Friday, June 05, 2009

Sister, I'm Doing It For Myself.

I got inspired to act by some cool ladies this week.

First, Laurie wrote: It sure is hard to break that life-on-layaway habit.

Right on. See her writing here. It's the post from May 27th.

Then, this morning, just after I got off the phone talking about the very same thing with a colleague, I read this chica, who always gets it right.

I have some work to do this weekend.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Mr. Foster has big plans.

Almost done with the body - just need ears and a tail (I'll embroider the eyes, etc. later)

Next I'm on to the union suit and smoking (!) jacket (Bottom left in the picture). Classy! Mr. Foster is also in the process of developing a couple of interesting projects for the summer. It's getting me appropriately excited.
Insomnia is kind of getting on my nerves.

What is the deal with the Chivas Regal 18 commercial? It came on 1500 times last night... and it's kind of smug.

Speaking of commercials: Dr. Pepper. So far, Dr. Love, Dr. Dre. Okay. I'd like to see the following "doctors", too!

Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay! Emergency! Come right away!


Dr. J!


Dr. Who!


Dr. Ruth! (I met her once in the elevator at a hair salon in NYC. She's quite nice. Maybe she likes Dr. Pepper. Who knows?


Dr. Hibbert!


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

By Way of Explanation.

One of my friends asked me what the wedding quilt was "supposed" to look like. I think they were curious and not trying to be mean. Here's a picture of the design as it appeared on Purl Bee.

Here are the drawings I made to try to suss out how I'd do it only in green.

And this:

This is the color layout they provided:


Shirley Feeney, I need you.

I wish Shirley Feeney were here to sing me that song about the ant (High Hopes?) moving that rubber tree plant. I could use it today.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Damned Wedding Quilt.

Which is not to say that I hope someone's wedding is damned. Quite the contrary. Just that the quilt I'm making is deceptively difficult. One of the things that bugs me about quilting in general is the degree of cutting precision required. I like to square up after I'm done with a block, but so many patterns have me do it at the beginning, middle, beginning-middle, end-middle, end, and then once again for good measure. Yick.

So, I was hesitant to start Purl Bee's modern wedding quilt for one of my colleagues. All that cutting. See?

Top is all sewn up and back is ready, too. Now, for the problem I didn't forsee -- the batting. The choice of quilting thread. Both wrong. I've only done about half a yard of quilting, lengthwise, and maybe three inches across width-wise, but that doesn't mean it's going to be any easier to pick that stuff out. Oh, yeah? The batting? Organic cotton fusible - I never used it before... and won't ever again. Fusible is too permanent. I need to be able to smoosh things around. Now, I know.