03 May

Red and Cream Heaven :)

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I am really enjoying working on this afghan and I am crazy for the colors and how feminine it is.  The rosettes in the center take a little while to make, so I probably won’t finish this anytime soon, but that’s okay.

The pattern called for worsted weight acrylic, but I’m using DK weight cotton.   I really like the effect, but I don’t know how it will hold up… acrylic lasts forever!

The fabric swatches I ordered arrived.  Out of them, Jim and I chose these.

While my first choice to make a new comforter for our bed was the light-colored floral, bound with the plaid, Jim preferred the red toile (still bound with the plaid) and I like it too, so I’ll be making a new king sized comforter with it, both sides.  I’m going to quilt it at 120 x 120, with a double layer of Quilter’s Dream Puff batting, which is a polyester.

I would love to pipe it instead of binding it, but that would mean I’d have to attach the piping to the top and the batting after quilting it, and add the back separately.  Yuck.  I will round the corners so there’s no mitering with the thick layers of home decor weight fabric and double batting.

I would love to scallop the edges of it, but I’m not sure my mathematically challenged brain would ever get that right!

I’ve also sent for two more samples.

I really want more beige in this theme, but I don’t seem to be finding it mixed in much.  I think I might have some heavy linen on hand in a color that will blend well.

I don’t know if I’m going to do any curtains or not.  I might really indulge and add some lace ones!

I managed to whip up a quick little rollup case for my favorite crochet hooks.  I had embellished some batik strips a year or two ago, for another composition notebook cover, but never finished it.

I cut it down smaller and it’s just right to hold all of my hooks!

I should have photographed it without the hooks inside, they of course make the cover ripple as I made sure the pockets were tight enough so that the hooks don’t fall out.

27 Apr

Time for a new look!

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When I decided to redecorate my sewing room, I did it to my taste, which people rarely see because since Jim and I got married, I’ve decorated with the dogs in mind… leather, dark, and mostly black and tan.

But I’m tired of it.  This spring I put an ivory throw rug in our very dark living room and loved the way it brightened it up.

Last week, I washed all the quilts and put them away.  I just sent for fabric samples, and plan to make new table runners, pillows and curtains.

I know these are really tiny thumbnails, but basically, I’m going to give in to my love of cottage style, in red, cream, tan and white.  I think I can make this work well with our mission style furniture… fortunately our sofa and chairs, while leather, are more of an overstuffed, relaxed style.

For those, I’ve ordered some pet covers.  I didn’t think full slip covers would look good (or fit right) plus I believe I can copy the pet covers with no trouble, and make my own quilted ones when they wear out.

These are what the pet covers look like.

I think they will look nice on our dark leather.  I don’t think they look good on this pictured light color sofa though.  If not, they weren’t expensive and I’ll use them for a pattern.

I also ordered a couple of yards of this… pillows maybe?

Of course, the 2 crocheted afghans I’m working on won’t go… I guess I’ll make gifts of them, and make new ones to match, along with a quilt or two… as time and health permit.

I also love doilies, and thought maybe this winter I’d make a couple for our end tables, which are round.

Yesterday I had someone out to measure for new blinds.  We have those faux plantation style wood ones, and I hate, hate hate them.  Who wants to dust those?  At least with the cheap metal ones, you can just replace them every year instead of cleaning them! 🙂

I’m going to order the Bali solar rollups, in a tweedy looking fabric, about the color of bark.  No strings for Siri to mess with either.

23 Apr

Customer longarming on hold for a bit

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I know I haven’t been posting here much lately.  I’ve been having a nasty spell with migraines, to the point that I’m seeing a specialist in June (as early as I could get in).  In light of that, I’m not going to be taking in any customer quilts for a while.

I’m hanging in there with the gardening so far, but I haven’t gone out much and have been spending a fair amount of time in my recliner, either reading or crocheting.

I joined a couple of CAL’s (crochet-a-longs) and am enjoying working on both.

The mandala is about thirty inches in diameter now, and it is still absolutely fascinating to make.  It’s keeping me sane right now 🙂

The purple hexagons are part of another CAL called “Frida’s Flowers“.  I’m a week behind on that one but will be caught up in time for week three.  I’m doing the mandala in wool, and Frida’s Flowers in cotton.  LOVING the cotton yarn, I’ve never worked with it before.

Too bad I can’t sew in the recliner… I might get some quilting done.  But at least I still have a creative outlet, I’d go nuts without one!