Sunday, November 28, 2010


IMG_1424.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I not only finished the top but I even pieced the back. And I do mean pieced since I only had 5 yards of flannel and I needed 6 yards. How did I not guess that I would need 6 yards? I always guess 6 yards. Luckily, I had a big long left over strip from my grandpa's quilt which made up for it. Bins of flannel to the rescue.

I treated myself to a couple of purple-y blocks and retreated to the more easily heatable house.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Solstice Strips

Solstice Strips, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I'm spending some time this weekend working on a quilt to celebrate the winter solstice. It's one of my favorite days of the year because I'm not so secretly solar powered. December 21st is the shortest day of the year which means the days only get longer from there. And yes, I know that 25 days after the solstice, the daylight will be just as short as it was today but it's the knowledge that the next day will be just a little sunnier that makes it okay.

Plus isn't that a fun collection of purple strips to work with? I'm faking the self control today by not sewing them together until I have a Christmas project top completed though but my design wall is emptied and ready for the new blocks.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Colors of Fall

IMG_1321.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
or so I've heard. We don't have a lot of trees that change colors in San Diego and since we've had some rain, the roses are all blooming like mad again. I've been sewing away on Christmas and Solstice gifts all weekend but it'll be a few weeks before I show anything from that.

I'm taking better/more pictures though. And thanks to much tweaking of the settings and tricking the card with a friend's Mac, my camera uploads the pictures as I take them. A backup to my home computer and a copy to Flickr. If I get a few more kinks worked out, this bodes very well for posting on both my blogs now.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Safety First

Safety First, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Matilda is usually eager to go into the sewing room ever since she once found a treat in there (never mind that she's the one the left it in there). Tonight I worked on a present and vacuumed the sewing room at the same time, thanks Roomba! While the Roomba is very helpful, it also could go crazy and attack us at any time. Lucky for me, I've got someone watching my back. Of course, she finds it best to watch from my chair where it can't get to her. So I perch on the edge and she worries and leans on me. But I'm happy to say, the robot behaved, the floor is clean and almost half the blocks are done.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Brooke's, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
My Blogger's Quilt Festival post is about the quilt I made my sister for her 30th birthday. Well, I gave her the top for her 30th birthday, I just didn't have the skills to quilt it until she was almost 33. I learned the importance of a good sewing machine for applique as this one had a lot of it. I used interfacing on the long white strips and probably should have used something a little thinner, but it held it together well enough.

Check out the rest of the posts at Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival.