2014-07-11

crazy mail day

This morning I gotrung out of bed by one of my favourite persons - The Postlady - she asked me to come down as she had some overs ized stuff for me. That usually means I get a swap item ... so I go downstairs and there is a pile of oversized letters and I ask if I can just go through them and pick mine, well she said the were all for me.

That made 4 letters ... ok one was just full of papers I need to send in an application ... but the important stuff ... The first quilt (in order of posting date) is this one - made for the April swap of the Doll Quilters Monthly - now ignorant me needs to find out about diamnods and baseball because "diamonds are forever" was the theme -- I really don't know anythign about baseball except thea use a ball, a bat and funny gloves - ohh and they enjoy sliding through the dirt.

DQS - 2014/04 - "diamond"

Then the next one - coming from Australia - is the May contribution of the same swap - the theme was "modern" - my partner is very patient because I still haven't finished hers - I know bad bad me.

DQS - 2014/05 - "modern"

I think that one is going to be a competition for the leave-mini that is currently on my fabric cupboard, maybe I will exchange them monthly or so ... And alst but not least - I got me a pincushion - actually after waiting for 3 years to get a pincushion in a swap I got 3 today .. (each doll quilt had a small one riding along). Well but this one is very special - well yeah because it's really big and because it's a frog and I have a little somethign for frogs and green. And it came in a July swap - and I'm goign to take it as an early birhtday present.

hehe - me new needle frog ... poor bugger will be hurting so much when I start quilting

So yes I think that poor bugger will be full of those basting pins once I'm done quilting redorangepurple that I spend all evening yesterday on my knees to pin baste. And I always have the pins all over because I just take them out while quitling and throw them on whatever "clear" surface I can find and of course they end up on the floor while I quilt-wrestle ... so maybe not this time.

after an evening on my knees

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2014-07-10

getting things done

sometimes you need a little kick in the ass to get some more sewing done ... I first started this quilt about a year ago when I chose the block for the bee Biased Bee to sew for me. I finished the top somwhen later that year and only now got around to just figure out a backing.

finally a complete border + a red flannel and signature blocks for the back

I had all the stuff set out and started actually piecing and then decided the "siganture blocks" where too colourfull to just sew directly to each other and I wasn't really lookign forward to cuttign up the flannel - I was a bit afraid it wouldn't be big enough in the end ..

So I completely threw that decision over baord and went hutnign for the remainder fo the solids I used for the front and started piecing a backing ... which now turns out o be almost looking like a second front ...

... and it keeps growing ...

If you wonder what the white spot is for - I plan to use that instead of a lable to put all the swap information down ... Now just a few more stripes of red and I can go on to basting and then eventually quitling. Well as soon as I cleared up more of my floor ...


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2014-06-30

a travel sewing kit

As I don't seem to get much sewing doen lately unless it's for someone else - I did these  as a present ...

travel sewing kit

a tiny pin cushion and a needle book and a reasonably sized pouch to carry it along with some scissors and some thread ..

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2014-06-25

getting there

That is the studies and I are getting somewhere - I officially signed up for my last term paper (or is it semester paper - if you have semesters?) Of course I couldn't find my TANs. Arghh so I had to run and get another set of 50 of them. 

last time to ever need one of those things and of course I had to get a new set ...
(yeah just in case I don't know my German anymore - it comes bilingual)


And N.N. and I are getting somwhere - I used the afternoon to get started on "fill in the gap"-blocks for my N.N. quilt ... and I think the square-in-a-square-in-a-squares are almost too beautiful by themselves to end up in the scrappy setting. But I will finish N.N. first before I maybe do one using all the solids.

square-in-a-square-in-a-square to fill in the empty spaces

I tried to lay the blocks out on the floor, but it's a realyl really tight squeeze - and after climbing on my sideboard and trying to balance on a swing chair I won't try to take pictures of the whole thing anymore, though I will leave it out and change a block here and there - bring some more chaos in the scrappyness. I'm really really pleased how the experiment turned out.

too huge for my design floor

And before you tell me - yes I know I'm missing 2 sets of 9-patches, and one complete block - the patches are in the making and the block will get here too, as it's a bee quilt, there was bound to be at least one postal service failiure [<-- there is a typo in there I feel it].

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