Tuesday, December 23, 2008
That's what I've been doing for almost a year now, but especially the last few months! Back in February (I can't believe it was that long ago) I posted here and here about my vast collection of block sets, mostly from MSN group swaps I was in. I just counted and there were over 70 of them. 70! What was I thinking?
Well, between actually making some tops, and giving/trading a LOT away, I am now down to a workable list of 30. That's 40 sets gone bye-bye. I feel good! I feel refreshed! And thanks to his other idea in the issue of creating a quilting journal, I now have some ideas drawn up for some of them. I will share those in the coming weeks as I get started on making these into tops.
In case you're interested, here's the list of what is left, in no particular order...
Pink/Black/White, Christmas Sampler, Scrappy Tennessee, Scrappy Mini-Bowties, 30's mini bow-ties, Mapleleafs, Fall Sampler, Black & Bright Windmills, Blue & Yellow, Orange & White, Pink & White, Blue & White, Spinning Flowers, Scrappy Cats, Scrappy 9 patches, Butterfly Focus, Wild Focus, Patriotic Sampler, Spring Fling, Batik & Cream, Boxy Stars, Indian Stars, Scrappy Sisters Choice, Daisy Focus, Pink/Brown/Cream, Halloween Sampler, B&W &Bright, Kids Hole in the Barn Door, Kids Buzzards, 30's sampler.
And these are just the blocks. In the last few months, I've also traded away over 15 flat rate boxes of fabrics, and given away several patterns I wasn't going to use.
I think I am ready to start 2009! Thanks Mark!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Well, just for fun, here's a good list - I saw it on Kates Blog and couldn't resist.
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars (did a lot of camping as a teenager)
3. Played in a band (flute several years, then french horn)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld/Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a Solo (lots of times!)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (no, but I've been there, and walked as far as the top of the base)
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (I know a little sign language, does that count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted (my Dad drew me, does that count?)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class (I tried karate as a kid)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (does Camp Fire Girl candy count?)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar (Ick!)
72. Pieced a quilt (just one or two!)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone ( several, unfortunately)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (well, I was there but we didn't tour it)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I'm counting fish here)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant
Friday, December 19, 2008
Brady Cason Guinn
8 lbs 21 inches long
The nurses have already determined he's going to be a Soccer player. He has a mighty strong kick. They went to give him a shot and she said he nearly kicked the syringe out of her hand.
Raegan has been a very good big sister so far.
Hopefully that lasts a while.
Non-quilty stuff first-
I had the "tilt table" test and they ruled out Vertigo. My blood pressure is still fluctuating a little and I have to have even MORE salt. I'm now drinking 2 quarts of Low cal Gatorade a day, on top of lots of water, and practically eating salt. The EP literally told me to put pinches of salt on my tongue and gulp some water with it. I'm also eating more nuts than I used to. But I am feeling better and not as dizzy.
A couple of weeks ago we noticed a large stain had formed in our Master Bedroom. We had the plumbers out and figured out that our shower pan must have cracked. We had some mold issues too and they told us we needed a whole new shower. They started demolition on it and called me at work to say that the insulation in the wall was soaking wet (we'd just had rain the night before) and that we needed our roof checked and fixed before they could finish the job....Had 1 roofer come out who said we needed a whole bunch of work done to the sum of about $2500. Then another came out who said that both areas of the roof above our bathrooms were leaking and just those parts needed to be fixed and it would be about $800.
The plumbers can't fix the wall and shower till the roof is done, and we have had several days of cold/snow/freezing mist and they haven't started yet. Today is sunny and I got a call they'd start today and no one has shown up....So with the holidays and all we're looking at January before the plumbers can probably come back and do their part, and then we still have to have the tile guy come out to do that work.
Have you ever seen "The Money Pit?" That's what our house feels like right now...Oh, and it turns out when they demolished our shower, we didn't even HAVE a shower pan! The couple that owned the house before us had done a lot of work themselves on the house and we figure they just never put one in. And the roofer said there are areas where there are 2 layers of shingles and some areas where there are 3 and it wasn't a very good job and who did that job you think?
But on the Quilty front-
I had 57 blocks for my "Stitched Scraps" quilt. I made 24 more so that I could set these 9x9. They are 10 1/2 inch blocks unfinished. I start squaring them up and realize that about 1/2 of the 57 are short and more like 10 1/4. They were from a couple of rounds of a swap in an MSN group. I wanted to have all the blocks squared up for Sewing Bee tomorrow, but instead I'm taking a box of scraps and will be ripping seams and replacing parts. It's an easy enough block to fix at least. I think I can still get this top finished by the end of the year.
I also got a great deal on a bunch of FQ's towards the Bird quilt. I'd gone to check out the end-of-the-year inventory sale at my favorite LQS and everything was 30% off. I went thinking I'd get some batiks, but none of them really screamed at me to buy them. However, all the colors in the birds were, so I got some FQ's to make the scrappy flying geese and the other borders. I was going to put this quilt off till later next year, but I guess it's calling my name and will be worked on after the scrappy one's finished.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
- Purple and white sampler
- Pastel Baby Buds
- both Texas A&M crib quilts
- another boy "I Spy"
So I feel really good about everything that sold this season. I am still going to see if church will let me set up a table for after the service on Sunday. This Sunday is the children's Christmas Pageant and I am the musician yet again. I always end up playing on their Sunday. I'm going to show off some new Christmas music I've been practicing, so we'll see how it goes. The kids always end up doing a great job, even if their rehearsal yesterday was a bit chaotic.
Tonight I'll go home and keep working on the clean up. I feel like sorting scraps.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Of course I had to mark everything down a little. No one was even looking at them at the price I really wanted. I overheard 3 of the Moms talking. One said "All she did was sew squares together"....I was rolling my eyes till I heard one of the other Moms respond "but look at the wonderful quilting". (Kuddos to tirane!)
From now on I want to incorporate some more designs and such into any "I Spy"s that I make. But what I really think I'm going to do is concentrate on some quilts for kids that are more design oriented. I have lots of "Quilts for Kids" books. My "I Spy" days aren't over, but may be on the back burner for a while. I have too many Novelty fabrics still to give them up.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
2. Finish the other pillowcases I've got cut.
3. Make the potholders.
4. Make enough blocks to finish "Stitched Scraps" quilt.
5. Put the borders on the Spiderweb quilt.
Not really a goal, but I'm taking my stuff to sell at work tomorrow afternoon! I made a flyer and hung it up yesterday and had several people ask me about it.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I have gone from 4 tubs of blocks & UFO's to a large tub and a medium tub. Some of these were due to finishes from last year, but a lot were given away. I'll post an updated list later.
I did take pictures of the "before" but need to get them downloaded. I'll post those and an updated picture tomorrow.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I forgot to take pictures and have already put everything bought away. Sorry.
6:30 am. Arrive at JoAnn's. It was packed. I walk over to get the 2 fabrics I wanted and get my number for the cutting table. I was number 54 and at that point they were serving number 31. I went to the quilting notions aisle and picked up 3 sets of rotary blades. I prefer to use a 28mm cutter and they are always out of blades for that size. Besides, they were 50% off. I also picked up several Black & White FQ's as they were .99 cents. I sat down at the pattern book table and waited. and waited..and waited...after 30 minutes of waiting, they had only moved from 31 to 38. What was going on you ask? they had fleece for 50% off and flannel for $1. 49 a yard. Ladies were grabbing anywhere from 10-30 bolts each. I'm not kidding. 1 lady stuffed 3 shopping carts.
I gave up and handed my number 54 to someone who had just gotten there and was number 83...I went to check out and glanced at the book rack. There in front was a book I'd been wanting. "Facts and Fabrications, Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery" by Barbara Brackman. I used my 50% coupon on it. For all the people in line at the cutting table, there was no one in line at the register.
I left and went to Target, expecting it to be packed. There was hardly anyone. I picked up a few more tubs for organizing stuff and did not have to wait in line there either. They had every register open, but hardly any customers. As I was leaving I heard a manager telling a group of teenage cashiers to go home. Sign of the times I guess.
Came home, relaxed for a few minutes, glanced through my new book, and then went to our favorite fabric warehouse Golden D'or. Almost everything there was 25% off their normal $2.99 price. Met up with tirane and Beth. Bought some brights, pastels, and B&W's for my stash. Ask tirane how much she bought.. we were joking that she had said "I'm just gonna browse". LOL.
Left there and headed for home. I still had a little $ left. Decided to stop at my favorite LQS Quilters Connection as they were also having a 25% off sale. Picked up 2 really great neutrals for my stash. They will get used in the scrappy quilts next year.
All in all I came home with about 20 yards of fabric, the blades, the book, and tubs. Still had $ in my pocket too. Spent the rest of the day continuing the purge/clean-up/organizing of my sewing room. But that report will have to wait till tomorrow....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I am going to take most of the stuff up to work next week and try to sell it there. I have confidence that with 100 children in a child care center I should be able to sell at least the "I Spy"s and probably the other kids quilts as well. If there is anything left after that I will be able to take it to church and set up a table during coffee hour.
For the next week or so I am going to clean up my sewing room. It looks like a tornado blew through it after all the craziness lately. Michelle has agreed to take some more unwanted blocks off my hands. I am just tired of looking at them and don't even feel like working with them. I want them out of my house. I have other friends that some unwanted fabrics will go to also. I am purging and cleaning and trying to organize scraps and projects as I go. I need to get some order in my life and this is where it's starting.
I'm scared to post a "before" picture, but promise an "after" when it's all done.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I will be right smack next to the "Mountain Man" booth in the lobby. Mountain Man sells all kinds of nuts and party mix, etc. I will try to behave and not spend some $ there. I won't have much opportunity to get out and see the other booths, but I'm the only Quilt booth. There are 120 vendors.
I can get people coming and going! Keep your fingers crossed! I'm taking the camera and will get pics of the booth and the festivities if I get a chance.
If I were to sell everything at the price I want, I would make almost $25oo. Wow!
Not going to get too much more made before Monday. I need to sew up the cuff on a pink &brown pillowcase, and I have some fabrics cut for more coasters, it takes no time at all to sew them so I might get a few more sets done.
Tirane quilted a bunch of fabric I was going to make into potholders so if I'm not too tired Sunday night I might whip out a few of those. We'll see.
On a personal note, my Father passed away 11/15. The visitation is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow. Big huge reason I'm not sewing much more. We knew it was coming but it's still been hard. I've had to help Mom make a lot of decisions and my brain is a bit fried.
Throw into the mix that today is the Thanksgiving Luncheon and program that I'm directing with my class.
Can you say FRAZZLED?
But I just keep taking deep breaths and try to keep a smile on my face. This too shall pass...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
This is the pond behind our home. The water is not that clear, but this pond has been home to ducks, herons, nutria, and a beaver that decided to eat our peach tree one Thanksgiving several years ago.
Right smack in the middle of the picture back towards the trees is a log sticking out from the water.
Here is the family of Turtles that loves to sunbathe on that log. I did not see the turtle on the rear log until after I downloaded the picture.
Have a good weekend! Hope you can do something quilty!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- To make at least 24 tops. This will be accomplished by making 1 top a month completely from scraps and stash, and 1 UFO top a month- most of which are already blocks that just need sashing and borders.
- To use up 100 yards of stash.
- To ONLY buy fabrics that are needed for backings, backgrounds, or sashing, unless by some miracle I use up the majority of stash and therefore need new fabric to play with.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
But I wanted to show off what my quilter boss/friend brought me from the Houston Quilt Festival.
These will go into my "I Spy" stash...
And these will go into my growing stash of Geometric Black & Whites. I especially like the one in the upper right corner. It is Lily pads. I may do some paper pieced frogs to go with it somehow. I think it's really cute. I like all of them. I can tell she really thought about what to get me.
Friday, October 31, 2008
but it's the 2nd top I ever made. I pulled it out recently and added the borders
and tirane did a wonderful job in quilting it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Purple and White Sampler
Pastel Baby Buds
Muted colors Sampler
Bright Double 4 patch
3 "I Spy" boy quilts
3 "I Spy" girl quilts
6 "I Spy" quilts that can be girl or boy
2 bright rail fences
3 Texas A&M quilts
2 University of Texas quilts
2 disappearing 9 patch Amish
1 disappearing 9 patch Christmas
1 "crazy" Christmas
1 Cat "I Spy"
1 baby panel
and 7 runners
Now I am concentrating on "small" stuff- coasters, pillowcases, potholders, and maybe some Aprons and some small bags. Stuff that does not necessarily need quilting.
I saw this as a quilt in a magazine recently and thought I'd do it on a smaller scale.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here is the Bright Sunflowers Tablerunner
And here is one made with this fabric.
I realized the pictures cut off the ends, but there really are 2 strips on each end. Promise!
I have several more yards of the chili peppers and found an apron pattern that I'm going to try making with it and some other salsa and food fabrics.
I have 4 runners made in this style so far with some other focus fabrics picked out. Just having a hard time matching up the border colors.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Work is going pretty well. Today marks 11 years I've worked at The Village School. Just noticed the website needs updating. I've been through several positions there, but it has been neat watching children who were infants when I started grow up to be the rambunctious pre-teens they are now.
The diet and exercise plan have been at a stalemate with all this medical stuff going on. I had gained back a few pounds and have now lost them and am trying to maintain and at least not gain any back again. When we figure out what's going on, I will get my butt back in gear.
And this afternoon I am going to the salon for a long needed new look! This stringy flat mop will be gone!
And now back to the sewing...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
tirane has the 2 Amish, and the 2 Christmas. I'm probably leaving other stuff out.
I think I can have these college tops done within the next week. I was going to keep making tops through the end of the month and then have 3 weeks to make the smaller stuff, but after talking to several non-quilty friends, they think I need to go ahead and start concentrating on the smaller stuff that might be more likely to sell.
There are 4 tablerunners already done or at Tirane's. So after I get these college tops done, I'm going to spend a week making as many Tablerunners as I can. I think I'm going to incorporate some blocks already made into some of them so that should help with time. It shouldn't take long to add borders around 3 or 4 blocks.
Then I have the coffee cup, teacup, and other paper pieced coasters I want to make. And some pillowcases, and I really want to branch out and try to get a couple of purses/bags made. And the stockings. At the last minute I can throw together some of the fold & flip coasters.
The latest "Easy Quilts" by Fons & Porter has a really easy pattern for a Gift Card/money holder. Those would be easy to make and might be something people would buy on impulse. small ornaments.
Then there's the dilemna on what to price everything! I'll think about that later.
Wow, so much to do!
Over the next few weeks I'll try to post pictures of these quilts that I haven't posted before.
So what are YOU working on?
Monday, October 6, 2008
Last night I got most of the fabrics cut for another Texas A&M quilt. Hope to get some of it sewn tonight.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I like this so much that I may keep it for myself and not sell it. Fall is my favorite season even though it reeks havoc on my allergies.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I also missed 1 quilt on the October Goals list. I forgot about these 2 1/2 inch bright strips I've been cutting for a rail fence. So I'm adding it to the list.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The list- in order of sewing:
- Finish Cat Lovers. I have 8 of 11 rows done and then will sew them together.
- Put borders on Fall Sampler #1
- Border on Spiderwebs
- Texas A&M
- University of Texas
- Texas Tech
- Stitched Scraps
- 30's Churn Dashes
- Cutesy Kitty
- Little Blessings
- Pinwheels around a baby panel
- Retro Slug Bugs
- Bright Sunflowers
- Candy Cane Christmas
- Fancy Christmas
Do you think I'm crazy?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
6 "I Spy", "Little Amish", and "Papa Amish". Today I will put the finishing touches on the borders of the Christmas Slice and Dice and the Sunflowers Tablerunners. We have our sewing circle at her house on Saturday and I am gonna try to finish up the border for the Christmas Disappearing 9-patch before then or while I'm there.
There are still a few days left in the month after that and I'm going to try to get borders onto "Fall Sampler #1".
Thanks to your ideas and some thoughts from her I have a plan now to finish "For the Birds". That will be the first project for October.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I need your opinions please. Currently it is 32x48.
Considering that I am out of the bird fabric and have limited pieces of the scraps, what would you do? I was thinking of adding some blocks to either side width ways but am not sure what blocks to use. I thought about trees or flying geese or stars of some sort.
This is something I will sell. My boss is a quilter and she suggested I use 4 blocks as a tablerunner and 2 as pillows. I'm not sure I like that idea.
What would you do?
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
These are in my stack for borders. We'll see how many I get done.
- 2 Sunflower Table Runners
- both "Not So Amish" tops
- Christmas Disappearing 9-patch
- Christmas Slice-n-dice
This afternoon I have been making more blocks needed for my "Stitched Scraps" quilt. I had 60 blocks from the swaps, but if I make 20 more, this will be a nice queen size.
I promise pictures tomorrow!
The morning of 9/11 I was at work. I work at a child care center. At that time, I was the Assistant Director of the school. One of our parents called and asked if I had heard the news, and to turn on a TV that wasn't around any of the kids. We took a small TV into the kitchen and the cook and I stood there in shock and watched the repeat of the first tower falling. Then all of a sudden the 2nd one was hit.
Parents started calling. Many came and got their kids and took them home. We tried really hard not to alarm the kids that anything was happening. It was business as close to normal as we could.
That afternoon when the older kids came in from school, several of them were talking about it. Their teachers had let them watch the news all day. I don't agree that kids that young should watch that sort of news. We took aside the kids that had watched it and had a long conversation about it. They didn't understand what had happened. It was hard to talk about it, because I didn't understand it either. Still don't to some extent.
My husband and I had planned to go out to dinner that night, but instead we stayed home, ordered pizza and watched the news. I don't mean to make light of it, but he now knows he has no excuse to forget our Anniversary date.
Happy Anniversary David.
Now back to regularly scheduled quilting.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
OK, here are some pics!
This is the pile of JoAnn's fabrics I had to work with. I also had a small bit of the large focus print in a tan background. I pulled out one of my favorite creams, a bright yellow, and a nice leafy green to accent with.
So far I've started 2 Tablerunners with these fabrics. This simple one uses the bit of brown focus fabric that I had. I thought the green looked like leaves. The background is a cream, not white.
Then here is a block from the other runner.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Then I started having serious medical issues. I won't go into all the details, but if you read this, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am undergoing lots of tests and going to several different doctors. I've been having serious dizzy spells and so far have found out I have low blood pressure, low pulse rate, and a low sodium level. They also found a small spot on my brain. So next week I have to have an Open MRI and a complete Cardiac checkup including a stress test. I'm not looking forward to any of it.
In the meanwhile, I sew when I can see straight. Today I'm working on a Tablerunner made of Sunflowers fabric. Nice and cheery which is just what I need. I think this weekend I want to play with my brights. No dark, dreary fabrics for me right now.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Pieces from my scrapbag..: Finn's New Years Eve Challenge....
I promise to post pictures!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Anyway, here are 2 pictures from the concert. Someone videotaped the entire thing and is supposedly putting parts of it on YouTube, I will see if that happens and let you know.
Here is a picture of "First Friday Folksingers". I am the gal smack dab in the middle. The set is a "magic bus" and the numbers 1969. I tie dyed all the t-shirts except the one on the far left.
And here I am performing my solo "Both Sides Now" with Charlie accompanying me.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here is a Fall Sampler I did with a MSN group. I actually have 2 sets of these blocks and hope to get the other set done before the 1st too AND the borders put on.
I'm going to do a skinny border of brown and then a nice colorful fall leaves print. I haven't decided on backings yet.
And here is the smaller of the "Not so Amish" Disappearing 9-patch quilts. This is 36 inches square currently and the other is 60. With borders they will be 48 and 72.
For the borders on this one I will use a skinny black strip, then a Red strip and then another slightly wider black strip. That's my plan so far anyway. I'll back both of them with solid black.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I have a lot going on this week with getting ready for our Annual Summer Pops Concert at church. This year's theme is "1969 and the music of Woodstock". I will post some pictures afterwards because this is a real trip. Everyone is wearing tie dye and hippie clothes. What's funny is that several people had saved their clothes and can still fit into them. I'm singing "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell, and the Folksingers group I'm in is singing "Let's Get Together" by The Youngbloods, "The Boxer" by Paul Simon, and "Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" by Three Dog Night. I wish I was still singing in the Rock Band, as one of the songs they are doing is 'White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. Courtney is singing the lead and she definitely sounds a lot more like Grace than I would. LOL.
Also trying to get the last week of the Summer Program with the kids finished and get things started for the new school year and the new Private Kindergarten class I'll be teaching. Been a while since I had to do lesson plans and work on curriculum. I'm glad that it's going to be a very small class. We're starting with 6 kids enrolled and she won't give me more than 10. Several of the kids need a lot of 1 on 1 attention because of behavior issues. I think I have a plan in place for helping them. We can hope...
Friday, August 8, 2008
I LOVE IT! I would have never thought about setting them this way. I think I'm going to call it "Stars over Wyoming" as it reminds me of the trip DH and I took through Yellowstone.
I can't wait to get it back and see it in person! Thanks JaDee!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I will have to make one of these as soon as I get a few other things done. I've got tons of fabrics just perfect for these blocks. Nice and bright and wild and Scrappy. Just the way I like them.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I will be adding a sidebar to keep track of progress....
A Christmas Row Robin that didn't turn out like I'd wanted...
Flower of Friendship
and a bunch more orphan blocks.
She is also sending me some Preschool curriculum books and had asked for some "noodles" in exchange so I've got a large baggie of strips ready for her. I went through my box of them and picked out all the bright ones and the ones I'm saving for the dark log cabin and gave her the rest.
(Noodle= 2 1/2 inch strip x width of fabric)
In exchange for all these blocks, she has graciously offered to quilt a couple of tops for me this fall if I need her to. Tirane has been getting lots of business! Yea!
Didn't get any sewing done yesterday, but you can now see more of the floor . I'm not tripping over boxes just to get to my desk. LOL.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
So goodbye dragon t-shirt, quilt show t-shirts, irish festival shirts, etc. You are getting packed away for a t-shirt quilt I'll make one of these days. The other clothes will get "freecycled" as I did with the last bunch.
I'm bouncing back and forth between 65 and 70 pounds gone. I soooo want to hit the 75 mark! Then it will be on to 100.....would like to hit that before my birthday in November. It can and will be done!
Many years ago, I don't remember exactly how old I was but somewhere between 18 and 25, I was living at home and I remember being really depressed about a lot of things. One day my Mom came home from the store with a small cactus plant for me. I had tried having plants in the windowsill and I always killed them. A cactus I could take care of. I sat it up in the windowsill and gave it just a little bit of water.
Every Saturday for several weeks, or maybe even months, I watered that cactus. I remember one Saturday my Mom walking by the doorway and she asked me what I was doing. The conversation went something like this....
Mom: What are you doing Barbara?
Me: watering the cactus Mom.
Me: So I don't kill it.
Mom: Look at the cactus...
Me: What? ( I look)
Mom: Pick up the cactus Barbara.
Me: No, it's a cactus, it's gonna prick me.
Mom: Pick up the cactus.
I remember giving her a weird look and picking up the cactus.
Mom had given me a PLASTIC cactus. All I was doing was watering dirt and peat moss. Somewhere in there I'm sure Mom was trying to teach me a valuable lesson or at least give me a small boost to my self esteem at the time. I don't know.
We have this cactus garden in our backyard. Until recently it was being invaded by weeds and a crepe myrtle tree that kept growing up in the middle of it. We finally had our lawn guys dig it all out and they now keep it free from weeds and the tree. It is thriving and growing.
Sometimes you have to water a plastic cactus and sometimes you have to dig out the weeds. Life can be very prickly, but if you get to the fruit, (although I've never eaten any) I hear it is really good. I love to look at that cactus every May when the flowers bloom. Bright orange and yellow buds that peek out from the sea of green. Sounds like a colorful quilt.
I don't know what ever happened to that plastic cactus, but it is a reminder today that sometimes life needs "watering".
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I am happy to report the following:
now completely finished and ready to be sold
Bright Double 4 patch ( a small section of which is shown in my header)
weren't on that block list but also ready to be sold...
several "girly" I-Spy quilts (am currently making "boyish" ones)
an animal I-Spy
2 Texas A&M kid size quilts
1 University of Texas quilt
1 pastel Baby Buds quilt
Sampler quilt done in Greens/golds/browns/Blues. Queen size-ish.
2 I-Spy quilts- at tirane's being quilted
Christmas Stack-n-whack- blocks are together, needs border/backing/quilting
Kids Square in Square- 2 tops are together, 1 needs a border I think, backing/quilting
Kids Rail Fence- top is at tirane's house being quilted
Fall Rail Fence- not enough blocks for a quilt so these are being sewn together for a nice large tablerunner. Have partly done.
Spiderwebs- are all sewn together. Still needs border/backing/quilting.
Scrappy Swappers Stars- a friend has these- making the top for me
Stitched Scraps- blocks are in rows, rows need to be sewn together
Scrappy Cats- blocks are squared up, some are in rows. Still haven't decided on border.
I have traded away these blocks in exchange for fabric...
Basket of Chips
Bright/White Challenge blocks
extra set of Baby Buds
And these I am giving to a great friend because I'm tired of looking at them...
Scrappy Jacob's Ladders
Scrappy Buckeye Beauty
Red/Beige Split 9-patch
All orphan blocks
In the last month I've also sold a total of about 60 yards of unwanted fabrics and made over $100. Have started another pile of fabrics to get rid of. Selling these through the QuiltersFleaMarket yahoo group.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Check it out!
BTW, can anyone tell me how to edit that picture in the sidebar so it shows the whole thing? I can't figure it out.
The new headline picture is one of my latest- shown on the frame at tirane's I got to pick it up on Saturday. The quilting is superb! She truly has a knack for design and filling in the space.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
- Breakfast- cottage cheese, applesauce, protein shake
- Took a 30 minute walk along the pond. No animals this morning.
- 3 loads of laundry
- Sorted through a huge pile of junk deciding what to keep for a yard sale and what to give the Charity truck coming Saturday
- Worked on cleaning junk off the bar area and Dining Room table
- Sewed 30 minutes
- Checked some job ads on the internet.
- Sorted out some fabrics for another "I Spy" quilt
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
finished 12 blocks for various projects. Made a charity quilt top. Sewed a total of 20 hours. Some gals and I from a group are keeping track of just how much we sew.
Since I was on a roll with the sewing, I stayed home and flipped channels and caught the fireworks from Washington DC, New York, Boston, and Houston.
David has been sick with a really bad summer cold, but we did work a little on the CD's. Maybe we can get some more done this week.
I have today off and am gonna do some housework and see what progress I can make on the "Stitched Scraps" quilt. All the blocks are made, but I need to square them up and start sewing them together.
Going for a walk now before it gets hotter out there.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
What do you have planned for the weekend? Other than going to a church cookout/sing along/fireworks watching party, I plan on having one heck of a long sewing marathon. That and David and I are going to get a start on re-organizing our hundreds of CD's. They have been in piles all over the place. We've been very lax in putting them back on the shelf. We typically keep them alphabetically organized. Right now we have stacks of the CD's for the letters A-K. Will sort those by Artist and get them onto the shelf. I have lost track in just how many CD's we have, but I bet it's close to 1000 now. Most of my collection falls into 3 categories...70's/80's music, Classical, and Broadway. I do own about 10 country & western CD's and a few comedy albums. I have some compilations of 80's music. My favorite is a "One Hit Wonders" CD.
For my sewing marathon, I have some swap blocks to finish for a few friends, and then a couple of stacks of blocks that I would love to get sewn into some tops. I have a goal of giving tirane about 10 tops next weekend. Some of those will be small, crib size but they count too! Going shopping today with her to get some backings and more bright tone-on-tone's for my stash...somehow I seem to have greatly depleted all colors but pink, red, and lime green...
I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe holiday weekend!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I will post some more quilts later this week. I have a few more I'll be picking up when I see her on the 12th! and several tops I'll be dropping off too...
I do have some quilts ready for sale, but am still exploring the best way to showcase them. I'll keep you posted!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Then I get a comment from someone I don't know! How cool is that! Thanks Wendy!
My weight loss has plateaued again. 58 pounds gone. It's a constant struggle. I have found that there are a few things I can't eat anymore. For those of you that don't know me, I am an Office Assistant and Teacher at a Child Care center. Last Friday was Grilled Cheese Day. I LOVE Grilled Cheese. Well, I ate a small bite and had a "stuck" episode. Those are not fun. So no more Grilled Cheese for me. I had given up sodas, popcorn, hot dogs, swallowing pills, and now grilled cheese.
DH and I are getting ready for our much needed vacation. We leave in 10 days for our Boston/NYC trip. I would love to drop another 5 pounds or so before then. I'm up-ing my water intake, protein intake (that seems to help too) and trying to move more and walk more. I know we are going to be doing a LOT of walking on this trip and I'm trying to get my body, especially my legs, ready for it. We have a lot we want to see/do, and it will be a challenge to cram it all into the few days we'll be in each city. 2 days in Boston and 4 in NYC.
Am I crazy? These are easy enough to do since they're paper pieced, but it takes so many parts.
Then there are still all those block sets calling my name. I have made a little bit of progress with some of those though. Thanks to my buddies, I have the block layouts for several of them and I started squaring some of them up. I think I have enough of a red in my stash to get started on the Christmas King size sampler. Maybe I'll get started with that project after the trip.
Well, my new buddy Wendy tagged me, but I really don't know anyone else to tag as I'd already done this before... see here
Off to take a walk...
Friday, March 28, 2008
- Wake sometime between 5:30 and 6:30. Usually before DH leaves for work.
- Get into my "grubbies".
- Check e-mails/job ads/quilting groups/blogs, etc.
- Have Breakfast.
- Decide what project I'm going to work on till time to get ready for work in the afternoon.
- Sew or do housework or both
But I headed out the door....Not knowing that it was RAINING...well, not really raining, but that fine, foggy, dew like mist... anyway, I did NOT turn around...I trodded on...
Now 4 months ago, I couldn't make it 2 or 3 houses away without hurting and stopping and turning around to go back home. That's what weighing 350 and having a BMI over 60 will do to you.
Today, I'm down 50 pounds, a lower BMI, NO more lower back pain, very little knee pain, and I just did a 30 minute walk IN THE MISTY RAIN! I was crying very happy tears as I kept going one house further, one street further... I felt like I could have walked a lot longer, but I couldn't see as my glasses were all wet.
As I walked, I thought about all the things I'm grateful for...This is getting to be a long entry but I don't freaking care.... I am on a roll and want to express myself....
- Thank you Liza, Mimi, SueAnn, and Suzette for being my sounding boards, my comrades, and teaching me lessons about things other than just quilting. For giving me a gentle "Poke" when I need one, for encouraging me to go for it, From you I've learned what having a real set of Girlfriends is all about. I look forward to every time we meet. It really is the highlight of my month.
- I'm grateful that 1 year ago today my beautiful little niece came into my life. On this her first birthday, I vow to spend more time with her over the next year. To be a better Aunt. To keep getting healthier so I can go chase her in the park and live to watch her grow up.
- I'm grateful for all my online quilting friends. DH doesn't understand why I call them friends since we've never met. They've been there for me when I've undergone major surgeries. They were there for me when my Cousin died tragically. They've seen me through good days and bad, and we share the things going on in our lives. I call that being a friend.
- I'm grateful for my Mom. What can I say? I love you with everything that I am. You've loved me even when there were times I didn't love myself.
- And Yes, I'm grateful for my husband who has loved me and put up with me when many times he shouldn't have. Who has loved me no matter what my weight. He doesn't agree with the way I "cheated" to start my weight loss, but loves me anyway. We have our serious problems, but I love him too.
- There are a myriad of other things...Deb, Helle, Jennifer, my friends at church, belonging to a church that lets me be myself, my talents, etc...but I will save them for another time...
Monday, March 10, 2008
Here is our house after the last little snowfall.
The house backs up to a city Greenbelt with a pond. I wish you could see the snow and ice that were on this tree. In the pond this day were 2 beautiful Snowy White Egrets. The digital camera wasn't working so I couldn't take a picture of them. We're hoping that they are a mating pair, it would be nice to see more of them around.
This pond is one of the reasons David never wants to move. He looked at the picture above and mentioned that it doesn't even look like a picture that was taken in the middle of a big city. The pond has been home to a turtle family, ducks, egrets, and a beaver that decided he wanted our small peach tree. We've also seen nutria, and had a crawdad crawl up from there, which David found when he was using the weed whacker one day. I love to go out and see what's going on in the pond. I try to ignore the litter that ends up along the sides. Once or twice a year the neighborhood has a "Clean the Pond" day, and since I'm losing weight, I hope to participate in the next one.
One day I may design a "Landscape" quilt based on this pond.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I'm gonna be a Quilting Fairy for a friend that can't finish some blocks for a swap. These Buzzard Roost blocks are really cute. So far I've gotten some great blocks. This gal sent me the fabrics to make hers, and a yard of this adorable butterfly fabric for doing this for her. I have to have some more of this fabric...I usually don't like glittery fabrics, but this fabric is too CUTE! I can't seem to find it in any of the online stores, and the camera's still busted or I'd take a pic. It sucks that I have to use a disposable and then wait for CD's to be developed. I've e-mailed her to ask where I can get it.
Well off to work on the Buzzards......
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I had 54 of them and need 80. I have all the pieces cut and made the "ear" sections last night. I hope to get all the cats finished today. Still need to find the pattern for the paper pieced mice I want to do for the border. I tore the pattern out of a magazine but can't remember where I put it. So I'll be looking for that today too.
This is gonna be a really cute quilt for a kid or a cat lover when I get it done!
In the MSN group "Quilting Forever" we have a "Block Block Swap" we send our partner a set of blocks and they set them for us.
I sent my partner the Black and White blocks and here's the top I got back! I Love it! I've never set blocks on point, always been scared to, but this has me thinking...
And here's the top I made for my partner using her blue and yellow blocks. I have these same blocks and intend to set them the same way for mine. Except that I think it needs another border of some sort around the whole thing....any ideas? Blue or Yellow?
Friday, February 29, 2008
add to the list...
cotton reels, scrappy swappers stars, scrappy Jacobs Ladder, bright & black sampler, cowboy boot focus fabric, wild & bright focus fabric, crumb blocks, paper pieced tulips, Christmas 9-patch, even more blue & yellow's, batik & cream, black & white rail fence, and my "girly girl" RR blocks.
I figure I have enough blue/yellow/white blocks for 2 or 3 large quilts.
I have my work cut out for me....
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I've been going through and organizing all my sets of blocks into boxes and made a list. All the blocks and rows are now into 3 Avon boxes. Where do I start? I really want to get some more tops made. Need to give "tirane" something to do LOL. She's my good friend who quilts these for me. Of course I have some things she's already done for me that now need binding. But that's another story for another time.
How do you decide what to work on next? I have all these block sets, plus all the other quilts in my head that I want to do. All these scraps that are calling my name...I don't know where to start!
Hang on to your hats...here's a list of all the Block sets....
Canning Jars on black, Bug jars on black, 30's Churn Dashes, Christmas Friendship Stars, Amish 9-patch, Amish Baskets, Scrappy Split 9-patches, Red & Beige split 9-patches, Orange & White Sampler, Bright & White Sampler, Scrappy Tennessee Blocks, Scrappy Basket of Chips, Scrappy Bowties, 30's bowties, Kids Buzzards, Kids Hole in the Barn Door, Bright Double 4-patches, Pink/Green/Burgundy/Brown Double 4-patches, Purple Lovers Sampler, Batik Fish, Pink & White Sampler, Pink/White/Black Sampler, Pink/Brown/Cream Sampler, Fall 9-Patch, Mini Spinning Flowers, Tan/Burgundy/Hunter Green Sampler, Red/White/Gray/Black Sampler, Scrappy 9-Patches, Green & White Sampler, Black & Bright Indian Stars, Black & Bright Windmills, Christmas/Winter Sampler, Patriotic Sampler, Mocha Lovers Sampler, several sets of 6 inch 9-patches in various colors, Scrappy Starflowers, Bright Starflowers, Butterfly focus Fabric Blocks, Stitched Scraps, Halloween Sampler, Blue & White Sampler, Pink Lemonade Blocks, Pink Lemonade RR, Christmas RR, Stack and Whack Christmas, Camping fabric RR, Depression Blocks, Blue & Yellow Sampler, Blue/Yellow/White Sampler, Scrappy Spiderwebs, Kids Square in a Square, Heart focus fabric blocks, Mapleleaf blocks, Scrappy Cats, Fall Sampler, Black & Bright Bear Paws, Flower of Friendship, Mini Watermelons
Whew! Some of these blocks I really don't even care about anymore. Maybe I should pull those aside and put them in "Swappers Mall" in Quilting Forever. Some of them, I only have a few blocks and not enough to really make a top. Some of them I really like but need to make more blocks.
This list also doesn't include the stack of blocks I have from swaps where people didn't follow directions. Those will eventually get made into Charity quilts.
I'm not a huge fan of just plain 9-patch quilts, but will cut those up into dissapearing 9-patch quilts. I think I'm going to combine some of the samplers like the Pink & White with the Pink/White Black, and do the same with the Blue & Yellow and Blue/Yellow/White. The 6 inch 9-patches are blues with muslin, Yellows with Muslin, Purple with Muslin. Pink with Muslin. I think those would all look good in a quilt together.
Then theres all the sets of fabrics I have that I've picked patterns for....but that will be another entry for another day...
So now you understand why my moniker is "quiltswapqueen"....
"God, grant me the serenity to accept I cannot finish everything, Courage to not sign up for anymore swaps, and the wisdom to know what to do next. Amen".
Friday, February 22, 2008
In "Quilting Forever" we have been doing this swap where we exchange blocks from previous swaps and our partner makes us a top with them. I was given a stack of Blue and Yellow blocks to work with. I really like the sashing idea I came up with and how this is turning out. I will get this finished today and mailed. Yea. I beat the deadline (Monday the 25th). LOL.
I've also been making HST's like crazy. I have a stack of "Tennessee" blocks, but need some more, -and am also adding to my "Depression" stack and my white and scrappy and my beige and red "Split 9-patch" blocks. So I am making huge dents in my scrap bags. I think I need to make a bunch of crumb blocks though, as I still have about 3 bags of very small scraps.
Then there's the pattern for the fabric covered notebooks that is screaming at me too. I think these would be good to sell at the craft fairs.
So many ideas, so little time...
Friday, February 15, 2008
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
1. When I was 6, I broke my leg the day before Easter. Within 2 weeks of getting the cast off, I broke the other leg the day of my Grandma's funeral.
2. I know probably every "camp" song ever written.
3. I played Linus in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" because I was the only kid who could memorize all those lines.
4. I would rather receive Tulips than Roses.
5. I can't remember to take my vitamins everyday, but I can still recite the beginning of the Prologue to "Canterbury Tales". Thanks a lot Mrs. Albright...
6. I love horror movies.
7. I collect vintage sheet music.
I don't even know 7 other people who blog...and some I know have already been tagged....need to get out more I guess.....so I'll tag 1 person I know hasn't been yet....
Country Mouse in the City
Friday, February 1, 2008
When I turned 16, instead of getting a car for my birthday, I got sewing lessons. Think back (if you're old enough to remember)...to 1982. One of the fashion crazes of the time were the "Little House on the Prairie" style dresses inspired by the designer Laura Ashley. I loved those dresses. Being a chunky kid, they would hide my little bit of bulge, and I could still be fashionable. So that's what we decided to make during my sewing lessons. It was a cute white with Purple (of course) print. Mrs. Rousseau, one of my Mom's best friends, patiently walked me through cutting the fabrics and piecing them together. She thought I was a bit premature trying to make something that had so many gathers in it, but I was really proud of how it turned out. I wore that dress till it was threadbare. It got me through a lot of Sunday mornings and special events at school. I wish I still had the dress, just for memories sake.
After making that dress with her, I tried to make another one on my own. That was a disaster, I remember sewing pieces together all wrong. I gave up and didn't touch a sewing machine for 19 years.
Flash forward to Fall 2001. 9/11 had just happened. How to deal with stress and anxiety. My boss is a quilter. She would show me these beautiful quilts she was working on. One day I thought, you know, My Mom was a quilter, both my grandmothers were quilters, maybe I can be a quilter too. I asked my boss to give me a few lessons. She was thrilled to share some of her stash and a few tools with me. I went to her house and had a lesson on picking fabric, and a lesson on using a rotary cutter and templates, and a refresher course on using a sewing machine. That was it. I was hooked. I've been quilting 6 years now. Quilting has seen me through many rough times. I've made several quilts and lasting memories with quilting friends from around the world.
But I still want that slugbug.