Thursday, July 12, 2012

summer rains

Used to be in Arizona, that many days from mid July to early September, we got thunderstorms in the evening and nightime. In the recent past, the reason we hear on the news is that we have a 'concrete island'. The moisture hits our city heat and just either goes around us or disapates. I guess the weather didnt' get that memo last night. About the time I was going to get in bed (happens that was ALOT!), I start hearing the rumble. I usually take the dogs out one more time before I climb into bed. When I did, I could smell the moisture and see a few flashes. We went to the bedroom, but were not there very long when Rally (my most nervous of the rainstorms) started to panic. I had already outfitted them with their Thundershirts, but THIS storm was going to pass right over us. Some how that crafty dog KNOWS. He even will look at the flickering TV...and then pad over to the glass block to see if the flashes are OUTSIDE. Its hard to live with a husband who is smarter than you are, a son who is smarter than BOTH of his parents AND a dog that is so intelligent! He can open doors and will come 'get' me when he finds a ball he cannot rescue. I think he is related to:

This dog from the Travelers Insurance commercial. He looks JUST like him (altho at the moment, Rally is sporting some sort of dread lock on his head...cause his mom is too lazy to take him to be groomed. The groomer yells at me....HEY..he is a SCRUFFY dog! )

Anyway, I took them out once more, and THIS time it was VERY dusty (seen those huge dust storms on TV? The ones my mom panics about and calls me on the phone to see if I am ok? Itsn't that sweet? but..ok..its DUST.. off we go to ride out the storm. About 1am, I figure I am safe...I trundle all the dogs back to my bedroom. I can still hear a bit of rumbling, but no dogs try to climb on the bed and into my body. I"m thinking those Thundershirts are doing SOMETHING...

And when I wake up? I see THIS:

and THIS:

Guess we had a bigger storm than I thought!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

its here!

Over at Patchwork Times, Judy L and 3 of her buddies are hosting a Christmas Town BOM . Its part BOM and part quilt along. Each month, each of the 4 designers posts a block. If I keep on track, I could have a Christmas quilt for THIS YEAR! OH MY! Click on the Christmas town link on the side bar, or go to Patchwork Time for info. They just posted the 1st month TODAY, so its plenty of time to join in the fun. ....and  THEY'RE OFF!.....

(ahem....Just so YOU know? I will not be even STASH diving until I get laundry and a quilt worked on ...that is YOURS Judy D in AZ....the quilt I mean! The laundry is mine! lolol)

I will not stash dive till later....I will not stash dive till later...I will not....oh dear...QUICK...get that laundry started!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

OFF the wagon!

I never signed up for any stash control sew alongs...or even keeping track of what I use with Judy L. I DO have plenty of fabric, so I should NOT be purchashing any much, really AT ALL! This week, when I went to Starbucks for my weekly 'meet with my starbucks friends' (its in a Safeway, so I grocery shop if I need to!), my friend Miss M was perusing a quilt magazine or two. She was showing me a cute pattern when we BOTH caught what was on the other page. THIS:

yes, its blueberry muffins in a muffin pan! It was made into placemats...SO CUTE! But, I have a closet confession ::: I have a blueberry UFO:::: Yes! Its TRUE! I started collecting blueberry fabric many years ago. It has a specific plan...and at the time there were NOT many blueberry SOME of them are a stretch. Want a peek?

This is from a very old pattern called Postcard. Well,, because people used  postcards for the template!I took this class from Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie fame at a local quilt shop before she started publishing patterns. She called the class "stacked bricks".

This was the 1st fab that actually LOOKED like blueberries. I was so excited!

Even blue polka dots became blueberries in my eyes! You can see my favorite one in the upper left. You can also notice that after I RAN OUT, I had to find a suitable another dot was inserted. See if you can find that strip in the big its hard!

my only criteria was that it has to have blueberries IN the fab someplace. This one has raspberries and black berries too!

this one has cherries...some yellow berry..and the top black fab? (the BLURRY ONE? lol) has corn bread, apple pie AND blueberry muffins!

I FINALLY got the whole thing pieced. I had worked on it at my parents house last summer. I schlepped my Featherweight on the plane and got quite a bit done. design wall, and I had to put it away everytime my mom wanted to eat on the 'good' dining room table. When I got home, I misplaced a section. FINALLY found it pieced...and then could not find:

the designated BACKING! I must have found this on sale...and there is alot. But there is always a catch isn't there? There is a flaw in  the printing...and when I measured..there is plenty width wise. Length wise? I am still working under the 44'-45' wide fabric from youth! this is only FOURTY wide. I need at least 90 inches long. When I found the muffin pan fab: PROBLEM SOLVED...
well..PART of the problem!

By the time I was done looking at fabric online, not only had I ordered the muffin fab, I had ordered this:

and this panel.
 And YET I was not finished! On the way  home from my Monday sewing class, I stopped by SAS. This wonderful place has buttons, ribbon, PILES of fabric, thread, and  any doodah they can find that someplace was not selling so they buy it cheap. They put it in a container and the customers just LOVE to paw thru..and poke around the fabric stacks to see what 'treasures' they can find.

THESE are mine! Oh and 4 zippers and a yummy piece of tan minkee.
(the bike fab is a home dec fab. I washed it already and I think I'm going to make grocery bags out of it. Its nice and sturdy. Since I have washed it already, I can wash the bags when they!)

OK...I'm done now. I'm SO VERY done! I'm off to the quilt frame.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th! We got RAIN in Phoenix! And lucky me...once again I have a HOUSE full of teens. maybe the sun will come out so they can swim in the humidity.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012



I decided on a rainbow palette. Center dark blue, next round


I am having fun digging around my scraps for leftover bits of favorite fabrics!
The center is a leftover from my blueberry steps. Just finished the top, will post a picture soon.
I am playing catch up with some quilting, so TRYING not to get sidetracked too badly
with these tempting little blocks. I think I will prep a few applique blocks for an upcoming
trip to Southern California for our niece's wedding.
We will have all the cousins there, even Pilot Girl. She will be in LasVegas for an exercise
and they gave her the day off to fly over for the day.
South Dakota to Arizona is not insurmountable, we just don't get to see her as often as we would like!

Monday, July 02, 2012

off the frame today

I am hoping to quilt alot this week..and then I realized there is July 4th on Wednesday, my Summer Sewing group at my house on Thursday, and Lunch Bunch at Quiltz (my fav shop in the Valley of the Sun!) on Friday! I better be ready to quilt ALL WEEKEND! Here are a couple of pictures of the quilt that I took off the frame this morning...I think I still 'quilt' bees in my sleep...heheheheheh3

I think I will load the next one now, so I can quilt when I have a bit of time. Not sure I will go anywhere on the 4th. The dogs panic SO badly, they will have on their Thundershirts on (google it! They really work!) and its SO hot out there, I would rather cocoon in the sewing room!
Thanks for visiting my blog....BEE seeing you!
(so sorry, I could NOT pass up a good pun!)



#1 and smack dab in the center

Can you guess what I have started? Its a LONG process!

I pieced the center as a 9 patch and appliqued it and the little side 'legs'

It looked easier that way to me than trying to piece the curve.