Monday, January 16, 2006

How do I get myself into these things?

CALLING ALL PILLOW MAKING EXPERTS! I NEED HELP!!!! A sweet lady came up to me at church about a month ago and said, "Sarah, I hear that you sew." This phrase has never led to anything good. It never turns out that someone wants to learn to quilt. It is usually that they need something mended. Anyway, Lisa says she has this needlepoint thing she made when her oldest daughter was just a baby (about 25 years ago) and it used to hang in her nursery. She wanted to turn it into a pillow. Lisa is the mom of Peter, who I gave this quilt to. Peter was diagnosed with cancer right after we moved to Auburn and I thought he needed a quilt to cuddle up under. From all reports, he loves it and won't let anyone else touch it! So this bag of stuff has been sitting here staring at me for over a month now. The pink plaid is for the back and the main ruffle and the green plaid is for an accent ruffle. My only question is how well the heavy fabric is going to make a ruffle or if it is going to have to be more like pleats. Does that make any sense? If anyone has any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them!

Today I did manage to finish quilting baby quilts #3 and #4. I am in love with the blue and white quilt. I see more two color quilts in my future. The white just makes the blues pop. Unfortunately the white was the only white in my whole stash.

Speaking of stash, today is day 16 of my no-buy resolution!

I am off to watch "The Wedding Date". I went on-line last night and reserved "Pride and Prejudice" (Colin Firth version) and "Sense and Sensibility" from our library. And "The Christmas Quilt" from the Elm Creek Quilts series. And a quilting book I hadn't seen before - I think a 2004 yearbook from American Quilting and Patchwork. Aren't libraries great?


Sharon said...

Is the pink plaid a drapery weight fabric? If it is like a Waverly, it will ruffle just fine - if it is more like an upholstery fabric, I'd be hesitant to use it. But then you could always try and see how it ruffles.

Are you going to make the ruffle two sided? Or just turn an edge under and leave one side the "wrong" side? Two sides would make it even heavier with upholstery fabric, but OK with drapery stuff.

Does this help?

Way to go - 16 days and no withdrawal pains at all!

Lucy said...

I am thinking.... you will hear when I have a idea . I love the embrodery .It is so sweet

Elizabeth said...

It sounds like someone needs to love you enough to give you some white fabric, or you might explode!

love, mom

Laurie Ann said...

I've gotten myself into a similar situation. It's two pillow cases with some applique that I agreed to do because I have a hard time saying "No". I'll have to work on that!

Lucy said...

Why don't you reverse applique a heart around the embroidery with the pink fabric .. you can also do that two times ! so that you use the other fabric too.. ( hope you understand what I mean :c)

Tonya R said...

I love libraries too - miss them dearly. We just have a teeny thing here with donated books.
You'll love the Pride and Prejudice and I hope it's the Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant - I LOVE that movie. If you enjoy those, try "Mansfield Park" starring Embeth Davidtz - it's fabulous too.