Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Back into the Forge

There is much going on in the forge these days.

Finalizing another pattern and developing another, planning for a few more classes in the next few months, and sewing - always sewing!  (Mind you, we also moved a little tv/dvd player out there when we are, so there's more light and movement.  Right now, lots of shows about ghosts.)

I am working on three quilts right now: Crazy Diamonds (half blocks done, a quarter pieced top), Smoked Glass, and Death By ??.  (The ?? ... I have't figured out the death by part).  Smoked Glass is a Sea Glass variant, obviously, and more pictures will be forthcoming this evening. 

D has really buckled down and started plowing through the quilts!  She's finished up Asian Blocks, the tops for Yurt Door and for Lattice, and for Sea Life (maybe to be called Aquarium).  Now she's working on another variant of Sea Glass.

So, we're busy busy!  I still miss my cat, and bringing her ashes home was tough.  I will look to the top of the stairs for her head for a long time to come.  But it's getting better.

And I have ideas... oh, I have ideas.  Which to me means I am coming out of grief and exhaustion and moving on.  And that is a good thing.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Long week...

There will be vacation pictures up soon-ish.  We had a great one, and I have several quilt ideas based on our little trip.

However, first I have to deal with the death of my beautiful, intelligent, scheming cat Belanna.

Sounds dramatic, but she was with me for 13 years, about 5 moves, and was in fine health (outwardly) when we left.  We got home, and and hour and a half later she was dead.  It hurts still, but it's getting better.  I still keep thinking I'll see her at the top of the stairs, or hear her on the scratch pad.  Or sitting in the bathroom staring out the window.

Obviously I won't. 

So it may take me a little longer to bounce back.  There are still quilts to be made, and things to be done.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day in the Forge

Finished Sea Glass!  Took it to one of the semi-local quilt shops, and owner there tried repeatedly to steal it.  :)  Gave me many compliments on it, and showed it to everyone who walked through the doors.... That in itself makes me feel amazingly good.

But even better in my mind - I love this quilt!  It is soothing and calm, and looks the most professional of all my quilts so far.  I am happy with this one.

So now I am making a second version of it, and D is making a different version.  The pattern shouldn't take too long to work up, and then it will be ready to send off as well!  (Hooray!)

I need to get a close-up shot of the binding - it's self-bound, using a hem stitch to sew it down.  I didn't particularly want to hand-stitch this weekend, and I liked the way it looked with the hem stitch.  (So did the LQS owner... he oohed and aahed quite a bit, said he'd never seen a visible stitched border he liked before this one!)

D got her Asian Blocks quilt done (except for the binding, which should happen tonight, I think), and picked up fabrics for the Sea Glass variant, and determined how she was going to quilt her Latticework quilt. 

I managed another twenty blocks for Crazy Diamonds (I really need to start piecing my strips of blocks!) making me almost halfway done with the blocks (yay!), and got further ahead on my homicide quilt.  (err... have I mentioned that one before now?  shrug).  Anyway, as soon as I figure out blood splatter I will post pictures and greater details. 

I'll leave you with the outside pic of Sea Glass... hopefully I can have pics of the variant blocks up soon, too! 
looks different in this light - I like it!