Sunday, July 31, 2011
This is the magazine I got it out of...
Well....my mother has come and gone and so I have a funny story to tell you or maybe you would have to be there?
My mother has health issues...and the running joke between us girls (all four of us) is that nothing is going to happen to our mother...."Not on my watch"..... All I wanted to do was hand her over to the next person while she was in good health.
So....the night before she left she took a shower. I heard a bang in the bathroom....and my heart skipped a beat....I ran up the stairs and asked if she was okay. She said yes.... Sheweeeeeee Well....she comes down stairs and I said...
I am mad at you"...all I want to do is hand you over to your friend Mary tomorrow in one piece, like handing a baton to the next runner. No one wants to get left holding the baton.
My husband drove part way to meet her friend Mary....before we handed her over my husband took a picture of her with her friend. Just to show the sisters that yes we did indeed hand her over, she was standing upright, smiling.....and in one piece.
I am working on things but none of which I can show you...which really stinks because I am excited about all three projects I am working on. So I left you with a picture of a quilt I did in Amerika Samoa....
Have a wonderful Day,
Friday, July 29, 2011
All I can say is THANKYOU!!! BEVERLY!!!!! and if that sounds like a nice thankyou, it is not!!! You have spoiled our mother bad bad bad. She keeps saying "if Beverly were here, she would fix this for me," If Beverly were here......do you know how any times she has said that???????? Okay, so I am not you Beverly..... I keep telling her that I don't want to spoil her fun. (this all being said in fun)
Now that being said, I have ripped out and ironed for her but I am not taking over the project!! No more spoiling Beverly!!! Do you hear me????
While she is working on that with Mr. Pfaff....I made this with Mr. Big Guy....
and this....which is now hanging in my bathroom!
I have made headway with my powersuit challenge...I am excited about that....and started another embroidery project....someone should get strung up by their fingernails for getting me hoooked on this but the problem is I can string up the lot of ya!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I went to my store upstairs and chose these fabrics....
and well....that is as far as I have gotten today...My mother is visiting and I am down to crunch time on a quilt....gotta get it done. Now that I see these fabrics together in a picture, I think I am going to change the red and the plain green.....
This is the quilt....the back....you saw these fabrics before.....no showing the front just yet but I spent a good portion of the day putting this back together and redoing the borders. Talk about messing up a border....oh my gosh (NEW BEGINNER HERE)...
not the sharpest knife in the draw that day but hey...it is all better now.
Winona from Cat Lover and Quilt Maker won the Sun Bonnet Sue Giveway.
Patchworks Jen and Cottonreel are getting a set as well... I know, I said one winner but I just couldn't help myself.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
The arms are a comming!!!
I am returning the Sun Bonnet Sue Die back to my niece tomorrow so I am frantically cutting out scraps.....
I have done up alot but just wanted to offer 12 Sunbonnet Sue's for the asking....no steam a seam on the backs, sorry, don't have much left. I also wanted to mention how fast this went. I have done several Sun Bonnet Sue squares before and it takes forever to cut this all out. I believe that I have gone through my scraps in an hour and have well more than what I need. The Accuquilt Go cutter is fantastic for those items that take a lot of effort and time.....and is easy on the fingers.
as you know you will mix and match the hats to the dresses.
So just leave a comment and I will pick a winner probably Wednesday or Thursday.
If you would like more than 12, just let me know, I certainly have enough.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
There is only one thing left to say
WELCOME HOME BEJEWLED AND MR. BEJEWELED...WELCOME HOME!!!
So before I left, Robin from Robin Quilts, etc sent me this awesome covered notebook...I have never seen this notebook cover before and I just love it. Thanks Robin!!!
When I got back a package from Cyndi of Bluebird's Wing
was waiting for me( I forgot to show the pretty note card)...but look at all of the fun goodies...my husband thought the moda package was candy and grabbed it out of the bag.....I have to laugh now but I was kinda irritated with him when he did it.....gave me great delight to tell him that it was not candy....HA!! You all know where our priorities are....
I got these goodies at the quilt store near my sister's home...can't remember the name. I also purchased a piece of fabric but that is a surprise for someone.
Then I raided my sister's store...she gives a family discount and it is not the five finger kind either but she is very generous. This is Moda's Fandangle....trust me when I tell you that these fabrics are awesome, they are more bright than what you see here or in her shop. I will have to say she has some really good prices and it would be worth your time to go and check out her shop Inchworm fabrics
I also got these from her shop.....and well....I took all of the butterflies and most of the flowers....once again, alot prettier when you see them in person.....I am tooo tired to go and retake these pictures (yes, that is a whine)
A panel my niece Toni wanted....and I believe these panels are six dollars in Inchworm Fabric's shop
Then I had her order me some go dies.......I am dancing as we speak. These are the smaller tumbler and drunkard's path. I want so badly to dip into these dies but I have been gone a week. There are alot of have tos.....I have alot of wanna's and gonna's but those are gonna have to wait until I get the have tos done. One of which is picking my mother up in Delaware......
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Well...I finished this stitchery...(remember I am traveling so it is wrinkled)
I am working on this....
I found the most amazing site, if you want to improve your embroidery skills go here to Helens, I found her through BubzRugz Thanks so much Fiona for this awesome link. I hope some of you go to Hugs from Helen, She is teaching how to do stems right now....can't wait to get home and get going on it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Oh well...back to the wonderful things. I am going to Seattle, Washington (will see my oldest sister....haven't seen her in around 10 year...she is the owner of inchworm fabrics), my son will be home while we are way so I don't mind telling you this...
so............ I did some prep work for these following stitcheries for the trip
First let me give you the link to these awesome freebies, it is at Homeberries
As you can see, I can't find my green papermate flair pen...using a mechanical pencil. There must be a black hole in my room where things hide.
These are just a few of the patterns....I love them all. As you can see, I couldn't wait to set my hands to task......love love love them!!
Next, today I am going to be cutting on these beauties. You ask what am I making?
You will just have to come back and see. I will cut them out today and hopefully, put these together to make your eyes dance with delight on the finished product!
I figure that since I am working on getting my quilt tops finished.....I deserve a new project....you heard me....DESERVE!!!!!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Those who know me know that I am not one for buying wrapping paper, bags, or cards if I can't get them on sale. So.....I am also known for reusing.
I needed something to put a baby gift in (once again the cheapness in me wins out)....I found this old brown bag.....
Got my slice fabrique out with the card for babies...(looks like I need to add to my card stock different colors, but I just made do with what I had).
and well.....instead of glueing the die cuts on the bag, I just glued them on the ribbon. I thought this added a sepcial touch and took away from the old brown bag look.
For the back, I just did simple with a little message on the heart.....go ahead...call me cheap...I have been called worse.
Not much in the creative front, been visiting old friends and having company.....but I did manage to get this little tote done up for another new young woman.
if you want more information about the slice or slice fabrique go here No...this is not a paid advertisment.....just a new toy and I like to share the fun!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
and this quilt....got the backing ready....and was even gonna free motion it....
You heard me Kelly, your ears burning!!! Suckered in...yep.....not a nice word is it???? Well...in this case Kelly has made me think outside the box, out of the norm....she wanted us to join the Power Suit challenge (blogger will not let me link to it.....frustration!!!)
trusty drink, those that know me, know I do not drink, I have to make myself drink....so I keep fluids in this container all day and when I pass by it, I take a sip.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I was so thrilled when she said she was going to send me one....it is just simply gorgeous....I love it Caroll, thanks so much!
When I was at my mother's I saw this fabric, I told my mother that that would go wonderful with my newest design. She said to take some but I didn't want to take her fabric and so...today in the mail my sister sent this. My mother and sister have a joint fabric stash....Thanks Beverly and Faye (mother)....they do the Quilters Corner blog.
I am looking at my post and it seems lifeless, I guess the news of my friend's daughters cancer has my husband and I a little on the "I can't believe this is happening" side of life. I do hope to go and visit my friend this week, maybe while her daughter is in chemo.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I usually sweep my hardwood floors first and then go over them with this swifter.....never ceases to surprise me on the dust I can get on one of these even after sweeping.
So....I always kept telling myself, one day I am going to cut them up and then serge them together. I saw this done on a blog...I am thinking "Happy Cottage Quilter"...not sure so forgive if I am wrong and if it was your blog, I would be happy to mention it.
That was my disclaimer.....so I finally did it, double the towel over, cut in half.....so I have four halves....keep two together and serge.... Easy......
Now...the one question is.
"Why did I wait so long to do this?"....it took a matter of a few minutes. Savcs money too.... More money for material....HA!!!
Have you ever seen such Samoan delights? I carried these fabrics from the kitchen, to the sewing room, to the living room...just so I could see them. Yes, I know, I have a sickness....
Friday, July 8, 2011
You probably can not read what I have on my patterns...so here goes
Here is mine, notice how the end is slightly rounded (only on one end). Her measurements may vary but this is mine.
You will sew down that finger press marking.... you will trim and you will get this for the end of the tie.
Next.....many moons ago in Texas I purchased this little rod for turning handles for bags etc.
I put the rod on the floor, put the fabric over the rod and just shimmy the tie down the rod to the right side...
Here you have it....then I press the ties...
Next I take the knit fabric (I ironed it in half lengthwise).....I put a tie on each end....and I take note on how I have placed the ties so the bottoms are facing the same way.....(the little triangle at the bottom). The knit fabric is inside out....with the ties inside the knit...I sew a seam on each end. I like having two different colored ties.
Next....I take the body of the snood....with it still folded but right sides together....where the ends are rounded.... see above picture...and I make a gather between the dots....hopefully, you can see the dots... After it is gathered, I take a regular stitch 1/2 inches from the top to make the gathers permanent...and I serge the ends. Do this to both fabrics.
Next...I take the head band with the ties - right sides out and ties hanging out.....I find the middle of the band. I take the opposite end of the body I just gathered and I find the middle and match it to the band's middle. Right sides of the band to the right side of the body.
I pin all the way down it. Now I can't believe I don't have a picture of this but....I have about 1/2 inch of the body hanging over the side of the band on each side. I sew this body on. Remember to back stitch.
Then I do the same thing to the other fabric....matching the middles and leaving a little fabric at the end hanging over to match the other side of the fabric that is already sewn on.
I thought you would be able to see the fabric hanging off the side but you can't....
Remember to leave an opening so you can turn the body right side out.
Here is what the end should look like, I do like this much better than having the band longer than the body of the snood.
Next we are going to top stitch all the way around the band and body. Starting at one end..going to the other end....turn the corner...