Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The kids and the homeowner, Catherine, did a wonderful job planning the party. We were pretty sneaky in getting some wedding pictures too. It took a little bit of lying but we got them for the tables. Ashley, the daughter-in-law hit the nail on the head when she said, "It's fun being so sneaky." :o)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I found one decent spot to take a picture of the quilting. The mother-to-be didn't want to know what she was having so Stephanie tried to pick fabrics that would be appropriate for either a girl or boy. The entire time she was picking them out, she kept saying how much easier it would be if the girl would just find out what she's having! How inconsiderate, huh? :o)
This is Sasquatch holding his quilt sideways.
I asked him to turn it longways and look at this. My husband is 6'1" and his arms are up in the air holding this quilt up. Look how much is lying on the floor. I think I could sit on the couch and he could be in his recliner and we could both cover up with it! LOL Maybe I thought he 7'1". :o)
I like the design created in this mystery pattern. And I like how the red ended up in a place that it sort of looks like hearts. Just perfect for a quilt from a wife to her hubby. And here's the label to explain to the generations why this quilt was so long.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
On Saturday, my buddy Neena and I went driving all over Southern California visiting shops on the Southern California Quilt Run, seeing what was new out there. Well, we didn't really drive all over Southern California, mostly just Orange County and some of Riverside County but at the end of the day, it sure felt like all of Southern Cal! :o) We went to 12 shops from Area 2 on the map, approximately 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., ate two meals and went through one tank of gas and for me, about $80.00.
If you've never been on a quilt run or if you're not a quilter, here's the deal for the Southern Cal Run. You can read about all the prizes, the shops, see the map.... This year, the shops were giving away a jewelry charm that matched the block they created, plus we got the pattern for the block they designed. I took some pictures of the shop quilts but didn't get them all. I guess at some shops, my eyes glazed over and I forgot to take one. I'm serious! lol
The first shop we went to was Timeless Quilts in Anaheim. Timeless has downsized from a renovated house to a detached garage on the property. It's not very big but the owner Arlene does a nice job of having cute stuff in there and unless you look at the doors, you don't feel like you're in a garage either.
This is the shop quilt they made with the quilt run blocks. I love basket blocks so I might actually try to make a quilt using the free patterns. Neena and I found a cute fabric and it seemed like there wasn't much on the bolt so we asked if they have an "empty the bolt" discount, which they did. We split the fabric, which was about two yards so we each got one. The first of many purchases. And you have to love a store that has cherry curtains, right? :o)
From Timeless, we took a loooooong drive to A Time to Sew in Laguna Hills. The map said 22 miles. Seemed like forever to get to it. I didn't get a picture of their quilt sample but Neena really liked this quilt stand in the back of the store. I think we ought to get her husband to start mass producing them for all of her friends. :o) Oh, and did you notice that cherry quilt? Yeah, me too!
The next store was Flying Geese Fabrics in Tustin. Boy, I love that Lakehouse fabric. Yummmmy!! They had a kit for this quilt but I was afraid to look at the price. lol I couldn't resists buying a fat quarter pack of the pink and white fabrics though. So pretty!
From there, we went to Bear's Quilt Shop in Garden Grove but that store, unfortunately, does nothing for us. They weren't included in the last run because of the comments people left on their survey.... a dog in the shop that scared the beegeebees out of you when you walked in, dirty warehouse, old fabrics, etc. The "powers that be" gave them a chance to clean up their act and participate again and the store was cleaner but they have no wow factor. In my opinion they need more help than a broom. It's owned by two men. Maybe they need the female touch. I don't know but Neena nailed it as we walked to the car....."I never want to go to this store again."
From there we went to another Garden Grove store, The Quilt Cupboard. It was pretty busy and this 30's quilt was the shop quilt. Pretty cute but I REALLY liked the cherry one in ME fabrics next to it. Ohhhhh, where could I put that quilt???? What, you can't see it? I'll fix that!
Here it is. Ooooooh, don't you love those colors. Red and yellow. I must be going through a phase....another one....again! lol
At this point our stomachs were panging and begging for something to eat. Hard to believe since we downed cookies at just about every shop we hit so far. hehe We did a drive-thru so we wouldn't have to waiver from our shopping adventure. No one should hold a little food stain on our t-shirt against us, right? :o)
From Garden Grove, we drove to Brea to Cozy Cottage Fabrics. There was some cute stuff in the shop and Kris, the owner was working so I got to chat with her a bit. Must be why I didn't get one stinkin' picture of the shop or their shop quilt! I'm so easily distracted. They had the cutest dang line of Halloween fabrics by the door that I was oogling over. They have an Accucut so they create their own charm packs and I had to have some. Two as a matter of fact. Just in case one charm pack wouldn't do it. Do "what", I don't know but I'm sure I needed two. LOL I showed two of my daughters and they both said it was a good decision. We're kind of enablers that way. ;o)
Off to The Calico House who moved to a new location just down the path from their old spot. A nice big store with an awesome classroom with the most comfortable chairs you've ever put your backside in!!! We all tried them and decided we might have to go back just to sit in those chairs again.
We were started to feel the long day here and were getting tuckered out but had to keep going. I'm thinking those chairs ruined us. From here we went to Quilter's Garden, also in a new location. They were so cramped before and the new store is very open and roomy. It was a little hard to find but once you've been there, you would know they are around back of the shopping center.
I love Stars & Scraps. They have lots of really cute kits, they carry a lot of Moda and some really nice stained muslin for that 'primitive' quilting and the staff and owner are very nice. It's worth making the drive out there once in a while. I'm supposed to go out again on Sunday, again with Neena and with Susan. Since the shops are only open until 5:00, we'll have to make the most of our time. And we want to hit some shops in Area 1 but that section is surrounded by big city traffic so we'll see how we do. And don't you worry, I'll tell you all about it.....whether you want to hear it or not! LOL
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Argh......you know 4th of July is going to be (and those warm temperatures) before we know it. Where is this year going!!!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Do you love mini things? Little things like miniature sewing machines, or like those Tupperware magnets that look like the real size bowls but they're itty bitty and oh so cute? I can't help myself. The other day I was at the dollar spot at Joann's and found little silver pots and pans, like for a child to play make believe but they were so stinkin' cute because they look just like the big ones mommy uses? Well, I like all of that kind of stuff. And that's why my house is a cluttery mess!! Too much stuff but I can't help myself.
I know a couple of people who are big USC fans. The other day I was in a paper store and saw these adorable napkins. They are about 4" tall and you can obviously use them to clean your hands or face but you can also stand them up to use as table decor. I bought a pack for my friend and now I need to go back and get another couple of packages for other peeps who asked for them.
And how about over sized things like my big buttons from Joann's last year? I saw they have them out again along with some other cute sewing room accents. Run to your nearest Joann's and get some cuteness of your own.
Are you in to recycling? Look at this. This is the lid to my boss's soup bowl she was heating up for lunch one day.
Well, I hope I'm back to my old self again tonight. I have lots of stuff to do. I found a fabric in my stash for the Sasquatch quilt. I can't wait to get that one off my to-do list!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I just did loopty-loops all over it. As I was quilting it I thought I could say it was quilting with a "screwball" pattern. Get it? hehe I used a red, cream and navy variegated thread and it looks pretty good.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Last night, my youngest daughter Ashley and her co-worker Jenny came over. Jenny wanted to make a birthday pennant for her one year old daughter's birthday so they came over to have a work party and we got to work. Jenny picked the cutest fabrics from Joann's. Very sweet and girly and something she can use for years as her little one grows up. It went pretty smoothly except I forgot to have her get bias tape to sew onto the top edge to attach to the pennant pieces but it worked out okay. The girls ran over to Michael's and picked up red ribbon. I actually think the ribbon looked better than bias tape would have.
We used my Sizzix machine and I borrowed my friend Neena's pennant die cut template from Stampin' Up! Jenny started ironing the Heat n Bond to the fabric and then passed the torch to Ashley so she could start cutting the pennant pieces. Look at these cute colors!They are double sided and the scalloped edge just adds to the fun of this project. I pinned the pieces to the red ribbon by sandwiching the fabric between two pieces of ribbon and leaving about 20" of ribbon on each end.
I think I'm going to go through my fabric. I'm feeling the need to have a banner of my own now. Yes, I'm jealous. :o)
I sandwiched the top at Lake Arrowhead a couple of weekends ago. I marked the flowers before sandwiching it. I stitched in the ditch with my Juki while at the condo and only got one flower stitched. So yesterday I spent some time cleaning up my sewing room and then dove into stitching the little blossoms.
At about 10:30 I thought about quitting but then I counted the flowers and thought, "Oh, you can do a few more." Well, a few more and a few more and before I knew it, I was done. Yay!!! Of course, I couldn't stand the suspense so I sprayed the quilt with water to get a feel for what it would look like without the blue ink. I'm lovin' it!
Now to try and figure out what to do on the borders. I have a couple of small templates with leaves and a small blossom but they're not quite the right size so I'll have to work it out on paper first. Stay tuned.... I'm hoping to have this one done by the weekend. I have someone coming over tonight to help her make a pennant for her daughters birthday so I think sewing tonight will be out. Oh well, that will give me a day or two to think about the borders.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
And on Saturday, I went to my friend Sherrie's house and quilted this quilt for my daughter Kelley. The main part of the quilt was made out of all scraps from my scrap basket and some fat quarters she had. The piano key border adn two outer borders were purchased.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The retreat is October 29-31, 2010 at the Saylor's Sandcastle in Ventura, CA and the cost is $295.00. You'll get home in plenty of time for the trick-or-treaters (in case you were worried!!). :o)
It's a perfect location and centrally located. There are several quilt shops within driving distance: Quilt Ventura and Treasure Hunt to name a few. Both awesome shops.
This photo is from several years ago. We did a mystery project and most everyone finished their top by the end of the retreat. (This is the balcony of the second floor of the house.)
As I was trying to find out when I started this project for the label, I saw in my webshots album that it was 4/7/05! Five years ago. Man, I REALLY had to think about the quilting on this one. LOL I talked about this top and then showed the quilting in a couple of other posts, here (scroll down) and here. I never added any fabric to make it bigger. I'm not sure if I'll use it on my bed or not. If I do, I need to buy something to cover the "drop" that this won't cover.
As my husband held it up for me to take a picture, I told him that it's not big enough. He said, "Well, why didn't you make it bigger?" I told him when I started it, it was a class and I just wanted to try using templates. Then, by the time I decided I wanted to make it bigger, I couldn't find any more fabric. Guess I'll have to make another quilt and make it a driveway quilt like Peggy does, a few examples here and here! :o)
I have til the end of the month for this UFO Challenge I'm in. I started quilting another quilt while in Lake Arrowhead. I wonder if I could get it done? I'm a pokey little puppy so who knows. Guess it's worth a try........
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I doubt she is very old and perhaps there is no value, except for to me. I walked past her twice and while on another aisle, I told Isabel, "I think I need to buy that chicken." Being a supportive sister she agreed I needed to have it. hehe I thought I would put it on my kitchen counter but I need to clean up and put some things away first. Until then, she can keep an eye on things from the table. :o)
***Insert card making here, from yesterdays post some sleep and then onto Sunday.***
Sunday, Kelley, Richard and I went to Long Beach Veteran's Antique Swap Meet. Kind of some good stuff and kind of some junk. I guess you get that with any antique swap meet. Kelley and I laughed when we saw a set of horns that must've measured 6' across. I don't know what animal they were from but what's funnier is we saw a man loading them into his pick-up truck when we were leaving. It just tickled us that there's somebody out there to buy just about anything!Looking at some of the painted furniture made us think that some of the old pieces we have and are ready to pitch out because maybe they are stained an old fashioned maple color or not our taste, look pretty darn good with a coat of paint!! I couldn't believe all the old consoles they had there from the 50's and 60's. I guess there is a new generation loving that retro look.
Kelley found this little cabinet. She's not sure what she wants to do with it and really doesn't have room for it right now. It was marked $30 but we asked if she would take $20. We thought that was decent for a display piece.