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Monday, 23 February 2009

An Easy Decision

It's interesting how easy decisions can become when you actually stop and look at your resources. For instance - I found the fabric that I had purchased a year or more ago for a "Three Little Kittens" quilt for my grandniece. It's a Darcy Ashton applique pattern - you can see a picture of it here. I pulled out the pattern book and dutifully started cutting the background on which I would applique the kittens, their mittens, etc, etc. And it quickly became obvious to me that I *hate* the background fabric. I like the fabric that I chose for the kittens - but just not for the kittens themselves. So this is a project that isn't going to get started for a while. I'll have to head back to the quilt shop.

Which leads me to ask - have you ever felt pressured by time, circumstances, or whatever, to buy fabrics for a project (maybe because that's all the shop had to choose from) that you later regretted?

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Decisions...

So which project should I pick up next? I've got another small quilt to finish, not to mention 4 larger tops to quilt, a wedding quilt-in-progress, and wedding quilt-to-start, and a "Three Little Kittens" quilt to start. And then there's all those kits...

Am I the only one ever to feel paralyzed by too many choices?

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Tagged and Firsts.


First things first!

Two very kind bloggers tagged me, and all I can say is, "I'm not worthy!" LOL

Thank you to Quilting Newbie and The Quilting Pirate, who have both decided that I must list five addictions.



Only five? Ah well, here goes...

1. Music - you see, I sing - mostly something called filk music, and one of my favourite things is to be in a group of people harmonizing.
2. My cats - need I explain?
3. Making things out of fabric. As long as I can recall, I've saved scraps of fabric. As a child, I made doll clothes. Later on, it was braided rugs, and now, it's quilting.
4. Books - mainly mysteries and science fiction, with a fantasy or three thrown in for good measure.
5. This is a toss up between dark chocolate or bloody caesars - I don't have either very often, but when I do, I REALLY enjoy them.

Okay - now this is the more difficult part - I have to tag 5 other people. That would be:

Quilt Obsession
Quilting at the Cottage
quilt as desired
TobyCat Creations
Happy in Quilting

There are so many more, but these ladies have been very inspirational to me, and I hope they will be to you as well.

Now...


This little quilt represents a series of firsts for me. It's my first finish in February, which is a really good thing. It's also the first pieced quilt I quilted on my frame with the stitch regulator, the first one with no puckers in the back (trust me on this). It's my first quilt with mitered corners in the binding, and the first quilt on which I hand sewed down the binding.

I hope you've all had a wonderful Valentine's Day, and a great weekend!

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Snuggles, Piecing

It has been too long since I posted last, and I *have* to catch up. Two lovely people have tagged me, and more about that next time.

I finished a second snuggle (mini quilt top) for the local cat shelter, and I've got a picture of my finished crocheted snuggle from January (my first finished WISP of the year). Yes, I'm REALLY behind. Having a cold and the flu will do that, I'm afraid.

Anway, here's the finished snuggle:






And here's the second mini quilt top - before my attempt at stippling on my quilt frame with the new stitch regulator attached:






As you can see - nothing fancy - and totally scrappy.

I'll post a photo of the finished mini quilt once it's squared up and bound.