as my wife said:
“Omfg, all the angry man screaming was worth it for that photo. Adorable. “
as my wife said:
“Omfg, all the angry man screaming was worth it for that photo. Adorable. “
I just mailed the quilt out to meet little Truman at his grandmother’s house (my mom) and hope to get some pictures of him enjoying it (puking on it) for Thanksgiving:)
Have a great Thanksgiving! and I will leave you with this:
**I actually made this project before the “Academy” quilt, but never got around to typing anything up – enjoy**
Contrary to popular belief, I have a few friends. Or at least my wife does. Some of them have babies, and some of them buy houses. In addition to some booze, I suggested to my wife that some custom dish towels might make a nice, useful house warming gift (I had just read an online tutorial about them!). So off to Joann’s we went and the wife picked out some fabric she felt would appeal to our friends.
Turns out terrycloth sheds like a bitch! (and by “bitch” I of course mean the horrible little furry piss-monkey of a dog that I love quite fiercely but who sheds constantly) But aside from that it was a very straight forward project. Cut this, cut that, sew this, turn inside out, iron, repeat. Check out the tutorial for REAL instructions – I thought it was well done.
I put a ribbon on the towels and off we went to a house warming party. There’s nothing quite like knowing the project you put your time and effort into is going to end up a filthy rag;)
Sue gave a short presentation of humorous quilting anecdotes that everyone (even me!) found entertaining. But perhaps that was because there was also complementary wine being drunk by most of the attendees;) My mom and I were not able to take any of the classes offered by Sue, but I can easily imagine she is a talented and engaging instructor.
(I took more pictures – you can find them HERE)
I’ve been a bit busy and have gotten woefully behind in my blogging, also, I was in a motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to be comfortable to type at my desk…
Anyway, to pick up where I left off – I DID finish my quilt by the deadline I set myself. Because I’m amazing.
Pinning the 3 layers together was no big deal. Then I trimmed it a little and began quilting. I had read the instructions for how much open area was too much for my particular batting, and decided to ONLY stitch-in-the-ditch. I soon discovered that stitching in the ditch was not as easy as I thought it would be. You have to be MORE patient and careful about making straight lines since there is a seam you’re following. I did pretty good, but had some misses -nothing to make me tear out any of the quilting.
Lastly, of course, was the edge binding. I had discussed this with my fab instructors because I’m not a fan of hand sewing. It’s so damn time-consuming!! But Patsy and Charlotte suggested (not altogether gently;) ) that I had done everything “correctly” up to this point it would be a shame to not finish like a champ. So I sucked it up, put some terrible movies on the computer and hand-sewed the last of the binding on. yes yes, hold your applause;)
[friend] Going to a couple breweries tonight to pick up a few things and maybe taste a few. Interested in coming?
[AQ] Can’t, leaving for quilting class right now.
[friend] That’s an excuse I will probably never hear again in my life.
I’m sorry to disappoint you but this blog is not dead. [yet]
For the past 5 weeks I’ve been taking a beginning quilting class through Sew Hut, taught by two lovely, but incorrigible, ladies: Charlotte and Patsy. I’d say Patsy is the feisty one, but they’re both pretty damn feisty.
First off, let me mention that the class is based on the book “Quilter’s Academy, vol 1” by Harriet & Carrie Hargrave. A fact I failed to realize until the night before the last class session even though I had bought the book on my teacher’s recommendations – Note To Self: Pay Better Attention. Second, while the book has some great information in it, I can’t express how fantastic Patsy and Charlotte were as instructors. The book alone might have gotten me pretty far, but C&P were invaluable with their extensive personal quilting experience, practical explanations, demonstrations, and help – especially when I fucked things up.
One of the most interesting things I learned during this class was about straightening fabric and tearing to get on grain orientation – important for maintaining precision with your piecing blocks. It was actually kind of fun tearing the fabric and showing it who is boss…
Until I got into my batique fabric. I was definitely not the boss then.
Side Note: Before this class I didn’t know what batique was. I had run out of time to buy my fabrics for the course, so I hurriedly selected some fabrics at Sew Hut solely based on color. Little did I know that although they are pretty, batiques are like the Siamese cat of quilting fabric – attractive, but evil.
I had a hell of a time straightening the batiques. Honestly, those were the only times I freaked out and wanted to stab something with my rotary cutter. Thank goodness for C&P – I’d bring in my batiques to class and they helped me sort that shit out.
Aside from the fabric squaring, everything else was pretty straightforward. I was introduced to chain stitching, proper ironing and pressing, etc. It is a fairly simple quilt, but I’ve been surprised at how long some of the steps take.
Last night was the final class session and the goal was squaring of the pieced block panel, and sewing the border on. I’m not usually one for tooting my own horn (keep your euphemisms to yourself), but when we checked my top for squareness it was DAMN NEAR PERFECT.
I blame my innate stupendousness (and my wonderful teachers).
At this point, the quilt top is complete.
I need to piece the backing together, pin the 3 layers together, quilt the thing, and bind the edges. No problem right?;) My goal is 98% finished by June 27th (next Friday) – I’m planning on taking it to a Sew Hut social gathering to see my feisty teachers and show them my progress… They said they have a few tricks left up their sleeves and I’m a sucker for magic.
A little known fact about me is that I’m a large man (some might say “Viking” sized). However, I’m often cold. Which is odd because you’d think my rage would keep me warm (it doesn’t). I also have a dirty, rotten, blanket stealing wife…
I know I have to get moving on my third and final baby blanket, but I found myself thinking, “To hell with the little babies, I need something for myself!”
I’ve been setting aside older, ill-fitting t-shirts that I don’t wear, but can’t get rid of for a while now. And I don’t really need any more shirts (the ABC shirt just had too perfect of a logo for sewing). Solution? T-shirt blanket. BOOM.
This was certainly no masterpiece. I picked up a 10″x14″ (pre-cut) piece of acrylic at Home Depot and used it to cut all the designs out of my t-shirts. I then stitched them (a double layer of the design and back of shirt for a blanket 2 layers of fabric thick) together with a stretch-stitch and called it a day (almost a day – I also cut strips out of the scraps to make the blanket longer – it’s about 80″Lx44″W).
I put this together pretty fast – basically as fast as my machine would go;) It’s not perfect, but it is sturdy, and INCREDIBLY timely. Not 8 hours after I finished this I found myself loosing a tug-of-war with my sleeping wife over the blankets. No problem! I busted out my new blanket. BOOM BABY.
I’m not much for motorcycle clubs, but I do love the Airhead Beemer Club. It’s a club for vintage air-cooled beemers, and I’m fortunate that San Diego has a fantastic chapter with amazingly great members. I owe these guys a lot for the help they’ve given me over the past few years…
ANYWAY, I shrunk my Airhead t-shirt. (or I got fatter, shut up.) But I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the shirt. Next best thing? Cut up the old shirt and sew the graphics onto a new shirt. BOOM BABY.
Got myself a $2 shirt from Joann’s, and carefully cut out the logos from the shrunk shirt and sewed them on the new one.
I took this opportunity to try a new stitch! a stretch zig zag.
This was a god dam fantastic idea. the shirt/logo combo retains its t-shirt stretchiness and I don’t have to worry about ripping the seams out:)
This was a big hit at the most recent tech day!
dirty couch pillows are a serious concern of mine. I know for a fact the dog drools on them, and I suspect she’s not the only one (cough*wife*cough cough). So I decided to make pillow covers for some pre-made 16’x16″ unfinished pillows I bought at Joann Fabrics…
I still have oodles of fleece left, and some ideas kicking around, and I came up with these yellow on yellow bubble minky pillow covers. they are very similar, so they match on the couch, but unique so I don’t get bored…
The first is just alternating stripes of fleece/minky with 3 buttons and a flap:
pillow #2 came about a week later and I played with using more scraps and trying some free-hand quilting of the fleece.
I think I over sew. I kind of do a double stitch. these pillows will never come apart…
I consider these a success! and the dog thinks they are adequate.