Sunday, December 6, 2009
So now we're coming up on my baby's birthday this coming Thursday, she'll be six years old. I plan to have a little something for her at the school since we don't know anyone yet. And right behind that is Christmas, yippee!! My dear husband said Christmas was cancelled for our house this year because of the move we just made and money is a little tight. I don't know about that. My baby believes in Santa Claus and she just doesn't understand what the problem is because Santa brings all the presents in that big bag he carries on his back. They're so cute at this age. So I'm going to have to write Santa a letter to make sure he gets our new address. Don't want him to go to our old place and not know where to send at least one present for my 3 lovelies.
Anyway, the children are finally all dressed so we have to make a quick errand run. I just wanted to give you all a quick update and my apologies on my absence. Will get back in the swing of things after we get a little more settled.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I've been tagged by the club and so I need to share 5 things about myself.
1. My Favorite Fabric is: Most anything by 3 sisters for Moda.
2. The pattern I'm most looking forward to sewing is: I don't use patterns, but I would love to try the dresden plate quilt block.
3. The food that is my weakness: I love cookies. Especially choc. chip cookies, and white choc. macadamia nut cookies.
4. If I knew I couldn't fail, I'd: Start my own business.
5. The Best "Life" Advice I know is: Comes from the movie Ratatouille, 'If you focus on what you've left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead' -Chef Gusteau
Monday, July 13, 2009
And this is the front. I think the block is called Market Square, or something like that. I found it on my new quilt design software. I like being able to put the colors together on the computer before actually making the quilt. For some reason it helps me to see the colors better on screen than actually having the fabric in hand. Anyway, this is my Mini Quilt Monday.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
and is now starting to look like a quilt. The pic doesn't look as good as the quilt. I guess it was the not so bright lighting last night. But there are 6 strips of coins with sashing and outer border. I still have to put another border and the backing and you know the rest of the stuff that goes into it, but I have made some progress. And I must say, we are in love with it.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Yesterday, Molly tagged me, but I was too sick to do anything about it. I have to tell you all 8 things. So today I'm going to tell you the 8 things, but when you read this first bunch of 8 things, they were actually done on Saturday, because I was too sick yesterday to tell you what I did on Saturday. Ok, so here goes:
8 things I did yesterday:
1) Celebrated my baby's 10th birthday.
2) Took children to the zoo. Justin invited his friend, so in all 4 childen.
3) Patiently waited 20 minutes while these 4 children colored, cut, and glued an Earth puppet.
4) Scavenger Hunt
5) Saw a solar panel being used to pump water. Cool !!!
6) Rode a train.
7) Sang with a Pirate.
8) Wore myself out!!!
8 Things I wish I could do:
1) Free motion quilting.
3) Work from home.
4) Lose 20 pounds.
5) Speak a foreign language.
6) Take a trip to NY.
7) Clean the house by twitching my nose.
8)Be allergy free.
8 TV Shows I Love to Watch:
1) The View
2) Martha Stewart
3) The Closer
4) Monk- which is coming to it's final season, waaahhhh!!!
6) America's Next Top Model
8) My Wife and Kids
9) Dancing With the Stars
Yes I do know that's 9 shows and not 8 but I couldn't leave out Dancing With the Stars. I love to watch Giles and Lil Kim!!!
Okay, so now I have to choose 8 blogs to Tag. And I hope they don't mind being tagged. You know some people are really funny about that. They be like, 'No Tags or Blog Awards Please'. They are a great bunch of people so hopefully they won't mind.
But the 8 blogs I'm tagging are:
1) Melissa - threeprincedesigns
2) Priscilla - priscillacraft
3) Terri - sew-fantastic
4) Purple flower patch - elefantz
5) AmandaJean - Crazy mom quilts
6)Stina - kviltstina
7) Amanda - busy little quilter
8) Amy - diary of a quilter
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Did you hear me? One strip!! There are still 5 more to sew together. Then when you add the sashing and outer border... OH MY GOODNESS!!! This quilt is going to be a monster!!!! I don't know what I was thinking about, but I'm almost sure it's too late to turn back now. Wish me luck.
~Tootles for now!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is the front of the quilt. I love the scrappiness of it. I can look at each pinwheel block and tell you what the fabric from the block was originally used on. Cool!!
This pic shows the backing. I was able to use the same fabric for the binding on this one.
With both of these quilts I did some stitch in the ditch quilting. I totally suck at that. I've been practicing my stippling but still do not feel comfortable enough to try it on a big quilt yet. On my table now I have some fabric cut to make a chinese coins quilt for Alani, and I have a quilt for myself in the works using Civil War Crossings fabric by Moda. Then I'll start on Justin's quilt. Can't leave him out. So, there you have it. The reasons I've been MIA from blogland. But I'm back now, and will be blogging a bit more. At least this week while the kids are out.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
P.S. I know it's been a while since I've blogged, and I pinky promise the next blog will be all about me!! LOL, that is if you have the slightest care at all.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I would have liked the straps to be longer, but I just wanted to be done with this bag so I can move on to making one for my swap partner. Luckily straps are threaded through the casing only and not sewn to the bag itself. So I can just take it out later and make a longer strap.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Next I want to show you all the cuff bracelet I made for Anaya. Acutually I've been making lots of cuffs lately. They're a good way to use up scraps of fabric, and so easy to make. This one is pretty simple. Just a rectangle of fabric, fleece lining, and backing, and some ribbon I sewed to the top of the main fabric. I sewed them right sides together, leaving a space for turning. Clipped the corners, turned it and sewed it closed. Then I added these snaps. Cool!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Okay, so the other give-away is a Round Robin give-away by the lovely Barb. Barb always has such lovely things on her blog, so to win something from her would be wonderful to me. I especially liked the "Ugly Quilt" that Shelly won not too long ago. Anyway, Barb is giving away a cute little bag, actually 5 of them, and then the winner sends one of the remaining four bags to someone, and so on and so on. The rules are best explained by Barb, so go by Barb's and enter for your chance to win. And don't forget to come back here on Thursday the 12th to see if you won the little bag pictured above. Good luck!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sorry for the fuzzy pictures, but we've had a long day.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Melissa from threeprincedesigns has bestowed another award on me. I am not worthy, but boy do I appreciate it. This award is a "Thank You" award because Melissa enjoys reading my blog. How sweet is that!! I love her blog as well and visit it quite often. As a matter of fact, Melissa has lots of cool stuff going on at her blog that I'm sure you all will be interested in. Melissa shares tutorials, Fun with Family Friday (my favorite), and just recently, Monday at the Market. That's the day she shares different sites that are having giveaways, coupon deals, sales discounts and other things that we can buy to help stimulate the economy. So you all go check out Melissa's place when you get a chance. And thanks again Melissa, it's much appreciated.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Black History Month began in 1926 when Harvard scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, made it his mission to show the public that Black History wasn't only about slavery. It's first recognition was during the second week of February. Dr. Woodson chose this time because it also marked the birthday's of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social conditons of African Americans, former President Abraham Lincoln, and abolitionist Frederick Douglas(wikipedia.org).
Okay so now that we have the origin out of the way, let me share with you a black history fact. I'm sharing this fact with you because my babies often ask me why Native American's are called such, and if they were here first where did the other people in America come from. Good question, so I'll start with this bit of information that I obtained from Black-History-Month.net.
The first Black Americans were the 20 blacks that arrived at Jamestown, Virginia about the latter end of August in 1619. Surviving evidence indicates that the first Black settlers were not slaves. It appears from the record that they were assigned the same status- indentured servitude- as most of the first White immigrants. At the time of the first detailed census in 1624-25, the 23 Blacks in Virginia- 11 males, 10 females, and 2 children- constituted some two percent of the total population of 1227. Among the Blacks identified by name were Angelo, Edward, Antonio, Mary and John Pedro ( Black-History-Month.net) ~End Quote
Whew!! So that's what 's going on in our house lately. Hope you enjoyed this Black History fact.
This is the quilt for the calendar quilt challenge that Rachel is hosting. The bigger piece is for the month of January. I started out doing strips but decided I wanted to do something different, which is why I have the rectangle piece below it. That is the first piece of February's block. It's leftover from an apron I made for the Amy Butler Apron Swap that Holly is hosting. For this block I'm thinking of making it kinda log cabinish. Actually, I have no clear idea what I want to do with it yet, except that I don't want to do just strips like January.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Here's a close up of the blocks. The stitiching on her hat is a stitch I just recently learned on my sewing machine that I had for over 6 years. I have 17 stitches on that machine and have been using only 9. I couldn't figure out how to get to the other 8 stitches until I started on this quilt a few months ago.
She is made out of scraps that I had from other projects. The back of the quilt is made from the dress above.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is an apron I made out of 3 bandana's. Peeking her arm out behind me is a trashbag lady I made. She still doesn't have any hair so she couldn't make a full body guest appearance. I may have to add her to my WISP list as well. Hmm, well back to the apron. The bodice part I learned from a fellow Apronista. Still didn't get it quite right to fit my small bodice, and I do mean small, but I like it and think it came out pretty good. Check back again for more of my completed WISP's as I'm determined to get more than just this apron done. Like Justin's Panther's pillow, and Alani's purse, and...