Monday, September 26, 2011

Design Wall Monday!

Can't wait to see what everyone has one their Design Wall this morning.  My Glacier Star has changed quite a bit since last week as I got several sections sewn together which made a big difference and has really motivated me to continue working on this project. . .

Check out what others have been up to at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stash Report

I am such a slacker - I think the last time I reported a Stash Report was way back in July.  With all of the travelling and the "big move" I had not touched my machine.  Now we are finally settled in our new home and life is good once again I am now able to sew (locating the power cord to my Bernina did have a bit to do with that).  So this past week I posted on Design Wall Monday that I had begun to work on my Glacier Star project once again.  On Thursday I ran into a problem while constructing one of the flying geese units that circle the outer edge of the quilt.  There was a lack of contrast between the geese and the background, so Judy Niemeyer herself responded to my cries for help and suggested changing the background to something lighter.  This necessitated an immediate trip to the LQS!

Used this Week: 2 yards
Used year to Date: 79 yards
Added this Week: 2 yards
Added Year to Date: 40 yards
Net Used Year to Date: 39 yards

Check out how everyone else is doing with their stash busting at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My new obsession!

Well, now that I'm back on track with the Glacier Star project, I only allow myself time to drink, eat, and sleep.  Speaking of drinking, I had a drink last night - a peach daiquiri (only because there was a large freakin bat in the garage and that's where my Pepsi was, so I had to hit the bottle pouch).  I still cannot believe that these pouches are only $1.99.  I'm a cheap drunk, it only takes one pouch to give me a buzz!  I digress . . . back to Glacier Star. 

Thursday night I began working on the flying geese units that will circle the outer edge of the quilt and was not happy with my fabric choice. So first thing yesterday morning, I emailed the designer, Judy Niemeyer, for her opinion and a couple hours later, she emailed me back with a suggestion - change the background fabric! I was so surprised, impressed and excited that I immediately got in the car and drove to the LQS to pick up a lighter background. I am so happy now with the results!

Here is my total progress so far:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Glacier Star Progress

I have been working away everyday since Monday on my Judy Niemeyer Glacier Star! Here is a bit of my progress so far . . .

I am struggling with the outer flying gees though, I am concerned that there is not enough contrast.  Of course I have the fabric for all 192 flying geese already cut out . . . I am going to email my instructor a picture of the flying geese unit for her opinion - I let you know the verdict! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Design Wall Monday

It's been a couple of months since we  moved and things have finally taken enough shape in my Quilting Cave that I am able to sit down and sew, especially since I finally located the power cord to my Bernina!  It's going to be a good week I hope because when I came down to the cave this morning, there were no mice in any of the traps and none of them had been sprung either!  On my Design Wall this morning, I have pieces of my Glacier Star that hasn't been touched since like Easter - it's a shame because I really enjoy working on it.  My goal this week is to get as much done on this project as I can . . .  
Check out what everyone has on their Design Walls today at JudyL's Patchwork Times!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Friends

Well, as if the bats weren't enough, now we have mice.  About a week ago I saw one in the garage, and since I will not be able to unpack all of the crap stuff in there in this lifetime, I wasn't too worried until last night!  I thought I saw something from the corner of my eye, turned and saw a mouse run from the laundry room straight into my quilt room.  First thing this morning I was at the store buying mouse traps.  I keep waiting to hear the unmistakable "snap", but it hasn't happened yet.  I baited the traps with peanut butter, a tiny piece of a Hershey's bar and then some more peanut butter on top of that.  I hope they like that more than my quilt fabric and batting.

Monday, September 5, 2011

My close personal friends . . .

Here is a picture of one of my many close personal friends . . . a BAT! This was taken the last day we were at the old house. I was not at all sad to leave them behind at our old place, but unfortunately, they have followed us the 1.8 miles to our new home. The other night I went out to the garage to get some ice cream and when I turned on the light and opened the door, two of them were flying laps around the garage. Needless to say, I did not have a bedtime snack!

Where is Kare?

I have MIA for a little over a month now because . . . we purchased a new home and moved! We are slowly unpacking and getting acclimated.  This new house has central air and a pool in the backyard and with the heatwave we've been experiencing this past month it's been a sweet reprieve.  As soon as I locate the cable to my camera, I will post pictures, but for now, this is from my phone!