Got an email, today from my friend, Barb Honey.... A bunch of Maxine cartoons and the story behind her creator. Anyhow, at the end of the email, there were these 3 sentences: Be kinder than necessary; for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.' 'The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.' The secret to happiness is a Good Sense of Humor and a Bad Memory. It's the last one that really struck me.... it described me to a "T" !!! *VBG* Thought I'd share.... I must have found "happiness" without actually LOOKING for it!!!.... LOL Rosa
For those of you that aren't in the "loop", I signed up for a Heart Swap.... and since I ADORE hearts and HATE repetitious, monotous work (AKA boredom), I've decided to do TWO things: 1 - make each heart block differently 2 - make a double one, that I will keep for myself.
If you'd like to sign up for this block swap, you need to be on the DJalternate list (a Yahoo group). Send me an email and I'll then send you an "invitation" to join, if you aren't a member, already.
AND the deadline for signups, for the "Heart to Heart" block swap is the 31st of October 2008.
Now, bear in mind that you don't need to make doubles, like me and yours can be all the SAME block... if you wish. That's YOUR choice.
That's it, for now. Need to do all that boring stuff.... laundry and dishes.... while waiting for the forecasted tropical storm "Kyle", who's supposed to hit our area later this afternoon or evening or night. *keeping her fingers crossed that we'll be okay*
Cathy, over at Tea and Crumpets with Chatty, tagged my blog. I have never been tagged before. So this is how the game is played. I really don't know what I'm doing but here goes, Cathy! *grin*
Here are the rules: 1. Link to the person who tagged you. In my case, that would be Cathy, at http://quazymama.blogspot.com/. 2. Put the rules on the blog. 3. Write 6 random things about yourself. 4. Tag six people at the end of your post. 5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment. 6. Let the tagger know your entry is up. (What does that mean?)
Here are my 6 random thingies. 1. I'm not quite 5 ft tall and I'm not quite 5 ft wide (yet). LOL 2. I LOVE a good joke or funny cartoon! 3. I ALWAYS try to think positive about people and life, in general. 4. Yet, I mistrust auto mechanics. 5. I HATE slugs!!! 6. I LOVE my Tim Horton's coffee!
I've decided to share a few pictures with you, about this "WOVEN" Tumbling Blocks table runner, that I've almost got completed.
As of yesterday evening, I have 1/2 the binding hand sewn on it. Of course, I'll post a picture of it, once it's completed. *grin*
Anyhow, in a nutshell, I personally don't care for this pattern... but it's probably just "me". Everyone that's looked at it, LOVES IT!
I figured out, late last night, why I hate it.
1st - it was GOD awful boring, sewing all those long stips... *yawn*
2nd - it was boring weaving these long strips.... *another long yawn*
3rd - I realize that I HATE burgundy. YES, I know - I picked out the fabric and will probably never, EVER select burgundy, again! LOL
That being said, YOU might LOVE monotonous, repetitive work and HEY!! You get to pick the color fabrics YOU would have in this table runner.
Did I mention that's it's "reversible", too?!?? *grin*
Okay... rewind the tape and I'll explain how I got involved with this pattern.
My friend and I took a trip to Bangor, Maine, USA in February. The "Cotton Cupboard" quilt shop had a few of these completed table runners, place mats and even some kind of "star" (same idea, but in a star shape), hung up in their shop. My friend and I fell in LOVE with them... came back to New Brunswick and then, we each ordered the pattern.
In June, since I was going back to Bangor, Maine at that quilt shop and a Woven Tumbling Block course was set up - I attended the course and I learned lots of tips and tricks on how to make the pattern. I "was" going to blog a tutorial, which I've never done before...
Anyhow, here's some pics, with explanations...
(Picture of the cover of the pattern)
(Close up of the name of the pattern.)
(Another close up of the pattern.)
You have to sew a LOT of these long strips and then, turn them inside out. Now, you can buy a kit of "tubes" that turn them inside out, in a jiffy. I used a gadget that Gilbert had. It was a bit more tedious, but worked for me and HEY! I didn't have to buy the tube turner thingy. Didn't want to spend money on a gadget that I might never use again.
Thank goodness, I didn't! LOL
Before turning them inside out, you have to iron the seam flat. Gilbert made me a nice "stick", as you can see in the picture, that sure helped! *grin*
(Picture of me, ironing the seam flat.)
The lady that gave us the course, had 4 (empty) cardboard (fabric) bolts, taped together. You start weaving on the cardboard bolts and NOT on a piece of flannel, as the pattern suggests.
In this picture, I had finished weaving my strips, basted them - did I mention that I HATE basting?!??!... Another reason why I hated this project.... Anyhow, I digress...
I measured everything and in this picture, you see, I'm about to cut off the ends. Long sides already were cut and I had added the side borders.
Here's another picture of the table runner. End borders haven't been added, yet.
Anyhow, I've since added the end borders and machine sewed the binding. Last night, I got 1/2 of the other part of the binding, hand sewn.
Hope to finish it off this evening, while watching some more television. *grin*
Once again, I'll post finished pictures of the table runner.
If you have any questions, give me a hollar at:
NOTE: Please do NOT write to me and ask me for the directions on how to weave this. You need to buy the pattern, yourself. The detailed instructions are in the "pattern".
P.S. Please note that we were told that these "quilts" should ALWAYS be washed in a pillow case! Otherwise, the strips will all get tangled up and you'll have a hell of a time getting them un-tangled.... That's what the teacher told us, anyhow. *s*
Yesterday, our coffee machine went on the blink and today, we're supposed to go shopping for a new machine. In the meantime, Gilbert was searching the net for coffee machines - models, prices, etc, etc. and he came across this image, which I thought was HILARIOUS!
Okay, Thursday evening, I decided that I, too should have the "Bikini Bear" series, in my Birthday Siggie quilt.
Plus... Everytime I mailed out the "Bikini Bears" to someone, I'd forget to take pictures!
Sooooo, here's MY "Bikini Bears"....
(Pole Dancin' Bikini Bear)
(Skinny Dippin' Bikini Bear)
(Flirting Bikini Bear)
As I'm all caught up with the Birthday Siggie Swap, and if some of you out there haven't received the 4 Bikini Bears or even if you just want ONE of them, please send me an email and I will gladly mail you 1 (or more) of my "Bikini Bears".... *grin*