Friday, 30 December 2011

The Beginning of Catchup

My favorite condiment of all time. Ketchup.  I could probably put it on anything. 

Mid month I finished the Evol Quilt. A lovely BBC woman suggested the name...I love the way the quilt turned out but man alive was it difficult to get finished. Everything that could go wrong with it did. I just about needed to bash my brains in.

The "real" name of the quilt is a Scantling Breeze for the head of the fantastic family it was commissioned for. 

The birds and some of the maple leaf stems are made out of various clothing items sent up to me from the customer. Each of the special stems has a name embroidered on it of the person who donated the clothing piece.

It's been a while since I put the Designer SE through its paces, but the thread painting (free-hand embroidery) of the birds did the trick. 

Backed in minkee and custom-quilted. This guy is my new second favorite. Leopard Love is still my favorite. Kelli is lucky she lives far away, else I might sneak over and steal Leopard Love back.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Life Explosion!

First of all - Merry Christmas!

This is my favorite time of the year.

I love celebrating Jesus' birthday.

I love gathering with family.

And I love eating lots and lots of food.
Thank goodness for extended nursing so that I can enjoy eating lots and lots of food and not gain lots and lots of weight along with it!!

The only thing I don't love about the holiday season is how busy it is. All of this running around inevitably ends up stressing me out and I will be happy when it's over.

I need to make a mega-big catchup post but just can't get around to it yet.

New computer means I don't have my photos uploaded yet, so that'll need to be done first.

In the meantime, I'm wishing you a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Now We're In Trouble!

Well, if my darling husband thought I sewed a lot before, he's in for a real treat!

First, I transformed a space in the basement into my very own sewing dungeon. Complete with walls to contain A.

And then I went in halvsies with Mother-in-Law on a quilting machine and table. Wow. We've talked about it for years now and finally made the plunge.
Here's how it all went down:
I was checking out the machines available at my favorite sewing store, Sewing Machines, Etc.
There listed was a used Mega Quilter complete with frame and cruise control.
After wiping up my drool, I got A all packed up to visit her Grammy.
Mentioned Mega Quilter to said Grammy who offered to go in halfsies!
Checked out machine a few days later, and the rest will be history!

As usual, the crew at Sewing Machines, Etc. were fantastic. The machine was delivered before the week was out and Nick made quick work of the set up.

And here is Alejandro all set up. Nevermind the flannel hanging out on top of was temporarily stored there after pressing so A couldn't crumple it back up.

This thing is fantastic! Not only do I get to quilt larger pieces than I used to, the machine comes off the frame and is one heck of a straight stitcher.

Here's what I've done on it so far, both projects completed from beginning to end with Alejandro:

A wholecloth (cheater!!) flannel quilt

And a new baby bath sew (towel, burp cloth, and washcloths)

Happy doesn't even begin to cover it!