Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quilted Quills

I'm done quilting the feather quilt!  The binding is done, too.  It just needs the threads clipped and a label.  I can give you sneak peek of the back; the rest will have to wait until it's gifted.

I'm hoping to do a full reveal later this month.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Footie Prints

We had snow on Friday, which clung to everything.  The sunset was breathtaking, all pink and white.  However, driving home in the evening was pretty eerie.  The trees near home were so bent by the snow, it felt like I was driving down a tunnel or a spooky forest from a Disney movie.  The car was occasionally pelted by sloughed off snow or broken branches.  We lost electricity for a few hours, no doubt due to downed lines.

The next morning was amazing with white trees and blue skies.  I didn't think of pulling out the camera until most of the trees had shed most of their snow, but I did managed to catch this before it all melted.

The dusting of snow on the front porch was my favorite.  The porch was completely covered by little birdie foot prints; I mean every square inch.  Each little print was clearly defined.  It made me think of stipple quilting!  The window feeders were emptied by early morning and I suspect the birds had been searching for any spilled seed.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shaded Swirls

I spent Monday evening frankensteining some batting, then layered up a sandwich with the background white of my problem quilt.  I spent Tuesday evening trying out my various thread colors.  My lighting this morning was terrible, but you can get an idea of my test piece.  The lower right corner is all done in taupe.  The middle section is done in buff, the upper in ecru.  All of the double wavy lines are done in the taupe, just like on my real quilt.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Making Faces

The first time I ever saw a guinea pig dislike the smell of something was Revy from Cali Cavy Collective.  Not one of my guinea pigs had ever done this before.  But it turns out Boadicea doesn't like the scent of certain things, too.

I had seen her make faces once or twice over a slice of bell pepper.  If I hadn't seen Revy's video, I may not have understood why she was reacting that way.  It must have been a particularly strong pepper.

Now I see that face every three days.  Turns out that Boadicea is not fond of the smell of metacam.  I agree, it's pungent.  When I unstopper the little bottle the super sweet scent hits me.  But it must taste delicious - I've never had to wrestle with a guinea pig to give it metacam.  Every single one of them suck it down.  So does Boadicea, once gets past the smell.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Let's Try This Again

When I quilted Summer Seashore I selected thread color very close to the fabric.  I was disappointed that the quilting was only visible when viewed close up and in person (it was very hard to photograph).  On the one had, it hid all the mistakes.  But it would have been nice to have that work a bit more visible.  So I promised myself I'd be more daring in my next quilting project.

Hmmm.  Maybe I should have qualified that promise.

I started my next freemotion quilting early December.  I used a taupe thread on an off-white background (lighter than the dark grey thread I had originally picked).  I didn't get far before I realized thread was a lot more visible on a solid light colored background than the prints I had been quilting before.  These waves are just the first step - there will be swirls and pebbles next.  I panicked.  Would the quilting overwhelm the rest of the quilt?  I tacked the thread with small stitches, so I fear ripping it out would hurt the fabric.  Rip or continue?  I couldn't decide.  I stuffed it into a corner and successfully avoided it for the better part of a month.

Now, it's back.  Gotta get it done (it was supposed to be a Christmas present!).  After some discussion, I've decided not to rip.  Some feedback was positive; maybe the thread wasn't that dark.  So I bought two lighter shades of thread, thinking that I'll mix the darker and lighter threads.  That way the darker waves won't look out of place, and the rest won't be overwhelming.  Maybe it will look like I planned it this way?

I normally dive into quilting, right on the project I'm doing.  I have a little quilt sandwich I run on just to test the tension.  Now I'm now thinking of layering up a chunk with the off-white background and test the threads before I continue quilting the real quilt.  I need help visualizing what this whole thing will look like before I continue.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Seesaw Weights

It's been over a year since I last posted a chart of my pigs' weights.  In fact, the last chart was with Pinniped and Cannoli.  New pigs and, sadly, a new swap in weight.  Just like my prior chart, it's not really the trending I wanted to see.  This time Cannoli's weight was the one to drop.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Full of Fleece

This is the last of my fabric purge.  I will be back to a quilting project that I'm struggling with:  should I rip or should I continue with the quilting?  I can't keep pushing it off.  I've finally run out of distractions.

In the meantime, I have a wonderful pile of guinea pig fleeces.  I had some of the cotton fabric for 20 years.  It feels so good to get this stuff sewn into something.  I will never open the drawer again and see a pile of it.  The few small leftover pieces have become QAYG hexie backing and various sized scrap squares for my next scrappy project.  Yay!

Now I need to get some new thread, throw on my freemotion quilting foot get working on something pretty to show off.