August 31, 2007

Someone Else's Creativity

When my mother wasn't looking I snuck into her vegetable garden to plant some faux carrots and wished they had built-in cameras, fearing I would not be there when they were discovered.  It didn't take long.  Later, while following her around to pick fresh, organic food for our dinner, she spotted one of them.  I could see the momentary confusion.  Her eyes became real big, and then she laughed out loud and called me weird.  Heehee, that was exactly the reaction I had hoped for.

August 30, 2007

Nothing to Show (visually)

On a very long drive today I completed another chemo cap to add to the pile.  Why is it that these fingers itch to be busy?  One would think one could do nothing and relax, almost like meditating.  Or is it relaxing to be busy?  It is difficult to know the difference when work is pleasure.  For that dilemma, I am grateful.

August 29, 2007

Sneaking a Peek!

It wouldn't be right to show off the finished quilt until after it's been gifted, but I couldn't resist sharing a corner.  I'm esp proud of these bound corners, ever since my pal Nancy showed me how to do them.  Before, my corners were curved because I was too lazy to learn the trick.  Now they have clean 90°points.  What would I do without big sister Nancy?  I would do curved corners.

August 28, 2007

Hand Stitching the Binding, continued

Stitching continues on the same quilt. Coppélia was keeping me company and I looked up to see her in hunting-mode.

Here is a clever knitted wig. Hats off to the lady who created this pattern -- this really tickles my funny bone.

August 27, 2007

Hand Stitching the Binding

I'm sorry if your eyes hurt as you look at this blurred image. My eyes hurt too. This is the back of the quilt. For hand stitching, I like to pull thread through a lump of beeswax, piling it loosely inside a brown paper bag, and press the bag with a warm iron. The heat melts the wax into the thread and makes it stronger, keeps the thread from twisting and is ever so nice to make hand stitches with. Sometimes I don't even cut the thread from the spool, so it can be rewound.

It will take a couple of days to bind this quilt, then it's back to stitching inventory again. I'll stock up on lavender pillows, dolls, and a couple of small quilts, all before November shows. It sounds like fun to me, after all, it requires SEWING!

August 26, 2007

Binding the Next Quilt

Our buddies Christine and Joel moved into a brand new home. There's a recessed area on a wall of their dining room that screams "QUILT GOES HERE!" They allowed me to create something for them as a house warming prez. This is binding for finishing the raw edges. Tomorrow I'll sew it on, then turn to the back and handstitch. I love these guys -- after a visit with them, I always feel so good.

August 25, 2007

Knitted Chemo Caps

I like to knit in front of the TV or as a passenger in a car because I can produce without looking at my work. Last night I finished another chemo cap. I've been making these for one year now. The initial 15 caps were made during the month of July 2006 when we were having a heat wave. Our central air conditioner was broken and it made the upstairs sewing room unbearable. Mum-in-law took the caps to American Cancer Society where she counsels patients. Since then, a few more caps have gone to those in need, but a good number are temporarily stockpiled. My chemo caps are made from Red Heart acrylic yarn and the pattern is easy to follow. I have never thought of myself as a knitter, but here I am, knitting blindly.

My pal Nancy and I spent the day at the San Diego Quilt Show. There were many quilts to drool over, esp Julie Hocking's "A Little Crazy" quilt (11"x13") which had exquisite embroidery. After looking at 500+ quilts, dolls and clothing, we itched for the vendor mall. My favorite booth is Pamela Hastings' Treasures of the Gypsy. I signed up for her Fabric of the Month packets. Ooh, the idea of receiving a selection of her luciously rich textiles, trims and embellishments in the mail just thrills me!

August 24, 2007

Amish Bars Winter Quilt

Piles of unused fabrics and unfinished quilt tops were driving me crazy during the first months of 2007.  So I buckled down... and concentrated... and then I was on a roll... and many scraps of cut cloth became pieced tops, ready to be taken to Ellen Patton, my local long-arm machine quilter, who lives on the Navy submarine base (not in a submarine, but a gracious 100 year old wooden house with a wrap-around glass porch, full basement and full attic -- wow!).  Now that Ellen's work is done, I have yet another pile of quilts, all much closer to completion.  I just finished binding this Amish Bars quilt, 45" x 58", in holiday fabrics with gold quilting thread.  To make the binding, fabric was bias-cut into strips and machine sewn to the front of the quilt.  Then the binding was folded over the raw edge and stitched by hand to the back of the quilt.  Incidentally, the back is a clean and simple white cotton.  The red and green fabrics are practically vintage -- I bought them in the early 90s!  This quilt will go into inventory for sale at my fall and winter craft shows.

August 23, 2007


Today is our 4th wedding anniversary.  I celebrate by sharing a nice dinner with Tien, by putting the final handstitches into the binding of an Amish Bars lap quilt in Christmas fabrics and by establishing this creative blog.  It's been a really good day!