Friday, September 15, 2017
Before I hopped on an airplane to California, I was able to get all my kaleidoscope blocks pieced together. I do love how all those triangles somehow magically become interlocking circles!
During the flimsy piecing, I found I was constantly having to choose between flat seams and pointy points. I mostly chose flat seams and think that was the right way to go. Even with some of the points being wonky and cut off, the kaleidoscope effect works just fine. If you're close enough to admire the points, the circles disappear anyway. And there are some fine points in there, too, if you know just where to look, ha!
I tried to get a bit of a colorwash effect, although the values of the fabrics are pretty similar. So it's really just a pink to blue/warm to cool wash. That counts, right? Is temperaturewash a thing? This one will need some borders to fatten it up a bit. Maybe a soft, solid-reading baby blue. I'm looking forward to working more on this one when I return to the boat in a week or so.
In other news, perhaps you remember this block called "Grandad's Shirts" for one of Kat's block drives. The gorgeous, finished Covered in Love quilts are now posted on Kat's site. If you want to peek at them, check out Kat's latest post.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
As part of getting ready, today I put about a dozen quilts in the mail to get them safely off the boat. Six of them are the little wheelchair quilts I made for Quilted Embrace. I donated them to the Cobblestone Quilters guild in Charleston as part of their Community Outreach program. I was going to try to meet one of the guild members and give her the quilts, but ran out of time and decided to just mail them to her house.
The second box contains toddler and baby quilts for my Project Linus chapter in California. I've shipped them to my Mom. I'll be flying out to visit her soon, so I'm hoping she'll wait to open the box for when I'm there. She enjoys seeing my quilts in person before passing them along to Donna at the PL chapter.
Our biggest concern, of course, is keeping ourselves safe from the storm. We will not ride it out on the boat unless the forecast changes drastically. Leaving the boat unattended means if something goes wrong, we won't be able to fix it, and there is a small chance that the boat could suffer some serious damage. We will be taking important items with us in our rental car, such as critical paperwork, food and water, our computers, a week's worth of clothing, etc. I'm thinking I might take my Juki, too. It's easy enough to stash in the trunk of the rental car.
We downsized our life from a condominium to a 40 foot motorhome in 2004, so we don't really have much. Some clothes, some dishes, some linens, a very few mementos. In 2014, I started quilting and now I have fabric! And thread, and notions, and two sewing machines! I'm more attached to those things, but they are all replaceable.
We just learned on the radio that the US Navy is anchoring some war ships up the same river. I'm not sure if I feel better that we'll be surrounded by naval vessels, or terrified that even the Navy is worried about Irma...
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Just a quick post to let you know that we are not anywhere near the active hostage situation in Charleston.
We've had some serious medical news from both my and my husband's families in the last 24 hours, so we're particularly on edge today. Please hold good thoughts for them!
We don't normally watch the news during the day but I'm currently at the eye doctor's office and saw the local news. This office has wifi but no phone coverage so I thought I'd put up this fast post.
I did finish a gift baby quilt this morning, but no photos to share until it arrives at its new home.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Yesterday I tackled a couple of small canvas jobs for the boat. I dislike this type of sewing, but it's my responsibility so it was time to suck it up, Buttercup, and get it done. This little table is made of teak and has a lip all the way around it to keep your wine glass from sliding off. Unfortunately, that lip also collects rain water, so the table needs a waterproof cover.
I made one four years ago from a pretty floral fabric that was supposed to be weatherproof, but it faded badly. Then I made a quickie cover out of a vinyl tablecloth, which disintegrated in less than a year. So I finally did what I should have done in the beginning, which is make a cover from Sunbrella, which wears like iron. It's also like sewing cardboard, but it's finished now and looks nice so I'll stop whining (maybe.)
The bottom is elasticized with bungee cord for easy removal.
You may notice that the top isn't flat. That's because even Sunbrella will eventually soak up water if it puddles for several days. So we stuff this Nerf football underneath to peak the center of the cover up. Then the rain rolls right off!
In the background of the top photo, you can see several blue Sunbrella pillows. The first two I made using regular cotton thread, which degrades in the bright sunlight. I have since started using UV stable thread, which is thick and waxy, like dental floss. Eventually, one of the ties that holds the pillow to the railing fell off, and I stitched that back on yesterday since I had the UV thread loaded in the machine for the table cover.
I also did a repair of our life raft cover. The life raft in its container is about the size of a suitcase, and sits on the back port side corner of the upper deck, hoping to never be used. To extend the life of the fiberglass case, I made this simple, boxy Sunbrella cover about three years ago. There is a rather sharp piece of the raft that sticks up underneath on one end, and it rubs against the cover when the wind is really blowing and flapping things around.
That rubbing eventually caused a small tear, which I repaired with an iron-on patch from underneath. However, it still didn't seem quite secure enough, so I also ran a line of UV stable stitching around it. The tear still shows, but that doesn't bother me much. No one is closely examining the life raft cover! I also decided the minor amount of mildew on the cover was acceptable for the same reason. I'd rather see a bit of black or green gunk than remove the waterproof coating with harsh cleaning chemicals.
After wrassling with thick, waxy UV thread and bulky, stiff and dirty Sunbrella, I'm looking forward to slipping some nice Aurifil into my bobbin and getting back to quilting on cotton!