Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Got Fabric?



This is my favorite t-shirt. I bought it the last time I attended the quilt show in Houston. Got Fabric? you DO? well..then what are you doing reading my blog? GO SEW! Happy New Year! ( I am not sure what that spot is...I just cannot get thru the day with out getting SOMETHING on me! Most of the time, its dog hair!)

have you tried this?


I just found a Quilty name generator! Good fun! It called me..wait..I had to write it down. I almost fell off my chair...hehehehehe

Hot Mama of Artsy Fanciful Quilts


TA DA! All I need now is some kind of scepter or tiara! If you would like to try it,here is the link:Quilty Name generator


Anyone sewing today? I will be! I have two football games to watch...My Alma mater, Vanderbilt is playing against Boston College (uh oh! my kiddo swears he will play for the Boston Red Sox AND attend Boston College at the SAME TIME! This is a kid that has lived in Arizona all of his life but the 1st 4 MONTHS! Where did he get this obsession with BOSTON???) I smell a small uprising! If you see smoke coming from our direction, send HELP! lolol The 2nd bowl game involves the Air Force Academy. My husband and my daughter both gradutated from AFA. (My dad is a West Point grad...smell another uprising???) I am going to run to the base today to see if I can get my laptop fixed. I can sign on to my home router, but cannot get on the internet. FRUSTRATING! It would be nice to have to connections again. I have to SHARE with two MEN....:::SIGH::::

update: I tried the name generator again and I got:

Dutchess of Can't see a Darn Thing!

I guess if you are 51 and wear TRI focal glasses, this FITS! It must be ME!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Somedays....

Somedays I'm a good mom...and somedays...well, lets just say I'm a work in progress! (I'm a WIP!...good quilty term!) I think today I'm a good mom...




look what I let my kiddo put up.













Here is a closer view.







YES I'm Diamondback fan...but sometimes a good mom has to put up with her kids...individualism! TODAY I'm a good mom.

Monday, December 29, 2008

OH DRAT!

I didn't get as many rolls made this year...I even had a couple batches that I could not deliver. I went to those houses twice and no one home. I need to start out earlier next year. Our closest neighbors spent their holiday at a mountain cabin, so I thought I would make a batch for them today...as they are returning today (much to my kiddo's DELIGHT...their oldest is his best friend)

I put the first sheet in...and FORGOT them!





Anyone need BROWN HOCKEY PUCKS???? HA! I think I need a break from making rolls!

Sew Along Step 6


ready for another step? Well, here goes:

Take your red and white sections pieced from step 5, the extra background 3 1/2 inch squares and the yellow 3 1/2 inch squares. You will be sewing them into a nine patch.

To make matching seams easier, on the top and bottom rows of the block, iron the seam toward the background block. On the middle row, iron the seams toward the yellow center block. This will help you 'lock' those seams into place. It decreases the bulk you need to sew over and gives a nicer appeareance when you are finished pressing.

You will end up with 12 finshed blocks. All we have left to do are the side triangles! Way to go! We will get started on those right after New Years Day.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Do you like to personalize things just for YOU? I do! I have vanity plate on my van...and when I saw Vivian's blog today, I burst out laughing! Check out the last one! I have not tried any of these yet, but I will..oh yes I WILL! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I will be back tomorrow with the next step in the sew along. I"m running out to WalMart do get some more wire cube shelves for my studio. If I dont' get organized in there, I will NEVER get anything done!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

putzing

Do you ever have days that nothing seems to get done? I think that is the theme of my days lately. Yesterday I fused a couple more t-shirts for a quilt I doing. Remind me not to offer to do these again unless the recipient agrees to fuse the shirts THEMSELF. It does not help that the setting they picked out will not lend itself nicely to these shirts. The blocks in the quilt they picked are square. The shirts will be closer to rectangle. I will e-mail the couple and set up a time so we can talk about layout. I'm trying VALIANTLY not to work on something else. I also have a huge pile of firefighter work shirts on my kitchen counter. maybe tonight I will get a few more fused....slowly....slowly...that pile gets smaller!



I did find a yummy cookie recipe on The Pioneer Woman for chocolate candy cane cookies. I won't be able to make them today...but they are in my future...oh, YES they are! IF you run over to her site today, she is giving away THREE Kitchen Aid mixers! I would love one...cobalt or red? If I win, you can help me decide!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Canine update

Thanks Jill for asking about Rookie...He acts like he never left! My husband was out of town when I found out I was getting the dog back. I had taken our son to soccer practice, and my husband arrived at home before we got back. I called him to find out how Rookie had greeted him. "Just like I saw him this morning'" says my hubby.

This is what it looks like as I sit at the computer:

This one to my left




This one under my feet


And last but not least, this one just behind me. I'm still leashing him...we are not TRULY reliable in the house yet! And its raining too...something my AZ dogs don't see much of! They say "WE DONT" LIKE IT!" lolol

They are learning to like having an extra 'brother'. Rally, the terrier of undetermined lineage, loves to play. Rookie, will play with him..but sometimes under duress. Buddy, the puppy, loves to play too...so now Rookie can just sit and roll his eyes while the other two wrestle! I'm working on keeping those two from chasing the cat...I"m not winning that battle! Poor kitty!

I"m working on posting every day again...so hopefully I will see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

opinion please!

I'm starting to plan a quilt for my prodigal dog's rescuer. Do you think a quilt with just a dog block on the back? Or I have these two patterns in my file:


This one is pieced.



This one is paper pieced.

I could use either one easily on the back...Do you think they are too 'cutesy' for a man? I have lots of nice blues...browns....rusts...good colors for a man...just what pattern...Thanks for stopping by and giving me your ideas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sew along Step 5

place one red square in the corner of one 3 1/2 inch back ground sq. You are going to sew the diagonal of the red sq from the middle of the background sq to the middle of the background sq. You can either:
1. mark the diagonal with a pencil and sew on that line.
OR








place a piece of tape (I have used blue painters tape in the picture. Is there anything better than blue painters tape? I LOVE the stuff!) Line up the edge of the tape with your needle. Use the edge of the tape as a guide to keep the front point of your fabric straight. See the end of that purple thang (yes that REALLY is the name of that purple gadget you see in the picture! My other fav thing!) If you keep the point on that blue edge, you will have a nice straight seam w/o marking. I use both..just depends on how fussy I want to be! Really, you don't need to mark.








You will do this on the opposite side.



After you have sewn them, you will trim your seam allowance to 1/4. This is what it looks like before ironing. You will need 48 of these squares. Press the seam to the red side. (sorry I forgot to get a picture of this section of the block! I will have to take a close up of the top tomorrow....Could you use your imagination till then? THANKS!)


Update: Here is a picture of the finished section:




sorry it is blurry. I had to block out the rest of the quilt top for you to see
this one area. you will need 48 of these sections.

Monday, December 01, 2008

My Christmas Miracle

I know you all were thinking of me last summer when my
border collie, Rookie went missing. I had many sleepless
nights and days of tears. Today, was a true miracle. I have had
a ...icky year in many ways. I have been disappointed in an
old friendship, not once but twice, my daughter had a major
disappointment at work, our son broke up with his girl friend of
over 3 years. Nothing MAJOR...we are all healthy. And Rookie,
he was SO abused when we got him. It took us over 6 months before
he would even be in the same house with our older (read: tall and
wears a baseball cap) son. In August he went missing during a
thunderstorm. When I left, he was in my house. When I came home, he
was NOT.
Today, he IS in my house!


I got a phone call today from an animal hospital. A nice man had found him living
in a vacant lot next to his house. It took him this long to gain his trust, get a
collar on him and take him to the vet. A scan of his microchip...and a phone call..and he is HOME! My poor husband! I promised SO faithfully that I would only
have 2 dogs. I waited almost 4 months! And now we have 3 waggly tails and 12 doggy paws. just put a bow on each furry head. That is all the Christmas present I could
ask for.

Thank you all for you kind thoughts and prayers. Today I am blessed.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

He's home!


Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself. I THINK my new name is Buddy. Mom and my boy could NOT agree on any names but Buddy. Mom REALLY wanted Shortstop (Shorty for every day) but my boy wanted Youklis or Yastremski (sp?). All Mom could think of is my boy going off to college and leaving her home with a dog name she has to explain EVERY time someone new comes in the front door!

Here is what I know already:
~ Mom thinks I"m a scottish terrier mix. What the mix is , she says is a mystery!
My white feet have freckles and I have some brown fur just behind my ears...oh and
white chest....
and I have this...interesting long skinny tail!


~I am not sure what this thing is around my neck...but mom put something on it she called a 'tag'. I spent 20 minutes trying to run away rrom it or rub it off my neck! Its still there....:::SIGH::::

~I like my big brother Rally. He is giving me 'play lessons'. So far I have learned that if I run, he will chase me.

~Dad says I think I'm a lap dog. I just love to take a flying leap into Mom's lap. If she makes me get down, I just make myself comfortable on the couch instead! Dad says if the vet (what is a vet?) says I'm going to stay small, he might consider me a lap dog.

Mom said she will show you more pictures of me soon. She is trying to get me to stop scratching all the bathroom rugs! I just LOVE them! BYE!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Help!


This little guy needs a NAME! I have two requests: I rarely use a people name (I might consider a famous person..) and my other two dogs were named baseball names; Rookie and Rally. I'm thinking I would like to stay with baseball..but maybe just a sports name...? He is a scottish terrier mix and they estimate that he is about a year old. Right now he is shy..but just wait till his new big brother shows him the ropes! Hide the cat!

I cannot take him home till tomorrow afternoon (shhh! he is going to be neutered in the morning...my dh said ow ow OW! lolol). Just what I need: housetraining a dog and starting Thanksgiving cooking all on the same day! Guess what else? My DISHWASHER crumped YESTERDAY! I have the worst luck...a couple of years ago my microwave died the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. SHEESH. Good thing its only my husband and two boys and me for dinner. My sweet husband took me out today to get a new one. It will be delivered tomorrow (see a big day for me tomorrow???) and he will install it for me.


1. pies and rolls to make
2 new dishwasher to have delivered in installed
3. bring home new dog.

WHEW! I'm already tired!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Next step in the sew along...Step 4

I believe I promised SOMEONE I would post the next step YESTERDAY. Oh, well, best laid plans and all that. I had HOPED to sew all day today, tomorrow AND Sunday (minus church of course). Today found me finishing up the Shoe boxes for Samaritans Purse. They are due back to church on Sunday. I so love packing them! I also purchased the Angel Tree presents. They don't have to be back till the next week, but doing that now saved me an extra day out to find them. Tomorrow, we have two soccer games on the schedule AND a scrimmage on Sunday afternoon! SO much for my sewing days!


Step Four

From background fabric cut: 12 wof strips 3.5 inches wide
sub cut into 96 3.5 inch squares
From red fabric cut: 5 WOF strips of 1 3/4 inch wide
sub cut into 96 1 3/4 inch squares
From yellow fabric cut: 2 WOF strips 3 1/2 inch strips
sub cut into 12 3 1/2 inch squares


For the next step you will need 48 background squares and all the red squares. Set all the rest of background squares and the yellow squares for Step 6.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Challenges!

I'm still learning about my new camera...like how in the HECK can I download just ONE picture off it? It INSISTS that I use THEIR software, my computer does not "read" that it is even plugged in, and when I try to down load pictures I have only the option of saving EVERY LAST PICTURE on the card. ::::sigh::::: I will figure this out, I just hate learning something new. The old camera, while it never took GREAT pictures, was easy to use. This new one is hard retrieve pics off of!

I have some pictures of my binding choices for the jacket, the jacket re-sewn without binding...and one of the jacket with most of the main binding done...but I can't get them off the camera....Ok...I'll go try again...

OH..my biggest boo boo yesterday? When I cut the sweatshirt up the middle, I slipped one of my smaller green mats inside the shirt...and then cut. Guess what? the mat is shorter than the sweatshirt! You guess it! I slit a nice big cut just below the neckline in the back! I just zigzaged over it in grey to match the jacket, till I can decide what I want to applique over it! Necessity is the mother of invention....;;;SIGH:::: pictures soon ..I promise!

Friday, October 31, 2008

small project

I needed something small to work on. I am waiting to hear a preference on a commission quilt, so trying DESPERATELY not to dive into a large UFO. I'm also trying to keep up with my house. My parents and adult daughter arrive on Tuesday. I would SO love to have the clutter piles down to a dull roar! I had seen a jacket in Karen McTavish's book LONG ago. I bought it the last time I got to go to Houston's quilt show. That was in 2005, so this idea has been rolling around for quite awhile! I finally decided to dive in. No pattern, just an experiment!

I started with a plain grey sweatshirt. I cut it apart at the seams. (actually I cut the seams OUT, trimming as close as I could to them. I was not thrilled with taking out all those SERGED seams! We will see how it turns out. Could be next time I slog thru all that serging.) I loaded unwashed fabric on the frame, no batting, and laid the pieces on the fabric, fuzzy side down.



Here you can see the bottom edge of both sleeves. I trimmed off all the ribbing also. To start I made one line of quilting along the very bottom edge of the sleeve. I had been warned of sweatshirts stretching, so I was being very wary. My thinking was to just anchor it and quilt up...letting the sweatshirt move up as I quilted. No basting stitches or pins around the edge.




Here is a close up of the quilting. My 1st change would be to match the quilting thread to the sweatshirt. This is great for illustration, but I would love the jacket to look 'embossed'. To do that , the quilting would have to blend in. Hence the matching sweatshirt and thread. These are wonky feathers a la 'The Pajama Quilter'. I have finally doodled them enough to strike out on my own. The only thing
I marked was the center of the front where I will cut it. I probably will slice thru some quilting, but this IS an experiment!






After I quilted both sleeves and both the back and front of the sweatshirt, I just cut them out...following around the edge of the sweatshirt parts. I sat at soccer practice burying all the hanging threads.I guess I could have just threaded them to the back and trimmed. Today I will just put the pieces back together. Any suggestions on binding? I plan to do just regular double fold binding around the cut edges. I HAD planned on using the same fabric as the lining. Now that I look at it, I am thinking the black batik will be a BIG contrast to the grey of the sweatshirt. I think I will stash dive to see if I have any grey...I have a hair appt on Tuesday and could stop by my favorite quilt shop and pick up a nice grey batik. What do YOU think?

Lurking!

yes, I DO lurk on some blogs. I also lurk in my AOL quilting chat room...but I'm talking about what lurks under my washer and dryer. Yesterday, I was folding towels. Now I am not much on laundry and FOLDING falls under the "just better than a root canal" category. I do it because it has to be done and I LOVE it when its done. (wait; its NEVER done...:::SIGH:::) I happened to glance between the two machines...and caught a glimpse of a wayward sock. I got the mop handle and scraped it out.




There was:
3 color catchers
a foam brush
2 old Kleenex
one cleaning rag
3 wash cloths, folded
a fabric coaster
8 unmatched socks
one fat quarter
one pair of unmentionables of someone who no longer lives in this house
and the mystery; the patch from my student nursing uniform from COLLEGE!
( I graduated in 1979! WHERE did that patch come from!?? ROTLF)

I REALLY am afraid to have my husband MOVE those machines. If that is what was down the side and around the back, just THINK of the horrors UNDERNEATH! :::GASP:::




On a happier note, the stained glass quilt I made for the hospital auction went for
$475! I have never sold any of my work, so this was pretty exciting. I'm glad that it was for a great cause!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sew along step 3

I wonder if anyone is doing this after I have waited so long between steps! Anyway, here is a picture of the top:





And a close up of the blocks. If you would like to sew along with us, just search for 'sew along' in the search box near the top of the blog. I have gone back and labeled the fabric requirements and steps. Since we are only on step 3, there is not much catch up work to do.



Step 3

From your background fabric cut: 8 3.5 inch strips (WOF=width of fabric)
sub cut: into 80 3.5 inch squares

From the blue fabric cut: 2 3.5 inch strips
sub cut: into 20 3.5 inch squares




Sew one 4-patch block (from Step 2) on either side of a 3.5 inch background sq. Note the placement of the contrast ...If they are not placed this way, you will not get the criss-cross effect. make 40 strips




Sew a 3.5 inch background sq on either side of a blue 3.5 inch sq
Make 20 strips




Sew one 4 patch strip on either side of the background/center contrast strip. You should get 20 blocks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Star BOM pictures

I'm slowly getting acclimated to my new camera. My older son had to help me figure out why my computer was not 'seeing', my camera. It simply would NOT give up its lovely pictures!

I have been doing Judy L's star BOM, but with no camera, I had no way of taking their pictures. Here are the latest offerings:





Block 4




Block 5



Block 6...these are so much fun! see you later..

Friday, October 17, 2008

Still no camera...but I have PICTURES!

Well...I am waiting IMPATIENTLY for that new camera! You know, the money I saved, that seems SO important to save...is not as important as I thought! HA! (if you followed that line of thinking, you really ARE my friend!) At this point I would REALLY love to have that camera! :::drumming fingers on the desk::::

Any way, I have PICTURES! Julie No blog (she CLAIMS she has a baseball one, but will NOT share the address with me...suspicious at best!) and her DH took lovely pictures of our auction quilt. It arrived safely in California at its destination ...ready for the auction tomorrow. We collaborated on this...and discovered ONE THING: we wish we lived CLOSER! (do you think our husbands are listening??) We are planning to do this again....with a bit more lead time on the deadline next time!





This is the top



The backing ....(the angel block is the label)


And a close up of the quilting. I am still using
the waterworld panto. The thread is a jewel tone variegated...King Tut...worked up
VERY nicely. I had a hard time parting with this. I used a jelly roll..and it only took about half of the roll. I may just have to make another one for ME...maybe I will share custody of that one with Julie No blog....hehehehehe :::grin::::

I am planning on branching out with a different panto SOON!
I was searching for something the other day in a file drawer, and found a SLEW of pantos I had purchased early in my machine quilting career. Some you have to make copies of (legally I PROMISE!), and then tape together to make the length you want. I have started putting clear Contact paper on all of my pantos ...after a minor unfortunate accident with a drinking glass set on one. It ran ....still very much usable, but a bit unsightly.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Roll Recipe

Michele asked VERY nicely for the roll recipe. This happens to be a bread maker recipe, but I'm sure the ingredients would work by hand as well.

Basic Dinner rolls:
7 1/2 oz(3/4 cup +3TBSP) water (90-100degrees - in other words WARM not hot)
3 cups bread flour
2 TBSPs dry milk
3 1/2 TBSPs sugar
1 tsp salt
3 TBSPs butter or margarine
2 tsps active dry yeast
OR 1 1/2 tsps bread machine/fast rise yeast

Add water to pan
Add flour, dry milk,sugar and salt. Tap pan to settle dry ingredients.Place butter
in corners of the pan.

make small indent (or well) in dry ingredients. add yeast in the middle.

set bread maker to DOUGH.

When done, take dough out of bread maker. Put it on a floured surface and
let rest for 15 mins. Cut as desired (I use a round cookie cutter). Place on
greased cookie sheets and let rise in a warm draft free place until doubled
in size. (45- mins to an hour usually) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for
15-20 minutes or until golden brown. brush tops with butter/margarine.


These can be made into cloverleaves/crescent/breadsticks. I can tell you how
to shape them ...just ask. Also the recipe says 15 mins baking. I set my timer
for 11 mins and look. I think my oven is getting old, but mine are done WAY
before 15 mins. I use Sam's Club flour and yeast. Let me know how yours turn out!






The camera problem has been diagnosed by a friend who is a photography teacher!
Thanks R! My sweet husband ordered me a new camera, but of COURSE I clicked on
'FREE SHIPPING". That added 3-5 business days to the shipping! Don't they KNOW
I need pictures for my BLOG??? Wait till you see the auction quilt! OH MY! I may
have to make another one for ME...Hope to be back later with pictures :::Running
out to the mailbox to see if the postman brought me a goodie::::

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Its ROLL season!


When our low dips below 80 degrees, we consider that COOL. I know, our brains have been fried by about 6 months of above 100 degree heat, so take that into consideration.


Now THIS is not right....can you tell what it is?




Its a pastry brush....SHEDDING! First my BBQ brush disappeared (I think it got left out by the grill and one of the dogs 'helped' himself!)...and now THIS! I am rushing RIGHT out to get a new one. How else can I get butter on top of those lovely warm rolls??? (I know...I could use a knife...but it is not LOVELY enough for these babies...hehehehehe)

( I think I'm starting to sound like the Pioneer Woman! I think my friend Julie No Blog would approve!)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Didja miss me?

I have been busy/missing my pup/did I say busy? Our daughter traveled home to have shoulder surgery. She could have had it near her house, but there was no one to take care of her. I was elected go-fer/slave/ice hauler for the week after surgery. She came thru with flying colors and returned to her real life yesterday. The only thing I miss is hauling ICE! Insurance paid for this nifty machine that circulates ice water thru a wrap. Only bad thing is that it took 5 lbs of ice to fill it up...every 3-4 hours! My small freezer was maxed out by 2 bags...so that meant daily ice runs. The 1st two nights were hard 30 mins on 30 mins off...but so worth all the work. She will be back to limited work tomorrow...







I have a dilemma to ask your opinion about...Recently I was searching for a specific pattern. The pattern maker is not important. I went to her site to see if I could find a local supplier. There was one close by with an address and a phone number. I called. The lady was surprised to find that her address was on the site. She sells online only. She had the pattern and offered it to me. I was impatient and drove out to her house to get it. (she would have mailed it if I wanted) When I got there, we chatted for at least 30 mins. I thought we hit it off...and she gave me (no payment she would accept) the pattern. She said she was looking for someone to do some machine quilting. I agreed to quilt in payment for the pattern. I gave her my phone number and e-mail address. I have e-mailed her twice...no answer...I even tried to call her again. No answer...no reply. I feel uncomfortable about taking this pattern. What would YOU do? I am considering just mailing her payment. I know about how much that pattern retails for. Would you keep it? try calling/writing/e-mailing again? I have looked at the pattern, but not used it in anyway. It would be easily repackaged and mailed off.

Thanks in advance for your advise...I'm glad to be back and ready to get going!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

star BOM : block #3


I had a good day in the studio yesterday! I did my 3rd BOM star block:



Three UFO Churn Dash blocks (please dont' ask me how OLD these are! ...they are OLD!)
here is a close up of one of the blocks. Nice chunky churn dash!

This is the strip quilt I showed blocks for a couple of weeks ago. Here is the finished top.
And a close up. I have not decided if I will put a border on this. I think not. I toyed with the idea of making this 3 blocks (their block is 4 of the small ones counted as one block) wide and long, but then its on the small side. I think I will stay with it at this size. Babies only GROW right? Any ideas? I'm not real sure about the measurements. I will check that and post it in the morning. It was nice to be in there awhile and get something DONE!

I had a hard time watching my team...everytime I turned the channel, the OTHER team got a homerun! I ended up watching the Murder She Wrote marathon...I finally turned back to it as Stephen Drew hit for the cycle! WOW! (for all you non-baseball people, that means he hit a single, double, triple AND homerun in the same game-it happens VERY rarely) And on top of THAT, another player hit for the cycle yesterday too: having TWO cycles on one day has not happened since 1920!

Friday, August 22, 2008

This is kinda fun!

Pholph's Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble© Score is: 30.
What is your score? Get it here.