Wow! The weekend went by WAY too quickly!
As usual I did not accomplish the sewing that I had expected/wanted to, but I think I ultimately shoot too high for expectations. I know that part of that was due to having the boys Friday into Saturday so I hopped into more kid friendly activities [cookies, movies, etc]. Actually when the oldest one is over I try to keep him away from the cutting table LOL. I love him to death and he would really love to sew [well at least he wanted me to show him how], but he is dangerous with the rotary cutter! Fortunately he doesn’t do harm to anything with the rotary cutter, just the rotary cutter itself!
Yes, if you are wondering, a 10 year old can break a rotary cutter. I’m not quite sure how it all happened, but it happened. I have one of the squeeze ones with the button lock, now there is no lock. In reality I think he squeezed it too hard while it was locked and broke it, but who knows…of course he swears he didn’t touch it! That was when I was letting him practice cutting some scraps with the ruler.
Other than that, we had a lot of fun and a little fighting [over which one of them was going to hand wash the silverware! Go figure!]. I think Ill bring them over more often to hand wash them since they come out of the dish washer with sea salt residue [a down side of living at the beach]. Frankly it was amazing how fascinated they were with the bubbly water. See at home they have a maid that does the dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. so they had never seen water plugged in a sink. Actually they came and told me that “the sink is overflowing” haha!
So Saturday afternoon/evening was an adventure with mom as it always is. I managed to get all the rows together on the Parisville Quilt.
And scottish approved!
We also ventured to the quilt shop to get some more pictures so I can post more products later. Of course that did not come without some personal fabric purchases as well. The Shop
had gotten in Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossom line and frankly I am less than impressed. There were a few prints that I liked [not loved], but as a whole it was just disappointing, especially after the line was rejected twice and came out months after is was originally scheduled. Half of her prints looked like vomit and the rest at first glance you would think were Kaffe. How are you guys feeling about her newest line?
Sorry Amy, its not just you. In fact, the last few lines of designers I usually love have not been impressing in the least. AMH [innocent crush], Tula Pink [Parisville], Kaffe, etc. I think they have been hanging out too much together, their brains are melding! It’s times like these when I really miss Heather Ross, printing on quilting cotton. She also poses a dilemma. I absolutely love her designs, but I haven’t been buying them because they arn’t on quilting cotton and spoonflower has become a joke. I cannot bring myself to purchase fabric that is 1. WAY over priced [which I understand it has to be since it is screen printed]. 2. It fades away and 3. It just doesn’t feel nice. I hate to even speak like that of them because they are based here in NC and it is a great idea, I just wish it were cheaper and more reliable.
I also intended on finishing up my 3×6 blocks for my second beehive, but that just didn’t seem to happen. I’ll be working like crazy this week to get them in the mail by Wed. I did however finish the Christmas gift quilt top. I have been fretting a bit that I just wouldn’t get it finish. The triangles and ironing the seams open were driving me bonkers! But in the end I got through it, taking a break every block. I think part of the problem was that the fabrics [Kate Spain, 12 days of Christmas], just isn’t my favorite although I know the recipient love them [which really is all that matters]! I picked up the backing this weekend which actually if from Amy’s new line, I figured it would work nicely since it is a limey/christmasy green.
I need to get that quilted this week, along with finish quilting my Christmas quilt seeing I am down to crunch time and half way through December! ahhh! I just cant believe it! I also have intentions of making a few mug rugs and crayon rolls, but we will see how that goes! The kids leave for Atlantis on Thursday so with a week of real time off before Christmas you may not find me anywhere but in front of the sewing machine!