Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A lovely weekend

Not just a Lovely Weekend, I might just call it a Perfect Weekend. Much of every day of the long weekend was spent playing with fabric & sitting in front of my sewing machine. This sort of indulgence is a rarity for me & I really enjoyed it.

It began with an early & long gathering of the HMQG.

I admit, had I not committed to meet several guild members to join a carpool to the meeting, I might have blown it off. But, boy, would that have been my loss!

Jessica Darling, formerly of Remnants/Fiber Culture in Austin gave a lecture & led a workshop of color in quilts. Besides our Basic Sewing Supplies, we were instructed to bring scraps -- then ALL of our scraps were dumped into the center of the room -- making what Jessica called a "scrap mosh pit"; we picked our Color Party from the pile. Then we sewed. And sewed. And sewed.


On Sunday & Monday, I continued with my blocks from Saturday -- they're made & assembled, all they lack is one border & I have a top.


Earlier in the week, I had promised myself that I would assemble my Christmas tree blocks. The trees were all made, my back was assembled (I LOVE the back of this quilt, but you're going to have to wait a while to see it), then because it had outgrown my design door, I had pinned the back & the blocks to a quilt hanging in our hall.


But the Evil Demon Cat, Pippa (do NOT be taken in by her angelic publicity stills!) had, not once, not twice, but three times pulled down my trees. What the what, Crazy Girl!?! The first time she helped solve a design problem, the other times she just made me mad. So I had to put them together to remove Temptation. Now I have a Christmas Tree quilt top 3/4 done.


I hope your weekend was as good as mine!

9 comments:

O'Quilts said...

oh, my I am delighted that you had a good sewing weekend. U R right... that kind of weekend would be perfect. Congrats to Pippa for getting you going on that Valen...oh, sorry...Christmas tree quilt...I like it lots.

Rachaeldaisy said...

You Did have a fun weekend!! A mosh pit of scraps, that is so cool! I love the result, beautiful placement and lots of negative space for quilting. And I'm picturing Pippa juggling your tree blocks, you did well to get 3/4 of it together.

cauchy09 said...

sounds like a great time to me! hooray!

Odile said...

I just love the idea of a "scraps mountain" . To keep I'm mind for a further meeting...

Lorna Howells said...

I love your christmas tree quilt. I too have cats that do crazy things. One cat we had used to climb up the christmas tree. To stop it falling over we had to tie it to the curtain pole - the tree that is not the cat!! lol

cassie said...

That scrap quilt is awesome!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

Tonya Ricucci said...

oh, I know the feeling well of Demon Cats pulling down blocks from the design wall, er, surface. knock on wood, neither Annabelle nor Cooper have lunged for my blocks in well over a week. woohoo! your Color class blocks are fun!

amy and the bad cats said...

awww, beautiful helper cats aren't always so helpful, are they? at any rate, your quilt from the workshop is looking fantastic! i love the negative space - it never even occurred to me to do anything like that! can't wait to see the finished product!

Michele Bilyeu said...

I'm glad I am enjoying back reading your blog for your Pippa is the dopelganger of my Taffy who died in 1971 when my family home on an island in Alaska, burned to the ground. Taffy was awakened by the heat and noise of the fire and woke up the entire family who my dad continued the save by holding them and throwing them out of windows onto the shorter roof below and then jumping out himself, with burns. I was in in college but I can feel it, still. Yes, mine was not a demon but the angel to yours ;-)