Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stuck in a rut

I've had this cookbook for over two years and the most I've done is
look through it a few dozen times. I'm completely uninspired by
everything I'm cooking right now. New plan: make something from this
book once a week. Hopefully it will add something new to our dull-drum
dinners.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Quilt Repair

I've been sewing a lot lately, more than knitting or spinning. But mostly I've been trying to get the place ready for Q's b-day party at the end of the month. Progress is slow, but it's coming along. I decided I really should try to do a bit of decorating and make the place more "Us". But more of that later.

Back to the sewing. I've done quilt surgery twice in the last week. First was on Q's baby quilt. A seam for some of the piecing had come un-done. He was heartbroken. Clouds had a hole in him (that's what he calls his quilt, cause it has clouds on the back). He asked if I could sew it up and after examination I told him that Nana wouldhave to fix it. After he went to bed though I worked up the courage to do it myself. At worst, I figured I could just rip it out if it wasn't right. It wasn't perfect, but it was not horrible either. Which gave me the courage to attempt this.

I found the tutorial here. I love hexagon quilts and was originally a-scared of them because they had to be hand-sewn. It was actually quite easy and relaxing. They remind me of the quilts my great-grannies and great aunts used to make. In fact, after my great-aunt Nell passed away (who may be to blame for my crafting ADD- she did it all too) there were boxes and boxes of craft items to be gone through. Buried among the plastic canvas and acrylic afghans and ponchos were several quilt tops of which I believe most were hexagon quilts. The fabrics were odd as well as some of the color combos, they used what they had on hand back then. But that only added to their beauty.

Here's a photo of my patch w/ my phone and a quarter for scale.

And here's the before. The patch really is overkill, the hole is only about the size of a dime. Should have included that for comparison, ehh??

I'm guestimating that it took me about two and a half hours to piece all 7 hexs together, about 30-45 minutes to baste around the whole piece, an hour to hand-sew it to my store bought quilt and about 45 minutes to quilt around each hex. I see many more hexagons in my future, just not so tiny as these are. Each side is about 7/8 of an inch. Maybe something closer to an inch and a half to two inches. I'm sure it will be one of those slow pace, ongoing projects. I like those kinds.

When going through the camera for the hexy quilt patch pics I rediscovered the last day of school pics I took. I love how the giant boy looks completely embarrassed and the smaller boy looks extremely happy and proud.