Friday, August 31, 2007

So many intentions...and a rant from a allergic lunatic.

I fully intended to have my pattern written out. I fully intended to come home from the Ball game and clean my house because Michelle and Lou are coming up from Iowa tomorrow. I fully inteneded to write up some blog stuff. But now it's 1am, I've done none of that and I'm going to bed so I can get up early and clean because before I know it Maureen will be here and Michelle and Lou will be here and let's face it...I'll still wait until the last minute to clean my house and it will still look like a bomb went off when they get here. Oh well, they love me for me, not my clean house. Besides, when I die I'd rather be known for making cool quilts for everyone instead of she had a clean or dirty house.


Oh, and the Brewers won tonight. Remember a few weeks back when I went to the game and had a horrible allergic reaction to the popcorn? At least I thought I blogged about it...too tired to go back and look first. I called the Stadiums food service the next day and she assured me it was vegetable oil. Even called me back to verify that. I even told her I was allergic to peanuts and was afraid it was peanut oil, that I needed to know either way because if it wasn't the oil I had to find out what else set off my allergy. So this whole time I was thinking I was starting to have problems with MSG because my mom does too. Mike goes to get a hot dog tonight and the girl infront of him asks what oil the pop corn is popped with and they told her PEANUT OIL. What the FUCK? I ask the same question and get told vegetable oil? We sit in the same place each time so it was that same stand. I mean here Mike and I were kind of joking about my Epi pen being at the ready. And honestly I should have had him take me to the hospital and someday I'll probably die because I push the limit on trying not to be worried about my allergies. But, OH MY GOD. I ate an entire bucket of popcorn while scratching my face off, and lips started to burn but at the time I didn't think anything was wrong with the popcorn; I just thought it was a freak thing. Yeah, not so much. Am I never allowed to eat anywhere? Should I be in a god damn bubble? I'm upset; I'm so upset. Why couldn't I get that same truth when I called?

Comments:
Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Jen, is there a plug-in near where you sit? Just bring a microwave to the game with you and make your own popcorn! (I'M KIDDING, for those of you who have already wrinkled your noses and declared that Michelle is CRAZY---ok...I am) Hell...maybe you could sell popcorn right from your seat and make this a money making venture! When someone comes down to reprimand you, just explain your situation, and when they get it figured out, maybe you can enjoy the game again, and not have to worry! And sweetheart, don't worry about your house....I'm not coming to do a house inspection....although.....I DID buy some white gloves at Goodwill today for 38 cents, (white glove dust test???) Hee hee!!! I bought them to decorate in my girly bathroom or my bedroom. Relax and take a deep breath. All will be well! See you soon! Love, Michelle

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.72)
People are just crazy!! I can't believe the different lines that they gave out. You must have a really tough time in some restaurants, too. My aunt had some really bad allergic reactions and I don't think they ever figured out what was causing them. It was so bad, she had to go to perfume and additives free EVERYTHING and make all of her food from scratch until she hadn't had a reaction in a few months and then was able to gradually add some items back in. I couldn't imagine having to deal with that. Anywho, I can't wait to see pics of what you gals get accomplished today. I am assuming that you are quilting, but I guess that could be wrong. If so, I am jealous!! I will be quilting today, but it will be me, alone with the dogs and videos. :)

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.33.5)
I sure hope you are okay! That is terrible. Hope you have fun with everyone today!!! Kristie

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (71.89.151.56)
That must be so frustrating when you think one thing you know can't be screwed up - is. Obviously the person who answered the phone was totally clueless about what they actually use and what a peanut allergy can mean. Rhoda

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (24.215.52.160)
I would write a letter explaining what happened and the phone call .It didn't kill you but it may kill the next person .They need to get their information straight and all employs should be educated .Some people are so ignorant ,with me its perfume ,there is two women who wear it to the gym ( why would anyone wear perfume to the gym ) I explained to one lady she was very nice about it, the second one was a real bitch .Finally the owner put a sign up that it was a perfume free zone the second lady left for good .Like my mom used to say nothing like good old soap and water leave the perfume for a special evening .I'm so glad you are ok .

Friday, September 7, 2007 - allergy
Posted by butrfly2200 (209.91.125.213)
Don't they have to post when they use peanut oil cooking stuff. It must be a terrible allergy to have. I can't imagine. It's everywhere. Good thing it didn't do permanent damage. :) Carol

Rotary Cutting Mat Bag & Ruler Holder

I just thought I'd post a picture on what I've been working on all afternoon. I made a bag to carry my smaller rotary cutting mat and the rulers that I use most often. I plan on writing it up as a pattern to share. But, I'll admit; it became a lot thicker than I anticipated it becoming. I broke quite a few needles and even had to hand sew my binding. Yikes!! But I'm happy with how it turned out.


Comments:

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
It's adorable! Cute, cute, cute!!!!

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (64.12.117.67)
It is very pretty!! HOw does it work with the mats inside?

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (71.89.151.56)
the fabric definately makes the bag! Rhoda

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.35.113)
I love that! We are going to do a class in quilt guild and make a thing that opens up and has your ironing mat, cutting mat, and holds rulers...Not sure if I will be smart enough to make it :o) I love the fabric that you used, it is perfect. Kristie

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
So that's what you were doing all day. It turned out great now I'm jealous. Mom

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Your just so talented ,what would we so with out you .great bag .

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Hey Bag Lady!
Posted by take2quilter (63.201.0.82)
I love it...going to give a cyber class? jaja

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by cowgirl4ever (72.197.247.39)
Love it. I have a couple of things like that drawn out on paper but not by any means as great as yours. I have gotten almost nothing done today I was giving attention to my meows and we all took a nap.. could have been the heat could have been that I got 3 hours sleep before having to go back to work who knows. Heather

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by sunshine (69.34.149.191)
How niffty, really like your fabric. I bet it was hard sewing the binding.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's my Friday

Woo hoo, I know it's Thursday to the rest of you but I have tomorrow off of work so it's my Friday!!


I've been working hard tonight to try to move all of my archives over to Blogger. It's LONG work. I'm only up to April. It's hard because I have to re-insert all of the pictures. I didn't start using webshots until May. Once I get to May I can start copying directly from the HTML files. I know they won't technically be listed as comments, but I'm copying all the comments too into the body of my posts. I figure this will be a month long process if not more. =(


I'm hoping to spend most of Friday sewing and then we're going to the Brewer Game!

Comments:


Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Hey, You'll have to show me how to do that. Peony

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by cowgirl4ever (72.197.247.39)
Wow have fun it was supposed to be my friday too but well I had to go into work a little this morning and checked out at about 0930. Have fun quilting.. smiles I'm still trying to get motivated to pick one of my already started projects. Heather

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.35.113)
So you decided to go to Blogger. I just don't want you to get lost on us... Kristie

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
I went over to but I'm not taking anything with me its to much work and I just don't have the time .Have you heard if this one is going to be closed down ??? Enjoy your weekend .

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mom's Birthday

I thought I'd post a few pictures from my Mom's birthday.



I know my Grandma doesn't do the things she does to be mean, but it doesn't stop it from being frustrating. We were joking around today about how two of my Aunt's are going on vacation this next week. That leaves My mom, my Uncle Bob and my Aunt Diane in town. Diane actually lives about 45 minutes from us. Diane's Birthday is on Friday. I said to my mom, "What exactly could Diane do if we packed a bag for Grandma, stuck a bow on her head and pinned a sign to her that read, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I'M YOURS FOR THE WEEK. As soon as she'd open the door we could peel out of there with tires screeching. My Grandma doesn't want to ever go to Diane's because she thinks it's SO FAR and she doesn't seem to believe us that there are hospitals there too. We got a good laugh trying to picture the look on her face when she'd answer the door.


When I got home from celebrating, I made a cell phone leash for my phone. I couldn't believe that it didn't come with any kind of leash on it. It's hard to grab out of my purses so I needed something I could hook my finger on. I got the leash part on E-bay. I needed to have something super tiny to go through the holes. The handle I made with some left over Sterling Silver chain that I had in my Jewelry Making Kit and a few pink crystals. I put it on with a lobster claw so that I can change it out whenever I want.



Comments:


Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
Like the leash and I'm glad I wasn't invited or it would have been another 2 lbs. Hugs Mary Ann
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.35.226)
She looks like she had a wonderful birthday! I love your little thing that you made for you phone, it is sooooo cute! Kristie

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.70)
Cute leash! I think the story about dropping your granma off is hysterical!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Is that Grandma?
Posted by take2quilter (207.200.116.10)
I loved the story about the cake...every family is like that I think...mine is..if you want it done do it yourself. Very cool leash. You are so creative. I just told Jill I am having a "cyber romance" with a gentleman from Michigan and that sounds good cause I want to come and play with all of you....can I, please! My ex's grandma was the same way...but she also had some good qualities. You just had to get there first or she was gone! jaja

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by sunshine (69.34.149.191)
Great pictures and I can just see the commotion. Your leash is cute, functional and clever.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Thanks for posting pictures, Jen. I love looking at pictures of families. The cake looks great, and I love the little leash you made for your cellphone! Looks like Peony got her hair cut since the last time I saw her! Michelle

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by shirleymac (24.207.68.30)
I love the idea about giving grandma as a birthday gift! Too funny. Enjoy her while you can, frustrations and all. I took a look at your Underground Railroad quilt. I see what you mean about the red but I think it still looks okay in that particular quilt. You have a small piece in the wagon wheel and another in the log cabin. My only suggestion would be to use the same fabric in just one more block, that ties the color in and it wouldn't seem so out of place to you. I can't believe I'm actually making a Bear's Paw quilt for my son. You'd think I would have learned after making even one how much work they are!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.35.170)
That is sooo cute. You are so creative Jen! I want to be like you when I grow up. Maureen

Friday, August 31, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by butrfly2200 (209.91.125.202)
Leash for your phone is cute. Jen, I am one of those few that doesn't know how to do much with their pictures. Thanks for the great tip page. But I need more help then the normal quilter/computer person. Carol

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Craziness that ensued surrounding my Mom’s Birthday & her Cake

Mom’s birthday cake has always been a hot button item for me; even when I was a kid. She’s not picky but she’s a cake connoisseur and what she wants, she wants – end of story. If she’s willing to indulge in my wanting Lemon Meringue Pie for my birthday even though the idea of birthday pie drives her nuts, the least I can do is get her cake right.


When I was growing up it was always this simple, a yellow cake, strawberry or raspberry filling, and the non-sickeningly sweet frosting from Meuer’s. Every year my dad and I would go to the bakery and every year he’d just order a cake. I’d always be tugging on his shirt asking about the strawberry or raspberry filling, asking about the frosting. They’d get changed; mom would be thrilled with her cake.


When I was in 4th grade for my Mom’s birthday she wanted a Doberman Puppy. We named him Ziggy. For her birthday the following year my dad thought he would be funny and order her a “Shit Cake.” Yes, you read right, a “Shit Cake.” What is a Shit Cake you ask? It’s your standard two-layered cake but then it had brown frosting. Mounds and Mounds and Mounds of brown frosting, piped on to look like turds. The cake then had some peanuts sprinkled on and a piece of bakery paper wrinkled up and stuffed in the top of the cake as though you were trying to pick up the turds. In his mind this was the most hilarious cake ever. The whole dog one year, picking up turds the next. It wasn’t funny…AT ALL. Especially to my mom who just wanted her 2-layer yellow cake, strawberry or raspberry filling, non sweet frosting. I really thought she was going to throw it at him. From this point on, cake became my job. Every year I’d order it. My dad would pick up and pay. The bakery might have changed but the cake requirements did not.


Somewhere along the line, her birthday cake turned into a Red Velvet Cake. She remembered having those for her birthday when she was a kid. The first year my Grandma made it. The next year, my mom was expecting a red cake and didn’t get one. I think Grandma made her someone else’s favorite cake. At this point, I learned to make the Red Velvet Cake from scratch because box mixes for it didn’t exist yet and I’ve been making it ever since. The first year I blew the frosting. Cream Cheese Frosting and I don’t get along very well. But, frosting isn’t the be all to end all because they DO make frosting in a can!! I’ve been making her Red Velvet Cake ever since. I even have the round cake pans that I use once a year. Why? Because birthday cake or cake in general is important to her.


When I got married, Cake was my mom’s job. I picked the bakeries and lined up the taste testing…she chose the best one. Shaker Baker. Mike actually picked out the set up for our cake; it looked like it was Stucco-ed. “Manly.” Giggle. From there we chose flavors.


I’ve only used the box mix for Red Velvet Cake once for her birthday; I keep making it from scratch. It’s the one cake that I’m proud to say I can make from scratch. Actually; I’ve never tried to make any others…that IS after all why they have box mixes. I’ve got lots of Red Cake war stories. I’ve managed to get red food coloring just about everywhere in my kitchen, no matter how careful I try to be. I currently have a Hot Chili pepper shaped clump of red batter that’s dried to my kitchen wall. I always joke that I should just draw a green stem on it. It started out that I was going to wait until it dried and chip it off. I knew from the previous year that if you go to wipe it off, the color ends up in more places than just the spot. When I went to chip it off, it’s on there like concrete. I try to chip away at it from time to time and really have had no luck. It stays there as a comic reminder until I figure out my best course of action.


I was at my Grandma’s house last week and brought up my mom’s birthday. Grandma wanted to make the cake. So, we made our plans and I told her we’d be going out for dinner as well. I was a bit nervous letting this cake out of my control.


Ok, off the cake topic for a bit. Over the last few years there have been many times that my mom or I will have plans with my Grandma only to get to her house and find her not there. To hear later that so and so dropped in and took her out or so and so called so she went with them. My Grandma’s response is always, “I didn’t want to hurt their feelings by saying no.” What she doesn’t realize is that the person who she originally had plans with has hurt feelings and has set aside this time for her. I don’t know how often it happens to the rest of our family members; but it happens to us…A LOT. Dinners, taking her out shopping, dropping off her prescriptions, etc. But, if you don’t drop everything the moment that she calls you all heck breaks loose in her world. It keeps life, “interesting” to say the least.


Back to the cake. Monday night I look at my mom and say, “I’m nervous about Grandma remembering to make your cake; do you think I should make a back up and not say anything?” My mom says, “No, she won’t forget, it will be fine.”


Tuesday morning I’m at work and after a few hours I log in to read my email. I see a message from one of my Aunt’s saying that she’s going to pick up my Grandma to do some canning and to possibly spend the night. All I can think of is, “Did I call it, or did I call it?” It’s certainly not the first time, and it’s not the last that my Grandma will do this. I send out an email to the family because I’m frustrated. This whole Grandma taking the better or most recent offer thing has now worn a little too thin in my world. I had just gotten ditched by her the week before. I’m just frustrated; beyond belief frustrated and I knew my mom was going to be hurt. So now I write up my grocery list so I can get the cake ingredients at lunch time, come home and make the cake, go to dinner and by then the cake would be cool enough to frost it. Meanwhile my Aunt decides that to make things right, she’ll make the cake for my mom and bring my Grandma back in time for dinner. This was great news, but I didn’t know that until after I checked out at the store.


So it’s lunch time; I’ve got 30 minutes, I fly over to the store. It’s hotter than Haiti’s out; just miserable. I was going to go box mix just because of the amount of time I had but low and behold, that store doesn’t carry the box mix for red velvet anymore. So now I’m trying to access the internet on my cell phone to find the ingredients for the recipe. I find one similar and figure as long as I have the ingredients I can make it from my recipe when I get home. I buy a yellow cake mix in case; figuring an extra egg, the red food coloring, and cocoa might work in a pinch (which I find out later when I found a recipe that it DOES work). Rush over to dairy to get Buttermilk and Eggs. As I’m being handed my receipt my Aunt calls to tell me she’s made this cake. While I’m grateful that it was being made, and thankful I didn’t have to rush around making it; here I was staring at my ingredients wondering what the heck I was going to do with my buttermilk, egg & food coloring; the 2 boxes of red food coloring will keep, but the dairy? So now I get back to work and have to re-arrange our fridge and everyone’s lunches to get my bag of groceries into the fridge. By this time my blood is just boiling and all I can think of is, that I should have never agreed to let my Grandma make the cake. You want something done, you do it yourself.


In the end, the cake was great, it was decorated very awesomely, dinner was great, the three of us had a great time but I sure as heck am glad that it is over. Next year I’m back to being in charge of the cake. In the mean time, just to use up the buttermilk and eggs we’ll probably make a second cake this weekend and cupcakes to take to Strip Poker next Wednesday.

Comments:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (71.89.151.56)
Your family dynamics are pretty interesting! I can imagine just how frustrating it must be for your grandma to ditch you and your plans repeatedly. Thankfully, the birthday cake only comes once a year! I've made red velvet cake because my brother-in-law had never heard of it. It turned out pretty good, too. Rhoda

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Wow, Jen! Was today better? I hope so! Just remember, Grandma will not always be around, and you and she are just building more 'memories'! Gotta find the humor in it. I don't think she is being mean, or that it was mean spirited, though, do you? Do you think she is just forgetful sometimes? I bet her days get really long, and she just jumps at a suggestion to do something. I bet you can find a little more humor today than yesterday. Someday, we'll probably be just like her. Michelle

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.125)
Glad everything worked out in the end. I love red velvet cake. I have a recipe that has boxed cake mix in it, but it is not the red velvet cake mix. It is pretty good, I will email it to you, so that you can try it sometime. Kristie

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by cowgirl4ever (138.162.140.52)
your family sounds alot like mine. Only the dad jokes on peoples birthdays are usually pretty funny and everyone has a great laugh. Mom's birthday is a few days after I get back from Arizona so her birthday may be late.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
WOW Jen I thought my family was interesting 5 brothers 1 sister and 3 step sisters that don't keep in contact. Glad it turned out fine. Hopefully you and mom enjoyed yourself sometimes the more you do for people (grandmom) the least you are appreciated. Enjoy life!!! Hugs Mary Ann

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.73)
This is too funny!! After my last big break up and I moved into my apartment (first time ever on my own!!), I decided that I needed to do some things for myself. I took cake decorating classes from Michael's. For my dad's birthday, my mom decided that I needed to make him a red velvet cake. So, I mix the cake mix and bake it and take it out of the oven. I was trying to flip the cake pan to get the cooked cake on the cooling rack. Well, the surface that I had the cake resting on was a bar level and me being the short 5'1/2" that I am, I thought that was perfect for a starting point to flip the cake. I ended up dropping it on the floor and it split into crumbs! My dog at the time had a field day eating all that she could before I could clean it up. And the crumbs were EVERYWHERE!! I swear that I saw crumbs a year and a half later when I was packing to move!!!


Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday Night Charity Sewing

I woke up in the middle of the night with one of those DUH! moments. All that sale fabric yesterday and even though my mom pointed out that there was some from the Moda Chocolat line it never dawned on me that I should buy some. I have a 36 block Turning Twenty Again Quilt that just needs its borders put on and to be quilted. It’s a big beast for our bed – extra long and extra wide, so I really should baste it soon and start stippling it since I intend it to be our fall/winter bed quilt. It’s really more of a King size than it is a queen. I make them that large because then we have to fight less for blankets. Between Mike on one side, me on the other and Holly in the middle, there is always a fight. Most of the time I have an extra quilt on my side so that I’m at least guaranteed some quilt!! I also have a cheater panel of the Hexagon Moda Chocolat that is all bordered up and needs to be quilted. For this I need to very carefully stitch in the imaginary ditch and I’m going to hang it on a quilt rack in our bedroom.


I was emailing with Kelly who works at Bits & Pieces and she said that Marla would extend the sale price to me today if I wanted to run back in. Wooo hooo!! I bought fabric to make curtains with, fabric to make Pillow Shams and fabric to make pillow cases. I’m so thrilled. Now I should get my but moving and do those quilts so we can put our bedroom together with the new stuff. It’s been so long since we’ve had a quilt that I’ve made on our bed. The Turning Twenty Again should be ok. Once I stipple the heck out of it there shouldn’t be stress on the seams and I did a really small 1.8 stitch length when I put the blocks and top together. We have this adorable 95 pound beast with talons that jumps on and off the bed so I’m hoping this does the trick!! I also picked up a gift for my mom’s birthday since I couldn’t when she was with me the other day.


Charity sewing night was a great success. I sewed the strips together for three split rail fence quilts. They’ve been ironed and cut into blocks. My next step will be to assemble the tops. I might work on that this week yet to get it out of the way. I also finished up the 16 pillow cases that I’ve been procrastinating on. Only 41 more pillow cases to go. I think I’ll break that in half and get the next 21 cut out to work on through September. I pulled out the bindings for my 3 quilts and my Grandmas kits hoping to pin them together and get them sewn. I’ll need to iron them too but I hate the job of ironing binding so I’ll try to do one a day. It just looks like Soooooo many….cause well, it is. Looking at them was as far as I got!


Comments:


Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.134)
Wow, what a nice selection of fabric. You really did get alot done, didn't you? I'm sure you will be happy to have those pillow cases finished. Krisite

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (12.205.65.49)
What a perfect quilt to do on my quilter, Jen....what do you think??????

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - last comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.49)
Uh, yea, I know, you know that was me! Michelle

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Goodness did I miss understand ,all that fabric is for different bindings you have to do ? Good luck ,it does seem like a awful lot .But then again if I remember right you machine your bindings don't you ? I can see Super Jen pulling an all nighter LOL

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by sunshine (69.34.149.191)
I can't wait to see your finished quilt. It's so much fun to go out and find fabric and better yet to find it on sale. I know you and your Mom enjoy sewing together. How do you make your pillow cases? How did you get involved in this project?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.35.170)
Wow...all I can say is wow. You are super quilter...I wish I got as much done as you do...hold on I wouldn't be able to day dream anymore would I??? LOL. You are so nice to work on all those charity quilts and pillowcases and to do all the prep work for your grandma. Maureen

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Jen
Posted by take2quilter (207.200.116.65)
why did you sew your quilt with a 1.8 seam allowance? Just curious. And I find you amazing all that you do. I want to move where you are and join your group! Know any nice single men, and no that's not an oxymoron. Oh, and age appropriate? 'night jaja

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.75)
Yea!! I am glad that they were going to let you get the sale price on what you missed! And I am glad that you got so much done last night! That's awesome!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Non-Sewful Sunday

Today started out rather slowly. I read my favorite blogs, read the newspaper and then finally got ready for the day. Mom and I headed over to Bits & Pieces since they were having a “Porch Sale.” They had a huge table full of bolts of fabrics from previous collections at $3, $4 & $5 per yard. They were all very pretty but nothing that I was after. They did however have my Moda Spring collection on sale at 30% off so I picked up some yardage to use for borders and bindings for when I finally decide what I’m going to make with my huge fat quarter pack. It’s funny, I could think of a million and one things to make with it but I want to be able to use all the fabrics in some way, shape or form. I’m probably making it much more difficult than it needs to be.


I bought some of these two browns to make another Veronica Pocket Book. I’ve been staring at these two fabrics for months now. I’m not yet sure which will be the outer and which will be the lining but I have time since it will be a purse for fall. For the sides of the purse I’m going to go with black. Then black handle and possibly a black flap. I’m leaning more towards the one with the squares for the outside of the bag. It’s so funny, these two fabrics aren’t my thing at all, but I’m so drawn to them!



I also picked up this piece of blue. I have it in a lighter color and I used it in my Butterfly Sassy Bag. It’s just such an awesome color. So, it will go in my stash. It might fit in with my ocean wave’s quilt. If it’s the right shade it could be an awesome addition. I want to start that quilt in the worst way but I’m not letting myself until I finish up a few other projects.



I’ve also wanted to make a bag for my smaller rotary mat and rulers for some time now. I’ve got the design all set up in my mind; I’ve just got to get it down on paper and start working on it. Once I’ve got it done, I’ll post my directions for it if anyone else would like to make one. I thought this would be a great fabric to make it out of:


I have another smaller piece of this fabric that I’ve had for some time now. I want to make a block roll up out of it as well; I just haven’t had a chance to do that yet. I think I need to pick up some more PVC pipe first.


My grandma called needing help with her sewing machine. She said the bobbin thread was out. The funny thing is that when we got there, a full bobbin was in the machine and everything was threaded properly. She also said she called each of us a few times – we’ve both got caller id and there wasn’t anything from her. I called her my phone from her house just to be sure and it worked just fine. We’re not sure if she just wanted company or what. I cut the strips apart for two Project Linus quilts that she’s working on.


When we got back to my moms house, neither of us were feeling very motivated. I finished cutting out my circles for my yo-yo’s that I’ll be making into garland for my Christmas tree. We then went to my house for dinner and Mom and I both worked on Yo-Yo’s and nothing else. I think I got about 30 or so done already. My speed sure has picked up on these. I have a smaller tree so I’m really not sure how many of them I’m going to need. I bought ½ yards of 3 fabrics and cut them all so I guess I’ll just keep making until I’m out of Yo-Yo’s and hope that I haven’t made way too many!


At one point, I had a roll to snack on. It was completely hollow. Why I thought this was funny; I don’t know. But, I made my mom take a picture of me with it. You actually can see my eyeball through it but I don't need my scrunched up face that big on my blog! LOL.



Mike, my Mom and I were sitting around watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It’s a hilarious show. We had just finished telling him about our trip to my Grandma’s when Mike says, “I think the three of you should be a sewing reality show on that same channel with all those other sewing shows you watch.” Is he saying that the three of us should be locked up in a loony bin? Is he saying we’d be interesting to watch? Is he saying he’d be watching; waiting for one of us to kill another with a rotary cutter? It was worth a few good laughs though!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MoneikQuilts (69.77.200.234)
Wow, your fabrics are so pretty! I'm sure you'll figure it out. I love the purse fabrics and I'm with you they aren't my style, but I'm drawn to them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.134)
I love your new fabrics...Can't wait to see you new things that you make. I like the brown, the design is a little retro, but brown is my favorite color. Kristie

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.49)
Love your mug shot, Jen! You are just too silly!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (71.89.151.56)
Why not make that bag reversible? Rhoda

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - love the blue!
Posted by mamanance (24.127.100.201)
Do you happen to know the name of that fabric? I'd love to hear more about your ocean waves quilt plans. I am collecting ocean/beach fabrics to do something with sometime, just don't know what yet. Guess that project is a WIMM - is that what they are called - a Work in My Mind??

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Saturday Fun

With all the rain we've had Mike couldn't golf today. He was as bad as I am without my sewing machine. It was pretty funny. So, we did a little shopping. I had a few errands to run because my Mom's birthday is this next coming week. I was surprised that Mike didn't object to going to craft stores. Some he went in, some he waited in the car. Why is everything I wanted to pick up for her NOT in stock? I'm now going to have to online shop and won't get to give her her gifties on her Birthday. =( Why didn't I start picking things up sooner? Well that would be because we're always together in these stores. We also hit Barnes & Noble, Mayfair Mall and Best Buy. Mike's on a laptop kick latley. It started out a few weeks ago by telling me that his co-worker bought one dirt cheap. He's mentioned it a few more times since then saying that he's surprised that I've never wanted another lap top. Sitting at our desk at home does hurt my back but it never occurred to me to think laptop because our computer really isn't that old and it's still working really quickly. So we're in Best Buy and he points out these laptops. I went in, without the idea and now I can't stop thinking about how cool it would be. You can get an awesome one now for around $400. I wouldn't need the full suites of all my programs that I use because they're on our big computer. I have a external hard drive so anything I want to switch around would be no problem. Now, if I could just figure out before hand what I'd have to do for wi-fi or wireless internet at home and I could see if it would be possible for us. The big kicker was Mike saying I could just put the laptop on my side table, take a picture of what I'm working on and upload it to the net right there. Ughhhh, why did he have to plant that idea in my head?? Then it was all of 4pm and we were eating dinner because the resturant we wanted was on the side of town we were on. We were the only people in El Matador; our favorite Mexican place.


We came home and started cutting out circles for my next Yo-Yo project. I'm going to make yo-yo garland for my Christmas tree. I originally bought a red & green at Walmart but I decided it was too bright for what I wanted. I'd like to make a new Christmas Tree skirt and a Reindeer Quilt and I have stockings started. I have the fabric for the quilt already, the tree skirt can most likley be made out of the quilt's scraps. I decided to pick up 1/2 yards of a Berntex Christmas fabric in red, green and tan/gold. This will match then the other pieces that I'll be making. I guess I should get started soon if I want to have a quilty Christmas. Before I knew it though I was bored with circles and sat down on the couch. 2 hours later I woke up from my nap. DUH!!


Now it was time to head off to the Laundromat with my mom. Yes we have washer and dryers in our apartments but they're the small sized ones. Mike and I always take our blankets off our bed to the laundromats or go when we've got too many towels and such to wash. Sure, it's pricey but sometimes my time is worth more than it would take to stay home to do the laundry. Our dryer typically takes 3 cycles to dry anything. Actually, if the complex would let us we'd rip out their washer/dryer and put our own energy efficient model in. Then when we buy a house it could go with us as an extra to whatever we purchase for our house. Anyway, she was talking about how long it was going to take to do her bedding and I suggested we just do the laundromat. I took our two bed quilts and two quilts that I made last summer. They had their first washings. I'm actually surprised; they're quilts that we use on the couch all the time. It's not that they get really dirty but Holly lays on them too so they get "doggiefied." I had just said it was time we had to work them into the laundry cycle so this came up at a good time. 1-1/2 hours and mom and I were done with all the big stuff. We played UNO while we waited. For the first time in a long time my mom beat me. Granted it's really just a game of chance; there's really not much strategy when there is just two players. UNO is one of the only card games I like to play. That, cribbage and solitare. I'm not big on competitive games.


When I got home, I worked on my yo-yo's while Mike and I watched, "Remember the Titans." It was on cable and then we popped in our DVD. I'm not much for watching Football, but give me a football movie and I'm all over it. I love them.

Comments:


Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (64.12.117.71)
Sounds like an exciting Saturday! I got my laptop from Dell last summer and I don't know what I would do without it! I take it everywhere in the house and I used to take it to my friend's house when we would stamp all weekend. I'm terrible!

Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Sounds like another busy day. I hate going to Best Buy, because I never can say no to my 'wants'...rarely are ever needs..and Oh, all the temptations they have in there! Sounds like you and Mike had fun anyway. I'm sorry he didn't get to golf. What does he do in the winter?

Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.32.172)
Jen, Honey, Mike has snuckered you right in on that new laptop! I think it was so cute him telling you how easy it would be for you to load the pictures of your projects... :o) Let us know if you do decide to get one, I've been thinking about getting one for my mom... Kristie

Dogs everywhere Prevail!!

My hubby pointed out this auction to me. I'd like to think that by "Very good things" this person intends to donate the money to a Humane Society or Animal Shelter. If we had enough Michael Vick cards right now Mike and Holly would be doing the same thing.


Ebay Auction


Another one

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.77)
I love the first one!! What a great idea to get rid of CRAP!! :)

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.144)
I hope they actually do donate it to the Humane Society, that would be GREAT! Kristie

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
I checked out the second on and he says which Humane Society the money is going to. Maybe if more people did this with stuff from other " high profile" people they would finally get the hint that we're sick of the junk they do. Cindy

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
Hi you are being busy as usual - what energy you have. I wish them luck!!! I must post a picture of my Bosie a black lab. Hugs Mary Ann

Sunday, August 26, 2007 - lazy girl purses
Posted by Anonymous (205.188.117.77)
How much quilting do you do on your purses to make the sides stable. I have a print (Funky cats) that don't lend to a lot of quilting. Have you ever tried fusing. Thanks I enjoy your blog immensely and miss you in the aol quilt chat. Oleqwilter

Google Analytics

My friend Diane (Inserting shameless plug for Di's new novel "Bloodchained" which is due out in September) has turned me into a Google Analytics junkie. What is Google Analytics you ask? Well it's the perfect free blog add on for statistic junkies like Diane and I. You sign up, you copy and paste a little line of HTML code into your Blog Template, wait 24 hours and walah, data.


Do you know that since I installed this on August 6th, my blog has been read in 19 different countries? That 23% of my site's visitors are referred from other web sites? I could even tell you which websites those are if I wanted to. 17% from search engines. I know the keywords that have brought people to my site. That the average person stays on my blog for 7 minutes, 23 seconds (I guess I'm wordy). 91% of you are using Internet Explorer. Only 2% of my readers are on MAC computers (Gale ). That people are searching for "Free Yellow Brick Road Quilts." I'm guessing my site hit when I was talking about the YBR's and FREE motion quilting!! LOL. I could go on and on. The amount of information is somewhat frightening.


So, if you're a stats junkie like me, you've got to give this a whirl. Yeah, like you needed anything else to take more time out of your day.


I think it's bed time. I moved Holly's bed today (which is a joke in itself because she NEVER lays on it even when we are in the living room) and all of a sudden, she's ON it. I'm shocked. She's just the cutest thing on four legs. It's a dark shot because I didn't want to wake her with my flash.



I think her mama should make her a pretty bed. I would in a heartbeat but I don't know what to put inside. I hate the fiberfill that's in this bed. If you step on it you go sliding. They just don't seem to make a pillow form for her size; I mean, she's a big kid!! Unless I just get a chunk of that green foam from Jo-Ann's? What if that's not squishy and inviting?

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Jen, for the price of foam....if I were you, I would just go to Walmart or someplace, and get a baby crib mattess. I think they are pretty reasonably priced, have some firmness to them, would be more your 'baby's' size, and since she likes to sleep on the couch, and your bed, it would be more the firmness she likes, and you have solved all your problems! Looks like it would fit right where her dog bed is right now. Just think...you could make a nice quilt for her 'bed'. Just a thought from your crazy friend! Love ya! Michelle Oh yea,....I think your statistics thing is downright scary! Is your firewall on, on your computer? Do you have a good spyware program? Do these programs even block those stats?

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.155)
You'll come up with something to make her a bed...I know you, when you set your mind to it, it will be done... Kristie

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Thanks Jen!
Posted by Anonymous (72.131.16.122)
Diane here, thanks for the plug for "Bloodchained," you rock! Glad you are digging Analytics...I adore the thing. Hey, if you want to try my new camera out to get clearer pics of Veronica's feet, just let me know on Monday! BTW, my camera's name is Elsie (from L.C. for Little Camera).

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.73)
Thanks for hte info on the analytics. Being an accountant type person, this really interests me. I have signed up!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.35.170)
Holly looks sooo cute laying on her pillow. A good mommy would make her a pillow with bones on it so she would have happy puppy dreams! Maureen

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
I think Holly finally laid on it because last night Murphy was on it for a little while when we were visiting. Only my daughter could be a statistic junkie. Cindy

Friday, August 24, 2007

Accessories for Veronica

I made a beautiful little matching Wonder Wallet and I made a Camera Case for my digital. I measured it out and basically tailored a Wonder Wallet to my needs. Only it's just the cover and front pocket. I played around with a scrap of fabric until I came up with the right dimensions and walah. Just enough protection from my keys.






Hmm, what else did I do tonight? I cut the triangle paper that I'm going to use for my Ocean Waves Quilt and then I procrastinated the rest of the night because I really should finish that Pineapple Quilt. I also pulled out my Friday night BOM to see about putting it together (what I have so far) but the idea of cutting 27 2-1/2" strips just didn't seem appealing tonight!

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Beautiful!
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Veronica's accessories are beautiful! I also like your calendar. You are a busy girl, Jen! Could you put in an extra Saturday someplace so you can pencil in a visit from your friend in Iowa? =-) Michelle

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.155)
So creative!!! I know how you feel, I want to make a boot block, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut it out. Kristie

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Let me just say that the accessories for Veronica are even prettier in person. That fabric is just spectacular. I might be her mother but I still don't know where she gets all of her energy from. Cindy

A little story about my House Elf Peony

My dear Peony came for a visit tonight. She brought her magical creature Murphy the Magnificent along with her. After dinner my House Elf decided to vacuum. She has a history of sucking things into the vacuum. A few rugs have met their demise, the cord itself has met its demise, a dog's tail (YES, I DID SAY A DOGS TAIL!!), and now a cord that was attached to our stereo; hanging outside the glass of our entertainment center.



Actually now that I think about it; she's got something against cords. She's also killed a drill and a circular saw by rolling the cord around the mechanisms.


Back to the dog's tail. When I was a kid we had this schnauzer poodle mix named Scruffy. In her advanced years she had selective hearing. Couldn't hear you talking to her but rattle a food wrapper and she could come from anywhere in the house that she'd been sleeping. My mom was vacuuming one day and Scruffy was asleep in front of the kitchen sink, lying on a throw rug minding her own business. Mom was vacuuming and gently bumped her butt to get her to move (probably the only dog we've ever had that hasn't freaked out because of the vacuum) and the vacuum sucked her fluffy long tail around the beater bar. This was done with an ancient Kirby. She swore me to secrecy. I was probably between the ages of 4 & 8. Scruffy was ok after we unwound her. Or, so we thought. Fast forward about 6 months. My dad is giving her a hair cut. Goes to run his hand and the clipper up her tail and feels that the tip is bent...quite a bit. Because it was furry we never noticed. She must have had a few ligaments out of place so the last 2-3 inches of tail was at about a 60 degree angle from the rest of the tail. As my Dad started to think outloud and say, "What the heck happened here?" I was blabbering, "MOM SUCKED HER TAIL IN WITH THE VACUUM!!!!!! I think I ran and hid.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Peony
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Oh, that is too funny about Scruffy's tail! That's one of those stories that aren't funny at the time, but fun to tell later! Did your stereo cord survive? Your mom is such a sweetie. Never a dull moment at your house, or your mom's is there? Michelle

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.155)
That is so funny! We just love childhood stories. My kids love to hear mine. Kristie

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
OK in my defense the portion of Scruffy's tail that was bent was probably about an inch. Hey she didn't move like she always did. Scared me and her. It's not easy unrolling a beater bar while holding a dog still. Once a necklace got sucked in too and I had to make an emergency run to the jeweler. Peony was just doing her thing vacuuming away at Jen's and bam in went that stupid little cord. I offered to run right out and buy a new one but Jen kept saying no. When I get somewhere with her that has them I will replace it. I have to say it was another one of those really good laughs the two of us shared. Peony

Purse Feet

I thought I should do a separate post about purse feet since so many of you don't know about them! I found mine on E-Bay. I don't remember who I bought them through or what I paid but I know they were pretty inexpensive. Here's a few e-bay listings for them (I'm not specifically endorsing anyone, these are just listings that I've found):

Gold - Discount Sewing Supplies,

Nickel - Ewe Need Yarn

Nikel & Antique Brass Ah Kwok Supplies

Silver & Gold - Material Girls Fabric,

Nickel & Gold - SKS Designs

Just go do an E-bay search on "Purse Feet" and you'll find lots of different metals, shapes & sizes.

Comments:


Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.71)
That reminds me that I need to find your links to order needles and rotary blades from eBay! Thanks for the info!

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by scissorhandscps (68.74.134.70)
What a pretty purse Jen! I actually bought a purse pattern to do for myself. Don't hold your breath! It has a zipper in it, so we'll see :0)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm now Head over Heels in love with Veronica

Are you all looking around wondering who the heck is Veronica? She's the purse I made last night. That's the name of the pattern! The more I used her yesterday, the less I saw her flaws and began to just look at her as a really awesome purse. Last night I went button shopping and found the most beautiful button to put on her. The picture doesn't do it justice. I also added 4 silver purse feet...which of course photograph horribly. With the flash they reflect, without you don't even see them. I could have staged a better shot but I just couldn't focus on it. Just know that the little sliver flashes are feet. I'm dying to get a wonder wallet made to go with her, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Probably tonight. AND, I have a matching smaller button to go on the wallet. I'm thinking of making a little camera case - I can't decide if I want it purple or something neutral. My camera fits in Veronica's pocket but then it really pulls funny at the wall of the purse and I don't want to just throw it in to get dinged up by my keys.




Comments:


Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by Anonymous (24.215.52.160)
Oh you are such a smarty ,I didn't know you could buy purse feet LOL .The button is very pretty and looks perfect on it .

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Sorry the last comment was from Me :-)

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Veronica
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
That's really cool, Jen! I didn't know you could buy purse feet either. Did you buy these things at Joann's? Way to go, girl!

Friday, August 24, 2007 - button is a perfect match!
Posted by mamanance (24.127.100.201)
I agree, the button is a perfect match. And it sounds like none of us knew you can buy purse feet - where did you get those? That sure is a nice finishing touch!

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Love it!
Posted by born2quilt (69.243.84.230)
This looks great. I just love it. I want one! Steph

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.33.25)
I love this purse! My sister has used the purse feet on a purse she made in high school. I think they are great! Kristie

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
Great looking bag and I also have never heard of feet for a purse - you are so smart. Hugs Mary Ann

Veronica Pocketbook

Tonight I just coudn't get settled in on what I wanted to work on so what did I do? Started a new project. LOL. I really would like to make one of those quilted shower curtains for our bathroom but I don't know out of which fabric. Hmmm, it just dawned on me, what about the sunflower fabric I bought in Madison a few weeks back. I know I want to do the carpenters wheel but that's about as far as I can get. I don't want to make it too girly or it will make Mike squeemish. I was supposed to cut fabric for pillow cases but I couldn't make myself do it. I should have started on my Friday night block of the month but I think I'll wait until the weekend to do that because I also need to start getting that quilt top together.


I decided to make a Lazy Girl Veronica Pocketbook out of a purple Batik that I bought a few weeks back. I love the fabric but I think the purse itself is going to have to grow on me. It was not my favorite bag to make. I did end up having in my thread stash the perfect varigated thread for the FMQ-ing. I decided instead of batting to use the Peltex since I wanted the purse to have a little more body. I'm happy with the body. I'm not happy with the way the sides got attached to the bag. You started at the top, sewed down then pivoted and back up the other side. I think it might work better if you sewed the bottom seam first and then did the two sides. This was the first purse that I used "Fashion Handles" on. I like them, I like the way they look with the bag but I didn't think to measure the arc of my handles before putting the tabs on the bag. I just followed the directions and went on with life. Unfortunately, each tab could stand to be moved out at least a 1/2". I guess I've learned a valuable lesson that when trying a new purse pattern make it out of crappy fabric first and then move on to the really cool piece that you just couldn't wait to use. I think next time I would also make the front flap about 2 inches longer. I just seems to stick out. All things considered though, I do like her. I know that when I carry her the only person who will notice all her flaws is me - well and you guys because I just pointed them all out!! Wouldn't you know it, the back looks better than the front!!




Comments:


Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (205.188.117.70)
I think it's pretty!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.32.228)
Now Jen, if you are unhappy with it, just send it my way. I LOVE it. I think this is one of my favorites. I really like the style of it and the colors that you used. I'm sure with the next one, you will make it more to suit your needs... Kristie

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Very nice ,you did a great job .

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
I see your point about the handles, but it actually looks like that's the way it's supposed to be. I love that fabric! Rhoda

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.49)
I love it too...especially the fabric!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Oh I really like it too. I can't wait to see it in person. Mom

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.35.170)
Veronica turned out very beautiful! I am going to have to get some handles and make one soon. I love the fabric you used! You always do a great job.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Yo-Yo Flag


My Yo-Yo Flag is complete, I just finished snipping the last of the threads today at lunch time. 273 Yo-Yo's made with the small green clover Yo-Yo Maker. I sewed the yo-yo's together by dropping my feed dogs and using a 2.5 zig zag stitch. I will use this as a table topper. I think it's too heavy to hang; it would really put a lot of stress on the upper yo-yo rows.

Comments:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
Yeah! Good job, Jen! It looks great!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by lori (24.215.52.160)
Thats wonderful ,you have more patience then I could ever have .

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
That is just so cool. Everytime I see it I'm more amazed than the last time. Good job kiddo. Mom

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
It turned out really well! Now my question is, what are you going to do with it? Is it stiff enough to hang on a wall, table topper? What. Rhoda

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
Hi: I really like it. I think I will buy some of those new yo yo makers that come in the shape of flowers, hearts etc. The needlework show will be in Toronto in October and I'm sure I can get them there. You did a nice job. Will you hang it? Hugs Mary Ann

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by ThisOldQuilt (67.142.130.15)
Very cool!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.34.252)
I love it!!! I told you they are addictive! Now what are you going to make? Kristie

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - I love it!
Posted by take2quilter (207.200.116.10)
and you sewed it together on the machine? Is this a commercial pattern? I want to make some for gifts. We are all flag wavers here in my family and my boss collects flags. Perfect! You did a great job and I love the fabrics, Jen. Hoo Ray!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - I love it!
Posted by take2quilter (207.200.116.10)
and you sewed it together on the machine? Is this a commercial pattern? I want to make some for gifts. We are all flag wavers here in my family and my boss collects flags. Perfect! You did a great job and I love the fabrics, Jen. Hoo Ray!


Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (64.12.117.70)
Awesome! I really like it!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MoneikQuilts (209.159.204.1)
Wow Jen This is really neat! I absolutely love how it turned out.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - YoYo Maker
Posted by take2quilter (63.201.0.82)
Jen: How do these things work? I looked them up on the clover site but there weren't any descriptions of how they work.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.35.170)
Wow Jen...awesome! I know I wasn't going to surcome to the yoyo craze but then I bought the heart and flower yoyo maker. Now after seeing this quilt I may have to get the regular yoyo maker and make my mom a flag quilt.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Quilted Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been pondering over the last few days on how to go about making the quilted Christmas ornaments that I’d like to make this year. I’m going to paper piece them since they’re so small. I’m thinking maybe 3x3. The idea of binding something so small isn’t at all appealing. Learning a new technique to bring the backing over to the front to act as binding and mitering those little corners doesn’t appeal to me either. I hate sewing around the edges and turning something that small. Then it dawned on me; what if I put Peltex in the middle instead of batting and assemble the ornament the same way that I assemble my post cards with the satin stitch on the edges? Using this method I would also be able to personalize the back of each ornament by printing the recipients name or family name and the year onto muslin.


I’ll then need holes to tie a hanger to. I could use a leather punch and punch small holes either in two corners or in one corner if I want it to hang on point.


I think that’s my game plan. Gee, great; another project to add to my insanely long list!!

Comments:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
I'm assuming peltex is something you used in the cards? It sounds like it would work. Why don't you make a few tonight and show us? : ) Rhoda

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
Hi the project sounds good do show us a few. What is Peltex I've never heard of it. Glad you are thinking of christmas my non needlework friends think I'm nuts it's summer. Hugs Mary Ann

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by cowgirl4ever (138.162.140.54)
That sounds great. I haven't decided what to make for my ornaments this year either. Last year I started some really awesome ones and didn't get to finish because of elbow surgery. Mom bailed me out and crocheted snowflakes.. I did my part by starching them. I love my mom... smiles Heather

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
More projects?????? Girl, how will we EVER keep up with you? Ok...we won't!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MoneikQuilts (209.159.204.1)
I think that sounds like a great idea. If you use Peltex 72 it has sticky stuff on both sides, so no steam a seam or wonder under to use. That would work great and you could use your decorative stitches!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by sunshine (69.34.151.157)
I haven't seen this done and I would love to see one that you have finished. I have a friend in a rest home that I would love to have a few to pass out to her friends. If you can will you send me the directions also? Thanks

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.35.43)
See, you are so smart. I think that would work perfectly... Can't wait to see them. Kristie

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (64.12.117.71)
Sure, add it to your list and then you will finish everything and the rest of us will still have lists a mile long!! kidding! :) I think it sounds like a great plan. Make one up and show us what you did!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by MaureenQuilts (69.210.43.177)
Jen I wish I had all the energy you have...everytime I look you are posting about another project. Maureen

Would it make you all feel better

to know that I fell asleep on the couch tonight for 3 hours and didn't sew?

Comments:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by SewAndSnip (75.86.248.203)
Wow you were really tired. No wonder you didn't want to go along to the movies.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by luv2quilt (12.205.65.222)
YES!!!!! Now, I am feeling more NORMAL!!! Honestly, Jen, enjoy your energetic years when you can...they will end sooner than you expect! My sister just got back from South Carolina, and visited me for a few hours. I checked on her cats every other day, fed, watered, and 'flushed' their potty, and she brought me back a Myrtle Beach hooded sweatshirt (peach colored) and a Hematite (The Healing Stone) Cross Necklace. The card that came with it says: This blackish mineral is the chief of Iron, It is known as the Healing Stone. It is known for Relieving Stress, Headache, High Blood Pressure, adn Anxiety. Hematite can be found in Kenya and Alaska.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by jillquilts (64.12.117.71)
That totally makes me feel better!!! I hope that you enjoyed your nap!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (69.176.32.169)
Great! Now we know that you are HUMAN! I just don't know how you do it sometimes...with working and everything else. Kristie

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by 51050 (24.176.0.71)
Yes it does. Thank you. You just need to catch up sometimes. Rhoda

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - You have no idea!
Posted by take2quilter (63.201.0.82)
I feel so much better and hope you do too! Hey, Jen. I notice your mom's map is at the bottom too! And I took the creativity test and it ended up at the bottom. What is my problem? LOL

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by maryann64 (74.118.54.208)
YES MUCH BETTER don't feel so lazy now. Hugs Mary Ann