Archive for February, 2011

Completely Finished Object!

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

It’s finally, completely done!  Label, hanging sleeve, dowel rod, hung on the wall (mostly level)…the whole shebang:

My “assistant” “helped” me hang it on the wall and I was unable to get a photo of the completed quilt without him.

Here’s another view, that shows it with the wedding quilt that Ann and Nancy made ten years ago:

I’m now moving on to other UFOs…stay tuned!

I Found My Underwear!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Woo-Hoo! I found my underwear. Woo-Hoo! Fifteen months later. Twenty-five miles from home.

A couple of friends told me they’d seen my underwear. And they told me where they’d seen it. So I decided to find it myself.

And here it is.

It’s hard to see in this photo (more about that adventure later), but this is the beaded bra I made and donated for an auction that raised money for mammograms for uninsured or under-insured women. The bra cups are covered with flower, leaf and butterfly beads. The sides and back are covered with pink fabric. I named the bra “Garden of Hope.”

It’s hanging in the fitting room of Dockside Clothing in Grand Haven, Michigan. I believe the store owner must have purchased it at the auction.

Taking the picture was itself an adventure. I walked into the store and told the clerk that I understood there was a beaded bra in the fitting room and that I was the person who made the bra. She did a double take. I guess I don’t look like the highly embellished undergarment type.

At lunch a friend had shown me how to take a picture with my relatively new phone. (See what happened to the old one here.) So I took the photo with my phone. Then the issue was what to do with it. Apparently my $20 not-very-smart phone and my $5 a month plan do not permit me to send email or to download info from the phone. So I texted it to my daughter-in-law’s smart phone and she emailed it back to me. I think I should be able to take better photos with the phone, but the instruction book is not too clear. I’ll have to experiment.

But when I get back to Grand Haven next month, I’ll take a real camera and get a better picture.

Scrappy Christmas Stars

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

by Nancy

Christmas in February? Why not? 🙂 I’ve been having fun doing a little scrappy piecing here and there with some of my leftover Christmas fabrics. I’m using the pattern for Spinner from Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps column in the March/April ’10 issue of Quiltmaker. My version is a little less scrappy – I’m only using one light fabric for the background instead of a light and a dark. (By the way, I’ve been reading and enjoying Bonnie’s blog. She’s a lot braver than I am with color choices and scrapiness, and I am inspired by her quilts!) My hope is to make enough stars for a Christmas lap quilt for next Christmas season. When I took this picture a few weeks ago, I only had 3 blocks, but now I’m up to 12. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to post an updated picture soon!


Update February 22, 2010: I’m up to 16 stars now!

News from the Crackpot Crochet Corner

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

by Nancy

I’ve been doing some crochet lately, as well. I’ve finished all the little squares for my scarf (just as the weather is finally warming up!), but I haven’t been happy with any of the joining methods I’ve tried so far. So, I’ve put it aside to ponder a bit more and try to find out more about joining method options.

I’m slowly continuing on my crochet cardigan, though I have to admit I’m finding it kind of monotonous. I may just have too short an attention span to be a sweater kind of person. I’m hoping that I’ll feel motivated to do some serious work on it on our next long car trip, whenever that is.

But the fun thing I’ve been doing the last two months is participating in a Crochet Along on Ravelry, a web site for knitters and crocheters, which Rebecca introduced to me. It’s a lot like a Block-a-month quilt project. You crochet an afghan square or two each month and then at the end of the year, you have enough squares for a blanket. The leader of the Crochet Along picks the square each month, and then everyone posts what they are working on, so you get to see lots of different color options. It’s fun! For this one, there are two 12″ squares and a 6″ square option each month. You can do one or all of them, depending on your interest. I’ve been doing one 12″ square and four 6″ squares each month, so far. Here’s a look at what I’ve done. From left to right are my February 12″ square, two of my January 6″ squares (I have two more that are the same as those), and my January 12″ square.  I’m working on the February 6″ squares now.


Hat and Mittens Update

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

by Nancy

My quilting productivity is inversely proportional to the number of snow days in our school district, so progress has been somewhat slow lately. But I have finished piecing my hat and mittens table cover, quilted it, and sewn the binding on. If all goes well, I’ll blind-stitch the binding to the quilt back tomorrow at Quilting Ladies, and it will be done. Here it is in its nearly done state:


UPDATE: I was able to go to the Quilting Ladies yesterday and got it all done! Yay! Picture to come soon!