Wonkiness – I’m a natural

So this is funny.  I’ve been on a learning curve in this quilting world, and recently discovered that people actually intentionally add ‘wonk’ to their quilts to make them look more home grown.  I have never found anything more amusing.  I must be really lucky, because I’m a natural!  But I call them MISTAKES not wonk.  Sigh.  Or crooked sewing, whatever.  Boy those folks must really be amazing sewers.  Which, I am not.  I may be ok at matching up fabrics, but the whole sewing thing is not my forte.  So, lucky me, my quilts naturally have wonk regardless of whether that’s the look I’m going for.

The latest quilt I’m in love with so far, but has been slow going because my beloved Bernina is out of commission (yet again).  Hmph.  She’s sitting neglected at Gordon’s Sew and Vac shop, while I anxiously await the arrival of a part that they must have had to custom make for me.  No really – that’s not true, but you can only get Bernina parts from a certified Bernina dealer, which is a drag because I know what’s wrong and I would have had the part 2 weeks ago if I could have ordered it directly from them.  So frustrating!  Not sure if I will get another Bernina.  Depends on how much  I like the shop in Portsmouth.  They have been delightful on the phone.  So we shall see.

So back to the quilt.  I’ve been sewing with my trusty Kenmore that Alex got me for Christmas this year for sewing leather.  It’s coming in quite handy for all jobs right now.  Thanks Alex for unknowingly getting me a back up.  Didn’t know I’d need it.  But I would be OUT OF MY MIND without it.  Too many good ideas go wasted when there is not a sewing machine to be had.  Hand sewing is not my forte …

Ok so back to the quilt (yeah, I’m easily side tracked).  It’s kind of a free form log cabin and there will be 4 of them when all is said and done, framed by various solids and white.  Here’s a pic of a square.  Each one is slightly different, but all using the same fabrics.

I’m pretty psyched about it.

So this morning was a good morning – I got a 15% off coupon for Sew, Mama, Sew shop where you will find an excellent selection of fabrics.  I took advantage of that lil’ coupon and got some fat quarters. Which I seem to really like right now.  I think it satisfies my need for more fabric stimulation while not being too expensive or too much fabric.  Just the right amount.  And of course if I LOVE it, I can order more.  So I’ll be pretty excited to see that package at my door.  More quilts coming right up!  I also scored when I went to Joann’s over the weekend – they were having their 50% off clearance and I found in the way back corner and great pack of fat quarters.  Which oddly enough was exactly what I was looking for.  I have zero purple and teal fabrics, and those are 2 colors that I am digging A LOT lately so I couldn’t have been happier!  Check it out purple, teal and green HEAVEN ON EARTH!  YUM!

I DO however, have way more fabric than I know what to do with right now.  I’m working away at it, but quilting is slow  going and I’m trying to use scraps and save the bigger pieces for clothing projects so it doesn’t look like I’ve made much of a dent, but I have!

Long overdue stool covers:

My little niece Lucy Loo in her new super soft wrap (sewn by her Aunt Kate- that’s me!)  Not sure she looks to happy about it.  🙂

On the outdoor front, my gardens are looking AMAZING this year, I’m so happy with them.  Some plants aren’t doing as well as I’d hoped, but for the most part things are going crazy!  And a month early … scary.  I planted the front planters this week, I’m pretty happy with how they turned out (the other one is identical, in fact symmetrical too!)  Combination of herbs and annuals.  Rosemary, chocolate mint, trailing verbena and a name I can never remember for the purple and yellow flowers but we could just call them beautiful and that would be enough:

And a final shot of my most favorite place to sit and contemplate the world, and it just happens to be a property that I manage for my job, so lucky me – a paid lunch break atop Eagle Rock on a spectacularly sunny, warm spring day.  And yes, that’s the ocean.  Lucky me… Have a great week! xoxo

Published by Kate

The basics: I love New England (my home), the outdoors, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, my kitties, my puppy, my partner in crime Alex and my sons Griffin & Orion, and my family and friends. I occasionally have time to share the things I love here. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Wonkiness – I’m a natural

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  2. HYPER!!!! Love the quilts, and I love that you are naturally wonky. Wouldn’t have it any other way. I didn’t know that was a term that applied to quilting. Funny the things we learn along the way.

    I LOVE my Bernina – BDP bought it for me 2 Mother’s Days ago now, and I haven’t had an issue with it (knock knock knock) We have a great dealer in Auburn that he got it from… she is excellent. Let me know if I need to head out there for parts for you.

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