Monday, January 25, 2010

This is the start to the wedding quilt for the M & M couple (my daughter and son-in-law). They got married in June and I'm still working on the quilt. It will get done, eventually. They picked out the general color scheme and I picked out the fabrics. Most of the lights are Japanese taupes. It's a pretty subtle color scheme, not my usual wild and bright, but it's turning out nice. I hope M & M like it!

In this close-up, notice the tags hanging on the top of each row. I got these tags at our guild Christmas gift exchange from my good quilting friend, Debbie. I think she got the idea off another blog. The tags are bobbins for embroidery floss. They're tagged with the row number, then pinned to the row. It's really helping me keep organized, especially since this quilt is on-point. You can see some of those yummy Japanese taupes in this close-up.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Monster Dog

In our family, we love dogs. Pretty much any kind of dog. Both Steph and I grew up with dogs. Our first dog as a family was a lovely deaf dalmatian named Liebe. She was a sweetheart and lived to be almost 15 years old.

We couldn't live too long without a dog, so we searched rescue organizations on the internet and found our new puppy. According to Dawn at Tailwaggers 911 (the rescue group), her mom is a chocolate lab and she thought dad is a boxer. Whatever...all we know is she is a good dog. We named her Tacoma because we got her the day after we returned from a vacation to Tacoma.

The reason for calling her Monster Dog is that she is about 85 lbs--about twice the size of our dalmatian. I know there are a lot of other dogs that are a lot bigger than Tacoma, but she's the biggest dog we've ever owned. I grew up with a border collie and Steph grew up with beagles. Also, she likes to snag food off of the counter and table and anywhere else she can find it...

She is a good dog, though, and we're happy to have her in our house. Here's a link to the rescue we got her from. Tailwaggers 911 in Saukville, WI. Thanks, Dawn!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thank You, Judy Niemeyer!

I'm working on a foundation pieced quilt, designed by Judy Niemeyer. It's called Hawaiian Star. Judy's pattern are fantastic. At first glance, they may look a little pricey, BUT all of the papers for the foundation piecing are pre-printed. No tracing or going to the copy machine. The paper she uses is a lightweight newsprint. Strong enough to stand up to sewing and the occasional ripping (not that I would know about that!), yet easy to remove. Her directions are phenomenal! They are very detailed and she includes templates to help you pre-cut your pieces to the appropriate size, so there is minimal fabric waste. This is good for me, because when I foundation piece, I usually cut the pieces too small and have to start over again.

Anybody wishing to try foundation piecing should check out Judy's website, quiltworx. She has tons of patterns at various different levels.

The picture shows two pieces that I'm working on right now. I have a small table with my cutting board sitting to my left, so I don't have to get up to trim. My iron sits to my right. I just twist and turn and don't have to get up. I can really get pieces cranked out this way!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Here's the picture that should have gone with the last post.
Here's my new favorite gadget--it's a seam ripper by Gingher. The blade is retractable and slips under the stitch with ease. It fits comfortably in my hand, too. Thanks, Mom, for this great Christmas gift!

A New Year

So, I started this blog in April and haven't posted to it since. I'll try and be better....

This is a new year and my goal, as usual, is to lighten my UFO load. I hope to finish some projects and give some away, and maybe sell some on ebay. I just have to not start new stuff before I finish something old. Like that will happen. :-)

Well, let's see how I do with keeping up on this.