schizoauthoress: (Feedback--Matt Atherton)
I keep thinking that I'm going to see my Tech Support friends again today. And then I remember, I'm in Texas and they aren't (except for Lane and Dick) and I get all sad. While I did miss Dick and am happy to be home, I know my mood's gonna tank. So I'm trying to stave it off by plotting out the Beta Flight fanart (my crap drawing skills are not gonna stop me from trying) and designing an official(ish) "Darc Angels" logo.

Also. Dudes. We -- at least Ted and I -- agreed at Ultima 1 that Ted's fangirls have to be "Blue Streak's Deputies", not "Blue's Streakers". Calling them the Streakers was not my fault. Or maybe it was, but if I started it, it was as a joke. *hugs*

Honestly, though, I can't wait to get a new job and save up to move out of this hellhole (the apartment). I came home to the power being out in the living room and dining room. The kitchen was okay except for the overhead light. But really. Come on.

And some of those who were at Ultima 2 will recall that I told the story about our laundry facilities. There are several apartments in a single building, and we also have a small outbuilding that houses one washer and one dryer. This can be hell to coordinate usage of, especially on the weekends. For about a week or two before Ultima 2, the landlord changed the lock on the outbuilding and did not give any of us the key. Instead, the liaison who lives onsite was supposed to unlock the laundry area from 12 pm to 9 pm for us to use. Several times, Dick and I prepared to do laundry only to find the outbuilding still locked... even though it was during the hours it was supposed to be available.

Today, they finally gave us the new key. Rrrgh.

Anyway. Going to see what I can come up with... Amber, I don't want to step on any toes, so when I share the designs -- if I share the designs -- you can totally host them at the official CafePress if you want.

EDIT: Also shared with the KamikazeKomics board, but here's a Link to my Photobucket album with the design concepts.
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I keep thinking that I'm going to see my Tech Support friends again today. And then I remember, I'm in Texas and they aren't (except for Lane and Dick) and I get all sad. While I did miss Dick and am happy to be home, I know my mood's gonna tank. So I'm trying to stave it off by plotting out the Beta Flight fanart (my crap drawing skills are not gonna stop me from trying) and designing an official(ish) "Darc Angels" logo.

Also. Dudes. We -- at least Ted and I -- agreed at Ultima 1 that Ted's fangirls have to be "Blue Streak's Deputies", not "Blue's Streakers". Calling them the Streakers was not my fault. Or maybe it was, but if I started it, it was as a joke. *hugs*

Honestly, though, I can't wait to get a new job and save up to move out of this hellhole (the apartment). I came home to the power being out in the living room and dining room. The kitchen was okay except for the overhead light. But really. Come on.

And some of those who were at Ultima 2 will recall that I told the story about our laundry facilities. There are several apartments in a single building, and we also have a small outbuilding that houses one washer and one dryer. This can be hell to coordinate usage of, especially on the weekends. For about a week or two before Ultima 2, the landlord changed the lock on the outbuilding and did not give any of us the key. Instead, the liaison who lives onsite was supposed to unlock the laundry area from 12 pm to 9 pm for us to use. Several times, Dick and I prepared to do laundry only to find the outbuilding still locked... even though it was during the hours it was supposed to be available.

Today, they finally gave us the new key. Rrrgh.

Anyway. Going to see what I can come up with... Amber, I don't want to step on any toes, so when I share the designs -- if I share the designs -- you can totally host them at the official CafePress if you want.

EDIT: Also shared with the KamikazeKomics board, but here's a Link to my Photobucket album with the design concepts.
schizoauthoress: (Clothing Design-Work in Progress)
With these three blocks completed, I'm 1/7 of the way through the components for my quilt top. Yay!

One picture below the cut )
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With these three blocks completed, I'm 1/7 of the way through the components for my quilt top. Yay!

One picture below the cut )
schizoauthoress: (Gambit--Free to Fall)
When I was younger, my Mom had some quilts made by my Grandma Nana (her grandmother, my great grandmother). They were both Dresden Plate quilts; one was pale green, one was pink. By the time that I got to use them, the tops were almost falling apart from the many washings they'd gone through. But I loved those quilts. I didn't really know how to sew back then, so I couldn't have fixed them myself (though I dearly wanted to).

I only have a few dim memories of Grandma Nana, as she lived on the opposite coast, and in a nursing home. There are a few pictures of her from when I was very little (and have no memory of her) and a few more of her in a wheelchair at Aunt Pam's first wedding (which I do recall). The quilts were artistry, bits of surviving beauty from a soul I never got to know, but whom I feel would have been kindred.

Mom threw the quilts out after they got too ragged to justify keeping (to her mind). I think one of them had torn completely in the wash. This was soon after we moved into my stepdad's house. But I do remember having the pink quilt on my bed for a short time in my room of that house. I do remember, vaguely, what some of those fabrics looked like.

And now that I've found a site that offers reproduction fabrics, I've been poring over their selection, trying to get my memory jogged. I'm not a great seamstress by any means, but maybe one Dresden Plate, one panel turned into a wall hanging, would be enough. Just to capture a fragment of the past.
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When I was younger, my Mom had some quilts made by my Grandma Nana (her grandmother, my great grandmother). They were both Dresden Plate quilts; one was pale green, one was pink. By the time that I got to use them, the tops were almost falling apart from the many washings they'd gone through. But I loved those quilts. I didn't really know how to sew back then, so I couldn't have fixed them myself (though I dearly wanted to).

I only have a few dim memories of Grandma Nana, as she lived on the opposite coast, and in a nursing home. There are a few pictures of her from when I was very little (and have no memory of her) and a few more of her in a wheelchair at Aunt Pam's first wedding (which I do recall). The quilts were artistry, bits of surviving beauty from a soul I never got to know, but whom I feel would have been kindred.

Mom threw the quilts out after they got too ragged to justify keeping (to her mind). I think one of them had torn completely in the wash. This was soon after we moved into my stepdad's house. But I do remember having the pink quilt on my bed for a short time in my room of that house. I do remember, vaguely, what some of those fabrics looked like.

And now that I've found a site that offers reproduction fabrics, I've been poring over their selection, trying to get my memory jogged. I'm not a great seamstress by any means, but maybe one Dresden Plate, one panel turned into a wall hanging, would be enough. Just to capture a fragment of the past.
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
So, the green and blue Churn Dash blocks have...hit a snag. You see, I wasn't quite expecting my fabric to look so dark, more like this, but instead, I got this combination:

Background greenBlue partsForeground green


I was doubtful about it, but figured it would look a bit better once it was all sewn and laid out.

No. Didn't look one whit better -- looked worse, in fact. Because the blue fabric is a white-on-blue paisley and the brighter green color is a green-and-white plaid-ish looking thing. *shudder*

So, yeah. Given that I don't have enough green that matches the color I wanted, I'm switching the other two shades. It now looks more like this:

Background greenBlue partsForeground green


But it's about three hours of hand stitching down the drain since I have to pick the pieces apart to at least recover some of the dark green. I'm sure I'll be able to use them in a scrap quilt at the very least.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
So, the green and blue Churn Dash blocks have...hit a snag. You see, I wasn't quite expecting my fabric to look so dark, more like this, but instead, I got this combination:

Background greenBlue partsForeground green


I was doubtful about it, but figured it would look a bit better once it was all sewn and laid out.

No. Didn't look one whit better -- looked worse, in fact. Because the blue fabric is a white-on-blue paisley and the brighter green color is a green-and-white plaid-ish looking thing. *shudder*

So, yeah. Given that I don't have enough green that matches the color I wanted, I'm switching the other two shades. It now looks more like this:

Background greenBlue partsForeground green


But it's about three hours of hand stitching down the drain since I have to pick the pieces apart to at least recover some of the dark green. I'm sure I'll be able to use them in a scrap quilt at the very least.
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
As I mentioned in a post three days ago, I'm beginning work on a quilt. One of my New Years Resolutions is to finish the quilt within the year. I have most of the cutting (fabric squares to supplement the vintage ones I already have) finished, save for the background fabric on the Texas Star 2 and 3, the green-and-blue Churn Dash, and all three fabrics for the green-on-light-red Card Trick blocks.

I said I would post pictures of the blocks as I finished them, so here are the ones I finished by today:

Click for finished blocks... )
schizoauthoress: (Default)
As I mentioned in a post three days ago, I'm beginning work on a quilt. One of my New Years Resolutions is to finish the quilt within the year. I have most of the cutting (fabric squares to supplement the vintage ones I already have) finished, save for the background fabric on the Texas Star 2 and 3, the green-and-blue Churn Dash, and all three fabrics for the green-on-light-red Card Trick blocks.

I said I would post pictures of the blocks as I finished them, so here are the ones I finished by today:

Click for finished blocks... )
schizoauthoress: (Adventures in Sewing)
Some of you might remember a post I made about The Ugly Quilt -- the one I got from a thrift store that was trying and failing to be a charm quilt -- where I talked about ripping out the seams and using the fabric squares for a different project.

Click here for pictures of how it used to look.

I had to leave a lot of my stuff at my Dad's house -- including my first quilt attempt, and the full-size crazy quilt that I bought at the same thrift store as The Ugly Quilt. But I managed to recover most of the fabric squares by using them as packing material when shipping my Pony collection to Texas.

I took the color arrangement I'd wanted with my first quilt and changed it around. Originally, the most prevalent color in the quilt was going to be yellow -- but since I am a sucker for reds, I rearranged the blocks to be mostly red.


The different patterns (plaids, dots, lines) are simply a reference for me as I use my pre-cut fabric squares to make this quilt.

Texas Star is easily my favorite nine-patch block (the primary-color themed blocks that make the large diamond-shape), and Card Trick (the central and corner blocks) is Dick's favorite. I chose Ohio Star because it's a variation on Texas Star, and Churn Dash and the two Friendship Star types because they're pretty simple.

I'll be posting pictures of the blocks as I finish them.
schizoauthoress: (Default)
Some of you might remember a post I made about The Ugly Quilt -- the one I got from a thrift store that was trying and failing to be a charm quilt -- where I talked about ripping out the seams and using the fabric squares for a different project.

Click here for pictures of how it used to look.

I had to leave a lot of my stuff at my Dad's house -- including my first quilt attempt, and the full-size crazy quilt that I bought at the same thrift store as The Ugly Quilt. But I managed to recover most of the fabric squares by using them as packing material when shipping my Pony collection to Texas.

I took the color arrangement I'd wanted with my first quilt and changed it around. Originally, the most prevalent color in the quilt was going to be yellow -- but since I am a sucker for reds, I rearranged the blocks to be mostly red.


The different patterns (plaids, dots, lines) are simply a reference for me as I use my pre-cut fabric squares to make this quilt.

Texas Star is easily my favorite nine-patch block (the primary-color themed blocks that make the large diamond-shape), and Card Trick (the central and corner blocks) is Dick's favorite. I chose Ohio Star because it's a variation on Texas Star, and Churn Dash and the two Friendship Star types because they're pretty simple.

I'll be posting pictures of the blocks as I finish them.

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