Friday, August 22, 2008

This is kinda fun!

Pholph's Scrabble Generator

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

Step TWO!

Finally! I know you have been waiting! (even if you have not, I'm gonna post this step anyway! lolol)


Cut 2 inch segments from your light background/blue strips. Sew two together to make a four patch. You will need 160 cut segments. You will end up with 80 four patches.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

BOM blocks

I didn't get to do my first block in Judy's BOM when she 1st posted it. I printed it out...and then I printed out the 2nd one! Yesterday I cut and pieced the first one:

I had a very hard time picking fabric for this. I have had red/white/blue on the brain so much that I was drawn to those 1st. I ended up putting some yellow in there and then remembered those are the colors in my family room! I think this quilt is going to be for ME!

Here is the 2nd one. I did the miter and just LOVE this block! I don't know if you can see, but the background is pale blue circles. I am still having trouble with my camera, so I will be on the look out for a new one this week.

Thanks for all the good wishes about Rookie. I had a call tonight. I think it is too far (and across the freeway), but it renewed my hope and reminded me of how kind people can be.
Well, no news about my missing Rookie. I am still making the every other day trek to the pound and my DH and I will keep putting up more signs. I probably wont' post about him again unless I have some news. Thank you all SO much for your prayers and good thoughts. My prayer now is that I will find out what happened to him -good or bad.

I will be back later today to post the 2nd step of my sew along (sorry its been so long! Is anyone still out there??) and I have pictures of the 1st 2 blocks of Judy's BOM. She takes the last block down when she posts the new one. #2 is still up if you want to join in.

Sorry about no pictures...I just HATE posting w/o pictures, but know where my heart has been...See you in a bit...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Still no sign of Rookie. numerous trips to the pound, walking in a different area each evening near dusk (walking his 'brother' for BAIT!),more signs/posters, talking to everyone. I did kind of break down this morning. I was on my way to have my hair cut, and decided to drop off a flyer at my vets office. Its the closest to my house anyway. I had to wait for one of those lights that are triggered by your car, so it took a couple of minutes. As I sat there, I looked across the street and saw black and white fur. I did make it across at the light, parked the car, and got out to look. Same coloring < black with border collie white markings:line down the nose/muzzle, white feet and tip of tail. I was crying so hard by now, one of the men in the neighborhood came over to see if I was ok. It was a female Rookie is a neutered male. False alarm. I was still puffy and sniffling at the vets office. They were very nice and posted my flyer. I won't give up easily!

I will be posting the 2nd step of the sew along soon. I had planned to do it on Monday, but I'm just so distracted! You should see the house! Just about the last bit of clean clothes I have ON, little food in the fridge and the house is a WRECK! I need to get going on this commission quilt...Maybe it will help me keep focused.

Thanks for all the good wishes. back to checking all the online ad places...

Friday, August 08, 2008


Yesterday, I took my soon to be 7th grader, to Meet the Teacher (read: see all my buddies!). After, he 'convinced' me that we needed to go to the Diamondback game, so we went straight to the game from school. During the game, we saw the lightening and heard the THUNDER, so we knew we would be more than damp when we got back to the car. Not so bad..we were DAMP not soaked. But the bad news hit us when we came in the back door to only

THIS face. He was, not surprisingly, panicked from the storm, panting but, VERY glad to see us. Took us a few minutes of checking EVERY room (even the ones with closed doors...above terrier face can open some, so they occasionally get STUCK in a closed room....:::SIGH::::)

This is the face we are missing. The door from the kids bathroom to the outside was not locked well (raising her hand...I was hanging sheets out there ) and the storm blew the door open. Funny thing tho, the door from the bathroom to the hallway was shut, so it must have trapped the lab in the bathroom..but the terrier in the house. Needless to say, I got very little sleep last night. I was out past midnight...up till 2...and awake again at around 5. I doubt if I will get much sewing done today, but I hope to at least do a couple loads of laundry.

maybe soon we will see

THIS again. :::Crossing her fingers::::

Monday, August 04, 2008

Step One!

Ready to get started? Here we go:

just a few things before we go...
1. Please e-mail me if you are stuck, or if I posted the wrong thing/measurement..oh, YOU know what I mean! I'm human...correct me! Get help if you want it!
2.I will be posting about other projects I'm working on. Remember, I have my whole top done, so you could see it before we started! I will post THIS as 'steps' and leave THAT word out of other subjects.
3. I would love to see what you picked/how you are doing! I plan on posting a step every 2 weeks, but if you want to pick up the pace let me know. I will see how others are doing also.
4. I'm kind of ADD when it comes to quilting. I flit from project to project. With that in mind, I will have you cut as we go. ( I get SOOOO bored cutting the whole quilt before I get to sew!) Try to do part of the step, if you only have a few minutes and pin more for later. That way you will be able to sit and sew the next time you have a few minutes. I HATE to have to figure out what is next...AND
pin..THEN I can sew. If you are prepared, you can just take right off.
5. All seams are 1/4 inch. If you are a new quilter, this can REALLY mess up the success of a quilt! If one seam is 1/16th off...and the next one is too...and all the way across a quilt, you could be up to an inch or more off by the time you are done! Check out yours on a scrap piece of fabric. Measure it by hand to double check.
6. LAST one I promise! I will be referring to the colors by what I picked. If you chose different colors (as most of us do..needing to make it our OWN!), subsitute in your colors in the directions.

Step ONE:

From blue fabric:
Cut 2 3½ inch WOF (width of fabric) strips. Sub cut into 3½ inch squares.
(need 20)

-cut 8 2inch strips

From cream on cream fabric:

-cut 8 3½ inch strips WOF Sub cut into 3½ inch squares (need 80)

-cut 8 2 inch strips WOF

Set 3½ squares aside.
Sew each 2 inch blue strip to a 2 inch cream strip. Iron toward the blue.

scrappy version?
You will need :
20 3.5 inch sqs for the center of this block.
80 3.5 inch sqs for background
160 2 inch sqs for background on corner 4 patches
160 2 inch sqs for contast in corner 4 patches

Sew: each 2" background sq to a contrast 2" sq. Iron toward the contrast.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

FINALLY a picture!

Oh how I loved making the blocks...and then I got to the side triangles! I cut...and I sewed...and I traveled home (I even took my Featherweight on the plane!), I tried to finish them at my small quilt group (forgot the parts I was piecing AND the fab to recut some triangles!) It was WORK! I will be giving you the directions for the setting triangles...BUT...You have my permission to use unpieced triangles if you want to speed up the process! If I had had a suitable print, I might have. I'm desperately trying to stash dive!

This is the top sideways. I could not get it on my design wall longwise.

And a close up of the setting triangles and corner. Tomorrow I will post the 1st step. Hope to see you there!