Wow, last week was fun! The Fall Festival Giveaway has attracted a lot of interest! If you haven't entered yet you still have a couple of days. The Drawing will not take place until Wednesday morning. You can get to all of the posts here and be sure to check the Monday post for links to other giveaways.
I do the giveaways for 2 reasons. The primary one is to clear out some of my hand dyed stash but it also gives me a nice blog break and I took great advantage of mine last week. I didn't go anywhere (except to a doctor's appointment and errands) but I got a lot of dedicated time with FloMo and several of my other projects.
On the longarm front I'm having a great time with FloMo. The difference between FloMo and Willie is amazing. I have so much more control with FloMo and the stitches are beautiful! I finished quilting a little baby quilt. I don't have a photo of it yet but hopefully it will be bound and finished by the end of the week. My second quilt is one of my HSTeria quilts.
First I SID quilted the whole quilt and now I'm working my way back to the top doing this filler in all of the blue areas. I'm almost done with that so I need to decide what to do in the colors areas soon!
The down side of spending a lot of time quilting is that I haven't been paying attention to the ergonomics of the new machine. I've paid for that in spades with my hip muscles seizing up and clamping down on my left leg nerve. Ugh. I took the weekend off from quilting and hooked up my EMS/TENS machine and am finally getting the nerve free. I'm going to lay off quilting today too but hope to be back at it tomorrow.....with the machine raised a couple of inches higher.
I'm also slowly making progress on my Drunkard's Path blocks and will get the next set pinned together tonight. I'm not even close to having a layout for the first one. I just can't make up my mind. Maybe by this coming Friday I can make some progress on that front.
I also cleared the furniture on the living room floor and started laying out my batik Crossroads blocks. These are the blocks that I've been working on all year at my quilt club sewing days. I quickly discovered that this doesn't help with hip pain so I'll get back to this in a few days.
Finally I got back to cutting glass! I haven't had time to do this for a few weeks so it was fun to get back at it. I had this piece ready to go into the kiln but hadn't started the kiln yet because I wanted to fill it with as many pieces as possible. That saved me from making a big mistake! When I woke up yesterday I remembered that the "white" pieces are french vanilla and reactive. This is going to be a bright pink and yellow piece and I don't need brown. I'll rework it with other glass to fix it.
That about sums up events around here. Today I have a lot of fabric to iron but hope to have some DP and glass time too. The key to that is getting off the internet and getting to the iron.
Before starting my Drunkard's Path quilt I felt that I really needed to cull some of my commercial print fabrics. Enter the Go! Cutter and the large tumbler die and the 6" HST die. I cut for 2 days and got 8 charity kits made for friends and my Mom! I cleared out at least 30 yards of fabric and it feels good! I now have room to store more of my hand dyed fabrics.....the fabric I actually use.
Next I got busy cutting my first Drunkard's Path quilt. If you don't know about the Quilt Along, jsut click this button.
I cut out all of the pieces for the pastel hand dyed quilt. It's going to be a small quilt but there are still a lot of these blocks! I started pinning them together while I watched the Eagles game.
I even sewed a few together during the Patriots game. Looking at the individual blocks as I sewed them together I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But now that I have a few together in the wall I love it!
Today I'll be getting ready for the Innova to arrive tomorrow!!
In other news:
I've had a Facebook account for a long time and I have hundreds of "friends". I never use the account because I wasn't very smart about setting it up. I don't use it for family because there are so many people reading it that I don't know. I've decided to separate my personal account from my quilting account and have set up a hand dyed fabric page where I'll do all of my chatting about what's going on in the studio. If you were a "friend" on my personal page please don't be offended if I've unfriended you! I'm using that account for my family and close friends. Please join me on this page to chat about all things quilting.
If you know anyone who has been looking for a Featherweight sewing machine I am selling my Centennial (1951) model on eBay. You can see it here. While getting ready for the new longarm to arrive I decided to clear out some things and this machine is one of them. I just haven't used it like I thought I would. I replaced the belt and the power cord on the foot pedal and it sews beautifully. It needs to go to a home where it will be used......baby doesn't belong in a corner (of my basement).
Don't forget about the Fall Festival Giveaway that starts one week from today! You can link up your own giveaway (or giveaways) on the Monday post!
Whew! That was a lot of info for one post! Check out what everyone else is doing at Patchwork Times.
For such a busy weekend I sure have little to show for it. I had my 2-day Innova training class at Virginia Longarm. I have to say that Val has created an awesome business there. They have 3 machines going full time doing end-to-end quilting, she does about 15 vendor shows each year and they have a longarm conference (Birds of a Feather) every February. That business is hopping and everyone is very friendly. The class was as much about welcoming us to their family as it was about training. And boy did the train! They had us do everything and I left yesterday knowing that I'm ready to start quilting as soon as my machine is delivered next Tuesday.
I can't wait!
Of course I didn't take any photos but I made some great connections. One in particular that I will stay in touch with. As always I took my own food because of my myriad of allergies. I've gotten to the point that I loathe talking about my allergies and I deflect any questions and avoid answering them.
Annette was taking about an allergy to a particular food that she has and they eventually got her to tell her reaction. It's one of the same, very rare, allergic reactions that I have. In fact, outside of my family, I have never met or heard of anyone with this particular reaction. We wound up taking for about an hour yesterday sharing our stories of doctors telling us we were crazy. We are both convinced that it's not that rare of an allergy but that it's mis-diagnosed. Regardless, it was a good, cathartic discussion for both of us.
I came home tired and spent the rest of the day watching the Eagles lose ot the 49ers. No surprise there but still kind of disappointing.
Friday afternoon and evening I finished my second secret project so now I'm ready to start something else! My project for Paula Nadelstern is based on the Drunkard's Path block and now I've got Drunkard's Path on the brain. After all, it's just a curved half-square triangle!
I've talked to a couple of other people who are also interested in DP blocks so I figure it's time for another quilt-along! Starting this Friday I'm going to host a Drunkard's Path Quilt-Along. I'll be back tomorrow with all of the specifics and I've got a couple of projects planned.
The first one will use these fabrics. I need to get them starched and ironed. I will do another quilt with my symmetry fabrics. I loved the small one that I finished last week so much that I want to try something bigger.
Have you been wanting to try Drunkard's Path blocks? Of course you have and you need to quilt along with us this fall! Think about it and while you are thinking check out what everyone else is doing at Patchwork Times.
As I expected I spent too much time watching football this weekend (congrats to ECU for getting the Hokies back in perspective). I don't have much hope for the Eagles this evening but I'll be watching just the same.
I did try to be a bit productive during the games and got a label sewn on my Allegiance quilt. Now I can put 2 Quilts of Valor in the mail to Alycia tomorrow.
I did hear from Paula and she has the extra fabric I need to finish my Zombie Ball quilt the way I want. I should be back on that by Wednesday.
Meanwhile I did get in 2 hours of quilting on Mom's first quilt.
I mentioned that I wasn't completely sure about using black thread but I really like it! These blocks might look familiar. I gave Mom all of the leftover blocks from my Fractured Spiral quilt and she made this cute charity quilt with them.
In 2 hours I got to here! I just need to finish the last row of wavy cross hatch and quilt the borders and this one will be done to show you tomorrow.
Back to work for me. Check out what everyone else is working on at Patchwork Times.
But first please allow me a few moments to celebrate this. (There's quilty stuff and a giveaway if you can tolerate a little football talk.)
I apologize to the Ohio State fans out there but I can assure you that no one on either side of this game expected the ending score of the Ohio State/Virginia Tech game Saturday night. I've never been more surprised at the outcome of a Virginia Tech game than I was of this one. We didn't even know who our quarterback was going to be 3 months ago! As for the rest of the team everyone thought 2014 would be a "rebuilding" year because we have a lot of untested Freshmen. I couldn't sleep for 2 hours after that game. It turns out that we have some real talent on both sides of the ball.
I carried my mood into Sunday and didn't do much of anything productive except watch football all day. I'm so happy that football season is back. It's really the only sport that I enjoy watching. I even tried developing a like for soccer but, ugh, it's so boring! The Eagles made their game a little more exciting that it should have been but they pulled it out in the end.
I did quilt for 1 hour each day and I'll tell you about that in a minute.
This week it's time to get serious about some projects. You might remember that I have done projects for Paula Nadelstern the past 2 years to help promote her new fabric lines. This is the quilt I made last year.
Here's a very teeny peek at the fabrics that I picked from this year's collection. I need to get started on this and one other secret project right away. But I decided that I will allow myself 1 hour every day to work on something else - mostly longarm quilting.
So for the next few weeks I'm going to share my 1 hour every day to see how much I can accomplish if I set aside exactly 1 hour. I started this weekend and worked on 2 things.
I started cutting up the pieces and parts for my lace son print placemats. I didn't want the pieces to be too small so this is the layout that I came up with. I'll paint a piece of fabric turquoise for the binding. Now, here's my question. Do you think that the ricrac is a good addition? I really thought it would look good but now I"m not so sure. What do you think?
So here's one quick project that I can work on in my 1-hour "Me" allotments.
The other thing I did was quilt another veteran's quilt. This is #24 for the year. I got the back for 2 quilts loaded and this one quilted in 1 hour!
It got a purple backing because that's what I had left but I kind of like it with the green! I quilted this one in straight lines using the channel locks. It was super fast!
Mom and my niece also stopped by on Saturday. After seeing my lave sunprinting Mom cleared out her cedar chest and brought me all of my grandmother's lace curtain panels and every scrap of lace that she's ever bought.
Is anyone else interested in having some lace for sunprinting? I'd love to share some fat quarter cuts from these panels. If you are interested leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a few winners.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for a fun blog hop and a very nive giveaway opportunity!