Thursday, August 23, 2012

Give A Man A Hammer...

Tell him the idea -- and voila!

R's oldest collected lightbulbs when we went to the Madaket Mall (a.k.a. the Nantucket transfer station) and gathered some lightbulbs hoping dad would be crafty with her. She had found this idea on the www. and was dying to make one. While the kids slept this morning, he got to work, wanting to surprise her for when she got up. The reaction? Two thumbs up.

Right now it's set into a small clear bowl to hold it upright, we're brainstorming to come up with a cool alternative made with found objects.

Beauty and the Beach

Sunday was grey when we went to 'Chuck's Beach'. (our friend Chuck has named different beaches after himself and his grandchildren. These are accessible via dune paths.)

Wednesday was sunny and gorgeous when we went to 'Crab Beach'. (given it's name by Chuck due to the amount of Fiddle crabs on the inlet.)

Both days were awesome and because we're on Nantucket, every day is a beautiful day no matter the weather.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Little Black Beauty Did Sing

It was quite enjoyable working on LBB. At first, she kept skipping stitches. I couldn't figure out why. Angela had said she was working last time she used her. Thank goodness for smart phones. I couldn't find a burr on any parts, so it had to be the needle. Angela said she had just put a new needle in before closing up the case. Thank goodness for smart phones. A push of a button here and there and voila! Information on the 221 with needle type and threading diagram. The threading was right, but the needle was wrong! It was 1/16" too long. I just happen to have grabbed a pack of needles before heading out the door, just in case the one on the machine broke or was dull. I'm so glad I did, otherwise LBB would have been sitting there all by her lonesome with nothing to do. 

I didn't get as far as I would have liked. I still have about 1/2 of the top to do, plus the rest of the quilt and quilting. I started cutting, changing things as I went along. A not-perfectly-measured pieced baby quilt. Improvisational design. I normally make raw edge applique quilts and now I know why...boredom with piecing. Cut, sew, iron. Cut, sew, iron. Ugh. I prefer a more relaxed approach where it's like cutting out shapes from construction paper. Remember those days? Ahhh, the simplicity of childhood....

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sing Me A Song You Little Singer 221

When I visited Angela a few months ago she gave me a gift. This little Singer Featherweight. Lightweight and portable, perfect for hauling to camp to make a sewn creation.

I know, a gift of this magnitude, can you imagine? They sometimes bring a good chunk of change, change I did not have. A very popular machine for quilters as it is easy to tote along for quilting bees and quilting classes. I wanted to add one to my collection but thought I never would. Then one day while on the phone with Angela we were talking about it and she told me I could have hers. First it was a joke on my part because I said I would dog sit crazy Cassy and she said she would pay me to do so, just like my other dog sitting jobs. I said she could just Will me her Featherweight. And now the rest is history. She is a lovely and generous friend. She gave it to me and I never even had to watch Cassy, as her daughter Anna was going to be home while Angela was away on vacation.

I have not had time to play with it until now. It is quiet up here at camp so I'll get it running and start cutting up some fabric. Hopefully my little project will be half way done by the time I leave here in a few days.

It's supposed to rain later this afternoon so I want to get started before having to pull it into the smaller space of the camper.

It's nice being able to work in the sun and fresh air. It is quiet because no one is here till the weekend. Hanz is in his safe place (the crate in the car,) Buggy is learning 'stay' on a blanket on the deck, and doing quite well, I might add, and R. Is taking an afternoon snooze.

All is good.

Thursday, August 2, 2012