Wednesday, September 28, 2016


I bought this super-cute Moda panel (Thicket, by Gingiber) to make a quick baby quilt for a sort-of relative (step-sister-in-law's ex-husband's new wife's baby!)

 I soaked it in warm water for a minute or two and then tossed it in the dryer with some other laundry -- and it color-transferred all over itself! You can see owl feathers in the space that's supposed to be blank. 

I have never had any luck getting this kind of thing clean, but maybe there's a process I don't know about?    (I'm going to zigzag the edges so they don't shred, and try washing it once with a color catcher -- but please, please let me know if you have other ideas about how to fix this.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

meager red sighting...

I've been AWOL from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge the last few months but decided to try to catch up a bit... so far all I've accomplished is this big scrappy star block:

and a handful of Barn Door blocks for this month's Block Lotto:

Other than that, I've been tech-editing a book of bags & pouches and made a few samples that I can't show yet, and pulled together this quilt top from a pattern called Ribbon Box Quilt that I found on the Cloud 9 website -- they have a bunch of interesting free patterns:

In cat news -- Lucy and Linus have discovered sewing!  I walked in on this scene a few mornings ago -- it's the first time I've seen them take an interest.

I found a fun book at the library called Cats in Hats by Sara Thomas and pulled out some yarn leftovers right away. My guys would never sit still for hats, but I found a couple of semi-willing subjects at Cat Town. Here's Jamie sporting a punk faux-hawk:
and Sinatra (he's got fabulous blue eyes!) in his party hat:

(no cats were harmed in the making of these photos...)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quilty Orphan Adoption Event!

 Cynthia over at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework is hosting her semi-annual orphan adoption event -- where you have the opportunity to give away something that's been weighing on you because you know you'll never finish/use it for whatever reason.

This time around I'm not giving away a project per se -- rather it's a big pile of 2" strips that you can use to start your own project.

A few years ago I started cutting all my scraps into various sized strips and squares, and I actually do use the squares... but I just haven't gotten into using strips and they just keep piling up and they're beginning to feel like an albatross. So!  I will cram all of these into a priority box and gift them to someone who LIKES using strips.  Some of these are full WOF and some are shorter strips. It's a wide variety of fabric.   

Let me know if you're interested and what you might start using them for, and I'll draw a name.  Sorry -- mailing to U.S. only for this one. I'll draw a name on Monday, Sept 19 in early evening Pacific Time.