Progress!

Is it just me, or has autumn been extremely busy?

We celebrated grandson Fischer’s first birthday at their house.

Candles Big brother Jacob got to light Fischer’s birthday candles (this was a first)
age 1 cake

Fischer with his mommy looking at his cake

photo Thoroughly enjoying birthday cake with almost every inch of his one year old body.
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new office

 

I’ve been busy at work with a new position as Quality Training Coordinator and a move to our new office space at Corporate.  Office still not quite done in this photo… but we moved in yesterday.

 

In every spare moment, I’ve been working on hand piecing my feathered star quilt.  The main portion of the quilt is now complete, as shown here:

 

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I’m playing with a few different options for the border.  This is one that I like, however I don’t think I will go with it.  I think it will give the quilt a heavier look, and I don’t want that. 

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So stay tuned and you’ll soon see the finished top! 

Three more blocks to go

I can’t wait to start hand quilting this!!! It’s all hand pieced, needs 3 more feathered star blocks and a pieced border, and then it will be ready for hand quilting!

Sizing up your blocks

Math never was my favorite subject.  It requires lots of thinking for me, and makes my head hurt.  For the quilt I am currently working on, I wanted two different sizes of an 8 pointed star.  I tried drafting my own.  Now, normally I am really good at drafting blocks by hand.  With this one, not so much! 

I finally resorted to finding a pattern online on the website of a quilter for whom I have a lot of respect and know personally.  I won’t share her name here, though.  So I found the pattern for the 8 pointed star on her site, in several different sizes.  I chose the size I wanted, and made the block.  I wanted a six-inch block.  I ended up with a 4.5 inch block.  SIGH.  I took the pattern to a copy machine and increased it over and over in a variety of sizes, and took the stack of copies home.  After much pondering, I chose the pattern that I was sure would give me six-inch block.  Nope.  When I made the block, it was 8 inches.  MORE SIGHING.  After several more tries, I finally hit on the right one.  So now I have many different blocks in a variety of sizes but all in the fabrics from my quilt.  It allowed me to see how the different color choices would look, so it wasn’t a total waste.

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Please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?

Making Progress… And Placemats!

Last weekend I whipped up a couple of reversible placemats for our little kitchen table. Here you can see one of each fabric on the glass top.


I’ve also made progress on the quilt I’m working on. I’m now starting on the alternating feathered star pattern which is similar to these, but includes an 8 pointed star in the center like the one you see here.

I’m really loving how this is turning out, and I have changed my thoughts on layout from my initial plans.  Very rarely do I stick to my plans, so I guess this shouldn’t surprise me.  I know lots of quilters plan their quilts right down to each quarter inch.  Not me!  I let my quilts talk to me while they are in progress.  So… what do you think I will do with the little 8 pointed star block(s)? Yes, there will be more than one of them!  Actually, they will be in 2 different sizes.  
Ponder that for awhile!

Another Star… and other pressing issues

You’ve been pretty good about tolerating my minimalist posts lately.  I’ve been SO busy and have been determined to focus on my feathered star blocks in my spare time. 

The last time I posted a picture of the completed blocks, I showed you this:

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Now I’m here:

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I just started on block number four.  It’s averaging me about a week per block, which is about all I can get done with an hour or hour and a half per evening available for sewing.  And with all the pieces in each block, it’s a fiddly little thing!  This block will measure 14 inches square (finished).  Hang in there… I’ll get to it! I’ll have 5 of the blocks shown above, and four of a different variation of the block.  I will have a total of 9 blocks, but something special in the sashing and borders.  

Since losing all the weight over the past (almost) 2 years, my wardrobe has totally changed.   I’m finding I still need to do more shopping to fill in missing items.  When you lose 148 pounds, that’s to be expected!  One thing I really needed was a dress.  Just a nice dress for those “need to get cleaned up” occasions.  I have two skirts, but they are both a little large.  I found a blue one I love in the NorthStyle catalog here and even though it was a little more money than I wanted to spend, I decided to go for it.  The dress arrived a few days ago, and I tried it on and loved it! 

This morning I decided to wear it to church, so I showered, dried my hair, put on my makeup, and ran downstairs to lightly iron the wrinkles out of the fabric.   Because it’s a knit fabric, I knew to use a cool iron, and started to lightly press.  It worked wonderfully, until I got to the last area that had a wrinkle. 

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Lovely burn, isn’t it?  The fabric just melted away in a matter of two seconds! 

Now, I’ve been a fiber artist for about 35 years.  I think I know how to use an iron. 

The fabric melted as if I were holding a torch to a plastic grocery bag!  I’ll keep you posted as to how everything shakes out over the next few days.  I love the dress, but obviously a large burn hole like this right in the front of my crotch just won’t do! I shudder to imagine would would happen if a person were to walk by a hot fire wearing this dress!  I’m imagining the scene from the Wizard of Oz where the Wicked Witch is yelling, “I’m melting!  I’m melting!”