Monday, August 27, 2012

It's a gorgeous day in Tunnel Hill

It's a gorgeous day in Tunnel Hill!  I decided to take the log cabin quilt for a photo shoot.  My friend, Sandra, helped me drape it over a rustic fence.  It's 115"x115" so it's hard to handle -- at least for me, since I'm barely 5 feet tall.  I managed to climb onto the lower railing to hoist it over the top.  Workers were busy getting the grounds ready for the annual "Battle of Tunnel Hill" Civil War reenactment set for September 8th and 9th.  The 82 acres are lovely with rolling meadows and woods. 
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summersville quilt idea

I'm sure I'm not the only one who saw the chance to grab colored pencils and visit the little town of "Summersville".  I'm making up little stories as I go...wondering who's driving the bus or the tractor and who lives in the three blue houses.  I'll start cutting into this layer cake soon after I get the Halloween quilt a little further along.  
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Friday, August 17, 2012

life's a circus ... and why I don't grow marigolds

...repairing a 20 year old clown suit for "The Circus Comes to Town" at the Dalton (GA) Senior Center on Tuesday the 21st...

I grew Toesey Cat instead of marigolds...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

place holder...

 While hand stitching the log cabin quilt binding, I had to step away for a few minutes.  When I returned, Bunch was holding my place (taking a nap) after tiring of her quilt inspecting job.  She is a rescue...all of my 4-footed furries are.  I named her Bunch because she's a bunch of fur, a bunch of colors...and a bunch of noise.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

monster log cabin and its binding

 ...starting to stitch the binding on the 115"x115" log cabin quilt...The roll of binding would have worked better if I had done it differently.  I think next time I'll curl it into a plastic bowl, and unroll it from the center outward, like unrolling a skein of yarn...lesson learned for next time.
...stitching along...You may have noticed the phone book on the floor.  I rest my heel on it when using the foot works wonders. 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

13 strips

It's just past 9:00 pm, and I'm sewing 13 strips together for my log cabin quilt binding.  I wish I knew why I tackled sewing this dark fabric at night (maybe I like a challenge?).   The quilt finished at 115"x115"...and that's a lot of binding, especially since I'll be stitching it by hand.  It's a Christmas present for my daughter and her dear hubby. 
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Monday, August 6, 2012

smells like pickles

 ...pre-washing/shrinking solids to be mingled with a "Summersville" layer cake by Moda...and since I'm using salt/vinegar/water solutions, it smells like I'm making pickles...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

to be finished...

 The two borders are attached and the Curious Cats twin size quilt top is finished.  The wind was blowing when I snapped this photo, so it appears that the borders are wonky, just like the cats.  The inner border is actually tiny fuchsia polka dots on black.  The outer border is the same print as the purple framing fabric.  I'd like to say it's finished.  However, there is still the quilt sandwich to pin together, the actual quilting and a binding to be stitched.  I'll try not to let it be a UFO...

I used Pat Sloan's "Crooked Cabins" book as inspiration.  This won't be my last crooked cabin quilt.
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