Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Good Weekend

All in all, it was a pretty good weekend.

The 9-patches are doing their work - I also got more of the 12-patches for the Lovely Daughter's quilt bordered and now have half of them done. Then because I feel guilty about working on hers and not the mid-kid's, I also got three or four more chess pieces basted.

But now I'm sitting on the floor cutting out more 2.5" squares. The only thing on TV right now is Sahara - a chick flick based on a Clive Cussler novel. How goofy is that? I'll also need to think about another quilt for Small Man - he asks me every time he sees me working on one of the others when will I make him another quilt? I asked him what he wanted, and he said "Stars."

I managed to make all of the kids happy this weekend (at different times, of course). Small Man got to go to the park while waiting to pick his big sister up from her painting class and got some snazzy new kid-size gardening tools, the Mid Kid and TMOTH got to go to see Star Trek, and the Lovely Daughter got to go to the mall with a friend, got a new swimsuit, and didn't have to go see Star Trek (she went with a friend to see Night at the Museum and spent the rest of the day at the pool). I managed to get a miniscule amount of the crap on the playroom floor picked up and put away.

No beans planted, but maybe later in the week...

Monday, May 25, 2009

A finish this weekend

But no photo yet because I left my camera out in the rain :(

Hopefully it will dry out OK. It was the "old" camera, which uses the funky cards that don't fit in the printer slot.

This was a log cabin top that my grandmother pieced in the 80s. It went home with my baby brother today.

The next OPPIG (Other People's PIG) is likely my mom's log cabin. MY log cabin has slowed due to the weekend, but is still lurching along. It helps that I do at least two when I do them - the chain piecing and pressing seems easier that way, actually, than one at a time.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lessons learned

- It IS possible to stay ahead of the 4-year-old who wants to take out everything you put away (and also to sneak some things in the trash and not have him notice).
- Even when you poke holes in them, sometimes baked potatoes explode in the oven.
- When you use Beth's roll recipe and have your bread machine set on "quick bread" instead of "dough", you get bread that is very, very, very dense - but still edible.
- When your nine-patches want to be set with orange sashing, maybe you should listen to them.
- Survivor really is awful, and WHY is it on when Cold Case is supposed to be on? (Okay, that's a question, but the lesson is not to go sit at the computer until you're sure the program you thought would be on is really on.)
- Hiyao Miyazaki really is a genius, even after watching his movies over and over and over again.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Movie time

When you have a 4-year-old, you have to accept that they like repetition. The same food. The same books. The same movies. I believe that we have watched Nausicaa every day now for the past 3 or 4 days.


I don't mind so much. It's just so much eye candy, the Miyazaki movies. Actually, it'll be nice when he's old enough to watch Princess Mononoke - that ones a little bit too much right now. And our copy of Howl's Moving Castle has some bad skips; need a new one.

No quilting likely tonight, unless it's after the boys are up to bed. TMOTH took the mid-kid to Boy Scouts, and they won't be back until bedtime.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Two more 9-patches

Only 9 am, and I'm caught up. Yay!

What's the big deal about 9-patches, right? For me, it's not so much the 9-patch, but the simple act of getting started. I know a lot of you don't have quilter's inertia, but I do. I can sew in the playroom (all alone) or on the dining room table (which means getting set up). Mostly, I go the dining room table route, because I like piecing on the Featherweight. I find that once I've sewn that simple 9-patch, I have the machine all ready and can work on something else.

It's effective for me.

Happy Mother's Day, everybody.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


I've joined a quilt-a-long over at Crazy Mom Quilts. Make a 9-patch every day, and have a quilt done by summer.

I was a little late getting started, but I have six so far:

I like how some of them are contrasty and some are not. I'm cutting more squares tonight. Makes good use of those scrap strips! I'm also trimming some strips to work on the baby/no longer a baby quit for my boss's grandkids.

The "source" 9-patch uses white sashing; I think that's unlikely for me. Good practice for finishing up my mom's 9-patch, which is sashed with blue-and-white seersucker.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Urgh. I caught a bad cold last Friday and am only just now starting to recover.

I went to guild meeting last night anyway! Our speaker was Carol Taylor, and she spoke on working in series.

It really showed how photography is important - one of the quilts in particular was nothing on the photo but absolutely spectacular in person.

And the best thing? She had Aurifil thread on sale at the meeting! I was able to stock up!