PosyMosey's Blog

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I’m Back and Motivated February 24, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Goals,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 5:06 pm

here are some of the things I’ve been making-

We finally bought a new desktop to replace our aging laptop.  (yes, I know most people go the other direction, but this is what worked best for us!) Hopefully it will improve my ability to get online and stay on! Yea!!!

We also bought a beautiful computer desk that is full of storage and has made all the difference in our Living room/computer area. It is actually starting to look like a room someone could visit and not an embarrassing and  hideous hodgepodge of mismatched junk. I am going to finish this room and keep going.  the improvement has really motivated me to get our house to be more of a “home” even if it is a (hopefully) temporary rental. It struck me as really sad that I am now past 40, but my house has no sense of style or continuity. That has to change. I may not want to grow up myself,  but I do want a lovely grown-up style home!

I am going to be sewing. LOTS of sewing. Soon I will be getting my I-Spy fabrics and making a quilt. I have a bunch of darling fabrics to make clothes for the little girls. I also hope to get some home decorating projects completed

Here are some of the things I have planned for the near future-

Market Skirt

The Can-Can Skirt (this is planned for Easter and I have to order the fabric so I better get my keister in gear!)

Ruffled Pillows -As in- the Snow Ruffled Pillow but maybe not white!

Family Rules Canvas – I love the idea, but I want to do something more modern. I’m thinking subway sign style… Or maybe just a simple color scheme.

and for my sad little 3″ mistake squares – Several I-Spy place mats with chalkboard fabric backs.

Plus a bunch of painting- walls, furniture, lamps – pretty much anything not able to get up and walk away will be fair game!

Whew, I’m tired already… I need a Coke!

 

Confession… January 28, 2010

Ok, now that everything is fixed I have a confession to make.
I was so excited to be a part of my first swap.
I bought some great fabrics.
I cut squares. I cut some more squares.
I fussy cut 40 squares. (Hey this is a big deal for a newbie like me!!! They take forever!) I was so proud of the little stacks of squares on my dining room table. I took pictures of them (see!)

I packed them up and got ready to head off to the post office.
I got online to find Wendy’s address to mail my little beauties Down Under.
I scanned the e-mail instructions.
Something caught my eye.
Something I didn’t expect.
A number.
4
As in 4″ squares.
Somewhere along the line 3″ squares lodged in my brain and 3″ squares is what I cut.
200 now unusable (for this project anyway) 3″ squares.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to quit. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. This just topped it off.
With some sympathy and encouragement from my dear husband, I hiked up my big girl panties and headed out to the fabric store – the really nice one- where I bought new fabrics (and another confession- some extra fabric not for the swap)
I went home and cut like crazy.
I discovered that 4″ squares are way easier to cut than 3″ squares.
I packed up the 4 ” squares and sent my husband to the post office with them.
After he left I realized I forgot to take a picture of them, so here is a picture of the scraps.

Any ideas for what I can do with 200 3″ squares of  i-spy type fabric?

 

Cutting Lots and Lots and LOTS of little bitty squares makes me crazy! January 25, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 2:00 pm

I am going to finish this swap cutting, really I am. I am just going to curse my fabric choices royally along the way. I had to fussy cut 2 of the fabrics and it took FOREVER!!! (and I snapped at my little sweeties more than once for trying to “help”). It doesn’t help that I am very new to all this quilting business so I had no idea what I was really doing so messed up more than a couple of nearly finished squares. I actually had 2 others that I belatedly realized were going to require fussy cutting also, so they were relegated to the ever-growing pile of “cute fabrics without a particular purpose” and I am heading to the fabric store to find a couple of non-stressful smallish all over prints. Not that I mind HAVING to go fabric shopping… I will have the collection out in the mail tomorrow – I PROMISE!!!

 

My first ever Swap!! January 20, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 9:25 am
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I am so excited! I impulsively joined my first ever swap last night! It’s the “Let’s Play… I Spy Swap” being held by Wendy over at hARTylittlepeaces and I am beside myself with excitement for this! I am a little intimidated by the prospect of cutting 200 4″ squares. I will certainly get lots of practice with my rotary cutter! I have a few fabrics in my stash but I am really looking forward to scouring the fabric store for some interesting designs. Hopefully I will get to go this afternoon (*crossing fingers!*).

Of course, in my blogging newbieness, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the button in my sidebar, but I am working on it.

 

Beginning Quilting in the Deep Water July 19, 2009

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Tangled Web - Adventures with yarn — Posymosey @ 3:31 pm

I don’t generally start things like most people. Most people start with the basics, do an easy project to perfect their skills and move up a gradual incline of more and more difficult projects. I, on the other hand just pick something I love and start there, figuring it out as I go. One example – Most people start knitting by making a scarf or something similar in one or two basic stitches, I started with a wrap-style multi-colored fair isle sweater for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well considering I had never read a pattern.

I also HATE to do things over, since I have little time to craft.  I would much rather work a mistake into the design if at all possible, than to undo my work and start over.  When I made the sweater I knit the fair isle design backwards since I had not been schooled on the details of reading a knitting pattern, but it just made it a bit more unique.
So, with that in mind, I embark on quilting. I am going to jump into the Deep Water head first and hope I can figure it out. My mom loaned me Denyse Schmidt Quilts and I have spent far too much time surfing the internet looking at blogs, tutorials and fabrics. by the end of today I hope to have finalized my plan for my first quilt.

Stay Tuned!!!