100 blocks

11.30.2010

I bought my copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine last week and drooled over all the great talent found inside of the pages. 

Have you gotten your copy yet?

It didn't take me long to decide which block I wanted to make first.





Here is my version and the beginning of a quilt for my hubby. 


I was thrilled when I found the kayak fabric for a $1 a yard! Yes, a dollar a yard of 60" wide fabric! The ladies at the store thought I was nuts when I squealed with delight. I'm used to being looked at like I am crazy. I don't mind. =)  My husband loves kayaking thus the squeals. 

My squeals, not his. 

My husband does not squeal. 

I thought I had better make that perfectly clear. {ahem}

I'd love to have it done by Christmas. We'll see!



Safety gadgets

11.27.2010

After last night's experience, I am actively seeking out gadgets that can help prevent another ER visit.

BTW, you know it looks bad when the ER doctor makes a face when looking at your wound. I got lots of sympathy last night. =)

Here are a few items I've found and I am looking for some first hand experience with them to help me make decisions on what to buy. If any of you know of other things that you have tried and like, I would love to know.

Klutz Glove

O'Lipfa Rotary Cutting Safety Shield

Finger Guards

Surely there are more??


ER visit

11.26.2010

Did you know rotary blades are very, very sharp? Especially new ones. Lost part of my finger tonight. Waiting for the doctor to come take a look. I shaved a deep slice off the side of my left index finger. I'll spare the gory details. =)

Edit to add:

I think I need one of these for Christmas.

http://www.guidelines4quilting.com/FingerGuards.html

Or a Klutz glove.

Quick projects

Zippered bags to give to the ladies on my husband's side of the family. Pattern can be found on May Your Bobbin Always Be Full. The one thing I changed in the pattern was I  zig-zag stitched the edges to make them more neat. If you have a serger, I would use it for this project. This is an easy and quick project. Do not be afraid of the zippers. They aren't hard to do at all! I've only done one zippered project before these. I am a total novice and I found them to be easy to do. 


At 7:30 on Wednesday night, I decided I wanted to make something for my sister-in-law as a "Thank you" for hosting us at her home for Thanksgiving dinner. Four hours later, I had this cute table runner all finished. It looked beautiful on her table. 

 

I've been in the mood to do small projects. Do you have any small projects in the works for Christmas gift giving time?  I'd love to hear your ideas. =)


Star Light, Star Bright

11.22.2010


The quilt on the wall I blogged about here and here

On the table is the same Charming Stars pattern by Stefanie @ Little Lady Patchwork except, I used my Go cutter value die that comes with the Go and made slightly smaller star blocks for this adorable baby quilt. It's hard to see in the picture, but I decided not to add a boarder and it still measures a very nice size of 53"x53". The fabric I used is Simply Sweet by Barbara Jones and Kona cotton solids. 

Introducing...Castle Peeps!

11.20.2010

Tis finished!! 







I am satisfied...


When good things become bad

11.18.2010

I am not one of those who collects cookbooks and enjoys reading them. I own maybe 6 cookbooks, but the two you see are the ones I use the most. The "Be Good to Yourself," cookbook I bought when I was in high school...or as the little girl at church would say....once upon a time in high school. 

Cookbooks can be good things. 

Agreed?


They hold inside of them recipes that become a tradition to make every Christmas. For example this amazing sugar cookie recipe. 


Or recipes that are comfort foods from childhood. 
I ❤ my mom's baked rice recipe. 


However, my cookbooks became bad things this summer. They became idols. 

My idols were borrowed to gather recipes for a cookbook our church youth group was making. The cookbooks are being sold to raise money for Aide to Women. However, in the business of the season, my idols were misplaced. 

Putting it mildly, I was mad...

Truth was:

I was bitter...

I punished...

I pouted...

I wallowed in self-pity...

Friendships were being damaged, even if only in my mind...

Not pretty....Not pretty at all.

Today, I talked to the friend who could best help me find the cookbooks. I confessed to her my sin of bitterness and how I knew I was wrong for allowing this situation for taking over my thought life (yes, I would dream about my cookbooks), however I also was able to share with her why they were important.  She had no idea I had recipes of my mother's in them that could not be replaced. In her kindness, her Christ-likeness, she shared in my grief over the loss and even prayed with me that we would find them, more importantly, she asked God to help me to accept the loss if He chose not to return them. 

She prayed with me about cookbooks.

She cares about my heart.

She is a good friend. 

A true friend. 

Before two hours had passed, the cookbooks were back in my possession.

Cookbooks, not idols.

Another example of God teaching me this: 

People are more important than things....


Tumbling Down

11.16.2010

A quilt for Baby William. =)











Layer Cake Quilt Along

Konda @ Moose on the Porch Quilts is having a layer cake quilt along. I realized today, when the 2nd block was revealed, that I didn't share the first block I made. 

I'm sure you were all losing sleep over it...

Did you know I struggle with being overly sarcastic?

Well, I do...

{ahem}


I am using my Tula Pink Plume layer cake for the quilt along. I love that there is two weeks between each new block reveal, so there is plenty of time for procrastinators (pointing at me) to get them done. 


For more information, click on the Layer Cake button in my side bar. =)


Try NOT to sing along...

11.11.2010



I get chills running down my spine every time I hear Handle's Messiah Hallelujah Chorus.

Breathtaking...Simply breathtaking...

Sharing = Joy

11.09.2010


Naomi and Esther cutting fabric using my GO! They are going to make a baby quilt for one of the future babies due at our church. 

It was a fun day having them in my sewing room. ❤

I'm only slightly jealous of Naomi's beautiful, curly red hair. 

It's here!

11.06.2010


You can see a few more pictures on my quilting blog

It's here!!

To the woman who graciously sold the kitchen cabinet to me:

Thank you....

Thank you....

Thank you....







I'm a happy girl...

11.05.2010

Why? Because this pure, pink loveliness will soon be in my sewing room.

You can read more about my fun find here and here...



Estate Sale Times 2

Yes!!!


All this pink loveliness...


is now mine...

My knees can't handle all the jumping up and down I did today, but I couldn't help myself. Just sayin'...


Now to make room for her in my sewing room. 



Estate Sale

11.04.2010

I found a new sheep! See her up there in my header? I have been looking and looking for a new sheep for ages. I found her at an estate sale, of all places. 

Here I am holding her.

Isn't she darling? I'm going to frame her and hang her in my sewing room. I did a scan or ten, did a bit of photoshop magic and now she is in my new header. 

Yes, it's the little things that make me happy.


Look at THIS!! I saw this pink beauty off the kitchen...

I gasped...

audibly...

the neighbors heard me, I'm sure...

and ran to get a closer look...

only to see a sign buried under some stuff that it was not for sale and would be sold with the house. I could have cried!!



I know, I know I need to get over myself....

But, seriously....

I want it...

I found the daughter of the owner of the home and told her I wanted to buy it. 

I begged...I pleaded...I cried...

Okay, I didn't go that far, but if I thought it would help, I probably would have. She said she would talk to her mom.

Maybe I should go back tomorrow and be a pest...

Uhhhh....Maybe that's not such a good idea. *wink*

At least I have my sweet little lamb and she was only 25¢. 

I'm satisfied with my purchase. =)



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