Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Y, oh Y?

Intellectually, I understand Y seams. In Theory, I totally get Y seams. You sew down the left side, pivot, sew up the other side. This is what a well executed Y seam looks like (except for that threads nest at the intersection). Judy Niemeyer did this demo for us with paper when I  took a class with her in February. Apparently I thought just looking at the picture would remind me of some important concept, but for some reason, that ain't happening.

That is the way it works in Theory. Here in Reality where I live and sew, I can't execute a Y seam to save my life. You know I'm not one for "quilt it out," but I hate Y seams so much, these are as good as it's going to get. It's just a little pucker...

Put your Mr. Rogers sweater on, because it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Loving it!

Finished all the corners...now all I have left before I start on the dreaded Y-seams (putting it together) is to put on the little baskets that the cattails are in and glue down the cattails. Then the border, which is harder than it looks.

Don't you think this is definitely, "Grazing In the Grass"?

If I ever go missing, I want my face on a wine bottle instead of a milk carton. That way my friends will know to look for me.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

It worked! Oh, and so will I...

For ages, I have been trying to dye fabric the color I want for the border of the shoe quilt. I have been painting by hand with Lumiere sparkle paint, with Vanilla Spritz, and I couldn't get the consistency that I wanted. Then it occurred to me that maybe I should try to spray paint the fabric. I got an airbrush, but it kept jamming. I decided to try a different model of the airbrush, and it worked! Perfectly! Sparkle!

I was a saving fool on Friday. I went to Joann's where I used my 50% coupon for some storage containers (my UFO's are out of control again!) and they gave me an additional 20% military discount for the 4th! (Thank you, Dear Hubby, for your service to our country). I decided to let my fingers do the walking, and found the airbrush online at Michael's, found a store in Acworth, downloaded their app where there was a 50% off coupon, but surely they wouldn't let me take 50% off an airbrush sprayer? Oh yeah, they did!

And then I worked on the four Cattails...those stems are a pain!  Although it did go faster this time!

Loved having Friday off! :) The reason we are even discussing "Friday off" is that I am working part-time until September 30th. So my schedule will be part-time, four days a week, Fridays off. Restart the countdown clock!

In case of emergency, please exit the building before tweeting about it.