Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 21, 2009 - Jewel Box mini quilt

A jewel box quilt has been on my list for quite some time. Since I am working on 3 other projects, I thought I would do a single block. It turned into this 8 inch mini quilt which I finished yesterday. I thought the tiny squares would be a lot harder than they were. I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009 - Design Wall Monday - D9P

It seems everyone is doing a Disappearing 9 Patch these days so I thought I'd jump in too. I tried one once with lots of different fabrics and it was too scrappy for me. This time I picked my 3 favorite fabrics from Wiscasset. I really like it. Of course it is my favorite color combination.

The blocks go together so fast, it shouldn't be long before the top is finished.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15, 2009 - Design Wall Thursday

I have really had time to sew! These are 1-1/2 inch squares set in 14 rows of 10. I'm going to consider making it just 12 rows, I'll sleep on it and see what I think in the morning. I'll probably do a 1 inch border in ivory and bind it in red. I'm thinking some free motion swirls for quilting.

The beauty of yardage as opposed to charm squares is, if you are like me, you just don't care for scrappy. I ended up pulling out the fabrics I didn't like, even though I had sewn and cut them. For me the purpose of charm squares is to decide which are my 3 favorite fabrics in the collection! Just call me boring.


Monday, October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009 - Quilting in my head

I now have my wonderful sewing room all set up. But life and work have gotten in my way so I have sewn hardly anything. But I think a lot about sewing : )

What I am working on is a miniature quilt of 1-1/2 inch squares of Prairie Paisley.

It shouldn't be a long project. We will see!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

When I saw this Brown Bear fabric I just had to make a quilted wall hanging for my friend's Kindergarten Readiness classroom.

It's not the first quilt that I made and took apart and remade. Perfectionism. It's a blessing and a curse. But it is finished and the kids will enjoy looking at it and learning their colors : )

September 19, 2009 - Sewing Room!

My dear husband painted our son's bedroom and pulled out the ancient carpet. Now I have an awesome sewing room with a hardwood floor. I'll be making some mini quilts to decorate the walls. I am so grateful!

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009 - They're married!

On Saturday our son married his best friend : ) It was a beautiful, God-honoring ceremony and the kids were simply beaming! My husband performed the wedding and managed to hold it together.

We could not be happier!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15, 2009 - Puppies!

We went to see Phoebe's puppies last night. They are 4.5 weeks old. She has 8 puppies and there are 4 more from another litter. They are so cute. Wish we could get one but they are all spoken for. Phoebe will come back to us in about 2 weeks, after our son's wedding.

July 15, 2009 - Rail Fence quilt

This quilt went together very quickly. It turned out even prettier than I hoped. Yesterday I cut strips for the first border, maybe I can even get them attached today.

I used 3 jelly rolls to make this queen sized quilt.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Irish Chain and Rail Fence quilts

Sorry for the fuzziness, these were taken with my cell phone.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 28, 2009 - A finish!

I am on a dial up connection, so no photo for now.

I have finished the navy and ecru Irish Chain quilt. I used Judy Laquidara's technique of sewing the binding completely by machine. It worked great and saved lots of time!

I have also started a rail fence type quilt with 7 jelly roll strips per block. I am using April Cornell's Nostalgia line. It's been great to have uninterrupted time to sew. : )

Phoebe had 11 puppies. They are about 2 1/2 weeks old. We can go visit when they are 4 weeks. We are looking forward to having her back with us after the puppies go to their new homes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009 - Bleep

This is Bleep. She came with the name. She is our loaner dog while Phoebe is on maternity leave and living with the breeder till her pups find homes. Phoebe is due to deliver June 9.

Bleep holds court on the couch, or sometimes the chair. She is no trouble at all, but pretty terrified of anything off the couch. We are happy to give her some love and we hope she loosens up a bit.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 25, 2009 - Watching the flowers bloom

Watching the flowers bloom. That's about how much energy I have had this week, still not up to speed after battling the crud.

I look longingly at the sewing machine and my quilting projects and say, "Maybe tomorrow."

I do feel a bit more energetic today and I measured the front foyer so I can go order wallpaper, and I am patching the pocket of a pair of pants for my son. And I am backing up the computers. Not quite as exciting as watching the flowers bloom!

We're having a downpour this morning so I am sure the plants and grass will have quite a growth spurt in the next week.

That's the news from here for now!

Monday, April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009 - More photos of Phoebe

I discovered she loves to fetch a tennis ball, so that has become part of our daily routine.

She was bred last week with a handsome guy from Texas. We'll know in 3 or 4 weeks if she is pregnant. Exciting times!

April 13, 2009 - Spring!

The calendar says it's spring, and I have the daffodils and crocus to prove it, but we just had 15 minutes of big fluffy snowflakes, even though the thermometer says it is 43 degrees. Winter just does not give up easily in WI.

I have had a bad cold since last week so the only sewing that got done was patching my daughter's jeans. I have the blue and ecru Irish Chain quilt sitting on the cutting table waiting for borders. And I expect to get my Star Student back, quilted, from Patched Works some time this week.

I think I will go make some scalloped potatoes, comfort food for me, but definitely NOT comfort food for my husband : )

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009 - My Garden

The seeds I planted 3 weeks ago are growing! The seeds of the Italian plants are almost 6 inches tall. The coneflowers are about 1/2 inch tall. I guess now I know why a coneflower from a nursery costs $8. They must keep them in the green house for 2 years!

Phoebe is doing great. She will probably be bred early next week, then we'll see in a month or so if she is actually pregnant. She'll go back to the breeder for the end of the pregnancy and the delivery.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21, 2009 - Happy National Quilting Day

To celebrate I finished my Star Student quilt top. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I'm ready to move on to the next project. I'll have this one long arm quilted at Patched Works.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009 - What I have been up to

These are the borders to my Star Student quilt which I started quite some time ago.

Here is the main part of the quilt top.

I started some flower seeds from my neighbor. They sprouted in 3 days. I have a feeling they are going to be quite large by the time I can plant them outside at the end of May!

This is Phoebe. We are having her for an extended visit until she is ready to be bred and have a litter of pups. After the puppies are gone to their new homes, Phoebe will come to stay with us forever. She is 4 years old and is not house trained. So today is potty training day. Every 30 minutes, out to the backyard we wander. You would think beef tenderloin would be some pretty good motivation to perform. She is not used to "going" while on a leash. Otherwise she is a very sweet dog and does not bark much at all, which gives her high marks as far as we are concerned!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

February 27, 2009 - Baby hats and a sofa blanket

Not much quilting happening here. I have been working quite a bit for my job, and catching up on laundry. I have made 11 baby hats so far, here are the 2 most recent. This is Bernat Baby Jacquard, Lemon Pie. I never knew Lemon pie had blue and green in it!

I also made a fleece blanket throw for the sofa. Instead of fringing it, I hemmed all the edges with a fancy stitch on my sewing machine. Kind of a boring picture. But it is warm on those cold winter days. Which seems to be going on forever.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February 17, 2009 - Working at home

Today I am working at home for my job as director of operations for a non-profit, as well as doing housework. Lots of laundry and dishes waiting to be cared for. And I still need to unpack from our trip to San Diego.

While that all takes place, I have a whole chicken simmering in a pot for soup. It smells so good! And I am trying to resist opening my Netflix and Blockbuster DVDs that arrived today.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009 - Phoebe is coming for another visit!

I just talked to the breeder last night and we have arranged for Phoebe to come visit March 5-21! We are very excited. It is very sad to have a home without a dog. I never would have thought I would think that. Now I know the truth : )

Sunday, February 8, 2009

February 8, 2009 - A Long Absence

I was out of town for 2 trips in January so I haven't updated in a while.

My cousin is involved with the quilting club at the grade school where she teaches. They had a number of quilts that needed binding and because it's my favorite part of the quilting process, I volunteered to bind 3 of them. So that is what I did last week. It was very satisfying and I got to watch a bunch of TV episodes on DVD that I have wanted to see.

Next I will continue to work on and finish my Star Student quilt, then my son's Irish Chain quilt.

Plus I have found a place to donate my baby caps I have been knitting--the local hospital where my kids were born. The hats are just so fun to knit and they are so cute!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

January 11, 2009 - Phoebe

Here is Phoebe. She is very sweet, but needs to learn her manners. I heard rattling in the kitchen and she had her front paws on the table and had polished off half a stick of butter. She also likes to nose around in the waste paper cans. But we like her anyway!

January 11, 2009 - Another diversion

My sister has started knitting tiny caps for preemie babies. When she and her family were here for Christmas she gave me the pattern and I was hooked!

Usually when I travel I take a book to read. This past week my daughter and I had a vacation to our magical place and instead of a book, I took my knitting (packed in my checked bag).

Late afternoons and evenings I worked on the caps and came home with 3 of them. Aren't they adorable?

January 11, 2009 - We're excited!

Today we are picking up a four year old female golden retriever. We'll have her with us for a week, to see if she would be a good addition to our family. Her breeder wants her to have a litter of pups this spring, and if all goes well, she will join our family this summer! Her name is Phoebe. I'm sure I will be posting some photos : )

Sunday, January 4, 2009

January 4, 2009 - Star Student progress

This is going together pretty quickly, although sewing through the points of the flying geese is a bit tricky. There are at least 6 layers of fabric at the point, so the machine needs some encouragement to get through the thickness.

2 borders remain, the outer border is a piano key border with 104 pieces. Stay tuned. Get it?


Thursday, January 1, 2009

January 1, 2009 - Happy New Year!

Today I made Crock Pot Taco Soup. It is fabulous! I got the recipe from a blog that had a new Crock Pot recipe every day for a year. Here is the link

Be sure to use a super size crock pot, it makes enough for a small army. I will probably cut the recipe in half next time, it made so much!

Today I also made 10 bean bags for my friend's school, and I am starting on the flying geese for the Star Student quilt! Photos when I get farther along in the process.