Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I needed to put together this corner so it would start feeling like my own room again.
All the larger rulers have moved to the closet wall, and the narrow, long rulers next to the cabinets in the closet corner.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Because we live in earthquake country, and for general safety, we are bolting all the shelves to the wall. I certainly have enough fabric that I could suffer significant damage if one of the shelves collapsed on me!
In case anyone is curious, I took an accurate measurement of the room while it was empty. It's a skinny 8' 8" wide and 13' 8" long - just over 118 sq. feet. It was my daughter's bedroom until she moved upstairs (into the room that currently holds the longarm) when she was in junior high school.
1. A successful trip to IKEA.
2. Another hand-and-foot win for the girls!
4. Cool mornings
5. A happy, helpful husband
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We also have to go pick up our CRV from the body shop this afternoon. I don't think I've gotten around to mention that I was "rear ended" in the front of the vehicle the day after the Fourth of July. I know - sounds very strange. I pulled up behind another vehicle at a stop sign just south of the credit union branch where my office is located. The driver was not pulled up to the intersection, and was just sitting there talking to the girl in the passenger seat. Just as I was about to give a gentle toot of the horn to let him know he needed to move, as he was sitting in the middle of the street, he decided to back up. I sounded my horn as loudly and quickly as I could, but it wasn't fast enough. He backed hard right into the front of the CRV. Thank goodness it wasn't hard enough to set off the air bags - otherwise they probably would have totalled the vehicle. You may remember that we'd just paid it off a very few months ago.
See the next post for the rest of the story - I need more words up there to stretch out far enough for me to post all my pictures.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I decided I didn't feel like doing applique while listening - instead I was in the mood for more mindless sewing. I meant to get out either the 2" squares or the string blocks. Much to my surprise I went back to the crumb bin where there were still many smaller starts of mile-a-minute blocks. Apparently I'd not had enough of them after all, and am even more obsessed than I previously thought. I've been making more Crumb Chaos blocks - this time using up every last piece that was more than a single crumb. I've no idea how many blocks I'm in the process of making - they seem to go on forever. I've reached the stage where at least half of them need only one more round before they are finished. I'm happy to say I've now emptied one bin of strips. I'm looking forward to finishing these - I think I am well and truly sick of them by now. When I'm done I should have enough for at least a couple Hotel Hope quilts in addition to the quilt for our bed.
Tomorrow is my only day of work this week - Tuesday I start a week's vacation. I'll be moving most of the things out of my sewing room on Tuesday in preparation for my new furniture. I can hardly wait!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Until I can head to Barnes and Noble to pick up the newest Harry Potter. When I get home there will be nothing else for me except for reading until I get to the end of the book. I promise I won't give anything away when I'm done!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Lately I've been choosing sewing. I am so far behind on my blog reading - according to Bloglines I have over 1000 new posts waiting for me to read. And the email has piled up unopened in my Inbox. Because of my Crumb Chaos obsession I've spent little time on the computer these past 2-3 weeks. I've accomplished a lot in the sewing room, but I feel a terrible disconnect between myself and all my quilty friends in Blogland. I wonder daily what you are all up to and what you've been accomplishing. What's happening in your lives. I miss you all dreadfully. I often feel like the pull is tearing me in half - quilting or computer, computer or quilting?
Right now quilting is winning out, but please don't think I've forgotten you. You are all held in my heart. I miss you lots, and I will read all your posts one of these days. I have a week of vacation coming up in 9 days, and plan to spend it all at home - other than the day I spend at Ikea!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Several people have expressed a desire for a step-by-step tutorial on these blocks, so I took pictures of my progress this weekend. Please let me know if you still have questions!
Start with a bunch of strips of various widths plus crumbs, which are small pieces of fabric. Square and rectangular crumbs are the easiest to use, but you can also use odd shapes as long as you leave enough space between crumbs so you can cut the edge at an angle. Put a strip face up on the bed of your machine and start sewing crumbs along the strip. When you get to the end of the strip add another strip, chain sewing them all together. You can also use leftover triangle squares, flying geese, ends of strata, etc. along with your crumbs. Butt the crumbs together very closely so you need make only one cut when cutting them apart.
When you've chained a bunch of strips take them to the ironing board. Press the seams to one side - I like to press toward the long strip even though it's easier to press in the other direction.
When you've pressed all the crumb-strips take them to the cutting table. Cut the strips between each crumb.
Now you have a bunch of larger crumb pieces. Repeat the process all over again, sewing these to new strips. You can go around log cabin style, sew parallel seams or whatever you feel like doing. I place the big crumbs on the new strips in as many different directions as possible. I don't pay any attention as to which fabrics are next to other fabrics.
Once again, when all are stitched to strips, repeat the pressing and slicing apart. Some blocks will grow faster than others because the crumbs used are bigger. As you run out of large multi-piece crumbs start over adding small crumbs to the strip until you reach the end.
Continue doing this until your pieces are large enough to trim into the size block you desire. I'm doing 6 1/2" unfinished blocks as I like this size block - not too big or too small. Trim the blocks to size and repeat again and again until you have the number of blocks you want for your quilt. These can be set in any way you like, just like any other blocks.
Like string blocks, these are very addicting to make. They are called Crumb Caos blocks because they are so random and unplanned. They are also very quick to make. The first time I made them I think I made 25 or more blocks in one afternoon of sewing.
Enjoy, and post your blocks on your blog for us all to see!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
First I finished the projects I started last evening - shifting stuff around in my sewing rooms in anticipation of getting my new furniture on July 25 when Ikea opens. I wanted to clear enough space so I could add another wide bookshelf.
Here's what I did:
- 1. Moved all the kitted "Hussies" (Haven't Started Yets") out of the closet drawers and into four large tubs that I moved upstairs and under the longarm.
- 2. Filled the closet drawers with all my cut strips, squares, bricks, etc. - basically all of my scraps.
3.Pulled out the dresser that used to hold cut strips and more hussies, and replaced it with the two rolling drawer stacks that were to the right of the filing cabinet, which opened up wall space for an additional wide bookshelf.
4. Sorted, combined, and cleaned the cubes under the cutting table. I'll have storage under the new cutting table but not nearly as much, so I had to reduce what was there to only what will fit in the drawers of the new table.
I'm not sure what the difference is but the room already feels larger. It's a good feeling! Just over three weeks now until Ikea opens. The doors open at 9:00, but they are having live entertainment in the parking lot starting at 6:00 am! I want to be there early so I have the best chance of finding all the shelves and cutting table in stock. Then I'm taking an entire week's vacation to redo the room. I can hardly wait!
When I finished with all that I sewed the final border on the first orphan top. I really like the blue border on this one. Now they are both up in the longarm room waiting for their turn with Gandalf (my longarm). Now I'm back to sewing mile-a-minute blocks. My next goal is to empty the crumb box and three boxes of strips. I should do well today. We aren't going anywhere because there is too much danger of fire as our neighborhood is nutty for great big expensive noisy fireworks.