August 29, 2011

Testing Blogger app from my phone...

Woohoo!  It works!  I have officially caught up with the rest of the world and now have a smartphone (the EVO shift) and I love it!  Now I can be connected to everything at any time! 

Including midnight internet searches on what movies Ted Danson was in.

Don't ask.

Now switching subjects completely, we weathered hurricane Irene just fine, and beyond some downed branches, nothing major occurred at our house, for which I am extremely thankful, but my heart goes out to everyone hit hard by the storm. 

Subject numeric three:

I am hoping to remodel/redecorate our basement living room either this fall or next spring.  It also (currently) serves as the mister's office space, which is not well separated from the rest. 

The only natural light is from the patio-type doors, so its pretty dark most of the day.  It is full of cruddy wood panelling.  Has new-ish carpet, but I'm thinking of putting in some sort of solid surface. (Either laminate or tile)

I should take pictures.

But then I'd have to clean.

Anyways, I am looking for inspiration and info on turning this dark room into a bright, fun, kid-friendly living space.  Please share any home-y links!  I am already all over pinterest, (i am littleblubirdie if you wanna see what I'm up to..)

August 21, 2011

Quickie post today:

Sorry about the lack of posting recently, I have been working pretty much non-stop on the QAYG quilt, but it still is a pile of blocks. I should be able to start piecing the blocks together by the middle of the week.

Anyways, the real reason of this post is to inform you all that my blog address has changed! You can now access my blog through http://www.littlebluebirdie.com! I may or may not eventually change it again and re-build up my art website in conjunction with crafting, but that is a hurdle for another time. (and depends if I can get the time to make some new art to replace the old college work that I have for it currently..)

August 9, 2011

couple of things today:

One, I love, love, love this quilt as you go business. It feels like it is going so fast! I've got 8 blocks quilted, and another one basted and ready to go. Not to shabby for a weeks work, no?

(for anyone interested, I am using this method of QYAG. Its got a bit of hand sewing to join the blocks, but its not that difficult.)

Two, I've been having major headaches lately because of breaking my glasses. My new ones should arrive tomorrow! (not quilting related, but I am super excited.)

Three, Natalie of Threaded Mess and Nova MQG leader, and all around fantastic person has organized a block drive! For every 9 blocks she receives, a preemie quilt will be made to benefit the local NICU Preemie Unit. Head on over to her blog to find out how to contribute!

August 4, 2011

building a quilt, part next

proof I am insane:

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No really. I am.

This quilt is going to be a small queen/large double at around 80 inches square, if I dont add borders to make it a proper queen.

Now, I dont have a long arm, or even a large-throated machine. So figuring out how to quilt a monster quilt was a task I left for after all the blocks were pieced.

they are all pieced. (but not photographed..I have 10 or so to photograph and throw up on flickr)

I needed a soloution that wont bore me to tears or cause my upper body to be sore for a month.

After some research, I finally decided on doing a quilt-as-you-go method. I hope it'll work. The above photo is a single block (16in square) quilted and ready to be joined to another. 1/2 inch spaced quilting lines, in different directions to give it a little texture.

I'm in love..and they dont take that long to quilt! an hour or so each block seems like good time versus shoving and tugging a queen size through the machine for who knows how long..!