Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm so thankful for my quilting

Yesterday I attended the memorial service for a dear friend. We met when our husbands were active duty AF. She was one of those people who was larger than life. Blunt (but not hurtful), funny, opinionated, practical.... I didn't see her regularly but when I did, it felt like I had seen her yesterday. She attended one of my quilt classes in March (altho I found out yesterday, it was NOT an easy process for her! She was VERY frustrated! lolol). She had a major stroke the day before Thanksgiving and passed away a week later. She was 56. I'm heartbroken. The Christmas tasks I have yet to finish are a priority, and yet...I feel like my spirit is quiet. I love hearing the Christmas carols and songs, but I don't join in. (usually my family cannot get me to shut up!) My quilting room is a solace. Jan would understand.

Sorry for this somber post. I just could not let her passing go unnoticed by me.
Hug your loved ones and put aside your quarrels. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

have you ever had THIS happen?

I have NEVER seen this happen. I'm not a world class quilter or anything...but when you buy a spool of thread from a reputable company...you think you are getting a CONTINUOUS piece of thread... I was quilting along and my top thread broke. I checked the tension and it was REALLY tight. Checking along the thread path...all is well, till I get to the spool. Its kinda wrapped on itself. Takes me a minute to see what the problem is...

and I see THIS

The thread is in two pieces. I have never had a spool with two pieces of thread...they have always been continuous. Have you ever had this happen? Or do I need to get out of my sewing room more often?

I was hoping to have this off my frame already, but my older son came to visit me yesterday AND today. Its for HIM...so I could not work on it while he was here! I KINDA had to shoo him away....WAAAAAAAA! I did take him to dinner before I told him "its Christmas time and I need some time to finish things you cannot help with'. Do you think that was diplomatic enough? lolol

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What do you get....

What do you get when...

your 14 yr old son gets out of school early after exams.
goes to his friends house with his soccer teammates.
you live in the desert (ie: no grass this time of year..and if you DO have grass?
it looks like straw
it is raining....
they are BORED
They decide to play soccer...IN the Rain...

THIS! See the white shirt? That BROWN thing next to it? Those are the MATCHING
shorts! I sure hope OxiClean works its magic!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm here

I'm still here...just working a bit at a time...I have a customer quilt on my design wall

This is a Christmas gift...I dont' think the recipient reads my blog..I HOPE not!

my sketch to practice before quilting...

one row of quilting. The border is the same design in a blue varigated...with continous curve in the blue checkerboard squares. This design is called Streamers. I was hankering to FEATHER..but thought this was a bit more MANLY...We will see what the recipient thinks!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

National Mutt Day

Did you know that today is

National Mutt Day? I'm proud to be 'owned' by three of my own. Rally gets 2 pictures because he looks guilty so well! (and most of the times he LOOKS guilty, he IS guilty! Today I didnt' even know there was a problem..but I went LOOKING for one...because he had his hang dog look on! Too funny! The other 2 are not blameless..they follow along and get in PLENTY of trouble right behind him....)

Rookie, man of the 4 month 'adventure'

Rally, terrier of undetermined lineage, surfer of cat box (sorry...but he does, the rascal), lover of all things 'squeeky ball', and ball catcher extraodinaire!

And last but not least...Buddy...pesterer, lap sitter, couch sneaker, heel nipper and most vocal of the three....

TA DA! There you have it ..my mutt haven!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

clothesline tips

Have you tried the wrapped clothesline bags? I had bought a pattern, but had not been able to find the cotton clothesline. Even the quilt shops did not have any. Now, you KNOW I don't need another project. But WHAT is a girl to do when she just NEEDS to start something new??? She pays attention when her friend Monica offers to show her a new way. AND THEN SHE JUMPS! She taught my Lunch Bunch group this method. AND its scrap friendly. I used a Bali Pop on this 1st one, but next time , I'm gonna stash dive in my strip drawer. It uses 2½ inch strips of fabric and batting. ::::tap tap tap::: did you say BATTING? YES! You know! All that left over batting that is not big enough to bother to piece together? The stuff you feel guilty throwing away? Or sometimes I stuff into a dog bed, but wish I had another way of USING it?! Yup..thats the stuff! Today I will show you how to make the strips. Next time I will show you how to block it. After that, I will show you the basic bag. YOU have to decide how to add your own touch: handles, pockets etc.

You ready? Here we go!

You will need:

machine with contrasting or matching thread
strips of 2 ½ inch fabric
strips of 2 ½ inch batting

(just one quick note: some of my friends had trouble with the 2 ½ batting.
They cut theirs 2 ¼. I didn't have any trouble, but in the stash busting
spirit, when I cut mine up, sometimes I got smaller than 2½ inches. Be flexible
and see what YOU like. I used both...they both worked for me)

Layer the strip wrong side up with the batting.

Fold the two long ends into the center....

fold in half. Try to keep the folds even. Dont' stress if they are not! Just make sure the raw edges stay inside. You can pin this if you want. I just folded as I went along.

Stitch down the center. I like to lengthen my stitch a bit. Its kinda bulky and takes long enought with a longer stitch. If you use your reg quilt piecing stitch, you could be there all day!

Thats IT! Its kinda mindless...I thought it was fun!. Try not to stretch as you sew. You will see why next time... For a nice size tote, you will need between 20 and 27 strips. See you next time!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

bad sad day

I usually wear a lovely pair of Clarks clogs when I travel by air. They look nice, I can walk in them all day and they are easy to slip on and off at security. Imagine my distress, when we were hustling to get our off-airport parking bus, I looked down and noticed that my shoe looked larger. In the bunion area...now I DO have bunions. They don't bother me on a regular basis...only because I'm careful to get a shoe with a big enough toe bed. These clogs DO...but this day, my bunion was looking...larger. UGH... When I got on the bus I did a bit of investigating...and much to my distress...

THIS is what I found. A BLOW OUT! I was hoping I could get them restitched. That is until I checked out the OTHER shoe:

Here we have a sad case of disintegration.

I guess I need a day of shoe shopping. Oh and a trip to the shoe repair shop. I DO have a pair of black ones. Different styling, but they are NOT NICE to my bunions. I can only wear that pair from the car to church. By the time I sit, they are OFF. I think a bit of stretching is in order.

PS. Did you catch a load of the carpet? I may have shown it before. My husband was SO excited to find a quilt patterned rug...and the right colors too! I think I have him trained to see a quilt whereever he goes. He is a keeper!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

t-shirt/memory quilts

My friend Betty No Blog made this quilt. She was commissioned to make a series of quilts from clothing. She has a wonderful eye and I always get fired up when I see her work. This one is my favorite. It feels like art...and I get the same feeling as when I look at the Gee's Bend quilts. Just a simple snowball..but SO effectively placed! She asked me to quilt it...so I did!

Just be warned that we both agreed to stay away from the corner triangles during quilting. There are 8 layers in those corners! Can you say 'broken needles'? lolol

I'm piecing 2 memory/t-shirt quilts and will post pictures as soon as I have them made into tops. Do you have a favorite way to showcase t-shirts or memory quilts? I'd love to see!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

worn OUT!

We had our monthly Lunch Bunch potluck yesterday. I had it in my brain that I would have my friend Nancy's quilt finished to lure her to join us. Why do I think I can get it all done in an hour? I must have a very inflated view of my talents...maybe I just have SUCH a good time, it FEELS like an hour! Her quilt is nice and flat...I'm trying out a new panto I had drooled over many times before I ordered it...and my sweet husband looked at the quilt and said "THAT is a very pretty quilt!" He very rarely comments (or for that matter notices) much of what goes on in either of my sewing rooms. They are both such messes, most of the time you cannot see anything in progress! Poor Nancy! Her quilt is still on my frame...BUT...I have more realistic goals today. I'm going to finish it! ROTLF!

Are you a group sew-er? On most Lunch Bunch days, I do schlep my machine. While I like to think I'm going to get TONS done, I usually have to check out everything the group is doing (lunch bunch rule #1: you NEVER have to do the group project), say hi to all the shop staff, say hi to all the shop FABRIC...you get the picture. Yesterday, I did NOT take my machine, but I AM doing the group project. Miss M is teaching us how to make the clothesline tote bags. Did you know you can use BATTING strips instead? (you KNOW...all that scrap batting you either threw out or felt guilty about because you didnt' know WHAT to do with it?) I will show you pictures of mine, and how to do the strips soon. I have to block all of mine..they are kinda...well..lets just say..NOT STRAIGHT! It was fun to see all the colors of strips and hear the ideas flying around. When I got home, I sewed some of MY strips together, made dinner, drove and picked up Sports Guy from the last football game of his freshman year, and oh yes! I quilted 2 more rows on Nancy's quilt. I didn't realize how tired I was last night until I got up this morning. When I took off my nightgown to get dressed, I still had my BRA ON! ROTLF! Normally I that would keep me awake...I was WORN OUT!

I'm off to quilt, make Italian meat sauce for a company dinner on Tuesday, and dejunk my house...oh and there is laundry to do and put away, dogs to let in and out....see ya!

PS Sports Guy made the varsity soccer team as a FRESHMAN! There will be no living with him now!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

home again, home again

I DO like to travel...I just dont' like getting ready and then getting everything back to a normal schedule. I need a week to rest up from all my resting! We made a trip to Las Vegas for a soccer tournament, returned on Sunday night, my parents arrived on Tuesday, DH and I left on Wed. We spent our annual Cambria weekend with good friends, WAAAAY too much good food, and I think the best weather we have had yet. Of course, it went way to fast and now we have to wait a year to do it again...WAAAAA! We returned on Monday and my parents went home on Tuesday. Mr Sports Man and all the furry ones were glad to see us. (the furry ones wiggles and wagged tails..Mr Sports Man didn't!he is too grown up...trying out for the high school soccer team...more on that tomorrow)

I didn't take my sewing machine, but I threatened to! Instead I did binding...LOTS of binding! I finished the USC quilt..and delivered it. I thought Mr N was going to jump up and down. He loved it!

He and his wife were kind enough to let me get ONE more picture of it before it rode off into the sunset. It glows doesnt' it?

I also bound and delivered 5 of these pumpkin wall hangings. I just love pumpkins! And while I'm not a Halloween person, I DO give thanks for fall and pumpkins...funny I'm not a huge orange fan! The ladies were sweet to hang them up.

Here is a close up of one. I did them all the same except for the background fill on the pumpkins. Each one was different.

you will see more of these as I have 4 more to quilt! First up, I have a customer quilt on the frame. I taught a class on Tues and last night, and had another class scheduled for this morning, but I didn't get any students. A DAY FREE! Yippeee! (just so you know..i DO love to teach quilting..who would NOT want to hook someone on my favorite pastime? :::grin:::)

Any suggestions on how much to charge for a memory quilt? I had someone ask me to make two. I think I need to see what sizes of fabric I have to work with and how large they want them. I surely don't want to charge alot..but I don't want to give it away either. I think this is the hardest part of providing a service! I have heard people say 'oh,its just SEWING! how long could it take?' and then ask you do so something that basically needs you to take the garment apart and resew the whole thing. JUST sewing! HARRUMMPH!

Off to the frame and the washing machine! As Mrs Goodneedle says :

Life is GOOD!

Friday, October 22, 2010


Well....DRAT! I have been hard at work on a project I cannot share yet...and YET...I COULD have found other things to take pictures of, IF I had not left my camera at our son's house. We had a huge hail storm about a week and a half ago. His house is ...well OUR house. We just let him live in it...in exchange for some money once a month! They lost 2 windows in the golf ball- baseball sized hail. It was amazing...and I know you would have liked pictures...but well...you know...I left the camera there! Took me almost a week to realize #1. it was not in THIS House. #2. I didn't LOSE it..and #3. WHERE I left it. Then I never went that way to pick it up...OR I was over that way, but I knew the whole house was sleeping. Do you think they would notice if I let myself in, tiptoed across the living room and took back my camera? I didn't want to scare anyone...so there it sits. Anyway, I'm working on something I cannot show you ...so I will post THAT when I can.

How did you like that round about way of me saying I have no pictures to post!? I get wordy like that...ask my friend Julie No Blog. She is the best listener I know. :-D

Oh, and thanks for the nice comments on my last rant. Funny thing..the lady who made the snide comment on my quilt at the shop in front of the owner? I could not make it to quilt guild chapter meeting that night...that was the hail night. I was in line buying plywood to cover the windows. Good thing...I might not have been very....cordial. Hehehehehe...

Off to a soccer tournament this weekend. I may or may not have my camera with me. ....grin.....

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Guess its been awhile since I posted hasn't it? Soccer has been kind of intense this season. Since Sports guy is in high school now, they cannot play on a club team during the high school season. Less games you say? NOOOOO! Same amt of games in aLOT smaller amt of time. That adds up to two games every weekend AND out of town tournaments...AND practice 3 nights a week. (oh..and did I mention he is working out with the high school soccer and baseball teams too?)

Ok, how do YOU deal with clueless tactless people? I tend to be exasperated...and try to be nice, but I'm getting crabbier as I age. I was at a new quilt shop, showing off a couple quilts I wanted to teach. I have met the new owner when she worked at another area shop, so we are not totally new to each other. BUT, I'm still wanting to make a good impression. A lady from my quild chapter, who I know, but am SURE she has NO CLUE what my name is, over heard me tell the owner the pattern name of one of the quilts. (we were moving them off the cutting table and heading for the classroom/office to spread out). 'Oh, I have been having trouble with my 'fillin the blank name of pattern'.' She took ONE look at mine as as she turned around to leave left this parting remark "OH, that is not nearly as cute as the one in the pattern"
...............................................................................................................................................................................(this is me being speechless!) I TOTALLY get that we all have our own sense of what we like...what we don't like...and what we get immersed in what WE think is important, but COME ON! Luckily for me , the sweet shop owner said something like, 'well I think its cute'...and we went on from there...I normally would just wave something like that off. However, this certain lady, has done this numerous times to me... and as I would suspect to others.

Then this morning, I ran into the grocery store for bread. My husband likes cappucinos occasionally, so I thought I would order it, then go get the bread. By the time I paid for the bread, the coffee would be ready to go. BAD IDEA. There was a lady standing by the cash register. She had obviously paid for her drink and instead of moving down to the end, where they put the drinks, she was still by the case register. Fine..no problem. She sees me..and moves down the way. I move up to the register, but not all the way with my tummy on the counter. She is pawing thru a barrel of sale priced coffee mugs...brings 2 to the counter and pushes in front of me. Never asking my permission..she asks the barista 'can I pay for this?' then she goes back and forth asking the barista her opinion on which mug she likes better. After 2 are rung up...she changes her mind...TWICE..and they have to wait for a manager for an override. I walked off...got the bread...waited in a 6 person line...and when I got back, she was JUST leaving Starbucks. I did get my sweet husband his cappucion, but I was MAJORLY irked.

I think the think that gets me the most is that I have been in both of those situations before. I would NEVER push in front of someone. I have found things I wanted at Starbucks, after paying for my coffee..and I get in the BACK of the line..even if the line is just ONE PERSON! And about quilts...I would be mortified if I had worked hard on a quilt only to overhear someone cut it to smithereens at a quilt show. It may not be my color choices...or style..or what EVER, but I still try to find something to praise. You just never know who is near you when you spout your opinion. I try to keep the rest to myself...or take a picture and talk about it with a friend..LATER..in PRIVATE. That thoughtless woman could have cost me the chance to teach at that shop at all.

I think I feel better now. I think maybe the 'Mom's Night Out' with the soccer moms last night helped...a bit of wine..some food...and who knew the coach's wife was such a Kareoke Queen!? She knew all the words to Rappers Delight! Thats alot of words!

Monday, August 30, 2010

late design wall Monday

...well..its late MONDAY..not late as in the wrong day! Its been a busy day..and I tried to cram too much into it.

Nothing up on the wall..

except this finish! It was due at the quilt shop Saturday..but I was not feeling well..so didn't get it quilted until Sunday. And I JUST put the last stitches in the binding. Tomorrow morning...bright and early, I will shuttle it to the quilt shop to live for awhile as a shop sample..and then a class sample! I won't get my wall hanging (same pattern, diff fabric...no slit for the tree...it will just be a circle with an applique over the center...) done till after the class, so I can use it as a teaching aid.

The pictures are not very true...sorry..its after dark, so the room is not lit very well either...here is a section. Ribbon candy in the turquoise, double bubble in the hot pink, holly and berries in the green...swirls in the purple..and dragons breath (its a free hand hooky thing...sorry..ask me another time and I will sketch it out for you...) in the setting triangles. I had fun quilting it...and it was the THIRD project finish of the week! The USC quilt just needs binding..and I quilted a quilt for a friend..(pictures of that tomorrow...)

NOW I'm exhausted..and I'm going to bed! night night. ...if you are a night owl and need some thing to look at, head over to
Judy's to see all the design wall Monday offerings! I will catch up on them tomorrow! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Monday, August 23, 2010

OK OK..I know its Monday...

No design wall to show again this week. BUT...I have been busy on the long arm. See how may footballs I have quilted!? (OK Lori, NO BLABBING...I'm on the home stretch..and if I think Nick knows...it will slow me down! Odd..I know..but true!)
Each block has a large football in the middle..and 8 small ones around the edges..

AND the setting triangles each have a big football. I think I could quilt these in my SLEEP! I'm not EVEN gonna do the math...::shudder::::

as a background fill for the USC letters, I did a crosshatched grid and filled in every other one with a back and forth squiggle (such TECHNICAL terms! heheheheh).

My last bit is a inner tone on tone border. I had PLANNED to put football words..but my sweet...usually uninterested husband got this GLINT in his eye...(not THAT kind!). He suggested BIGGER words...National Champions...Heisman Trophy...HARD words! Words I have to PLAN where they go...:::Sniff:::: OK, so I didnt' spent too much time spinning my mental wheels...I just made a list..and off I went. I melded HIS ideas...and picked 6: One for the top and bottom each, and 2 for each side. Any room left over means I do a football word (tackle, punt, kick, etc) and a football(GASP) inbetween. Top and bottom done last night..today I have to turn the quilt and do those last two sides and call it GOOD! I hope by this time tomorrow to be trimming and applying binding....a girl can HOPE can't she?

I spun my wheels this morning ...I started swimming at LA Fitness last week. I have had the membership since FEBRUARY...ok, don't go there! I dropped the Sports Kid at school..half way to swim: forgot my member pass I have to have scanned...head home. Get the pass...drive to LA Fitness, get out of the car : NO TOWELS. Now I know , I probably can get one to use INSIDE..but..nothing to sit on (DH car has leather seats...don't like to get chlorine on them) BACK in the car...get the towels..BACK to LA Fitness. And so starts week TWO. I do get credit for being stubborn and not quitting. I started wtih 6 laps (two lengths of the pool) and am up to 10 with one length of free style (gasping the 2nd length of the lap on my back!). I am looking for a widget to add to the sidebar to track my distance. At this point, I'm only interested in how FAR I can swim..not how FAST I can get there. That said, I did those laps in about 20 mins or so. I'm pretty happy with that my 2nd week!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out all the design walls over at

Monday, August 16, 2010

Same bat time, same bat design wall

I dont' think a thing has changed on my design wall...ok..well maybe more of the Soda Pop blocks have been moved to the other room..thats IT...well..I have been quilting on the long arm...so ...I have been doing SOMETHING, but nothing I can show. Maybe tomorrow I will get to dive in. I really would like to see the floor in there! I"m waiting for a new power head for my in-wall vaccuum to arrive. I may need to VACCUUM to try it out! (no...REALLY? did she say she WANTED to vaccuum? She really DOES need to sew! Her brain is FRIED! heheheheheh)

head on over to Judy's to see all the pretty design walls!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

not much happening

I promise to post with picture when I have something to show! I MUCH prefer last week, when I felt like I could get it ALL done. This week has been more about spinning wheels and being MAJORLY frustrated. Maybe that will lead way for a breakthru on accomplishing what I want to get done.

Yesterday found me...crying in the afternoon. NO, I was NOT watching soap operas! I quit those 20 yrs ago! I have been FUZTING ( I think that is a word either my mom or I made up..I have never heard anyone ELSE use it!..means fiddling...or puttering) with the channel lock on my Gammill. (for you non-long armers, you can either use the vertical or horizontal channel lock. If you hit the appropriate button, you either get a nice straight vertical or horizontal stitch.) It is a big magnet. Mine would only engage on ONE TINY edge (so I could still SCRAPE along the track...no nice line...) and then when it REALLY engaged...it would not let GO unless I trotted around to the other side of the frame and PULLED it up. This has not really worked since I got the frame about a yr ago. It was not a problem THEN..but the more I quilt, the more I really WOULD like that feature! I like piano key borders..and this makes them nice, neat and extremely easy to quilt right along. ...AFTER I shed tears...I read a post from a quilter who suggested the SPRING screws (NO ONE ever said ANYTHING about those..this WHOLE YEAR). I unscrewed them all the way...and tightened a bit at a time....VOILA! It works...from BOTH side of the frame! Who knew!?

I was also very upset about my new laptop. Its a nice laptop...but I cannot get online with it. My wireless router has a security code on it...I dont' KNOW it and I can't FIND it. All the advise says to log on to it..but my home computer does not USE it..so it does not SEE it, so I cannot log ON to it. (are you getting the drift of this thread?...::::SIGH::::) Today I'm quilting...and maybe..just maybe, if I feel the need to be frustrated,I will try again to locate that security key!

Thanks for stopping (oh, and if you EVER tell ANY man that I figured out my channel lock AFTER I cried...I will...DISOWN you! ROTLF

Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday...1st day of school...and design wall too

so...up until this very day, when my kids went off to school...I did a happy dance. Today, I'm feeling a bit more...ambivalent. My youngest kiddo, walked out the door ( he did come back and give me a hug), marched across the street..and got a ride with the neighbor. His 1st day of high school. My neighbor was able to snap a picture of him...I will see if she will e-mail it to me...

I actually did alot of sewing this week, just not much to show ON the design wall

Here are 4 of the Christmas tree skirt sections sewn together. most of the colors are true..except that PINK. It is showing too...bubble gummy! It is closer to hot pink. There are 10 sections...so I still have a ways to go..but it will not take me too long.

THIS is what sidetracked me! I'm sorting strings, strips, little scraps and pieces that have already been pieced and are ready for more scraps...or SOMETHING. I think there is an orphan quilt..or maybe a kitchen sink quilt. I may need to keep my eye out for fabric with a kitchen sink it it! lolol

Does anyone have any suggestions for organizing ...non quilty supplies? I keep stacking up plastic boxes of ..well..STUFF! plastic tubing...hardware...velcro...you name it! I am thinking I will start a small notebook..and when I find a home for whatever it is, I wil enter it in there. That way, I won't spin my wheels LOOKING for it!

Be sure to march over to Judy's and see what is being worked on! My fav part of Mondays!

Monday, August 02, 2010


I think Design Wall Monday is the best thing that has happened to me all summer! ( and we have had a great summer...not WEATHER wise..just family/vacation wise!) You should have seen me scrurry around last night to get new stuff on the design wall! rotlf! My family didn't know what to think!

I have expanded... I have use of a whole wall in the guest/computer room. That is where the Soda Pop blocks are migrating to. (that is the quilt that was on the design wall last week.) On that wall I can fit the whole quilt...so I'm moving them..and working on color placement. I will update that top next week. I hope to have it together to take to my quilt group this Friday so I can pick out borders.

I added a small space over the door to the closet. It is just attached to the door with command strip hooks and a few pins to pin it to itself. I have the 1st of two flag blocks (my quilt chapter is doing a BOM..and we just started in July!) I have the other flag started. The strip blocks are an ongoing project I started with a friend. We will both do these blocks and share to make scrappy quilts for Quilts for Kids or other causes requesting quilts. Covers two ends: use up scraps and make charity quilts.

This is Design Wall central (by my sewing machine!) I am making two of the same pattern at once. The one on the left is going to be a wall hanging for over my cutting table and the one on the right I want to teach as a Christmas Tree skirt. It is from the book French Braid Obsession by Jane Hardy Miller. I fell in LOVE with one color way (MY wallhanging), but didn't want it for a tree skirt. The colors in this are on the dark side. The true colors show up a bit better in the close up pictures

Here is a close up of one of the fussy cut triangles on the base. The one I fell in love with had a Laurel Burch fabric there. Of course by the time I saw it, it was long gone from the stores. I found this Folklorico fabric at
Strawberry Patches in Bakersfield CA last fall. I kinda fussy cut it...but not TOO fussy!

This is closer on the tree skirt. The base triangles are black with bright Christmas stockings....actually I think THAT Is a Laurel Burch fabric! lol I didn't notice that till right now...

Don't forget to pop over to judy's and see what all the busy quilters are up to this week!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

close up

This is for Mary, who asked how big this ruler holder is. I tried to get picture of it last night...but it was the middle of the night (like 3:30am!). I was up with my nervous nelly dogs in a thunderstorm (that NEVER got too close...just close enought for them to HEAR it...so up I got....). The light was bad...so I took them this morning.

Its 6 inches tall...7 inches wide..and has 8 slots

The slots are slanted...so its made for the wall. Up it will go...as soon as my wall hanging is hung!

PS Mary...I was looking at your blog...and Maggie (the infectiously happy and brightly decked out maggie?) She is my friend! I met her thru an online friend when she moved to my state. Small world! But how could you miss Maggie!too funny!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

a day in the sewing room

well..the good news is we got home from Pinetop around 6 yesterday. The bad news is that the reason we could come home is that the All Star team lost twice in 2 days. They took 3rd, which is good, but they were disappointed. They just didnt play like they wanted it the last game...they stopped running halfway to the base...dropped balls..and played like they wanted to go home. So we did. It was nice to be home, even if I had only been gone 2 days.

here is what I was working on it the sewing room today:

Its called a Fat Sack and I found the free pattern on
Terry Atkinson's blog.

I really like how you make this pleat..that is what gives it a squared bottom. Reminds me alot of the Lands End or LLBean canvas bags. I used denim for my bag bottom. I think I will like it more when I find something to use as the bottom INSIDE. I cannot even find a SCRAP of foam core in this house. I think the men used it all up when Sports guy had to do a marble maze for science. I made the mistake of lending them a rotary cutter...and found cuts in the cover of my homemade big board. GRRRR...I should know better than to lend my tools!

I DID find a very nice quilt shop in Pinetop. I snuck over there when the boys left for the field. They had to be there by 8:30, but the game didn't start till 10. PLENTY of time to peruse the aisles!

I picked up a few patriotic pieces. A good friend of my husband will be retiring from the AF Reserves in the next yr. DH is 'directing' what he wants to see in this quilt. He tried to wrangle a QOV out of me, but I was quilting it for someone else! There is also a cute heavy equipment panel perfect for a little boy (who I don't know yet...but SOME little boy!) with two coordinating fabrics (one has big tires...red, and the other one traffic cones...blue)

and this ruler holder. I dont' have it on the wall yet, but I will. I'm waiting till I have my wall hanging up before I add things around it. It will be nice to have most of those little rulers off the work area. I was tickled to find this..and a small one too. Next up: faux piping binding.

Monday, July 26, 2010

design wall Monday

I was kinda embarrassed last week...as my design wall had not changed ONE BIT. I think I like this..spurs me on to keep things moving. Alas, I may be away from my sewing machine ALL WEEK. I think I will be depressed! Knitting and cross stitch will have to suffice. Here is my design wall today

This is on top..I'm trying to figure out what to quilt on this. I hope by this morning to have it on the frame. This is the top that matches the backing I was working on a couple of posts ago.

And this tucked underneath. I'm afraid I will need to move this to a different room. I have a wall in our guest room where I can get the whole quilt on the wall. I'm missing about 3 rows on the bottom. I used a Bali pop (think batik jelly roll), but when I opened it, there were not enough solids for my taste. Some are really pretty..but BUSY. This may grown on me once I get a border on it. This is for our daughter..she asked for 'beachy'. Not sure this is what she had in mind!

I DO like the pattern alot...I'm thinking Bento Box meets 4 patch.

Be sure to zip over to Judy's blog to see what everyone else is working on this week!

Molten brownies in a mug

now...I'm sure by now, you have seen this. As a matter of fact,I got this over on Terry Atkinson's blog. She had a cute bag to go with last Fall. I made some up for teacher presents to go with a gift card of some type. I needed this in a hurry today and could not find it...so as long as I'm going to type up the whole recipe for myself, I thought I would share it with you! (and if you like it, be sure to visit Terry and tell her I sent you!...)

Molten Chocolate (aka in our house : Brownies in a Mug..QUICK..we need brownies QUICK!)

In a coffee mug put:

2 TBSP margarine or butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Microwave for one minute and then

stir till smooth.

stir in a beaten egg


1/4 cup of sugar

2 TBSP cocoa

2 TBSP flour

stir till smooth

microwave for 1 minute. It will look wet on top, but the inside will be cooked JUST enough. Try it once...you will see!

This is only HALF! Its a great dessert for sharing!

What prompted this recipe now? One of our neighbors is a Fire Captain...and is a GREAT cook! He called me from the station...seems the firefighters 'needed a brownie QUICK...we NEED brownies!' I could not find the recipe in my files...so off to the computer I went, not remembering just WHERE I had found them...

LOOK at the mess I made! Most of this is recipes! I think I need a new system!

Here is the recipe for copying and pasting to print. I will see if I can figure out how to do a pdf file tomorrow and edit that in. Enjoy! (hey! Do I see CHOCOLATE on your face ALREADY! See!? I told you it was quick!)

Molten Chocolate Brownies in a Mug
from Terri Atkinson's blog

¼ cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 beaten egg
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp flour

Put butter and chocolate chips in a coffee mug. Microwave for 1 minute or until melted.
Stir till smooth. Stir in a beaten egg with a fork. Add sugar, cocoa, and flour. Stir till mixed.
Microwave for 1 minute. (It will look 'wet' on the top. This is what is SHOULD look like)