Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring to Finish Challenge 2010

Okay, so I didn't participate in this last year because I wasn't really sewing or doing much of anything at that time.  However, I did manage to start seeing (and following) a lot of blogs because of the projects I had seen that were finished on Flickr.

This year, I get to participate! 

I have a couple of quilts that I'd like to finish (probably 4 to be exact) - although I'm willing to concede that by finish, I mean I will do the tops and then send them off to be quilted.  Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

I also (desperately) need to finish the media center that I started way back here.  The side cabinets have been a thorn in my side for the last 2 months.  Time to get motivated again.

And the studio ... now that it's "finished" I really need to get going in there with organizing things and decorating it the way I want it.  Hello gnomes ...

So, those are my goals.  And you'll see over on the left that my finishes as up to a big fat, 1.  That's because today I managed to finally make the ironing board cover that I wanted for my studio.  Yay me!

Now, if you have your own list of things to get done around your house ... whether they're crafty projects, painting projects, building, whatever - you can join here:  Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I am humbled ...

Mr. Matt came to my house today and started doing this:

I am both amazed, and humbled, at how quick and efficient a tile guy can work when he knows what he's doing.  Mr. Matt is awesome (and if you're in my area and looking for any kind of work, let me know and I'll give you his info). 

To think that this room started like this, and is now becoming something so fantastic is just mind-boggling to me!  I was so overwhelmed before, thinking that I would be stuck with some God-awful ugly (and incorrectly built) room forever to work in - and quite frankly - refused to work in, because of how it was ... just ... wow.  That's about all I can say!

Mr. Matt thinks that he'll be done by Thursday, completely.  I can start moving stuff in very soon, after we have the AC guys come in and work their magic so that the room is cool this summer!  (Yeah, apparently the duct work is all kinds of messed up too) ...  *sigh*  If that gets fixed, that means I can finally yank off the foil from the skylight!!  YIPPEE!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


My comfort zone was tested this month. 

In one of my bees, I was asked to make a block featuring pieced circles. 

Pieced.  Circles.

Now, some of you may not know this, but I only started quilting last August.  That's less than a year ago.  I'm doing well to manage straight lines and only recently started doing an awesome job (if I do say so myself) of matching points.  But pieced circles?  No thanks.  They weren't anywhere near anything on my quilting radar to try.

But, I didn't want to disappoint, and I was lucky enough that another bee member posted a link to an AWESOME curved piecing tutorial.  So, I cut out the fabric, set my machine to sew as slow as possible (in case I screwed up), and got started.

And about 8 hours later (remember that I'm dealing with a toddler here, and a preteen that's home for spring break) I had this bad boy in all it's circle-y glory:

That's right.  It turns out, I can do pieced circles.  Is it perfect?  Heck no.  But, it's a good starting point for me and I think that I just *might* try this again in the future ... a table runner perhaps, but probably on a larger scale.  Smaller circles are hard.

I hope you enjoy your block, Melissa.  I didn't really know if I liked the fabric choice at first (it shouldn't matter to me anyway since it's your block and your choice), but I think it totally reminds me of some of the Pottery Barn fabrics I've been seeing around.  Like this one:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Winner - a little bit late!

We had some toddler tantrums tonight, which totally took my mind off of the giveaway. 

As I was laying in bed, replaying the day's events in my mind, I realized that I had failed to choose a winner for the Mill House Inn honey bun strips!  Without further delay, I got up, logged in, and the random number generator chose the number THREE as the winner, which is Henny!

Henny also happens to be in one of the quilting bees that I'm in, so Henny is getting a nice little prize and I don't even have to bother her for her address (I already have it). 

So, congrats Henny - enjoy your prize!  And for the rest of you, stick around because with the studio remodel going on, I'm sure I'll find lots more crafty goodies to give away soon!