Friday, October 14, 2016

Show + Tell :: Dotted Lines I

October 14 2016,

Another "fine line piecing" method. You think I would be bored with this method right? Nope, I'm further perfecting this method.

This piece is approximately 12" x 12 1/4". This is a test piece that turned into a small work quilt. Here I was trying to see how skinny I could get the blue lines, and how consistent I could get the skinny lines.

Here is the backside of the top. There seem to be many seams.

So here is the finish piece with binding.

Detail of "Dotted Lines I"
Title: Dotted Lines I
Dimension: 12" x 12 1/2"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 10.2016

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Show + Tell :: Red Background White White Lines

October 12, 2016

Our quilt guild is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. The 40th anniversary color is red, our member's will be creating pieces with the colors red and white. For one of the fundraiser, the quilt show will be selling these 10"x10" pieces. The pieces will eventually be mounted on canvas.

Again, I am exploring "fine line piecing", where the white lines are really skinny.

Title: Red Background White White Lines
Dimension: 10" x 10"
Materials: Cotton Batik
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 10.2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Show + Tell :: Going On A Trip II

August 22 2016,

It's finally done. Ta dah - way ahead of schedule.I just had to put my feet to the pedal.

"Going On A Trip II"

Detail of "Going On A Trip II"

This one is call "Going On A Trip II". Remember the other one "Going On A Trip"? This one is even more dizzier. This quilt again uses Kathleen Loomis "fine line piecing method". I used three fabrics. This line of fabric is from Robert Kaufman Artisan Batik Model Geoscapes 4, and the other two are the Hoffman 1895 batik fabrics.

The quilting is straight line quilting with 50 weight cotton Aurifil thread - quilted 1/2" apart. With so many seams, I had to switch needle twice. The first needle I used was a "quilting needle" size 90/14. The quilt wasn't too happy with it, and it skipped stitches here and there. Then I tried the "Topstitch 90/14" and that seemed to fair better, but it did skip stitches, but much less. I may try the "Topstitch needle 100/16" to see how that fairs.

In the mean time, I am getting ready a quilt that is going to be hand quilted, and then I have a small auction quilt I have to do for my guild, and then a graduation quilt for next June, and then another graduation quilt for our nephew.

I still have another color using the same fabric pattern, Geoscapes 4, I may just whip out another one.

Title: Going On A Trip II
Dimension: 73" x 84"
Materials: Cotton Batik, Dream Cotton Batting
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Date completed: 09.2016
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stupid of Frugal?

August 17 2016,

Ok - so I have been quilting. I wound a bunch of bobbins, and when I get to the end of a column (straight quilting) I replace the bobbin if I think that there is not enough thread left on the bobbin to finish another row.

So, instead of unspooling the unused thread, I used whatever is left of it on another project. Sometimes there is barely any left - but I still use it.

Do you do the same or do you just unwound whatever is left and throw it out?

The question is, is it worth the effort to change the foot of the machine from a walking foot to a regular foot and stopping and sewing other stuff, or throw away the thread so that you can wound the bobbin.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What Motivation?

August 10 2016,

Summer's almost over, and what have I accomplished?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing, oh wait, we did finish fixing / painting the two guest bedroom at the end of June. After that, it's all been downhill.

It's hard when one does not feel motivated or want to do anything. It's hard to get up and do stuff. This summer, in comparison to last summer, it has mostly been spent hanging out at home, watching t.v., surfing, specifically stalking Craig's List and cooking. Yes, I have been a bum. But hey, I've found at least three new recipes that I can add to my list of favorites.

This quilt was suppose to be done ages ago. I think I'm about 40% done with the quilting. It's straight line quilting - approximately 1/2" between each column.

I've set a goal for myself to sew at least one line a day. At this rate, I think I'll be done by next summer? I hope it does not come to that. Stay tuned for the next quilt.

Speaking of next quilt. Do you only work on one quilt at a time or do you have multiple projects going on at the same time?

I tend to work on one quilt at a time. But if I was working on another one, it would most likely be an applique piece or a hand quilting quilt where it is done by hand. I can't seem to handle the madness and chaos of having multiple quilts at one time. Yes I do have UFO's, but that's mostly because I take classes and lose interest in that class and don't finish it the project.

Well, hopefully I'll kick myself into gear soon, if I don't, the bitching will continue.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

'Nuf Said :: "That's the Worse Place You Could Have Parked."

July 19 2016,

Last week was not a good week, specifically on Tuesday.

That day I started worrying about my quilt that had gone to VQF. It had been two weeks and the quilt was still not on my doorstep. I got the pertinent information from VQF and contacted the people who should have delivered it (the one with the purple and gray logo).

Next I needed to go to two houses that our mail sometimes gets delivered to.

The first one normally gets our missing mail and packages, but they weren't home. I peaked into their foyer, and saw mail strewn all over the floor and one white box. It wasn't my box so I dismissed it.

I then went over to the other house with a similar address. I parked and rang the doorbell. I waited and rang again. I turned around and saw that the house across the street was backing up of the driveway slowly.

He must see the car I said to myself. I turned back towards the doorbell and rang again.

The driver of the car continued backing out and hit my car.

Ouch, no it was really a crunch, not an ouch.

He got out of the car and said, "That's the worse place you could have parked." I bawled. I started crying on the spot. I was so frustrated at the whole situation.  He was taken aback and said sorry. I said it wasn't him, I was just having a really bad day.

On top of that, I had not brought my wallet or phone with me, because it was just down the street, less than 1/2 mile away. I asked him if he could follow me back to the house, and he kindly did.

What a day that was.

As for the quilt, two days later I went over to the other house where the white box was and noticed another car had appeared. I rang the doorbell, and a sleepy 40 year old guy answered it. I said my address and told him I was missing a package and asked if he had seen it. He looked down by his foot and grabbed the white box and gave it to me.

WTF?!?!?!?! He had had the package for freakin' two weeks. No "sorry", no apologies, no nothing. Just a "umph". I wanted to strangle him on the spot and give him my two cents.

Fortunately for this guy, his packages don't get sent to our place by accident. I look forward to the day that one of his worldly possession end up on my doorstep.

"Oh, is this yours?"

One more thing, the people whom I had wanted to do the body work with still hasn't returned my call since Friday afternoon. I guess my money is just not worth their time. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sitting Pretty :: Postcards from Lancaster, PA

July 5 2016,

We took a few days off and drove to Lancaster, PA. We did the tourist thing. After much research, we ended at some of the usual tourist traps.

We detoured to Philadelphia and stopped at an Indonesian restaurant call Sky Cafe. The food was good. In Boston, there is a pop-up Indonesian restaurant, but no restaurant. So it is always a treat to get Indonesian food. We ordered four dishes between the two of us, and it was delicious.




Mie Bakso
The first place we visited was "The Amish Village". We took a 20 minute tour. It gave us a good start to Amish life.

We then drove around "getting lost" through the back roads looking at farms, fields and live stocks.

We also took a buggy ride on Ed's Buggy Ride. It was drawn by a young lady who was very engaging and informative. The ride was approximately 3.5 miles, up the road and down the road.

We then ended the day at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. It is basically an oversized buffet. I did not have much of an appetite, but it was prime rib night, so we ate. There was bread, salad, soup, meatballs, chicken wings, prime rib, ham, all sorts of vegetables, and desserts. It was a little bit overwhelming, but we managed.

We visited Lititz, PA and did the Julius Sturgis tour. For $3.50 we toured place where pretzel was first made. It is no longer a factory, but a "museum."

Lititz, PA is a cute town.

We also went to the Ephrata Cloister. It was an interesting place. It wasn't that busy, but the tour guide was great in explaining what this place was.

Of course we stopped at a quilt shop. We stopped at Riehl's Quilts and Crafts store that was located on an Amish farm.

Because it was Friday, the Lancaster Farmer's Market was open. We bought gifts for friends here. It's your typical farmer's market where there are vegetables, meats, cookies, fudge, sandwich and salad shop. It wasn't anything exciting for us, because we could not buy produce because we were on the road.

We ended our trip in a town that used to be known for antiques. According to one owner, he said that it is no longer what it was. Here's an "Al Capone" bar. It's only $195,000.

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