Friday, January 29, 2010

More From My Talented Friends

I had my first guild meeting with me as president. And thanks to my wonderful board things went smoothly. They do their part and more and it makes my job so easy. Thank you ladies! Now a little show and tell. These frosty fellows stole my heart the moment I saw them. LaRae did a beautiful job. Sue's bag is fabulous. You can fit anything in it and I love her handle. Lots of fun beads going on there.
Her snowman quilt is adorable. She pieced all those little squares together. Isn't she amazing!

Doesn't this happy quilt just make you smile. I apologize for not remembering who made it.

Vivian made this fun wintertime quilt. I love all the fun blocks.
Thanks to Denise, Karen went outside her comfort zone and took a class to make this beauty. Didn't she do a beautiful job.
Once again I need to apologize I don't remember the creator of these turtles but I just had to share it.
Denise got the ott light last month. Which means she ought to finish something. Look at all she accomplished. I love the whimsical flowers on this one.

Her witchy table runner is going to be perfect for Halloween.
And she is ready for Christmas next year with this cute wall hanging.

Looking forward to seeing what the ott light produces next month.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spike- Fearless Attacker of Garbage Trucks

Don't let his looks fool you. He is quite the attack dog. At least when it comes to garbage trucks, and that made for a very exciting morning this morning. Just as it was time to leave for school, DD heard the garbage truck and noticed that the boys had forgotten to take the garbage out. I rushed out to make sure we were not left with a stinky can full of the weeks yuck. I got it out to the curb just as the garbage truck was finishing next door. DD opened the door to leave for school and out ran Spike determined to defend me from this garbage eating creature. I don't know what this seven pound dog thought he could do against this monstrous being but he was fearless. And no amount of persuasion from me was going to draw him away from this intruder. He was determined to defend his family and their garbage. Fortunately the driver just stayed put and enjoyed the show. I'm sure it was the highlight of his morning, as I chased my ferocious dog. Fortunately a neighbor drove by and stopped as soon as she opened her car door Spikes love of a ride in the car overtook his desire to defend me from the garbage truck and he jumped in her car. I will be forever grateful to her. Not only did she save Spike she saved me from further embarrassment. I think one of the hearts I made in the previous post has found a home.
I brought Spike in to find DD crying, afraid she had just about killed her beloved dog. She had watched the whole seen afraid Spike was going to be crushed by the garbage eater at any moment and sure it was all her fault. My poor tenderhearted daughter needed some extra love. Needless to say we were late for school this morning.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Muse/Heart Attack

It's been a while since I've done a Monday Muse and thought it would be fun to do again. DD said it was time to get out the Valentine decorations. I thought that I had given away all the hearts I had made from Jacquies tutorial last year. So I pulled it up to make some more. I love making these hearts. They are addicting. I made three of these to give to friends.


I made this to hang on my wall.And these three that I haven't decided what to do with. Then while getting a quilt out of one of my old trunks I found this one I made last year.


I told you they were addictive.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Woven

My children have a wonderful piano teacher. I am so thankful for her and the way she shares her talent with them as she helps them to develop their own talent. Just before Christmas she asked if I would be willing to trade piano lessons for a quilt. I'll admit I was a little hesitant. I've never made a quilt for someone for money. And although technically this would not be for money how do I decide what is fair for both of us. But once we got talking I felt better about it. And truth be told I don't mind just making a quilt for her.
Our lives are woven together on so many levels. Not only is she my children's piano teacher. Her hubby was my N's scout leader. Her daughter is my dear friend. Her son in law is my J's young men leader at church. And I teach her grandchildren in primary. And life would not be complete if we were unable to wave to her father in law as he rides his horse through our neighborhood. So I thought it was so appropriate that after she chose a sampler for the quilt style that the fabric she chose was woven homespuns.
So I've pulled out my homespuns and she brought up some she had. Then I set to putting our fabrics together to make these blocks. I'm loving how this is coming together. The symbolism of it all. The sharing of our talents to help each other.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shimdizzle

Friday my son, N decided he wanted to redo his room. At about three in the afternoon he informed me that he needed lime green paint to do this. I had not been feeling well and told him we would do it on Monday. Not exactly what he wanted to hear. He was pumped and wanted to make his changes NOW. Fortunately for me I had primer and I knew he would have to primer over all the skate logos he had painted on his wall. So I got him the primer and set him to work. Monday we bought paint and here is the result. I am told by N and his friends this is the Shimdizzle. I said I'm sure we will see it on the next cover of Better Homes and Gardens. Anyone wanting to recreate this shimdizzle needs only acquire furniture at the local thrift store. (Cover all holes in the upholstery with scraps from your mom's scrap bag), a gallon of lime green paint, a quart of black, and your favorite skate magazine. Now that is design on a dime.

While N was creating the shimdizzle DD and I repainted her dresser. Gotta love the differences in my children.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Peek & A Finish

Here is a little sneak peek of what I have been working on. I'm really excited for this. Fishies and jumbo ric rac, how fun is that?
I have finished my first PhD project and DD has put it to good use. My trip around the world doll quilt is finished. Although I was not thrilled with how this turned out. I wish I had paid more attention to value. DD doesn't mind at all. She is thrilled with this doll quilt. And I must admit that her baby looks nice and snug in it.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Strip and Stress Bustin'

Our upstairs shower stopped working. You could turn on the water full blast and be lucky if you got wet. There was no pressure. So I had no alternative than to call a plumber. Fortunately my friend's hubby is one and he could make it on short notice. While he banged on the pipes I pulled out a couple of my drawers of strips. I have joined Stephanie's No Strings Attached Challenge and found this the perfect time to begin. The mindless sewing relaxed me even as the hours passed and the banging pipes and clanking of tools continued. Finally several hours later my shower worked and I had completed all these fun strip blocks. Before I started on these blocks I could barely close my 2 1/2" strip drawer. But I am working my way through it. By the time this challenge is done It should close very easily and I should have some lovely strip quilts.
Just in time to relieve a little more stress I also received these pretties in the mail. I'm looking forward to using them. I have no plans but I'm sure as they sing, their song will speak to me and I will think of something.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

PhD Challenge

I have joined Myra's PhD challenge (Project half done). I'm hoping it will be the motivation I need to finish a few things. Like my project improve. I made the blocks and pieced them together lickity split. I started losing steam with the vine and about the time I was halfway through putting on the yo yos it was all gone. But I hoping to get back on track. I'm also hoping that it's the push I need to get a border on this fun little thing and get it quilted so some little girl can enjoy it.
Next there is this scrappy number that just needs a border Shari has convinced me that I should add a pieced border. For a while that was a roadblock but I have come up with a solution and hope to be getting it done soon.
This was an experiment that although I'm not to pleased with DD loves. Just need to sandwich quilt and bind it so she can wrap her baby doll in it.
These scrappy blocks will be come a wonderful star quilt when I finally get around to putting the points on them.

And finally these fun blocks from Nanette's Christmas cottage exchange. I sure would be fun to have a new Christmas quilt next Christmas.

I you would like to join in Myra's PhD challenge click the button on my side bar and sign up. I promise to cheer you on. Let's make 2010 a great year for finishes!

Friday, January 8, 2010

To the Nines

I have been seeing lots of little tuffets out their in blogland. They are so cute that I just feel in love and knew I had to make some. Yesterday I held a luncheon for the wonderful ladies that will be helping me next year in my guild. I thought these would make lovely gifts. I was short on time so I pulled out my drawer of 1 1/2" squares and made a bunch of nine patches. Then I pulled out my drawer of 3 1/2" squares. Oh it was so nice not to have to cut anything out. I put these right sides together and stitched around leaving a little opening to turn them and fill them. I stole one of my hubbies funnels he had in the garage and used it to fill them with crushed walnut shells. Then hand stitched up the opening. Isn't this just the cutest mini pincushion?
They looked so cute in my basket that after I had given my first batch away to my board members. I had to make a bunch just for decoration.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cancer is Sew Done

Because of my blood disorder I have spent time in a chemo lab. Not the greatest place to spend a day but you do meet the neatest people. People with hope and determination. Courageous people who inspire me to live a better life. So when I saw the Cancer is Sew Done group I knew I needed to join. Here are two blocks I have finished for this wonderful cause.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

A Little Show and Tell And Swap

I just wanted to share a few more lovely quilts from my guild Christmas party. This lovely quilt was made by Marleen.
And this fun quilt by my dear friend Suzy.Who also made this disappearing nine patch.And this gorgeous scrappy quilt.Then her and Sue made these quilt together. They made blocks while Sue was on a job out of state. So each month they made two of the same block; one they kept and the other they sent off. They choose their favorite colors for the blocks. Sue's favorite color is green and Suzy's is purple. Then they got together to put them together. I thought this sounded like so much fun. So I would like to try it. Do I have any takers? Anyone interested let me know. I'll match us up. I have a little girl who signs her little notes with BFF. So I thought it would be fun to call it BFF exchange. (Blocks For Fun)and hopefully you'll end up with a new BFF (Best Friend Forever) Leave a comment with your favorite color and make sure I have a way to get in touch with you. Let the fun and friendship begin. :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

My Thieving Days are Over

First off I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May it hold joy for you and those you love.
Now on to my reformation. As mentioned in this post I steal covers. But I have given up my evil ways, or at least this one. I finished this quilt for my hubby for Christmas and he has been toasty ever since. It is big enough that even if I slip and steal a little there is still enough to cover him and keep him warm.
On Christmas Eve I started and finished this little doll quilt for the doll bed Santa brought to DD. I know that is totally insane. Usually I am done getting presents and ready just to enjoy the season by Thanksgiving. This year I procrastinated. Never again. To often I felt like 'Where am I going and why and am I in this hand basket.' Crazy, crazy, crazy. I have learned my lesson.
I'm glad I made it though. It goes with the chair I redid for her room. You can see it here. She was more than pleased.Posted by Picasa