Archive for August, 2007

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Look, look.

August 27, 2007

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One of the ladies at my guild is making these bags to sell for a church fund raiser. I had to have one. So one came home with me last weekend. I vaguely remember reading these books about Dick and Jane. I think the illustrations are great. And I love the typeface they used for the type.

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Seems to me that the girl there is not Jane, but Dick’s sister, Sally. Is that right? And see Spot up there at the top? I don’t remember the kitten’s name. Does anyone remember it?

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Anyway, it is going to make a great library bag.

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TGIF!

August 24, 2007

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Have a great weekend!

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WIP Wednesday

August 22, 2007

The Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt is coming along nicely. I have 9 out of 11 rows assembled. Yea!

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I’ve decided what I want to do with the border too. I had originally planned to put scallops along the edge but decided that wouldn’t work. If you notice in the photo, the scallops don’t meet in the corners so that would leave a weird little square area between each scallop. I couldn’t see myself binding an edge like that so I had to come up with another idea. I’ve decided to add half a block with only one curve. Each half-block will be red with a white scallop which I think will nicely finish the edges. It also adds a little to the width which is a good thing as it was coming out a little smaller than I had planned.

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Inspiration

August 20, 2007

 

Don’t wait for inspiration; it comes while working.
Henri Matisse

 

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The Red Room

Henri Matisse

1908

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WIP Wednesday

August 15, 2007

It is Work in Progress Wednesday again! My quilting machine is down for repairs this week so there is no quilting going on in my studio. But that can be considered a good thing because it is giving me some time to do some piecing.

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I’ve started assembling the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul blocks. The blocks in the photo are sewn into rows but the rows haven’t been sewn together yet. I love how the circles show up when the blocks are sewn together.

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I can tell that fall is on its way because I have started designing a fall quilt. I’ve been playing around with pumpkin images. The top left one was appliqu├ęd. Well, it looks more like a peach than a pumpkin. Next, bottom left, I did a pieced version with all straight lines- maybe it is a little too simple. On the right is the third version, pieced with curved lines. I’m pretty happy with it. But the jury is still out on which one I want to use and what I will use it for!!

And that is it for WIP Wednesday in my studio. I hope you have a quilty day.

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Basting Glue Bottle

August 13, 2007

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Have ya’ll seen this video by Sharon Schamber about turning your Elmer’s glue bottle into a basting glue bottle? I made one yesterday and it was really easy. I’ve already used it twice to turn under the edges of some applique I was working on. If you haven’t seen it, take a look and see if it is something that you might use too!

*NOTE: Sharon Schamber no longer has this video available but I posted a tutorial on my blog here. I hope it helps!

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Scots Win Again!

August 9, 2007

The band at my high school, the Highland Scots, won the Indiana State Fair Band Contest!

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Yea! Go Scots!

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WIP Wednesday

August 8, 2007

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On the quilting table this week I have a lovely Storybook Quilt that my guild assembled. I don’t know what book this one goes with, but it has a variety of blocks with an alternating blank block. The colors are wonderful!!

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I haven’t started quilting the pieced blocks yet, but I will probably do some SID to just reinforce the piecing patterns.

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In the alternating blocks I am putting a simple feathered wreath.

Unfortunately, I am having trouble with the timing on my quilting machine. I get it timed just right and soon it is out of time again and I’m getting skipped stitches. I’m going to have to put a call in to the tech guys today to see what the problem may be. I’m tired of timing the machine every 3 or 4 hours!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what progress others have to report on this Work in Progress Wednesday!

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Paseo Del Rio

August 6, 2007

Hubby and I took a little hiatus this weekend and spent some time at Paseo del Rio; the River Walk; here in San Antonio. I love the River Walk and could spend hours and hours exploring and taking in the sights and sounds.

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The San Antonio River has a history as long and colorful as the River Walk itself. It was a life line for inhabitants in the area for three centuries. It still is a life line for many as it is the largest tourist attraction in San Antonio. The River Walk came about as a result of efforts to control flooding on the river. Dams, a flood gate and a bypass channel were built to control the level of the water. An architect in the area, Robert Hugman, envisioned the banks of the river as a world apart from the city’s streets- a balance between commercial and park-like atmospheres. It didn’t come about overnight but slowly developed and grew over the years, from 1921 until today. I think if Mr. Hugman could see the Paseo del Rio today he would see his vision brought to life. (More on the history of the River Walk)

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I think the best way to approach your River Walk experience is by descending one of the many stairways from street level to the River Walk level. As you descend down the steps you are transported from the hot, busy, noisy streets of the big city to the cooler, relaxed, quiet atmosphere of the River Walk. The gentle sounds of the river, waterfalls and the breeze in the trees all contribute to the relaxed atmosphere while the lights, flowers, colorful umbrellas and the people make the mood festive.

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The edges of the river are lined with umbrella covered tables, cafes and shops. There are a wide range of restaurants from which to choose and you have the choice of dining outside or inside (read that: in the air conditioning!). There are lots of souvenir shops and vendors and don’t forget to take a ride on a gondola for a different perspective of the River Walk.

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I hope that you can make it to Paseo del Rio some day. I know that I’m looking forward to my next visit!


 

 

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Quilt Repair Progress

August 3, 2007

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The quilt repair project is coming along slowly. I have completed 10 rows. Yikes! At this rate it is going to take a very long time to finish! Slow and steady will finish the race?