Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Now for the triumph. The borders are on my Happy Trails quilt. Sorry this is not a good picture. I forgot to have my hubby or sons hold it up before they left so I could take the photo. My DD's arms are not quite long enough to hold both corners. I had to have her stand on the couch and lift her arms up to get what we got. Thanks for all that helped with the border selection. I am thrilled with it. My friend and neighbor says I should name it Hippie Trails. She thinks it's a great hippie quilt. She wants to make one for her daughter. I'll buy a back for it this weekend at the LQS. They have a sale every fifth Saturday. I buy all my backs then. I am hoping to finish blanket stitching around the last three letters on the family reunion quilt today. Then I will have met my goal for this week. So I can meet my goal for Flinn's Challengehttp://finnleah.blogspot.com/ Onward and Upward. Have a great day!!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I also have to make bread today. The six loaves I made Saturday are gone and I still have lunches to make tomarrow. Also I had a new neighbor move in and nothing says welcome like a warm loaf of bread.
I am also making cookies. My kids think they are starving when they come home from school and the cookie jar is empty. The rice crispy treats I made yesterday are all gone. I'm making a double batch of cookies. Hopefully they will last a little longer. Wishfull thinking? Probably.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I really like this quilt even though it is my worst. I saw a picture of it in a magazine and wanted to make it. It is the first quilt I drew up and made without a pattern. My points don't all match up and it doesn't lay quite right. But I was able to make it myself. I love the illusion of the wavy lines. When I help with the geometry unit at my children's school I always bring this quilt. The children have to bring their rulers to check the lines. They never believe there are no curvy lines in it.
I believe this is my best. I was trying to use up scraps. I made a color wash and then reversed appliqued over it to make the center medalion. And although it used a ton of scraps it didn't seem to make a dent in my scrap bag. I think my scraps have wild parties when I'm not around. They seem to multipy like bunnies.
There you have it my first, worst, and best quilts. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Quilting!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sorry no pictures today. I am experiencing technical difficulties. When the computer savy troops get home I am hopeful we can solve the problem. Then I will also show pictures of my first, worst and best quilts. As was suggested at http://tlcstitches.blogspot.com/
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This is a charity quilt Marlene made.
She also made this.
And this. They are for her grandaughters.
As is this one.
And this one. Denise is a speedy sewer. She always has several tops she brings to show and tell each month.
This is Karen's quilt for her son.
This lady was new to our guild. So sorry I can't remember her name. I look forward to getting to know her.
And look at the wonderful birthday gift the guild gave me. The best sushi I ever had. They're little rolls of fabric. Clever!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This quilt is made up of 4" blocks. You should see the detail. I don't think this picture does it justice. The pieces in the snails trail and log cabin blocks are ity bity. My friend Sue did this. Isn't she amazing. She also made this sweet little thing. It is made from the little half square triangles you cut off when you sew on the line and then trim the leftovers off.
She made this one also. The quilting on this is great. It was done by our friend, The Lovely Joan. On the outside border she quilted fireworks. The flags have rippling lines through the strips. Joan does great work.This one also by Sue took best of show at the Weber County Fair. Way to go Sue!
Look at the fun table runner Laretta made for her neighbor, the farmer. Some bunny is going to be happy.This fun fall quilt was made by Susan. She is a dear friend. I sit by her at guild meeting. I am hoping that some of her outgoing personality will rub off on me. She hopes some of my quiet reserve rubs off on her. So far I don't know if it is working.Susan also made this. It is hand quilted. She is donating it to a local senior center to help raise money. Susan is so very, very generous.
I'll show more of my talented friends work tomarrow. Have a great day! Em
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Can you believe they built this. One neighbor said 'They probably figured it was easier to ask for forgiveness than permission saw their oppurtunity and went for it.' Another said 'Well there are lots worse things they could have been doing while you and your husband were gone.'
Anyway this morning I can't find the camera. And since this son is gone right now, pictures will have to wait.
I spent most of my sewing time yesterday ripping out seams. I was working on my newest project. The one I showed in Planned or Not. I would get things put together, not like the way the colors were working and rip it out. I know I should have layed it out on the design wall before sewing but I often lose pieces if I don't have them in blocks before I lay them out. Then when I finally got the color sceem right. I noticed that some of the blocks were wrong. See in trying not to reverse sew I thought I could just flip the block to change the order of the colors. Wrong, although the different colors continued their flow the background went veritcal instead of horizontal. Of course I only noticed this after I had sewed a row together. So more reverse sewing. But all is well now. The blocks are fixed and half of the rows are sewn together. And when we find the elusive camera I will show you.
Have a great day! Happy Sewing!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Using a needle punch holes in your button. Do not make them to close or they could crack when you sew them on.Turn the button over and go through the holes from the back. This helps ensure your holes don't close up when you bake the bottons.
Bake buttons at 275 degrees for 10-14 minutes. Do not over bake. It changes the color and warps your button. I know this from experience. Allow to cool and they are ready to use.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Well except yesterday, Alex came home from work. He had bought two foam pads and wanted me to make a giant pillowcase for them. He was going camping with his friend and was leaving in 2 hours. He is my leave everything to the last minute kid. He can have C's and D's just weeks before the end of the term. We will remind him he will not be driving unless he has a 3.0 grade average. (The car is the ultimate carrot with a teenage boy.) And by the end of the term he will have a 3.0 or higher.
I had about an hour of quilting left on Josh's quilt. I told him if he would take the bread out of the oven and fix his sister lunch so I could finish the quilt. I would make him his giant pillow case. So the quilt got quilted. The bread baked. The daughter fed. The giant pillow case made. And everyone was happy. Ta Da.
Then as Micheal Phelps was breaking world records I bond the quilt. And at last it is done. Yippee. On to the next project.
Friday, August 15, 2008
This needle work was phenomenal. It truly deserved the ribbon it received. The hours this great lady put in to create this work of art. WOW!
I met up with my hubby and daughter at the hen house. They had been looking at all the different chickens. My daughter's favorites were a beautiful reddish brown rooster with a very colorful tail, and a hen that looked like it had earrings. Then we headed over to have a pony ride. Yee Haw!
Giddy up. After that we gave milking a cow a go. DD got the hang of it after a little instruction and a some practice.
Then we all met at the ice cream stand and had fudge cycles and ice cream sandwiches before heading off to the demolition derby. It was a bang up time. We loved it! But we know next year to go on the first night of the derby since many of the cars couldn't get going on the second night. One to many bangs I guess. All in all a great night!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Their ability to pick up the pieces and make something beautiful spills over into all aspects of their lives. They help victims of natural disasters, wars, and nasty diseases pick up the pieces of their lives and feel of God's love in the many quilts that are donated to these causes. They rally around each other and give support if one of their own is feeling burdened in any way. They share their knowledge, talents, and resources freely. They are truly an amazing group of people.
I often feel inadequate amongst them. But their gentle, loving way draws me to them and inspires me to work harder and be better. So many, many, thanks to all you piece makers may you be blessed again and again for all the pieces you make and then put back together so beautifully.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Bill and Grace loved life. Their family room was filled with a menagerie of wild animals that Bill had got on Safari in Africa. The young boys he had in scouts thought they were pretty cool. Grace asked yesterday if any of us were interested in them, apparently their children don't want them. It takes a certain person I think. Grace was one of the Tap Dancing Grannies. She told me that the years just melt away when she dances.
A few thing my family will miss about Bill and Grace. Finding coins in their sandbox. They loved to hide them for the kids to find while they played there. Grace's candied popcorn every Halloween. Grace's round quilts she made for every baby born in our neighborhood. Bill's whispered comments in church that were loud enough for the whole congregation. And Bill's great wisdom, i.e. (The success to any relationship is to learn these magic words, "Yes, Dear.")
Thank Heaven for great people in our lives. For although we miss them when they are gone our lives are better for having known them.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
So yesterday I watched "Nim's Island" a fun, fun family film, with my kids. Did a little quilting and then My sweet daughter and I went to the fabric store. Here is the cheery and vibrant fabric we got. I already have plans for it. Yipee! I can't wait to sew!