Monday, December 10, 2012
So far, I've made cookie dough for the Neiman Marcus $250 Cookies and the third batch of S'Mores Bites are in the oven.
Do you think the Elves will clean up my kitchen if I go to bed now?
No, probably not.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A while ago as in, last October. When I thought I finished it.
This is the quilt I made for the Habitat Challenge in October 2011.
I was never happy with the quilting. That's obviously why it's been stuffed in the closet under a pile of fabric for over a year. My plan was to rip out the quilting and try it again. At our guild Sew In last Saturday, I mentioned this plan to a couple of friends and they thought I was crazy. They reminded me that someone out there would love this quilt, no matter how wonky the quilting is.
So, I pulled it out of the closet with the intention of simply adding a label and shipping it to New Jersey where it would be given to someone in need. To my surprise, I hadn't actually finished my quilt! Yes, it looked finished, but my binding was held on with a really long, loose running stitch.
Easy enough to fix.
It's now properly bound and labeled. And tomorrow it'll be headed back east. To a new home where someone will hopefully be warmed and comforted by it
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wow, I wasn't sure I was going to make today's deadline with this quilt! Who knew you could baste, quilt, and bind a quilt in a day? Well, not technically a day. I basted and started the quilting last night.
This morning, someone was already trying to take posession of the quilt, before I'd even finished the quilting!
I was going to quilt it with straight lines following the diagonal of the blocks, but I really see the diagonal along the purple blocks when I looked at it. So, I did (kind of wonky) straight lines on each side of the block seams and in the middle of each block. I wish the stripey binding stood out a bit more. It's a great stripe from Prints Charming that I've had for a while.
Here's a close up of the backing fabric and a peek at the binding.
Oh, and I can actually put the lids on all my scrap bins now! Whoo hoo!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Nathan, being 10, is very into technology these days. He has quite a few techie gadgets of his own and "borrows" one of our smartphones or iPad once in a while.
So, I wasn't really surprised when he said he wanted to be an iPod for Halloween.
Not the he wanted an iPod, but that he wanted to be an iPod.
The idea was Nathan's. The making of the costume was very much a family effort.
We even managed to make an Apple for the back!
He was a huge hit where ever he went. Lots of people stopped him to "try an app" or comment on what a great costume it was. He stretched out the use of this costume by wearing it to the school carnival, trick or treating and during Red Ribbon week for superhero day. We added a black cape for the last one.
He was iPod Man, of course!
The power of Apple!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
For instance, my Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along quilt.....
Until you start figuring out how much binding to make.......
I now have approximately 24 feet of pretty, stripey quilt binding.
Time to figure out the backing and get this baby put together.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I meant to take photos of each set of blocks along the way, but every time I actually thought about taking the photos, it was too dark!
Here are my 30 blocks, all put together:
I didn't realize until I took this photo how much of a dividing line appears on my diagonal from top left to bottom right. Oh well, it's all sewn together and I'm not about to rip out all those seams!
Now, I just need to decide how to finish it.
Monday, October 29, 2012
This morning, I think we found it/her/them.....
When my husband first spotted this little family in the yard this morning, Mama was carrying all the babies on her back. It was amazing to see that in real life. Unfortunately, I was too busy trying to keep Harry away from the Mama's sharp teeth to think about grabbing my camera.
Mama and babies were gently and safely relocated to a more appropriate area for possums.
And hopefully, there will be no more things under the house going bump in the night!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The center of the blocks is Grow With Me - Monkeys in creamy white, by Moda. The blue (actually more of a tuquoise color) and the sashing (light green with white dot) are both from my stash.
This is my favorite block on this quilt:
Saturday, September 29, 2012
We followed the demo with a swap and a challenge. Everyone who wanted to participate in the swap made blocks to swap at the August meeting and then were challenged to complete a project using the Polaroid Blocks.
I used several of the blocks that I received in the swap and added a few from my stash to make this little kids quilt.
I really like the look of the blue and the white together. To continue the "clean" look of this quilt, I did simple straight line quilting along the sashing.
A couple of my favorite blocks:
Friday, August 24, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Late last year, I found out that my Uncle wanted me to make a quilt for my Aunt. Of course I said I would do it!
I didn't have much help in deciding which colors to use, or what size to make it. I hoped that whatever I chose, she would like it.
So, I pulled all my quilting books off the shelf and started thumbing through them. I finally decided on Modern Maze from Amy Ellis's book Modern Basics. I chose fabrics similar to those that Amy used in the original. I used the cream colored fabric with the green Dogwoods for the backing. The finished size is approximately 60"x84".
I finished this quilt and gave it to my Aunt last month. She loved it! And I really enjoyed making it for her. It was truly a labor of love.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I started working again last winter, after being a stay at home mom for 9 1/2 years. When things got busy, something had to give and apparently it was my blog. (Also, I haven't quite figured out how to post to blogger from my iPad.)
And now I can't figure out how to navigate the new Blogger page. Hmmm......
Monday, March 26, 2012
I finally finished it last week. It is the first thing I've completed from my 2012 Goal Board. I gifted this little lap quilt to my MIL on Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day in England), while she was here visiting. I hope she will enjoy it!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Oh, and he won First Place in his class!
And then, the school selected his project to go on to the County Science Fair, which took place last week.
His project was included in the Fourth Grade Engineering, Mathematics and Gaming category. And I'm very proud to say that he took First Place!!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The kid has well over 1,000 Pokemon trading cards.
Of all the quilts I've made, I have never made one for my own dear son. Yes, that means my 9 year old is still using his Thomas the Tank Engine blanket. Which has definitely been well loved and is in need of replacement. I knew I wanted to make him a Pokemon quilt, but couldn't quite figure out how to do it. Some of those characters are very detailed and way beyond my ability for applique. And my embroidery skills don't even rank as deplorable.
Inspiration struck at our last quilt guild meeting when we learned about making Crayon Quilts. I printed out a Torchic coloring page, grabbed my fine line black Sharpie, some Crayons, and my fabric and got to work. The photo was taken after doing two layers of crayon. It looked good in real life, but I can see a few light spots in the photo. Easy enough to fix. And best of all, Nathan loved it! Now I just have to decide how many different Pokemon I want to color.
Mug Brownie Sundae......mmmmmm! I wanted to try microwave brownies and found a recipe on Instructables for Mug Brownies. It was super, super easy. I added a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream and some chocolate sauce while the brownie was still warm. It was delicious.
This is the other thing I made tonight.
(And it was prettier right after I made it. It melted a bit while I was searching for the camera.)
Monday, January 16, 2012
(Pattern is Square One from Simplify by Camille Roskelley.)
Oh wait, one more thing..........after more than 9 years as a full time stay-at-home mom, I've gone back to work! I was hired at a local middle school as a Special Ed Instructional Aide. I started last week and they threw me in with the kids right away. Kind of sink or swim. The kids and staff have been very accepting and helpful. I've gotten some good feedback and I think I'm going to like this job!