Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Florentine Fancy - Update

Slowly but surely I've been working on my Florentine Fancy Quilt.  It took a back burner while we were getting ready for/on vacation so it's not as far along as I would like, and with the beautiful weather we've had I've not really wanted to hang out in my sewing room.  I know, crazy.

One of my problems is I also keep getting side tracked.  I don't know about you, but I get going and am whizzing along then something (usually someone) comes in and interrupts me and then I can't get back in the groove.
Can you spot the mistake?

Another thing that's slowing me is all the marking, and the fact that I can't waste fabric, so when I sew a corner triangle using a square, of which there are a great many in this pattern, (not sure the name of it, but the same technique as half square triangles)I have to sew a second seam to get the half square triangle. All of that is eating up my time, but they're looking pretty good

So today I finished the main body, matching up all the corners and angles has been a bugger but I'm rather surprised at how nice it's turned out.   It's still not my style but it's not the eyesore I thought it would be.  Now I just need to get the borders done then it's on to quilting and binding.

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Love Mail!

It's like Christmas, look what arrived!!
 I've been wanting to improve my apparel sewing skills for a while and designing my own clothing has been on my list of things to learn how to do for a long while.  Baby steps right?  

Saturday, July 23, 2011


I mentioned that we recently went to Venice Beach, California for a family vacation, my fiance, daughter and me.  This was the second time going and we just love it.  We stay with a friend so don't have to worry about money for a hotel and the location couldn't be better, being just a block away from Venice Beach.
One of the things I love about that area is that everything is so consolidated, almost everything is within walking distance.  
While the ocean was much too cold for swimming we had lots of fun playing in the surf.
And we found all sorts of interesting things.

Of course we did a lot of window shopping and I found inspiration in this adorable top. I'm now on the lookout for a cute, cotton, border print so I can hopefully duplicate it.

 Of course we saw some oddities as well. This guy looked so hot! (No pun intended)
The beach was beautiful and the weather was perfect the whole time we were there, amazing blue skies.
The whole thing was so relaxing, there was lots of time for this,
. . .and this. :-D

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Leaves

I always seem to hold off posting until I have what I think is something comparable to what others achieve.  You may have noticed that my posts are few and far between which is about as interesting as watching paint dry if you ask around.

As much as I would like to accomplish more I have to realize that I work and go to school as well as being in the military reserves and being a mom, that makes a pretty full plate. Most of all I need to stop comparing myself to others. 
I really enjoy writing, and when I started this blog it was going to be about my life and the serendipity that made it unique to me, basically an online journal.  As I started reading more and more blogs I decided that I wanted it to become a crafty/quilty blog, but now I'm thinking that I'm going to go back to my roots so to speak.  I'm not giving up my crafting or quilting by any means, I'm just rounding things out more. Consider yourself warned.
Now on with life.
 Happy Feet!

I just got back from a lovely vacation to California and experienced the happiest moment of my life.  We were on the beach, at sunset, when my wonderful boyfriend got down on his knees and asked me to become his wife.  After opening and shutting my mouth like a beached fish without managing to get a word out I nodded a heartfelt yes.  So, I'M  ENGAGED!!!!
 Pretty Pretty!!!

Honestly I can hardly believe it, and keep checking my finger for the ring.  It hasn't disappeared yet so I guess I'm not dreaming. 
We're looking at next summer for the wedding, there isn't enough summer left to plan and save and I refuse to get married when it's cold. 
So that's the latest and greatest goings on here.  Expect more from me

Saturday, July 2, 2011

False Starts and a New Project

I hope it doesn't set the tone of the whole quilt when you cut the first fabric completely wrong. 

I finally got some time to start cutting out the Florentine Fancy quilt.  The fabrics are numbered so I've got an M6029 white and an M6029 Black...I grabbed the black when I should have the white and started cutting, not sure what I was thinking on that one.  Good thing there's more where it came from.  Also, the sample quilt shows that there's been some fussy cutting done but the pattern doesn't mention it at all so we'll have to see how that works with the yardage.  

On a happier note, I get to make this quilt by Warren Kimble and will probably end up teaching a class on it,  It on the whole much more me.  We don't have this fabric line though so I get to find something else to created it with and I'm really looking forward to it.  (I adore the mitered corners.)
Free pattern found here.