Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another binding done!

I was hired to do another binding on a wallhanging.
And it's done!  Hurray!
I would have gotten it done 2 days ago, but 2 days this week I came home from work and I didn't have enough mental energy to pet the cat!
I usually hand stitch that corner miter fold closed on both sides.  I've noticed that you can really tell when I sew it down because the thread alters that nice fold line.  So this one I didn't stitch the front, only the back.
Maybe I need to start collecting silk thread for stitching the miters.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Teach yourself Facebook in 10 minutes.

Sams Teach Yourself Facebook in 10 Minutes (2nd Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes)
I've been working on the Facebook Group and Page for Minnesota Quilters.
But what I want to know is how does a 200 page book teach you facebook in 10 minutes?
Guess I'll have to read really fast because it's not a picture book.

Tried Nancy Birgers binding technique

 I don't think this is exactly how it should look if I followed her instructions precisely...which I didn't.
First I prepped the binding with the colors the wrong way.  It would have been an orange binding with a teal-ish piping.
So then I had to do alot of messing around, which included starting to sew it on and the piping part was too big.  So I ripped that out.
I think in the end it's okay.
But I'm going to have to talk to Nancy Birger again.
And you know Nancy Birger hates to talk to anybody.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I taught Jenna her first driving lesson up at the farm.

Jenna is so happy to drive in circles!

Everyone watching us drive around in circles

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quilt Binding Complete

Another one binds the quilt,
Another one binds the quilt,
And another one bound and another one bound,
Another one binds the quilt!
Hey, I'm gonna bind you too!  Another one binds the quilt!

Yeah, I know, I need more sleep...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back in the sewing room again!

The letter S for MCQ, approx 3" x 10", stitched embroidery floss and fiber by hand.
 "And it's about time!"
Minnesota Contemporary Quilters needs a banner.  Kathy Faust has designed a way for 26 of MCQ Members to each make a piece of that banner by creating a unique system that was inspired by the spectacular River Quilt made by the St Cloud Quilters (pictured farther down). 
At the last MCQ meeting Kathy arranged to draw the names of the hopeful participants (so it would be fair) for each person to come up and pick out the letter they wanted, mine included the blue fabric. 
S is for Svedberg.  Of course!
Kathy wants to sew the individual pieces together side by side, so the sides of my piece are actually unsewn and only basted for my picture. 
Easily undone with the pull of a thread.

The lighting in this picture is dreadful.  The 16 Quilters each got a 'pattern' with the width of the piece, the marks for where the river must start on the left side and marks for where it would end on the right side; and the rest of the sheet was blank!  Each quilter decided the height and where the river went within those boundaries. 
The different styles of interpretation were fascinating, the level of skill was impressive, and the variety of technique covered almost everything out there!  Each piece was numbered and had to go back in that order for the river to flow; and yet the cohesiveness was beautiful.
The only constant between them is the river, and even the river was interpreted with different techniques in each piece.
I'll update this post tomorrow with more credit towards the River Quilt.