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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Magic hour update and a new haircut!

Good afternoon!
Oh yea it is almost FRIDAY and boy do I need a Friday this week!

I have been super busy working on the Magic Hour quilt and am down to putting on the final two boarders! I don't usually make quilts this large and now I remember why! I am excited about getting it quilted. Karen O from (this is her website) or even better, visit her blog here... Anyhow, Karen has agreed to quilt my quilt for me. Now there are a couple of things you should know, Karen was the wonderful lady who we contacted shortly after Hurricane Ike came ashore a year and a half ago, she generously accepted and handed out many many quilts donated by quilters all over the country. Karen is also a fabulous professional longarm quilter, A-1 dealer and has been a huge inspiration for me. By reading her blog and looking at pictures of her quilting I have been able to learn enough to apply to my own quilting that I am no longer embarrassed to actually show my quilts off! Any how now, this wonderful lady will be quilting my quilt for me and I could not be happier! She did warn me that it will take about 6 months before it get it back, but that is OK, you know what they say, all good things come to those who wait!

Here is a picture of the almost finished quilt.And another

Oh I got a new haircut too!!! Love this picture, you can't see the GREY!

Well, time to pick up the little one from school, hope you all have a wonderful productive weekend. And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Magic Hour!

Good Morning, its FRIDAY!!! Oh how I love Fridays! A very busy weekend awaits, hair appointments, dog to the groomer (I love my groomer she is the best!) Grocery shopping, and I get to spend just a little time working on my latest quilt.
For ages my Darling hubby has been asking for a new quilt for our bed, the first one I made is getting rather holy, plus, it is kind of boring. Just a simple Trip Around The World, done in shades of blue.
So recently I purchased Eleanor Burns Day and Night book, oh what pretty quilt, went to Joann's got the perfect fabric, and got to work.....

This is just a quick layout, on the dining room table, I am still ironing and sewing blocks and will be for a while. But I wanted to share with you all a sneak peek!

Now, there is a cute little story to go with this quilt, when I envisioned this quilt, I wanted something in blues, you see Stuart loves blue, as I started piecing I knew in my mind how it was going to look.
I described it to Stuart as "you know in the summer time just after the sun has set, when you look to the west and the sky is still blue, but then as you look to the east the sky changes colors to purple then dark blue, and you can see the stars coming out, what to they call that?"
His reply....Twilight.
Now, I know many of you are great fans of Stephanie Meyer.... I for one can not stand her books so there is NO WAY IN HELL I am going to name this quilt Twilight!!!!
Now Stuart, is an engineer... their minds don't work like other peoples.. He pulls out his Old Farmers Almanac and looks up twilight. There are three twilight's, the first is when the sun is from 0 to 6 degrees below the horizon, the second is called nautical twilight, when the sun is between 6 to 12 degrees below the horizon and there is astronomical twilight 12 to 18 degrees below the horizon... his suggestion... we call it "Between 12 to 18 degrees"
Lets hear a big resounding NO from you all!
So, the next day (yes we are coming to the end of the story) I am telling the Girls about the conversation with Dad... Morgen my younger daughter looks at me and say "Mom, you should name it Magic Hour"

Why Magic Hour ask I.... her reply " in the movie Reign of Fire (good movie BTW, about dragons, the end of civilization, and Matthew McConaughey all tough and buff!) Anyhow, in the movie the Matthew, tells Christian Bale that "the dragons have excellent daytime vision, and can see even better at night, But twilight is the only time they have a hard time seeing, that their vision is not as good and that is when they can fight and defeat the dragons, that is Magic Hour".

And thus a quilt was named!

Hope you all have a wonderful and productive weekend!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Quilt Hanger and Christmas.

Happy New Years to all, I know I know I am a couple of days late, but better late than never!

We had a nice quiet Christmas here, just the way I like it! It was just Stuart and the Girls and I we woke up late (one plus of having teenagers, no more 6 am Christmas wake ups!) opened presents, then just hung out for the morning playing with our new toys, I made a nice rib roast for dinner... yea quiet!

Then that weekend the Girls and I went to the movies, Sherlock Holmes and Avatar.. both good movies, but I have to say I highly recommend seeing Avatar, that is a beautiful movie!

Then, the rest of the week I just lounged around, did some quilting but am having problems with my stitch regulator so not as much quilting done as I would have liked :(

I did want to make this post about something other than just our Holidays... and after my last post and Christine's questions about my quilt hanger I thought I would share a little about how I hang my quilts.
You see I hate and I mean HATE making hanging pockets for quilts, and one of my daycare parents has the best hanging system ever so I thought I would share (after I used the idea myself of course). :)

First a picture....
As you can see, it is just simply a curtain rod (purchased for less than ten dollars at Walmart) and curtain rings, the rings have little clamps on them that I use to hold the quilt. The rings come in a pack of 7 for $5.00 So for about 15 dollars you have a nice quilt hanger.
The thing I like about this system is the fact that the rod is adjustable in length so if I have a larger quilt I can extend the rod to accommodate the size. Plus you can get just about any finish you want to suit your decor!

I really do love the fact that I can now hang any quilt I want and I don't have to have a sewn in pocket!!!

Full credit and thanks goes to Kim my wonderful daycare mom who showed me her hanger!

Well, I guess that is it for today, time to get to work... Thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask any questions you many have!