Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The quilt top I made from the Winner's Bouquet pattern and templates by Atkinson Designs is finished! I think Reggie approves. I used a layer cake of Patisserie (Fig Tree Designs from Moda), rounded out with a few other fabrics. The curved piecing was not all that difficult. In fact, if you are looking for a first project with curved pieces, I recommend this pattern.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Vivian of Quilts and a Mug recommended Quilts from Aunt Amy, by Country Threads (Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene). Inspired by individual blocks in a century-old quilt made by Mary's Aunt Amy, they designed 14 quilts based on some of those blocks. Vivian says, “I love the old quilt and hope to some day make many of the new.”
Nova (no blog) recommended Material Obsession by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty (owners of a quilt shop in Australia) for the lovely full page photos of the finished quilts.
Kathie of Inspired By Antique Quilts said, “The book I go to all the time is The American Quilt by Roderick Kiracofe. I just love so many of the antique quilts in this book.”
Loves 2 Quilt said her favorite author is Jeanna Kimball but her favorite books are the Blended Quilts books by Marsha McCloskey. (I like the Blended Quilts books too - I think there are three.)
Renee G. (no blog) said, “My favorite is Debbie Mumm's Quilting Through the Year. She has a lot of quick projects--- and I love her fabrics.”
Rebecca (no blog) recommended Contemporary Classics in Plaid and Stripes by Piece O'Cake Designs. It is Rebecca’s favorite; she has made all but one of the projects in the book! I say that is getting your money’s worth out of the purchase!
Many of these books are "oldies but goodies" that are not being printed any longer but copies are still available on Amazon.com.
I've blogged about some of my favorite books in the past. You can read about them here, here, and here.
Thanks to all for leaving your comments sharing your favorites!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Go visit the blog. Not only are the designs great, Heather also shares lots of quilting construction tips. And the occasional tip on home renovation and construction, too. And sometimes knitting.
While you are entering giveaways, don't forget about mine. You'll find it here.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I have made a great effort this year, trying to be frugal so as to save more to reinvigorate our retirement savings. I seriously cut back on buying clothes. But I am now feeling the need to revamp my wardrobe, give it bit of an update for the fall. My favorite stores are calling to me! However, I can't go crazy - I need to focus on picking up just a few things that will give my wardrobe some needed oomph.
So when I saw this book, Style Evolution, by Kendall Farr, I thought it might have some good advice. The subtitle is How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond. Hmm, 40s and Beyond, that's me. And I certainly would like to have ageless style, don't want to dress like a teen wannabe nor like a frump. Well, I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels the same way, and I don't think you need to be 40+ to find it helpful. The author is full of style tips for bodies that aren't 6' tall and don't wear size 4, what looks good and imparts a sense of personal style without looking like you tried to too hard (even if you put a lot of work into it), or went shopping in your 15-year-old daughter's closet.
It is a really good guide to use to reevaluate your wardrobe, figure out what's working for you and what isn't, and what you really need to get for the coming season. I have some ideas, and more confidence about putting them into practice, after having read Style Evolution.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Then it was down 6th Avenue and across the street to Kinokuniya, the Japanese book store. I found these two adorable how-to books and thought they would make a great give-away. That's right, it is time for Quilting On Main Street's first giveaway!
Each book has photos and directions for making small household items like placemats, tea cozies, pillows, small quilts, coin purses, totes. The directions are written in Japanese but there are lots of illustrations so they are fairly easy to follow. Book on the left has projects made from squares; book on the left is all hexagons.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post with:
- Title and author(s) of your favorite quilting book
- Why it is your favorite - general inspiration, how-to advice, lots of projects you like to make, eye candy - whatever that makes it your favorite.
From the comments, I'll compile a list of blog reader favorites for a future post, plus draw a winner who will receive the two Japanese books. Deadline for entering the giveaway is next Tuesday, August 25, 10 pm Eastern US daylight savings time.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
We had a very relaxing time. For three nights, this was my view:
Great meals with too much food, reading on the veranda in the afternoon, dancing after dinner, side trips to the Fenimore Art Museum (fantastic exhibit of paintings by American painters in Rome during the 19th century), Farmer's Museum, Fly Creek Cider Mill, and even the LQS, Heartworks, in Fly Creek.
Fly Creek Cider Mill (and gourmet food..and gifts...and petting zoo)
I've had a busy couple of days catching up on work but am looking forward to some hours in the sewing room this weekend.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'd heard about it before, of course, from work colleagues and my husband watched a few episodes. But I don't watch much tv so hadn't seen it yet. Our Netflix queue was rather short and in searching for something to put on it, I thought of this show. The first disk arrived last week. Wow, is it good!
In case you have somehow missed the hoopla, the show takes place in 1960 and the male characters work for an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in NYC (hence the name, Mad Men). The acting is excellent and they do a wonderful job with the sets and costumes. They also stay true to the cultural norms of the times; for example, children are not the center of the universe. I had to chuckle at one scene, in the home of Don Draper (the main character). His daughter Sally (age about 6) is running around with a friend, playing outer space, and she has a plastic dry cleaning bag over her head and body. Her mother scolds her, not for playing with something dangerous and possibly suffocating herself, but for leaving the clothes that were in the dry cleaning bag on the floor of the closet! How safety conscious we have become since then!
The scene made me recall a habit of my childhood. I grew up during the '60's, in the Before Seatbelt Era. When my family went out in the car "for a drive" or to go over to my grandparents, I often made my younger sister sit on the floor in the back so I could hog the whole backseat. My parents rarely if ever protested. They were good parents, not neglectful. Makes me wonder how we will be criticized by the next generation. I can hear it, "OMG, they let their kids drink from plastic bottles!"
Now I have to get through as much as I can of the first two seasons of Mad Men in time for the start of Season 3 next Sunday. If you are interested, you can rent it at Blockbuster and Netflix and buy it at the usual DVD retailers like Amazon.com.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Here is some more fabric I found in my stash - apple and cherry prints. I was planning a quilt I was going to call "American Pie." I still like that idea but need to figure out the design.
I had the rest of my sewing classes on the Bernina this week and learned a bit more. I highly recommend the classes for anyone buying a new sewing machine. I've been sewing and quilting for a long time but picked up some worthwhile tips. And now I'll be able to do a lot more with my machine.
Not much else going on of a quilting nature here. Lots of work for the regular job so have had to suspend the hour-a-day regimen for this week but hope to resume by Friday. And I'm in the midst of getting Miss Main Street ready to go to sleep-away camp. This will be her third summer going to Ranch Camp - riding every day plus other fun activities. She particularly likes zip line and rock wall climbing (not something we have in our back yard!) and has reached the age where the girls like to do "makeovers" on each other. And while she is away, Mr. Main Street and I are going on a 3-day getaway!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This is "Carousel" by Alexander Henry (2003). I've had it a few years. My parents-in-law live in Greenport, NY, where there is an antique carousel in the center of town. Miss Main Street loves it, still likes to go for a ride whenever we visit. I was thinking of making a wall hanging of some sort but never figured out exactly what blocks to make.
All of these are in my stash, waiting for inspiration to strike!