Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Resurrected

Hubby's playing cards on his laptop, and I didn't have the heart to ask him if I could borrow it to write my blog post, so I grabbed a can of air and gave the old computer a good . . . blow job. Yeah, I know--sorry for the cheap joke, but I just couldn't resist. So right now, it's working, but it's awfully, awfully, terribly SLOW. (I WILL resist another cheap joke in which I would have compared my computer to a man.)

My computer also seems to have been on vacation while it's been non-operational. I don't know where it went, but the toolbar shows that wherever it is, it's raining and 59 degrees. That's not here. Here it's hot and dry and around 80 degrees at midnight. Yep, summer is here in Sacramento!

While I had the computer running, I downloaded some photos, so I'll be sharing those with you over the next couple days--if the computer keeps going. First is that "antique" quilt I mentioned I'd found at a thrift/antique store outside Pismo Beach. The orange in the border is darker--and of a finer texture--than the orange in the main section of the quilt. I took it down to the Fabric Garden the other day, and in looking at it closely, we determined it's all hand pieced as well as hand quilted in a fan pattern.


Cool, huh? I can get it out to enjoy every Halloween and then put it safely away until the next year. Next, I thought I'd show you the sewing area I set up in our hotel room at Pismo. The only trouble was that the chair was too low for the desk, but otherwise, it was a pretty nice place to sew and look at the view.


Now a look at my current project--the one I started at Pismo. This is what I'm doing with the Halloween Ghastlies fabric.


I've fussy cut some of the images in the fabric and bordered them with a black and white polka dot fabric (not from the Ghastlies line). Around that, I've added the green tree fabric from the line to bring each block up to 12-1/2" unfinished. Here's a close up of one of the blocks:


Now I've started making the alternate blocks, and I'll show those to you when I have some made.

Gosh it's nice to finally have some photos to share! I hope to show you more tomorrow. See you then!

14 comments:

Donna said...

Love the Halloween Ghastlies.

Heckety said...

That Ghastlies fabric is far different to the usual Hallowe'en fabric I've seen. It would be great for a teenager into 'Goth' style, just as much as Hallowe'en, in face Eldest would love it! I like the muted green you've put with it too.
Well that quilt find made your holiday a success I should think, no matter what else happened! What a wonderful thing to have! One of the greatest things I love about quilting and patchwork is the way we are carrying on such an old tradition...so that quilt sort of epitomises that, doesn't it?

Donna said...

I'm jealous! It all looks so nice. I love the ghastlies fabric and what you are doing with it.

Josie McRazie said...

Oh, Kim...that material is just to die for!! I LOVE IT!!! I have to find me some!! And the material you surrounded it with just makes it pop out! I can not wait to see what else you do with it!! Thank you for sharing!!

tpott said...

I'm with Donna, I love the Ghastlies. I'm off to my block of the month class right now, I hope when I get there they have some Ghastlies fabric. ;>

Tiffaney said...

I am so happy that you had such a wonderful vacation.

The Ghastlies fabrics are so cute, I can't wait to see it finished.

Anonymous said...

I love the fabric. Halloween is my favorite time of year. So much fun for kids and kids at heart.
Wendy

Sinta Renee said...

I always love a cheap joke! Could you come over and look at my fridge? I am having problems with it and my car too.
I love your Halloween project... the polka dots really make it fun!
I would love to see another pic of the vintage quilt. I love the border on it.

dianne said...

i would never have thought to surround the Ghastlies with polka dots!!! they absolutely POP! now i'm gonna hafta rethink...

p.s. - i just showed your blocks to LuLu and Auntia - and they both LOVE the dots, too!!!

dianne said...

by the way ... your computer fix reminds me of a joke about a recent widow and her dead husband's ashes...

p.s. - word ver is bionies - bionic wienies?!? let's hope no politician decides to tweet it...

Brandie said...

Love the orange quilt! And those Ghastlies! More than perfect!

Anonymous said...

The quilt pattern is also called clamshell. Nice quilt to enjoy
Lori in AZ

Quilter Kim said...

Glad you had a good vacation. I absolutely love your antique quilt. What a find!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Swa wheat!