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sewing day results:

23 May

as predicted and perhaps even planned,  i didn’t accomplish much on saturday.  i did get some prep work done tho so it was a grand day after all!

audrey completed her 1st quilt project except for the binding (which she is working on now).  she also made a little pillow to go with it.

after getting her started, i prepped several (6-8) soft books.  this bunch is ready to sew and turn. and i have a couple that are ready for the fusible fleece to be added and then pinned, and then sewn.  yea me!  and that wraps it up.  see, it doesn’t seem like much, but when i sit down to sew that pile, it’s gonna be like greased lightening!

and SUNDAY everyone left.  scott was playing elmer fudd for a couple of days, the big boys had an overnighter at the other grands, and carin, scottie and liam took off shopping and visiting.  what’s a girl to do when she’s got an empty house?  why, leave of course!

i went to the clubhouse and sewed on an unfinished project (one of many if you recall) AND while i was piecing, i was also EMBROIDERING my BOM stuff!  each month i get the goods for 8 blocks.  i had 2 months worth staring at me.  shooting guilty lasers.  even bad talking to me.  well, unfortunately due to the lightening storm that passed through this afternoon, i did not get them all done, but i got all but 4 done.  🙂  go me!

i also conned scott into picking rhubarb for me (i’m quite certain that snakes like rhubarb and are”in the patch”. …. i don’t have any actual experience with this, but i’m convinced of it.) and i put up 12 cups in the freezer.  no, i didn’t bake anything amazing.  sigh.  i would not have been able to not eat it.  so……we have enuf rhubarb for one and a half batches of gramcrackers rhubarb raspberry jam.  to be made later….when i find some self control.  🙂

another project vs another hole

11 May

in my head…….what to do…..what to do….

so, my lqs (heirloom creations)  is offering yet another project i’ve been unable to resist!  oh snap.  i can’t get the linker thing to work.  HELLO.  look at me go at 5 am.  i made it work!!!  <back to topic>  the project:  it’s an embroidery quilt by (smith street designs).  the pattern comes with a cd that you pop in your embroidery machine.

cute no?  anyway,  i couldn’t pass up this project because they (heirloom creations) are PRE-fusing, PRE-cutting (with a laser cutter….think i’ll start calling steve buzz… know, buzz lightyear, SPACEman…i digress again…)  and they made a video showing me how stinkin’ easy it is to do it.  seriously people!

so you pop in the cd and chose a thread.  push a button and it stitches out your placement.  iron your fused fabric in place, push a couple more buttons and WALAA!

I KNOW!  right!  look at me do it!

how lovely is that?  i like it!

so each month you get 2 kits.  with pieces for 4 blocks in each.  for like $9 each.  so someone help me with the math……. $18…..8 blocks….. just a smidge over $2 per block.  and the blocks are snappy fast to sew up.  no cutting or trimming.  i love it.

makes me look so darn good.  🙂  it’s almost like waking up to a good hair day.  which i didn’t. but HEY!  my embroidery blocks look good and look at all the linking i figured out how to do!

anyhoo, watch the video.  maybe you’ll need to get you some embroidery blocks going too!

remember pretty in pink?

6 May

no, not the movie, although i do like molly ringwald.  even in that silly tv show “the secret life of the american teenager”.  i digress…..

pretty in pink.  the pink and brown quilt that i made during our pink and brown retreat:

and don’t forget about the delicious texture the funky fans quilting created (along with a hot bath and dry)

yum.  this quilt currently resides on the back of the deacon’s bench in the dining room.  but again, you’ve seen all this….

the point i’m trying to make, is that once upon a time, i finished a project.  i know.  shocking.  well there it is.  anyway, i had some scraps- triangles mostly.  at this point i don’t remember if i cut extra or if they were cut offs.  anyway, i suppose since they were PINK, i couldn’t throw them away.  so after toting them around for several months, i finally did something with them:

yep. i made me some postcards.  i typically don’t have a plan when i start.  i just start.  these turned out quite nice i think.  a bit of rick rack and buttons and WALAA!  i just did a straight line of stitching around the edges and then trimmed using a pinking edge blade in the rotary cutter.  slick as snot.

you can click on the thumbnails if you want to see them up close and personal (another good movie….)

and do you remember this:

way back in 2009, i got a birthday gift from a couple of friends.  and it’s still just a project.  but it’s cut out! i had strips roughly an inch or so wide left over. so i made these:

that’s right.  more postcards.  but also a couple atc’s!

after sewing the strips together, i added a couple little bits of yarn, a ribbon (which i fancy stitched on) and some bling.  again, i straight stitched the edge and then pinked it.

so there you go.  trash to treasure.  unless your eye is still beholding trash, then well…  oh well.

retreat projects!

18 Mar

finally!  here are the projects we worked on during the ruffles and rickrack retreat:

this little honey has been in the works for about 2 years.  since i learned my niece jess was having twin boys.  can’t remember the name of the pattern but i believe it was designed by cheryl winslow and in a quilts and more magazine.  this is either for silas or quinn…..i can’t remember which one she puts in green.

and a close up.  i love the ricrac.  but i have to admit it was kind of a pain.  next time i think i’ll attempt to sew it down using the longarm machine.

and this is quinn’s…..or silas’…. depending.  the color is a bit off here i think because it was really late at night so no natural lighting.  the quilt is bluer than it looks. so now i just need to quilt these two and these adorable little boys might have their “birth” quilts before their 2nd birthday!

this is a pattern called beach balls by anka’s treasures (heather mulder peterson).  if you fuzz your eyes a little bit, the white stripes look like ric rac.  that’s my story and i’m sticking to it!   i finished this one on the last day of the retreat (mar 7).  i gave it to carin for her birthday on march 7.  i don’t procrastinate much do i?  she’s bought a warm minkee fabric for the back.  it’s gonna be a snuggler!

and now for miss chris’ projects:

she made 3 of these little tag blankets.  chris is a whizbang.  she sews like she has ghosts or zombies chasing her.

after the tag blankets, she decided to heck with the ricrac theme.  she pulled a “blob” of fabric off her stash shelf and put this together.

and a close up the lovely ladies!  check check.  she had pulled 2 more blobs off her shelf that were patriotic quilt kits she’d bought years ago.  and the both had short cuts in them so she was not able to proceed.  how do you spell CRANKY?

and this lovely is karen’z.  not sure how she tied this in with ricrac…..this is a jan mullen of stargazey quilts pattern.  our 1st quarterly theme of 2011 was jan mullen.  it was also our NYD quilt this year.  look at karen go.  she’s completed hers.  sadly mine is not completed.  i’ll probably have rotten quilting luck all year.

and a close up to see the fun fabrics!

i’m gonna close out the retreat posts with my thank you postcards:

i wished i’d had red ricrac on hand but i didn’t.  which is ok because it lead me to buttons.

karen sent out an adorable thank you postcard too but it’s still in my camera (the pic not the card people!) so i’ll have to post that another time….

thus concludes the ruffles and rickrack retreat.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU  to jason and jennifer for letting us use your lake home.  it was absolutely perfect.  so perfect in fact that the girls wanna come back again next spring!  we even have our theme planned…..” a day at the beach”.  🙂

next retreat is in the fall when the boyos go deer hunting.  our theme is “seasonal”.  it promises to be fun fun fun!  and this time i get to just relax….i have no jobs for this retreat!  but i got a little something cookin’………


postcards! treat bag! bali bags!

27 Feb

i’m so behind on posting.  sigh.  i keep taking pictures and then they just lanquish in the computer.  i suppose i have worse faults.  no no.  you don’t have to list them.  ok on with the pictures!

remember that mess i posted last time?  well it turned into this:

the postcards were used for 2 different “purposes”.  1st, i am the location hostess for our spring retreat and as such, i am responsible to send out invitations (there is only a couple of us attendees so it’s not a biggie).  our theme is ruffles and rick rack.  obviously the flower stems are rick rack and the flowers themselves were made using the bernina ruffler (LOVE that attachment).  i dug into my jar of vintage buttons and used them for the flower centers.  walaa!  don’t you just love it?  one of my favorite postcards that i’ve done.  the 2nd purpose for the cards was a MQR exchange.  that theme was “comfort”.  my friends give me comfort and so do my quilting retreats!

here’s  another set of cards:

and i made another treat bag.  they are sort of addicting!  i failed however to purchase some steamaseam2 and guess what?!?  it makes a difference!  i was still able to do it.  and it turned out really cute (i wanted to keep it instead of giving it away), but it was a bit trickier without the steamaseam2 (so go get you some!).

i used a fat quarter that i eliminated from a quilt i’ll be working on at the retreat because there was not enough contrast between this fabric and the background fabric.  i paired it with a chocolate brown dot and some cream rick rack(!) that was my BARGAIN at a recent quilt shop closing sale (yea me!)  and the ribbon was tied around a baby blanket that was purchased eons ago.  it’s almost a totally “free” bag.  some might say i have trouble throwing things away….but i don’t listen to them!  here’s another shot of the bag standing up ready to be filled with treats:

ahuh.  i like it!

and last friday a couple friends and i took a bag class from HeirloomCreations . (yeah, i know that leads you to the video to make a treat bag, but really, you should make some!)   what fun! and then we got together yesterday to finish our bags:

we all chose bali pops….i think they were called:  blue hawaiian, sangria, and mango margarita.  we pressed and folded the strips and then wrapped them around clothesline cord.  then we chose a variagated thread and sewed up our bags!  we sewed ALOT.

walaa!  it’s finished and it’s beautiful!  (confidentially, you should know that this bag also required some ripping and cussing).  the buttons are just incredible.

and look at this lovely!  she wants you to know that she’ll be finding some terrific buttons too to cover up her handle attachment areas.

what the fumjack?  this looks exactly like the first picture.  uh huh.  somehow my beautiful king tut variegated thread went on a road trip to springfield to check out some prime spring turkey hunting ground.  someone was not a happy camper.  <insert cussing and pouting>

well at least someone was happy.  $@*#&$*()!&@*&$%


and still ANOTHER retreat!!

25 Nov

i am indeed a lucky dog!  even though we had scheduling conflicts, medical situations. construction issues,  and just life in general happening, myself and 2 quilting buddies managed to carve out a quilting weekend for ourselves.  of course we sent the men off hunting too!  🙂

our theme this time was “bake shop” (as in moda bake shop).  we were to bring projects using jelly rolls, turnovers, honeybuns, layer cakes and we threw in charms and fat quarters too because HEY! if you’re making the rules, make ’em how you like ’em!!

we exchanged ATC’s

these are the ATC’s i brought to exchange.  nothing fancy, just fuse and glitz.

originally, we would all bring trinkets to share.  but somewhere along the line, we decided we would have a “location” hostess and a “trinket” hostess and those two would share the food responsibilities too.  and one person was the “guest”.  i got to be the guest this time.  (yea me!).  and did i ever feel spoiled.  but i did do one little trinket as i already had it planned before the change up occurred.  remember the theme is “bake shop.  so i made fabric fudge.

a pile of 2″ squares tied up in tiny rick rack and organza ribbon.

served up on a little cupcake plate with a piece of TO DIE FOR fudge…..a chocolate one and a butter pecan (this just melted in your mouth.  soooo good…..yeah, i didn’t make it, i bought it)

and that was my contribution.  pretty lame actually when you hear what karen gifted as the trinket master (she is now officially known as this).  and i was a slug and didn’t take pictures of most of it. (beat me. i dare you.)  first she trots out a bakery box that would normally house a dozen donuts.  did we get donuts?  no.  although that would have been fine too.  no, we got a freakin’ quilt!  granted some assembly is required but it’s all there!  the blocks are all sewed together.  they are trees made from layer cakes in a lovely christmas line.  the borders were there.  the backing was there.  and even the binding was there!  sigh.  seriously.  compare that with my $2 a piece piece of fudge (even though it was dreamy tasty) on a cupcake plate.  lame.  i know.  anyway.  you would think that would be enough right?  you’d be wrong and so was i.  later on, she presents us with a longaberger PIE PLATE  filled with a jelly roll of fabric.

too cute.  can not wait to use the plate and the roll.  the next day we are presented with the cutest (no pictures sorry.) pin with a hand-made teeny tiny sewing machine on top of the pin.  mine is sewing with pink thread on pink polka dotted fabric.  and on the last day, we were presented with a small pastry box.  yeah, no sugary treats inside.  just a PINK wallet for me with a GIFT CARD to a favorite quilt store tucked inside.  see!!!  karen is definitely the trinket master.  i’m gaberflasted.

so i started off with project 1 using a honey bun (a gift from karen previously-no one is surprised right?!?!)

a cute simple pattern from the newest “quilts and more” magazine.  it’s called line art designed by holly hickman.  only it’s meant for jelly rolls and i used a honey bun.  nice little baby quilt.  not sure if i’ll add a border to it or not.  check check, project 1 is DONE!

we sewed until LATE LATE in the night.

we sewed really really late.  like 2 or 3 am…….

and we got up early early… 5 am.  oh!  pardon me.  seems i’ve made a typo or something.  i wrote “we” but yet the picture only shows MY machine is on.  i guess somebodys slept in.  slugs.

so i just moved on to project #2

this is made using 2.5 inch strips of bali fabrics.  super simple but quite striking even.  and i have a little baby one just like it too (no pix).  so technically, that’s project 2 AND 3.  but who is counting?  not karen.  she’s still working on 9-patches.

and then i worked on butterflies.  i didn’t get all of them done so no pix.  they are from a pat speth book.  it’s a quilt project i started in 2004 i think.  how time flies right?  anyway, i have about 25 butterflies left to piece.  and then there is a lot more to putting the quilt together so don’t expect to see it real soon!

what ho?  is karen done with her 9-patches?  look what she made!:

stinkin’ cute NICE sized baby quilt for ava.  but wait!  karen is NOT done with 9 patches.  she just got tired of them.  hahahahahahhaahhahahah  ok.  that was mean.  deal with me.  🙂

so anyway, i’ve hauled these bow tie blocks to 3 retreats now as a spare project.  you know, a project you don’t intend to get to but drag along just in case you need one.  i just found these blocks in a tote.  i’m sure i made them (and by the looks of the irregular seams, i was either inebriated or a fairly new sewer when i made them……either is a strong possibility.  maybe both).  anyway, they are now sewed into a little quilt:

so there you have it.  4 (count ’em with me, 1, 2, 3, 4) projects completed by me.  sanap!  i won’t mention what the other girls got done (karen 1, chris 6) since it’s not a competition.  🙂

i will say this:  “my bobbin is empty AGAIN!”

as is my spool.  uh huh!     yeah, i know.  mean again.  i’m gonna work on that………someday.  🙂


but right now i have to start planning the spring retreat (turkey hunting season)………ruffles and rick rack is our theme and i’m the “location” hostess!!!



my day was great how

16 Nov

was your day?  🙂  so turning 50 definitely had it’s advantages.  started the day off sewing and look what came together:

it’s a simple little 25 patch made with moda bella solids combined with red wagon plaids.  i cheated on the alternate blocks and not just because i was lazy.  the fabric i chose is very directional ( a flannel alphabet sampler looking one) and it would not have worked to have cornerstones.  say LA-V.  or WALAA! because it’s FINITO!

here’s a closer-up so you can see the fabrics.  the bella fabrics were fairly new but the red wagon plaids and the flannel alphabet sampler pieces had been aging for 10 or more years.  🙂  i like the combination of the 3 different types of fabrics.

ignore the wrinkles etc.  i had pressed and folded it up for a day before getting around to taking pix of it.  it lays relatively flat and square considering the bias edges and the use of aged flannel.

after sewing the day away, we met for supper and drinks.  and even though we were stuffed, we shared a piece of yummy cheesecake.

i love that the waitress found out it was my birthday and treated us to this for free and didn’t SING and CLAP in a conga line.

and i got prezzies!  kris and kelly made this.  ok ok .  all kelly had to do was write a check.  but she’s VERY good at that.

and it’s PINK!  look at those fabrulous ladies.  i don’t even know which one to be!  naturally, a grey haired one but…

can you see it’s fru-fru’d up with sparklies?

looks like we are all gussied up for some big event!


i guess this must be me since it was the label.  the backing fabric is delicious.  i wonder if kris painted it herself.

it was quilted by the girls at always your design and karen g did the binding (kelly couldn’t handle it!)

thank you thank you for a delightful 50th day.


i received lots of other nifty gifts too during my birthday week-a pink basket filled with cake, pink polka dotted cups and plates, a perfect pocket husband, sox etc!


ps.  we got points that day for using words beginning with “f”  .  the points were worthless but we did it anyway!\