Sunday, March 10, 2013


Bullseye. Kind of it. I hand stitched the wool pennies last year. The cream wool was an old coat from Sally Ann's, the black wool from a skirt and the red was 100% wool I bought and felled. Using a circle sheet I bought at a quilt shop, meant for applique, I traced out the cirlcle's on freezer paper. I ironed the freezer paper to the wool to cut out the shapes. It's an easy way to cut the circles. Since I love hand stitching, all the time spent sewing the stacks was a joy.
I actually took pictures of the stacks wonky, then aligned nicely. There is something in me that finds comfort in messy! I wasn't comfortable with the neat wasn't me. I had to do the wonky bullseye.
After each stack was sewn, I machine stitched each one to a black Kona cotton square, then sewed the squares together. The addition of the cream and black mitered border was the finishing touch on the graphic quality I was looking for.
I spent a couple hours today, basting this upright on my design wall. A friend, Mary Low, had let me borrow a few of Gabrille Swain's DVD's. One of them showed how she does this. Kneeling on the floor is not good, so I knew I had to try this. I love it. I will only baste this way from now on.
This is going to be the firs quilt I hand quilt. When I look at the hand work involved in the stacks of wool, I cannot see machine quilting as an option. Hoping my lessons from Cheryl Doodie and her stab technique are familiar enough to look good.

Last year I thought I was done with knitting. I hadn't knit in a long time. I even gave away my yarn stash to Melissa's fiance Dave's mother. A few months ago I wanted to be productive, but didn't want to think of what to do next on any of my fabric pieces. I got out needles and found some yarn and knit again.
Sally Mellville's knitting books are wonderful. I love this sweater coat.
It's knit in garter stitch, which I normally don't care for, but the yarn I have works in garter.
Lion Brand Amazing in Ruby. Yummy. is an awesome site. I purchased, on sale, Carol Ann Waugh's Stitch and Slash class in December. Today I watched my class for the first time. I can go back and watch it over and over too. I love that! Carol's style suits me, in that she doesn't see any mistake as insurmountable. I highly recommend the class to everyone. It is a technique that could lend itself to traditional and art quilters. It could be used in garments as well as home decor as she shows you. I have done something similar to this from the Quilting Arts magazine. (I should check to see if she wrote the article). I can't wait to layer up my fabrics and start stitching and slashing!

I have learned:

  1. This, the first day of Daylight Savings, is my least favorite day of the year. Losing an hour of precious non-work time sucks.
  2. This video is from the 90's. It was just reposted on a forum I belong to. Watch it for the quilts and the music. The chartreuse courthouse steps, with the Milk of Magnesia pink center quilt is awesome. I want to make it!
  3. William & Mary. Netflix. Like. 
  4. Once an Eagle. I picked it up for Michael. I started reading it this afternoon. 
  5. I love bread. I am a carboholic. Challah bread is so good on so many levels. I love the layers, and the chew. I gave a loaf away so I wouldn't eat it. Now I want it! BJ's tomorrow. Need. 
  6. Mela is the current name on the block for my granddaughter due in July. I like it. It is a Polish name. Dave Zaporowski is Polish. Mela Zaporowski. I still like Olivia. Her initials would be O.Z. That would be cool. 
  7. Lindsey Stirling. Violinist. This is spectacular. Phantom of the Opera. Watch her other videos. Watch this now! 


Jayardi said...

• • • Love the Bullseye Kathi.

And I agree about basting on the wall. It's the only large enough space I have. It really saves on the back.

Marija said...

Love the Bullseye! Very cool and I agree about hand quilting it. Now - will you bind it in red? ;) Or at least in black with just a few short strips of red thrown in here and there? :)
Hey -I am in the same Craftsy class! But I still didn't have the time to sit, watch and do something....will try. Not to mention that I am in few other classes too...I figure - I'll buy them when they have those promos or discounts and then do them when I can.