Mar 26 10

Heartbreak in the Sewing Room, Color Proofs, and Something Funny

This is the center of a quilt that needs to have a binding applied.  It has a 16 1/2 inch feathered wreath that has a compound/complex spine in the center block and that wreath is also trapuntoed.  Suffice it to say, this very basic Amish quilt has a lot of quilting time invested in it.  Two days ago, I spent 6 1/2 hours seated at my computer cropping and labeling still photos so Ernie could insert them into the next DVD.  Time spent like that is very frustrating to me, so when late afternoon rolled around and I had a brief opportunity to sew, I jumped at the chance and ran down to the sewing room to try and get something done in a short amount of time.  Well, this is one sad lesson in rushing around!  In my haste to get that binding applied, I wasn’t thinking, and when I went to square up this quilt, I accidentally sliced way too much off and now my binding will partially cover many of the plumes from the feathers in the corner design:

At least I can laugh about this now!  I am telling myself that it will serve as a good example of a mistake you DON’T want to make; I mean, we teachers need some examples of how to do some stuff wrong-don’t we?!

In other news, I spent today going through the color proofs for the feathers book.  These proofs are completely different than the proofs I got for the Hyperquilting book.  Here’s an example of one:

They are about 3 feet x 2 feet and are printed on heavy card stock, almost cardboard, and what’s printed on one side of a page has nothing to do with what’s printed on the other side of the page!  That made going through them kind of a challenge!  Here’s another one:

This was really exciting to go through all of them; I think this book is going to be terrific!  When I went to drop the proofs off to overnight them back to the printer, they weighed 10 lbs! And remember, you can still get in on the drawing for a free feathers book or a free hyperquilting book by scrolling backwards and making a comment on that free book giveaway post!

One more funny thing…I’ve gotten a number of email asking me about what “freecycle” is.  It’s simply  a way to recycle stuff you don’t want/need to someone else in your local community who would like what you are giving away.  Normally, I don’t pay much attention to the postings on freecycle, but this week I gave so much stuff away that I had to pay attention to pick up the emails of folks who wanted my stuff.  Anyway, I have to share this freecycle listing that was posted yesterday:

OFFER:  Frozen Rodents.

I have several bags of frozen rats and chicks. Originally from Rodent Pro reptile food. Must go ASAP. Too big for my snakes and takes up way to much space in my freezer. Thanks!

That was sure good for a laugh!  And to see the ultimate in recycling, check out this site that my friend Nancy Bruce forwarded today.  All of these sheep are made from recycled telephones!  Click on the picture to see the details!


  1. nazli akgul Says:

    çalışmalarınızı çok güzel buluyorum. baÅŸarılar…

    I find your work very beautiful. success :))

  2. Darlene Onischuk Says:

    The DVD’S you have produced are very helpful to me, because I can train my mind as well as my hands, to produce designs. My imagination is also working better. I admire your work very much.

  3. Joan Says:

    Remember the old saying “haste makes waste”. Please post a picture after you have binded the quilt so we can see how you turn a mistake into a beautiful quilt.

  4. Helen Says:

    I can hardly wait for your books to come out. Do we really have to wait another 2 or 3 weeks?

  5. Kathy Says:

    Your work is gorgeous.

  6. Jean Overmeyer Says:

    I noticed in your previous post, that your fish quilt is hanging on the wall in the sewing room…I was interested to see how you finished the quilting around the asymmetrical feather. Do you think that you might post a picture of that quilt with details of the completed quilting? Thanks.


  7. peggy Says:

    Awesome, Thompson. I don’t know how you get it all done. Cheers!

    thanks for teaching us all so much

    PS Four days of sun on board. yahoo.

  8. Kelly Jackson Says:

    I am always telling people to go to freecycle…that is way too funny. I’ve given away so many things and I love that it goes to someone who can use it now and they don’t have to go searching at a garage sale.

    I’m sorry about your quilt mistake…I do things like that when I’m in a hurry too.


  9. Laura Says:

    Having done reptile and raptor rescue for 14 years at a local Wildlife Center, I had to comment on your freecycle note. While it looked perfectly logical to me (smaller snakes=smaller prey items) I never expected to come across that on a quilting site! Thanks for the laugh.

  10. Mimi Says:

    Hubby puts grapefruit bags full of defunct and lake soaked golf balls on the street on trash day. Nary a bag has ever made it to the garbage truck.
    You are just going to bind it anyway?

  11. Avery Nelson Says:

    we always use grapefruit on our dessert and this is a fruit that is full of antioxidants too.~:~