Monday, March 10, 2014
I also used a flower design with tendrils in the print areas. Even with this great thread (Fantastico from Superior Threads) it just disappears in the prints.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
When I got home from the Expo, I found that I had received the patterns I ordered from Serendipity Studios. I picked up the skirt pattern at Bear's Paw, a local quilt shop and liked it so much I went to their webpage to buy some more. Sorry about the quality of the picture.
I didn't spend much money at the Expo. I had plenty of time at the Expo to think about my purchases, and speak with different vendors and find all the things I wanted. There were other things I wanted, but only one thing I really, really wanted that was already sold out. I did pick up some scrap bags full of batiks. I have a soft spot for batiks. Two one-pound bags of scrappy goodness. I see some fun blocks in my future. I also picked up the clear, 1/4" foot for my sewing machine. I have the metal one, but wanted the clear plastic one. The coolest find, was the Mini Hex-n-More ruler. I think I love this little thing precisely because it is little. It is so wicked cute! I have no idea what I'm going to make with it, but I had to have it. To make up for what I didn't spend at the Expo, I came home and bought some thread from Superior Threads. I was a little let down that there wasn't a thread vendor at the Expo.
When I got home, I stacked up my squares for my Split 9-Patch Leaders and Enders project. I'm looking forward to this one piecing up while I do other things. It sits beside my sewing machine, ready to go.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I stiched up all these HST blocks for my split 9-patch. You can see how these simple blocks go together over on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville.
This challenge is from last year, but I wanted to make the blocks. It just so happens I have a selection of reds and blues and enough tone-on-tone lights that I figured I would give it a try.
On Friday, I cut them all apart, pressed them all and trimmed some of them. The rest had to wait until Saturday morning. Even crazy quilt ladies need their sleep.
I signed up to help with classes at the Expo. This was part of the "cost" of having a booth for my guild. I just took tickets for classes. That meant I got to stay for the class, so it was something new for me. I realized I've never taken a quilting class. EVER. Don't worry, I still haven't. These two classes were just lectures, which was great, but no quilting involved.
As I was getting ready to head down to the classroom, I slipped my foot into my shoes and this happened. I nearly cried. I sat down with needle and thread, and got stitching. Hand-work on leather is no picnic. I managed to get the strap stitched down. I'll have to take the shoes to a real cobbler soon. The heel-caps are about done-for anyway.
Here are the two small, sad stacks of trimmed HST blocks. This quilt requires about... 300 of them. I must have lost my mind.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I wish I had some great pictures to show you, but I didn't spend much time taking pictures today. I did spend a little time wandering around and seeing some of the vendors. The rest of my day I spent sitting in the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild's booth greeting people and talking to them about the guild. I did manage to get some work done on my Big Bold quilt and almost have the binding finished.
I didn't want to spend a bunch of time driving back and forth since I plan on being here all weekend, so I booked a room for Thursday and Friday nights. I checked in after the expo called it a night and had to set up my temporary sewing space. This is what is provided in the room.
Turns out, this is perfect! Sewing machine, design board, project box and cutting mat all have a place. My very own little sew-in. I had a huge tack of 3" squares cut and marked and ready to go.
I got all 150 half-square triangle blocks stitched. Pressing and trimming will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm headed to bed.