Sunday, August 24

Let there be light!

There's a rail with spotlights on my designwall and one above my fabric dresser. There's no light above the area where I do my cutting. So a trip to Ikea was in order to get another rail. DH immediately got the drill to install it :)
Baking DD and I thought it was funny when the drill got stuck in the ceiling, DH did not agree...
 a few swearwords moments later, there was light!
Now I have to cut something so I can tell if it's all the way i want it and then DH will complete it all to be nice and neat.. Yeey!
On the way to Ikea I took Sven in for the much needed needle adjustments and he needs to be serviced as well. Sewingmachine doctor said it was very busy and that they were a bit understaffed, so fingers crossed I can pick him up again on tuesday. (on tuesdays the Husqvarna man is at the shop)
Tomorrow duty calls again and it's back to work after 7 weeks of free time.
i'd better start looking where I left my company shirt and apron

Sunday, August 17

no more guessing!

..'cause now I KNOW that 'lipstick" and "poppy" are more vibrant than my usual "red"

 and "candy green" is really green-ish instead of blue-ish (it really looked blue on the pc screen)

and I cán find the right shade of bright blue
Only problem I now have is choosing a FEW colours. And not even all the colours are on this chart (august brought even more shades to the Kona range)
Who said a quilter's life was easy???

Wednesday, August 13

The bliss of online shopping :(

There are quilts in my head that need to come out and they involve solid fabrics! Thing is that there are hard to come by here, (I want Kona Cotton)far more expensive than in e.g. the US ánd colour choosing is tricky when all you have is a pc screen..
I searched online for a Kona colour card (no Dutch shops found) and finally found one for a reasonable price in....Germany.
A couple of days after ordering i got an email confirming my purchase. The waiting began. More than a week later (what?!) I got another mail, saying it was sent. It took that long to process my order?? And how much time will have to pass untill the Deutsche Post will deliver it?

When i get the card, I can make sensible colour decisions and make myself a nice palette. Okay, that sounds a little optimistic, but at least it'll give me a better idea of what a colour looks like in real life.I hope.

Then I have to order that palette of fq's/ half a yard. I am a Fabric Shack costumer and am very satisfied with their service, but...they are in the US and it'll take at least 10 days from there to here.

I bet that I'll get all my stuff when summerholiday is over and I'll have to go back to work again :(
(and I still haven't recieved DH new shaving gear that i ordered from a DUTCH company...Sigh)
Update: the shaving stuff company just let me know that the type I wanted is no longer available and do i want my money back?. It took an email saying it was sent(??) 2 weeks of waiting, and an email from me asking what kept my order so long.. jeezzz...

Sunday, August 10

Clover mesh transfer canvas review

Now that's a mouthfull for a title!
Quilting DD and I both bought the mesh thing in Birmingham last year. We saw a demonstration earlier and it seemed a very handy addition to the notion department.
When quilting the Midnight quilt, I finally came round using it.
It's a sheet of plastic tule, to transfer a quilting motif onto the fabric/quilt. I scribbled something on the quilt's template
 Put the mesh on top and , with a PERMANENT marker, went over the lines, so the design is now on the mesh. So far so good, only thing is that your pen shifts in the holes of the mesh, so your lines are a bit wobbly. It has to be a permanent marker because..a. you don't want to smear your hands while drawing and b. you absolutely don't want to smear your quilt in the next step!!!
Next, put the mesh on your quilt where you want the design. Ah...don't use a black marker when the area is black fabric!
 I got over the lines again with my white sewline pencil. Again, a bit wobbly
 ....corrected the lines afterwards
......and quilted
Since the design was on the mesh for 2 days, it wouldn't come off. It's really permanent, so the mesh can omly be used a couple of times untill it's "full".

I'm not very enthusiastic about it and I don't think it's worth the cost. You better use a piece of cheap tule which does the trick as well....

Saturday, August 2

and sew on..

Sven , the Husqvarna, hasn't stopped. The minor adjustments that were made are still sufficient to keep on going. Woopwoop!!
I needed a new bag, and still had a pattern laying aroud from I made things before from her patterns and they are always very clear, with pics for every step.
 2 pockets on the outside, 4 inside
 The lines are on the picture, not on the fabric. It's  polkadotted curtain fabric from Ikea, in solid blue, not with blurred wavy lines.
 Adjustable strap!
And I inserted a plastic bottom (placemats cut up) that were put in places with metal "feet" Also added a snap for closure.
The lining is a red with big white polkadots; what else is new.....

It's roomy, comfy, polkadotted and I love it. Even Baking DD, who thinks all selfsewn bags are yuk and only for silly seniors (like me) likes it. She DOES want one in blue broad stripes (have that fabric ready for her) but she won't take the effort of sewing it (with my assistence :)herself. She will miss out then!

I finally layered the Midnight at the Oasis quilt and made the first painstaking quilting stitches. Ugh, all those tiny patches with loads of seams.
One stitch at the time I guess..