Thursday, January 7, 2010

Threads for Lace - Winter Pictures

I decided to use Sew Weird 's Christmas Pickle design --- it just sorta tickled me knowing I'd probably not get any made before Christmas (and I didn't)  so the lace pickles designs will now be my test for different threads.

I will be making 4 sets of these little cuties using Isacord 40 wt., Bottom Line 60 wt and I've decided to use Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 wt and another set with Mettler Metrosene Plus Polyester 50 wt.  OK,  I can hear you out there wondering why I would try some of these threads, well, these threads are readily available in this area and I have them in my thread collections with the exception of the pickle green which I'll pick some up this week.  So it should be interesting.  

Winter View  2009/2010
Winter Front View 2009/2010
I wanted to get some more pictures but my little old Kodak EasyShare that has been mostly mistreated by me wouldn't open up its lens today.  I should look into getting a new camera but I tend to do bad things to them, like dropping and letting them fall off of things and leaving them in the rain.  Maybe I can get this little camera working again this week with some help.  The light on the trees without their leaves was very pretty and things just look so different in the winter. 

Looking forward to next week as cousins and their son will be here for a few days.  Should be fun and it will tie in with my B-day so hubby will have a good excuse for cooking.  I'm luck as my husband is not only a good cook but has taken over cooking since he retired and  (should I be feelin' a little guilty - heck no!)  I just let him.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

BOM - Oh what have gotten myself in to

O.K.  it seemed like a good thing to do at the time, but then life didn't go as expected and my Nov/Dec time line fell apart.  In October (in the past I waited and the classes were filled so I missed out) I joined two BOM Clubs at my closest quilt shop Gathering Fabric.  I got started in October with Green Piece by Moda.  It is 20 pieced and 20 appliqued blocks.  OOOh what fun!  Yes, the applique blocks can be done with machine embroidery - they even have embroidery files for them or more traditional by hand or machine.

See I'm talking to myself, so yesterday I went to pick up the first block for the other BOM - Saturday Sampler 2010 -  My Secret Garden.  The fabrics are from the Robin Pandolph Fabric Collection from RJR called Roses D'Noel --- very pretty, makes me think of springtime, also beautiful on Christmas projects.  I haven't really done much applique so this will be a fun  learning experience.  There are 4 additional kits - I think I might get more than one of them to use as fillers rather than using so many plain fabrics strips.

This next week I'm going to start on FSL samples using different types of threads, I'll post the results.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Once in a Blue Moon

 Yesterday and today I spent cleaning up and cleaning out my sewing loft. Guess there is a truth to the once in a blue moon . . . cleaning the sewing loft. All of my other errands have been run and chores done. I wanted to sew but decided it would be nice to sort out and through projects that will be finished and not. Put away stabilizers, threads by color number and even made of list of Isacord colors I'm missing,- amazing I’m only missing 7 colors, but I have lots of duplicates that I sorted out hopefully to be used first. Re-organized and put away fabrics. Whew!!! Feels good!!! Wouldn't it be nice if I could keep it this way --- hohohoho!!! Took some new pictures, who know when things may be this neat again??? My sewing loft is good sized, it measures 18'9" x 17'8" and overlooks the living room. I should be ready to start sewing and embroidery 2010. Two of the sewing tables have quilters leafs that are not opened up in the pictures. I keep my embroidery threads organized – at least for now – in 4 cabinets (you can only see 3 of them) under the opened quilters leaf.


New Years Eve blue moon is the first one since 1990 and won't roll around for another 19 years. So tonight I'll celebrate the New Year and blue moon shining down. Blessings for a Happy, Healthy New Year.

PS: I made a mistake on this post and short of deleting this post and replacing it, I decided to leave it for now. So see if you can find the Easter-Egg photo in this post. It may not show up in some browsers.