Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Lookie, lookie...
As some of you may know, I am going on a little trip, and will, no doubt, be spending vast amounts of time in hospital waiting rooms. I was thinking of something to bring to work on . I have yo-yo's that I am making for a bedspread, but that can get monotonous. And then there's the UFO applique I started when I was pregnant with Abe- over two years ago, but I'm a bit burned out on that as I have been working on it some, lately. So... I was inspired by Lucy and some others here who actually still handpiece. Sarah is rolling her eyes now 'cause if there is an easy way to do something then I know how and that's the way I do it. But, but, but... I was thinking that there are certain applications that are not conducive to machine piecing. Like inset corners. I have read every word of advice that is out there on the proper way of accomplishing these with a sewing machine, and mine only come out satisfactorily about 30% of the time. And Sarah also knows that that ain't gonna cut it so I don't sew inset seams if I can help it. Well, then I saw these adorable stamp things-by Kate- and figured yep, I could try that. Now I do think they would be helpful in machine piecing also, but they are perfect for handwork, 'cause they give you a cut line and a sew line. How simple is that? No templates and no tracing. I did the inner little flower in no time at all and it came out pretty much perfect, if I do say so myself. I tried to keep what Genny said about enjoying the simplicity of the process and I found it very relaxing sitting in front of my fire (a gas heater) in my rocking chair. I am a bit clumsy at it and I have found that if I stick my tongue out that I make a straighter seam, but I figure these are all kinks that will work out as I practice. Don't worry Sarah, I still don't see myself handpiecing, say, a nine patch. I know someone who is doing that and I just have to tilt my head and wonder, "why?" Now if I can only stop myself from working on this instead of getting the million and one things done that need to be done before I leave the DH alone in a house chock full of children and one invalid. (And yes, he is the dearest, sweetest thing and I know they will miss me, but be just fine while I'm gone.) I think I might "need" to go fabric shopping as I only have enough for three flowers in fabrics that I like. These three were all from Sarah. She has a gift for finding the tiniest, most delicate little flowers and bugs. Blues and yellows in the center two rows and then flowers and/or bugs in the outer. I have blue dragonflies, gold bumblebees and yellow butterflies. And that is what I am thinking I will go with, so...hint-hint... a chubby eighth will do me! I am thinking that I will set them in muslin- a word about muslin. I think it is such a shame that it has fallen out of style. No, it doesn't look very interesting there on the bolt, but it quilts up so beautifully and adds a lot of simple charm to a quilt. And that's my opinion. I think I'll pack the flower garden stuff and carry on the crocheting project- since that won't require scissors. I am making DD a shawl. Well, time to climb Mt. Neverest. That's what we call the laundry around here. Thank you all so much for your prayers on my dad's behalf. He is a very fine physical speciman- so the Dr. says, so I feel confident that he will get through this fine. But like most men, a poor patient. Sorry Dad, but it's true. Anyone who rips off a heart monitor in the cardiac ward... well, you get the picture. Maybe I should ask for prayers for my Mom...

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Your friend Sarah sounds like a real gem - You'd better keep her around!

Love you - me!

Bonnie said...

I think this kind of hand piecing is the only kind I like too. hand piece a 9 patch?? WHY!?? But yes, things like this....y seams and diamonds and things that are difficult to machine piece would be great for taking along! I do like piecing more than applique....tho I have UFO's that are waiting for the applique bug to bite me again so I can even finish them.... :c)

Bonnie

Darcie said...

And just think of all of the people that you're going to "Wow!" during your days and nights in the hospital with your projects. You're going to change the world, Nines!

After all..."they" all think that quilters are...little old ladies...with curlers...and with knee highs...rolled down to their ankles...and that they have 16 cats...and...oh my gosh...you crochet too?....

OK...you get my picture...you go, girl! ;-)

I'll be praying for you and your family, Nines.

Darcie

Lucy said...

I never saw a stamp like you have. This is great. easy to do. No karton ,no template just stamp the lines. How big are the pieces? I love the pattern. Still want to make it . and yes.. by hand. It was nice to read that you are inspired by me.

Finn said...

High fives for trying the hand piecing Nines..I managed to do a whole double bed of those hexagons, and I love that you can just keep adding and adding.
I used no stamp..it was the early 1980, I traced around a cardboard template and I cut them with a scissors. Amazing what you will do when you don't know any better...LOL..it was my first quilt..*VBG*
And I've done it again, twice, willingly. One lap size and one baby.
There is a smoothing quality about the hand piecing. It certainly connects you to the beginnings of quilt making..and that's not a bad thing. Women have sat in those odd little "bits" of free time, they have, and pieced a nation together. You go girl!!

Dawn said...

Nines! That fabric does look like Sarah - and I love your flower garden so far!

I really laughed that sticking your tongue out helps! I do that all the time and my husband swears I'm going to bite it off!

That stamp thing is really cool, I may have to think about that... it sure makes it easier.

If you end up wanting some delicate blue/yellow florals I might have some fat 8th size chunks laying around I'd be glad to send you.

Tonya R said...

I'd send ya fabric, but somehow I don't think neon colors of aliens and eyeballs is gonna help :)

Good luck with with everything.

P.S. Maybe some geekiness will lighten your mood: I ***LOVE*** the Stargate time loop episode. Definitely my fave too, w/o question. AND I love the Buffy musical ep. Speaking of time loops, that's one of my other fave eps - the one where the evil trio of nerds makes Buffy try to get the Mummy hand over and over again.

JudyL said...

Hey, I need that stamp set! I love the Flower Garden quilt, have one (well . . maybe a few) of them started but I like that idea of stamping them. Can't wait to see this finished.

Judy L.

Dawn said...

OK - so I'm way behind! While I was out you asked how long it would take me to quilt something by hand like my fall moon! HAAAAA HAAAA HAAAA. I'm not a fast hand quilter - but I do enjoy it. Lets see, I only work on it about 4 nights a week for about 1-2 hours. And I started it back around the end of Sept. I'll be done with it this weekend.

and explain how to do a double wedding ring in ten words or less - triple HAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAA. I've never made one because I've been too scared to!

Scrapmaker said...

Love these little flower garden pieces. I don't know if I would ever have the patience to hand piece, but I would like to learn. Blessings on you during your trip. Jen

Sharon said...

And howdy, does that handwork ever keep you at piece with what is going on in the hospital. Best wishes to all for the best results.