Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here is the mini quilt top - ready for quilting. Thought I had the perfect stencil for handquilting "ocean waves" around the blue border. However, it was too narrow, so I'm searching through my stencils for a better choice.
Then it will mailed to _______ .
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Blue - like a summer sky - and bright colors! The hand applique is done on my Good Ole Summertime mini quilt. Next step is the hand quilting.
It's always fun to work on a project that you know has a home already. And I hope to have this one in the mail by the end of next week to the mystery recipient.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
A - Age - the speed limit . . . 55
B - Bed size - queen, which is just right to share with a BIG cat and my hubbie
C - Chore you hate - yard work, and luckily my husband is willing to do it all
D - Dog's name - no current dog, but we used to have a border collie named Betty
E - Essential "start your day" item - coffee and an oatmeal bar
F - Favorite color - red
G - Gold or silver? Silver or white gold are my favorites, but I do love Black Hills gold and it is yellow, pink, and greenish.
H - Height - about 5' 3"
I - Instruments you play - I'm not musical in the least, unfortunately
J - Job title - education specialist (just a fancy way of saying I do staff development with teachers)
K - Kids - 2 grown daughters
L - Living arrangements - my husband Dave and a 19 pound cat named Sammy
M - Mom's name - Jane
N - Nicknames - never had one
O - Overnight hospital stays (except when giving birth) - getting my tonsils out, my appendix out, my gall bladder out, . . . and I know there are more.
P - Pet peeve - people who are narrow minded
Q - Quote from a movie - there are too many to list here, because I LOVE movies.
R - Right or left handed? Right
S - Siblings? none
T - Time you wake up - through the week 6:30 am, on the weekends 7:30 or 8:00
U - Underwear? of course - except in the shower!
V - Vegetable you dislike - stewed tomatoes
W - Workout style - are we supposed to workout? Does going down/up the stairs to and from the sewing room count?
X - X-rays you've had - broken toe and a couple of chest x-rays
Y - Yesterday's best moments - going to the movies with my husband
Z - Zoo favorites - I love going to the zoo, but my favorite exhibits have to be the big cats
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Ailsa at http://nettc.blogspot.com/ to say I had won her giveaway! She lives in Cheshire - in the United Kingdom. I found her blog as I was checking out the participants in the recent Spring Blooms Mini Quilt Swap.
My package arrived in the mail yesterday and I couldn't wait to open it. She sent 2 lovely fat quarters of Laurel Burch fabric and this fabulous counted cross stitch pin cushion. I needed a new pincusion and I love counted cross stitch. And I'm a big fan of the late Laurel Burch's designs.
So - - - I'm definitely a winner!! Thank you Ailsa!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
However - this little bunny table topper has now changed it's status from a UFO to a WIP. Last Easter I made the aqua/brown/pink one for myself. My daughter saw it and said she would love one too. So, I started working on it for her with the idea that it would be a nice little birthday (JULY) present. Well - I had the bunny face all cut out and had the yellow/lavendar/pink fabrics all cut and ready to sew. But then decided my pink was too light, so I set it aside and worked on other things. Yesterday I went to The Pin Cushion and bought some darker pink Fairy Frost fabric and spent the afternoon actually putting the topper together. I even got the fuzzy white face all appliqued and embroidered. There are little black buttons for eyes.
Now it needs to be hand quilted with love and bound in more pink Fairy Frost - and then I can give her this very late birthday gift. I may need to offer the pick of which one she wants.
Today is the last day of my vacation time and I haven't made very good use of it. We didn't go anywhere and I've worked a couple of hours most every day, which is mostly my fault unfortunately. Dave has also worked a few hours each day, but he has also played A LOT of golf during these 2 weeks. I haven't even played much golf. I did go to Sioux Falls on Tuesday with some friends for a fun girls day - shopping, lunch, shopping, supper. It was a terrific day for us all!
So for my last day off, today I'm going to sew and then we have a 4:16 tee time at Lakeview Golf Course with another couple to be followed by a cold beverage of some kind.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We got together last week and played golf in the morning, went to lunch, and then got pedicures. We don't get to spend quality mother-daughter time together often enough. That is true with both of my girls - we all get too busy. So I'm glad we MADE the time last week.
Happy Birthday Jerilyn!
There were several fun things in that box, and I can't wait to put them to use. The Halloween block with the witches legs and feet - the bobbin tree - the darling covered buttons - the fabric featuring ways to hide my stash.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
But Sunday afternoon we had a completely new visitor - a young hawk. He was lovely, but also deadly. We saw him swoop down on the feeder and he had a small finch trapped under his foot when I took this photo. He was evidently trying to figure out how to fly off and keep a hold of his prize. A couple of minutes later he flew off without the finch, which we found under the feeders later. Wonder if he will show up again?
Monday, July 6, 2009
This runner is made from a Pieced Tree pattern called Sassy Strips. Those are the little laminated cards with fun table runner patterns called "Tiny Ones" on their website. My dining table is long but this one can be adapted to a smaller table by just leaving out some of the sections in the pattern. I have about a dozen of these little cards for different shapes and sizes and designs of table runners. Some have lots of small pieces, but most are definitely easy enough for beginners, but produce such fun results that anyone will be happy with them. I've had some fun making these with seasonal fabrics.