Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here it is, the little table runner (finished size ~10 1/2 x 20) I put together the other day. Washed now...love how it looks. Dare I say I am very pleased that I am able to do perfect corners? Yeah. I do. And, am! All fabric used is from the Iced Mocha collection. Love it!
Have a good day!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here we go...
I think I posted about this a long time ago. I was given two quilt tops by my (then) MIL. This was back in the mid-70's. Both are very large...a log cabin that is not pretty and this crazy quilt top, which measures ~78" square...
It was made in the 1940's. I've never done anything with it...just dragged it around with me all these years...sometimes it's been packed away, and sometimes it's been sitting around on a bench. Never used it. While at my LQS one day, I asked the owner about who to talk with about my crazy quilt. She offered to call a woman for me. Next thing I knew, I was signed up for a 'learn how to crazy quilt' class.
That class was this morning. So, I hauled my little sewing machine, (
I need to do the hand-stitching on the seamlines and, perhaps, some embellishing. Will show you when it's completed.
While selecting my fabric, Mary asked me if I knew about their 'bag' deal. See the bag below? Purchase it for $7.00 (it's big, too...~13x16" and expands 4" or more) and you have a very nice heavy plastic tote with zipper closure for all your stuff. Any stuff. BUT! If you come in to shop on Monday (any Monday) and bring the bag, you'll receive 25% off one item. COOL!!!! Gosh, you'd make up that $7.00 really quickly! So. I bought one. Easy sale. My quiltalong quilt batting will definitely be purchased on a Monday. My Mama didn't raise no dummy!
Stopped at Joann Fabrics to buy some bias tape and brightly colored buttons for the clothes I'll be sewing for Kaylynn. Pillow forms were 40% off! YAY! Got me some perle cotton, too...so I'm all set to finish my crazy quilt block pillow.
AND. A lady at work ran across this puffy (sorry, not sure what the real name is) quilt and thought I might like it. All that needs to be done is to finish sewing the cording/bias fabric around the outside...looks to be about 1/4 done. It currently resides in the trunk of my car, cuz ya just never know where it has been. It may end up in Colorado...the colors are those my sister, Julie, likes.
AND, when I got home I read an email that has me positively jumping with excitement! Cannot share it with you, yet. Sorry.
I mailed out Bren's birthday box, Jo's swap box and Kathleen's pattern.
oh! oh!! oh!!! I used the coolest (okay, the hottest!) iron today!! You leave it laying in a horizontal position (rather than upright, ya know?) and these little things come out to lift it off the ironing board. I don't remember the brand name...but how cool was that!!! You just touch the handle and the little thingies retract. I giggled every time I used it! I own a little $7.00 iron from Wal-Mart. haha!
There you have it. My Glorious Day!
PS My 2 year blogoversary is in 4 days (see it over on my sidebar)!!! Watch for giveaways! Yes, I said giveaways...as in more than one. Plural. At least two. Maybe more. Probably three. Something for everyone. No, not something for everyone who enters...but something for hookers, and something for quilters, and something for stitchers...like that.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The laundry is done.
2 packages are ready to go to the Post Office.
The quilt block is done. It's the one I was asked to do for SCAVMA - a student club at the vet school. I think there will be 20 blocks total (12" each) and, if I remember correctly, the finished quilt will be raffled off and the money given to the club. I posted a photo of the fabric here. Because I have no idea what the other fabrics are or if there will be sashing, I chose to border my fussy cut head studies with black. Did you notice...I made sure to get the chocolate labrador...ha! hmmm...The paw print fabric looks much more red here than it does in person.
Must keep on keepin' on...more to do.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Here's what was in the package I received...a rooster 'cheery' card, a notepad (never have enough of these), 3 skeins of floss, the cutest little fabric-covered round box with an old key and antique buttons. The top...that blue with the word 'buttons' is punch needle...she did such an awesome job! It's all sitting on a piece of primitive green hand-dyed wool. Thank you so very much, Ginger!
Have a great holiday weekend!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
See the button to the right...in my sidebar...that says something about SEW-ALONG? Click on that if you want the full details...but if you want the quick version, here it is. 6 easy lessons - one per week - on making a quilt from beginning to end. Yup...6 weeks.
Am I crazy? I'm thinkin' that's a big fat YES! But, am I happy? Indeed!!! ~grin~
As for the fabric...I might change out one or two, but this is what I've come up with. Will keep you posted.
Hop on over to Bren's blog...she'll be posting photos of the fabric she's excited about working with. Click here.
I may give this as a gift...but then, again, I may just keep it. Am loving these bright, bright colors...and they are totally outside of my comfort zone.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Now, I do know that Tag didn't push her off the sofa, but he certainly did take advantage of her pillow being available!
For Kaylynn's 4th birthday - May 4th - I wanted to give her something special. I had a necklace that I thought would be the perfect gift!! Years ago (1984, perhaps), I was given an add-a-pearl necklace. Know what that is? Just what it sounds like...you can add pearls to it. So, the one I received had 4 pearls, and it was going to be added to each year until it matched the number of years we were married. Well. Then, I was no longer married and the necklace lost all special meaning to me. It has been sitting in its box in my jewelry chest for all these years. (Holy Schmoly...25 years!) Anyway. I thought that it would be the perfect gift for Kaylynn...4 years old...4 pearls. I may or may not add to it. Regardless...it will always be special because of when it was given to her. I explained to her mother the significance of it...she will be the holder of it until Kaylynn is much older. Here's Kaylynn with the necklace...cannot see the pearls very well, but it's the best photo I got.
It has been an extremely special weekend!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Devin and I swept the basement, and then he wiped up the kitchen floor. I must say that he did fairly well for a 10 year old. Here's Devin with the dogs...
Thank you so much, guys!!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A month ago, I told her she needed something different for the summer on her table...here's what I came up with.
What do you think of this gorgeous fabric?
I would never have chosen it on my own, but when Amy (of the quilt shop) laid it out with the top and binding fabric, I fell in love with it!!!
I give my final exam for the online course I teach tomorrow night. Once grades are in, that'll be it until next year!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
But. I think I need to go back and get at least 2 more of the blues. We shall see.
I don't think I told you...Joyce asked me to make a reversible apron for her DIL. Here is the fabric we decided on.
Just so ya know, this Iced Mocha is the last of my major fabric purchases for a long time. My fabric budget is about gone. But, with all this fabric I've been showing you lately, I'll be busy for a long time! And, most of my gift-giving is taken care of for the rest of the year. woohoo!!!
I finished a project tonight...need to take photos.
For those hookers out there...I have not given up on rughooking! In fact, my big a** star rug is calling my name! LOUDLY!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
It was so nice to spend time
with my boys and their families...
something that doesn't happen
near as often as I would like it to.
Friday, May 8, 2009
quilting/binding/backing still to come.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I must use at least some of this fabric...
but can add any of my own to make a 12 1/2 inch block. Due date is June 30. I think I have enough time.
And, here is a table runner, of sorts. It'll measure about 20 x 26 inches when finished...something like that, anyway. I had a charm pack of 27 5" squares. Made them into the disappearing nine-patch blocks and, after they were all cut apart, mixed them all up. I am not sure that this is the finished layout...I'll leave it for awhile, then go back to look. Inevitably, I'll see something I want to change...am sure this is about the 67th attempt. If you have any suggestions...please, feel free!
huh...I just thought...if I used only 9 of the 12 blocks, it'd be square...wonder if that would make it easier/better?
Okay, here it is with 9...now square. I think I like this better.
That's it for now.
My Aunt Bev is also my Godmother...she calls me Jon...get it? Jackie, Jack, John. This is a weighted pincushion about 3x9 inches, has a flap w/pockets for her scissors, etc. Lovin' this fabric...got the pattern HERE (thank you, Elizabeth!). I chose not to make the little bag for snippets of thread.
They're all quite pleased with their gifts. whew. That makes me very happy.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I didn't see her...will very soon. I have something very special to give her for her 'golden' birthday. You'll see it when I give it to her.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Oh. My. Gosh.