Sunday, September 30, 2012
I kept thinking about one of my food professors who hated left-overs. She said that the problem with leftovers is that 1 cup is too much to throw away, so you save it and add 2 cups worth of new ingredients. Then you end up with a cup. So you do it again. By the time it's all eaten, the original ingredient is 2 weeks old.
There are some blue calicos from my second ever quilt project in the late 80's.
But I did throw a big hand-full of small bits of blue into the trash as soon as the last rectangle was finished.
I just finished pin-basting this to bamboo batting and a white Ikea sheet. Hubby and I are going to hop on the bikes and take a several hour break for lunch and winding roads. Machine quilting when I return.
Friday, September 14, 2012
My first inclination is to chuck everything in the trash. But that's just not in my nature. It's like changing the locks on the house so certain family members can't get in....no matter how tempting it is...I just can't do it. Far too inappropriate. *Sigh*
Seriously...I think that my quilting friends are sneaking fabric into my stash just to mess with me. Come to think of it...that's actually a really fun idea. I may start carrying random fat quarters in my purse and just tuck them in with something similar at my quilting friends' houses. Tee-Hee-Hee....I'm calling them WTFFQ. I am a girl with a mission.
Oh... BTW...You are welcome to blame me for any WTFFQ that you find in your stash...no matter where you live. It's all my fault.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Next step = hand quilting. I am going to use a silk batting that I've been saving for some special reason. I'm still a little iffy on what design I'm going to use in the very center. I've been reading up on silk batting, and am not sure if I'll get the same shrinkage texture as with cotton. (They both claim 5% shrink). Anyone with experience w/ silk batting? I'm open to advice.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
I've spent all of today making this green border. Because I was using up the leftovers from the leaf fabric, I did some simple estimate calculations to be sure that I had enough fabric to pull off this look. Earlier today there were many things that I didn't like about this look, which rated it only a 3. I forgot that the top and bottom strip needed to be 17" longer than that side, so had to go back and add more fabric to the original strips. And just when I thought I was about ready to stitch this all together, I discovered that the sawtooths (sawteeth?) finished at 2.25" not the 2" I had assumed. This left me about 7 rows short on each side. Bah. I would probably had as many issues if I'd spent the time to do detailed calculations.
But what now....
A) continue fixing the tile border that I am only luke-warm about.
B) buy a solid dark green batik for an 8" outer border.
C) do something entirely different.