Monday, June 2, 2008
28 Triangles and the Power of Spit
Did you know Block 5 for AmandaJean's Seeing Stars quilt-a-long has 28 triangles? Yes, 28! That may not be intimidating for those of you seasoned triangle sewers, but for me....yikes! But, after sewing this one and having a bit of success, I may have conquered my triangle phobia. I did have one point disappear in the seam line, but a quick resew and "presto" it was a 28 triangle masterpiece! Yes, my hand is getting a bit tired from patting myself on the back! Looking forward to Block 6!
I finally, with a bit of motivation from my fellow virtual quilting bee pals, (completed blocks were popping up!) tackled the first challenge of the Common Threads virtual quilting bee, Rebekah's block. I adore her fabrics and wanted to showcase them the best I could. I like the subtle wonkiness of the block. I hope Rebekah likes it too! Be sure to check out the blog or our flickr group to see the rest of the blocks.
Lastly, I was being so good this weekend. Saturday I cleaned my studio...I could barely walk with all the fabric on the floor and couldn't work with all the piles of what not everywhere. In the midst of cleaning I stepped on a pin (a definite quilting hazard). It went in pretty far and my first instinct was to pull it out, so without thinking I did. If you are squeamish...skip this next part. A quick yank and then blood spurted everywhere. It was like a mini fountain shooting out of my foot. I grabbed for the nearest absorbent item (fabric) and slapped it on my foot. Thank goodness it wasn't a piece of fabric that I loved. I think I must have subconsciously grabbed something ugly. The bleeding stopped quickly, but the damage to the carpet and some fabric scraps was already done. My beige carpet now had red spots. While I love polka dots I couldn't live with spotted carpet. My next step. Google. I googled "How to remove blood from carpet." You are never going to believe this, but here it is. Spit, yup, good old saliva is the best way to remove blood. It wasn't the grossest thing I've ever done, but it was close. I will tell you that my carpet is clean. Ah, the power of spit!