Archive for December, 2008

Who Can Sew in This Mess?

December 11, 2008

Not much stitching going on around here this week, but it’s not too bad!  I have been able to snag a few threads here and there on this lovely little Kaffe Round-about.

kaffecirclesMostly, there has been a whole lot of this going on:

kitchenstuds1The contractors had some time for me, so like a flash, the kids and I tore the drywall off down to the naked studs (doesn’t every girl dream of naked studs in her kitchen?!) so that my favorite handy guys could move the electrical and install a header to support the house where in just another flash, the studs were gone!

kitchen4While I am a huge fan of DIY, I’m also quite fond of Pay Some Guy.  They are doing such a great job with the drywall!  They also discovered some electrical “issues” in the attic.  Old houses always seem to have them.  It’s nice to have fresh, to-code wiring up there in that place-I-have-no-desire-to-crawl.  Now I can continue with the flooring, design my island, and slowly turn that suddenly-exposed kitchen into the one I imagined was possible when we bought this house.  Anyone for a trip to IKEA?  

BTW, that big honkin’ dark thing on the left is the most horrible cabinet ever.  It’s pulled out to allow the guys to mud around the wall I had them shorten to cabinet depth.  I’d like to take a hatchet to the thing a-toute-de-suite, but I need it a while longer to hide all that other stuff that’s sitting around in plain site.  Blech!  

Still no sound of the mail lady ringing the doorbell to bring me my DQ5 package.  I keep hoping!

Rounding Up Free Interfacing!

December 5, 2008

As if I didn’t have enough piles lying around!  Ah, but these piles are good–as in “almost finished project” good!    Oh, how I love charm packs and Jolly Packs!  I  I feel like I can take just a little nibble of every yummy new fabric that comes along.  Like Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain:

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But another squarishly squared-off squares quilt?  Not this time!

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Well, lookie here!  A CD fits perfectly on a charm square with only an eensy-beensy bit of waste!

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You know you have a million of those suckers lying around, right?  Because you saved them, right?  Because you were sure that they would come in handy for a craft project someday, right?!  Okay you only need one, but dig it out!  Or use that old Bananarama CD.  Either way, don’t be ashamed!

And here’s a little secret I’d like to share with you.  Did you know that you can get free interfacing at the grocery store?!  Free!  All you have to do is ask for it in the floral department.  They get plants wrapped in the stuff–and then they throw it away.  Tell the floral manager he or she will be doing the earth a favor–and that it will look good at their management meetings to let everyone know how extra green they are for finding a way to recycle it.

interfacing1I think this stuff is made out of spider silk or something.  It’s finer-than-fine and stands up to the iron, too!

interfacing2There’s another type that they also sometimes have which is a little stiffer and doesn’t like the heat quite as much.  I think it will be great for machine embroidery, though.  If I ever get Zsa-Zsa (my Bernina 180e–so named because she’s high maintenance and luuuurrrrvs $$$) up and running again, I plan to give it a try.

Stay tuned and I’ll offer up a little tutorial on how to use this awesome stuff in my favorite  circle applique method.  In the meantime, go see if you can round up some free interfacing and a vintage AOL disk!

This Just In (the Mail . . .)!

December 4, 2008

My daughter Kira’s first Spoonflower design came today!  Meet WBI (pronounced “Wobby”).

wbifabric2WBI is the mascot of the Westside Boiler Invasion First  Robotics Team.  The design is simple, and Kira decided to do a series of robotics-related fabrics which will eventually be made into a quilt.  The color is great, but I probably should have swatched it before doing a 2 yard run.  There is a number “461” in the background which didn’t have quite the contrast on cotton as it did on the computer screen.

wbifabricHere’s WBI (my son, Mark) in action — involved in a little Mascot scuffle:

We’ll likely change the color of the 461’s or deepen it up and send it through to Spoonflower again.  I have another fabric in the queue for my husband’s company.  Can’t wait until that one lands in my mailbox!

This was also in the mail today.

amexemma1Dear Amex:  She’s TEN YEARS OLD!  What the heck is wrong with you?!  Worse yet, she’s the only kid of mine who has a mall gene–so offering her something like this could be very dangerous–very dangerous, indeed!