Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Sewing

I've gotten the first of six strips for Shirt Stripe Boxes!

It's been a quiet weekend around here.  The snow has been almost constantly falling for two days, though nothing is sticking (thankfully!)  But the roads are slippery, and the blowing snow is annoying, so we've pretty much been shut-ins all weekend.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Guild Night!

I nearly forgot it was Guild Night

Virginia Ingleby was our guest speaker at tonight's meeting.  Virginia opened her own quilting store "Undercover Quilts and More” five years ago.  The store is located in a historic building in downtown Fergus.  I made sure to check with Virgnina directly about where in Fergus she was located, because I have tried looking for it before.  Should be pretty easy to find -- when there is a Tim Horton's reference in any directions, I'm there.

I took a few minutes at break time to check out the library -- LO AND BEHOLD!!!  I found the two books I've been desperate to find.

First up:

There is a quilt in this book that I have been admiring for months. I turn green with envy every time I open JulieKQuilts blog, and see this quilt in her header.

And next:

FINALLY!  The directions to finish the Shirt Stripes Boxes quilt.

My version will be twice as wide as the one in the book, and will be perfectly sized for our queen-sized bed (I hope)!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quilting with my buddy

 Something about a sewing machine that has Gibson right up and in the thick of things.  I like to pretend he believes he's being helpful, but I know darn well he does it to be a pain in the ass --- much the same reasons as he does everything else,e.g. meow in my face at 4 a.m., leap at my legs as I walk by any piece of furniture he's hiding behind, stick his paw in my glass of milk, stand on the edge of the tub and watch me bathe, sit on the newspaper when I'm trying to read it, lick the antiperspirant off my armpit when I'm having a nap, etc.  But look at that face!  Awwwwwwwww

So I still haven't been able to get the Kaffe Fassett book from the library so I can finish my Shirt Stripes Boxes quilt. No matter -- not like I don't have anything else to work on.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A UFO came out of the cupboard

Hubby went back to work today, and Itty Bitty went back to University.  I had the whole day, and the whole place to myself (unless you count Gibby, and we probably should!).  I puttered around, ran the dust cloth around, and did some tidying.  And just as I planned...I finished the last 24 blocks for Shirt Stripe Boxes.  Now I have to borrow the book from the library again so I can figure out how to put it together!  

I had barely put a dent in the day, so I decided to pull out an old project to work away on.  I found a kit for a table runner that I bought a couple of years ago at a quilt show.  I had barely started it, because I had made a cutting mistake, and had to replace one of the fabrics.  Well, I found the fabric I needed, and got to work on the table runner pictured on the back cover of "Cottage Charms" Art To Heart - Nancy Halvorsen.

It's been awhile since I've done much appliqué, and I love all of the Art To Heart designs.