Monday, December 28, 2015

It wasn't my fault, really!

It was my wife who said I should start a blog and she thought it would be a video blog. I may grow into that someday. But my first attempt caused a few problems. I posted it below, not sure if it will play.

My wife saw this video and then didn't say anything for a few minutes. Then she asked where I got the scraps. Then she admitted it may be her fault that I used the pieces that she had cut for an applique project. Something about bias strips... Well earlier that week she used one of those strips to show me how to start up stitches after putting in a bobbin. So I thought they were all extra stuff just in the way around the sewing machine. I was doing a good thing by using them up. If you have read my first blog about the time I cleaned up the sewing room, you may remember that she said all the  projects were in clear plastic bags. So if it wasn't in a project bag it was available and even in the way. That is what I thought, these were stems that went with flowers to be appliqued. It wasn't my fault, she even said so.

From those strips I made a few different projects, all of which have a special meaning at Christmas time. She did buy me my own fabric for Christmas, I think she wants to keep me away from her projects. But she bought me the good stuff, Stonehenge is one of my favorite brands. I also got my own scissors, an Ott light and my own pins. Below the pieces that grew out of my mistake.


My wife loves me, and knows how crazy I really am...

A gift from my wife
 My wife left me a present. She gave me 200 half square triangle blocks! When she quilts she uses a pattern to start with and then makes changes. I look at life, I see patterns and translate it to fabric.

See the single triangles at the bottom.

My wife is currently working on a quilt which will have 25 blocks. Each block has two points of a star in each of the four corners. So she knew that she would be throwing away 200 triangles that I would probably pull out of the trash and try to make something out of. Yes, that is the crazy part.

Strips with the triangles at each end
The block she is making, on left, is a log cabin style with four strips getting a point on each end. She went to the trouble of double seaming the triangle before she cut them off so that I get a block from each end.  

Block ideas
I am not sure how I will put these together but will update later with finished projects. You can see below a few block ideas that I have had already. I think she is trying to keep me busy and away from the scraps that aren't really scraps. So, I used something I should not have. That will be addressed in another post, but it was not really my fault...

This posting was started in October and I am just finishing is now. Life happens, and with Christmas even more happens. I didn't want to publish this post until the quilt above was finished. Though it is not quilted - here is the finished top form the scraps that my wife gave me.