First things first - if you go by the name Candace Mugele or Aggiequilter, check your e-mail box. You've won a Sew Merry and Bright book and a couple of Christmas-related layer cakes. Congratulations!
It was a good weekend here but as too often seems to be the case, I wanted to do "Y" and instead finished doing "Z". I got to sew a little but mostly I got a couple of things done that needed to be done. Now that they are, I'm free! For a few days anyway... and "free" only in so far as it means that I can get back to the sewing I need to finish.
I know Laurie and the "other" Sisters - Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister - have mentioned that the four of us will all be doing the Stitchin' Heaven Moda Quilting Extravaganza Caribbean cruise next January - the 27th through February 3rd to be specific. It should be a hoot. Laurie is convinced that either the Sisters or I are going to pitch her overboard for one reason or another but that isn't going to happen. She's been so funny in expressing her opinion about cruises that I fully expect her to be appearing nightly in the main showroom shortly after departure. Unless she gets pitched overboard, of course.
That's our boat - ship? - Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.
Even though the cruise is still months and months away, there are still cruise-related things to be done like figuring out the kits. After talking about it a bit, Debby Lutrell - the brilliant mind behind Stitchin' Heaven and these cruises - and I decided that we should use Blackbird Designs' gorgeous Cinnamon Spice collection to make a big version of Lincoln, the quilt I'll be teaching. And instead of just giving everybody two Layer Cakes, she's going to see about having the kits laser-cut so that they'll be ready to go from the start. I love it... except that Debby asked me which pieces to cut from which fabrics. Huh?
It was a little odd just writing it down instead of sorting the fabrics as I was prepping them for cutting, though the thought process is the same. I definitely know which prints I like to use in which places.
This is going to be the collection for the classes.
When I'm picking which print to use for which piece, I like to use the solids, tone-on-tones and darker fabrics for the smallest pieces so that they aren't overly dominant. For example, , the tone-on-tone pieces will be used for the star points. The large floral prints that have a fair amount of color and pattern on them so they will be used for the rail fence blocks and pieced outer border.
Just as I like to use the small prints and tone-on-tones for the smallest pieces, the biggest pieces - the centers of the stars - get the biggest prints. Except that I still try to mix that up too and use a couple of other multi-color prints for the stars. It really is easier when you can look at the fabric.
I am looking forward to actually making the quilt when the background fabric arrives, if for no other reason than to see if I picked the right fabrics for each part.
So after completing my list of SKUs and pieces and how many of each to cut, I got back to work on these...
They're not finished - some need closing, a couple need a little embellishment, and there are a couple more to make. These aren't for a pincushion pattern, they're part of something else. One of my awful brilliant friends decided that some upcoming patterns needed something else in the picture to show scale. I think she's been watching too many CSI-type shows. Since a quarter or a dollar bill in the picture next to the quilt wouldn't make any sense at all, it was decided that a pincushion, thread, etc. would be the perfect solution. Perfect for who? Not for the person who has to make the pincushions.
Pseudo-grumping aside, I did have some fun with these because I got to experiment with something. Have you seen these printed feedsack towels from Moda Home?
They're great fun and I had this awful brilliant questionable idea about using them as part of a quilt backing - I'll let you know how that goes. In the meantime, the towels come packaged in a very cute little coordinating pouch that I know I'll never, ever use for anything so I cut it up. I'm sorry, I should have gotten a picture of it before I did. Next time, right? This is the backing on two of my pincushions.
I know. They're a little goofy but I love the way they turned out. Because the feedsack towel is a medium-light weight, I lined the backing with a thin muslin. (For this sort of thing, I like to use the $3.00-a-yard muslin from the coupon-store. It's perfect for something like this.)
That's it for now. I'm off to finish some more pincushions and maybe get my cutting table cleared off.
Does this look a little compulsive to you?
Whatever. It isn't like I don't have shoes in that size.
- Monday, July 23 - Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
- Tuesday, July 24 - Martingale & Co.
- Wednesday, July 25 - Henry Glass Fabrics
- Thursday, July 26 - Fat Quarterly
- Friday, July 27 - Aurifil
- Saturday, July 28 - Fat Quarter Shop
- Sunday, July 29 - Mark Lipinski