After finishing up my red and white secret project (that I promise to reveal soon) I found myself in between big projects. I have lots of ideas floating around and lots of fabric waiting in piles, but nothing cut out and ready to sew. I decided to undertake "mise en place" a French term, usually used in cooking, meaning "to put in place". I figured if I had a bunch of stuff "put in place" and ready to sew that when I had a few minutes I could get right to work.
Cutting fabric is not my favorite part, but a necessary one. It does give you a certain satisfaction to see little piles on your sewing table.
Remember my radiant orchid pile?
Every year after Valentine's Day I wish I had a green quilt for St Patrick's Day. This won't be a quilt, just a table runner or maybe a little wall hanging.
When my niece was up from North Carolina at Thanksgiving she brought a box of shirts from her college years. Now they are no more, cut apart and ready to fuse for a quilt.
All this cutting means scraps for the birds. Last year I threw some out in the yard and later discovered yarn and fabric hanging out of the bird houses. Interestingly enough I have also discovered they will take dog fur after I brush Heidi. So funny to watch them fly away with a tuft of fur in their beaks.
Soon enough they'll be building their nests again, right? Right? Please say spring is on it's way!
Positive thinking at work! Now I'm off to put myself in place for the end of Downton Abbey, followed by an episode of Walking Dead. Opposite ends of the television spectrum. Who thinks Bates is getting arrested?
No more teachers, no more books! My class is over and done, woo hoo! Back to business here at Under the Rainbow headquarters. My other half, whom I shall refer to as Floyd, and I mulled over whether we should put a sign out by the road for quilters who were coming by to drop off quilts. I wasn't really into that idea, so instead he built a bird house, um, apartment building, and painted it in rainbow colors. It was installed the other day with the help of our neighbors who happen to have a tractor. Quite the sight to watch it hoisted onto a tree stump.
It is a great landmark, you can see it driving down our street. Even the town plow truck slowed down to check it out.
Can't wait to see who moves in.
As we are being buried in snow here in New York today I was lucky to be able to stay home and work on a quilt. It's a present for a friend so I will show more pictures after delivery.
When I was out Valentine shopping for my girlies, I did pick up a little something for me. It just looked like it needed to come and live in my sewing room.
How cute is that? One girlie made us some Valentine cupcakes during her snow day today. Yum. I love Duncan Hines.
The only one who enjoyed the weather today was our four legged child. She wasn't bothered one bit.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day! Hope there is chocolate in your plans.
My name is Kristin McLoughlin. I love to quilt for my family and friends. I am a blanket addict. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!