Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Midterms=Not Much Quilting

It's been a rough week or so with papers and exams and presentations. Thankfully, I only have an exam left this week and two presentations next week and then I get a break (hopefully) from the hard brain labor. One way or another, Thanksgiving break is coming soon and I am ready for it.

Despite the insanity, I have been slowly working on binding a quilt which I hope to finish in a few days (the same hope I had a week ago!).

After finishing a difficult paper on spaces in detective stories, I carved a pumpkin! It's been years since I've carved one and every year I have good intentions but never manage it. I'm glad I pulled it off this time. The squirrels evidently think that the lid is something they'd like to take with them, as every so often, I look out the window and notice that the lid is on crooked!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Spill tea on me, I dare you!

I worked like a madwoman to finish Lucas's tea mat this weekend. Now we just need to drink some tea over it. We're both happy with it and I am especially pleased as it is the first project I have attempted without using a pattern. The hardest part of the process was the quilting which was a nightmare because of my machines. I knew that I was still having troubles with the Viking but decided to give it a go anyway. The quilting stitches were all different lengths, the tension varied and then the top thread started breaking so often that I couldn't go on with it. I had to switch to the speed demon Janome...not much fun either. I'm ready to send the Huskystar packing considering that it is a new machine that I've only had since the end of May and it's had problems ever since late June. I don't know if I have a lemon or if the E20 just can't cope with quilting.

I also spent 4 hours at my last Yardbirds class and managed to get the paper pieces sewn together and learned inset seems. It was really difficult sewing over all of those massive seems and I wasn't quite able to get the center lined up properly but I'm still really happy with it. Inset seems were hard but not as bad as I thought they might be. I'm glad I took the class because I learned a lot from it! Now I just need to add two borders to it and the top itself will be done.

I may be posting infrequently over the next two to three weeks because I am in the midst of midterms and have two papers, two presentations and an exam coming up. Lucky me!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Number 101

My last post was number 100! Approximately 100 posts in a year is not bad.

In the last couple of weeks I managed to finish my wall hanging!

I also got the first set of borders sewn to Lucas's tea mat (right). The quilt on the left I haven't touched in months and it only needs to binding sewn on. Luckily, it's a Christmas present so I still have some time.

I finished my paper piecing for the Yardbirds Circling the Cat pattern.

I also had the good fortune to come across some used quilt books at a school media/bake sale and old issues of Quilter's Newsletter and American Patchwork and Quilting at a garage sale!

Then this morning I nearly had a heart attack when I opened up my backpack to remove my students' exams and saw that I only had blank exams. Yesterday afternoon, I had stopped by the department office to drop off the extra exams to be shredded but it turns out, those were actually my students' exams! I was frantic this morning, despite Lucas's attempts to calm me and was utterly grateful when I called the department right at 8 and found out that they were safe and intact. I think I'm ready for a vacation now.