Category Archives: sewing

My Crazy Love for Halloween

Yes, I know, everyone loves Christmas. I live with a Christmas lover….he starts singing carols in July. During the recent freak October snow he’s been humming Winter Wonderland. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit Grinch-y, but I’m ok with it.

Here are all the reasons Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday:

1) You get to dress up. I love anything that gives me a reason to dress up. I will do it every year until I’m dead.

2) Pure gluttony. You are expected to eat candy until you are ill. You get to indulge in all those horrible treats you try to avoid the rest of the year.

3) No gifts! There’s no stress over getting gifts for anyone or worrying if you spent enough/too much, or if the person will even like what you got them. All people want is candy and booze (for the grownups) and that’s a beautiful thing.

4) Fright! I love scary stuff, unless you’re talking about real spiders in my home. I love creepy, deranged, evil, spooky stuff.

5) I love the history of it. I love folklore and Celtic/Pagan traditions. One of these years I’ll actually carve some turnips instead of just pumpkins. I love that it signifies the end of the living year and a thinning between worlds. Especially now it very much signifies to me the end of the harvest. There’s a stark contrast at the market now (and in my garden) that reflects this greatly.

My tattoo of a sugar skull, drawn my my amazingly talented brother. Yep, that's how much I love this stuff.

6) Its close proximity to another favorite of mine: Dia de los Muertos. Again, on the topic of spirits, I like the notion that your loved ones who have passed can come back again in spirit for just a brief time. Then, the world sleeps until spring.

7) It’s fun. There’s no stress of cooking a big meal, or shopping, or travel. Just whip up a costume and get on with it.

It will always and forever be my favorite. Stay tuned because I’m going to have a whole post on the costume I made this year!

Summertime Picnic Quilt

You can see my first quilt hanging on the line in the back as well.

Yesterday I washed my quilts and threw them on the line outside. I figured it would be a good time to get out the camera and finally snap some photos and tell you a bit about it.

I made it from 2 packs of fat quarters that I bought from a local store specializing in antiques, crafts, and other cool vintage goods. The owner always cuts her own bundles of fat quarters and usually has great patterns. They are my own hidden treasure. I actually used them for the first quilt I ever made.

I first pulled out each fat quarter and ironed it. Boring and tedious, but I was determined to take more time with this one to make it good, and not rushed and sloppy. Then I made sure the edges were even and I cut them into uniform blocks.

Each bundle of fat quarters had slightly different measurements, so the blocks ended up being two separate sizes. I took all the ones of one size and pinned them together in several strips. Then I did the same with the others. I took those long strips and pinned them to each other.

Look at the new fence back there!

With all of this pinning I realized that if I pinned all the strips side-by-side I wouldn’t have a picnic quilt…I’d have a queen size duvet! So, instead of making an extra trip to get fabric for the back, I made it reversible.

I used some batting made from organic, unbleached cotton and used doubled folded bias tape that is made for quilt binding. Why I never noticed this at the fabric store sooner is beyond me. It saved me so much time not having to make my own trim.

I really wanted to rent an hour on the long arm quilter at Almost One of a Kind to finish, but I wasn’t able to. Instead I just did some crazy top stitching on my own machine. It’s not going to win any awards, but it’s functional and will hold the whole thing together well for a long time.

The weather has been a bit odd this summer so we haven’t had a chance to use it quite yet, but hopefully soon. At any rate, the bright colors will certainly put a smile on my face when I’m snuggled under the quilt on those bleak winter afternoons.

Days 18-27 Held Back By Rain

~dill~

Progress has been a bit slower around here lately. Jason went to Brooklyn Friday morning and came back last night. Last week before he left it was raining like crazy for 3 days straight.

They were able to get the post holes dug for the fence (and then they promptly filled most of the way with rainwater) ordered our supplies. Today they are going to fill the holes with concrete and posts.

I took Jack letterboxing again and got some cute pictures but somehow my computer ate them. Or that’s my theory, I really don’t know what happened.

We enjoyed the last derby bout of the season on Saturday. We won (YAY B Squad!!) and then we went to a bar called Mahar’s with about a billion different beers to choose from. Deelish!

I also got a lot done on my summertime picnic quilt. I may head down to Almost One of a Kind today to rent their huge quilting machine so I can assemble the whole thing. As soon as it’s done and ready to be picnic’d upon I’ll show it off.

~wild turtle visitor~