Friday, November 16, 2012

Brutus's First Time Helping

Wine of the Day: Zenato - Cormi - Corvina Merlot

Well I did what I said I was going to do and ripped out most of the quilting I had done.  I only left about 3 lines, unstuck the backing from the batting, laid it really flat, pinned the crap out of it and started again.  Who knew that seam ripping would actually take longer than sewing???  I had plenty of help though.

My usual helpers: Lucy and Kahlua.

My new helper: Brutus.
They were all kind enough to lay on the quilt and hold it flat for me as I pinned it.  Then Brutus got distracted.

And, Kahlua decided to lay down on the job.  Unfortunately, she wanted to lay behind the machine as I was trying to quilt causing quite the backup.

I think it's safe to say that she was done being a helper for the night.  Somehow I managed to get all my lines sewn though.  The back fabric is much flatter with hardly any puckering now.  I am very glad that I took the time and effort to redo it.  I think the edging will be much easier to sew now.  Not to mention that the quilt will look much nicer too!  Here are some close up images of the fabrics used.

Lastly, I trimmed all the edges so they are ready for the edging.  I am hoping to complete it by our next book club date, which is November 29th.  Wish me luck!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quilted Holiday Saying Banners

Wine of the Day: Nothing.  Donated blood.

I've had another holiday decoration idea! 

Quilted Holiday Saying Banners

This one comes from Basket Full of Cherries on Etsy.  The burlap is a great natural material.  I think this would look lovely hanging from a mantle with maybe some pine cones and garland to add to the rustic, natural feel. I also like that it is red and green without being "christmas red and green".

This is another great example using the burlap natural look.  This one is from Thrown Together on Etsy.  It looks like this one has the letters painted on too.  This could be a fun project to do with friends that are not big into sewing or quilting.  I have a few friends in mind!

This is a great idea too!  Paper Junkies on Etsy made this out of paper.  I could easily do this out of felt I think though. Make each letter just like these ornaments and then just string them all together. 

Happy Holidays y'all!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Welcome Brutus

Wine of the Day: Potomac Point - La Belle Vie

We have added a new member to the family.  His name is Brutus.  He is a 9 week old gray tabby.  Very sweet and always purring.  Lucy has warmed up to him quickly but Bria and Kahlua are still getting used to him.  I know his sisters will love him as much as we do soon :)

Happy Veteran's Day

Wine of the Day: Hard Cider

Thank you to all the Veterans out there!  We appreciate all that you do for this country. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Wine of the Day: The Winery at Olney - Cabernet Sauvignon

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with this problem, at least I hope not.  So, I have started to do the quilting part for the baby blanket.  I am using this:

I used this on my first quilt and it worked great.  I don't know why it isn't working as great for this one.  Maybe the batting wasn't as flat to begin with...  I have no idea.

Anyways, I am now in the process of taking out half of what I have done b/c the backing fabric has bunched up.   I have already redone a few rows.  Now I have noticed that if I were to try to sew on the edging there would be places that I would have to fold over the fabric.  Back to the drawing board. 

Plan B is to leave in half of what I have already done, redo the other half and then reevaluate the first half.  I still like the idea of this spray so I am going to combine this with pinning and see if I can get the back flattened out as desired. Also, maybe iron all of it together before pinning??  Any ideas are welcome!

Let's hope I don't need a Plan C!


Thursday, November 1, 2012


Wine of the Day: Yellow Tail - Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend

happy halloween
love, Kahlua