Oct 20, 2010

Seriously overwhelmed

I haven't been able to sew anything since this weekend and who knows when I'll be able to get back to the nook. I have a mountain of laundry to do.  My house will look like a tornado hit it if I don't get it done today and of course I need to run a thousand errands because I get told stuff last minute, and my dog is one bowl of food away from running out(note to self, next dog just feed them the crap from the grocery store not the special stuff you have to drive across town for)  I'm kinda wondering if I can work full time and be a good mom and wife while my hubby is working a million hours a week. How do other people do it. I'm feeling spread pretty thin lately.

list of things to do: bind 6 projects, finish piecing 3, start cutting out 2 and quilt and bind the candle mat.Once all this is done I'm going to have to take a sewing break and do a clean sweep so it won't look like an episode of hoarders around here. ( In my mind it does but it really doesn't)

Oct 18, 2010

Fabric giveaways happening

here and here.  The first one is a choice between a bundle of Jill Gordan cottage garden or a artisan bundle of batiks from Robert Kaufman which is very fallish in the colors. The second giveaway is for a FQ bundle of meadowsweet 2. GO GO GO try to win either one!

Oct 15, 2010

Happy friday and hopefully a good weekend.

I'm making this for my mom. This is only a couple of the blocks for the quilt I will be giving her for Christmas. She likes greens and browns and just for fun I through in a couple reds that I've had laying around. I hope she likes it!
12 down 24 more to go.

Oct 14, 2010


way do you think these blocks look better? With every other one turned a quarter or with them all facing the same direction? I've been working on this quilt for so long and now I want it done but I'm stuck and can't decide which way to sew them together.

So is it A?
or B?

It's begining to look a lot like......

A little while back I signed up for a candle mat swap featuring Christmas fabrics unless you didn't want Christmas. The lovely lady I'm sending to asked for old Christmas with deeper reds and greens. My interpretation of this is this..........Sorry these pictures are bad. I had to use my phone cause i left my memory card else where and my camera was full.

Theses are red but b/c of the camera they look brown

all the sides
So this is the finished block. I need to think of something to applique to the squares on the sides but I kinda like it. What do you think?

Oct 13, 2010

I quit!!!! and I need a quilt holder for pictures.

Last year I made this quilt with a charm pack. I had no clue what I was doing but I had fun doing it. So somewhere in my brain the idea came to me that it would be ohhhh sooooo fun to hand quilt this guy. Well since I have not a clue how to hand stitch crap anything, it has pretty much been folded over a hanger on my bedroom door for the past oh 18 months. Yeah seems like a waste of getting to use it cause by the time I was finished with it I'd probably be in the grave. So I'm quitting and I'm going to machine quilt it.  YAY FOR QUITTERS!!!

 In other fun news, Yesterday I had to go visit it my diabetes peps and she thought it was about time to upgrade from my dinosaur of a meter to a sleek new colorful one and I even got to pick my color. Yay pink!
I'm sure this is the part where your seriously wondering about my sanity. I know this is a quilty blog and here I am showing you boiling cauliflower. My fabulous hubby HATES most veggies. So as the loving and wonderful wife that I am hides them in many foods because I like them. So while my family last night thought they were having Wisconsin Cheddar soup we were really having Wisconsin cauliflower cheddar soup and it was delicious. Thank you Rachel Ray for helping us with picky eaters hide food in food.. :)

Oct 12, 2010

So I haven't done much sewing and I really realized it when I came to drop my memory card. It's all of Hailie, so I guess this was a weekend of spending time with my daughter. I only have one kid and the older she gets the faster I realize I'm running out of time for her to think I'm cool and her wanting to hang out with me. Geez why do they gotta become a teenager. When she was little, like toddler little, I would ask her if she would stay little forever and her reply always was "nope I gotta grow up mommy" So here are a few pictures of my little girl growing up. I should also mention I am so proud of her!!! She was elected a school ambassador at school this past week, she made MVP for her volleyball game last Thursday and when she was at the dentist last week she got her cavity filled with NO NUMBING. Who does that?

Her team decided she needed to be held & ran around the gym

This picture cracks me up. This is H with my brother who is to "awesome" to have his picture taken with his niece. Hehehe so I got one anyway.

And even though she's growing up and getting older.  She's still not to old to chalk up the sidewalk. This is what I found when I went to tell her dinner was ready. I love this kid!

I guess I'll get to sewing when I can. It's not a race and I'll take my time to enjoy the little things in life.

On a side note I will get to go buy more fabric today for my candle mat swap. I'm just not that sure I like what I bought. So I'm going to scope another quilt shop that I heard was pretty good (I also hear they have stuff my fav store doesn't carry.)

Oct 6, 2010

My almost first quilt.

When I got married almost four years ago, I wanted to have a quilt made for people to sign. Back then I didn't know much about signature quilts. I just knew I wanted to have something warm to curl up and cuddle with my hubby that had special meaning to us. My grandma showed me how to cut it...i.e she cut the fabric while I watched. I learned about ironing safety that day as well but as long as no one is calling cps I'll share. First when the iron is hot and you are using the kitchen table as an iprov sewing studio be sure when your done with the iron and it is still remove it from the edge of the table or at least turn it from having the hot side to the outside. Poor H ran into the house from playing outside and ran her small little arm right into that iron. Luckily it didn't scar to bad sometimes I can see faint little holes but that may just be my guilt . I was going to have these squares sewn together and hanging somewhere on the day of the wedding. Well as things go I never go them sewn together, so the squares were going to go on in a basket and people could sign the square and then later I would sew them together.

Fast forward to the wedding day........Forgot to put the baskets out! It seems that the day of your wedding is a very hectic day. I even forgot to walk down the aisle holding my bouquet!

So here it is. Top is done and it was quilted very minimal so it's just waiting for me to bind it up.

Oct 5, 2010

Let's get ready to be busy!

It's quilt along day. Today we start sewing.  Last week we covered cutting. I just grabbed some fabric from Joann's two weeks ago while I was there picking up half price thread. I now remember why I don't like to get fabric from there. They never cut it correctly and you wind up with funky cuts and have to toss out most of what you needed  when you are making everything right so you can cut,due to the carelessness of the way they keep the bolts and they way the hack into them. I'm sure I should have gone to my LQS but since this is mostly for practice I thought what the heck. I made strippy squares with the stuff I couldn't get 4.5 inch squares out of So it wasn't to wasted.

H is home with me today. She has to go to the dentist and has to have a cavity filled :(

Oct 4, 2010


Here comes Monday, again, and it sure it's not very welcome today. It's freezing in Indiana today. I feel the need to turn the heat on. If you haven't been here the saying rings true to it's word. You go from turning off your air conditioner to turning your heat on in one day. No quilting progress over the weekend.

I helped my Brother move into his first home. It's such a beautiful house. Congrats to him!

Sunday after work it was chili and the Colts game. Dad came over and watched with us. What an exciting game. It was to bad we lost though. Better luck next week. Better football news Michigan State won again! GO GREEN! I have an idea for a mini quilt for my sewing room. Everyday when I take H to school I pass by a MSU flag that is green with a white S. How fun would that be to make that with all your green scraps. I try to pencil it out but my S is no good.

Speaking of better luck I hope to have better luck to get more progress done. I keep adding things to my list of things I would like to do or try. I did sign up for my first swap!