The Fixins…


…for a a new quilt are all washed and ready to go, now I just need the time.  Well I also need a little patience as I will be modifying a pattern by putting in sashing.  This is just a bit of math but still an impediment to me jumping right in.  I hope I bought enough fabric 😕  Guess that just means I need to jump on it before every quilter in the world starts clamoring for it and buys out this gorgeous fabric 🙂


Light at the End of the Tunnel

I can feel it coming…


it is not here yet, but I can taste it!


Now don’t go getting all excited and congratulatory because this is baby ain’t finished yet….oh no.


I still have to add the 2 borders before the quilt top is complete. But doesn’t it look beautiful! Like I have said before, it is not quite my style but I love the colors and the ring pattern the yellow fabric makes…can you see it? I had my hesitations but they sure did turn out pretty. This quilt also broke my machine. I had to take it into the shop on Friday because it started getting jammed and eating thread. I had to borrow my mom’s White sewing machine which took me about an hour to adjust and thread due to the age of the machine and the lack of instructions. But it purred like a kitten and sewed like a champ once we got through the first hurdles.


Another great thing that makes me feel that much closer to completion is that I found my backing fabric! Yes I know it is quite busy, but it was $5.00 a yard, has all my quilt colors, still has the yellow I like but won’t show the future dirt as much, and most of all I LIKE IT 🙂 I say this because one of the quilt ladies at the store was slightly offended when I didn’t take her advice on the backing but instead went with my instinct and the opinion of another quilt lady. Although I wouldn’t say I am 100% in love, I am 100% about paying 40% of the cost of the other fabrics there. I also didnt’ find one that I liked more. Besides I always have the excuse that this is my first quilt! I still have my first scarf which reminds me of my extremely poor taste when I first started knitting (*cough* orange fun fur *cough*).

Later this week I should have some knitting updates for you. Yes, I am still knitting. In fact I may be knitting up some out of season attire pretty soon. Is it crazy to knit a sweater made of Noro Kureyon (read: 100% wool) in Southern California in JUNE!?! We shall see…

Update: Hey wait a minute..I forgot that I knitted Lady E in summer, with Noro Silk Garden. Guess we know it won’t kill me to knit with wool in the summer. Besides Lady E was the knit project that brought me back to knitting full swing. I have gone a full year with few knitting lulls….knock on wood.

The Good Times are Killing Me*

So as you have seen, I have expanded my crafting horizons to include both sewing and quilting. Both of which are classes that I am taking, one of which is kicking my butt….that would be the quilting. Technique wise I can handle it, it is the TIME!!! I know, I know…a knitter complaining about the time it takes to make something,but OMG this class is killing me. So let me give you some background to this class…


I discovered this class through my clothing sewing teacher who mentioned that the North Orange County Community College Continuing Education School offered 10 week sewing and quiliting classes for $5.00. $5.00!!! That was too good a deal to pass up even if the class had a strong chance of being lame. So I told a few colleagues at work and the three of us signed up for the class. Well, the instruction was better than I ever expected. We got a teacher who has taught for 30 years and published a few books. Her class were strongly technique based which was right up my alley and the class was small. I couldn’t have asked for more.


So here is where the problem set in. This teacher is INTENSE. She LOVES quilting and probably quilts every spare moment of the day (once again, the pot calling the kettle black with the crafting addiction thing…geez). So our class project was a 74″x74″ quilt called Raise the Roof. She did communicate that we would be working at our own pace, but every week we move on to the next part of the quilt and every week we would race to keep up with the pace of the class. People I am talking about 6-10 hours of quilting homework a week.


Needless to say this pace was not for the crafting faint of heart. Those with lives without a crafting addiction and an abhorrence to unfinished things were soon weeded out. This included my two coworkers who now cheer me on from the sidelines as I continue on the crafting Marines-like pace.


32 star blocks done…8 hours

32 log cabin blocks to go…8 hours

Only 3 more weeks of class…priceless!


*Title courtesy of Modest Mouse