Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This is backwards

I've been recovering from routine (yet major) surgery, so I've been a bit sluggish. Still tired, and sore from time to time.  Nothing out of the ordinary for recovery.  I've actually stopped taking the prescribed pain medicine except on rare occasion.    Like tonight.

I was a little extra sore today, so thought I'd take a pain pill tonight to help me sleep through the night.

And here I sit WIDE AWAKE at 1:00am.

I went to bed at 10:00pm.  I just could NOT fall asleep.

I imagine I'll have no trouble drifting off to sleep tomorrow in the lazy boy recliner, but right now it alludes me.

Would be the perfect time to get some sewing in, but that would wake up my roomie who has to work in the morning, and that wouldn't be good.

So I'll just hang here in blogland with you guys, K?



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fractions pattern

This will be a picture-heavy post.

After my last post about a quilt that I wasn't crazy about, but that grew on my, I thought I'd share a finish that I've loved from the beginning and love even more now.

The pattern is called "Fractions".  

It used mostly fat quarters with the exception of the sashing and borders.

I quilted it on the long-arm after I got done doing the black, white and red quilt as practice.

Just a large all-over meander.

One of the things I love about this one is how nice it "crinkled" after it was washed.

The "crinkling" has made me a fan of NOT washing fabrics before piecing.

The back.

Although originally made to go in the remodeled office, this has been my go-to quilt during surgery recovery.  I LOVE it!

 It will make it's way to the office eventually, but for now, I'm loving snuggling under it!

Do you always pre-wash your fabrics?  I used to, but lately haven't.  I find it easier to cut and easier to piece fabrics that haven't been washed, but I especially love washing it and seeing how it turns out.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It grew on me...

I wanted to make a black, white, and red quilt.  I found some fabrics that I liked, and just had to figure out what to do with them.

I figured a simple pattern would be best.  So I just did a trip around the world on point.

Well, when I got the top done, I didn't like it.  Has that ever happened to you?  You plan something, and get it nearly done, and then don't care for it?

I figured I'd use it as a practice piece for the long arm, and backed it with something else that I didn't really care for.  Since I didn't really like the front, I couldn't see putting a great back on it!

I used it as practice, and quilted it all over with a loopy pattern, and really had a good time playing with it.

And was glad when it was done!

But funny thing - when it was done AND BOUND, I didn't hate it so much.  It grew on me...

I'll admit that it's not a quilt I could cuddle under and relax.  But it's perfect for throwing in the camper, or the back of the car.  Using it for a picnic quilt or just general purpose.  In fact, we used it Labor Day weekend when we went camping and someone sitting outside was cold.  Threw it around her shoulders, and it warmed her right up.  So all is not lost.

Have you ever made anything that you REALLY didn't like, but it eventually grew on you?


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What? Did I miss something?

Yeah, I've been MIA again.  Kinda, but not really...  I've been reading all my favorite blogs, just not writing.

I'll blame it on being a little busy, but also on feeling like I didn't have anything to say.

Now I'm recovering from surgery, and am getting to the bored point.  It's only been 5 days, and I'm bored.  I still can't move a whole lot, and am still in a fair amount of pain, so sewing is out for now.

And frankly, you guys aren't posting any more than normal, so I don't have any EXTRA reading material.    Can you all just step it up a bit?  If all of my favorite blogs did one extra blog post a day, well, then I'd hardly be bored at all...  Yeah, I know it's a lot to ask, but it's for my sanity after all.  And what's one extra post a day??? (Asked by someone who hasn't posted 6 weeks????)

Fine.  Keep up the normal pace.  I'll try to catch up on a few posts that I've been meaning to write.  And share some of the happenings from the last few weeks.