Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Do Over

Isn't it nice when life allows you to get a "do over"?? With a little help from my friends...(cue song)... I was able to re-do the convergence quilt and get it right.
I did make one minor miscut, but it worked itself out and I'm satisfied with the final result.
Now, I will endeavor to enlarge the thing so I can make something useful out of it. I may try to do something along the lines of Sharon's version. It's too cool for words! I love how that looks and hope I can come at least close to it. She's always an inspiration to me.


Here is my rendition of Sharon's idea. I'm crushing on this thing and want to keep adding. Must find some fabric that will go with it, if not more of the same... having a good time!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Converging Callas

What a wonderful Lord's day!! Spent some study time with Him at His house this morning and came home to enjoy the weather while mowing. *snicker* Still, it felt good, as I haven't actually mowed in years. SR does it, but I thought I'd help him out today.

After coming in and resting some, I sat down at the good old sewing machine and began painting my convergence quilt with thread. I didn't intend to finish it, but once I got started, I couldn't stop.
The stitches are pretty tight, so it kind of buckles a little in places, and the seams are pulled in others.
It doesn't lay exactly flat, unless I smooth it with my hands, so trying to figure out how to bind it so it will hang nicely will be a major chore. I considered framing it, but I really don't want to go to the expense of buying a large enough frame.

It has its little quirks, but all in all, I'm pretty pumped at how it turned out.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Converging Modification

Ok, so my first attempt at convergence didn't pan out. Mainly because I didn't buy the book and was trying to follow along with Tonya and Linda the best I could without it. Lesson learned.  Because of that, I decided to do something different. Partially because of suggestions and encouragement I received from you wonderful blogger ladies!!

I didn't even worry about matching up the seams or which way they were pressed because I had a plan. And I wanted to enjoy the process and get to the good part.
It's pretty obvious that I cut it wrong, and didn't sweat the matching stuff...
It could have been worse and viewed from a distance, it's not so bad but this is what I did to it...
I can't wait to get to the quilting part, maybe even try some thread painting as some of you ladies do. I can't hope to be as good at it, but it will be a fun thing to try.

I do have more fabric and I'm going to try the proper way to do convergence in the days ahead. It's kinda fun and I want to get it right.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Little Success

Ok, so I'm back from the LQS and I made some purchases. Not all of what I intended, but picked up some cool Christmas fabric.
I just couldn't pass this "Jolly" thing. I'm thinking I'll make a wall hanging out of the top part and possibly be able to figure out putting the other pieces together for a runner.
I plan to use the tree fabric to make a topper for my dining table. I already have a pattern picked out and saved to my files. I learned my lesson with the convergence fail. :/
I couldn't match or find anything close to the fabric I need more of, for my summer quilt project, so I found some clearance fabric that will work and I'll just start over with that. You can see it in the lower left hand corner of the top photo.

I didn't find what I wanted for my commission project but I know what I want now. I just have to travel to LR to get it, if I don't decide to order it online. Seems like the cost of shipping will be about the same as the gas money to LR... Oh well.

I'm Failing

I decided to post my lackluster convergence project. I'm following Tonya and Linda as they are doing a convergence quilt, but I didn't buy the book they are working through. I really should because just following along is not working for me....I'm failing.

I didn't plan to post about it at all, but decided I'd just go ahead and show the whole world what a ditz I am. *smirk* My first mess up was not cutting the strips in more obvious gradient sizes. Second mess up was sewing them together, same size strips beside each other instead of alternating them.

I think I've messed up by not cutting the gradients right AGAIN. This just doesn't look right to me.
But you know what? (A collective "WHAT?!")
I'm just gonna go with it. If it doesn't look like I want it to, at least I like the colors and I can make a table topper or pillow or something out of it. It's a learning experience eh? And will teach me to BUY THE BOOK. Sheesh.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Projects in the Works and Christmas in July

I mentioned a few posts ago that I wanted to make a summer quilt top by hand. And so I dug around in my fabric cabinet to see what I had. I bought some charm squares for a project I changed my mind on, and they seemed perfect for what I wanted to do. I found a pattern that was called Winding-Vines...
Don't ask me where because I don't remember. I've started naming my files by where I found them, but failed with this one. Isn't it pretty? But, I'm leaving out the green and using brown in its place.
I was pretty pumped until I got started and realized I didn't have anywhere near enough of the dark rust squares...had to put that on the back burner until I find something I like that will match or I can start over with. Oh well. I was going to take my time with it anyway.

Next I saw Sharon's post mentioning postage stamp blocks and thought I'd try my hand at that. Cutting and cutting and well... more cutting.
 I'm doing these by hand too and just sitting with the husband as he watches tv while I sew away. It's relaxing and easy to do. Eventually, I'll make a twin size quilt for the bed in my sewing room. I think it will be really pretty when I'm done.

I've been following Tonya's posts about her working up a convergence quilt. I'm going to experiment and try my hand at it. I'll let you know if it turns out decent enough to post about.

As far as Christmas projects go, aside from my guest post on Snoodles blog, I finished putting together a pillow. So this will be my Christmas in July project.
 It's made pieces of a sweater my Mom used to wear.  I sewed three of these last Christmas for my sisters and I had just enough left for myself. (finally) All of the fabric I used to piece it together came from the stash she left. It means a lot to me and I will remember her love of all things Christmas when I put it out in December. It will be our second Christmas without her.

Lots of things going through my head these days, but this is all I have going at present. I kinda need to work on something I mean to finish shortly, but can't think of anything that gets my blood pumping right now. My house needs some good cleaning anyway...ha!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fun on the 4th

There wasn't much going on around my neck of the woods for Independence Day, due to a drought and burn ban. No grilling, no fireworks, no nothing. I decided to work inside and do a bit of painting. Mr. BLines brought a wood pallet home from work, and I prettied it up as a house warming gift for J and K. They are closing on their new house tomorrow.
It's a really nice house and the best thing is that it is sooo much closer than where they used to live. Yippee!! But I digress...

I've seen razorback paintings everywhere and wanted to try my hand at one on a large scale. Something I see them hanging on their back porch.
So, here is what I came up with.
It was fun, but it was sure a lot of work to finish it in one day. I'm hoping to give it to them this weekend. Since they are both huge Arkansas Razorback fans, I'm sure they will like it.

Jingle All the Way...

Jingle you say? Yes, I do say! I'm guest posting at LilyPad Quilting today!! And you can see a Christmas ornament tutorial by yours truly. Hop on over and check it out, then let me know what you think.

Woo Hoo! I love Christmas!!