Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's Curtains

Last year at this time we came home from Portland to find that the kitchen cabinets that we had ordered and were to be done toward the end of May were done and the craftsman was ready to put them in. We had not even torn out the old. I figured we had at least two weeks from when we got home to get that done. Would have been nice to have taken them out before we left and have come home to it all done. Oh well. You roll with the punches.

So me and my boys went to work ripping out cabinets. I was so thankful for sons that were strong, willing to help, and had great tools for the job. My oldest has worked in construction the last two summers. The boys did a great job. There was only one major hole in the wall were a screw was stripped so A just grabbed the cabinet and yanked, twisted and pulled until he got it down. We patched it, didn't even have to do a good job since cabinets were going over it. Here is a picture of one of the cabinets we took out.We wanted tile in the kitchen and I also wanted it in the living room and down the hall. I had a strip of tile right in front of the door but my boys and their friend would notice they were tracking in dirt on the tile and promptly step on the carpet. My carpet was terrible right at the edge of the tile. So since we were doing the kitchen the living room and hall got done to. Anyone that has done a remodel knows how quickly the domino effect can take place. We had some men come and lay tile. Being a quilter I knew how much I liked things on point and it eliminated the problem of how to get things to lay and look right down the hall and in the opening to the kitchen. But I didn't want to do that with no tile experience. That and my knee does not like me to kneel on it. So a week later we were ready for the cabinets in the kitchen. Didn't they turn out nice?Another domino that feel was the fact that I got rid of the ugly blinds that were probably original to my 1970's house. I've been meaning to get to them for about a year now. Well the stars aligned. Jo Ann's had the fabric and hardware on sale for 50% off. So while I sewed A got out his handy tools and hung the hardware for me. And wa-la we are no longer living like goldfish in a bowl. We have curtains.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bursting at the Seams

Life has been a little busy around here. It's spring and time to get bustling. Each day seems to be jammed packed with things to do.
The snow finally decided to stop snowing and the sun came out. It's already April and near the end of it at that. My little garden had not been planted. Although to early for peppers, tomatoes and squash. It was way past time to get my cool weather crop in. I love broccoli! It is one of my all time favorite veggies. I needed to get it growing so I could enjoy it fresh. Nothing better than fresh veggies from the garden. I also planted lettuce, beets and a cabbage DD brought home from school. It was also time to teach another artist at DD school this time we did Rosa Bonheur. The children got to choose whether they wanted to make a dog or a cat. I taught them a simple way to draw each one. We practiced ways of making fur; short and bristly or long and soft, all one color or with spots. DD chose a dog. Hers is below. She was afraid she could not replicate the dog she drew on her practice paper so she cut it out and mounted it on her paper. It's our Bell, that passed away this past winter.

I was given some fabric in March to make a charity quilt for May. I needed to get going on that so this is what I came up with. I wanted to try some wonky log cabins. It was a fun experiment.
Also in my quilt guild on our birthday we are to make a charity quilt. My b-day is fast approaching. So I grabbed my Friday Block Party blocks. Added borders to the ones that were not 12". Stuck some sashing in between and here is the result. Now I need to get these two quilts quilted and bond.
Also this weekend my neighbor's sisters and friends came down from Idaho and Wyoming. They are all avid quilters. I remember when we first moved her and Pauline brought dinner to my family she had quilters pins in her shirt. I asked her if she quilted. Yes was her response, how did I know. I pointed out the quilter's pins. Needless to say we were fast friends. Well I was working on a new design and took a block over to show all these wonderful ladies. They were so excited and wanted to make the quilt. So I rushed to get a top done. (It still needs borders) But they helped me test the part I did get done. Here is a sneak peak of things to come.

Hope all is going well in your part of the world. I will find time soon to catch up on blog reading. Have a great day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pleasing Parcel

I came home after walking DD to her friends so they could go to school together. She was in a cheery mood this morning and we had fun making silly rhymes on the way. "Run in the sun with your hon and son. While you eat a bun. It is fun. Now my story is all done." You get the idea.

I then went to visit a friend. And when I came home there was a parcel in my mailbox. Oh yippee! Fun mail! I ripped it open because that's what you do with fun mail. You have to get to the fun part. You know like eating the center of an Oreo first. Sneaking dessert before dinner. Or sewing when the house is messy. Those simple pleasures that should not be missed.

Look what I found. giggle giggle. Supplies for that sewing in my not so clean house. It's Monday, does anyone else's house look like a whirl wind went through? Belinda from Brown Dirt Cottage sent me these wonderful goodies. Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you! And this cute dish towel that goes perfect in my kitchen.
The colors are exact.
Thank You!
I love it!
And last but not least this great Christmas quilting book. If I get started now I just might have a few thing made from it for Christmas.
I have a feeling this is going to be a terrific day!
Thanks Belinda for your generosity.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

First off thanks to Amy for this brilliant idea!
My all time favorite quilt is my family reunion quilt.
It is my favorite for so many reasons.I love the creativity that went into making it.
I love the way my family likes to look at it and reminisce.

I love the memories it captures.

I love the symbolism of the border with my heritage.

What can I say I love this quilt.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Just a Few Fun Finds

I've been shopping. I feel in love with these fun brights. So I got some yellow, red, orange (Nanette inspired me here.) and of course because DD was with me we had to get pink. Had to get some blues and greens also.
I just love the dots. Don't you?Then some whites with fun color accents.
Sorry this photo is so bad. It's snowy here today and the one I took earlier when it was sunny got deleted. Grrr!
Then I also got this fun needle punch for DD.
She will have fun making this, I'm sure.

Now comes the fun of creating.
I have a few ideas in mind.
I'll keep you posted.
Hee hee!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dixie Quilt Show

I went to the Dixie Guild Quilt Show while I was down visiting my parents. The following are a few of the beautiful quilts that were on display. I love pinwheels so this was a favorite. This one reminded me of Jacquie's color wheel.
This one was vibrant.

These were neat. The one in the center was made of wood and the ones on the sides where quilts. I liked the detail and the way the different colors made each feel different.
I liked the quilting in this simple quilt. Sorry it did not show up better in the picture.
This one won a prize for obvious reasons.

A sweet tumbling block quilt.
Dazzling stars.
DD liked the colors in this one.
I like how the colors play in this one.
Love the scrappiness of this one.
These duck are just fun.
As well as these fish.
I loved these trunks to display quilts in.
I'm hoping my dad can make me one for my b-day next month.
I'm suppose to send him a picture he couldn't see it well enough on my camera.
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm Back and The Winners Are!

We had a lovely time at my parents. We went hiking. The boys went to a car show, fishing and hunting for rocks. While the girls went to an art show and quilt show. My kids had fun polishing rocks with grandpa. We had an Easter egg hunt and went swimming with cousins. I think everyone had a wonderful time.

Well as promised I am giving away the remaining 7 fat quarters plus an extra. I got carried away in my drawing. And didn't realize it until after I had written the post. The winners are.... Peg from Happy in Quilting.

Anna from Rupert Girl

Audrey from Audreypawdrey

Donna from Quilt Pixie

Michaela from Craft Farm

Melanie from Jelly Bean Angel and

Amy from Park City Girl
Congrats Ladies!!!

If you will get me your snail mail addresses and let me know a couple of choices for the fat quarter you would like I'll do my best to get them to you. The yellow with the blue flowers was taken by our lovely Crafty Diane. I really need to get going on dinner and don't have time to find one, take a picture and post it. So the eighth fat quarter will be a surprise.
Have a Great Day!!!! Em

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's Finished!

I did it! I finished this in time to go see my parents. I can't believe it's done. It took me about two weeks. Sorry you can't see borders very well in this photo. I didn't have anyone to hold it up for me. So I laid it on my bed. I am really happy with how it turned out. I'll be gone for a few days visiting my parents and don't know if I'll have much time for the computer. So have a Happy Easter!

Over the Rainbow

I took the rainbow test. I'm not much of a rainbow.
Your rainbow is shaded green.


What is says about you: You are an intelligent person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Don't know how intellegent I am either. I know I go with my mood. And that does change a lot; music, furniture (hubby says he never knows what he might come home to, hope he's just talking about how the house is arranged and not my disposition.), color choices in quilts, how I spend my day. They all change with my mood.

So there you have it. What does your rainbow say about you.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Weekend of Weakness Fat Quarter Monday

I ate horrible this weekend. I let myself get too hungry Friday. So when I came from doing Jr. high carpool and found a plate of brownies on my doorstep. Let's just say all will power was gone and I downed half the plate. Must say they were very good. On Saturday I was hungry at the grocery store so I just had to buy me a nut roll. (My favorite candy bar.) Sunday I ate 5 mini candy bars while watching conference with my family and a bowl full of rice pudding while we played Clue in the evening. Yes I was very naughty this weekend.

But the miracle is that I have not gained any weight. Makes me wonder what I would have lost if I had not been so naughty. Shame, shame on me.

I am still going to award a fat quarter this week. You should not have to pay for my naughtiness. Besides this little game has gone on long enough. The lucky winner is Diane of Crafty Diane. Diane let me know your sail mail address and which fat quarter you would like. Next week I will give away the remaining seven. So leave a comment here to earn a chance. Since there are seven left your chances should be pretty good.

Just to let you know I am not giving up on the weight loss. (I ran an extra mile on the elliptical this morning as penance for my sins.) Plan on doing that every morning until I head down to see my mom and dad. I just won't be boring you with up dates each week. Perhaps I'll have another give away when I reach my goal. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Evolution Continued

Here is what all those pieces, cute blocks, half square triangles and flying geese have become. Yes it is my Harvest Sky pattern. I have sewn borders on but didn't get a picture taken of that. I am in the process of pinning it to quilt. I need to have it done by Wed to take down South when I visit my parents. Wish me luck. I'm going to need a lot of it to accomplish that lofty goal.
The pattern is available on my website. For the next month all orders will include a free pattern. Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Remember these fabrics?Well they are evolving
I have cut them up in varying sizes.
And added some creamSewed them into cute little blocksMade some half square triangles.And flying geese.
Hopefully one day real soon they will evolve again.
They have great potential.