I got tagged

Toni tagged me for a blog meme. I haven’t done memes on this blog (I don’t think) but I figure this one might be helpful for potential swap partners. She tagged me with the Honest Scrap Award! All I need to do for part 1 is reveal 10 facts about myself that I haven’t necessarily shared with anyone.
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1. I studied abroad in Lyon, France, when I was in college. I got to fence while I was there, too – and my salle was only about three blocks from my apartment!

2. I have the uncanny ability to estimate my grocery total within $5 when I hit the checkout. I don’t keep track of prices while I shop, either.

3. Every Tuesday my co-workers and I have “Fantasy Sex Day.” We each pick a celebrity that we’re going to sleep with for the week. It’s loads of fun. You can’t repeat people within a 6-month period, and you can specify someone at a specific point in time (e.g. Leonardo di Caprio in “The Beach” but not in “Titanic).

4. One of the neatest conversations I ever had was with a homeless guy in Rome. We sat on the street corner and talked about life for over an hour.

5. I played French horn for almost ten years.

6. I *love* watching the Olympics, almost the point of obsession.

7. I’m a beer snob even though I don’t drink beer.

8. Going to a male OB/GYN doesn’t weird me out.

9. I love all things handwork – hand quilting, hand applique, embroidery – but not cross stitch. It drives me batty.

10. My DH and I are both online gamers.

Now, I must list 5 addictions:
1. The internet
2. Cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate (hey, they’re all foods!)
3. Fabric
4. Collecting kitchen gadgets
5. Sleeping in/taking naps

I’m not going to tag anyone (not even sure if I have five readers here?!?!), but feel free to fill them out as a comment. πŸ˜€

ALQS replacement

I recieved an adorable little quiltlet from Kate today. She hostesses the ALQS miniature quilt swaps. My first time to participate resulted in the mail losing the quilt sent to me, but Kate was generous enough to make me a replacement one. I love it! It’s bright and cheerful, and in one of my favorite colorways. I think I’m going to hang this one either in my sewing room or near my computer desk so I can admire it frequently. πŸ˜€
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They’re both done!

Cookies & Cream is finally done. It took me almost six hours to do the handwork on the binding alone – eek! My fingers are feeling it. I stabbed myself more than a few times, and the backside of the needle kept digging into part of my thumb. The quilt was just washed tonight (to pucker it, my favorite part!) and is currently in the dryer.

Quilt on our king-sized bed with the coordinating pillowcases:
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Close-up:
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Label (sorry, it’s a little blurry):
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I also just finished making the sleeve for this one, which I called “Seeds of Summer.” The sleeve is too low, though, so I may take it off and redo it. I also haven’t washed this one yet, and I need to block it when I do. This little quilt is about 40″ x 40″ and is hanging in the office. It’s my ode to why I don’t finish my bindings by hand. About eight inches on the back actually looks good, but that was the last part I did and I tried using my overcast foot, which worked well. I had actually finished the top and quilting in May, began the binding in June, but got sidetracked when my sister-in-law came to visit. It’s done now!

Seeds of Summer:
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Close-up of quilting. I did curly-Qs and wrote the word “summer” all over it in cursive every which direction. It’s interesting – my FMQ cursive is better than my handwritten cursive (which I NEVER use). Weird.
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Pillowcases to match Cookies & Cream

I decided to make two pillowcases to match the wedding quilt. I had a ton of the red fabric left over, but it was all long, narrow strips, hence it got used for the cuff. I used the all-finished seams pillowcase pattern for them.

As you can see, I got the binding stitched on the front of the quilt, but haven’t done the handwork on the back yet…
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Here’s the needle I broke when I first started quilting Cookies & Cream. Deana had set the machine speed at 5, but I apparently move the machine faster than she does – so the needle deflection was more than the needle could handle. πŸ˜€ Impressive, isn’t it?
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Cookies & Cream quilting

I went over to my friend Deana’s last night to quilt Cookies & Cream on her longarm. For the most part, I didn’t have any tension issues, but I broke a needle right off the bat. She forgot to turn the speed up for me, and the needle deflection on the broken needle is impressive. I must get a picture when I’m over there tomorrow. πŸ˜€

Anyways, I quilted it with loopty-loops and free-motion hearts – good for a wedding quilt, yes? In the pictures, the one with just a thin line of border fabric showing is truer to life in terms of colors (both the red backing the darkness of the browns); the one with the backing flipped over is yellowed, and Picassa only did a so-so job of fixing that. The outer border is a dark, milk-chocolate brown. Oh well. I have the binding strips (they will be blue, like the inner border) cut but not made into binding yet. I’ll do that tomorrow. Tonight I’m working on something else…more to come! πŸ˜€
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