Archive for February, 2009

A Good Day For New Skills

February 19, 2009

My Zingarella and I have been catching up with Project Runway together.  We’re mid-way through the second season (sshhhh!  No spoilers!  We really don’t know who wins this one!)  Emma has decided that she wants to learn to sew.   She was inspired by a cute little blouse pattern:

emmasewsAlong with some swoopy, sparkley, graphic fabrics:


Well look who the UPS man just now dropped off!  Emma’s new best friend Torso.

torso  Make it work!  Carry on!  We’ll see you on the runway!


Hello from St. E!

February 19, 2009

Posting an entry from the auditorium!

Obsession, Indeed!

February 18, 2009

This arrived today while my favorite handy guy was installing my new dishwasher (Some plumbing I just don’t do myself.)

material-obsessionI wish I had time to sit down with a cup of coffee and read it right now!  A quick peek told me I’d better not or I’ll sit around drooling on the pages and never get anything else done today.  Looks like a winner.  Gorgeous, Kathy & Sarah!!

The upside is that I once again have a dishwasher (after 9 months of doing dishes by hand) and while I wish that less time spent up to my elbows in hot, soapy water meant more time for quilting, in reality it means more time spent on the renovations which will ultimately lead to more time quilting.  Just not quite yet.

I’m talking to a local guild tonight about quilt blogs.  I’m not usually one to beg, but if you’re lurking today, please leave a comment and we’ll send you a little blog love in return!

Moving Along

February 16, 2009

Still in transit to reaching my destination of full-on Quilter!  I’m stuck on the tracks in Kitchen Renovation Land, but I think the engines are working fine, so I should be moving along soon.

While doing the hard-core work in the main living area, I’ve been finalizing the design for my studio space.  I’ve got to get my fabric out of the storage room!  Here’s my test-case Antonius storage unit from IKEA. 

antonius1Test results:  I love how much each drawer holds–and the visibility factor is great.  The four-drawer unit isn’t quite tall enough, though, and I don’t want to waste any space in my studio.  So back to Chicago for hubby aaaaaaaaaaand Score!

antonius2Six sets of six-high units.  It’s a start, anyway.  I’m going to have a custom workspace countertop build on a frame to tuck these babies under.  But not until I get the rest of the boxes of hardwood installed and out of my way!  I’m working on it!

Most of my fabric play lately has been of the obsessing-over-and-then-buying-it-online variety.  Including my current favorite Soiree by Lila Tueller.

soireeAll of my favorite colors.  And perfect designs.  I can’t seem to get enough.

I’ve also picked up a fat quarter pack of Caramel Town by Lecien.  Yummy little choco-cuties!  This fabric has a little heavier weave than typical quilt fabrics.  I have no plans for it, just had to own it.


I’m looking forward to reporting on a finished-enough-for-now kitchen.  And some for-real, actual quilting!