Archive for the ‘Seriously, Who Has this Much Fabric?’ Category


August 20, 2010

Hmmmm . . . that’s interesting.

See how that purple hexagon is a wee bit smaller than the green one?  The picture’s from a bit of an angle, but the margin is the same on all six sides.  When I started piecing The Life Altering Hexie Quilt, I came upon a couple of greens that were just a smidge smaller than the others.  I just assumed I must have pulled them a bit tight and bent the foundation templates (it could happen, I guess!)  I even warped a couple into the piecing after not paying close enough attention when I started setting them in.

And then I started paying close attention and realized that a good number of the purples (um, around 95% of the 150 or so that I had made) were smaller than the greens.

What the bleep happened?  I had used different printers to print the paper templates I used from Cia’s Palette throughout the process, but when I dug through the greens, there weren’t too many of the smaller ones.  The purples were made more recently than the greens–mostly in the past few months, so I know that I used our home printer for the templates.  My husband says that printing remotely on our home network could cause the print-out to scale just enough differently to cause this problem.  $#@%^&*$!!!!!  Now I have to go back to cutting and basting more purples.

On the positive side, I have made progress this week, and I’m going to have enough smaller hexies to make a little quilt.  And all of the 300 or so paper foundations I have already cut are the correct size.  Gotta go wash my mouth out with soap & dig through the pile of purples!

Have a great weekend!


Parade of School, Sewing and Stuff

August 17, 2010

It took me a couple of years, but this is my 100th post.  No time for parades.  Stuff to do.

Today is the first day of the new school year.  That includes my high school senior (who spent part of his summer building himself a fixie):

and my youngest two, whom I still teach at home:

My oldest starts her freshman year at Purdue University next week.  She already works in the IT department of The College of Science, and will be studying fine art.  My geek artist girl!  She designed my blog header.  It’s good to have an in-house graphics department!

On the sewing front, Henry’s Orange Hexie is being quilted (when I can kick Heloise off of it):

And the project I’ve begun to call The Life-Altering Hexie Quilt has moved into the Big Orange Bucket phase:

I have spent the last 18 months making over 1700 little hexies.  Most are shades of lime and chartreuse (representing almost 400 different green fabrics).  I also have grapes and saturated sky-blues.

Here’s the design I’m working from.  The background is all green, the fissure is purple, possibly moving into the blues.  I have no idea how big it will ultimately be, but I have reserved a rather large wall in my living room–whose naked, blank stare is a constant reminder to get my butt piecing so that I can get this thing done.

I spend time each day adding hexies to the design.  I’m working from the bottom of the fissure up and out.  I will ultimately add as many greens along the sides as I think work with the design.  There’s no more plan thus far.

I’ll keep posting updates on my progress.  It’s another way to keep myself motivated–along with the disapproving stare of the blank wall and the giant bucket of hexies I haul around from room to room!  When I get it all done, then I’ll throw myself a danged parade!

Orange Hex

August 8, 2010

Late-night weekend pinning session!    My Kwik Klip and I like to hang out together on weekend evenings.  We watch movies together, share a little chocolate and red wine.  And we get things done!  My youngest son’s top is officially ready to be quilted.

I have always been a big proponent of machine work.  But when things get hectic, I have found that I actually get a lot more done when I hand piece.

I can fit it into small nooks and crannies of time, it relaxes me like nothing else can, and before I know it, I have a finished top.

Poor Henry hasn’t had a new quilt since he was a baby.  Orange has always been his favorite color, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how many different fabrics I could pull from the pile.  No hand quilting for this one, though.

Before There Were LOL Cats

June 19, 2009

There were WTH animals!


Even in 1999 when this Philip de Leon for Alexander Henry was produced, I wondered, “What the Heck . . .?!”  I was not entiredly enamoured of this fabric, but I thought it would be worthwhile to have some for the historical kitsch factor.  I thought the fake URL’s and email addresses were too far off base to be amusing.

animals2So what if they didn’t exactly look like real URL’s.  Now that I’ve dug it out of the pile to take another look, I find that I really like this!  Take a close look at the hen-pecked rooster.  That hen is all, “What’s this on the credit card statement–$15 a month for World of Warcraft?!  Get off that thing right now and take care of these chicks!”


The cats are obviously planning their take-over of the internet.  That LOL Cat lexicon didn’t invent itself, you know!

Friday’s Flying Fabric

May 29, 2009

Once upon a time, before Harry Potter, witches looked like this:

witch1This is a really fun Alexander Henry fabric from 1997.  That year, my family hosted a Swedish journalist and quilter, Anita Fors.  She was researching Swedish shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and I was the only person she knew (love those friendly internet quilters!) who lived close enough to help her out.

My kids and I traveled with her to each of the five Great Lakes within the span of a week, listening in on her interviews, eating Swedish foods in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where a surprising number of Swedish Americans told us tales of their Mormors (Grandmothers).  She sent us off to dreamland at night telling us elaborate Swedish folktales.

witch2Of course, we also went to quite a few quilt shops, adding to both our piles along the way.  She thought this particular fabric was hilarious because, apparently, witches in Sweden ride their broomsticks with the straw part pointing in front of them.  Together we bought about six yards.  I still have my two.

I regret to say that I have lost track of Anita.  If you’re out there, please let me know!

Digging through the pile this week, I’ve come up with some sweet things for a give-away which I will post next week.  And not everything in my pile is a novelty, I promise.  Stay tuned!

Featured Fabric Friday

May 22, 2009

It’s time to start digging deep into the pile o’ fabrics and pull out some Oldies-But-Goodies.  To that end, I’ve decided to start a new Friday Featured Fabric Phenomenon.  Eventually I’ll get to some give-aways and maybe some other fun stuff!


To kick it off, here is a cute novelty fabric by Becky Christian for Robert Kaufman.  I can’t put an exact date on this fabric, but I’m sure that it’s at least 10 years old.   I bought it because we used to have a crow family who were regulars in our yard.  We called them the “Three Bad Crows,” and my kids created dialogs for them as they went about their business.   We still do that when we see crows–they always look like they are plotting something, don’t they?

I can’t keep hoarding all this fabric forever.   Time to get crackin’ using up this pile.  I welcome any creative ideas that are sparked by the featured fabrics I post!

DQ 6 Inspiration

March 12, 2009

Hello, faithful friends who don’t give up on me!

I’m very close to a big TA-DAAAAAAH moment in my kitchen renovation.  Here’s just a little glimpse for now:

cabinetclimbers1I purchased four of these cabinet climbing handles from Bauerware Hardware in San Francisco.

And speaking of San Francisco, two of my photos were chosen for the latest update of Schmap!  One picture of the amazing Bagna Calda (Garlic Soaking in a Hot Tub–of Olive Oil) at The Stinking Rose garlic restaurant and the other of the yummy XOX Truffle shop.  No real fame or fortune beyond photo credit, but somebody at Schmap liked my pics!

And here’s the latest Fabric Pile for the DQ 6:

greenpileHere’s another hint:

hexYep.  I’m going to try some English paper piecing.  Thanks to Cia’s Palette for the printable hexes!  It’s been relaxing sitting and snipping them out.  I’d rather spend time than money right now, so it’s a boost.  I’ll buy some fabric from you soon, Cia, I promise!

It appears that my DQ 6 partner shares my love of intense colors.  SO there will be some nice additions to the green.  You don’t think it’s the only color I own, do you?

greenfixationWhatever gave you that idea, silly?!