Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday!?

I have never been a person with lots of money around.

It can be really hard to relax and try to take time to not work.

Ok - Im going to try to say it again.

Not Work. (for a whole day .. for two days?)

I mean - "days off" is crazy talk in my life. I take breaks from work. I have fun. Im a drag queen for heavens sake! But thats work. Drag is fun work - but, its still work.

I hope all of us can find a way to take a few hours off - and not do anything. I dont think I can do a whole day or even a few days. But - I think I can take a few hours.

I already know what I want to do! I want to take George out for a walk - and walk really slow - and go to the dog park and sit and watch him play.

And, do nothing else. No magazine - No quilt planning or thinking about ways to pay bills. Just enjoy watching George playing with the other dogs.

That will be my more spiritual present to myself this year.

The material gift is sorta work related - Im going to buy some new kinds of threads to sew with and try out. Its fun for me, too. But thats my material gift.

I have not really given anyone gifts this year. I finally thought of a way to give a gift that would feel good. I have a friend who has three kids that I made quilts for last year. I just got in touch with his husband and asked for him to slip a card in his stocking from him and the kids for a big king size quilt for their bed. I think that is a great gift to give to someone. I think the kids will feel great about giving dad something and maybe the husband will feel excited about it too? I dont know - but I think if someone said "Hey here are some hand made dong treats give them to your dog" I would like it --

I am also working on a few things with the house - Im working on a re-finance and hopefully after that I will work on getting some improvements done that have been waiting awhile. Its a personal gift to myself. And Ive been working on it for months. But, its still in process.

Thank you for visiting the blog - and I hope everyone (everyone) can find way to give a surprise to a friend - an hour to rest their brain - find a way to give themselves a material gift and a try to do something to make their home, their home.

Again, thank you for visiting.

Ho Ho Ho

Tumbling Blocks quilt.



Well, the tumbling blocks quilt is close to being done. I have to add a binding and then we are all done. 

I also wanted to add a pic of me saying "Hi" - 



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

tumbling blocks quilt



I got a commission for a tumbling blocks quilt - He wanted blues and liked a quilt he saw of mine that was made from recycled pants.



George watched over the whole thing. 

 The diamonds in this jean quilt are all the same size as each of the diamonds in this quilt.
Ive been working on this denim tumbling blocks quilt -

quilts









I have been making all sorts of quilts.

Ive been sewing like nuts.

chat boards.

I think I'm ready to give up on another chat board.

I cant stand the petty babysitting that goes on.

One lady really told me to stay on topic in threads - in the same post where she lamented the recent loss of her mother in-law. All in a sewing machine thread!

Im pretty tired of dealing with those ass holes.

Im unhappy about it. Im tired of it.

I started a new thread in the "quilting" section to talk about some quilts I had made -- and a lady said I should start my own blog. Im kinda tired of it.

Yesterday I made a joke about being done with social work and said now that Im a quilter I get to be the cutter for once - and now that post is gone.

Im not such a crazy person -

SO - I might STOP going to that website so often and come to my own more often. Where the people who visit like what I have to say. And enjoy the things I say.

Thank you for visiting my site.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Well, Ive been working on this -


Im really happy with the way that it is coming out - I have to figure out what color to use for the binding --but other than that - it DONE.

Its made from 2 fabrics in the center - each other them is a stripe fabric -- then on the border there is a third fabric - the solid red -- other than that -- this quilt is one block and 2 fabrics I think thats pretty cool and pretty stunning for a simple quilt.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I made a new quilt -

I needed to take a break from the small pieces quilts.

This quilt is sewn over an old ugly quilt that I made and never really liked. Its all applique on top of the old top.

It has a little binding on it now and nothing more. A few flowers - a fence - and a path -- thats what I see.

I like it - for what it is intended to be. its 100% ugly polyester fabric - heavy - and perfect for hard use!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It took forever - and this drove me krazy

The angles in the corners drove me nuts.

Im no math person - if you ever want to make a star quilt i say -- use a 40 degree diamond so - the angles will be easy.

Friday, November 30, 2012

60 degree diamond. -

Well, I guess a 60 degree diamond will make a 6 point star.

I think I remember reading it - but, forgot. So, my star will have 6 points.

Im thinking about doing an orange and yellow diamond pieced filler between the points.

I cut some of them out using a tube cutting method. I'll have to see what happens. I got pretty pissed this afternoon. A call came in from some collection agency saying I owe this bill for cable? I dont watch TV -- and low and behold "Ive" had cable across town for a few months and never paid the bill.

That was sorta the icing on the cake. I have had it for this week. ENOUGH>

Look what I found!

string star quilt

That is a pic of it. I really like this style.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Made some of these -



That messy table produced some good results!

I got tired of making the  blocks and took a 5 hours break -- then got really crazy and make 200 more of them!


I got a Bonnie Hunter book - please visit her website for more scrap quilt pics and books and everything -- http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ --

I love recycled fabrics and scrap quilts and her quilts are crazy with pieces just the way I like!

The quilt Im working on is a variation of her pattern she called sante fe star.

I strip pieced the blocks that I could with long strings - and paper foundation pieced only a few pieces -

My diamonds are also bigger than hers are and Im not going to use the flying geese boarder that she used.

The star in the pic above is only a 6 point star - my final quilt will have 8 points and be 5 blocks long instead of the 3 pictured above.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Woah!

I quilted so hard the last few weeks - I was brain dead for most of the day.

Then, I got this wild idea to make a tree skirt from leftovers --

Then, All of a sudden my table looked like this - !



And, I was making these




Now - its way past bedtime and Ive got a serious messy house on my hands.

But, honestly - that pile of fabric, soda, my pics of my pets - a sewing machine set up with fabrics and an iron in reach --- and a computer -- Im all set if this is heaven!

Monday, November 26, 2012

How did that quilt?


The fleece quilted fine - no problems. 

Ill wash it and let you know how it goes. 

I woke up George and took a pic of him. Of course now he thinks he needs to go outside. 

Those recycled tee shirt quilt go together well - I really love dots. Quilters dont like the way they finish because they ripple LOTS! Its frustrating to me, too --- but, after they get washed they get so comfortable the ripples dont show up the way they do on pieces quilts.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Another idea to use up old fabrics!

2 years ago I bought this "fleece" stuff from the local retail fabric shop - I guess I thought everyone I knew wanted a pair of tree PJ's?

Well, it was on clearance for about 7-% off and cost about .75 cents a yard - so I bought a pile of it and now its going to make the best batting for this quilt!

Use it up!

New Photography --







My friend Scott Brink took some pics of my quilt for me. I really love the way they look. He did a great job. 

This quilt is for sale - The normal price is 275.00 -- but through 12am tomorrow night (Nov 26) it is 50.00 off. 

Im quilting today --


I made two twin quilts that are these colors - I have one quilted and Im hoping to get the other one quilted starting as soon as I post this message.

Im happy with the way both off them came out. I made them a generous size width because I think they are gifts for younger people - and I like to stuff junk under my bed and hide it -- maybe others do too?


Something told George he could just jump right onto the table today?! That lasted as long as it took for me to take a pic.


Im doing the Bonnie K. Hunter "Easy St." mystery quilt!

I wanted to add this link to the post -- visit the Bonnies' website where there is a big section dedicated to people doing this mystery quilt. QuiltVille

I just pulled the fabrics today -

Here are the fabrics Im going to use.





I did not think I was going to have enough prints of each of the colors -- and Im still not sure I like my tones of grey -- they are very close to the whites -- and I dont think thats the goal.

But, for today Im done picking fabrics.

Im working on other projects now. Posts to follow.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday quilt shopping?

I know just the place to buy some quilts! Right here! The Price listed is the regular price - I will Take 50.00 off the price of any of them - and ship for free if bought from 11/22-11/25


That red one is a king size quilt - it is 475.00





The one with the red border is a queen size quilt it is 275.00

The red one is 200 it is a large double.

This is a queen size it is 275.00



This wild one is a king size it is 400.00


This is a queen size 275.00 


The above quilt is a light applique throw - it is 100.00 



I have lots of quilts made and ready to sell!

Now is the time to order one if you want it for Christmas!!

Now is the time!

taffypulls@gmail.com