Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Class In Applique

The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds.
~Martin H. Fischer

Yesterday seemed to fly by.  I did a little blog reading and POOF - it was time to have breakfast.  Caught up on some email and POOF - half the morning was gone.  Started some sewing and POOF - time to eat lunch or I might as well just wait for dinner.  Finished marking for an applique project and finished up another little project and POOF - time to fix dinner.  How does so much time just go POOF?  I think the minute hands on the clock must have been flying - sort of like those funny clocks in cartoons.  Another day that seemed to have evaporated before my eyes.  Humph.....thank goodness I get another day today :)



The Ringling Brothers Circus began in 1884 in Baraboo, Wisconsin using the title "Yankee Robinson and Ringling Brothers", the only time the Ringlings ever gave themselves second billing. It was a small circus at first, conveyed by wagons, and differed little from scores of other little shows that traversed limited geographic areas.  By the late 1880s, however, the circus had established itself as one of the largest and best-run circuses in the country.  What distinguished the Ringling Brothers Circus from others was its honest and fair attitude toward the public. Unlike other small circuses of the time, Ringling Brothers would not allow ticket sellers to short change customers, nor did they allow games of chance such as Three Card Monte and shell games on their lots. This reputation for clean dealing and good value brought them success, and soon they were able to make the leap into the ranks of railroad circuses.  In 1907 the brothers purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus and ran the two circuses separately until they merged them into one unit in 1919, when they also moved the winter quarters to Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Last week I started a class online at Quilt University.  The class is called Triple Treat Tulips and is being taught by Susan Brittingham.  It will cover 3 methods of machine applique.  I thought since I am so new to applique, that it would a good class to pick up some pointers and learn the 'correct' way to do things.

For the first lesson we had to select fabrics and assemble the background.  No applique so far so I didn't have any troubles with making this much of it.  The tablecloth will be appliqued down in the next class - that's why you are seeing so many pins.  So far the piece measures 27" X 36".

If you look real close you can see that I've traced the placement of the pattern pieces onto the background.  Sorry that the picture is so poor but I didn't want to make the ink too dark.  This Friday will be the next class where we actually start doing some applique.



Today I received a squishy envelope that made me smile......

Last week I was one of two lucky winners over at Farm Girl Transplanted.  I won 2 charm packs of Prayer Flag and one yard of white background fabric.  Kris included two pretty nail files - and believe me my nails need all the help they can get.  I can't wait to get started on a project with these charm packs.  I think I already have the pattern in mind.  Thank you so very much for your generosity, Kris!!!!



Today I am going to start assembling the Designer Mystery BOM quilt - woohoo!!



From The Blue Chair is having a giveaway. Katie is giving away a Kona color card. Katie will pick a random winner on Monday, May 23.

Crafts and Stuff is having a giveaway.  You could win a miniature created by Hetty.  The winner will be selected on Wednesday, June 1.

Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting Blog is having a giveaway.  You could win a set of May for Me Note Cards and The Easy To Sew Quilt Pattern for both you and the person who has inspired you.  Marcia will draw two winners on Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 pm.

Kati Cupcake is having a giveaway.  Amy is giving away a fat quarter bundle of her newest line of fabric, Sugar Blossom.  Not sure when this one ends :(

The Intrepid Thread is having giveaway #2.  You could win a charm pack that Julie has cut out.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, May 25, at midnight.



Would you believe I'm already thinking about tomorrow?  I usually try not to think too far ahead because I feel like I'm just wishing the day away.  But tomorrow I have something to celebrate and I hope you will celebrate with me.  What am I celebrating, you ask?  Well, you will just have to wait until tomorrow to find out.  How can you help me celebrate?  All you have to do is come read my blog and join in the fun.  I'm just a tease, aren't I.  Tonight I will be attending the local guild meeting.  I will be reporting back to you about what happened and my thoughts on the whole thing but I won't be doing that until Monday's post.  I'm going to keep you in suspense again :P  Sometimes it's necessary to have a little mystery in your life, it adds a little spice to your life.  Now are you thinking about tomorrow too?

It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.  Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about. 
 ~Alan Ball

Enjoy your Thursday - I know I will!!


Barb said...

Your online class sounds interesting.

Love your gifties...

Cheryl said...

Glad you decided to go to the guild meeting!! Hope you have fun.

Jocelyn said...

The Ringling Home Ca'dZan is about an hour south of where I live. It's pretty amazing, and a wonderfully preserved piece of the 1920's.

Christine said...

Enjoy your guild meeting. And wondering about your post for tomorrow. Have an excellent Thursday. :)

GerryART said...

My plans for tomorrow include Sew Day with DD#2
Relax and enjoy this evening's guild meeting.

Lynda said...

Is it tomorrow yet?

Today is my day off from work so I'll be shopping, cleaning, and SEWING (yippee for that). The rain has been beating down on us for a few days now....and we find we have a leak. Hopefully the repairman will be out today.

I haven't been to a guild meeting for a couple of years now. This working is really biting into my "fun" time.

Have a good day.

Impera Magna said...

What a major tease you are! I know I won't be able to sleep tonight wondering... *lol*

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Thanks for entering the Accuquilt Giveaway on my site. I L-O-V-E your blog design! How cute is it!!!! Glad to be your follower now.
{Accuquilt Giveaway} 

Linda said...

I LOVE applique! Take a look some time at my tutorial for the method I use and see what you think. It's a very easy method that a lot of people like better than the traditional methods. It's much faster. Of course, everyone has their favorite method and you will find one that works best for you!

Needled Mom said...

It is going to be a great project for us to follow as you go along. It sounds like an interesting class.

Have you seen the movie "Water For Elephants" yet? The book was great and your note about the circus made me think of it.

You are full of teases today. Good thing I check your blog each morning. Have fun tonight.

Megan Harmeyer said...

Yes I'm thinking about tomorrow, for a couple different reasons, but for now, I'll keep my lips zipped. LOL I can't wait to see the tulips done - I bet you'll be great at that.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You have become adventurous - secret surprises, attending a guild, and an on-line class! Think of tomorrow? Yes, to get that quilt under the machine to finish.

krisgray said...

Can't wait to hear/see more about your class. I will have up check that web site.

I once applied for an asst archivist job at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. What a cool place! They have the records of the circus including personnel, so they get lots of genealogy requests.

Kathy H said...

Have a fun time at the guild meeting. Hope they are nice people and inspiring.

rubyslipperz1052 said...

I just thought I would let you know..."POOF" hangs out at my house sometimes too! You are a BZ-Bee! and I am...a bit on pins n needles, to see how the local guild visit goes.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I have days like that, too! Hope you enjoy the meeting....looking forward to your mysterious post tomorrow!
Jacque in SC

Shannon said...

I have days like that too. I just won a jelly roll of Prayer Flag from Sharon. I love it. I am glad that you dicided to go to the quilt guild meeting. It will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to her about your evening.

Barbara said...

My days fly by too, especially when I'm sewing. Your applique looks good!

Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait to see what you do with Prayer Flag. I have two charm packs of it, too!

Mini MNM's said...

Thanks so much for letting me know that I am a no reply blogger! I fixed it!

Miss Hillbilly said...

How do you like quilt university? I've never done much applique but it is on my to learn list for soon!

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