Easy Street Update part 4 and 5!

Good morning! I know I’m behind on my Easy Street updates, but I am not behind on Easy Street! I was on a last minute trip to Indiana and was just too exhausted to get round to blogging.  Let’s have a look at how it went. 2012-12-17 19.31.35 I started out with The Shop Around The Corner.  I do like Jimmy Stewart. He’s such a fine looking guy in black and white. It was a cute movie and the flying geese simply zipped through the machine while I was watching him.  I don’t know if you can see it but I have a stiletto that’s actually a dental implement of some kind. I think my dad gave it to me when he was working for an orthodontics manufacturer. Regardless, the thing is wicked sharp and works well for keeping those points in line.

2012-12-15 10.11.002012-12-15 10.11.07When I was in Indiana visiting my grandfather, we stopped at an antique shop. Oh, they had just some wonderful things.  There was a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that someone did a beautiful job quilting. It didn’t come home with me because I’m not really the quilt collector type… not yet anyway.

I did find a working iron that I thought was a total bargain. It was only $16!  There’s no steam and my goodness this thing gets hotter than Hades and it’s not even on Linen. I pressed a goose and normally with my “Kenmore 1600 watt plastic I’m a great iron” iron, I’ll slap my hand down on the piece I’m ironing to be sure it’s as flat as I’d like… with this one GeezO’Pete! I nearly burnt my hand!

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So, there are my flaming geese. It took me a while to get through the trimming. no matter how accurately I measure a seam, sew slowly, press carefully, it’s always off. At least it’s too big 99% of the time but it’s never the same spot so I can’t accommodate for it. It’s just random.

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I decided to work on Alice for the next unit. What did Bonnie call them? Squatting turkeys? Whatever they are, they’re flying geese with long tails.  I do like them but just look at all the brown in this quilt! At this point I’m thinking the brown should have swapped places with the orange. 2012-12-24 07.45.56

As much as I love them together, orange is my favorite.  Maybe Bonnie will surprise us with a purple and black on white step. I think she said on quilt cam that we are done with the turquoise now, which is my brown pieces. Speaking of Bonnie, you should go check out everyone’s progress right now at Quiltville!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Christmas!

Easy Street Update – Clue 2

This clue was not my favorite after buzzing through all the bazillion triangles for Orca Bay!  I persevered though!  I haven’t finished the ironing but I’m calling it a success. 2012-12-02 18.36.30As you can see, I was surrounded by quite a few triangles. They really are brown. It’s not the picture quality! Purple isn’t my favorite color so I have brought in a substitution. There are quite a few different browns, too. I have a 30’s and a Civil War repro there. There’s also this wicked mod brown with dots. I love it. You can see my set up. I have the iPad set up with Netflix, headphones and make sure it’s plugged into the charger and then I just buzz through the TV shows while I sew. I rarely watch TV when it’s on…TV. 😛

Because of that obsession, I frequently name my projects after one of the TV shows I watch when I’m making it. I wonder what Easy Street will be called when I’m done?  So far I have only watched season 1 of Once Upon a Time. Please watch it. It’s fantastic.

If you already enjoy Once Upon a Time and you want more of this sort of mash up of fairy tales and real life, you should pick up the graphic novel called Fables. It’s really not your average comic book.

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Easy Street isn’t the only thing I have worked on this weekend. I was digging through my 2.5 inch squares scrap bin to make up a quilt for a friend’s daughter. She’s got an American Girl doll that needs a good cuddly blanket.  I just popped them in as leaders and enders and now need to just add a border and quilt it up quick.

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I think I can get it out before Christmas easily.

I also went over to the Quilted Crow this weekend because they were having a 30% off sale.  I got a wide back fabric that I have been putting off purchasing online because I’m lazy. 🙂 The cost was comparable to buying it online with the shipping included so I figured I couldn’t lose there.

My husband and I went Christmas shopping as well. Does anyone else feel like they go out and buy out a store yet come home with nothing? It’s like that every year and when Christmas Day comes, I get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have bought!

My dear son let me know (in no uncertain terms) that he would like to have Cinnabons on Christmas morning. He’s autistic so he’s very set in his ways and enjoys routine. My husband told me I have inadvertently started a tradition in our family. I am so happy about that but really, going to pick the things up on Christmas Eve AT THE MALL isn’t my idea of fun this year.  Of course, I will be going because that’s what we moms and dads do for our kids. 🙂

I do hope you all are enjoying Easy Street and the holiday season. Remember to step on over to Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville to see everyone elses’ progress!

What is a slap dash quilter?

Over the years I have made many cozy quilts. Some of them I have put heart and soul into and others I have just BARELY followed the directions on, hoping that luck would see me through.  All of these treasures have been adored by the recipients. These masterpieces have stood up to repeated use and washing.  So I ask (slightly sarcastically[or maybe not]) …from what dark place does the quilt world’s constant need for perfection come?

It’s all out there! The myriad rulers, grids, cutters, gadgets and machines are only a quilt shop away. Some of these items costing us upwards of (let’s face it when it’s the machine) the price of a small vehicle.  Yes, I do want them as much as the next quilter. Seriously? Who would not want a Viking Sapphire? I want them because I want to be the one who gets the oohs and ahhs. I want mine to be the wedding gift that they fight over in the divorce settlement. Do we need to pay the price to get the reaction though?

So, I am a slap dash quilter.

My seams are not always perfection. I’m not saying to leave in a seam that’s obviously going to pop but will the world end if it’s not a SCANT 1/4. Maybe it will, but I doubt it.  My colors are not always coordinated.  I quilt what I like not what I think will win me best in show.  If it’s got a flaw, I’m leaving it in. I hope that you leave some in, too.