Archive for March, 2012

Another Awwww.. Moment

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

This little fellow, we call him Jack, is demanding a lot of attention this afternoon. Here he sits (or should I say lays) on my files blocking my view of the computer screen! Now I am furiously trying to finish writing patterns for the last few quilts that will debut at the May Market with my new Creative Grids ruler and the pressure is on! So I debate about pushing him out of my way of the computer screen and off my file full of notes on the pattern¬† that I am so diligently writing. But there’s a back-story to his attention seeking so I hesitate.

As it turns out, Jack has just returned from the vet after having gotten his furry little balls snipped in just the right places to give me peace of mind and  hopefully keep him home at night.  So yes, Jack is a little doped up as would any male need to be after such an intrusion into his person.

Jack has been so happy to see me this afternoon that he has followed me everywhere until everywhere landed him on top of my work! I’ve decided to let Jack sit where he is, write from memory and tilt my head awkwardly around him to see the screen because as it turns out, I am still the good guy. Luckily for me, Jack doesn’t seem to hold grudges despite the fact that I put him in the cat carrier, drove him in the car for miles and abandoned him to a bunch of strangers who did unspeakable things to his private parts.¬† All that seems to be important to him is that I came to rescue him and brought him home. I will take what ever adoration I can get…

Awww….

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Its nice to know somebody likes my quilts!

 

Great Quilting Retreats going “Live” Today

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Hi all, I received emails today from both of the retreats I will be teaching at this year and both have their websites up and running!

The Mid-Appalachian Quilters¬† (MAQ) meets in July of every year at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, Maryland. The location is spectacular. The views are impressive and the history around the college is fascinating too! And that’s not even the best part – there’s the CLASSES! Take some time to check out all that they have to offer.¬† There’s quite a smattering of teachers and techniques there. Even Long-arm classes! Registration for this 3-day weekend event starts Saturday, April 7th!

Also going live today is Quilt Camp 2012 aka Ripley Рnamed so because it is located in picturesque Ripley, West Virginia! Check out the great job Peg Bingham has done with this website. I feel just like a movie star! This retreat is a week long event with 1-day and 2-day classes.  Lots of interesting offerings here too! Ironically, registration for this one starts just 2 days after MAQ on Monday, April 9th.

If either of these interests you and your friends, hurry with your registration! I’m told both of these great retreats fill up fast!

Basting Spray, Yes or No?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Finally, I have proven to myself why I don’t want to use basting spray in my quilts.¬† I have a can of basting spray, June Tailor’s Quilt Basting Spray, that I bought at JoAnn’s a year ago for a class. So we used it in class – or I should say, out in the back yard. We took our fabric and batting outside where there was a table covered with newspaper, laid everything out on that and sprayed away (following the manufacturer’s instructions, of course). Then we trekked back in to finish the project, which was a sweat shirt jacket, by the way.

So when I’m teaching Machine Quilting 101 this is the only experience I can truly talk about although I do state that I am not confident about using it in my quilts. Another tidbit I pass on to everyone is that I have heard that Sulky’s basting spray with the green cap will not gum up your needle – overheard that in a class somewhere, I think.

But the other day, my husband and I were trying to fix a most unusual problem with his over-driven, over-aged truck. The fabric on the ceiling was drooping in the center of his truck ceiling. In addition, it was coming unattached at the windshield, falling down and blocking his view. The particularly odd thing about it all was as he drove along and the cab of the truck warmed up, the fabric would retract, lifting back into place on the ceiling.

I had the great idea of taking this basting spray and spraying it up between the layer of fabric and the formed fiberboard that provided insulation between the cab and the metal top of the truck.¬† I know, I know, its basting spray, right, so it probably won’t be permanent but I wasn’t telling him that. I was just hopeful that it would stick!

We peeled back the fabric a bit and attempted to spray between the layers. When that was not too successful, I actually held the fabric away from the ceiling and my husband sprayed. This technique enabled him to get a good coating on the fabric as well as my hands!! We stuck the fabric to the ceiling – it felt rather damp but it stayed well enough to see where we were going for the day.

But here’s what convinced me that basting spray is not for me. I went inside to wash my hands since they were covered just about as well as the ceiling of the truck. I rinsed with warm water. I used dish soap. I used the scrubby thing for pans. Nothing worked! In order to get this stuff off my hands I had to resort to Goo Gone which was probably just one step up from the fingernail polish remover I was contemplating using next.

If you go to the June Tailor site for this stuff, it specifically states that you can wash this glue out of your quilt in the washing machine with detergent or you may have to dry clean your quilt if it isn’t all cotton. There were no instructions on how to remove it from skin but hey, if laundry detergent works,¬† shouldn’t¬† Dawn Dish Soap?

They have not been completely honest with me about this so I’m not ever using it on one of my quilts! That sweatshirt jacket is finished but its too ugly to wear so I don’t have to worry about the glue in that thing! My husband’s truck – well, it didn’t last. It is basting spray after all. I think it couldn’t handle the temperature changes so we just stapled the fabric up – worked like a charm!