Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Yesterday I had all intentions of making a small project for a friend until I was interrupted by son #2 that Meowzer made it home. Meowzer went missing Saturday evening. We live in a heavily wooded area so he makes the rounds to numerous homes and loves to hunt. This isn't the first time he was a no show but this time it was for three days of not coming home for food or his naps. The cat was soaking wet with mud; a bewildered look in his eyes and he wanted in. We promptly bathed him as he purred the whole time (yes, he loves baths). He then slept through the rest of the day and night. He obviously didn't eat for a few days as well. I don't know what happened to him but he is glad to be home. I hate having a cat that loves the outdoors but this is how he came to live with us.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and promising resolutions or goals that are manageable!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We met up with friends last night and the subject of December births was brought up. His birthday is in January and he said that the month just after the holidays is just as bad because nobody has money and the credit card bills show up. I had also heard this from another blogger with a January birthday.
I had a blogger ask if we might have a special birthday exchange for these months. Hmmmm...it is a thought and possibly something to consider. What do you think? Leave a comment with your birthdate and ideas if you have them.
One of my blogging friends, Judy celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday to you!
We had an enjoyable day Christmas and I wanted to share this quilted bag I received as one of my presents from Claire. Thank you Claire....you spoil me.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
A package came several days ago from my best friend, Claire. I was good and didn't peek because I knew that I wanted something to really make my day today. This is a Jo Morton quilt called, "Rebecca's Baskets." I should have taken close-ups to show off Claire's absolutely perfect hand quilting. I'll treasure this little number forever....thank you Claire.....you are the best!
Friday, December 19, 2008
This little tree sits in what I call my internet cafe. My internet cafe is actually supposed to be the formal dining area. The area is anything but formal since I love the old look! I made the rip-rag garland many years ago and the tree skirt is a pattern from Fig Tree I believe. There are also cookie cutters for ornaments. The tree has been through many Christmas' and is due for a replacement this next year.
Rip-rag garland is easy enough to make. Cut rectangles of a variety of scraps about 3 x 5 (this actually depends on the look you want). You'll need ALOT and even more the larger the tree. Using stacks of 3 rectangles, center a long line of jute, twine or something similiar down the center and zig-zag stitch the jute to the fabric.....just keep on stitching. Again, the larger the tree the longer this will be. You may want to start wrapping this long length onto something so it does not tangle and knot. Next step can be a messy and lengthy one....remember the key word is "rip-rag" garland. Now you will tear each fabric towards the zig zag stitch on the jute and fluff up the rips. To store it I wrap it around an empty fabric bolt.
Another one of my favorite quilts is this Christmas Ribbons table topper.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I was in California for three weeks having left the weekend just before Thanksgiving. Naturally this was the worse possible time with so many appointments on our calendar here. My DH was run ragged between his job and now taking over my domestic duties. He did an absolutely wonderful job of keeping it all together in addition to our friends here. With that said, I did come home to tons of mail, empty kitchen cupboards, bills to mail, cards to get out, and a house to decorate. DH did get out all the holiday boxes from the basement and had them sitting in the living room for me when I got home. Bless his heart, he put up the tree (without decorations) and he did put the garland out on the porch. I think he gave up after that! He told me he had to refer back to last year's photos to see what went where and finally gave up. Too funny! I've decided with the time cut short I won't decorate as much as last year and hope to post last year's photos to share later. I still need to find gifties for my guys too!
Speaking of gifts...my friend Shirley had this pillow waiting for me along with a charm package by Moda called, "Collection For A Cause"....just cause she knew it would cheer me.
Also my blogging friend Wendy received her swap from me just after I left here for California. She is the sweetest blogger to have asked me and I hope we'll do it again after the New Year.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Most of you know that my father is dying from cancer. I received word from my sister a few hours ago that I needed to get there because they weren't sure that dad was going to make it for my planned visit two weeks from now.
It is doubtful that I will have access to a computer but will try. I apologize in advance for not responding to email and comment post. My return ticket is still set for 14 December.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I just started blogging this past summer after reading other quilter's blogs. I observed just how much fun they were having interacting and getting to know each other and then their exchanges of small quilts, pin cushions, needle keepers, fat quarters or whatever they wanted to create small surprises in the mail. Sometimes they were done secretively; one blogger would be the "ring leader" and match up the quilters. Blogs would post pictures of their latest quilts in progress and this kept me motivated in my own quilting. I especially love to see the newest lines of fabrics, patterns being used and not sitting in a stash....it opened up a whole new world to me and I decided to jump in and join the fun. I've enjoyed getting to know many who comment and regularly email me outside of the blog postings. Many of these new blogging friends have very similiar interest as myself making me wish we all could live in the same town and meet regularly for quilting, coffee, lunches, antiquing or whatever friendship allows.
So to the non-bloggers out there (and you all know who you are.....I've got at least 7 non-blogging friends who read me regularly!) consider joing in on the fun.
And to Wendy, thank you so very much!! I can't wait for you to receive yours so I could post the photos!!
There is still time to enter the drawing for the pattern. Please keep comments to the post below.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
If you are a noreplyblogger or anonymous I cannot contact you if I pull your name. I noticed a few entries I have no way to contact you! Please be sure to send me a good email address separately if need be.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Ok, mine isn't exactly pretty....but I was goofing around and trying different backgrounds. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for getting this far.
I haven't figured out how to place a You Tube video on so you could quickly click it....so have pasted in the link to Reveille here. This plays just over 10 minutes and is worth every single minute....have a tissue handy.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have finished the Christmas Sparkler quilt with exception of hand stitching the binding to the back. I'll post a photo just as soon as I take that last stitch! I want to say a big thank you to all well wishers who posted and also emailed me separately. Dad is still in the hospital; mom will call me this evening with an update.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Pumpkin pie is what he ALWAYS request for his birthday.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Also for the past few weeks I've been forwarding a fellow blogger Kim a bunch of freebie patterns that she has posted to the side bar of her website. Check them out for some easy and fun Christmas gift ideas. She has labeled the side bar "Wee Gifties." There are coasters, wallets, pillow cases, tissue box covers, just to name a few!
At this link you will find a really cool BOM mystery quilt that is coming to an end in December. Be sure to download and save! The option is yours as to what size quilt you want to make and the idea of each pattern block is a great idea so look closely! Of course, you wouldn't have known this back at the beginning of the BOM....but always fun no less! Here's your link to enjoy.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
2/3 c. water
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This is a little quilt from a Lori Smith pattern using Jo Morton fabrics with the exception of one light Thimbleberries in the nine patch.
Marcie at Patchalot Patterns is offering a new free pattern that is perfect for small quilt decorating. Be sure to check it out along with her past free patterns.
Meg from Crabapple Hill Studio also has some downloads you may be interested in. My friend Jan wrote and told me about this site.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A neighbor friend brought me these flowers the day before yesterday. We've had some very warm weather this week so I'm surprised they still look wonderful. They make me smile...I need to smile.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Now I do realize that this means I'll be getting plenty of junk mail requesting I renew.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A few post back I mentioned needing new rugs. I found two possibilities today and brought them home for auditioning. Did you know that Wal-Mart is now carrying Better Homes items? They have some very nice rugs in; that fit my "country look".
The reason for my second posting and sorry if I babble on here. After putting away groceries I went up to change Gam's needle before loading my next quilt top. The needle screw isn't budging so requires some DH strength when he gets in this evening. So then decided to catch up on emails and going through some "old favorite" listings.
I'd forgotten about http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/ and it must be shared especially because of some new FREE holiday patterns. You'll find many FREE patterns as well as some retired ones for a small fee.
As I write, Son #2 is on his way home to spend the next several days with us during his Fall break. Hence, the need for food! This will also be his first sighting of Gam.....he's an engineering student so I'm guessing he'll be somewhat interested.
She also shared these two little seasonal quilts that I thought you would enjoy seeing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This was a keeper too....she wasn't letting go.
Then this one! Oh my goodness...the borders weren't on yet but isn't that center applique just too CA-UTE! I love how she had the top of the pumpkin lid laying to the side and of course...the crow is perfect!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
1 strip each of 9 different dark prints cut 1 1/4" by fabric width
1 strip each of 9 different light prints cut 1 1/4" by fabric width
1/2 yd dark print for borders and binding
Backing & Batting 27" x 27"
Sew a dark to a light strip along length, right sides together; repeat for all light & dark strips. Use a scant 1/4" seam. Press your seams towards dark print. You will have 9 sets of strips 2" wide.
First Set Strip - -Use a Companion Angle Ruler to cut your triangles. Just put blunt end of ruler along the top of a strip and line up bottom. Make first angle cut, flip ruler over and keep cutting your triangles. You'll need 16 from each strip. (8 will be opposite of other 8 - meaning one side will have a longer light edge and other longer dark edge)
Join two identical triangles sewing side seam; repeat for four identical units with dark edges and four idential edges with light edges. You'll have 8 opposites triangles.
Join a light-edge triangle unit with a dark triangle unit, stitching the diagonal of triangles to make a small square - - stitch three more identical squares for a total of four small squares. Now stitch these squares together to form one block. See my previous post for quilt block.
Now do again using your next Set Strip until all set strips are completed. You should have 9 blocks to arrange how you like, and add on your borders (Cut 2 2" x 22", Cut 2 2" x 18")
Fun Notes: Try just using two colors for all nine blocks just keep in mind one lighter than other for opposites. If my instructions are confusing just cut one light and dark strip as practice and refer to my quilt on last posting. 1 1/4" strips make 6" blocks, 2" strips make 12" blocks.
Seriously....this is way too easy once you make the one block you will see! Have Fun!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
The following picture....and sorry I didn't realize I hadn't turned the photo.....is just random blocks I started making about 8 years ago while living in Germany. I'd set aside strips in a shoe box and every now and then when I had the urge to sew but not have a "real" project going, I could instantly gratify the need. I've pulled out what blocks I do have made and stitched them so I can also get this one on Gam and then share the whole quilt with you. This pattern is super easy with each block just using two strips!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This posting does come with a warning!! Grab yourself a cup....lots to look at.
Friday, September 26, 2008
The following pictures have been waiting to be posted to share. I have many. This little one was made by my friend Claire as a going away friendship quilt when I left England. It is a Lori Smith pattern and hangs in my quilt studio.
Here's another quilt in the quilt studio and also from my friend Claire. It is such a fun and cheery quilt that hangs in the quilt studio above the cutting table. It makes me smile to think of her every time I see it.
My only 30's fabric quilt is below. I had a few 30's fat quarters and Claire had a handful more. This pattern appeared in a magazine a few years back and I decided to use up those 30's prints just as the pattern. I convinced Claire to make it too. Claire and I each made two of these; one to keep and one for a gift. It is probably one of the only times we made two at the same time. (really need to do that more) Anyway, as we worked on them I learned for the first time that Claire doesn't even like butterflies. Just too funny because I'm not real keen on 30's until I see something abolutely adorable that somebody else has made! This quilt is also one you see upstairs in my home. My more colorful quilts upstairs and more antique, old-looking tea dyes in the main area. If you look back to my older post you can quickly see what I mean.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The past days have been spent "training/learning" on Gam. Actually I really don't have an official name for "him" yet. I'll have to give that some thought.
Who has time to cook when quilting?! My DH and son's belly beg to differ. The first question my son will ask upon walking in from school is "What's for dinner?" Of course, I'd much rather hear, "How was your day, mom?" One of my many quick and easy and inexpensive meals is Top Ramen Noodles w/Beef. It isn't gourmet but it fills the void. So for the busy quilter on a budget and so that you can purchase another fat quarter here is the recipe:
1# ground beef, 3 pkgs Oriental Ramen Noodles, 2 c. frozen vegetable mixture (whatever kind you want), 1/4 t. ground ginger (I usually leave out), 3 c. water.
Brown beef into crumbles, pour off grease. Season beef with one season packet from packages of ramen noodles. Set beef to the side in a bowl. In the same pan - combine water, broke noodles, vegetables, ginger and remaining two packets of seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover; simmer for 3 to 7 minutes. Return beef to noodles and serve.