Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sew and Tell

I have a little sew and tell, a little late I know. But a finish none the less. It's over cast today so the picture is a little dark. But I love the backdrop. This is not my beautiful garden, but my sweet neighbors, and lucky me, it's the view I enjoy from my kitchen window.

I'll be adding this to my the five charity quilts I pledged to make before my birthday for Trisha's Charity quilts for my Birthday Challenge. Two down three to go.

Wishing the best of weekends! When you a minute hop on over to Amy's to see what other fun sew and tell was created this weekend.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scrappy Happy Summer- Winding Down

Well the summer is winding down. Next week will be the last week to link up for the Scrap Happy Summer Challenge. So all of you that have participated make sure to link up with what you were able to accomplish so we can see, and because I have prizes.
I have only got an hour of sewing in this week. I'm still figuring out how to juggle all I need to do with school thrown in the mix. But I must say I'm enjoying school far more than I thought I would. I'm meeting wonderful people and I'm excited about what I am learning. That and I aced my first test. That was a shocker and a very pleasant one at that.

For those of you that have had more than an hour to devote to your scraps link up and show us what you have done. Remember to link back so others can join in the fun. I promise to get around to visiting although it might not be until the weekend.

Monday, August 23, 2010


I'm heading back to school today wish me luck. Before I go I just wanted to let you know about a great givaway. The wonderful and talented Jackie ,that I featured last week for her wonderful fabric, is having a generous give away. She is giving away a GO Cutter. Is that cool or what? I've been ogling these for sometime now. I know I will eventually get one but must admit I'm hoping to win one. It wouldn't be very nice of me if I didn't let you know about it even if it lessens my chance at winning. So head over to Jackie's for a go at this cool gadget.

No sewing pictures today other than the Go because I spent the weekend taking care of the bounty my garden is producing. And since you probably have a counter full of veggies yourself you don't need to see mine. Suffice it to say I've dried pears and apricots. Made apricot jam and nectar. And I have a bucket full of pepper and I'm just waiting to get enough tomatoes to make salsa. May your garden be bounteous but not overwhelming. Have a great day!

Friday, August 20, 2010


I've finished me Be Smart wall hanging just in time for school. I received inspiration from Joanna and her little Be Kind wall hanging. She is making a collage of mini quilts down her hall. It is very neat and inspiring.
I'll be hanging this at the top of my stair to inspire my children to do well this school year. I might even make a few as teacher gifts. It was so fun and easy to make. I'll be linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell once again. Go check out what other wonderful things have been created this week. Who knows maybe you'll be inspired to make something new.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scrap Happy Summer- Stars

Although the title says these are scrap happy summer stars they remind me of fall. Which believe it or not is just around the bend. I find these colors are my comfort colors, kind of like comfort food. What I turn to when I want a little down time, some sit back and veg time, or quiet one on one with a friend time colors. Where the bright happy colors that I so often use are my I want to play, get up and dance, let's have a party colors. Do you know what I mean?These little stars have been in the works for some time now, at least five years I'd say.
I had several of the centers made and had put it on my Finish Means Freedom list that my guild does every year. So yesterday I cut out the points and background and started sewing. I needed a little time to relax. I finished registering for school yesterday and will start Monday with my kids. I'm a bit nervous about how I will juggle everything but I'm excited too.

So while the machined hummed it's relaxing song I made all these scrap happy stars in my comfort colors.

What scrap happy goodness did you come up with this week? Link up so we can see. Remember to link back here so those that find you first and come back and see what everyone else has done.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Do you have a favorite place you like to shop one line? One you know has beautiful fabric at great prices? Where the service is friendly and delivery is fast? I do and I'd like to share it with you. Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works has a great selection of fabric. I headed there when I needed fabric for the modern siggy swap.

Again when I need a few more 30's fabrics for my Snips and Snails meets Sugar and Spice quilt.
Here blog is a great place to receive inspiration. The colors in this quilt has inspired me and I've been collecting fabrics from Jackie to create my own quilt with a similar color scheme.

Jackie also has pod casts that are informative and fun to listen to. And guess what!!!! Here is something exciting!!!!! She is having a sale right now!!!! Isn't that sooo cool? So hope over see what great deals she has. I promise you won't be disappointed. And like I said her service is great and she ships things fast! So you won't have to wait long for that wonderful fabric.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Takin' Time

This curious baby is now a rambunctious two year old and I go to watch her yesterday. We played with play dough, colored, she made me all kinds of yummy things to eat in DD's play kitchen, and we went to the park. I forget how busy two year olds can be but I loved every minute with Mary. She just makes me laugh. She got into all of DD's lip gloss took of all the lids and used most of one of them while we thought she was taking a nap. She sure smelt pretty. DD was a good sport about it. But I don't think she'll be asking for a baby sister anytime soon. She used to think that would be neat but after yesterday she is not so sure.
Because I was busy having a second childhood yesterday I didn't finish The Dutchman's Journey until today. It is now bond, I even got a label on it and it is now waiting to be delivered to it's new home.
I'll be linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell so go and see what everyone else finished this week. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Scrap Happy Summer Hits the Books

It's Wednesday again and time for Scrap Happy Summer. Can you believe we are in the second week of August? Where has the summer gone? Yesterday J picked up his schedule for school and had his picture taken for the yearbook. While I got with the mothers of all the Jr. high students to figure out car pool for this year. Today we'll be buying school supplies: pencils, notebooks, backpacks, etc.... And DD will be planning an end of summer party for her friends. So with school on my mind when I went to play with my scraps this is what I came up with.
A gentle reminder to my kids to work hard and be their best.

What's come out of your scrap bag this week. Link up and show us your creation. Remember to link back to this post so others can join in the fun. Thanks!

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's a Math Problem

I received this beautiful fabric from Anne to make her block this month for the Stitchin' Bee. Here theme is the Math Curse. We are to make a block using math symbols. My oldest, Alex thinks this is way cool. He is studying mechanical engineering and just aced his calc. II class. Yes, I am a proud mother.
He has given me some good ideas on symbols. Some I don't know how would work into a block and have it have the modern look Anne is looking for. Here are some sketches of what I might do. I'm leaning toward the one in the middle. What do you think?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Some Fun and A Finish

My hubby and I met in college. As the spring semester ended and it was time to head home to earn money for the fall we were at a loss. My hubby is from Oregon and I'm from Utah. The 800 mile difference seemed to far for our young love. To postpone the separation I decided to spend a little time in Oregon. We set off in his little Honda. On the way we passed this sign and my sweetie told me he had named the mountain after me and had the sign posted so all would know. Corny? Yes, but when you are young and in love who cares. Now every time we go back to visit his parents are children are told this silly story as we pass this sign.
Well our children got to hear this fun story yet again this past week as we went out to visit their grandparents. On the way there I finished this charity quilt, (free pattern here) three of the flowers from the last post and my book for book group.
Not a bad way to spend the long drive to grandmas. I'll be linking up to Amy's Sew and Tell make sure you head over and see all the other wonderful finishes. Also sorry about forgetting to do Mr. Linky Wednesday. I posted ahead because of our trip and must of forgot. So sorry. I'll be sure to do it next time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Scrap Happy Summer- On the Go

Summer time is a great time for a road trip. And what do you do with all those hours on the road? How about a nice hand project. Gather scraps, cut into desired shape, cut foundation pieces, pack into a little sewing kit and your ready.
So while hubby and sons drive I'll be making these. Hopefully it will make the miles fly.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Siggy Swap

I took place in Jaybird Quilts modern siggy swap. I'm sure it was a ton of work for her and I want to say thanks! Cause look at all these wonderful blocks. I've sorted them by location, which made for a fun geography lesson with DD. There are 31 states represented as well as several places in Australia and Canada.
Now to decide how to put them together. There are several ideas on the modern siggy swap group over on flickr. I have a couple favorites. I might have to join up again so if I can't make up my mind.