Archive for April, 2008

In Search of Frankie Pincushion

A while back, I made myself a chicken pincushion, which I named Frankie after my favorite rooster who passed away last year:

Frankie (the real chicken) was also black and white with a big red comb. He was the most gentle chicken you might ever imagine meeting. He would sleep in my lap, let me tug on his wattles and give him “chicken kisses” on the beak. And he loved being scratched on the back of his neck. And he came when you called him. He was so cool. There will never be another chicken like Frank.

But I digress…

Quilting with cats can be interesting, to say the least. They always seem to have an opinion about which fabric you should use, and heaven forbid you make a mistake, because they’ll just stare at you, and you know exactly what they’re thinking.

So I’ve moved most of my quilting stuff into the bedroom, and I did some quilting today (much to the cat’s delight, because you know she needed something to criticize), and then made dinner for my son and myself. When I came back, Frankie Pincushion was gone. I was a little worried, because 1) he’s full of pins, and 2) he’s special. So I frantically looked all over the bedroom, under the bed, in my wardrobe, in the bathroom cabinets, and could not find him. You see, I have one cat who got fixed while she was in heat, and I guess that’s a bad idea, because ever since then she steals stuffed animals and hides them (thinking they’re her babies). Just when I had about given up, I found Frankie Pincushion stuck behind my quilting desk next to the wall. Whew. Disaster averted once again. All in a day’s quilting.

Baby Quilt #2

Today I started on baby quilt #2, which is for a boy. I played around with half-square string blocks in Electric Quilt, and came up with something along these lines:

Then I did the blue string blocks, which looked like this before being cut (ew!):

And after (much better!):

Tomorrow I’ll cut out the solid blocks and it should be pretty quick to put the heart of the top together.

My son and I also made his very first quilt today! He’s 3, so it was quite an accomplishment. He picked out a background fabric, which I cut about the size of a sheet of paper, and then told me what colors he wanted to use. So I used fusible web on the back of several pieces of fabric, cut them up into different shapes, and let him stick them to the background. Then I fused the pieces down and let him color all over it with my fabric markers. I finished the quilt for him by quilting, backing, and binding it and adding a label. He was so proud! Hey, if you’ve got one of those kids that always wants to “help” you quilt, this is a great project for them! Older kids could make actual pictures and cut out their own shapes themselves. It was fun and a great way for him to pass the time while Mom was busy making those string blocks! Not that I can take all the credit for this idea, though. I picked up Laura Wasilowski’s book Fusing Fun and thought, hmmm, this could work with kids, too!

A Work in Progress

Well, I’ve started working on my favorite quilting links page, the first of which is a whole bunch of links to free patterns found on the web. Maybe I should put each page separately? That might be easier than one giant page of links.

It’s Friday, and I’ve just read that our beloved playgroup coordinator wants to have the baby shower (for three woman all due around the same time!) on May 8. That’s one day before my birthday! My big 4-0 birthday. Oh well, that means I need to get two more baby quilts done before then. This is the first one I finished. It’s a rag quilt for one of the three who doesn’t want to know the sex of the baby before he/she is born (but I’m thinking boy here). I went with bright colors, and included a fabric of VW Bugs because her husband gave her a new one last year. This was a fun, quick, quilt-as-you-go quilt that only took me about 5 hours from start to finish.

The front of the quilt (raggy side)

The back of the quilt (smooth side); I like how it’s reversible, too.

A closeup of the bug fabric.

It’s Friday, and my plan for the weekend is to move my quilting table, machine and everything into our master bedroom. Sigh. I thought that when we moved into this big old house, I’d be able to have my own quilting space in the washroom, but it turns out that there are big spaces between the roof and the walls and that the door from the washroom to the garage is only a screen door (and the garage doesn’t have a garage door), and it’s so dusty here where we moved (Grecia, Costa Rica, in case you’re wondering), that I have dust all over everything in my “workroom.” Dust on my fabric, dust on my machine, dust on my table, dust dust dust everywhere. I feel like I may have a small inkling of what pioneers who lived through the Dust Bowl felt. So, my sewing room is coming out of there and into the master bedroom. Fine by me. At least it’s not dusty in there!

There goes the block, take 2

Well, my quilty blog over at Serial Quilters seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth for good, so I’ve switched over to WordPress, which is so pretty and nice and hopefully permanent. I’m going to try to go back and resurrect some of my old posts from there and stick them here, but at any rate, here I am!