Sunday, September 26, 2010

Big YO YOs (and a book)

I finished reading this book last week.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!
And I have been working on these really big yo-yos,

choosing borders,
I got the borders on (sorry, I'm saving it for later), and the free-motion paralysis set in, so I started a smaller project using the super giant yo-yos. This time in yellow.
Not too bad.
Today I am resting.  I was sick this morning, and thinking it was a reaction to Metronidazole (or a heart problem), so was heading out the door to the ER when I thought I'd try my asthma inhaler.  Well I'll be darned!  Much better.  I am new to this asthma thing.  I don't wheeze.  I cough.  But this morning it was all about headache, flushed skin, blurred vision, shortness of breathe and extreme fatigue. The antibiotic makes me feel icky, but not usually that icky, so
I will drink lots of good tea.
Which I keep in my Bubba Keg.
And Kitten will maintain her foreign-film watching pose most of the day.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I love a good yo yo!

I've only worked on this sporadically.  Someone asked me am I going to put a backing on it.
That would defeat my centering of certain little eye-candy gems on the backsides of the yo-yos.

To me, that was the fun part of searching my fabric stash and making the yo-yos.
I loved putting Missouri on the back of this one.
I kind of think of it as an "I Spy" project preserving little fabric treasures.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

T-shirt Quilt Anyone?

I put together this t-shirt quilt top some time ago, but have yet to quilt it (here is is without the borders).
And I ran into some young ladies at Intown Quilters who were discussing fabric choices for a t-shirt quilt they were working on.  I asked whether they'd saved the parts of the shirts they didn't use for the quilt top, since they could then crochet them into doormats.  They looked at each other and then agreed they needed to show me the top they had with them.  OMG! Seriously? I thought my top was pretty cool.  These ladies' work blew me out of the water!
There is no cooler t-shirt quilt on the planet. ANYwhere.
I asked them could I put it on my blog, they said "okay," and then I misplaced the photos (4 gb SD cards are too big). I hope they see I posted the pictures once I located them.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Recycled T-shirt Rug "Yarn"

The t-shirt rug is done.  Perfect for wiping my feet when I get home from work.
Nine old t-shirts saved from the landfill (3 yellow, 2 pink and 4 green). 
I used a really big vintage crochet hook about 10 inches long and thicker than a pencil.
Here is how I joined the 1 1/2 inch t-shirt strips:
Put two strips together, fold the ends over and snip.
Angle the sides to reduce bulk.
Turn one strip to face the opposite direction and line up the holes.
Pull the end of the bottom strip up through the holes.
All the way through, so you end up with a tidy join.
Don't pussy-foot; you'll need bunches of t-shirt "yarn." It crochets up quickly.
Know what I mean?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Making More T-Shirt "Worms"

I am cutting more of Dad's old t-shirts into 1 1/2 inch strips because last night I started crocheting with the ones I'd already cut. I like it!
Fun to do in front of the TV.

More Yo-Yos

So I bought this new distraction (large yo-yo maker), and found some fabric I didn't mind scrunching into circles.
At the end of Saturday night (Saturnight makes more sense to me), I had 25 yo-yos and no more of that fabric to scrunch.
I am thinking of using some perl cotton thread, but not sure how yet.  Kitten came to check it out.
Thought precedes action.
That's why I keep the little spools in a big pickle jar.
She has a short attention span though.
That missing collar is now back around her neck.  Cool! It matches the thread she was playing with. Wait a minute.  Hang on.  Is this Kitten all about being matchy-matchy?  She loves anything I do that is black and white, but not at all interested in beige.  Huh.  I smell a need for government-funded research. Or perhaps it's already been done.  I am off to Google.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saturday news

I was lucky enough to spy this great Brannock & Patek quilt kit for sale on Stashmaster Lisa's blog. It is so easy to buy things with PayPal.
Kitten claimed the kit as soon as it arrived.

I cannot wait to work on it, but yesterday I also purchased a HUGE distraction: a larger yo-yo maker.  What am I thinking?  I need to make more than the one size I've been working with? Why?  For what reason?
I got to see firefighter/paramedic son last night.  This is him with his little dog Lela in front of his home.  He reminded me, via a Facebook post, of the number of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty nine years ago. Today is a sad day of remembrance for all of us, but NYC firefighters, indeed all of NYC,  must be especially sober today.
African Violets; just because.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wrap and package

I wrapped the baby quilts, and I showed hubby a picture, on Facebook, of the cousins I made the little quilts for.  His statement was "they aren't babies." Well, maybe they are getting close to a year old, but they are still babies to someone over 50.  Sheesh.
I finally put together a backing for the Tula Pink "Nest" quilt.
I put a vintage image of Grandpa Stockton feeding a baby chinchilla on the back.  
I have NO DARN IDEA how to quilt this one.  NONE.  I am waiting for it to speak to me.
I am patient.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Weekend update

I started cutting up some of Dad's old t-shirts yesterday.
I am not sure what I will do with them.  I was thinking of locker hooking, but the canvas I bought had too small holes for the 2 inch wide strips I cut.  I cannot seem to locate my crochet hook.  The nice wooden one Mom gave me; I know it is here somewhere.

The strips look nice all rolled up.
So onto some fabric I had torn into sections to layer and practice free motion on.
I'd wanted to make baby quilts for a new grandmother at work ever since her daughters had the little ones (a boy and a girl), but I hadn't gotten around to it, so it was a good opportunity for me to get on my machine and practice.
 Two little quilts for little cousins to play on.
Being my work, the quilts were not without their difficulties (and attendant flaws).  The main one was that I cut the red binding strips too narrow (1 1/2 inch was not enough), so I had to hand stitch the red binding down, but it took nearly forever to decorative stitch the blue binding down; not all that much time saved.
Kitten lies at my feet when I sew.  At least she changes position now and then.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Perfect YouTube for the holiday.

Thank you Wishes, true and kind blogger and Aunt Katie for sharing this hilarious YouTube video.  How perfect for the Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Oh, I love this fabric! And the quilt patterns too!

This is a picture from Hancocks of Paducah's latest catalog.  I love this quilt so much I think I have to buy the kit, since Mom and Jan designed the fabric!  Jan Patek designed the quilts. They are wonderful!
There's even one especially for Christmas.
I love the whole Remembrance collection.  Well, okay, I am partial to the paisleys and florals, but all of them are beautiful! See:
Last weekend I moved furniture around.  It is not enough I have a sewing room; it has gotten crowded, so I iron in the guest bedroom, and sometimes I need an extra machine set up, so I take over the office.  Now I decided to move my desk and design wall into the living room so I can watch TV while I sew.  
Let's see; in two years of quilting I have taken over 4 rooms.  There are only 3 left, if you don't count bathrooms.  When we bought this house I told the fool hubby we needed a basement.  Men should listen the first time we say something 'cause what we need will bite 'em in the ass sooner or later.
Kitten agrees with me of course.

And she is quite content to have me and the TV in the same room.