Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I'm In The Pink "and Brown"

I finally got down to business with another UFO called "In the pink" that was from one of Buggy Barn's fabric lines. This one isn't as mature as some of my other UFO's but it's one that came up in conversation when my husband keeps me company in my sewing room. He really liked all the fabrics in the kit I purchased when we were out Quilt Shop hopping a couple years ago south of Rochester, NY. I finished the second group of blocks at quilt retreat last year but sometimes once you pack a project away it may take

awhile before resurfacing again. It really did feel good to get the top and

backing finished and ready to quilt but that may take a little longer to get to.

We are currently about to be in a deep freeze for a few days. The kind you want to crawl under a few quilts. Burrr. I'm already working on the next UFO in the pile. More pink and brown but you'll have to wait till my next post to get a peek.

Till next time............
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Finished My Blocks for Swapping

Quiltville Swap on Yahoo is currently hosting a few swaps. The one I signed up for is Boxy Stars, a Bonnie Hunter's pattern from Quiltville. I had lots of fun pulling 2 1/2 inch strips from my stash for this swap. They went together rather quickly especially if you chain piece in assembly line fashion. Since I signed up for 10 sets I needed to get cracking on getting them done and out in the mail to our Hostess by January 14th. What a fun block this is. My husband wandered in to check out what I was doing in the sewing room. He stared at my blocks for awhile then looked at
the directions. He asked again what it was suppose to be. I flipped a few of my blocks around so he could see the star but he just couldn't visualize the box part. Some quilt blocks just become more graphic once they are put together. Maybe this one is like that for him. I can't wait to see what mine will look like once we get our swaps back.

I couldn't help myself.........this Bow Tucks bag is addictive. They go together quite easily and have great pockets inside for all your goodies. I tested my bag out on Sunday going to church and love it. I wasn't feeling around on the bottom for a pen in church this time because there is a pocket inside this bag for it. How cool it that. It's the little things in life that make you smile...... :0) I'm thinking of making another in denim. Time and fabric will tell.

Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville is currently hosting a NYE Mystery Quilt, Double Delight. It's all in my favorite fabrics and colors. Pinks, browns and shirtings...Oh my. I just can't stop thinking about it. Quite a few on Quiltville's Yahoo Group are working along on this quilt. Some are posting each step with pictures on their Blogs. All are turning out so awesome that I may have to break my promise to be good. I promised myself this year not to start anymore new projects until some of my UFO's get done. Well we are into the 5th day of the year...... does that qualify as a real New Years resolution. I'll just have to look over those "Double Delight" cutting instructions again. The call from this quilt is just to strong to ignore.
Till next time

From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Few Christmas Favorites

I was able to finish a few more last minute Christmas gifts before Christmas Eve. Adriana loves little Tinkerbell so I couldn't resist when I saw her on fabric. Dominic is still not using a pillow but his room is decorated in sports so I made him a pillowcase too. Pillowcases sew up in so little time making them a perfect last minute gift anytime.

After making a Bow-Tuck bag for my Guild exchange I made another one as a diaper bag for the new coming Grand baby. I love the fabric as they have 3 dogs at home and it's so them with the bright colors. The baby's room is bright yellow and orange. No pink, ruffles or traditional girlie girl stuff for this new baby girl and her non-conventional parents.

On my last time out shopping I came across, well lets just say one of those gifts you can't stop playing, smiling or laughing at. It was the perfect gift for the kids that brought many laughs through out the night and was one of Dominik's favorites. He danced his little dance as the snowman was singing his song and his cheeks lighting up. I wished I had the video camera going at that moment to capture it.
Adriana was checking for calls on her cell phone all night. I guess she was expecting an important call. I wonder from who?

Our family was able to share Christmas Eve together this year and that was truly a blessing. Everything after that was icing on the cake or should I say frosting on the cookie.
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year filled with many blessings through out this new year...................

Till next time...........................
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi all............. It's been a quite a spell since my last post again. Where does the time go..... Our computer went down and was in the shop for strip down and TLC several days. Now the task at hand is to reload every program and update, update, update. On dial -up that can be a process in it's self. Someday fiber optic will come to my road. Until then 45.2 kbps turtle speed but at least I'm on line.

As promised the snow is falling here in western New York. It's like a snow globe and very pretty unless you have to go out and drive. I was going to do a little more shopping but I think I'll wait till the weather settles down. The weather channel is predicting we will have a white Christmas here. :-)

During our computer outage I've been busy sewing. The girls came over last week and we started a group project of a snowman wall hanging. I didn't get very far yet so I'll have to post a picture later. Our Bee group will be the snack Hostesses for the January Guild meeting and we decided on the theme of snowmen and the colors blue and white. It was fun thinking of "snow foods" to serve with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The other projects I got done was making a couple of sewing machine covers for the Bernina's to keep mischievous Thomas from getting into trouble with threads. Bella is older and a very well behaved young lady unlike get into everything Thomas. It's been awhile since I've had a kitten around getting into my stuff like a toddler. When I get more time after the Holidays I'll measure and have to make one for my serger too.

I next moved onto make our guild Christmas party exchange gift. Every year the chair picks a fabric or a group of a couple prints and colors for us to use. This year they asked us to think out of the box so I figured I wouldn't make a runner or quilt. I purchased this pattern recently at my Bernina Shop. There were many different samples through out the store. The pattern is "Bow Tucks" . The pattern is well written in my humble opinion and went together quite easily plus contains pockets all around the inside. We get to vote on all the items and also have a President's choice. My bag won 1st place and a gift certificate from a local quilt shop..... how cool is that. I was speechless. I stared a couple more for gifts. One is going to be a diaper bag for our grandchild due this Spring. I think I'm going to have to make one for myself too.

Bountiful Harvest top is officially done also. I kept to my word on the top and used only stash I had on hand. I had several pieces and parts leftover so I think I will scrap the back too but that will have to wait till after the holidays. I really enjoyed the process of sewing the strings together without a foundation. I still have many more strings to use up and might try another pattern out of Strips and Strings . I've already made 2 from it.

The last thing I had to share was just so cute. Thomas has found many new spots to curl up in but when I found him on top of my knitting caddy it was a Kodak moment I had to share with you all. Leave it to a cat to find fun places to sleep on or in.

Well I have to get back to the many things that need to get done before Christmas.....baking more cookies........wrapping gifts.....and attending our Church's adult Christmas party tonight.
From my family to yours...........
It's our prayer you have a safe and peaceful CHRISTmas with family and friends.

From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Back on track again

It's been quite awhile since my last post. I feel like I should be attending Blogger Anonymous for support help. I will try to do better and shot for once a week at least. Bella has been recuperating from surgery. Her first visit with our Vet showed she had problems with a few teeth and they had to be removed. Poor Bella ending up losing five of her teeth along with shaving her one leg like a poodle cut above her paw. She is doing so much better now that the bad stuff is gone. The Ten Lives adoption Club was so nice about taking care of her Vet bills so we didn't have to worry about it. Thomas is also glad Bella is doing better so she can play. They both have been a loving addition to our family.

I have been working hard to get back into my sew room again. It was so hard to block off time to just be able to sit awhile to work on a project for a few weeks. I decided to just reclaim my quilting time as therapy from stress. I pulled out another UFO to work on. It originated from the book Strips and Strings and was called Plaid Obsession but I'm calling mine "Bountiful Harvest" because it truly all was harvested from my stash at least so far. I'll update that when it's done. It's a fairly young UFO I started the beginning of the year. It always takes me awhile to figure out where I left off before I can get going on that project. The time lapse between must leave me brain dead or something. Here is a picture half way through sewing the blocks together. Since that picture I've sewn all the blocks together. All that's left is a couple borders then another UFO top is completed........ Another one bits the dust so to speak.............. yeah!!!

Over Thanksgiving weekend I received my squishy from the civil war strings swap some of us participated in on Quiltville Swap . It was full of many lovely prints and colors that I didn't have. I have been anxiously waiting their arrival like a little child waiting for Christmas morning. They will be a wonderful addition to my UFO Civil War quilt that needs more blocks. I'm shooting for a queen size quilt. I'm counting down the days for the New Year to get going on it and sew.....sew..... sew.......

I often wonder how many other quilters have the same bug I do. I have trouble focusing on just one project at a time and always have well.... lets just say a few ???? going at the same time. I'm always seeing more ideas that I want to start. Of coarse it's all with the theory of using up the stash that never seems to go down as fast as the projects appear. That's why I just went to a sale and bought major (((yards))) of flannel fabric for backings for at least 13 or more stash quilts waiting to be started. I don't always want to piece a back for a quilt.
It's madness to most folks and they just don't get it but then again I don't get some of their "hobbies" Quilting has always been very therapeutic to me ;0)

Till next time.........
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Family Members

Early this year old age took two of our 3 kitties to heaven and there has been a big void around the house without them. I have been a little reluctant to open my heart right away but it has been on my mind to adopt another kitty. We had to go into the mall to shop for an outfit for my Mother in law's birthday party and much to my surprise the Ten Lives Club was in a store front where we came in. I glanced into the store front windows where they had many kitties to view. A couple of kitties stood out to me but Hubby and I stayed focused and continued on to our shopping destination. We completed our purchases and started to head out. Again I stopped to look and the little kitty I saw was still there so before my Hubby could say a word I was inside inquiring. This kitty was 6 months old and named "white rabbit who just came in from Kentucky. After talking some more to the volunteer I went into a room to get acquainted with this kitty. It was a done deal at that moment for me. Hubby still wasn't totally hooked or sure. He was a little lover boy purring away and cuddle only with me at that moment. I don't know how animals know but they do pick their people and homes too.
We have renamed him Thomas. He's the picture with the red bell and collar. Well once that was decided the volunteer helping us said they had a 2 "fur" 1 deal. We laughed and I responded that it wasn't out of the question to adopt 2 kitties and I did see another one in the window that caught my eye too. So then enter "GiGi" that was a 4 year old female from Ohio. She was so gentle and easy going with Thomas. It didn't take long to figure she would be going home with us too. We renamed her Bella.

Bella and Thomas are here now with us settling into their new home. It was a good match for us all. Thomas has cared less about the dog and it wasn't a problem with Bailey either. Bella is a little more reserved about Bailey. She has reminded him to keep a certain distance but it hasn't stopped her from moving around the house at all and it gave Bailey a new respect for her too. Lizzie our oldest kitty is still not coming around to having the new family members but that will take her a little more time.

I have much more to tell about this past week but it will have to wait till I have more time to post and replace my camera that died just before MIL birthday party. Timing is everything..... ;)

Till next time ..............................
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

In A Blink Of An Eye

Wow............ I can't believe how much has happened since my last post and how much time flew by. The past few weeks have been the busiest ever. My husbands mother went into the hospital just after my last post. One thing lead to another with her diagnosis and now we are facing terminal cancer with her. Her dementia has progressed more as each day passes and she truly doesn't understand her condition which right now I feel is a blessing. She is about to celebrate her 90 years of living November 10th.

It's been a difficult road for my husband as her care taker with his brother living out of town. He is not here to share this part of her life. We have started Hospice care services for her and us. They are a wonderful team of individuals and a God sent right now. Please keep us in your prayers

We have the first picture of our newest Grandchild. Technology rocks when it comes to this kind of stuff. Everything looks good and we are grateful for that blessing. We look forward to meeting this baby sometime around the end of April 2009. I'm still hoping for a May 2....... Time is in God's hands

During all this my Son the contractor and his crew of 4 came to do our roof and some other things around the house. I finally got a doorway in my sewing room which leads out to the side and back yard. We are hoping to be able to put a nice size deck outside this door in spring but it depends on our Son's schedule for availability. I look forward to enjoying it as time goes by. The work took a week to complete and I spent many hours picking up roof shingles to the point I don't want to see another single or dumpster for awhile.

I had just enough time to throw the house back together roughly so our 2 Grandchildren could come visit with us for a couple of days. Our daughter drove them down on a Sunday and they stayed till Wednesday. We had a lot of fun times and it kept us on our toes while they were here. No moss growing under their feet as it's go, go, go, busy, busy, busy till nap or bed times. We laughed, went visiting Great Grandma, colored, they rode the horsey and played house. Adriana and Dominik started to get a little home sick but we got through it. We had a fun craft time and they made a card for Mommy. Adriana was so excited to give it to Mommy when we took them back.
Boy..... do I wish I could bottle that energy.

Till next time.............................
From your stash let a beautiful quilt be born!