Sunday, March 28, 2010
They're super easy. Why not whip a couple up? I'm donating mine to CHOC Hospital in Orange County (CA) where my daughter works. :o)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This is a picture of Kelley's queen size quilt top. (I am the Equal Opportunity blogger!!!) lol She finished it last week and pieced some flannel for the back. It's now in the "waiting for her mother to longarm quilt it" stage. Oh, the pressure!!
For this top, Kelley raided my scrap basket, she had some fat quarters and scraps of her own and she went through scraps my sister had given me. She doesn't really care for traditional quilt blocks and got started with this crazy quilt type block sewing several years ago when she had a ruptured disk and back surgery. It left her slightly paralyzed so to keep herself busy, she sewed scraps together and made a small lap quilt.
Being the "artsy daughter", she had to add some art to her quilt so she drew some pictures to embroider and put them in the quilt. She was sorry she didn't do more but she was anxious to get it finished so the rest is history.
I must admit, it was probably a whole lot easier working on one block than tugging on a quilt but I'm hoping it won't be too bad. I set my Juki up on the dining room table so I'll have space to move it around. I hope to "git `ir done" this weekend.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
First is a little apron she made for her friend's daughter. It's a reversible apron and a great little birthday gift for a two year old.
And it's reversible!! She got the pattern at Tall Mouse, our local craft store. Do you like our model? It's a roll of batting. hehe The heart fabric is from Stephanie's stash and the rest is from my stash. She also made a batch of pink play dough (vanilla scented cuz that's all we had) and included a little pink rolling pin. Then she raided my gift bag cabinet. I asked her if after all this "borrowing" she would include my name on the card!!!!! LOL
And here are the wipes in the back pocket.
Monday, March 22, 2010
And as if it was MY birthday or something, my sissy brought me a bag full of fabric when she came over! Woooo----hooooooo! She had two bins of Civil War fabrics and shirtings. She isn't that found of them anymore and wanted to cut down her stash. And just last week she met a woman in an applique class who was making a Dear Jane quilt. And supposedly, if you're making a DJ, you shouldn't repeat any fabrics so Isabel, aka, The Giver (lol), went through her bins and split her fabrics in three piles. If it was a yard, I got a half and she kept a fat quarter and gave the other lady a fq. If it was smaller, she just cut it in three but I didn't have many small pieces in my stack. As you can imagine, the woman was ecstatic as was I!! I've got to come up with a project for this stack of fabrics. It's delicious!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Isn't that a cute little clip art? I found it at http://www.villageholidaycrafts.com/. They've got some cute stuff!
Okay, onto some sewing stuff. I can't believe it but I finished another block to the Berry Pickin' BOM. This might be month six and the little baskets and sashing squares were month seven. (I think.)
The next block is a monster beast. A cute one but still, it's big and detailed. It's a vintage scale with fruit and five jelly jars. I will trace that one of these nights and get started on that one. I've got a busy couple of nights so we'll see. I take my class on learning my new Espire machine tomorrow night, my sis is coming to stay the night on Friday and we're heading to the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland) for her big 6-0 birthday. I don't think she'll mind me telling you that she's turning 60. It's a big number but we agree it's hard to believe she is that age. We should all look as good as her at 60! She got all the good genes, that one. Oh yes, I am soooo jealous! :o)
Monday, March 15, 2010
That was Thursday night and it is now history. And then yesterday my hubby was rummaging around the kitchen and I asked him what he was looking for? He said something sweet. Well, he obviously wasn't looking MY direction! LOL So I made him a batch of chocolate chip cookies. While I was working on my projects yesterday, I kept hearing the cookie container lid being pried open. ahhh, the cookie monster was working overtime yesterday. :o)
I will now explain my "bad and oh so ugly" seam ripping story now. OH-MY-GOSH, I soooo must have A.D.D. or something because me and directions just don't seem to see eye to eye. Below is a picture I posted a while back of my Cherry Hill BOM. This was four months completed. Looks good, right? Wrong. My first mistake was on month #1. I cut the sashing wrong
That pretty much says it all. I tore it all apart. Actually I tore out the left side of the parts shown. I detached all the little squares, ironed them and put them in the right order. Some people would've said who cares, they're all pastels and only you would know. And that right there is the problem. I would know. And I figured if the shop took all the time to put those blasted little squares in an 'eye pleasing' order, why should I be the one to mess it up. So, here is the way it should've looked originally...
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I have a Pfaff 2044 and there was nothing wrong with it. I just took it in for service and walked out with this one. Eeegads, I've got no spine! LOL Actually, I used a machine like this at a retreat in Apple Valley over a year ago and really loved how it sewed. Of course, they try to sell you the machine you were working on but I wasn't willing to pay what they were asking at the time. I'm sure there's a newer model so that's probably why these were on sale. I financed it.....all by my little ol' self. So far, I'm loving it. It's got lots of bells and whistles and I don't know how to use them all but so far I'm loving the cutter, leg lift control and auto foot control. I have a class scheduled to learn the ins and outs later this week. Here's a peek at just some of the stitches.
I have this stencil but it's just a little bit too small. I got it at a quilt show, Long Beach I think. Luckily it has the sticker on it so I went to the site, www.quiltingstencils.com and got an 11" one. I like the way it looks on a couple of the blocks.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
My aunt had a birthday party on Saturday. A BIG one! She is my "Tia Ramona". Sounds like a brand name of tortillas, huh? LOL She turned 90 years old and we hadn't seen her for a while. She looked great! Actually, her birthday is on Leap Year and I think she actually only turned 22.5 years old but in 'real birthday years' she turned 90. She is my dad's sister-in-law. My dad, her husband and all the siblings are all gone now but the surviving women in the family are going strong. I wish I was in that gene pool because I have a lot of quilts to finish!!! ;o)
That is her DIL Lisa with her. I wonder if they coordinated their outfits. :o) Oh, and that cake....it was delicious. It was called Hawaiian Sunset something or other. YUM!!!
Then.....on Sunday, my daughter called at around noon and asked if we wanted to go to dinner with them to celebrate her boyfriend Jason's birthday. We went to some restaurant called Koji's Sushi and Shabu Shabu in Orange (CA). Uhhhh, sushi? Bleck. But it was okay. They also had food you could cook. "You" being the key word. :o) There was a boiling pot, white rice and two yummy sauces. Shabu Shabu means "swish swish" and that's what you do with your meat to cook it. There are spices like garlic, onions you put in your water for seasoning and get a plate of cut up veggies like cabbage, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, etc. Everything is ready for that pot of boiling water.
I survived cooking my own meal and I didn't even have a hot flash! :o) We did find our skin was remarkably soft and subtle after the steam facial. LOL
Afterward, we went over to Kelley and Jason's apartment for dessert. Kelley made a spice cake with cream cheese frosting. It doesn't look like anything you'd see on "Ace of Cakes" but it was delicious!! Thatsa my girl!
Enough about food. Onto the cards. I whipped up this card for Jason because his birthday kind of snuck up on me. I want to be better about sending birthday cards this year....and making them myself. Since redoing my room, I am enjoying the process. It was a simple card and almost not photo worthy but I'll show you anyway. I cut the balloons out with my Cricut and used a few background stamps. I don't do too well with boy cards. I never really made very many manly cards. I guess I need to practice to get the boy mojo. LOL
And just so you don't think I sold my fabric and hung up my quilting tools, I have been doing this too!