I often claim to have a Quilting "Hobby" in attempts to hide my obsession with fabric and color.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mom and Me Lone Star

As I posted in my last (pathetic) blog, my mom came for her first visit to Vermont since the wedding. Because it was a quick trip last time, and SNOWING, my mom didn't get to see where I call home. So this time, she came for a week, and we had a blast.
The idea of the trip all started when I mentioned that for a college educated quilter, I felt sub-stupid when it came to Paper Piecing. Now, keep in mind, I have NEVER taken a sewing class (unless you consider my failed attempt at Home Sciences in 7th grade) and all the quilting I have done has been trial and error on my own with books, magazines, and patient friends. Last year, my mother sent me two stuffed priority boxes full of Batiks and two paper piecing patterns. I read the directions, and figured it would be a cold day somewhere before I figured that out. In the drawer they went. So when she sent ANOTHER kit up, this time a fusable pieced one, I owned up to being too stupid for any of it. And poof! She had ticket to Vermont!!!!!
In true addict style, I scooped her up from the airport, and we made a straight shot to our local quality quilt shop. And picked out the fabrics for the "Lone Star" pattern she sent me.

Now, besides basting, I consider the other evil of sewing to be cutting the fabric. And I discovered after all these years, that my mother LOVES to cut fabric. Tedious, boring, repetitive....but she loves it, so I gave her the fabric, cutting mat, cutter, pattern, and off she went.
At this point I am feeling like I really made out. And then the fun began. Did I forget to mention that she also brought up with her some scraps, and paper piecing leftovers and while she cut, I learned how to do paper piecing. Not bad, not hard. But like cutting, it's tedious, boring, and VERY repetitive. But the outcome is stunning, and well worth it. I realize now that if one is going to submit to a paper piecing project, junky movies or tv is a MUST for background noise.

Back to the project. After trying my hand at this new concept of fusable piecing, I came to see how nice and much faster than paper it is.
 And I think my mother was a bit bored.  Or worried I wasn't having fun. Or both. And when it was time to take off for my afternoon run, she made a kind offer to keep working on it. It was then that I realized how cool it would be to do a quilt WITH my mother. One I could keep and cherish for years. Forgetting how crazy good this woman is at sewing, I got back two short hours later to a whole section done and trimmed.

It's my job to finish this thing on my own....I will post more as I progress.

And now my momma has gone home, after an amazing trip with many distractions, time with the grandkids, and grandkitties. Tours down to Burlington waterfront, Middlebury, and around town. 
The dogs are spoiled and a little fatter, and Greta already wonders where the crazy lady is hiding....is it that box over there?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mom's coming, mom's coming!

I made myself a promise that I would make a real effort to stay with this whole blogging thing. But, it's HARD!!! I follow many great quilting blogs, a few (sarcastic) mom blogs, and I don't know how they do it. To post every day, or even a few times every week is hard work. Right now, I could list my WIP's (7 and counting), my future projects (can't count that high), all the patterns in magazines that are tagged to make, and let's not even talk about the books....
But, my momma is coming to visit! This will be the first time in 3 years, and the first time ever to my house in Vermont! I can't wait. She is coming up to VISIT of course, but she claims it's so she can show in person once and for all how to Paper Piece!!! And to launch it, we are making a Lone Star with that interfacing trick. Yeah, don't ask me....I have no idea. But it means MORE FABRIC!!!!
I shall post the adventure and share with oodles of pictures. I know that a week of visit will be worth many blogs.....till then, here's looking at you! Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Flying Geese Top

After dawdling, procrastinating, and messing around with 400 little have square drops, I decided to finish this quilt. I have always loved the look of Flying Geese quilts, but never knew just what I wanted to do with it. Then I saw a great line on Bonnie Hunters site (quiltville.blogspot.com) that said that ANY ugly fabric looks better if it's cut small enough....and if it's still ugly, it isn't small enough. So...I dug out all some of my "uglies" in my fat quarter drawer and started cutting.  I haven't done much with White background fabrics; I tend to veer towards beige or off white.  But, here it is! 
200 Flying Geese Units, and 340 half-square units.
Lilly approved!

Another shot of the quilt (and Lilly).  Approx 66x70
Now I have to think about how to quilt it. I am thinking of a darker red backing to make the front colors pop. With the last 1/2 square units I am going to make a sash across the back to tie in the theme of the front. Any suggestions for quilt patterns? Stitch the ditch, shadow, stipple????