Monday, December 31, 2007

December Accomplishments

Wow...now that it's listed out I really got more accomplished thatn I thought I did....yet not as much as I had hoped.

  • 11 Name Tags
  • Yo-Yo Garland
  • 4 Block Keepers
  • Quilted my Moda Hexagon Quilt Top
  • 3 Miranda Day Bags
  • Assembled and bordered My Yellow Brick Road Lap Quilt Top
  • Quilted mom's Christmas 4 Patch Flip Top
  • Quilted the Yellow Brick Road & Bound YBR Quilt for Mom's Xmas Gift
  • Laptop Cozy
  • Tree skirt
  • 9 Snowflake Coasters
  • Snowflake Table Runner
  • Quilted a Log Cabin top for Jean
  • Made & Quilted a Fleece Quilt
  • 4 pairs of fleece pants
  • 1 Wonder Wallet

And what am I doing on this day that is just made for quilting? Yeah I'm sitting on the bed trying to figure out Quilters Cad (I swear I'm an idiot because I don't get it) and watching a CSI marathon. I should be finishing my mom's Miranda.


I'm also thankful to each and every one of you that read my blog. I just reached 40,000 hits!! Thanks!!


Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wonder Wallet & Zippered Pouch

Well, I admit defeat. I just made a wonder wallet to go with Miranda and then I dug out a zippered pouch that I had left over from gifts last year. Ok, so the brown doesn't exactly match but...it'll be fine I'm sure. I hope.


Now I've got to jump in the shower and run over to the Lang Store really quick, wrap gifts and get over there once the Packer Game is over and Mike comes home.

Ultra Suede Miranda

I just finished a Miranda. Now I just need to make a wonder wallet and a zippered pouch to go with it. The clips that I used inside it were a little shorter than the ones that I used in my own but I think once the bag gets filled it will be just fine. The bottom appears wavy, but it does have a plexiglass bottom that is velcro-ed in place. Again, this will lay flat once there's a little weight inside.


The handles are black leather, the closure is a magnet. The button is too high but I put it on before I made the flap. I'll know better next time. I used ribbon to put the handles on with. It's black grosgrain. To make it match the rest of the bag I tops stitched along it's edges in burgundy thread. The quilting on the bag was done in monofiliment thread. The lining of the bag is black satin, the pocket I did in burgundy cotton and that is also what I covered the bottom with. It also has 6 silver purse feet on the bottom.





The close up shot...well...I guess I shouldn't have taken a close up! The flap stitching seems pretty wonky when it's up close!




It will be hard to give this one away!


Fleece Pants - One Step Closer

Well, it's 12:40AM and I just finished two pairs of fleece pants. One red pair for my dad and a navy blue pair for his wife Lynda. God I hope they fit. I had no idea how long to make them. But since they're just for around the house perhaps it won't matter. At least that's what I'm telling myself. LOL

Tomorrow morning I'll get up early and finish up her Miranda Bag. Once I get that finished I can work on my Mom's. If there's still time left I'll get to Wonder Wallets and Zippered Pouches. Maybe even a tissue cover or two.

I can dream can't I??

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Snow, Glorious Beautiful Snow


Mom and I did a little driving around after we hit the Patched Works today. I shot 41 pictures and only had 2 duds....which is just amazing considering this was just out of my digital camera, not my good camera. The curving road that you see is one that Mike and I bike on during summer and Mom was actually driving and I had my hand outside the window snapping pictures!! It's in Greenfield Park. The pictures that are a few before and after the one with the dog carrying the giant stick...in the background that is the Greenfield Park Lagoon that you see frozen over.

The slideshow cuts a lot of the pictures off. You might be better taking a gander at the full album using the link above and flipping through one picture at a time.

So as I said, we went to the Patched Works earlier. We needed to use our Free Fat Quarter Coupon. I also needed some fabric for a project I'm working on but wouldn't you know it I couldn't visualize the shade that I needed. Oh well, I guessed. When we got back to my Mom's I cut out 6 pairs of fleece pants. We had dinner and she brought me home. I'm supposed to be sewing said pants. Don't I procrastinate well?
Of course now Mike is in the Sewing Room playing poker online. I've GOT to get in there and finish up the things that I've been working on so I can start the new year off working on things for ME.

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Pajama Quilter Reloaded

It's snowing like mad. Ok, maybe it's stopped by now. It's a heavy wet snow too, probably about 8 inches that fell today. On my way home from work I was even thinking how beautiful it was out and how I wanted to get home, grab my "real" camera and tripod and head back out to take pictures. Something I always say I'm going to do and never do. Things didn't work out as planned because as I pulled into the driveway and ujp the hill and around the corner to pull into the garage my car got stuck. I had to call Mike to come out and help. In the end he shoveled a lot of this heavy, awful snow to free my car and a guy from across the way came over to help push me out of these awful ruts.

So I came inside, put my boots on and grabbed my furry friend Flicka to go outside and play in the snow. I actually built a snowman! Probably the first one in about 20 years. The snow was perfect for it. But my digital camera was in the house. BUMMER!! Maybe it'll still be standing tomorrow and I can get a shot.

Last week I ordered a new DVD that just came out. The Pajama Quilter: Reloaded. It was a little pricey at $28 BUT I got more out of this DVD than any other Free Motion Quilting book that I've bought or browsed through. I bought Ricky Timms Grand Finale last year but I didn't get much out of it. It was far too advanced for a person like me. This had real ideas and techniques that an average quilter could practice and try.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Quilt is a Once in a Lifetime type thing

Mike and I went out for dinner tonight. I couldn't find my gloves; they've been missing for a few days now so I threw Mike's on. First we got into this argument that they were my gloves, not his - especially when I told him he had really small hands. He just wouldn't believe me that they wern't mine. Then my hands started to itch....A LOT. Like want to rip your skin off itching. Sure enough, they're his AND the lining is cashmere. DUH, I'm allergic. Two Benadryls and a few hours later and my hands are still itchy, red and I'd still like to rip my skin off. NICE.

Then we were bantering back and forth about a comment Mike made weeks ago that he now denies making. So this comment was in regard to me asking if I could make him a quilt or flannel pants or pillow cases for Christmas.

A quilt is a once in a lifetime type thing. I already have two, I don't need any more.

Umm HELLO, Knife to my HEART. Just put it in and twist....repeatedly while you're at it. Yep, that's my husband the Schmuck. Yes Mike, I called you a Schmuck.

Onto my next rambling topic. Remember the Eye Glasses Saga from late last week? So after last weeks situation I call and ask them if I can just pick up my prescription to price check elsewhere. I was at the end of my rope with them. Then the holidays came and I forgot to go get it. Now today I realize I'm down to the wire, if we're going to use this money it needs to be this week. I go over there at lunch and just figure I'll just have them do whatever they're going to do just so I get lenses. The receptionist says to me, "They're at lunch, you should know that." Ummm, how the heck would I know that? If you're closed, put your closed sign up and lock the door. Heck, last week I was informed that I interrupted their Christmas Luncheon. By this point, I'm back to being irritated with them again so I ask about picking up my prescription. The response I get it, "Like I said, they're out to lunch." Ok, do I have treat me like shit tatooed to my forehead? I said, "Well, I called asking for it last week." She replies, "Oh." Pulls out the envelope, slaps it on the counter and walks into the back room. HONESTLY!!

Tonight after dinner Mike suggested we check out Sam's Club's optical prices. Low and behold. For $180 I'll have my lenses in 1 week, not 3. They didn't have to keep my frames, they just traced my lenses, they'll be a little thinner than they are currently and will have the roll and polish edge like I have currently. PERFECT. No hoops to jump through, no trying to upsell me on everthing, had no problems using my current frames. Of course, we still needed to find about $50 worth of medical expense products on. We now own a giant bottle of Excedrin Migraine, 300 allergy pills, 4 bottles of contact solution and a new wrist brace. Tomorrow I will get everything submitted and all can be right with the world.

So now I'm home and I should be sewing but Mike is playing poker on the computer in the Sewing Room. I'd kick his butt out but he hasn't been playing for quite some time. Looks like it's time to curl up with my new quilty.

Oh, and while I was out I bought another two tubes of tooth paste!!

Someday when I die...

(This definitely without a doubt falls under the "Insane Ramblings" category)

Whomever goes through my home is going to find the thousands of tubes of toothpaste that I've sworn I've purchased over the years.

Now, I know it's not Mike using my toothpaste because we use different types, flavors and brands. I'll only use his if I'm completely desperate. I'm not sure if he'd ever use mine.

I swear to God, every time I buy toothpaste I buy two tubes. Yet, every time I go to grab the new tube it's nowhere to be found and I go out and buy another two tubes. This has been going on for the 9 years that we've lived in our apartment. Sure it's possible that I'm grabbing that second tube and not even realizing it but I prefer to think that they've formed their own secret society somewhere in my vanity under the sink. Perhaps they're living in the walls like the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock did.

(I picture my cousin Jean silently nodding in agreement with me while my cousin Erin has probably dropped her jaw and is shaking her head at me wondering if the cold has finally affected my brain.)

Finish it up Month - Clarification

Ok, since there's been a few questions I thought I'd clarify a few things.



Finish it up month is going to be whatever you deem it to be. It doesn't necessarily mean completely finished quilts or getting EVERYTHING you have finished. It could mean assembling a quilt top you've been putting off, adding borders to something, binding a few quilts.



Now that Christmas sewing has come to a close (unless you're me and STILL working on it) it's time to get back into those projects started before the holiday season. The projects that weren't cast off because we didn't want to work on them but because we needed more supplies, or just didn't have the time.

For me, in some respect it does mean some finished quilts but that's because I have my frame and am no longer afraid of finishing some of the tops that I've been accumulating over the past year or two.

It's also a time for me to finish a few projects that have been thorns in my side such as my Harvest Spice Quilt. I don't like it, I'll never like it but I don't want it hanging around unfinished either. I'll feel better about that one even if it means putting it into storage as soon as it's completed.

So here are my Goals:
  1. 2007 Block of the Month from my Second Friday Group - Add outer flange and border, Quilt and Bind
  2. Get Egg Money BOM back on Track (I think I'm behind about 2-3 months now.
  3. Work on Celestial Migraine BOM - I started about 6 months late so it's not like it's going to be finished at the same time as everyone else anyway.
  4. The 2 blocks that I'm behind on my Moda U BOM
  5. Quilt and bind my Sunflower Dresden Plate Quilt
  6. Border, Quilt & Bind Harvest Spice
  7. Bind Moda Hexagon Quilt
  8. Quilt and Bind my Yellow Brick Road Quilt
  9. Quilt and bind my Tree Skirt
  10. Finish Quilting and bind my Circular Mini-Wallhanging
  11. Remove the basting tacks in my Pineapple Quilt & snip threads

At the end of January, whether or not my list is complete I'll get to start a new project or two!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

January - Finish it Up Month

I hereby declare January to be "Finish it up Month." Those UFO's are coming out of hiding. Most of them just need something simple to be completed and then they can be thrown on the frame and quilted. Even if I only finish a few, this will give me a cleaner slate to start the year with.

Anyone else up for this challenge?

Quilters Amaryllis Growing Contest

So far no one from the quilting contest has produced a flowering plant. That contest is still open...we'll go until we get a first and second place winner on that.

BUT, I do need some height winners. =) The contest for that part was the tallest by Christmas Day. Since it's the 26th, we'll take everyone's measurements for today if you've got them.

So bring it on; who has the tallest plant?? Post your heights as a comment.

Mine is a short 13 inches...no winner here I'm sure!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Quilty Christmas

I hope everyone had a very Quilty Christmas. Ours was "interesting" and I'll leave it at that. The end of the day was great and I fell asleep on my Mom's couch with my quilt and a copy of "The New Year's Quilt" by Jennifer Chivarini.

My mom LOVED her quilt and her unfinished Miranda. Yes, I said UNFINISHED. I need to make the flap, the sleeve for the bag-e-bottom and then sew in the swivel hooks and insert the purse feet and it will be done. Then I'll whip up a few components - 2 wonder wallets & 2 little pouches. That shouldn't take too long; by the end of the week she'll have her finished purse. I can't wait to see how full her purse becomes...she's got a bad habit of letting it get to 10-15 pounds. We've weighed it in the past. Giggle.

My mom made me an AWESOME raggy flannel quilt in my favorite - blue and snowflakes!! It's awesome! It's so nice and warm. I can't wait to post a picture of it. She also made me a Holly Jolly Table Runner.

Now, I just need to get 2 pairs of fleece pants and another Miranda finished this week before I go to celebrate Christmas at my Dad's. I'm worried about finishing the Miranda; the pants are no big deal.

Monday, December 24, 2007

One Gift Down, One to Go

Well it's Christmas Eve and I've worked hard and procrastinated too. I just finished a quilt that I was making for my Mom for Christmas. I had a stack of fat quarters from a Sandy Gervias Springtime line. Out of that stack I made three Yellow Brick Road quilts. One for Kassidy, one for my Mom and one for Me. Mine is now the only one not finished. It just needs to be quilted and bound.


Without further ado, here's mom's quilt. It does still need the label but I'm out of yellow ink and now the printer won't print without it.



Since the borders that my mom chose were soooooo light I decided to put a red binding on it. Unfortunately you really can't tell that from the picture but the whole quilt is much brighter and more colorful in person.


Ok, it's 2pm. Now I've just got to finish her Miranda bag. Can I do it? Well....it's doubtful but I'm going to give it my best effort.



Fleece Quilt

Well, last night I worked on a Christmas gift that I don't need until the end of the week. I just needed a break and I wanted to try something new. There's been some chatter about Free Motion Quilting on two layers of fleece on my Frame Quilting message boards recently. I wanted to give it a try. I bought a USMC fleece for the top and a red for the bottom. This fleece quilt is for my Dad but mainly it was because I wanted to experiment with something new.


It's stippled and it really lends itself to this fleece since it's lightly camoflauged. The stippling makes that really stand out. I ended up using Bottom Line thread on both the top and the bottom. I needed a polyester to really sail through the fleece. I think it turned out quite nicely. I actually can't wait to make one for myself.




I set it up lenghtwise across my frame. Once I figured out that I needed to use polyester thread it went really quickly. I eyeballed a 4 inch perimeter and once I was done I straightened out the edges and snipped them and started tying them.




Well, I'm off. It's Christmas Eve and I still need to finish sewing on my Mom's presents.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Gotcha Day!

Today is Gotcha Day! The day we got Holly from the Humane Society 8 years ago. So today we dote on her and huggle her and just all around love her. We're so lucky to have her in our lives.


Jean came over this morning and I threw her quilt on the frame and quilted it for her. Something wasn't working quite right because I had a lot of thread breaks and I'm not sure why. I juse used this same thread the other day to do my Hexagon Quilt and had no troubles with it then. But, I pressed on and boy does it look nice!! This is Jean's second quilt, my 17th on my Frame.


Here's the picture that she used as her color inspiration. It's called Voices & Visions by JD Challenger. Her parents have this in their living room.



Today is also Festivus. Later on we'll have to have the airing of the grivances and the feats of strength!!

Happy Festivus!!!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's a Christmas Miracle!!!

I never thought I'd see the day. Our apartment complex installed a new appliance into our apartment. Since the day we moved in, 8-1/2 years ago we've had to run the dryer three times in order to dry a load of clothing. Over the past year they've been around to fix the washer multiple times and it finally bit the big one.


We did a load of towels last night and it actually dried in ONE cycle. Wow...I'm in shock!!





Mike and I went to see National Treasure Book of Secrets last night. It was really good. I really enjoyed the first movie and it sounds like there will be a third too!! We ran into Julie, her husband and her nephew as we were leaving.



I also got a Birthday Present in the mail yesterday from Michelle & Louie. An adorable Snowman that hangs from it's own special hanger, pad of paper and a box of YLI thread that came in it's own special box. I can't wait to play with the thread!!






Thank you so much Michelle & Louie!!

Amaryllis Update

Well, my amaryllis isn't doing to hot. I won't be winning a dang thing! Mike's is tall but there's no way he's going to bloom any time soon.


Mine is 11-3/4" tall.

Mike's is 22 Inches tall.

How's everyone else's plant doing?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Craft Inc. - Book Review



I just finished reading the book Craft Inc. Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco.

I picked this book up because of the numerous times I've heard, "You should do that for a living" regarding my quilts. I've always said that it just wouldn't be fun if I HAD to make quilts. Besides that, you put so many hours into a quilt - who in their right mind is going to pay you what you're really worth?

The book was a very interesting read. I thought it was very informational. It really outlined ALL the things you need to do...and by all...wow, there's a LOT to do. No thank you!

For me it was a good read because it wasn't something I was intending to do anyway but it did confirm all of my suspicions. I'd rather just do what I want, when I want and for whom I want and ENJOY what I'm doing.


Grandma Update

For the moment; she's going to be ok. Thank God. I took it as a good sign when she started to complain about not having her teeth. They didn't want to make her stay for observation since we know all the signs and can watch her at home. She'll be snuggled in at my Aunt Kitty's for the next few days and then will either go home with one of us spending the night or will stay at my mom's for a few days.

Prayers Please

My Grandma was just taken to the hospital. She's 88. She had three heart attacks last February. Her blood pressure went sky high and she's not feeling well. Can you just keep her in your thoughts?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Eye Doctor Makes Me Insane

I feel like walking into their office with my Festivus Pole and airing my grievances.

We have $232 dollars remaining in our FSA account so I'm trying to find a way to spend it. They had changed our health insurance at work so I needed less than I anticipated.

I haven't updated the lenses in my frames in 6 years. My Prescription is horrible. In the land of contacts I'm wearing a 20/950 in my left eye and a 20/650 in the right. My lenses are super thick. I won't wear them in public. I literally take my contacts out, put my glasses on, go to bed with them on, get up in the morning and put my contacts back in.

Yes, I sleep with my glasses on. My eyes are so bad that if I need my glasses in the middle of the night and end up knocking them off the night stand feeling for them (happens 95% of the time) then I can't find them. It's just easier to sleep with them on.

No, I won't get Lasik surgery. We tried that. I'd pass out from fear first of all. Secondly, one eye has a cornea that is borderline too thin and the other eye has a pupil that is borderline too large. That's to much of a risk.

So I thought I could get new lenses with the money. I've been putting this off because ever since my eye doctor sold his practice to this new guy the support staff has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Mike's off today so he thought he'd save me the hassle and take my frames in to get the new lenses made. He called me and said I'd need to go over ther because they have this new high definition lens where they take a fingerprint of your eye by computer and make the lenses especially for your eye and it's issues. It would be $50 more. They told him this was WITH frames. Basically cheaper to go this route than make lenses for my old frames. Ok, I can get on board with that.

I go over there. Right off the bat they inform me that I'm interrupting their holiday luncheon. Ok, why don't you lock your door then?? Put up a closed sign?

The technician who has my file in her hands says, "You don't have your contacts in do you?" Umm, seriously? You're looking right at my file or are YOU blind? Take them out, she does her thing, put them back in. So they take the fingerprint thing, the Dr then checks my eyes. Asks if my contacts are in. Sigh. Take them out, put them back in. Guess what...my prescription is on the edge of being too bad to do these high definition lenses but "they're going to do it anyway." He goes on and on about how wonderful these new high definition lenses are and how I'll actually wear them. My question, "Are they thinner?" No. Umm, then I don't care because I WON'T be wearing them outside off the house. I don't care how awesome they are, I've got Coke Bottles and I don't go in public with them on.

I go back out into the office to find out no, it's not $50 more with frames, it's $50 more just for the lenses. Again the shpeal on how frigging wonderful they are. You'd think she was talking about he second coming of Christ the way she was going on. Dude...they're lenses. They're not revolutionary. They're not thinner. I don't CARE.

Oh the best part? Not only do they need me AND my frames at this point (which by the way Mike has) but they're going to take THREE FREAKING WEEKS. Hello, I'm blind. I can't be without glasses for three weeks.

So I ask how much their cheapest pair of frames would be. She will "do me a favor" and knock the price of a pair of Ralph Lauren frames down to $100. Umm, I didn't ask for Ralph Lauren, I asked for YOUR CHEAPEST frames.

In the end I told them I'd think about it and get back to them.

$232 flex dollars, glasses/frames will run me an additional $150 or so out of pocket. Hmmmm. To me it sounds more worth while to lose the $232 dollars than put out an additional $150.

Ok, bring on the ideas of how I can spend $232. If I could get away with buying Murphy's insulin needles and submitting it, I would.

Straight out of Martha Stewart...



Is Diane's Dining Room Table not the most fabulous thing you've ever seen?!? Can you believe how perfectly the table runner fits length wise? Completely a fluke!! From the bowl of ornaments to the candles, it's just the bomb! I think it's going to have to become my wallpaper for a while because I'm enjoying looking at it.


Sigh, it's great to give homemade gifts to those who truely appreciate them. =)


Houston, We have a problem....

So I'm laying in bed this morning and my foot got stabbed. This happened a few weeks ago too and I couldn't figure it out.

I'm sure I said it before...I'm a rogue quilter. I'm anti-pin. Sooooo how did I get a pin in between the backing and the batting?

I had no choice, I had to snip it out. Then I put a dot of fray check on it. We'll just hope for the best!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I am YODA

Or at least that's what my cousing Jean calls me. I call her my youngling or padawan. Giggle.

Yep, there can always be a Star Wars reference if you look hard enough.

I was out at Jean's tonight helping her with a Christmas present that she is making. I'll post a picture AFTER Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Snowflake Table Runner

This morning I just couldn't wait any longer. I had to give my friend Diane her Christmas Present. Here's the blog post from when I started it: Diane's Table Runner. I just published that post today since I had to keep it a secret. The table runner is about 15 inches wide and about 5 feet long.



It's LOVERLY. I can't wait to make something similar for myself. God knows I have enough fabric because everytime I see it in the store I buy another yard. Have you figured out yet that I'm infatuated with snowflakes?

I also put a set of snowflake coasters (the ones from yesterday) with the gift.

The best part? We were in V. Richards yesterday and she was talking about her bowl of ornaments on her dining room table. I asked her what color they were....blue and silver. Hmmmm, did I remember that from last year?? I honestly have no idea.

The even better part? She has china that will match the table runner!! I can't wait to see a picture of her set table.

Everytime I showed this table runner while it was in progress, someone tried to steal it.

I quilted it using a pewter Hemmingway Polyester thread (that's not even a metallic!) and Bottom Line thread on the bottom. I did this one sitting at my table because I wanted to concentrate on making my stippling small....but I wasn't gutsy enough to go into those little areas towards the centers of the snowflakes! I also used a chunk of that fusible polyester batting for the center (Remember that batting? That's the stuff I ironed to my ironing board while making my Miranda only this time I was smart enough to put my backing down on the ironing board first). I have to say I really, really, really like it for a table runner. It really puffs nicely with the dense quilting. I'll be using that again for table runners, that's for sure. It also gave the table runner more body; it's not like a table runner needs the drape that you'd want on a quilt or wallhanging so it's perfect.


The binding is double fold and a super narrow 1-3/4" strip folded in half. I did this on Julie's suggestion. I LOVE it.

Cough Cough Gasp Wheeeeeeeezzzzzzeeeeeeee

If you're an asthmatic...you know exactly what I'm talking about.

So this dripping we've got going on.....the roof damage from all the snow on the roof...it's starting to mold/mildew. I'm allergic.

Our washer is dead, they're supposedly ordering us a new one but it's on backorder. I had to run some laundry over to my mom's tonight because the poor clothing that was in the washer and never spinning out smelled horrible. I poured a 20 ounce bottle of vinegar in with it.

Low and behold, we're actually OUT of towels. We've sopped and sopped and sopped and sopped...we're out and with no washer I don't know what we're going to do. Oh yeah, they gave us a key to an apartment blocks away so we can do laundry if we need to. You know, that's good in theory but at that point I'd rather run to a laundromat and do it all in two hours than driving back and forth to do laundry. Then again...if I hang out at Mom's this weekend perhaps I can get a lot of laundry done.

So back to the mold/mildew. It's taking my breath away. I'm hacking. I'm hiding in the bedroom where the smell isn't so bad.

Here's our conversation:
M: Maybe you should take your inhaler.
J: Perhaps.
M:Do you know where it is?
J:Yep, but I'm not going out for it.
M:I'll go get it.
J:Nah, don't go out just for that; it's stupid.
M:What's stupid? You being able to breathe? Where is it?
J:It's in my car
M:What the hell is it doing there?
J:It fell out of my purse once.
M:And you just never put it back in?
J:Nope.
M:Ok, that's it. I'm going out, where is it?
J:On the back seat just sticking out from between the back and seat crevice.
M:That's just wrong, why don't you carry it?
J:Isn't it better that I actually know exactly where it is for once?
M: Sigh....goes out, returns with inhaler.

Now, both my mom and dad can attest that I NEVER used to know where an inhaler was. So really this IS a step in the right direction. At least I knew it's whereabouts. Sigh, I SUPPOSE there is a little room for it in my Miranda Day Bag.

At the Bus Stop

Ok, I'll admit I never took a school bus to school so I guess I don't understand the dynamics of it. I took a city bus when it came time for High School but that was on the other side of town. What I don't understand is taking a school bus to a school that is only a few short blocks away AND having your parents wait with you EVERY DAY no matter the temperature with you in the car with it running.

Ummm...the school is a few blocks away. If you're going to leave your car running and wait for 10 minutes, why don't you just drive the kid to school and be back home all within 5 minutes?

The even better thing is that it's the same FOUR cars every day. You think these parents could all just take turns or something. I've seen them, they all DO get on the same bus.



I've determined that my coaster is too pretty to be covered up by my Gatorade bottle. What can I say? I'm hopeless. My bottle is now NEXT TO the coaster.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snowflake Coasters

I just finished making up 9 Snowflake Coasters. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE snowflakes. I just think they're so pretty. I decided to do these as Criss Cross instead of Squares. While I like the way they look, I'm not fond of the corners because they seem loose.




I've also been working on some Christmas presents today. I hate to admit defeat...but it's NOT all going to get done in time. Why do I do this to myself?

So I'm thinking...Mom and I like to sew together. I was supposed to come up with things to do on Christmas. Giggle, I think I'll be finishing Mom's Gifts! LOL. Kidding. Of course, all I need to do for her is put some binding on the quilt I made for her and finish a Miranda bag for her.


Actually now that I look at it, I don't have MUCH to get done for Christmas Day. I can do it...

Stashbusting

I feel like I'm the only one who isn't Stashbusting these days!! It seems to be what everyone is buzzing about. I'm not busting stash, I'm enjoying accumulating it.

Now, don't think I have a huge stash, because I don't. Last year I did bust my stash. I took everything that I wasn't planning to use immediately and I made it into Pillow Cases to send to the Soldiers in Iraq.

Even still, with the fabric I buy I don't really just buy at random; I do buy it with a project in mind.

But, even still. I do feel left out!! I do love fabric like the rest of you, I just busted it last year. =) I will say though it felt fabulous to be free of all of those pretty pieces that I wasn't sure I would ever get around to using!!

If you're still looking to bust your stash, check out Judy Laquirara's blog, she seems to be the stash busting queen these days!!

Tree skirt

I've been working on a tree skirt. I have a few more wedges to sew (9 maybe?) and then it will be complete. I'm not sure if I should turn it or bind it. I really don't want to mess with bias bindng. Sigh. I'm using a 9 degree ruler wedge.
Anyway here's the in progress picture:



I'm not sure why my camera always pukes on auto focus latley. It's only periodic.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Making of a Tree Skirt

For my birthday my mom gave me a 9 degree wedge ruler as we had seen these tree skirts at The Patched Works. When I was a kid, my Mom and Grandma actually made these very same tree skirts for everyone in the family. So I feel like I'm reviving a tradition of some sort.

My tree is tiny. It's only about 4-1/2 feet high and pretty thin. I don't need a traditional huge 48" tree skirt.

I started out with 6 different fabrics - one half yard each as suggested by Julie at the Patched Works. But then, I needed to decide how big my tree skirt needed to be and how wide I wanted my strips.

After a page or two of pencil scribbles I came up with the following which comes out to a 17 inch finished strip set.


  1. Strip One - Green - 4 inches
  2. Strip Two - Red - 3.25 inches
  3. Strip Three - Tan - 2.75 inches
  4. Strip Four - Red - 2.75 inches
  5. Strip Five - Tan - 3.25 inches
  6. Strip Six - Green - 4 inches


I sewed them all together using the standard 1/4 inch seam allowance. I ironed the seams open and sprayed the strip set with Mary Ellen's Best Press. I then cut them apart using my wedge ruler. You flip it back and forth to get opposite wedges. With the size of my strip set, I got 16 wedges out of each strip set - eight of each. To make a complete circle you need 360 degrees; so 2-1/2 strip sets are needed to cut 40 wedges.

Now, the only thing left to figure out is how I want to go about finishing it.

P.S.  The Tree Skirt pattern is called "Treasured Tree Skirt" and it is by Linda Marcou.  The 9 degree wedge ruler by Marilyn Doheny is used with it.

A "Bankey" Epiphany

Bankey, that's what I always called my baby blanket when I was a kid. I think everyone's bankey was important to them. Heck, I know someone who is a mere 10 months older than me whose blankey is more accessible than the rubbermaid tub mine is in. (I'm not naming names)

A tub sounds a little harsh. I have one rubbermaid tub in the quilting studio closet that holds all the important quilts that aren't currently out in the house but stay together for safe keeping.

What's so special about bankey? I don't know anything about bankey's history except that it was made for me by my mom. I don't know how long she worked on it, or when it was given to me so I hope she'll stop by and tell the tale. All I know is that I love Bankey because it's mine and it was made for me. Bankey is cross sitched. The fabric used for Banky is so soft. I'm not sure if it's because of all the years or if it was some magical fabric. I always rubbed it against my cheek. One corner is more worn out than the other 3. Even after I was too old for Banky it would get pulled out whenever I was sick. When I was younger, there was one rule. Banky wasn't allowed to leave my bedroom unless I was sick. Oh how I tried to sneak it into different areas but Banky was always returned to my room.

Now let's get back to the magical fabric. Perhaps it wasn't magical at all...but it was quilted fabric. This morning while watching a movie from the safety and comfort of my bed I noticed that the stippling on my Turning Twenty Again bed quilt feels just like Banky which made me pull it out and snap some pictures. No wonder I sleep so well under quilts!!

Truely, The best kind of sleep beneath Heaven above is under a quilt handmade with Love.

Thanks Mom!!