Monday, August 25, 2008
By the way, do you know how to figure what size square you need to cut to yield the bias binding length you need? I had to play a little refreshing game myself! You multiply the length of binding you need (add all 4 sides of your quilt + 18") --(OR in the case of the Circle Game, you need 36" of binding) X the width of the binding you are making (in my case 2") = Y. Take the square root of Y and you get Z. Round up to the next whole number and that's the size square you need to cut. Clever, huh? The problem is that my adding machine is for accountants and doesn't have the square root key. No problem..go to math.com, and they have a square root calculator right there. You just plug in your numbers and it gives you the answer!
For example: I need 36" of 2" wide bias binding. I multiply 36 x 2 = 72. Square root of 72 = 8.48. (done at Math.com) Round that up to 9" and that is the size square you need to cut to make your bias binding. Just your little math lesson for today. :)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Yep--5 vintage aprons! I don't think they are from Grandma (you would think I'd remember if they were), but they look exactly like the ones she wore--actually BOTH Grandma's! And I'm starting to think they really had the right idea after all. I ruin more clothes by spattering something on me. Is it my age? my belly? or just getting sloppy? Who knows, but I've taken to wearing an apron ever time I cook now. Here is a little poem I got through an email. I have no idea of the origin of the poem. If anyone knows, let me know!
The History of 'APRONS'
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot woodstove.Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
another simple one that full of color.....and very charming. :)A bit blurry--not intentionally. LOL The "A" word is easy on the machine.....This quilt is so stunning in any combination of fabrics.........
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This is a view as I'm walking out back and kind of on the right.(my studio is unseen on the left--hmm...is that the same thing as invisible? LOL) This is south east...No sunrises seen here--just filtered through the trees. Good thing I'm not an early bird, heehee.Looking south at the side yard......see the hot tub? I love sitting in it late at night, looking up at the stars with the trees surrounding the view. It looks better than I'm describing it for sure. I've tried taking photos of it, but I'm a rank amateur and the pictures never turn out. If only I could capture what I see!
Now I'm standing in line with the hot tub, but facing west....this was taken at 6:30 at night in August--loving the shade! You can faintly see the road in front with the field beyond that. This is the farmer's year to get paid for 'not raising' crops. Hmm..I want to be in that business! LOL Just joking, I know farmers have a tough way to go, we have several farmer friends and know the hardships they face with weather, etc. The sunsets can be so awesome, and I'm awake for those!!
Now I'm standing at the corner of the house, facing northwest--nothing but fields and trees, no matter where you look. We do have neighbors on both sides of us, but the trees are so thick , you can't see their houses. And although we love our neighbors, it's a good thing their house is blocked from view, if you know what I mean. ;) My point? ha ha ha none really--I am postponing what I really should be doing. My new teaching season kicks off next week with an Open House and I'm a little farther behind that I should be. I should be out there finishing class samples, taking pictures, writing class descriptions and supply lists, updating my website. I may have to leave some things off the schedule since I am wondering if I can get it all done now. Hmmm, maybe I should have stayed home more this summer, ya think? But I had so much fun. And since I've been gone so much, I wanna see what everyone in blogland has been up to and I've been reading more blogs than I should be reading right now. Okay, enough blabbering and off to work I go! I know, I do have a point! Enjoy where you live and know that differences are good. :)
Saturday, August 09, 2008
getting thrown high in the pool by Papa....
making jewelry...What a great week--and I even made her a 3 tiered ruffled skirt (with all the yummy Simplicity fabric I got for 1/2 off!). I forgot to take a picture of it, but it turned out pretty cute.
Friday, August 08, 2008
At the end of the week---lots of projects done (well for some--I made a vow that my Stained Glass quilt WOULD be done--at least I have another week to work on it when they go home.),
lots of pool/beach/sun time and a couple of visits to a local quilt shop, Quilter's Cottage in Murrell's Inlet who was having a GREAT sale--50% off a lot of newer fabric. Caused this gal to jump off the no buying wagon a little bit. Well...to be fair I had store credit for doing some sewing for her, and I HAD to spend it, right? LOL
And this darn quilt has been a on-going (slow) project since 2002. I thought I would make a block each time I went their. Well, I only had 8 blocks done and I thought, at this rate it will never get done! I had too much invested in it, especially those fusible bias tapes--11 packages of them! I vowed that this summer would be the year I got this done. Not terribly hard to do, but VERY time consuming, especially the prep time. Then I chose to do it QAYG (Quilt As You GO) and had to make a few adjustments to accomodate that and had to be creative when my center block ended up 1/2" short because of the quilting. I spent the week after my quilt group left (one did stay with me--so it was nice to have company while doing the tedious work) and I got it done!! AND as soon as hubby arrived with the kids, I had him hang it. Wow--what a HUGE UFO done!