But we’ll start with the concert first, because some people may find that interesting than the sewing addiction, and then they have the option of stopping reading partway through 😉 At the beginning of February, I found out that Brad Paisley would be at the Tacoma Dome on February 13th… and there were still tickets available! I’d heard he puts on a heck of a show, and I love his music, so I went for it! The two openers were good – I liked the second one (Eric Pasley) better than the first (Cam – I can’t find her full name anywhere). I actually liked some of the guitar with her song “Runaway Train” better than the lyrics or singing.
Brad Paisley was awesome. He came out singing, and hardly stopped for the next hour and a half, just going from one song to the next. He hit most of my favorite songs (Country Nation, I’m Gonna Miss Her, Ticks), and thankfully did not do “When I Get Where I’m Going,” because that one always chokes me up and I wasn’t wearing waterproof mascara. Some people in the audience were dummies… he made it sound like he was saying goodnight, but the floor lights didn’t come back on… and people were leaving anyway! After a bunch of screaming from the audience (I may have helped a little), he came back out and did three more songs! During “Country Nation”, the background videos showed a lot of college football and mascots, and they’d even brought a handful of UW cheerleaders as well as the current version of “Harry the Husky” out on stage, which was pretty cool. I’m sure glad we were able to go to the concert!
And now for the sewing bits…
Lined Drawstring Bag
I made another lined drawstring bag, similar to the two I’d made back in October, but this one is Valentines Day themed. At work we were doing a little Valentines Day exchange – much like gradeschool where you bring a load of cheap valentines and put one on everybody’s desk – and we’d been told to decorate a bag or box to hold our valentines. So, of course, I went overboard. The heart is reverse appliqued (recessed versus sitting on top of the main fabric) and I’d found a semi-cheating method online which made that fairly quick and easy 🙂 Those bags are fairly quick and easy to make… and fun!
Cathedral Window Pincushion
I found a quilt-along online called The Splendid Sampler, which I would love to join in on but so far I’ve had the brains to refrain until I’ve got a few of my projects with deadlines finished. However, I’ve also been having fun looking at their other free patterns they’re showing as part of introducing the designers for the quilt sampler blocks. I’ve been wanting to make a new pincushion (multiple types of pins requires multiple pincushions, right?) The Splendid Sampler website linked to a Cathedral Window Pincushion Tutorial that looked fun to try out, especially as the Cathedral Window quilt pattern both fascinates and terrifies me. I made my pincushion in my traditional blues and greens, and filled it with crushed walnut shells, which are supposed to be good for helping to keep your pins sharp. I also had a bit of fun with the button, since I’d bought the hardware for covered buttons, I used some of the Lizzy House Mini Pearl Bracelets that I like to use for the centers of my blue flowers. To help get it pulled down tight when I sewed it on, I used a small plain button on the bottom as well, to act as a washer. I’d say it worked out pretty well!
Rainbow Mini Swap Progress
I’d been going back and forth on border options for my Rainbow Mini Swap. I’d planned to do “Flying Geese” for the border (as you can see above) and couldn’t decide on a rainbow, or the “low volume” (silver on white, in this case) that I’d used for the background of the Hazel the Hedgehog blocks. Then, I started to worry (translate: freak out) that the flying geese in color or white were too busy and too distracting from the Hazel blocks.
I know several people on Instagram seemed to like the rainbow geese best, but as of right now my partner hasn’t weighed in (she also doesn’t know she’s my partner) so I went with a third option that one of the ladies from my quilt guild had suggested – no geese at all, but a basic low-volume border to help the Hazels “pop”. I decided that I liked that idea best and did some seam-ripping on my breaks at work today (thankfully, the only border piece actually sewn on in the first photo was the very top edge). I also narrowed the spacing between the Hazel blocks by half an inch when I put them back together. I’d also decided when I started that one of the Hazel blocks was going to need some specs (the template is included in the pattern), so I got those cut out and fused (thank you, wonder-under!) tonight, and I’ll zigzag the edges of them tomorrow to keep them secure. I’m loving the cat-eye shaped glasses for Hazel! Now to decide how I want to quilt it! I wish I could do wavy lines like I’ve seen Johanna at Stuff I Made do often, but my 1960’s Singer isn’t capable of free motion quilting. Maybe someday…!
Next up on the to-do list… the block of the month for the quilt guild meeting on Thursday, the spring-themed mini-quilt I’ve bought a Bonnie and Camille Hello Darling charm pack for, and ordering the hardware for the Betsy Travel Bag I want to make. I’ve got the last of my fabric for it on order, and I think I’ve read through the directions and the online tutorial enough times that I can get this one figured out without too much swearing or wasted fabric…