Sunday, April 20, 2014

WOW! What a day!

#1 Its EASTER! The best day in the Christian calendar. I enjoyed a wonderful service this morning. Calvary was PACKED OUT! I got to view Good Friday service on line from...Chicago...see #2!


#2 Sports Guy and I flew to Chicago on Thursday. He participated in a one day soccer camp-mostly to be seen by a college coach. Met the coach, SG spent the night in the dorm with one of the students, had a short walking tour of the campus on Sat am. He was offered a roster spot on the men's soccer team! He had already been accepted academically: Wheaton College. There are a few other schools in the running...and its HIS decision. 


#3 Our DD's birthday! So nice it fell on Easter! I will not get to celebrate with her till the end of May...but that is for another post...Happy Birthday ChicPilot!!

and #4...drum roll please!! LAST but on the top of MY list today! Look what I was presented with!?
Looks like I am going to be a MIMI!
WAAAA HOOOOOO!
Due Date; mid Dec
 
I am thinking that covers their Christmas present to us! HA!
 
Hope you had a
Blessed Easter...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

off the frame...but WAIT!

I finished this baby quilt on Tuesday...all the way to the binding!

The squared off flower is from a tutorial at




 I did a modified flower in the border to continue the flower motif.
You can see it better below from the back.
 
 The backing is a pale pink Minkee. The stitches just melt into the softness
leaving a line that looks embossed. Love it!
 After I got it off, I discoverd I had MISSED a corner...so I have to
put it back on when I am done with what is on there...
and quilt that corner! Always something!
 
 
This is a picture of the top before last borders and quilting.
I will get a picture of the whole quilt before it is gifted.
Thanks for looking!
 
 

Grand Canyon or bust!

When Sports Guy was a sophomore, we hosted an exchange student from Japan for a semester. They both had the same math class and were teammates on the varsity soccer team. Well, after pass his college entrance exam, he was allowed to come for a visit! He didn't get a chance to visit the Grand Canyon during his stay (he was BUSY! marching, jazz and concert band, varsity soccer and JV baseball. It was a quick year!), so we headed off on Tuesday to see the 'big hole in the ground" Its been many years since I had been there. Only a 3 1/2 hour drive, north thru Flagstaff, makes it an easy day. We planned to see the sunset. It did not disappoint!

I think there will be a Grand Canyon quilt sometime in my future. The colors are amazing and always changing.
 We enjoyed Mexican food for dinner...
 And lots of pictures to prove we were there!
We even got a close up of a condor who flew about 10 feet below us
at a lookout point. I was not fast enough to take a picture.
DRAT...
 
 
Look what we woke up to! BRRRRR!
We decided NOT to join the Ranger talk
about fossils in the canyon!
The rest of the day was cool, but not cold...
and NOT crowded.
Clear and lovely! Home by 5:30 on Wed.
 
 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

procrastination

What do you do when  you have a task that you are dreading...and when you DO start it (with the timer set for 15 mins. You know the FlyLady says you can do ANYTHING for 15 mins..so I am going to get started),  you  are finished before the timer goes off?

::::crickets:::::


I had a baby quilt with a Minkee back. I had done the SID in the inner border. When I got ALL
the way around that border, there was a nice BIG generous TUCK in the Minkee. ::: S I G H::::
So, I took out 2 sides..and there is  still too much on one side...Then it HIT me. I loaded the Minkee with the selvedges on the SIDES. It should have been loaded on the rollers. All I had to do was take out the 2 remaining sides of SID. I took my smallest rotary cutter and skinned between the top and batting. When I was finished..there was 5 mins and 48 seconds left on my timer.  Tomorrow my 15 mins will be to take it off and reload. Want to take bets on how long it will take me?

Monday, March 03, 2014

Design wall Monday

Boxes and Bows
by
Pattern from Quiltmaker Nov/Dec 2011
 
This got put up on the design wall in the sewing room.
It had been a UFO since about 3 weeks after I
recieved the Quiltmaker it was featured in!
I got bogged down on the little spool blocks and put it away
with only 10 left to make! I could not
decide what colors. It will be the 1st Christmas quilt on the pile.
Each of my 3 kiddos will get a Christmas quilt this year
...and they will get to pick what they want.
Even if I have to make another one!
 
 
Celtic Solistice is still on the design wall in the guest room.
I think it will stay there for a bit. I am enjoying the Boxes and Bows!
I counted the pieces on CS. There are 2068...and that does not count the borders!
Time for a change of scenery! I am also working on borders for
Blueberries in the Park.
 
Thanks for visiting!
For more Design Wall Monday, be sure to head over to Judy's
to check out more!
 
 


Sunday, March 02, 2014

its done!

I put the last rows together last night!
I have some of the units made that Bonnie had planned for the border.
I have decided I am DONE making them, so will just use what I have
and make do!
 
Wanna guess borders? Just a word in advance. Thru the magic of EQ7, I have
imported my blocks as images and then done some planning for borders.
I got...um...LAZY and didnt' turn all the arrow blocks in the border.
Mine will all be going in one direction around the quilt,
but will not make it all the way around. I will put them on opposite
corners and fill it in the dark blue. Ya gotta use
your imagination a bit!
 So, do you think I will use the white inner border>?


the green one?



or the yellow one?
 
I am putting borders on Blueberries in the park and stash diving
for borders for this. If I don't come up for air at dinner,
call my DH!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm still here!

I am still slogging thru my Celtic Solstice blocks. I THINK I only have THREE more 54-40 or Fight blocks. I am going to power thru those today...oh and keep putting blocks together on my Blueberries in the Park. For some reason, I am having trouble keeping my mind on the right way to press seams. I feel a bit OCD about the whole thing! I need that design wall for my Celtic Solstice!

I have a baby quilt loaded on the frame with a Minkee backing...I tried SID around the 1st border. Can you say HUGE TUCK?? In the back. I am frogging one side and then I think I will see if I loaded the selvedges on the leaders. If I didn't, I think a reloading is in order. A small price of time to be HAPPY with what I quilted! No thread shredding at the moment! HALLELUIA!

Hoping to have a picture or two on my next post.

OH! The class I took with Judy Madsen of GreenFairyQuilts fame was a blast! I made her blog page!
She was so much fun. I loved the EQ7 classes too. I have a 3rd class on my bucket list next time I see MaryEllen Kranz as the instructor. She went slow to start...and I learned ALOT that I will use. She solved a design dilemma with a quilt that needs to go up a bed size. WHEW! I think I will take my laptop next time I travel and see if I can get that puppy ready to sew! I cannot get AOL to bring up her website, so I will post it another time. GRRR..I HATE that. I KNOW the spelling is right..and I KNOW I went to that site last week...the link comes up when you use a search engine..but COX says NO WAY NO HOW. I think I better go do some laundry to get rid of my irritation!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Glad THATS over!


They are scruffy, DIRTY! (the camera really points things out doesn't it!LOL)
they REALLY are special shoes ..they have springs in the heel and toe for
cushioning - LOVE THEM...
But Saturday was the 1st day since Tuesday that I put them ON.
I even got DRESSED!
I think I had the flu...
FREEZING, but no fever
coughing but never any head congestion or much of a runny nose,
SORE RIBS-thought they were from coughing, but the 3rd day
NADA..
 
oh..and not a SMIDGE of energy.
I even entertained thoughts of
"why would ANYONE care about quilting?"
Maybe I was hallucinating!!??
 
 
Anyway..THOSE thoughts have been trashed!
I still have the cough and the energy is returning.
Trying to get ready for a busy week so conserving energy where I can
Menu planning will be a MUST
and I have a couple of loads of laundry planned today to prepare.
Off to coffee now, but I will be back later to show you
how much I have done on my Celtic Solstice.