Monday, September 29, 2008
I am still working on their clothing, washing, trying on, getting rid of things that don't fit. So I probably won't get to quilt till later in the week. I am hoping that I will get to sew for a little bit on Thursday as I have a childcare conference on Saturday. So the weekend will again be pretty much shot. Sigh, maybe just maybe I can squeak in a couple of week nights of sewing, I have got to get to work on my Christmas Presents.
Well, it's late and I must go to bed. Will post again later.
Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I have not even stepped into my quilting room since we have been home, I do plan on spending my entire evening out there tomorrow! I am going to take out the Block Lotto Pinwheels and play around with companion blocks for them.
Also, Torrie wants me to help her make a bag like mine, she got the larger sized pattern and she is going to use it to carry books. Poor kid, because of her school schedule and where her locker is, she carries all of her books all day. Her backpack is not big enough to carry them all.
So that is the plan for tomorrow. Today I am off to Joann's to buy fleece, they are having a great sale 50% off plus my 10% discount card, Yea!!! I need to buy 6 yards, 3 yards each complimentary colors, every year my poor couch gets a little more beat up, having 6-8 daycare kids everyday is really rough on furniture, this poor couch has holes in it and I just cannot see replacing it before I give up the daycare. So I cover it with fleece, the fleece holds up to the wear and tear plus I get to pick my color for the year. It is a small price to pay I guess. Last year the couch was bright purple with Tinkerbell. I am NOT doing Tink again!!! I think a nice dark blue.
Ah well, such is life in a day care. Sometimes I get bummed because my house is not pretty, and I don't get to have nice things, plus we get super cluttered all due to my job, but when I start looking at outside work, well I make too much to give it up yet. I keep saying six years, my six year plan. In six years Morgen will be out of School, and gasp away to college. Then I can find a job that I want, till then I will be home every day for my kids.... did I mention six years....
Speaking of the job, time to get back to work it is always fun typing with an 18 month old on your lap, they try to help (thank God for spell check).
I will post again soon with pictures of Torrie's bag, progress on pinwheels and I am still trying to get that tutorial done on the rag quilts, I have had several emails asking for it, I had just gotten started on it when the computer died, now I need to start all over again. Stay tuned, hopefully by early next week...
Till then, Have a wonderful day.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
My Mom and Dad own a nursery. So if you are ever in Seattle and you want to spend a pleasant afternoon on a nice not so touristy little island with tons to offer, go to Vashon, while you are there, stop by Kathy's Corner (just south of town) and say Hello to Kathy, she is my mom, tell her I say HI! This is just a quick shot looking down the Nursery, there is more and I will post later. Even in the rain and grey it is beautiful!
So I have to run, Stuart is calling.
Thanks for stopping by
Friday, September 19, 2008
It's Friday Yea!!!! We leave this afternoon for our trip to see my Mom and Dad, it's not much of a trip. Just an over and back really, we leave tonight stay in Tacoma, tomorrow I will drop Stuart off at his sisters house to get more of his stuff that she has been storing for years, The girls and I will head over to Vashon spend the day there and then come back over to Tacoma late in the evening, pick up Stuart and drive home. He decided he did not want to say a second night and so we won't get back till about 3 am. YUCK!!
So wish us a safe drive and I will post pictures of scenic Vashon when we get back. Until then have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Hmm, I will have to think on this one, and play around with "live" fabric to get a more real color sense. I think I will also draw up a quilt using the 9 patch just to see if I like it better, I almost feel the the snowball overwhelms the pinwheels.
Will check in later with the other sample.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The girls and I went to Quilters Night at our local craft store, this is the third time we have gone, very fun, they usually have a demo of some sort, they do a door prize, show and tell and a block lotto. Tonight was the first time I have done show and tell, I showed both my Dads quilt and on a whim I showed my purse that I just finished! Wow what a reception!!! After I showed off my purse they sold out of the pattern!!! I had several ladies look it over and compliment me on it. It was pretty neat :) The coolest thing tonight was the Block Lotto, the store hands our a block pattern and a piece of that months "focus fabric" you go home making the block using the focus fabric and fabric out of your stash. You then bring your finished block to the next meeting and turn it in. They take the names of the ladies who did a block and put it in a drawing, if your name is drawn you win all of the blocks! Well, this is only my third time attending, and my second time at turning in a block... I won 16 blocks!!!! I NEVER EVER win any thing, so as you might imagine I was very excited! My favorite thing, focus fabric this month was a cool purplish batik!
Look down for Pictures!
So here are the blocks, I think I love them all! Actually the one by Groucho's tail is probably my favorite, the pinwheel in the center is done is a pretty Asian fabric, BTW don't you just love how helpful Groucho is, he would not move!
Well, That's about it for tonight, I am bushed, I can only stand so much excitement, and this whole day was a crazy crazy day. I have been a whirl wind today and I think now I am going to whirl off to bed. So good night and thanks for stopping by.
Monday, September 15, 2008
OK so she doesn't look to thrilled, but it was 6 am when I took the picture, I am not sure she was totally awake. Morgen did pick the quilting, each black diamond has either a flower or a butterfly sewn in a rainbow thread, the borders are done in loopy hearts, it did turn out rather pretty.
So I got it done, that gave me time to start on my new purse, now you have seen the ugly brown purse, can you imagine what color I would do my new purse in? Well, let me share a secret, I love bright blue, I love green and I adore Batiks... So away I went, now I don't sew clothing, I only do quilts, to do a 3 dimensional project is really really stepping out of my comfort zone, but the instructions were very easy to understand and the fusible fleece made it super easy too. So with out further ado, pictures...
This is it! it is about 11 inches long, 4 inches wide and 7 inches tall, the pocket on the front is suppose to be one big pocket, but I sewed an extra line down the middle to break into two my cell phone and MP3 player fit snug in the pockets, but within easy reach. I love the handles, they are puffy and soft, nice and padded!This is a side shot, I love the ties on the side, the close up the bag and add a really cute touch! The pattern calls for them to be the same as the main body material, but I liked the contrast better.This is a not so great shot of the inside, there are 9 pockets on the inside of this thing, one for the check book, one for my little packet of cards (ATM and Drivers Lic. and such) smaller ones for pens, lipstick, I even have one for receipts! I have to save all of those because of the business, and I love having a place for them. BTW, this shot is with the sides untied and the bag fully open!
I am so in love with this pattern, the most amazing thing, start to finish it took me about 5 hours to do, for me that is super fast! I was really easy! So if you are into bags and want to try something fun, click on the link above and get this pattern I highly recommend it.
Well that's about all for now, time for me to empty the ugly brown thing and move into my new purse!
As always, thank you for stopping by, comments are always welcome.... Hey here is a thought, I think I will go back to the craft store and purchase another copy of this wonderful pattern (sorry you can't have my copy! :) Post a comment and at the end of the month I will have a drawing, if I draw your name I will send you the pattern! So, don't be shy, say hi and maybe you will win!
Have a great night!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Pretty simple actually, but I have had this one sitting in the wings for Months, waiting to get the frame running. So we played around and decided that in the black squares we are going to do butterflies and flowers in a variegated thread, the triangles around the edge are going to be butterflies also and the borders are loopy hearts. Morgen got to pick the patterns so I know she will be happy. So I will attach it tonight and start quilting as soon as I get off work.
Now on to a couple more tid bits! I love my children, I also adore my pets, we have 4 cats and a dog, The four cat goes something like this, Torrie belongs to Bambi and Jack, Morgen belongs to Mittens and I belong to Groucho (Cho for short) And the dog rules us all!
So Torrie and I are out in the quilting room the other day and Cho decides to join us well in typical cat fashion.....
Helping cut and iron, before the picture was taken we really were cutting and he was laying on the fabric and trying to grab the cutter, he is such a BIG help!
And then there is the Dog, Scoochy, my son, yes I actually call him my son! He is a precocious little thing, and a world class beggar.... Proof!
Torrie, having a bowl of pudding, now he does not ever actually stick his nose in the pudding nor sneak a bite, but he sure wanted to, he stood like that the entire time she was eating the pudding... now on to pizza
he started out sitting next to Stuart, by the time the pizza was gone, he has wormed his way all the way up Stuarts chest, and was resting almost chin to chin, what a mooch.
Scooch is also a major camera hog, the other day I whipped out the camera to nap a shot of something one of the girls were doing, and as soon as he heard the camera turn on he knew it was a photo op!
Nope, not spoiled a bit! Did I mention I love my dog!
Well, that's it for now, baby is crying, time to change a diaper :(~
So I will post a little bit later,
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Just a quick note today. I got Dads quilt bound and finished. I am happy with how it turned out.
This is a close up of the front, you get a better more accurate look at the colors.
Well, I do hope you like it, I know I do, I was pretty happy with it, and I am happy to say that it will fit on a Queen size bed.
Now I am off to my quilting room, am playing around with the frame and machine still, think I have just about worked all of the bugs out. I hope so because I still need to quilt Morgen's Birthday quilt for her, if you look to some of my earliest posts you will see one on the table, black with multi-colored X's That is her quilt.... and her birthday is Friday!
So off I go, have a great weekend.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Well, School has finally started, Ahhh blessed silence! Some of you might know from reading earlier posts that I am a daycare provider by day and quilter by night! So summer time is my busy busy time, then when school starts most of my kids go to school, and I just have two little ones, currently I only have one here and she is (whispers) asleep!
So I have decided that I will catch up on my blog! I spent part of last weekend exploring other quilting blogs, WOW I am amazed at some of the beautiful quilts out there, I really really need to share one special blog, 2ndAvenueStudio owned by Rachel. She did a awesome tutorial for the new Hoffman Bali Pops (which I love) I purchased a pack, not exactly sure what I was going to to with them, but got a sweet deal so got them knowing I would use these beautiful 2 1/2 inch strips, had planned on a Bento box but then stumbled on Rachel's blog, So with out further ado, Link to the Bali Pop Tutorial 2ndAvenueStudio: Bali Pop Tutorial.
Now, I had the Bali Pop pack.
Then after a talk with my Mom about my Dad, Dad is not doing so well, it was decided by DH and I that I should take the girls over for a visit. So the plan emerged, leaving on the 19th of Sept, and visit over the weekend, so I figured that I could use the Bali Pops, and Rachel's quilt pattern for my Dad, planned it out, oh not big enough! Back to the store, another pack of fabric.
Then disaster strikes!!! OK so not really, but hubby did decide that this was the weekend to paint the outside of my sewing room, so painted all of Saturday and most of Sunday, finally got to start sewing Sunday night at 7 pm, sewed until midnight, then got up Monday, squared the blocks, sewed the quilt together, put it on the frame, and wouldn't you know it, my Babylock decided to act up. I did get about half of it quilted, and am pretty sure I have resolved my thread breakage issues with the Babylock, so hopefully I will be able to finish quilting it tonight, bind it Sew the binding together Thursday and bind it over the weekend. I will take a couple of pictures when it is done, I love this quilt, this one will be hard to give away.
So until I have pictures up, please check out Rachel's blog, I don't know her, but wish I did!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day