04 Nov

Daddy’s Back!

Heart Daddies

This one is for the grandmothers and Opa. (OK, and for aunties too.)  To catch anyone up, TS&WGH, AKA Tech Support (the broken X-Box mysteriously repaired itself within hours of his return) and World’s Greatest Husband (took a four day weekend to hang out, do laundry, and generally whisk the kids away) is back home after nearly four months at a training exercise in Romania.

The kids were soooo excited! They counted down the four days before his arrival (I didn’t let them know exact dates before that because with the military, the only constant is change) and snuck into our room shortly after 6 am to greet him (he came home late Halloween night). Katja spent the day on Friday (while I went to the Kreativ Welt in Wiesbaden — woo hoo!) hanging out in the basement with daddy, drawing these pictures of him at the airport. She’s been making heart people for at least a year now. I love this non-princess version. Oh, and he’s not holding a purse — that’s his luggage.

If you’re interested in reportage on this year’s Kreativ Welt, check out Sid’s blog — she took lots more pictures than I did (I took a whopping one).

03 Nov

It’s as Obvious as the Nose on My Face

Sliced Quilt WIP

Do you know when you have an idea in your mind of how you want something to be, but then you just can’t make it come out your hands? Yeah, I’m there right now.

This is my section for the Sliced Quilt project I’m doing with an online group I belong to, Texies. My plan is to have the basic shapes pieced and then to do all the shading with embroidery stitches, Kantha-style. I made freezer paper templates of all the pieces and figured that I could just sew them together using lots of pins and the freezer paper as guides. It worked fine for the straight lines and gentle curves, but it just wasn’t working for the tight curves like the red spotty piece to the upper left. This is why Cynthia England’s and Ruth McDowell’s techniques require one to re-draw shapes to simplify them. But I didn’t want to add more seams to the picture because to me, it’s not about the construction, but about the eventual embroidery. So, in a fit of frustration, I layered a few pieces and sewed them together with a small zig-zag stitch. It worked great. Perfect fit, no awkward curves. But I really don’t like zig-zag showing on top of a quilt. Don’t ask me why. There are zillions of quilters out there who have embraced the monofilament and the small zig-zag, and make wonderful work, but I’m not one of them. Even with matching red thread, it’s just not what I was aiming for. It dawned on me later today that if I can’t piece it and I don’t like the look of machine appliqué, then why don’t I just hand appliqué it? I could still use the freezer paper templates, even though they’d get crinkled as I hold the work. That’s not so bad, is it? Why did I not think of this at the beginning?