to get it to where I want it before I proceed with much of anything else.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

One Week

An entire week with zero posts to speak of. I didn't even get to my Friday Favorites. I guess, in my defense, I haven't been on the computer in over 4 days.

I've been piecing together this quilt top.

I got the idea from THIS video but I sized the blocks down (from 9.5 to 8.5) because I like the look of smaller blocks. Also, I want to add sashing and borders which will bulk it up a little.
My husband has been attempting to find help to install his lift in his shop. He's been having a heck of a time putting this bad boy up. A couple of my brothers and I laid it down yesterday, so that all the cables and wires could be installed properly, but now we've got to find people to help us stand it back up so we can bolt it to the ground. 

I had an eye appointment on Tuesday because I find myself squinting even with my glasses on. My Rx changed, even if ever so slightly, and it's starting to cause me headaches. I'm really excited about my new specs. They look like the one's to the left but the arms are brown-ish. I have a very round face and the sharp edges really compliment my features.

The best part is that I also purchased a pair of Rx sunglasses. I've had transition lenses for the past few years and I absolutely despise them. There are times when only half the lens transitions and it's horrible on my eyes. I can't find a photo of them so I'll have to take a pic of them when they finally get here.

Lastly, I started a new book. Well, kinda a new book. I've had the book sitting in my nightstand for months now and I've just gotten around to picking it up. If you look over to the right, in the sidebar, you'll see what book it is. I've really gotten into the Gone series by Michael Grant and Lies is the 3rd in the series. (I've talked about both Gone (book 1) and Hunger (book 2) on this blog)

I guess I'm trying to come up with excuses at to why I haven't been online, or posted a blog, but the major one would be that quilt top. That thing was amazing and since it was my first pieced top it took me a little bit to get everything right. I should be back next week with something, at least, for people to read. Here's hoping though right?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Favorites + February Wrap Up

What a slow week/month I've had. I mean slow in the blogging sense. It hasn't been slow in my house.

Blog Posts For Feb
I talked about products from Lush that I love and products and I regret purchasing.
I think I kept up with my Friday Favorites. I post 123 (plus this one) meaning yes I did.
I ranted about companies not doing their job properly, menopause, and all the home improvements and construction going on in and around my home.

Favorite Post In Feb
There's one thing, in my opinion, that quilters can never have too many of. Read this post and see if you guessed what I'm talking about.

Favorite Video In Feb
I watched this video a hundred times, or more, this past month. It's my new favorite song.


This video is why I love dogs far more than cats.

More photoshop tutorials. I'm determined to learn to use photoshop for more than just creating headers for my blog.
My new favorite YouTube channel.
How about a Pop Danthology for 2012? Don't know what that is? Check out the amazing creation below. It's a mix of songs and music from 2012 and it's AMAZING!!