Thursday, September 28, 2006

Testing Testing
I'm going to try and add photos now. We'll see!

Monday, September 18, 2006


This past weekend, Thing One and I went to a quilt show! It was in Bennington VT, at the local high school, and was hosted by the local guild: The Quiet Valley Quilters. This is the second time I've been to this show, and I've really enjoyed it both times. There were a lot of really nice quilts, a consignment booth with quilts, fabrics etc for sale by the guild, lots of vendors from the upstate NY, NH and VT area, a nice lunch provided by the guild and a daily lecture by Paula Nadlestern. We had a very nice afternoon, and I had some retail therapy: a couple of patterns, a book and a yard of fabric plus one fat quarter.

I am continuing to sort and fold my stash, and I am making a big pile of fabrics that need to be cut. I think I'll never finish.

Also, over the last few days I made a couple of Union Square blocks for my guild's Winner Take All raffle next week. Blue and yellow, 9".

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Back in a routine

Dance started again today at our studio. Hopefully now, we can really get back into our routine.

Between the dance classes and a conference with DDs teacher, no quilting happened today. I did spend a few minutes refolding and sorting fabrics in my stash. I'm using Bonnie's suggestions and I'm cutting all pieces smaller than 1/2 yard into strips, bricks and squares. Well, almost all of them...I think Novelty and holiday fabrics I'll keep smaller (fat 8 and fat 1/4s ) for now. Bigger pieces, I'm folding around my 6X24 ruler to make them sit neatly on the shelves. I hope that will make them behave.
Maybe once Ido that I'll be able to find what I need.

This all started because I was looking for a few oranges to make a little pumpkin wallhanging, but things are so disorganized I couldn't find any oranges. Oh well, maybe I'll just go for some retail therapy tomorrow!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Fall is in the air

This weekend when I was in Vermont, I noticed that some of the leaves are starting to change. That means only one thing: not long before the leaf peepers start to invade my peaceful weekend retreat. We'll be sitting at our one traffic light waiting for the lines of cars to pass thru town, including me of course.
Yesterday was the second weekend of the month, so I spent some time quilting for Sunshine. I don't just do it because it is the second Sunday, but I try specifically plan for it. This weekend I made 8 blocks for Carol's color family challenge. I had a solid yellow, solid red and solid green, so I put each of them with a novelty print and made a simple counterchange block. All together I made 8 blocks. Unfortunately, that was the only sewing I did this weekend. I will share pictures as soon as I ever get my DH to move my photo software from my c drive to the d drive. I'm going to badger him about it this week.
Tonight I went to Lavendar Ladies. Lavendar Ladies is a non-guild that I belong to here in town. We do all the fun things that a guild does without any of the business meeting stuff, so it is more fun. Usually someone shares a project that they've been working on and demonstrate it to us. This time, Mia showed us a project she is working on with soem fused pumpkins and vines, and she showed us a variation she did with stars for the Veterans Hospital. Someone else showed us a adorable pieced pumpkin they made from a kit. I am going to make that pumpkin so I have a Halloween thing for my front door, but I took a quick look in the stash, and I don't see enough orange, so I think I'll have to make a trip to the store tomorrow.
I've started working on sorting my stash by color, folding it neatly and cutting small (less than half yard) pieces into strips the way Bonnie described on her website. Its going to take me a long time.
Tomorrow, the kids and the DH start dance. It is the studio's 50th anniversary year, and there is going to be a lot going on.