Monday, July 11, 2016

They're up, they fit, they work, she loved them

Linking to Nina Marie.

For those that have checked in with my blog you probably know I am talking about the Roman shades that I made my daughter. We went to Boston over the weekend and the shades were taken and installed.
Here they are ready to go to Boston.

Here they are installed. My husband hung them before she got home from work. Boy was she surprised! Her condo is in an old box factory. She has one wall of old brick.

Now that they are done and hung the whole project did not seem that bad. How soon we forget!
Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Still here

Wow I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have been plugging away at the hand quilting of my house quilt. I think I have 10 houses done, but still a long way to go.

For the roman shades I still have to sew the velcro to the top of them and then add the cords. We are not going to see our daughter until July so I still have some time.

I am debating about what art quilt to work on next...canal houses or abstract quilt.

 I am still trying to decide whether to do it with 5 or 7 houses. See this blog.

I guess 5 houses would be easier. My daughter still likes the 7 better.  This is what she said when I asked her.

"I like 7 houses better. In the one with 5 houses it feels like they are leaning toward the viewer more and it makes them feel more imposing. The 7 house one gives me more of a relaxed strolling down streets of Amsterdam vibe. I also like the visual interest of the one house that is jutting out a bit more than the rest. Both are nice though.

What do you think?

The other one I am thinking about is this abstract created in EB class.  I have already bought the fabric for this from Cherrywood fabrics. They had a sale on purple fabrics when Prince died. So I bought 2 sets of purple fabrics for it. The quilt will be monochromatic in purples. It is not my usual color scheme, but I thought it would look good and the fabrics were a very nice deal.

Which would you work on next?

I have been asked to participate in another blog hop. This time the inspiration can be a piece of artwork, a song, or some other writing. I am torn between "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel or "The Raven" by Poe. Maybe I will do both!

Thanks for reading. I have to stir my beans that are cooking on the stove right now. We are making homemade baked beans with my mom's recipe for happy hour tonight. That means starting with dry beans that you soak overnight. They are vegetarian since I do not add bacon to them. And they are really delicious.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Good thing I have a lot of hair

or I would have been bald from pulling it out!

 As you could have guessed I am really not enjoying making the roman shades for my daughter. I have completed one except for hemming it at the top and sewing on the velcro to attach it to the header board. I still have to order the velcro, pull cords, and hardware.

All I can say is, "What a process...and not a fun one at that." Those videos online that say making a roman shade is easy have lied.....Just saying.

The thing I find the most frustrating is cutting out these huge pieces of fabric accurately. I have a big cutting table that is 60 in by 36 in, but the pieces are larger than the table. To top it off the fabric is a directional fabric and it was not really printed 100 % straight on the fabric. An all over print would have been much easier. Then of course I put my pencil or rotary cutter down and then can't find them.

I am out of the curtain business after this adventure.

Well back to work.

A little sympathy or encouragement will be appreciated.

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