Think about this.....

...the only thing scarier then reaching out to the unknown is settling for that with which we are comfortable.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Two, Two, Two Charities in One

Two charity quilts on DW in one day!

This is Dee's. I just quilted an open simple meander throughout. The top was quite busy (as you can see) and felt like this was about all that was needed here.

Dee's Charity Quilt
Onward ho!

I loaded the Dinosaur quilt without really knowing just how far I was going to get. Plugging away as the day continued found me actually finishing the top before leaving for guild.

It was starting to get a little dark, and continued on even further since I still had another hour and a half before thinking about leaving. Before I knew it, the quilt was complete (save for the label). I shared at guild last night and everybody seemed to like the back as much as the front. Thank you Katie for sharing your dino feet to incorporate into it!

Dino Quilt Front

Dino Quilt Back

We had a wonderful class last night at guild. Mary R. presented the second portion of creating art and it opened my eyes even further into what makes a good piece of artwork. I took a plethora of notes and have included them into the my quilt book library for further reference.

Speaking of art, our AQS challenge is in the forefront. I have had several ideas bouncing around in my head and last weeks meeting found us voting on the direction the quilt was to be made; the conundrum was whether to set it vertical or horizontal. Apparently it was decided at a way prior meeting to set it vertical. However, last week a vote was taken to now set it horizontally. This week presented an issue with that vote.

Making a quilt takes a lot of time, but making a "show" quilt is even further into the time investment category. A few of those who mentioned they would be participating wanted to have a count last night to see who would definitely commit. I mentioned it to our president after the class was finished, prior to our informal time as she was making last minute announcements.

I was lambasted. Not by the president, but rather the VP. Publicly. In front of 28 other guild members. I'm not sure exactly how what I asked for (commitment) was taken out of context, but I was told, loudly, how everybody would be putting forth their best effort. What?

After hearing from her, and I quote, "Well then I have to get snarky here," I basically was attacked verbally in front of all my peers. I. could. not. believe. it!

I grabbed my stuff and left as quickly as I could. A few members snagged me on the way out and talked with me about what just happened, and a phone call later from another member settled me down, but damn! I wasn't asking anything that anybody else who puts this time in wasn't wanting to have asked/said.

Where did I go wrong? I apologized to the whole room if anything I said was taken out of context and that sometimes I have a communication problem due to my lack of a socially structured lifestyle. I thought maybe the VP would call and discuss what was said, but I haven't heard anything as of yet. I'll get over it. I've been through worse. Much worse actually, but, well, a lot of the wind has been taken out of my sails and this is sad!

I will do the AQS challenge. I will put in my usual 110% and it will be something I'm proud of. Will I ever commit to doing another? How does the saying go; time heals all wounds? Maybe?!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Braiding and Baking Soda

This is what took me 45 minutes to do yesterday during class. We actually (kind of) braid with our open toe appliqué foot. It's hard going around these corners and you stitch one stitch at a time, very slowly, which of course, drives me nuts.

Braiding with an open toe foot
I came home all geeked out after class with every intention of finishing my two blocks. Everything was going wrong. I couldn't get my monofilament thread to go into my sewing machine needle. I couldn't get my new free motion couching foot to go on my machine. I ran out of yarn while couching. I decided to appliqué the sole plate of my iron instead of the fabric I was ironing on.

Just great. Fusible web all over the surface of my new iron. Ugh!

Cue rescue music.

Baking soda on a cold iron is a miracle worker. Pour some into a dry dish. Wet a corner of your strong paper towel or finer weave wash cloth/dish rag and scrub away. Miracle upon miracles! The iron looks brand new.

BTW...this also works on your toaster where everything gets all gross especially at the slotted part where the bread goes in.

Perhaps this morning will yield better results in whatever it is I decide to tackle. After last nights debacle(s) I decided to call it quits early and went in to play some stupid mind games.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Row by Row

If you are in my quilt guild and aren't supposed to see each of the rows we make, then don't look!

This is my row by row completed yesterday and I love it! My theme is Kitchen and I started with food items.

Kitchen Row by Row
The Half Dresden quilt is off DW. I didn't complete it because Mike is packed up for class later today. He does a much better job with binding then Laura does so I'll wait a day to get that finished. Still not sure about it and will take a better look through the lens of the camera tomorrow morning.

Loaded Dee's quilt onto the frame and will meander quilt later tonight or sometime tomorrow prior to going to guild. My goal is to have it to her at the meeting.

Stitchers Garden class is today and of course, it's snowing. Thankfully, Jim is home today and can shuttle me around before and after he heads to the doctor. It seems Caleb decided to share his upper respiratory infection with dad. Lucky guy. And, he brought home a flu bug last night too.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This and That

Brief synopsis:

Thursday: Attended ASQ guild meeting and received Row by Row challenge. Received a Logo challenge (I will not be doing this). Received more directions re: AQS challenge (48" running horizontally---hurray!). Received a 4"-6" circle task. Wow!

Friday: Attended Sew-In and discussed Row by Row theme with other members of the guild.

Saturday: See Friday. Brought home a charity quilt from Dee for quilting.

Sunday: See Friday. Jim came in with me for a bit and worked on restoring Andrew's Spartan S Quilt. We had to "unbirth" the quilt after he removed all the ties used to keep the layers together. Decided on a Row by Row theme. Started pulling pieces for said theme.

Monday: Pulled theme together into a real idea and started assembling blocks. Quit at 9pm and the blocks are completed. I'll put them into their row today now that I've had a chance to look at them in the daylight.

Meanwhile...and all the while...have been long-arming the Half Dresden quilt. I don't like how I started each of the blades on the outside, but I do like what I'm doing on the inside blades.

Inside blade quilting
This morning I journaled about my Row by Row experience. I still have to assemble the blocks into rows, get a measurement of the length of my row and then sign one of the blocks. I have a tote downstairs I can probably put everything in and if not, I'll have to run later and find one somewhere.

I have made my 4, 5, and 6-inch circles. I made two of each. Do I need more? Maybe I should make more for others who forget/can't get them done?!? I'll do that later...if I remember.

My AQS idea is settled in my head and while I'm assembling blocks and long-arming today, I'll finalize my plan of attack on this piece. I may get started on it yet later this evening. Probably not because I have my Stitchers Garden class tomorrow I need to prepare for. Once I get going on this thing I have a feeling I'm not going to want to stop.