Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I will have family here visiting for a couple of weeks and then I'm heading to California to visit my oldest daughter and her girls and to go to the second annual International Quilt Festival that's going to be held in Long Beach;)
This is the logo from last year.
I participated in a pincushion swap last month.
This is what I used to make the pincushion for my swapee...
I did a little quilting...
can you see it???
Right there in the center...
on the orange...
...added a little homemade piping...
...and this is how it turned out...
...a view from the side...
Now, in the world of pincushions, this one would be considered an extra large pincushion. Maybe even XXL!!! Ya know the kind that won't ever get lost??? If you spread your fingers out as far as you can and measure from your thumb to your pinky...you'll get the idea...like I said, XXL;)
I mailed it off to Jantine, in the Netherlands, along with a quilt magazine, embroidery floss, a pretty pink fat quarter, and a spool of variegated pink thread.
She has posted pictures on her blog;)
Stop by and pay her a visit. You'll be happy you did;)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with TOST;)
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The color here is really bad
The one above is the inside pic and the one below is the outside pic
The colors here are a little closer, but the picture is a bit fuzzy
My swap partner doesn't know who I am, so I'm not too worried that she will see it before her package gets to her home...far, far away over the ocean (Atlantic). I hope she will like it;)
My package came from Erin. Erin lives in Malaysia;)
Just look at all of the goodies she sent me...
How lucky am I;)
Erin, thanks sooooooo much for the pin cushions, ribbon, thread, buttons, and the fabric;) I'm sure that I will have lots of fun with all of them;)
I hope that you all have a great week with TOST
(Tons Of Sewing Time)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Now for the good stuff...
You all know of the plethora of ideas you get when you enter a quilt shop...well, multiply that times 15 and that's what's been swimming around in my head for the past few days;)
One of the shops that we went to is called Piper's. Piper's had a lot of quilts hanging outside and while I was trying to get a few pictures of them, I saw a lady that I thought I recognized...
It was Kim from Bitty Bits & Pieces
Once inside, I also ran into Nedra from Cactus Needle
Both of these ladies have awesome blogs filled with all kinds of fun things and information. Take a few minutes to check out their blogs. You won't be disappointed;)
My daughter took this picture of Nedra, me, and Kim (and my grandson's hands)
And now because I like to include pictures of flowers in my posts here's one of the Hollyhocks that Piper's grows outside their shop. They even sell the seeds in the Fall.
I hope your week is going well;)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
...these 3 pictures are the first 2 strips to my quilt minus 1 square on each strip...lost those in the photo shoot (where are my photographer daughters when I need them??? Hmmmm could it be that one of them lives in California and the other one lives in Minnesota and I don't live in either one of those states...). When this quilt is finished it will be 10 blocks by 10 blocks plus sashing and borders. The blocks are 6" finished and the sashing is 1" finished, but I'm not sure how I'm going to do the borders yet, so I don't know just what the finished size will be. I have all of my blocks made and some of the sashing cut...yet another LIW (Lady In Waiting) to add to my list;)
Any guesses on just what it might be???
The pink fabric under the striped fabric is the 'wrong side' so it doesn't give the true shade of pink. It does have more blue in it than the stripe, but I think it will work out just fine...at least I hope so;)
ones I posted about in my last post...
We'll find out this month if my youngest daughter is having a girl or a boy, and next month we'll find out what my middle daughter is having;)
These are my strips of fabric all sewn together, cut into squares and ready to go for the next step in the mystery quilt I'm making along with Dana and hundreds, yes hundreds, of others over at Old Red Barn
Tomorrow Dana will reveal just exactly how all of these squares are supposed to go together. Can't wait for that;)
And last, but not least...
This is a picture of a friend of mine from work. We had a baby shower for her on Thursday. I made her a little quilt and had Leslie
make a pair of matching baby shoes. Can you see them there in Debbie's left hand?? They are so tiny and adorable;) They stole the show and got lots of Oooooooo's and Aaaaahhhhhh's;)
I hope that you all have a wonderful and productive week;)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
is the fabric line that I have chosen to use for my mystery quilt that Dana is hosting over at
I jumped on the band wagon a little late, but I'm caught up and can't wait to get going. Since it's a mystery...I hope that these fabrics will be a good choice. I love the line and because it's not one of Moda's 'new' lines, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't run out before my quilt is finished.
I've been working on a lot of projects over the past few weeks and that along with working a whole lot of hours has kept me very busy.....
So without further adieu, let me show you what I've been up to...
The older of my two youngest daughters has developed anti-bodies in her blood as the result of a blood transfusion she had to have after the birth of her first child. She also has gestational diabetes and with each pregnancy, it rears it's ugly head earlier in the pregnancy. All of this has made her 'high risk' and so the doctors are keeping a very close eye on her.
Here are a couple of (side ways) dresses that I have made for a couple of my grand daughters
I have 3 more dresses that I have made like these, but no pics of them. Guess I'll have to do something about that...
This is a cute little picture frame that I helped one of my granddaughters make for her kindergarten teacher. I found a tutorial for it. It's the Fabric Picture Frame Tutorial by Rachel Very gooooooey and very funnnnn;)
This picture doesn't do it justice but we sure had fun making it. We wrapped it up in some pink tissue paper and tied it with a strip of pink fabric with cherries on it. Needless to say, the teacher was thrilled with it;)
The fabric that we used in the picture frame project is the fabric that I am using for my 9 patch project that CMQ inspired me to do. Since my sewing time varies as to the number of hours and the days that I can devote to my projects I just have to do what I can when I can. AJ invited all to join her in in making just one 9 patch block a day...and to make as many, or as few as desired. This was my first block...
...No contrast, you say? Well you would be right;) But I LOVE these colors, so this block and the other two that I have that are like it will be "re-purposed".
So........now my 9-patch is blues and yellows, as you can see from the frame. I have always wanted a blue and yellow quilt, and so I will have one, just as soon as I get this one finished. Right now I have two rows sewn together with white sashing. I was trying to get pictures of my layout, but I was working on it out on the front lawn and Mr. Wind thought he'd pay me a visit and well... I'm sure you can imagine just what happened. I will take pictures of my progress later this week and get them posted so you can see just how this LIW (Lady In Waiting) is coming along;)
So that, and more, is what I've been doing with my spare time...what have you been doing with yours?
Just a couple of more things before I go...please drop by and say HI to Leslie. She's getting into sewing/quilting and discovering just what a blast and creative outlet it is. Her giraffe quilt is
as are her other projects, but the giraffe quilt was her first and her own design!!! A very talented young lady (and yes, she is one of mine).
And just a couple of the pics I took this morning on the way home from work
I hope that you all have a terrific week with lot of time to do the things you want to do;)
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I think she must have been taking notes when she was in Color Theory Class;)
If you ever need some help with what colors look good together just take a walk outside and you might find something you like. I don't think Mother Nature would mind if you 'borrowed' some of her ideas;)
I wish you all a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
Enjoy your weekend;)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
It went together very fast. Now all I have to do is figure out what to use for the borders and the back. I have a couple of blocks, that didn't get used on the front, that will be going into the back of the quilt. I love a pieced back with a little suprise sewn in here and there.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
As imperfect as it is, probably the reason this one is so near and dear to my heart is that a very young grandson spent the night and he asked me if I could take it off of the wall and cover him up with it. We left this one on the wall and covered him up with a bigger quilt and he was OK with that because he could still see my Stars and Hearts Quilt;)
Enjoy the VQF:)
One week ago tomorrow this is what my front yard had all over it...
...over 9" of snow fell in less than 24 hours! Today it's been in the mid 70's...dare I say it...could Spring finally be here???
Hopefully, it will stick around for awhile;)
This middle picture has the truest color
I made these three skirts...
...out of this...
...old jeans and lots and lots of ribbon and trim...
I made little bags out of the leg pieces that I cut off of the jeans;) I also made a couple of of pillows for 2 of my grandsons. I get so excited about giving them the things that I make for them that I forget all about taking pictures.
I'm participating in Connie W's (Cootie Bugg 2) Siggy Block Swap. I'm just waiting to get my blocks...all 60 of them and then I'll have to figure out how I'm going to put them together.
Projects in the works are...a crocheted bag, my red, white, and blue afghan, new scrubb tops for work, my applique block from the Linda Jenkins' class I took, and..., and..., I think you get the picture.
I just have to add one more picture of the snow from last week...
This is one of the trees in my front yard...I think the picture looks pretty cool (no pun intended) with the black of the trunk and the white of the snow.
I hope it's not too late to wish you all a happy week;)