Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yay! for Husbands!

Last year,when we were saving up all of our pennies for a down payment & various moving expenses, I saw the 25th Anniversary Star Trek Next Generation Pez set, & I really wanted it. (Because I am a giant nerd) But...we were saving all of our money...and I couldn't justify spending $15-$20 on something I didn't really it stayed on the shelf...

Until today :) Looky looky what The Husband searched all of the local WalMarts for:
Yay for husbands! It's been over a year & it was such a surprise this morning when he handed it to me :) & Of course my 7 year old daughter asked for the candy. Um, no, not opening this. We'll go to the store later & buy you your own Pez & a cute dispenser. For now it's hidden in my bedroom where no one can touch it. Did I mention Yay! for husbands?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Another One Bites the Dust

In spite of the lovely help I received from the cats, this quilt is finally done. It only took 3 weeks from start to finish; not a bad time for me.
 I may have figured out why it's so much harder quilting with my current sewing machine vs how easy it was on my old Singer. And more importantly, I think I've figured out how to make adjustments to compensate for a less powerful motor, a smaller throat, & an expensive walking foot that pushes the top fabric forward instead of feeding it even with the bottom layer.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday@Crazy Mom Quilts, Link A Finish Friday@Richard & Tanya Quilts, & Can I Get A Whoop Whoop@Confessions of a Fabric Addict,

Monday, September 16, 2013

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

*THIS* Is Why It Takes Me So Long to Get Anything Done

                                               Oh, were you using this? We had no idea
                      Don't you have some dishes to wash, or some laundry to fold, or something?
                                                  Maybe if we ignore her, she'll go away
                                                       Do you mind? I'm trying to sleep
                                                   Seriously, just pretend she isn't there
                                             What? You got up, we thought you were done
                                        You might as well give up, you can't win, you know
                          Do you think other cats have so much trouble training their humans?
                                                 Poor dear, she is a bit thick, isn't she?

These pictures were taken over the course of about 90 minutes. Both cats were removed from the quilt & placed on the floor between each picture. *Neither* of them will set paw near a finished quilt, but I do go through this exact process every. single. time I try to sew something. Currently both cats have made themselves quite comfortable on my half-quilted quilt, & I have officially given up for the moment. Eventually I will pry their furry butts off of it & try again, but for now, they win.

The quilt I'm currently NOT working on is a 1 1/2" postage stamp quilt made up of most of the remainder of my blue scraps. It will finish out at around 81" X 96". I'm really hoping that once it's washed & dried it crinkles up & gets that poofy-loofy look that my hand-quilted postage stamp did.

Linking up with Scrap Basket Sunday@Kim's Big Quilting Adventure.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Tisket, A Tasket.....

I decided this morning I needed to turn this

into a Halloween basket for my daughter. Because I have a) no (crafting) impulse control & b) no ability to realistically estimate how long something will take to make (in spite of the fact that I have made baskets before), I went on ahead & did so.

I like him :) More importantly, my daughter likes him. This is the first time I've used a premade form instead of making my own slats or sides & bottoms so there's definitely room for improvement. Still, I have somewhere around 20 more buckets that need fabricatized (it could be a real word). By the time I finish the last one, I should be nigh on perfect at this :)

Linking up with Quokka Quilts TGIFF, Link A Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, & Get Crafty Fridays