Monday, January 18, 2010

Ugly Fabric Challenge

Cheri and I work at Glads Monday nights when there is a class. If we get bored, we like to entertain ourselves by playing the ugly fabric challenge.

One of us picks a fabric, then we have to pick other fabrics to go with it.

I should make it clear that the fabrics aren't usually ugly. Mostly we pick the fabric because it is unique.

Sometimes we are a little too good at the game and the fabric comes home with one of us. The fabric on the far left was a challenge fabric for Cheri, and the rest are fabrics she picked to go with it.

I'm making Nifty Nine Patches, except I'm using the challenge fabric as a solid border. The light fabric will be the sashing. The rest will be used to make the blocks. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

Next time the fabric goes home with Cheri.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Simulated Life

As you might have noticed, I've been missing from my blog.
I haven't just been missing from my blog. I've been missing from my life.

I have taken on some simulated lives. Lately I've been playing Farmville on Facebook. I'm now a level 18 farmer.

I have to check on my crops and and animals a couple of times a day. Any one need a new neighbor? Like any good neighbor, I fertilize their crops.

I'm also addicted to Fable II. In the game, you go on quests and you get to chose to be good or bad. Just so everyone knows, my purity points are very high.

I promise to start sewing again and post more regularly. I will try for more balance in my real life.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Don't Bother Me!

Shoo fly, don't bother me! Every one knows the saying, but I experienced it first hand.

I went into Mystery Weekend wanting to use up my 30's reproduction fabric. And we all know that using up fabric you already have isn't nearly as exciting as buying new fabric.

So once I started sewing, I had a hard time being excited about the quilt. Steve liked everything I was doing. When I finished the quilt, he thought it was cute and old timey.

I still wasn't that excited about it. I took it to the quilt shop, and everyone thought it was great, but I still wasn't that excited.

It did get me thinking though. Sometimes it is hard to see the beauty in your own work. You come to it with all your expectations and the quilts don't always fit those expectations.

I've had a week separation from the quilt now, which helps to bring a new perspective to the quilt. Looking at the picture now, it looks like a quilt my grandmother would have made for me.

I am starting to see the charm of the quilt now.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Star of the New Year

I've made a start on my Amazon Star. I have the units made for the center of the quilt. I love the blazing hot orange in the points.

I'm a little worried that this is the easiest part of the entire project. Even if it is I'm so excited about how it looks, I think I'll make it all the way through.

When I was cutting out the project, the instructions had me put the cut pieces into 10 bags. The center was the first bag. I need to make it through the other 9 bags before January 2011.

That makes the Amazon star my star of 2010. Happy New Year!