Thursday, June 3, 2010

Straight from heaven

I saw a quilting friend in Wal-Mart recently, and mentioned my frustration with not having a sewing machine. She told me about someone in the guild who was thinking of donating her old machine, and suggested I give her a call. Well, I did, and this ANGEL let me use her machine until I could get another one for myself. There's a special place waiting for her in heaven! I picked the machine up yesterday, and went straight down to my studio to play with scraps when I got home.

I participated in a scrap swap set up by V at BumbleBeans. Here are the scraps I received,

and here is what I have done with them so far.

I wanted to take a block (or 4) and put it on point, then put that new block on point, and so on and so forth. It's not something I really know much about, so it was fun to experiment with what size corner triangles are needed for that and whatnot. Perfect project to get used to a new machine as I was just throwing stuff together and sewing, no pattern, no measuring, just having fun. I don't really like the way it looks right now, so I'll probably take off the outside crumb pieced blue triangles, but I do like the look of the block inside the sashing, so maybe I'll make a couple more of those and see if they play nicely together. There are still lots of scraps left.

Today was Pre-K graduation for Donald, my soon-to-be 5-year-old. Here are my two little ANGELS posing with me after the ceremony.

After the ceremony, we went to Donald's restaurant of choice (McDonald's - sigh), and then stopped into a store for a quick bit of shopping before we went home. When we went into the store, it was hot and sunny and about 85 degrees outside. However, when we were ready to come out of the store, the skies had opened up in a torrential downpour with gale force winds. Guess who left her windows down and moonroof open? The good news is, I am no longer worried about those blue quilting marking lines coming out of my Bright Future quilt. It was on the front seat and got SOAKED. When I got home, I opened it up and laid it out to dry and TA DA! No more blue marking lines. There's always a silver lining...