Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oh happy day!

First off, I want to say a big hello ya'all to anyone visiting from Small Blog Meet being hosted (once again) by the wonderful Lynne from Lily's Quilts!  If you'd like the "who I am, how I got here, and what's with the nut story" check out my about me page.

Small Blog Meet
The abridged version is I ....
... am a scientist by trade
... am a part-time nanny whille I pursue said scientific career in a small apartment with my husband in beautiful central Pennsylvania easily distracted by shiny things
... always have more projects on queue than I have more time for when I can, about whatever is relevant to my life at the time
...and I hope you enjoy your visit here and come back to visit again soon!

To all ya'll old timers, hey there friends, did you miss me?

I missed you!  I have been very absent from blogland, but I promise to make it up to you with some fun progress pictures and 'real' life anecdotes.

Hope you don't mind an excessive amount of photos for my first update -

I still have that slighty euphoric feeling that comes over me when I have a finished project to share with you!
I am soooo happy with how my Christmas tablerunner turned out!

It seems like FOREVER ago that I did this digital mock up of a design I had floating around my little brain.

Tablerunner- mock up 2

I got this far...

... and life happened (aka all creative progress seized).

A few job interviews, roadtrips, and other rather dull misadventures later..

I got my little pretty layered and basted. When I was closing up the binding, I had a little, erm, brainfart.

This is the first time I used spray basting. I am happy with it and will definitely be using it on other small scale projects that will be smushed, twisted, folded and generally abused in the quilting process.

Just a few days ago, Leanne from she can quilt posted her thoughts on spray vs pin basting.

The seamripper and I had some quality time to get that binding snafu sorted out

 and..... drum roll pease!

ahhhhh.. so satisfying!
 I even gave it a wash and dry so that it has that crinkly goodness to it.

That was the longest 12 minute cycle of my life (I was nervous about reds bleeding, but it was just fine!)

It's winging it's way to distant lands (or is it??) right now with an ornament.

I do hope my secret partner is happy with it. I'm a bit sad to see it go.
I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the nicest thing I've made. Ever.

Now don't think I'm bragging - it is so not perfect. But it is 100% my design and my first go at hand quilting with Perle 8 cotton.


Now. I promised a few real life ancedotes to give you a peek into what my time away from blogland involved. If you are one of those people who are not into the non-crafty stories, avert your eyes.

If you like those stories, then keep going!

- I let the fridge get empty in the week before Thanksgiving, so that food wouldn't spoil during our time away. Once we got back, my subconcious wouldn't let me forget that grocery shopping was necessary.
I had a dream that I was trying to find gluten-free rice puffs in a huge food store.
Now it gets weird because
1- I am not alergic to gluten nor do I regularly seek out gluten free anything and
2- I was trying to get around the store on roller skates. Yup. Strange, I know.

- I found out that dogs can get 'reverse sneezes'. and when they do, the sound like the are dying.
It's freaky, funny and all together nervewrecking when pet sitting for a good friend.

Ask me how I know. 

The dog got excited, drank his water too quickly, and just about gave me a heart attack! I was way too disturbed by the sound to take video of it myself, but  this video is fairly close to what it sounded like.

So, there you are. A finish, a dream, and a dog with reverse sneezes. Welcome to my weird little world :)

Linking up to:

Boogieboard Cottage

Sew Happy Geek


  1. Hi Annaliese! Love your runner. I wish I was coordinated enough to grocery shop in skates in a waken state. It would be very efficient! Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures both quilty and otherwise...

  2. Really nice project. I love that it isn't typical Christmas. And I hope you don't mind if I copy your license rules. I need one too and yours is perfect.

  3. I love it! The hand stitching looks great.

  4. Oh my gosh... so following you now. First off because your quilt/quilting is wonderful, second because you like shiny things. Just like me!

  5. love it! the hand quilting is just so lovely!

  6. Hi, I came over from the small blog meet.
    Love your Christmas tablerunner!

  7. I love your runner! The hand quilting is lovely, as you know I am also just learning it. And thanks for the link to my post, I don't know if I will ever give the spray a try but I am glad to know it works.