Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Out with the old and in with the new...Happy New Year everyone!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Camo Wall Quilt

Now that the Christmas gifts have been opened, I can finally show you the new wall quilt I made for Emily. It started out to be a pillow, but it got a bit big for that, so a wall quilt is what she got. And she must like it because it's already up on her wall! :0)


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends! :0)


Monday, December 22, 2014

Red, White & Blue for Christmas

I can finally show you a quilt I've been working on for a while now. I got the top done in November and then sent it off to Joanne for quilting. I got it back a couple of weeks ago and got the binding on and got it all washed and dried and snuggly. And today it went to its new home. This is the lady who drove the bus when my kids went to kindergarten, and then again when they went to junior high and high school. She's just retired...Friday was her last day. And since this was the last Christmas/end-of-the-year gift we'd be giving her as our bus driver, and because it was to celebrate her retirement too, I wanted to make it special. I asked her favorite colors and she told me red, white and blue. I went digging in my stash and found all the fabric I needed to make this...I just had to buy a sheet for the backing.





Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ornaments for the tree

Today Emily and I finished our Christmas shopping. While we were out, I found a few new ornaments to add to our Christmas tree. I just loved this Santa, and I thought the tree and heart were so pretty.




Last night Emily had a friend over and they wanted to tie-dye t-shirts. I decided to do one too, and we had so much fun. Here we are wearing our new shirts...we both love them! :0)


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beautiful art

Some of you may already be familiar with the artist Michelle Palmer. If you're not, I suggest you check out her blog HERE. She makes such beautiful things. I fell in love with her pen and ink drawings, and yearned to have one of my own. Then one day, I saw on her blog several adorable sewing themed pieces. I ran right over to her Etsy shop and was lucky enough to make four of them mine. Since then they've been sitting on my sewing table patiently waiting for me to do something with them. One day I saw another blogger had attached hers to little canvases with little easels. I couldn't find those, but I did find some fat square canvases that I thought might work. It took me a while to figure out how to get this project all together, but I finally did and here they are.


I backed each drawing with a contrasting piece of brown fabric, then I sewed those both onto the backing fabric. Once that was done, I centered the whole thing on the canvas, pulled the backing fabric to the back, and stapled it in place. I love them all, but this little bird is my favorite! And yes...that's a little plant pot full of scissors! I love being able to see them all there. :0)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogger Shenanigans

We all know that from time to time, blogger changes things on our blogs without our knowledge or approval. Well, they've done it again. I saw on several blogs today that blogger had added a word verification, or in this case a number verification, when readers try to comment. After checking out my blog comments, sure enough there it was. I've changed my settings to remove it now. Kathy did a great post explaining how to fix this issue, so if you have the same problem, just read her post here and you can change your settings in just a minute.




And I know this doesn't really show you much, but I have been doing some secret sewing for Christmas that I can't show you yet. This project is done, and I have one more to get the binding on. Then I think I'm ready for Christmas! :0)



EDITED:  I had a nice comment from Carole this afternoon and she's done a blog post on this issue, or part of it at least. You can find it HERE. Also, if your comment doesn't show up on my blog for some reason, you can always just email me. There's a link to my email address near the top of my sidebar.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gingerbread

Every year for as long as I can remember, we've bought a gingerbread house kit for the kids to put together. One year the neighbor girl helped. Last year my mom was here and she even helped. Today Emily and a friend of hers put together the one we bought last week. I wasn't here to see the big event, but I did get pictures of the finished product, which is, to say the least, interesting! LOL First of all, here's a nice picture of the one we did last year...


 Isn't it pretty? Now...take a look at the one the girls did tonight...duct tape and all! LOL



I was pretty much speechless when Emily showed it to me! LOL But they had fun putting it together, and that's all that matters. :0)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seriously...

How can it possibly be December already? Time always seemed to go by fast for me, but since I started working back in March, it literally flies by. I really miss my sewing...it seems like it's always the last thing I get to when I do have a day off work. Oh well...it is what it is and I just have to deal with it.

I hope you've all been doing a lot of sewing! I've been visiting blogs when I can, and have seen lots of lovely charming star blocks and tops out there in blogland. I haven't sewn one block since last month, although I'm off work tomorrow and hope to get to some sewing then.

If you're following the sew-along schedule, this is the month to make the last four blocks for your quilt. Next month we'll be adding sashing and cornerstones (for those of you using sashing and cornerstones) and then the sew-along will be over. And since I don't have any new blocks of mine to show you, here's a pic of the way it looked before I took it down off my design wall. I do have more blocks made, but this is all that would fit. Next time I'll have to take the picture of the blocks laid out on the living room floor. As I said, maybe tomorrow. :0)


Friday, November 28, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas

We have a tradition here that the weekend after Thanksgiving, we put up the Christmas tree. Since I was off work and Emily didn't have school, today was the day. The tree is now up and the living room is decorated. We don't really do much, but we did do a few more things this year than normal.


One of my favorite decorations is this set of Santa wooden spools. I really love them! :0)


And to reward ourselves for a job well done, Emily and I went to the movies tonight and saw Mockingjay. We loved it and can't wait for the next movie in the series to come out, in November of 2015. We're marking our calendar now! LOL


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trying to use up some scraps

I thought I'd show you the progress I've made so far on my scrappy nine-patch leaders/enders project. I've been trying to use up some of my 2-1/2 inch squares, but they seem to be multiplying when I'm not looking. These blocks haven't made a dent in my scraps, so I guess I'll just keep sewing.


The other day I saw a beautiful red and white quilt on a blog (I'm so sorry I can't remember which one...I need to write these things down! LOL) and I decided I just had to get the pattern so I could make one for myself. This is the book the pattern is in, and the one I want to make is the one on the bottom right. It's called Checkers and I can't wait to start on it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So proud of my daughter

Tonight Emily got her hair cut. Normally a haircut isn't a big deal, but this was the fifth time she got her hair cut to donate to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. The first time was in 2008, when she was just about to turn 10 years old. And here she is 6 years later...donating another 11 inches. We estimate she's donated at least 45 inches of hair in the past 6 years. Here are the before and after photos from tonight...she sure looks different with her shorter hair. And even more important...she LOVES her new hairstyle! :0)






Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby it's cold outside

It seems like there's been a lot going on around here lately, but not much sewing. Well, I did spend part of a day finishing off a Christmas gift, but I can't show it until after it's gifted in December. And it's not actually finished yet...it's just a top and it's on it's way to Joanne for her to work her quilting magic on it.

I got my barns quilt back from Joanne the other day, and got the binding put on it. It's been washed and dried now and is just waiting for me to decide where to display it.


And it's gotten rather cold here. Last night our local high school football team played in the second round of the regional playoffs. Unfortunately we lost, but it was a close game. About halfway through the game we checked the weather, and the temp was 30 with a wind chill of 24. Now you see why we were dressed like this. In case you can't tell, I'm the one on the right. LOL


Monday, November 10, 2014

Mousepad redo

The other day I realized how sad my mousepad was looking. I should have taken a before picture to show you, but I didn't think about it. Anyway, I dug through my fabric and found a piece from a layer cake that was just about the perfect size. So I backed it with fusible and then ironed it onto my mousepad and voila! It looks bright and new and I love it! :0)


I lucked out tonight and happened to capture the most beautiful sunset! I took dozens of pictures, but these two are the best I think. The colors were just amazing! 



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hats and templates

The other day I saw some cute hat ornaments on Facebook. I showed them to mom, and she made one up (the one on the right). Mom and dad were down to visit on Sunday and she brought yarn with her so I could make some more. I ended up making two (the one on the left and one I gave to my DIL) and then decided they were just a bit too tedious for me. They are cute though! Click HERE for a video showing how to make them if you want to give them a try. 


A few days ago I was reading Lorraine's blog and she was talking about getting the templates for her flowering snowball blocks from Baycreek Quilting. Well, of course I had to go and have a look, and I ended up buying three sets of templates. I got the one for the flowering snowball that Lorraine was doing, as well as a drunkard's path template and the improved nine patch. That quilt has been on my "someday" list for a long time...maybe now that I have the templates, I'll actually get around to making it!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Touring England

This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger who loves all things England just as I do. I've just finished the book and it was a lovely read. The only problem is that it makes me want to visit England even more now than I did before reading it.


About the book:  A thrilling ocean voyage on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton culminating in a two-month ramble through the charming back roads and small villages of the pastoral English countryside in the spring of last year is the subject of this delicious travel journal that Susan has painstakingly hand-lettered and water colored in the way many of us have grown to love over the years.
Join Susan as she recounts her lighthearted ramble of discovery through the historical homes and gardens of art and literary heroes, along ancient footpaths, through wildflower meadows and fields of lambs, into tea rooms, pubs and antique stores. This lovely hard-cover book includes hundreds of photographs and a red ribbon sewn-in book mark. A FINE ROMANCE is a work of art, part love story, part travel guide and all dream come true.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Another New Month

OK...is it just me, or are the months just flying by! Tomorrow is November 1 (how did that happen?) and therefore time for the next installment of the Charming Stars sew-along. If you're keeping pace, it's time to make four more star blocks. I've actually got 14 blocks made now, but I feel like I'm way behind because I want to make this big enough for my bed. That means I need 90 blocks total...45 star blocks and 45 nine patch blocks. I think I'd better get busy! LOL

I've already seen some finished quilts around blogland, which is really cool. And if you're just starting out with the sew-along, that's OK too. 


And here's a little candle mat I made for a friend of mine. I did some things differently on this one than I have in the past. I pieced a square for the star, then cut it out and machine appliqued it to the backing. Then I shadow quilted around the star again and again and again. I think it looks OK, but it was a lot of sewing. And then because I didn't quilt in the border, it made the edges a bit wavy. Oh well...we live and learn, right? :0)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More things to put on my walls

When I was making my barn quilt, and had leftover triangles, I immediately thought to ask Janet if she wanted them. She did, and offered to make me a mini-ornament from some of the fabric in return for the triangles. Well, she sent me not one but two beautiful little quilt block ornaments. They're the brown ones you can see below...the green one she sent a while back after I sent her my leftover triangles from my Goodnight Irene quilt. And I'm so happy I finally found a place to hang them! I've had this cute wire hanger for ages, but never found a use for it. Now I have, and I love it! I just need to find a couple other things to hang from the other two hooks. You can see a better picture of the ornies on Janet's blog HERE. Thank you so much Janet! :0)


I was sorting through some things in the basement this morning, and I found this owl cross stitch my grandmother made many years ago. It was framed at one time, but now I just have the cross stitch piece. It's a bit dirty so the first thing I'll do is give it a soak and see if I can get it to come clean. If not I may tea stain it a bit, since there's a definite stain on it to the right of the one branch. Then I can figure out what I want to make this into...probably a small wall quilt. Gram's gone now, so it will have extra special meaning once it's done and on the wall.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Twirls & Swirls

I follow the Missouri Star Quilting Company on Facebook, and this morning I came across another great tutorial with Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles. I'm definitely saving this one in my favorites, and I'm thinking it might just be our next sew-along once we're done with the charming stars. I already know I want to make mine scrappy! :0)



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Colors

One of my favorite ways to photograph fall leaves is with them backlit by the setting sun. I say setting sun because in my front yard with my maple tree, that's when it's backlit by the sun...as the sun is setting. I happened to look out the front window late this afternoon and I just had to grab my camera and snap a few photos. I do love these vibrant fall colors! :0)







Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Little Bit Drunk

I've always loved all the variations of the Drunkard's Path block. So when I came across this quilting book, I knew I had to have it!


This is the first quilt I want to make...I really love this one!


And I think this might be the second...although I know neither of these is happening anytime soon. I must finish up some other projects before I start anything new (famous last words! LOL)


And I just had to share a few pictures of the maple tree in our front yard. This morning the sun was shining on it, and with the blue sky behind, it was just so pretty! I love seeing the tree's shadow on the grass too! :0)