Sunday, November 21, 2010

Calendar stitcheries and preparations...

I'm here, I'm here, I'm still here!  Where did the last 2 weeks go?!?  PREPARATIONS!  But first, check these out...(in no particular order).

January...
 February...
April...
 December...

 May...
 June...
 July...
 August...
 September...
 October...
 November...
March...

These are beautiful Kathy Schmitz designs that are supposed to be stitched in all black and form one small wallhanging, but I decided to make them into individual very small wall hangings...something to change out every month.  I also decided to add a little bit of color to each one.

I still need to quilt simply and bind each one, then they will be a finished Christmas gift for one of my sisters.

Sorry not to post in so long...thank you to those who have emailed me to see where I've been.  As some of you know, my husband and I started doing some home improvement projects and painting half the inside of the house at the end of the summer.  We had been putting it off for years and finally made a commitment to do it.  Then we were blessed to find that my Dad, Stepmother, and my favorite Aunt wanted to come for Thanksgiving.  We were so excited!  Needless to say, we put it in high gear and will be finished with everything by the time they get here on Tuesday.  Whew!!!

Thank God they are coming...no telling how long we would have dragged all this out without the delightful threat of house guests.  Now it will all be done for the whole holiday season.

I always work better with a deadline in mind...

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)



Friday, November 5, 2010

The continued tour of the "quilt cave"...

I was invited by Madame Samm of Stash Manicure to continue explaining the organizational madness that is my quilt cave (the basement).  It looks like I will be posting there once a month for a few months to finish showing how I organize my space.  This month I discuss how I deal with patterns, books, and magazines...all that paper that tends to pile up.   Check it out at the link above!

I am lucky to have stash and books, but my set up is pretty humble...lots of second-hand file cabinets from U of M, table tops from the recycle center, etc. I love to dream about how it would all look if I had an unlimited budget to buy shelves, fixtures, fancy containers, etc., like they do on those organizing shows on the cable channels.  I did have to invest in some sturdier shelves from IKEA for my quilt books after my last shelf collapsed into a pile of pressed oatmeal boards and quilt books gone all helter skelter.  That was a sad, sad day...

I just love sheet pocket protectors, hanging file folders, sticky notes...I have a deep down obsession with office supplies...maybe because I love all the things they can help me organize.  As a musician, I also store my loose sheet music and books in file folders like this, in addition to our family personal and financial records.
This is my favorite little "mad pleasure" - it is my idea book.  I save pictures from magazines (that I don't save the directions to), quilt show photos, and little pictures from greeting cards, catalogs, etc. and I glue them randomly into this bound lab record book with a glue stick.  These little snippets give me inspiration about color, lay-out, drawing appliques, little cute sayings to stitch, etc. 

I do love using the bound books, even though they get too fat to properly close after glueing in all that wonderful encouragement.  (Maybe a binder or spiral notebook would work better for you.)  I like how these fit in my cubby, right behind my sewing machine.  They are my "go-to" resource to get to a happy space if I am feeling blue or uninspired.
I think I need to make a correction from my last post.  I posted blocks I had finished for an online bee I belong to.

I called these Disappearing 9-Patch blocks.  I think they are really Disappearing 4-Patches.  Disppearing 9-Patches look like this (thank you Helen of Quilts and ATC's).

Both the Disppearing 4-Patch and the Disappearing 9-Patch are great blocks to make with pre-cut charm squares...do you have a favorite quilt or block pattern that you like using charm squares for??

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bee Balm blocks for Elaine...

These are Disappearing 9-Patch blocks for Elaine from Texas.  I said "yes" to being in an online quilting bee, and this was the first month's project.  It's an easy block and opens lots of design possibilities.

I can't wait to see what comes next...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Done with Thing 1 and Thing 2...and the DRESS...

Halloween is over, so it must be Christmas...according to my local stores.  The two "Cat in the Hat" quilts for my niece and nephew are done and ready to deliver to a local long-arm quilter.  They are basically the same except for the name inserted in the quilt (Eliza or Asa) and the outer border color.


I like "off-roading" without a pattern, but it takes me longer when I do that, so I thought what the heck if they are similar?

I can't wait to see the little fudsters on Christmas morning, propped up on their little quilts, wearing the Thing 1 and Thing 2 outfits I have devised.(complete with little blue wigs!)...aaaaawww!  My 13-yr-old has to wear the "Cat in the Hat" costume in the picture (payment for me making her Halloween costume...I'm not above bribing to get that picture...).

Speaking of things I've devised, some of you wanted to see my daughter's "Glinda" costume (from "Wicked") that I had to make for Halloween.  I was not excited about the project, as it involved a lot of "off-roading" as well, but I hung in there, gritted my teeth and pounded it out...

It was cold in Michigan this year, so a turtleneck was required.  Wearing the wig was warm like wearing a hat, so that was good.  Her best friend was Elphaba (the green one).  I think one person knew who they were (they are the queens of the obscure costumes every year - last year they were two minor characters from West Side Story).

I'm still planning on the applique tutorial, but I am having to re-shoot the pictures because they were blurry.  Now that the Seuss projects are ready for the quilter and my Bee Balm blocks are ready to mail (a future post...), I can exhale a little and think about other things.  These two pictures turned out almost clear...ooo, I love this glue method!  (maybe you will, too...)

I am also scheduled to post on Stash Manicure again this Friday to talk about my filing system for quilt books, patterns, magazines, etc.  

It's another busy week!

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)