Saturday, May 29, 2010

Working With Katie Jump Rope

So, I would like to know... Has anyone out there ever tried to make an Apple Core quilt? Oh my, this is one difficult task that I am not sure that I should be attempting. Actually, I have had a collection of Katie Jump Rope fabrics for a long time now sitting in my stash and I've decided that it is time to start using them. I've got about three projects on the go at once so far. One just needs the blocks to be sewn together and the other is still being cut out. Katie Jump Rope might be my favorite fabric line ever. Or maybe Flea Market Fancy, I can't decide. Anyway, I am making this quilt cot size if I find the patience to actually do it! I have a template and a rotating cutting board so the cutting out has been easy. The strips are time consuming, but when I stitch slowly without pinning it seems to work out ok. The difficult part is sewing the rows together!! Any tips out there??? I pinned the entire row but am frustrated that the pins come out as I am trying to sew. Ack! I probably should have tried this project with a heavier quilting weight cotton, but I'm committed now.

In other news... The house is STILL being worked on. I cannot wait until we can use the downstairs. I would have some pictures, but the rooms are still full of tools, sawdust and whatever else that it is hard to show anything in the photos. The floors are being redone today as the sander left cracks in the floor despite our builder promising it would be fixed while the sander was here working on it two weeks ago. The lights go in on Monday--I am looking forward to that as we will be able to work on some painting in the evenings. The only other bits left are to build a pergola, a fence and some shelving! Need to finish this project SOON, I am now 29 weeks pregnant and feeling like we need to be rearranging things now!!! We started this project last September and I'm tired of mess, workman here every day and trying to get Alexander to be able to have consistent naps daily.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Flea Market Fancy Quilt Finished

I finally finished my Flea Market Fancy Quilt. I do feel that it very much needed the border on it to help tone down the black pin dot fabric I used for the sashing. I ended up quilting it stitching in the ditch everywhere. I like this quilt a lot and feel the photo doesn't do it justice. Perhaps I will get another outside shot again when the sun decides to reappear.

In other news, the house building is going very well. I don't have pictures to show because the builders have had their tools and mess everywhere that it's hard to see what has actually been done. The floors are now in though and have been sanded and painted so hopefully by Sunday will be dry enough that I can walk through and take some pictures! All the tile has been laid as well and I am also very happy to have that job out of the way! We still have lots of finishing work left to do, trim, shelving, outside fence, pergola, bench seats, and the electrical and plumbing to be finished. And then more painting--especially to the outside, which with the colder weather coming on might not get finished for a little while.

All this should hopefully be done before baby number 2 comes along. I am now 26 weeks along and getting excited for the arrival! My mom and aunt are planning to come out to visit soon after he is born and it will be the first time Alexander has met any of my family too!

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