I was able to finish Jack's Skateboard Quilt top! It's hanging in our skateboard shop as this is a big weekend in downtown Gig Harbor - the Maritime Gig Festival. There will be lots of people in and out of our shop. I made flyers about the quilt for custom orders. Why not? I need money to support this fabric addiction of mine!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Getting so close to finishing Jack's quilt top! A quilt that doesn't have pink in it...yes! This Saturday is the Maritime Parade here in Gig Harbor. It goes right by the front of our house, so awesome. All of our friends come out of the woodwork to visit us that day and park their chairs in our front lawn. I'll be serving Mimosas. I can't wait. This called for a pause in sewing to clean up our house. I love peonies, they smell so good. Got these at Costco and added flowers from our yard.
Have you seen Flickr lately? They have made some fantastic updates. I'm still an Instagram junkie. My blog posts have slowed down because of that. I'm creating a couple of IG albums by hash tagging. One is Jack skateboarding called #jackatpark and the other is of Jack's drawings called #jackmyartist. One day I will print the groups and have albums to give Jack from his childhood of his progression in his skating and his art.
I made Jack's teacher a paella and I took photos of all the steps for a blog post. I need to get that finished. I look forward to documenting that process for the kids. It is their favorite dish that I make.
I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday, the button is in my sidebar - go have a look!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Skateboarding is a big part of life around here. Our family has a skateboard shop here in town. Our sons have grown up skateboarding. Mitch has gone from that to long boarding, less tricks more hills. He also has a "dancer" which means you step around on it while you glide. He took several long boards to college as they were his mode of transportation around campus.
Jack is into park skating. He loves to do tricks in big bowls and fly into the flats. For Jack, it's his #1 passion. Last year he drew a sketch of a skateboard quilt he hoped I would make. I made a block - which became a pillow - and was side tracked from there. I'm a great starter but a horrible finisher! When my Mom came to visit she encouraged me to work on it some more. She and I cut out the fabric pieces to assemble 10 more blocks. I now have them all stitched together! I'm putting them in a log cabin framing next. I can see the finish line ahead!
Duke is quite the couch hog, so we manage to share the couch with him. His face keeps getting more and more gray specks of fur on it. I am begging him to slow down the aging process. He will be 8 in June. He still has plenty of spunk in him - loves his walks, barks for treats by his treat bowl, nudges my leg when I am cooking bacon and eggs, sticks his head through the sunroof when we are driving. I love him!
Hand stitching those circles is slowly coming along. How about that color pallet? It's new for me.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I'm sewing up a table runner with Liberty fabric - my Liberty challenge "progress report" is today! I decided to try plastic hexagon templates. The instructions say to use a gathering stitch on the back. I am used to just tacking corners on paper templates. This presented a challenge as the fabric would slip around the plastic. I'm not sure I like the plastic! Any tips?
I really enjoy the circle appliqué! Mom and I had a rhythm going while she was here. We used the AMH technique for the circles, wrapping fabric around cardboard, then foil, then iron. I cut the circles, mom wrapped and foiled them, then I would press them. This is the quilt I mentioned on IG that is a "new" color scheme for me! It's softer colors and has more blue than usual.
Mom axed her original green, yellow and salmon plan (after sewing two blocks - lol!) and went with red, gray and black. She is making this quilt for my brother. My Dad has texted me pictures (proof) that she is now working on it back at her home. Go Mom!
Before I mentioned I might make party favors for the friends who came over for Mom's birthday party. I did! They are fabric candy bowls. Here's one:
It's porch weather here! Mitch is home for the summer from college. This is the time of year that those of us who live in the Pacific North West of the United States LIVE for! Sunny days, 70 degree weather and our rhododendrons (state flower) are in full bloom. We have pink, red, white and peach ones surrounding our front porch. Duke loves to hang out there and doesn't go down the steps unless he is told he can. Wine on the porch anyone? Mitch always says "yes!"
I'm linking up to the Liberty challenge at Bold Goods!