Thursday, March 29, 2007

last minute preparations

The last blocks made for

Linda's block swap.

[I will hand deliver them next week!]

we leave for our trip to MN tomorrow.

to visit family.

and friends.

today is packing day.

[I have piles everywhere.]

I wanted to make handmade gifts for everyone I was going to see.

[it didn't happen.]

I will be taking a blog break for at least a week.

I will miss you all.

[does anyone else miss their sewing machine when they go on vacation* or is it just me?]

I made a pile of tissue holders, too. aren't they so fun?

*my idea of vacation is NOT riding in the car for 12 hours with 3 kids. (ages 6, 4, almost 1.)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I finished the quilt!!!

Now, as a disclaimer, I will tell you that I did less quilting than originally planned.
But it's done.
I am ecstatic!
[I am amazed, again, at how much binding completes and changes the look of the quilt]

For those of you who don't know, this is my friend's mom's quilt that has been a work in progress for more than 40 years...possibly 60 or more? The top was pieced and the borders were pieced (all by hand) and I assembled the top into one piece. It is all hand quilted. I am pleased to have this WIP off my list...and I am looking forward to giving it back to Judy, complete.

Friday, March 23, 2007

before and after

I picked up this chair several years ago at Savers for a couple of bucks. It moved with us to Michigan 2.5 years ago. Nothing had been done with the chair, and my husband had threatened to use it for our campfire one time last summer. So, I figured that I better do something with it before it was too late.

It's amazing what some white paint and a little patchwork seat cover will do for an old chair.

Here is where I usually sit and blog.
This chair will get lots of use. :)
(sorry for the poor photos. it's been rainy and cloudy here.)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

quilt blocks

Here are my first 5 of 15 quilt blocks that I made for Linda's quilt block swap. I needed a bit of an instant gratification project to work on to save my sanity, as I am still working on this. It felt like a bit of a test....other quilters are going to see the backs of my blocks. I'm a little nervous about that. Most days I have a hard time sewing a straight and consistent 1/4 inch seam. Why do you think I love improvisational piecing so much? Now, just 10 more blocks to go.
A note about the husband asked if I had mentioned that he bought most of them for me. He bought some on eBay a few times and then he picked up several here and there on clearance a few years back. Isn't that sweet? I then hinted that it may be time for some more. ;) They sure do come in handy for those $5 coats.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I *heart* goodwill

I picked up this wool coat today for $5.00. It fits perfectly. I need to sew a button on, (it didn't come with an extra), but I am not too worried.
I should be able to find something......



in my button....


I also got some new jeans there for the same price.
This is why I love Goodwill today. Wouldn't you?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

still handquilting

My trip to MN is in a week and a half. That is also my self-imposed deadline to finish this quilt.
I am anxious to see if I can accomplish this goal or not. I am exactly half done with the quilting at this point. And then I need to decide what fabric to use for the binding. Did I mention that this quilt is huge? On a side note, I have pared down my expectations for myself. I was originally going to try to finish this quilt along with two others to hand deliver on my trip to MN...yeah, what was I thinking?

I also have to figure out what to wear to my cousin's wedding, which will no doubt entail some shopping...and I need to decide what 3 of the other 4 people that live in my household will wear. Oh, it's going to be fun around here in the next week or packing.
I guess I 'd better get busy!

Monday, March 19, 2007

just beginning...

...a new quilt for my son, using mainly scraps.
I love it already.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

my new purse

This purse worked out much better than the last one.
I made two little pockets instead of one larger one, mainly to use up my little interfacing scraps.
It's going to look so cute with my pink coat!

Friday, March 16, 2007

plotting and planning

These are the paint colors in my boys' room.
I purchased 5 yards of the light khaki fabric.

And after I add a bunch of red fabric scraps, hopefully I will come up with something like this.

Have I mentioned how much I love to improvisationally piece quilts? I absolutely love it. LOVE it! And after this quilt turned out so much better than I had ever imagined, I am excited to try a new project along the same lines.

This new quilt will be for my oldest. His current quilt is over 4 years old and is well used. And since the younger one inherited the plain spoken quilt, I need to get busy on a new quilt for the top bunk.

The plain spoken quilt (pictured above) was originally made to be a throw over the couch or chair in our upstairs living room. It somehow made it down to the family room and was there for a few weeks. The other day I had a bright idea: it would go well in the boys' room. It matches perfectly and it really looks great with their bunk beds. This quilt is matches every room in my house, one bathroom excluded. I didn't realize this until it after I had completed it, just how well it coordinates with my entire house.

Mama Urchin asked (a few post ago already) what I did with all my quilts. I give away almost half of them (as gifts), and I use the other half. Last year I made 12 quilts, gave away 5. The rest I kept for my immediate family and we use them in our home. Let me put it this way...I am looking for a quilt's getting to that point. We love quilts around here. Really.

Thanks for stopping by, for checking in and for your comments. I appreciate it so much.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

not quite what I was hoping for

This is what my purse looks like when filled with all my stuff.

It's got a saggy middle, much like me. (hee hee hee).

Not quite sure what to do about the purse.

Now, on to something else, since I am getting sick of looking at this purse.

A new work in progress:
Priming and painting an old chair.

And making some patchwork to recover the seat.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A. it is

Fabric A. won with 18 votes.
I appreciate your input. Thanks for voting!

I even made a little side pocket to hold my cell phone.

I can't wait to use it!

Has anyone used magnetic closures for their purses?
Where would I buy them?
Are they hard to put in, and line up?
Any information on this would be much appreciated.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

suggestions, please?

I am working on a new pattern for a purse.

Which fabric would make the best lining?
Please vote!






I am hoping to share the tutorial with all of you, soon , if you are interested. I just need to get all the bugs worked out first.
Thanks for your input!

Monday, March 12, 2007

fabric box diaper holder thingy

Ever since Melissa posted instructions on how to make fabric boxes I have been wanting to try them out. I have a container obsession, and I even tried making my own fabric box without a pattern once, but with mediocre (at best) results. I went back to link to her post and realized that she posted instructions back in January. (Where did February go???)
So here is my (very plain) version of the fabric box.
Instructions here.
I cut my pieces 6" x 6" and 6" x 12" to fit little A's diapers.
It's lined with some of heather's fantastic fabric.
It's functional. And now looking at the photos, very, very plain on the outside.
I have to keep it full, in order to maintain it's shape (I used fake timtex for the first time), but that's a minor detail.

And it still turned out heaps better than my own version.
I just realized that if I turned it inside out, I have one fantastic diaper box.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.
Much better.
And on a side note, one of the authors of this book commented on my humble little blog on my plain spoken quilt. How fantastic is that??????????

Friday, March 09, 2007

log cabin scrap quilt

Well, I finished another quilt, and I think this is my favorite so far.
The colored blocks are made almost entirely out of scraps.
Thanks to Clair, Amy, and Taia for contributing their scraps.
The pieced backing with surprisingly few puckers.
This did require some quality time with my seam ripper.
Detail of the quilting.
The binding is pieced using 6 different solids to complete the scrappy look.
Inspiration came from this quilt and this quilt.
I am so pleased with how this turned out.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

a little bit of everything

I'm back from my unplanned blog break (no internet connection for 3 days). It was enough to drive me nuts! I've missed you guys.

I got caught up on my sewing job which is a huge relief.

I am doing a hand quilting marathon....trying to get this quilt done before my trip to MN at the end of the month. It's a full size quilt. But you already know that I am crazy. I guess this is proof if there was any shred of doubt.

My daughter has a bad cold and 3 teeth coming in. She is miserable. Therefore the rest of us are miserable. It's been a rough couple of days on the parenting front.

I made a new pillowcase for my 4 year old....he got it less than a week after his birthday, so we were all pretty happy with that. This is my compromise to decorating a room around a theme/character....we change pillowcases on a whim (as their tastes change), but the rest of the boys' room is a pretty basic boy room. No character bedding, etc. Pillowcases are my one concession. It works out pretty well. Dinosaurs are a big hit around here these days.

I also made these bars. I highly recommend them. They are good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, anytime really.

I also made some of this....also good. My second try was much more to my liking than the first. It's a tough pill to swallow...I've made fun of people for making their own granola. Now here I am doing it....hmm.

I want to try to make a wardrobe of skirts for this summer, but I am not a garment sewer...yet. I like the looks of this skirt a lot.

Can you tell that I've missed blogging? So there is your earful...hopefully it will be back to normal around here soon.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

much smaller this time

A little doll quilt I made for baby A.

Ummm, yeah, we kinda love quilts around here.