Still MIA: what I am working on

Because my little Viking is still in the *shop I have been keeping busy with a new task.  It is one I have wanted to try but never gave myself the time.

I love it!

This is my quilting table with my latest WIP creation all laid out.

First-Hexigons

They are hexagons.  Each little disk of cover stock was carefully cut out, hole punched and then pinned to a square of fabric.  The fabric was clipped with a generous 1/4 inch + edge for turning under and basting.  Each of the basted hexagons were then trialed into different arrangements until I decided on this one.

After I complete the right side of my layout I will be making half-hexies to allow me a smooth edge for binding.  Then I will be painstakingly sewing the little bits together to make a whole.

The finished item will be approximately 16 inches  wide by 48 inches long.

DiamondbackLooking from this angle I am suddenly reminded of the pattern on the Diamond Back Rattlesnake. This, of course, was unintentional.  Bees also use this shape for construction of their honeycomb!  I find the patterns in nature to be awesome.  Don’t you?

Diamondback snakeA Diamond in the rough…

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*I’ve called three times regarding my little Viking and the repairman (I use the title loosely) says he’s still waiting for a bulb.  :(

And although I am holding out for the repair of my old machine I am facing facts, and have begun a search for a new Viking with these criterion:

  • It will be a fair price.
  • It will use my presser feet collection ($$$!!!)
  • It will be a newer model (from China, I know, but what other options do I have?)

I simply can’t abandon all the money I have invested in specialty presser feet.  So, if I must replace my old machine I will want one that is lightly used and substantially less than the sticker price of a new one!

They are out there.  I just need to keep my eyes open.

OPAL-670.aspxThis one would certainly be nice…  Click on her to see what she can do!

Photo Friday: I love AutoCAD

Wanting to make a quilting design I saw today was frustrating when I realized that the pattern was not available.

So, I started a session in Virtual PC, running a seat of WindowsXP, (*edited see explanation below)  and then cranked up an ancient version of AutoCAD.  With a bit of tutoring from Bob (he works with this stuff all the time)  I had my new Foundation Paper Piecing block!

AutoCADI printed it onto freezer paper.

Now I need to choose my fabrics and get sewing!

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*Note:  As the running of the background programs in a PC world is not my thing… Bob has advised me that I was not running DOS, I was running a virtual PC with a “seat of WinXP”.  Clear as mud; Yes?  I have corrected my error in nomenclature above.  :P

Old Dog New Tricks

Been busy, oh so busy teaching myself new tricks…  Pictures  with few words today.

(Click the first picture for gallery and captions)

NOTES:  The curved seam practice went not so well, but it was a good learning experience and made a cute little mat for the kitchen table.   It now holds the napkins, salt and pepper.

So what are the little hexagon shapes in the picture of the finished cupcake?  Why my next learning exercise of course!  ;)

Julie’s apron is HERE

Be back soon!

Finally!

ETSY doesn’t make it easy with their new shipping calculator set up, but I think I got it covered!

And now no matter where in the world you live you can buy it if you like it!

Newly added is my Log Cabin table topper.

Side-angle-view

You can find it HERE

Things should start showing up a bit more regularly now.  :)

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update!!!

wow!

I put it up and it’s SOLD! 

That makes me happy.

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