Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yes, it is a mess

and I know it. Since I have not been able to decide what to work on I have been sort of working on several things at one time and the result is a real mess. Does it make you feel at home or make you want to run screaming from the room? I started working on Midnight Silhouette -- see the pattern there? I have had the pattern for a while and had been collecting blacks. I cut the black pieces out a year or so ago and since I needed black for something else I decided to make this so I would know how much black is left for whatever it was I needed it for. I then decided that I didn't want to applique all the house pieces so I actually did MATH and cut and sewed the basic house pieces into one big piece that I will applique using fusible web around the edges and blanket stitch. At least I will once I climb up and get my fusible web down. That seems to be a stumbling block right now so I started in on the star blocks. See them there piled on the table next to my machine?

Of course I am making it take a long time because I am making the little extra squares when you cut the diagonal off. Do you do this? I am making myself sew them as sometimes I just cut them and through them in the bucket called little half square triangles to be. They are likely to be "to be" forever as the thought of diving into that bucket and sewing them together is not at all attractive. Much better to do it as you go along, don't you think?

I am also in the middle of working on this. It is from a "Quiltmania" magazine. I fell in love when I saw it and had gathered all the fabrics but that was as far as I got. Again I didn't want to applique every house so I did more MATH and cut the house larger so I could sew them together in a strip and then applique the funky pieces that are not seam-able and the roofs and doors and stuff. I think it will work out okay.

I had finished the center checkerboard a week or so ago. I like it a lot although now that I have seen it and thought of the perfect place to hang it it is a little too wide for the spot. I will need to cut one row off. But now I need to decide if I take a row off both directions so it is still a square or just on one direction so it is a rectangle. Decisions, decisions! I certainly am making it harder on myself -- no wonder I have not gotten much done! I really like the brown, black and grey in this quilt.

Mr THQ and I did a little thrifting yesterday. He found these books which were all priced for $1.00! Usually the quilting and craft book hunting at this thrift store is good but they are usually $2-$3 each. These were really a bargain! Each of them has a cute quilt or two in them. I like the can of worms title, don't you? She was making 2 1/2" strips before 2 1/2" strips were cool.

June is coming up quickly and there are 3 quilt shows in the area in June. Maybe quilt show immersion will inspire me to get going on my own things. I sure hope so. Talk to you soon.


  1. You have a lot of great starts there. Can't wait to see a finish.
    Ha, your "mess" looks tidy compared to my sewing room.

  2. That's a quilt I would like. The houses on each end of the checkerboard design is wonderful. I like houses on quilts. You are tackling the house part of the design in a unique way. Whatever gets the job done!