March 2010

Disconnect: shut up, unplug, go DO something

Just so everyone’s clear: it’s not you, it’s me.

I have ‘fond’ (those are air quotes) memories in the past of people pronouncing “I’m leaving!” in a huff, while taking a big pause at the metaphorical door (these are online communities we’re talking about here, so all doors are metaphorical) to see if anyone cried out “Noooo! Don’t leave us!”

These are a few of my favorite things

This quilt has a secret. I’d intended to make a game of it, but someone spilled the beans on Flickr.

Because now I want cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day dammit

Thanks, esmerel! She taunts me from California with cupcakes I can’t have unless i make one of these recipes: Smitten Kitchen’s “chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes” or “Chocolate Guinness Stout Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Bailey’s Buttercream Swirl

What’s sad is that my brain doesn’t know if it wants a beer or a cupcake.

Das Blinkenlights

Date: 
15 March 2010 to 3 April 2010
Recipient: 
Chris and Sheila
Pattern: 
Drunkard's Path ... sort of
Level of completion: 
Completed and given away

The baby quilt for Chris and Sheila, made with the leftovers from Discothèque plus fabric they had on-hand. I promise I’ll put a better photo here when I’m further along…

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How to make a blinkenlight!

I recognize that St. Patrick’s Day, the day of gluttonous boozahol-ing, is perhaps the wrong day to announce this, but I would like to make a proclamation to my friends: STOP HAVING SEX. I know it’s fun and all, but Tenzing wants you to know that he can no longer churn out the baby quilts fast enough to keep up with my rapidly-multiplying set of friends, because you know what it’s driven us to do? Yep: take a longarm quilting class.

Insightful subjectline here

As usual, someecards.com nails it:

The passage of health care reform could save millions of people from having to hear Congress further debate health care reform

All merits / demerits of the plan aside, I have to agree with the card. Smile

Wherein the seamstress falls over and snores

This is not a real update. This is a set of three photos carefully constructed as a plausible update.

This is the next-to-last night I’ll have to work on Das Blinkenlights, as I have a four-hour appointment with a longarm quilter on Saturday morning. Regardless of what the quilt thinks, she’s going under the needle on Saturday because Sheila is NOT getting any less pregnant by the day.

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Crayon Box

Date: 
29 March 2010 to 6 June 2010
Recipient: 
Scott
Pattern: 
string quilt
Level of completion: 
Completed and given away
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I have never before had to say, “I think I accidentally made a quilt top today.” A minor leg injury led to me wanting to stay home and stay off my leg, so what do I do? Pull out my giant bag of scrap fabric strips from equilter.

I’ve been fascinated by string quilts for a while, but lots of them look alike. I wanted to do something a little bit different. It occurred to me that the piles of fabric strips were the equivalent of crayons in a box … and off I went.

Current plan is to sash these blocks generously, and probably in white.

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Accidental (Quilt Top) Tourist

My quote from yesterday: “I think I accidentally made a quilt top today.” The short story: I did something to my right leg on Saturday - seems like a minor quadriceps strain - and since Jeff was out of state all weekend, I opted to stay home and stay off my leg to let it rest.

Idle minds…

Penrose quilting?

Like I needed a new obsession.

On Friday afternoon, Jacob introduced me to Penrose tilings, which were entirely new to me. I was completely fascinated, running off in a multitude of directions to learn about things like ‘aperiodic tilings’ and tile patterns in Islamic architecture, and by Saturday I was hooked.