Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wash That Fabric!

10/6/10 Update: Thunder, lightening and rain... but mostly the lightening has decided me in favor of shutting down my computer and unplugging it from the outlet.

I really don't want a fried computer.

Today I spent time getting fabric ready for cutting and sewing. I hate how the fabric always gets all twisted up in the washer and dryer. (Thank you to the sweet lady who gave me the material)

I always wash material before I sew with it because there are those times that fabric dyes will run and that makes for a terrible mess if it is already made up into a garment or a quilt.

I love using the little ironing board I built into the wall in pre-blog days (it came out of an old house in San Francisco.) I remembered to take the material out of the dryer when it was still damp which makes for much easier ironing.

A few years ago, Holly painted and decorated the old wooden chair. I love having and using things that have such dear memories.

I have been spending time looking for a quilt pattern that I like. I did find one, but I'm not sure if I have enough lights and darks. I'll keep looking.

I'm hoping that after I work on this quilt I'll be brave enough to make Kristine's quilt. It's been over a year and I'm still afraid of cutting into the the beautiful oriental fabric we bought. I can't find a pattern I like either. Ahh... the unknown dangers of buying gorgeous fabric.

It has been such a long time since I've used my new sewing machine that I've forgotten how to use it... well, not really, but I don't feel comfortable using it and I have to keep reading the instruction booklet before I do anything like thread the machine. I think I need to go back to the shop for a refresher course. I'll call the shop and find out the next training date.

Kristine brought home the newest (April)
Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody Mystery.
I'll look for patterns for a bit longer
but then I'm going back to reading.

Peek at the Past
(at the bottom of the post)
(October 5, 2009)

[2 eggs today]
Morgan and the chickens are still locked up
because of the coyotes.
It was rainy and cold out
so I stayed inside too.



Kelly said...

looking forward to seeing that lovely material turn into a quilt to be treasured.

Feral Female said...

I too am looking forward to seeing what you do with that fabric!

LindaG said...

I'm thinking of turning my ironing board into a drop down one like yours, when we get to our farm finally (!).

Good luck with your quilt. :)

Toni aka irishlas said...

How exciting trying to find a quilt pattern! That's one of my favorite parts of quilting.

You can always fall back on the simple Nine Patch. They are always pretty and you have so many options for arranging your fabric.

Good luck with your hunt!

Anonymous said...

I love your ironing board! Hope you find a quilt pattern you like.