Friday, July 15, 2011


Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Have you ever had one of those days when you suddenly feel like you've hit that proverbial wall?  That happened to me yesterday right after lunch.  I came home from a great lunch with two of my friends and just felt exhausted.  I wanted to curl up and take a nap.  The problem with my taking a nap is that I know I won't sleep when I'm supposed to, you know, at NIGHT.  So I trudged through the rest of the day with heavy eyes and no desire to do a darn thing.  I did some blog reading and little sewing which I should haven't done as you will see below.  I fixed a simple dinner and even worked on some stitchery after dinner.  If I hadn't stitched I would have been asleep immediately in front of the television.  But today is another day and I'm ready to go, go, go!!!



Buck Moon

Tonight there is a full moon.  This moon is called the Buck Moon.  According the Farmer's Almanac full moon names date back to Native Americans. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.
Since July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur, the full moon of this moon is called the full Buck Moon.
Sometimes this moon was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.



Yesterday morning I finished the quilt top.

As I said before, this is a variation of the quilt pattern, Dora, from the book, 3 Times the Charm!  Their pattern called for 1 charm pack - I used 2.  They did not have the inner border nor did their outer border match their sashing.  Theirs measured 30 1/2" square and mine ends up measuring 59" square.  So I'm changing the name of my quilt to Colors Thru The Window.  Now I'm debating about the binding.  I can't decide whether to stay with solid black or do a scrappy binding in the bright colors.  I have set up a poll on the left hand sidebar for you to make your voices heard on which binding I should use.  What do you think?



Yesterday was rather a flop in my fmq lesson......

I was to practice making Sashiko Shells.  Leah said they stack like bricks and should be even in size.  I just couldn't get the hang of it.  I tried to make the shells in all four corners of the block.  I gave up and wrote "Shashiko Shells not my thing" - I misspelled Sashiko but you get what I meant.  I also had a cross out of shells just to the right there - lol!  So, I decided to practice something else.....

I did some meandering.  This seemed to flow fairly smoothly and most of my stitches were fairly uniform in length.  I only made one or two sharp turns and had just a couple of cross overs.  Maybe this is something I could actually do on a small quilt :)  Now on to day 4!



Yesterday afternoon I finally made another block for my UFO/WIP, Americana Sampler quilt.

This is why you should never sew when you are tired!  When I was pressing this block, I kept looking at it and thinking "I really am not fond of this block".  Still pressing away for what I thought was the final press it suddenly dawned on me - You sewed it together WRONG, dummy!!!!  So once again Mr. Ripper and I became well acquainted as I ripped out three seams.  It couldn't have been the outside edge block - oh no - it had to be one of the inside block assemblies.......

This looks much better!  All angles heading in the right direction.  This block is called Next Door Neighbor.  I might as well confess this little tidbit too......I miscut the red squares for the corner triangles and had to search through my scrap stash for a similar color red to use.  3/8" off of a square is a big mistake and, of course, I didn't have enough from the kit to use the same fabric.  Oh well, in the end I don't think it will be noticed.



Today I am going to play with a new toy/tool I received a little while back :D



Amy's Creative Side is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a bundle of Wild Garden Collection, by Dan Bennett for Westminster.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 18.

Frugal Ideas from the Parsonage is having a giveaway.  Sophia is giving away a vintage fat quarter.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, July 20, at midnight.

Pink Chalk Studio is having their weekly giveaway.  This week you could win a Paris Apartment Fat Quarter set in the winner’s choice of colorway.  This giveaway ends Monday, July 18.

Jolly Jabber is having their weekly giveaway, too.  This week you could win one of Julie Herman's Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundles.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 19.

Sew Take A Hike is having a giveaway.  You could win  a tea towel (your choice of color), and a tea kettle pattern Amy designed herself.  This giveaway ends Sunday, July 17.


The desktop computer has been repaired and DH will pick it up today!!  I'm so glad.  Working on the laptop is better than not having a computer at all but it is a struggle for me.  The keyboard does not always work as I think it should - the keys are quite stiff.  I really give the delete and backup buttons a workout.  I'm not sure where all of the different keys are and have to stop to hunt and peck.  I sometimes hit the CAPS LOCK key by miSTake and suddenly everything is capitalized.  Then I go to hit that key to unlock the caps and hit another key that sends me back to the top of the page - I still haven't figured out what key that is and how it sends me to the top.  One day I'm afraid it will send me over the top and down the hill - lol!  All will be well and back to normal this evening when I start up the desktop computer and hear its whir and then put my fingers on my favorite keyboard.  Back to something I understand. 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
~John Barrymore


Charity said...

Love your finished through the window's quilt.
Glad to hear you are feeling refreshed this morning.

Cheryl said...

The same fabric as the border wouold be my choice for binding. Have a great weekend.

Annie said...

It needs a bright binding!


Sophia said...

I love how the black in your quilt brings out the other colors. (I voted in your poll about the binding.)

Although it was a frustrating day for you, I enjoyed reading about it and realizing that I'm not the only one that makes mistakes like that. :)

The other day I spent 8 (yes, 8!) long hours trying to insert an invisible zipper into a clutch. I did it wrong at least five times and had to completely rip my project apart as many times.

Sallie said...

Love your Colors through the Window quilt! Also, enjoying seeing your FMQ.

Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

I hate it when I sew my blocks together wrong. I've been learning paper piecing lately and also trying to make my own patterns, so Mr. Ripper and I seem like we are BFFs these days, but really we are frenemies! Love the finished quilt, I vote for scrappy bright border :)

Gene Black said...

Your top looks great. I think the black border really makes the colors shine and sing.

Quiet Quilter said...

I have days like that all the time...only I usually cave in and sleep...

Why not add a little black with your scrappy border and have the best of both worlds.

I did that on my caterpillar quilt,,had the same color as the previous border mixed in with scrappy colors...looked like the caterpillar was chewing its' way out....

LynCC said...

LOLOLOL I had a very similar sashiko shell experience, but I love your "not my thing"!!

Staci said...

oooo, bet I know what you'll be playing with! Have fun!

I was trying to quilt while too tired last night, and totally ruined a layer cake square. I don't know what I was thinking, but I cut rectangles instead of squares and have to get more fabric, because there wasn't enough fabric left to make the required amount of squares. . . I know better!!
Oh well. Thank heavens for Fat Quarter Shop!

greelyrita said...

I vote a black binding. I LOVE this quilt!!!

Char said...

Love the Colors Through the Window quilt.
You should see what my FMQ practice looked like. Yikes! I got to practice meandering a lot making tote bags. It really helped.

quiltzyx said...

Oh yes I know what you were feeling yesterday! lol
Luckily I am usually able to talk myself out of sewing when I'm tired...usually!

Your Thru' the Window quilt is wonderful! I am always drawn to bright colors with black. :D

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Super quilt - oh, mix of color and black with the binding. WOnderful blocks. For hitting a wall you did flow a little.

Snoodles said...

Fantastic quilt! I love it, and voted for a scrappy bright binding! Have a pleasant weekend!
Jacque in SC

Sandra :) said...

I love how those black bands make the colours pop - what a great quilt! I voted for bright colors in the binding, just for extra pop :)

Sarah Craig said...

Whoop whoop! Love your quilt, and your block (the second version - LOL!)

Barbara said...

Such a pretty quilt! Love those bright colors!

Sara said...

We all have those kind of days that is for sure!!

I would do a red or orange border. I am having that dilemma too right now. Maybe I should set a poll up too. Come take a look at mine and see what you think (please)!

joe tulips said...

I have the exact same problems when typing on the laptop! I still don't know which key is doing the bad stuff when I am not ready! I need to go vote now

Barbara said...

Your FMQ looks fabulous! I think you've found a special talent with this!

FabricsNQuilts said...

Your quilting is great! Keep practicing! Loopy L's are my favorite meander. They just feel fun & girly to me.
I also love your Window quilt & {totally} think a pieced binding would be stunning!

Connie said...

Colors through the Window is beautiful, I voted on a scrappy border. Love the Buck Moon photo too.

Shannon said...

Sometimes it is funny the kinds of mistakes one can make when sleepy. I lokk at and think "really, did I just do that". LOL!!

Nancy said...

The quilt looks great. I hope you are back to enjoying your desktop computer. I know what you mean about laptops. I don't like using the keyboard on one of those either.

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