Friday, June 29, 2012

Hand Stitching Binding, but it is 104 Degrees!

I have some binding to hand stitch, but it is so hot; my best friend (ac) is trying his best to keep up with the out of control temperatures.

I've been working on this particular quilt for several months for a very special person in my life.  I'm down to the binding, the home stretch!  I'll share pictures once it has been delivered.  I hope to finish the quilt on Sunday so I can wash it and prep it for our post-Independence Day delivery trip.

Tonight and tomorrow we're watching my 3 1/2 year old nephew.  I'm super excited (check with me tomorrow evening when I'll be plum tuckered!)  Here he is chilling on the first quilt I completed:

James on Chatterbox
When my sister drops him off with us this evening, I'm really excited to give her the travel/makeup bag I sewed for her.  It was my first project to sew a zipper, and I think it turned out rather nicely.  I used a free tutorial from Craftsy.com, the No Guts Boxy Pouch:

Makeup Bag for Molly

Makeup Bag for Molly

I learned a few things along the way.  Primarily, the pull tab on one end, and the tab that holds the metal clasp are way too tiny to be useful.  Next time :-)

Binding set aside, thoughts shared, now to make sure everything has been thoroughly kid-proofed!

Douglas

Monday, June 25, 2012

ConsistentlyPatchy in Progress

Yo-Yo Flower Quilt for Aunt CherylRicRacCross-Terrain Quilt for MomCross-Terrain Quilt for MomCross-Terrain Quilt for MomCross-Terrain Quilt for Mom
HSTsHSTsScrappy Charms for LoganLogan's Scrappy Charm QuiltBerry PatchPostage Stamp-In Progress
Postage Stamp-In ProgressEasy Going ModernEasy Going Modern

Here is a small selection of 'in progress' quilts I can share with you.

I have been working on drafting content for this blog. Before I post too much, I want to make sure I understand copyright laws, so I don't make any boo-boos. I would also like to polish my site a little more before drumming up too many visitors!

Don't worry, I think I've only had two non-family visitors so far...so...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Welcome to Consistently Patchy!

Hello everyone!

My name is Douglas and I am so excited to have the opportunity to join the bloggy quilty community! I hope you are interested in: (1) peeking over the shoulder of a new quilter, and (2) sharing your thoughts, comments, suggestions, and encouragement.

I started feeding my quilty curiosities in November 2011.  No one was all that surprised; a year earlier it was photography, a year before that was cross-stitching and painting.  You could say I have diverse interests!  After borrowing my so-sweet-mom's Bernina Nova, taking a quick trip to the library, and searching high and low for a new hobby teammate, I convinced myself I was going to do it.  Finding another curious mind to join me was a little more difficult than expected; my 30-something guy friends weren't interested at all, go figure.

Feeling a little lonely at the prospect of tackling a new art all by myself, I casually mentioned the endeavor to my uncle.  Surprisingly, he was all too eager to learn with me!  (He's also a Douglas; sometimes we call him "U.Doug" to minimize confusion.  I'll do my best to work him into the blog rotation, but I'm not holding my breath.  Did I mention we also call him "Gruncle Doug?"  It has a zesty European ring to it, and it is a lot nicer than "Uncle Grumpy.")

I purchased all the supplies I needed to get started with quite a bit of help from my sew-friendly A.Cheryl.  Who knew it would cost so much to get started!  (if I knew at the time how expensive this new love would cost me over the long haul, I may have given up then and there!!)  For those who are interested in getting started, in a subsequent post I plan on sharing the list of supplies I acquired first.

I'll share a few firsts, with more details to follow later:

~first set of pieced half square triangles~


~first completed quilt, er...technically a comforter I've been told
Chatterbox pattern from "Dare to Be Square" by Boo Davis~



~first machine quilting~

I hope this has given you enough information about me and the purpose of this site to get us started on the right foot :-)  In the coming posts, I plan to share more stories about my first projects and spotlight some blogs that have provided the most instruction/inspiration for me.

I look forward to sharing with you, learning from you, and who knows, maybe even provide encouragement to someone who has yet to take their first stitch!

Douglas