Friday, July 31, 2009
So my co-worker Becca has a birthday on August 11th. I thought I would make her a little tote bag to carry her stuff to work. She has two daughters who play sports and she volunteers a lot at their schools and is always lugging around paperwork. So, this is the bag.
It was an easy bag with easy directions. Heres a picture of the lining.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So this is my finished wallet. I like it but I'm not happy with how the binding went on. I ended up stitching it down with the machine and I think it looks tacky. I might take it out and tack it down by hand. I'll figure that out after I decide what I'm doing with it.
The light blue fabric with the kids faces has little birdies on their heads. Kelley REALLY wanted this fabric for her birthday in May. I bought it for her from Spoonflower. This fabric has to be given for something special like a birthday because it's custom designed and printed and is $18.00 a yard. Their site says something about beta printing and done one yard at a time or some nonesense. The cool thing is, anyone can design a fabric and have it printed. You could do a custom fabric for some special occasion and I think that's pretty cool. I just don't like that price. lol Anyway, Kelley shared her fabric so I used it with some brown and made the wallet. We couldn't tell from the pattern pieces what was what. You'd think after years of sewing, I could figure it out but I had distractions. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! :o) I would've liked to put the blue on the outside but it's okay. It will stay cleaner this way.
This is the inside of the wallet with a velcro pouch and a zippered change pocket.
And there are two sides for credit cards.....for fabric shopping, of course!!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It was hot and humid in Vegas. There was a storm in the mountains rolling in. So on top of the high 90 degrees, it was a yucky 90 degrees. This shot is taken from the shady trees we were sitting under watching the games. That helped quite a bit. Unfortunately, the didn't play at this park the entire tournament. The other place didn't have mature trees and I was miserable. It's not pretty when mama's miserable.
Tonight I'm working on finishing a wallet so hopefully, I'll have some "sewing" pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
One project down, 5, 698, 472 left to go!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The last quilt shop we hit on the Quilter's Run was called Stars & Scraps in Corona. What a cute shop! It's probably about 25 miles from my home so not a shop I would go to unless I was out that way. But they have a lot going for them. Lots of great samples, beautiful fabric and a nice staff. But the shop has ambiance too. We don't get a lot of Americana-type shops out here in old So. Cal. That's why I do retreats in IN and AR! A long way to go to get some country cuties, eh?
I asked the woman that I think was the owner, if I could take some pictures for my bloggy-blog. She asked me what my blog was called so I told her, BusyLiz...blah, blah. She said she had visited it before! Really??? Can you imagine? I figure most of the time I'm just talking to myself on this thing. LOL I think she saw the link from one of the other quilt owners, Kris, from Cozy Cottage who has me listed on her sidebar. I'm right there with all the big names. Geez, what an honor. I guess I outta sew something to maintain my worthiness, huh? hehe But that'll have to wait til I get home from work. Right now, I'm talkin' quilt shops. :o)
So, this is Stars & Scraps. I only had my iphone and I don't usually take pictures with it. They're a little blurry. I guess it was all my excitement from all the shopping. Here's a Raggedy and a cute display.
Some cute quilts......
That's it for today. Whew, two posts but I wanted to get the pictures of the shop loaded. I hope you are having a fabulous day!!
I hit 28 quilt shops during my three travel days. This week I will be eating pinto beans and potatoes for dinner! LOL Moving on....
Each shop offered a free block pattern, 6", and if you went to every shop in that area, you could make a small quilt from them. Most of the shops offered a small kit of fabric for $3.00. I only bought one kit from Temecula Quilt Co. They had made theirs into a pincushion and they had a finished one on the sign in table. Since I'm a touchy feely kind of gal. I knew I had it in me to make a pincushion. I liked it enough to spend the $3.00. I got the blocks sewed up on Sunday but didn't know how I wanted to fill it. I knew theirs was heavy but it didn't feel like the plastic pellets I have. I called the shop yesterday and they said they filled theirs with walnut shells from the pet or feed stores. I don't have any money left for walnut shells so this is on hold. LOL Eeegads, another UFO!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
These are the few items I bought yesterday....
I keep seeing on peoples blogs that they are stash busting or used this many yards or that many FQ's. That might be my next step. :o) Is quilting a 12 step program?
Look how cute the front windows were painted.
I have more to share with you tomorrow. For now, I have to go sort my fabric piles and do a little reorganizing. I'm running out of room and I've already moved things into the spare bedroom. I wonder how many organizing containers I can fit in the trunk of my car? :o)
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
The theme for this Quilter's Run was Carnival, I think. I'm over 50 you know! Every shop gave away Mardi Gras beads plus a pattern for a small quilt for each area. There are four areas and as I mentioned before, 42 shops. You can see from my bead collection that we hit quite a few shops. Eighteen so far. I got a few cuts of fabic on sale for quilt backs or a project they had in the shop or just because it was so stinkin' cute!!! hehe
Onto another kind of yummy..... Better Than Sex Cake. I think this title is only true for women. I made this dessert for my Bunco gathering last night. Here's how you make your very own goodness:
First you bake a chocolate cake according to the package directions. When it's done baking and cooling, mix 1 jar of Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch ice cream topping with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.
First, I wanted to show you my tomatoes. Even though we practically killed the plant by watering it too much, it's still giving us fruit. It doesn't look very healthy though so we're thinking maybe we should just go buy another one and plant it next to this one, since we have so much season left. It'll probably be hot in CA until January!
I've been working on finishing up my little cherry blocks for a swap. This is the third set and I might try and make one more set before swapping them out. It just depends. I'm waiting to hear from one last girl. These is going to make a cute quilt!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I had two favorite quilt shops that we visited Saturday but I only got pictures of one. I just had my eyes glazed over and wasn't thinking about taking pictures. lol The first shop was Quilter's Coop in Temecula, CA. I checked online but they don't have a photo of their shop up much less the new location. They used to be on a side street in downtown Temecula and their classes were upstairs. Pretty inconvenient for carrying your sewing machine and supplies. This new location faces the quaint downtown area filled with restaurants and specialty shops. The store is big and filled with wonderful fabrics and lots of sample quilts. I highly recommend stopping in if you're in the area.
The second favorite shop was The Fat Quarter Quilt Shop. Sooooo cute. It's not off the freeway I normally drive when I head to San Diego to see my mom so I've never heard of it. Plus, they said this is the first year they've been on the Quilt Run. It's an old A-frame house.
I bought a truckload of stuff. We hit twelve shops! That's a lot of shops, a lot of driving and a lot of shopping. I tried to hit the sale rack when I could and some shops had more that I couldn't resist so I spent a little more here or there. On the average, I spent about $12-$15 at each store. I'll post a few pics later of some of my goodies.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I hit three shops after work yesterday; Cozy Cottage, Calico House and Quilter's Garden. Don't you love quilt shop names? :o) Quilter's Garden is across the parking lot from Esther's Taco House. They have yummy Mexican food so I picked up an order to take home to the mister. After gobbling down dinner and chatting with him for a few minutes, I flew out of the house for three more shops. My husband said he knows I was sitting there with him because there was a puff of smoke where my body had been! hehe I went to Timeless Quilts, Bears Quilt Shop and Quilt Cupboard. Here's a picture of my goodies (so far).
The adorable vintage fabric in the back, which I've almost covered up, I think I'm going to make a new kitchen valance with that one. I got that at Cozy. I have a two yard piece I found at the last run a year ago. I had to think about it first. LOL The minty green fabric is flannel and I got that on sale for a baby quilt backing. The other two fabrics next to that were off the sale rack too. I thought I could use those for charity quilts. I loved that green chicken fabric. It's too cute.
I'm going to hit some of the shops down south with a friend and her dad tomorrow. That should be fun. I don't usually go that far but since they were going, I invited myself. :o)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I got two sets of cherry blocks done in the last couple of days. This is for a swap. We're to use any cherry fabrics with Pimatex black. The block is called Swapper's Star from quilterscache.com.
Monday, July 6, 2009
We had some food. A bar-b-que. My family was kind of cooperative to hold off eating while I grabbed my camera to show you the spread. Well, except for that arm reaching for the ketchup! :o)
I made some 'tater salad. That's how Mexican's say potato salad. LOL
And we had some family over. One of these ladies is my oldest sister and one is my youngest sister. There are seven years between them but I'm not sayin' who is who. They look darn good, don't you think? The blond hair and fair skin is the Spanish in our family. I didn't get ANY of that white stuff. I won't tell you what else they got that I didn't but THEY know!
I got this cute little bucket at some garden center. I wrapped our forks in a napkin and tied them with a ribbon just to add to the festivities.