Archive for June, 2010

New Beginnings and the World Cup Effect

I know I have not posted in quite some time – but i do have a very good reason!!

For one – i have been busily preparing for my successor in the guild committe and was trying to hammer out last minute details so that she can have a smooth transition into her new post.  I am also getting set up on my new post of Newsletter Editor for the guild.  I am rather looking forward to that – I want to add quirky little articles at the end of the magazine so I’m hoping there will be nice entries submitted throughout the year.  I will miss being a workshop convenor but with the new job – time requirements are not the same unfortunately.

Sooooo new job – completely unexpected.  I sit here at the office on a Saturday because of the amount of documentation and work I would like to have completed before I leave next friday.  I was head hunted for my new position and while I was aiming to get into the consulting world within the next five years, I find that I got the opportunity to do it NOW.  I can’t pass it up – the company is small but very personable and just what I’m looking for to take my first steps into the consulting realm.  The figures are also nice so that means i’ll have more to go around for fabric and quilting notions 😉

Another thing that is happening is the WORLD CUP!!!  I am Argentinian – born and raised – and one thing i can say with certainty is that i have NEVER missed a world cup – EVER.  My mother watched it while i was in the womb and i have been a die hard fan since.  Throught the good bad and ugly i support my beloved Albiceleste to the very end.  So every 4 years, I stop the world for 1 month while I watch my team.  The good news this year is that at least i try to stitch a little when i am watching a match.  That is – if Argentina is not playing.  When argentina plays, my nerves are too much on end to not be glued to the tv 🙂

Another thing i managed to accomplish is to get a mini blitz together to get some of us started on our block of the month projects.  Some like me have not started at all and we were already at the end of the season!  So about 8 of us got together and rented the church space and managed to have an incredible day.  I was wrestling with my block too much so unfortunately i only have pictures of my own block.  I was too engrossed to get everyone elses!  One thing for sure is that i will do it again.  I do not like how i ended up with all these seams going all over the place and its waaay too bumpy – i also did not cut the fabric too well because i ended up with a 12″ block instead of a 12.5″ block.  hmmmm i have to take more time to do it.  The fabric combination i liked however so i will stick to it – the good news is that it is from my own stash!!

I really like this combination.  The other thing i’m still struggling with is my fabric selection for the Bargello Class I am taking in August.  I have 23 fabrics picked out so far but i’m not sure if there is enough contrast amongst them to work … <sigh> well i will see if i can catch the teacher at a sit and sew to see if i can get more pointers.

now – back to work!


BOM and free pattern sites

I am an admitted free BOM quilt pattern downloader.  I was ecstatic to find out that Sindy Rodenmeyer started a Halloween Row by Row free BOM download.  I’m just tickled!!!

While searching for another pattern – the ever elusive OH MY GOSH quilt as well as miniature patterns, i discovered THIS

this lady is my new hero – it is a RIDICULOUSLY HUGE url encyclopedia with links to every quilt block i’ve ever heard off.  I could spend HOURS here browsing around – and there is even a BOM for cross stitching!  WHAT??!!!!  that’s amazing!!!

needed to spread the good news!

Bento Box Class results – Baltimore update

I took a class with Judy M at our guild at the end of May and it was a variation on a bento box block using jelly rolls.   Well let me tell ya – lesson learned – READ THE PATTERN!!!  i was chain piecing away when i realized that 72 of my first pieces were pieced WRONG !!!  x_X    I was sooo distraught but luckily Judy and Janice came to my aid and helped me seam rip 72 PIECED blocks!!!

With that out of the way – i began anew and more carefully and finished piecing again 72 blocks when i finally looked up at the pattern and the demo sample and realized that i somehow ended up with the MIRROR IMAGE of the pattern!  ooooh FANTASTIC!  there was no way i was going to rip the seams on this puppy and since i was doing them all the same way i kept on going.  By the end of the class i had 4 out of 7 pieces sown on the blocks and the rest i’ve kept as homework.  I got home and realized the i needed to cut more strips – yet again!  i’ve been working on them about 1 hr at a time so not to get too frustrated and Sunday was when i finally had all my quarter blocks ready and pressed w/ starch – here is the pictures of my fabric selections and work in progress.

Now after cutting the first couple of strips i decided to go for a faster route – hence my pic in which i’m laying 4 stacked strip sets of 3 and then cutting them all at once – that went faster!  Necessity is the mother of all inventions 😀  I am positive that someone already came up with this tip but i had not known it as of yet.

Now on to the baltimore!  I started this Baltimore BOM with my friend Sandra when she saw the pattern in Fat Cat Patterns website.  If you’ve never been there go check it out!  (  She’s got the most beautiful patterns that are FREE to download for your own personal use.  Well Sandra saw the pattern for the Baltimore Bliss and we started to download it and began to work on it last summer.  I can tell ya that out of 12 blocks i’m still on block number one!!!!!

I decided to dust it off and start again during the guild meetings.  Since my time as a workshop convenor is coming to an end, i now have more time for handwork during the session.  I have my whole kit packed away with precut pieces, freezer paper, colored threads, fray check, the whole kit and caboodle in a little travel make up case.  Its easier now to just pick it up and go to a doctor’s appointment.  I managed to sow 2 more pieces that week – this is what it looks like so far.

I finished one more petal after that – only problem is that there are 20 more pieces in this block!!!  EGAD!!   Nice and steady though and we’ll have this done some point in the future.

Yesterday I also spent another 2 hrs logging my books in the online database.  It is very soothing.  I managed to do another 1.5 shelves and logged 120 books.  I still have a TON to go though.  But little by little 🙂  If you have not checked it out yet –

I didn’t get any gardening done this weekend due to the weather but i MUST tackle some of it today – i have the never ending raspberry bush sapplings that cannot seem to be DONE – i pulled that bush months ago and still i’m finding roots!!

 Well i’m off – got a busy day up ahead and WORLD CUP is in 4 days!!!!