Monthly Archives: August 2011

Has It Been A Year Already? Again?

August 22 might seem like a normal, random day for you, but for us it’s always a bit of a holiday. Why? Because August 22 is the 365th day of our Project 365s. For three years now we’ve started on August 23 and taken a photograph every single day for the full year; the date was a random choice — we launched our first year of photos on the start of our summer vacation in 2008, after much dithering about whether we were up to the challenge. Well, it turns out we’ve been three times up to the challenge, and we’re especially pleased with how our Project 365:III turned out. What’s especially fun about a Project 365 is that for us it’s not really about taking great photos every day, and this year we struck a satisfying balance between choosing the “best” or the most documentary photo of the day. Some of the pictures suck, some of them don’t (in our humble opinions), but they all tell the story of of our last year. Here, in no particular order, are our favorites, whether it’s because we thought the pictures themselves were awesome, or whether they remind us of a perfect day, a great moment, or just a feeling:

September 27 2010

September 27 2010

September 12 2010

September 12 2010

October 12 2010

October 12 2010

May 3 2011

May 3 2011

March 28 2011

March 28 2011

April 23 2011

April 23 2011

April 9 2011

April 9 2011

November 5 2010

November 5 2010

September 17 2010

September 17 2010

November 24 2010

November 24 2010

October 20 2010

October 20 2010

December 8 2010

December 8 2010

June 7 2011

June 7 2011

November 6 2010

November 6 2010

June 25 2011

June 25 2011

November 09 2010

November 9 2010

December 27 2010

December 27 2010

The whole set is on Flickr, here.

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Cheeky Dracula Cha Cha Cha!

Back when I was a cross stitcher, I earned the nickname “Threads of Fire” for finishing projects quickly. I hadn’t had such luck as a quilter until this summer. Last weekend I finished my fifth quilt top in the last few months! Behold, Cheeky Dracula!

August 7 2011

I seem to have lost my ability to take an in-focus picture of a quilt, but what you’re looking at is a scrappy dresden plate made of all kinds of Halloween prints, and with fussy cut centers from Alexander Henry’s “Ghastlies”. Yeah, it’s a little manic, but if you can’t go nuts on a scrappy Halloween quilt, when can you?!

This in-progress shot shows the plates better than the finished product:

September 13, 2010

The fabrics are mostly Alexander Henry, but there’s some Sheri Berry in there, and some Sanae Spooktacular, and some stuff leftover from Boomer’s Halloween quilt, and some random stuff salvaged from the great Basement Stash project. Oh, and the little candy corns are from my first seasonal-fat-quarter-impulse-buy-while-waiting-for-fabric-to-be-cut purchase! I probably — nay, definitely — should have switched to a different, less busy background, but I got that stuff on sale for half off, so that’s what I stuck with.

My favorite part, needless to say, is the pie centers, which you can see better in this in-progress shot:

Cheeky Dracula Centers

Look, there’s Cheeky Dracula himself! If you listen closely to this quilt, you can hear his theme song.

Cheeky Dracula will be heading off to the long-arm quilter soon. I hope he’ll be back in time for Halloween!

So what does a girl do when she finishing one quilt top? She starts a new project, of course! Two weekends ago we held Maple Hoo’s first (of, I hope, many) Irresponsibility Weekend. The idea was we all dropped whatever projects we were working on and picked up something brand new, and low priority. Schnookie made an awesome peacock. Boomer spent the weekend digging up a zillion new projects (but I don’t think she started anything; she’s a master, that one!). I dug out a stack of 1/2 yard cuts I bought with my birthday discount at my LQS two years ago. I had intended to use them to make American Jane’s Fiesta quilt, but never got around to picking the solid colors for it. Instead, I decided to be inspired by copy this quilt I’d seen on Flickr. Nothing says irresponsibility like using 1/2 yard cuts to get, at most, 6 2.5″ squares for a scrap quilt! Heh.

Here’s what I have so far:

Block 1 of Irresponsibility City

I’m planning on making it 6 diamonds by 6 diamonds, so while there’s still a long way to go, I feel like this is pretty quick work for just one weekend. It takes more time to decide which fabrics to use than it does to piece the block! Sadly, we don’t have a ton of scraps yet, so I can’t make it all from the scrap bin. Instead, I’m raiding the stash of fabrics that aren’t put aside for specific projects. It’s been fun to poke around in the fabrics we’ve collected over the last two years. I was especially excited to use the vintage hot pink fabric I got in Brimfield:

Brimfield Vintage Fabric

I love that I’ll be able to look at this quilt for years to come and remember the Brimfield trip, while also looking at the whale fabric Schnookie gave me for Christmas to commemorate our various trips to the American Museum of Natural History!

One of my favorite things about this project so far is that it’s giving me a great opportunity to play with fussy cutting.

Fussy Cut Fish

Fussy Cut Camel

Fussy Cut Bird

Any quilt that has that goldfish and that camel five inches apart has got to be a good thing, right?

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