Mom visited last week for a few days, specifically so we could take a day and explore the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival up in Hampton, VA. The whole trip was excellent. I think Mom had a good time, I know I did. Let me just tell you that there is something about my mother's very presence that ignites a fabric-buying frenzy in me. She's never been pushy or a nag. She doesn't drop subtle hints. It's just my irrational reaction to her aura, and it's gotten worse since the 'rents moved far far away.
When she visited last August, I very efficiently acquired 13 yards of fabric in just a few hours. I think I might have matched that total this past weekend. It was awesome. Very rarely do I let myself go like that, when it comes to spending money on fabric. I tend to very carefully and judiciously mete out relatively small bits of my fabric allowance at a time to evenly distribute the acquisition of fabric throughout the month. I didn't exercise that kind of self-control at the quilt show.
After this past weekend, I have no fabric allowance left for the next 6 or so weeks. If you need me, you'll find me at my sewing machine, merrily quilting away with my new fabric or catching up on my email and google reader.
Even happier news is that a good chunk of my allowance was spent "responsibly." Thanks to thousandsofbolts and my already ample stash, I now have enough fabric to back and bind 4 quilts - I'm planning to work on this one
and then finally piece and quilt something from this fabric.
Oh, but first I have a project to finish for a christening gift this weekend. That's right, the weekend that starts tomorrow. It's almost done. I just have to add the label with the Bible verse to the back.
Thus, I am declaring March to be the month of Machine Quilting Madness in my house. Hopefully, I won't run out of thread.
There's yet another type of March madness kicking off this week - have y'all seen Fat Quarterly's March Modern Fabric Madness? They've set up brackets, squaring off some of the most popular fabric lines from recent years against each other. Be sure to fill out your brackets and cast ballots for your favorites - the first round of voting is up and open until this Saturday, March 5th! I can't wait to see who wins!
Finally, lest you think we're starving ourselves in the name of machine quilting, here's what we've been eating this week:
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
You guys, about 24 hours after I hit the Publish button on Sunday's post about how I was so excited to give away all my unsightly fabric, I made the decision to clean out the storage attic that houses mainly my stuff. In the process, I found 2 of those Rubbermaid bins full of more fabric from Mom.
At first, I inwardly groaned because I knew all this fabric would take up all the space I had just cleared out, but then I realized that these bins contain the good stuff that I claimed - lots of neutral backgrounds and a couple of complete fat quarter towers.
I have lots of ideas percolating on how to put my newfound fabric to use. But it would be a gross oversight if I failed to mention that the sight of all that haphazardly stacked fabric stresses me out a bit.
So what did I do to cope with this joyful stress? I started a new project, of course. Angie/Angela asked her Sew Bee It peeps to create a spiderweb block for January.
I've been toying with the idea of a spiderweb quilt for awhile now, and this was the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet. After I finished Angie's block using this tutorial, I grabbed one of my Moda Scrapbags off the shelf, ripped into it, and started cutting the scraps into various sized strips. I quickly realized that these blocks take FOREVER to piece. Added to that, I'm not incredibly keen on the fabric - Butterfly Garden by Kansas Troubles. It's just a little too Ma Ingalls for my taste, but I didn't have to buy anything to start this project, so I'm persevering on. I've been trying to make one block's worth of webs each day. Here's my current stack. That stack is enough to make 4 blocks. That's right. 4. Not 24 or even 14 - 4. My ultimate goal is to make 20 or 25 blocks and add a couple of borders to make it a nice lap-sized quilt. Hopefully, I can stay focused enough to at least finish the webs by the end of the month.
Back to work.
Here's what we'll be eating to sustain my feverish spiderweb piecing...
- Spinach & Goat Cheese Risotto
- Tortellini and Tomato Soup, French Bread (never got around to this last week)
- Sloppy Joes, Vegetable
- Breakfast for Dinner - Waffles + Smoothies
- Falafel Stuffed Pitas
- Potato Soup
I'm linking up to Menu Plan Monday on OrgJunkie! Check it out for more weekly menu plans of the omnivorous variety.
Finally: be sure to check out KarrieLyne's blogiversary giveaway! Hint: it's awesome!