I have a huge stairwell wall that goes from a
cathedral ceiling to the basement and a large portion of the wall is visible
to the main portion of the house. I have always wanted to hang a quilt (full size or larger)
on it and then be able to change the quilt out for another when the
whim strikes, but the logistics of hanging something on this wall have mystified me. Until now. I want
Click on the logo and it will take you to the page with the system I want.
The first step is to purchase some of this
so I can adhere a level horizontal string line to the wall from the entry way to the hallway at the height where the top of the quilt will hang. This line will also give me a visual so I can adjust the placement. This I can do by myself. Once I have the measurements from putting up the level string line, I can fill out the form and order my system.
When the system comes in, rental of one or two of these
for 17.95 each for 4 hours will, hopefully, make installation easier. That is if I coerce a couple of elves into helping.
I HAVE been busy. Honest. But because of the season, I can't show what I've been constructing, after all, how exciting is a photo of a heap of cuddle fabric? So you will have to wait. I'll show you the wreath on my front door. Isn't it pretty?
Remember these socks? They are finally off the needles. I did not enjoy working on them. It was a combination of the pattern (Monkey Socks) and the yarn which is Wisdom Yarns North Pole. To make matters worse, the yarn had a strand of mylar spun into it for bling. It not only made the sock stiff but also scratchy. Nope, not a fan.
There are three more skeins in the yarn stash of this yarn, but different colorways. I am not making socks with them, but I think I'll make some scarves and decorate the statues on the street where I work. Yarn bombing! of a sort. I know they will disappear and that is fine with me.
Here is an accurate photo of what is actually on the needles. That yummy caramel colored pile of knitted goodness is the 'Chinese Red Vest' (pattern by Cheryl Oberle) [that's a Ravelry link btw]. I am running out of yarn. Yes, I know, right? This version might not have the collar because of lack of the right yarn. That blue striped item is a ribbed K2P2 scarf. This is some of that yarn with the mylar in it and it will be the first scarf that will be yarn bombed.
Carrying a lot of static electricity within your body is not fun. Domestic animals hate you, you kill electronics and you give shocking kisses. Now that fall has necessitated turning on the forced air furnace, the condition worsens. I no longer wear watches with batteries, or any wrist watch for that matter. My cell phone stays in a pocket because if I leave it on a table and then walk to pick it up ZAP! You should see what I do to programmable thermostats: it can't be good on them. I am constantly looking for something metal to touch to discharge the static so I don't inadvertently zap the computer or other electronics.
What does this have to do with sewing/quilting?
Well, I try to wear natural fibers like cotton, hemp, wool or alpaca to help mitigate the static buildup that man-made fibers generate. Since my closet is predominately t-shirts, I started many years ago to make my own shirts. Lately, I haven't been able to find 100% cotton interlock locally, so I have been buying 2X and 3X 100% cotton men's t-shirts on clearance. They have been stacking up and now there are about 12 that need restyling.
I love this pattern from Pamela's Patterns. I have used it over and over because it is just so flattering. When I use a 2X shirt, the shirt needs to be evaluated to see if the cuffs can be used or not. Sometimes the sleeves are so long, I cut off the cuff and just hem the sleeve. I do, however, carefully unsew the neck ribbing from any of the shirts because the ribbing will be reused on the new shirt, but for the most part, I can just cut the shirts apart.
Because a man's shirt is usually in neutral colors, I have started using brighter colors in a top layer. And you wondered why I knit so much. Sweaters are great for a top layer.
Not much is happening in the way of quilting. Still.
I am currently on a garment sewing jag and as I sew my mind wanders to other projects. I pulled the Laurel Burch panel from stash and added several other coordinating fabrics from stash. What you see here is the start of a jacket.