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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some finished projects....and snow!

We wished and hoped for snow all winter but all we had was rain, rain, and more rain for months on end. Here it is a week into "spring" and now we're more than ready for sunshine, warmer weather and being outside. What happens this afternoon? It snowed!! Ginormous flakes were coming down for about an hour or two....this picture was taken just as it started coming down. We ended up with only an inch or two of accumulation, but it was enough for the neighborhood kids to go out and build a snowman or two. Hopefully it will be gone by the morning. :P




I've been fighting a cold the last couple of days, so I haven't had the energy or desire to anything requiring much brain power. LOL I decided to pull out the stitchery project by Bea at Capricorn Quilts. I am much more pleased with my work on this block and I've decided to redo block one. I'm a little more comfortable with the embroidery stitches now, and I now I'll be happier by remaking block one.



I also finished sewing down the last two sides of binding on the 9 patch charity quilt in the picture below. I am taking these two baby/toddler quilts to retreat in May and they will be donated to the Crisis Pregnancy Center. The 9 patch quilt is made from swap blocks from one of the first swaps I participated in about 12 years ago! I've pulled some of the "good" colors out over the years...I remember taking all the pink ones out for a baby quilt at some point. So, these were kind of the left overs that I never really had a plan for. At first I thought it was going to be too "ugly" for a baby quilt, but I am actually really happy with how it turned out! It's very bright and busy! The homespun snowball quilt is really comfy cozy...perfect for cuddling!













Time for sleep!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Be Attitudes BOM


Easter was just a bit too early this year for this bunny...but he's just one day overdue! Technically, he's the block for April, so you could say I'm ahead on this one!

I love him with his little pink nose! I think I did a pretty good job with the embroidery on his nose, if I do say so myself. :)

Pincushions Galore!

A girl really can't have too many pincushions, now can she? The pincushions in this photo are from a recent exchange I participated in. Aren't they the best? I love them all!

This is the first time I participated in a pincushion swap and I'm definitely hooked! Gone are the days of our mother's plain tomato pincushions (not that there's anything wrong with that!), but with such creativity out there...there's no reason to try something new!

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Angela with a pretty sparkler! Who shall I tag next....

Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008

Friendship Quilt

Look what I put together over the last two days!

Last year, my best quilting buddies, Peggy and Robin and I exchanged these blocks made with 1930's repro fabrics. Each month was a different block and we made three...one for each of us.


I love how this top came together! I still want to add another border...but I need a trip to the LQS for fabric. Shucks!


It's much prettier in person...the colors seem a bit washed out from the flash. This is probably the brightest quilt I've ever made. I'm keeping this one! :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Peep Show

Not that kind of peep show, silly!! :P

I make dessert every Wednesday for my son to take to his Senior High youth group and sometimes I run out of ideas. We have the usual standbys...brownies, rice krispie treats, etc. But every once in a while I like to try something new. For Valentine's Day I came up with these...and suprisingly, he liked the idea! So here it is almost Easter and when I asked if he had any ideas of what to take this week...this is what he wanted! What do you think...should I add a little more sugar? LOL

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A little weekend sewing...

I attended a ladies retreat this weekend, so I didn't get to sew as much as I would have liked, but the retreat was great too. The guest speaker was author Marcia Ramsland. She had lots of great tips for simplifying your life and getting organized. She presented it in a way that made you feel you really could do it one small step at a time. I'm planning to implement a few of her ideas over the next few weeks.


This evening, I did finish the Be Attitudes Block for this month, "Be Positive." I love that little ant...Robin will be happy that he has eyes. :P I'm actually making two of these blocks each month. One for myself and one for my sister.








I also just have to add one picture of my sweet kitty, Whiskers. She likes to sit behind me while I sew. She shares a tiny bit of the front edge with me. If I get here first, she'll sit on the floor next to me and just stare until I finally scoot up and give her room to jump up. :P The other day, I got up and turned around and she just started loving on this quilt that was folded on the back of the chair. I think she wanted me to take her picture, don't you?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Okay...I admit it....


I'm an American Idol fan. Everyone in our house is, so we watch it together...that's a good thing, right? Family time? :) Anyway, Phil Stacey came to the base last night for a free concert! Phil Stacey is from American Idol 6...he was the Navy guy who missed his daughter's birth to go to the American Idol auditions. (Now he must have one understanding wife!)

The concert was so much fun. He sang a few songs from his time on AI and a few from his new CD and they sounded great! I'll be downloading them to my Ipod soon! (his CD is released 4/29) He seems like a great family guy and very down to earth...he stayed until everyone got a picture with him and an autograph.

Okay...so who are you rooting for this season? :P
Monday, March 10, 2008

Pincushions

There's a giveaway at Blueberry Lane Designs...she's giving away an out-of-print pincushion book. The challenge is to post a picture of your pincushion(s). You can see in the picture, the red one on the left is the one I'm currently using. It was made from a pattern found here. I love it because it's nice and heavy and doesn't scoot around when I stick the pins in.

I have a nice little collection of pincushions, most of which were aquired over just the last couple of years. A couple of online friends, Peggy and Robin, conspired...err, ahem, introduced me to the joys of making and collecting them. They have contributed frequently to my little habit and I love them all. I've been on the hunt lately, trying to find fun, new ideas for making them (especially with woolfelt). I recently sent in a set of pincushions for a swap Robin is hosting...and looking forward to seeing what I'll receive in return!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Quilting...


I did work on a few quilting projects this weekend. I layered and quilted two baby sized quilt tops. These quilts are for a charity donation at Retreat in May. The quilting is done and the binding is sewn to the front of both quilts, but still needs to be hand stitched to the back side. I'll take a picture as soon as they are both done.

Speaking of binding...it's my favorite part of making the quilt. Maybe it's because I just love the feeling of sewing something with my actual hands, or maybe it's the feeling of gratification I get from seeing something finally finished! :)

Spring is on it's way!!






I am so ready for warmer weather, sunshine, and being outside enjoying the fresh air! These little beauties popped out early and every time I see them, I just have to smile and know that soon enough, the warm sunny days will be upon us!











Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, I think because my Nana used to love them too and always wanted to go to a place called "Daffodil Hill" in California for her birthday in April. I don't often get the pleasure of planting them and actually being able to see the blooms. We frequently live in military housing and since bulbs and perennials take a couple of years to get established, we've usually moved on before they have a chance to bloom well. On the flip side, it's always a pleasant surprise at springtime to see what the previous occupants planted!

My Little Bowler


Okay, he's not so "little" at age 17 and 6' 2"....but he'll always be my baby, right? He competed last night in the USBC State Sectional tournament. We don't know yet if he qualified for the state tournament...if he did, he did. Either way, he bowls for the fun of it. He's been playing for two years on a youth league with two good friends on his team.
Saturday, March 08, 2008

Quilter's Blessing BOM


Bea at Capricorn Quilts is posting a BOM embroidery project with a quilting theme. I just now finished January's block. :P I'm fairly new to embroidery and this is one of my first attempts...so don't look too closely! :) It was so fun and relaxing. I'm anxious to start the next month's block!
Friday, March 07, 2008

Mini Pinwheels

Here's what I've been working on the last couple of days. I love these little pinwheels...they are 4 1/2" (unfinished) and paper pieced. I'm always surprised at the extra time paper piecing involves and the amount of fabric needed, but I'm always extra pleased at the accuracy!
These little cuties are for a block swap at a retreat I'm attending in May...I'm so excited! This will be my first quilting retreat!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Quilt Inspectors

Seems like there are lots of kitties in blog-land with the job of quilt inspector and my kitties are no exception! If I leave fabric or quilt blocks laid out, they'll find it...whether it's on the floor or my cutting table. They may take a nap or they may just sit for a few minutes and check things out. You can see, Whiskers likes to find boxes or baskets to climb into also. She's not -ehem- petite either, so this really didn't look comfortable! :)