Friday, December 31, 2010

Green Fairy Giveaway

Green Fairy Quilts is having a New Year's Giveaway.... check it out!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

To quote Sally Brown ......

"Isn't he just the cutest thing!!!!"

Kevin is a civilian re-enactor and makes some of his own clothes. He decided to make another hat, this time using a piece of rabbit fur he got at a flea market for the ear flaps.

This is the beginning of the project. He and Mr. Featherweight work very well together don't you think?

Everything belongs to the cat....

especially a box of unpressed Fat Quarters.

Judy L's Peach French Toast

Yummy!!!!! Here is the recipe.  I decided to add the white 'glaze'..... but you really wouldn't have to.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool......

Is the human race really becoming that stupid???? Playing Real-life Frogger on a highway.... duh!!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

January 2011 UFO Challenge

Evening all,

I've had a lot of requests to post the January UFO challenge I hope all of you have your lists ready to go.

January's number is .............. 3

Good Luck!

Monday, December 27, 2010

UFO Challenge 2011... are you ready?

There is less than a week before the first number is chosen for the 2011 UFO challenge.

If you haven't gotten your list together please do so ASAP. Post it on your blog if you like.... we'd love to share in your progess!

Keep your eyes open for the first number.. I might even draw it early.


Doin' an Amy.......

I love Amy.... it is such a joy to read her blog and honestly... there are times I live vicariously through her when it comes to quilting. We are both teachers... and I totally envy the balance she has achieved between family, career, and quilting.

I was feeling in a slump today.... overwhelmed again by all the fabric and not knowing where to start. I had purchased a second plastic drawer unit to divide my strips into light and dark so they aren't all lumped together and today I took the time to separate them.

Well something happened.... I think the fabric pheromones must have invaded my system because I started to think about something I could make and I had half of the stuff already made from my Leaders and Enders ala Bonnie Hunter.

So... today I started making Bricks and Stepping Stones. I was able to cut all of the bricks out of my 3.5" strip drawer and I do believe I was able to cut each brick from a different fabric.

My goal tonight is to get the blocks done. I was never good at pulling all-nighters in college (one and only time I did I got a C on the test the next day) so I don't honestly see a quilt top done tonight.

But there is the rest of the week.

Thanks for the inspiration Amy!!!!

Dear Jane......

Am I thinking way too far outside my box here? I don't give myself time to quilt as it is... do I really think I'm going to get a Dear Jane done in this lifetime???

I know it is all in my head. If I truly want it I'll do it. I even bought the CD to print off the patterns. Part of my reluctance is that paper-piecing is not one of my favorite things to do. *sigh*

Have any of you made a Dear Jane? Anything that you can share about your experience will be greatly appreciated.


Holiday Happenings

We survived.... and I hope you all did too. Sometimes the holidays are so hectic that I find myself very unnerved and tense. Then when its over... I miss it. Go figure.

Anyway, here are a few pics from our holiday. Do you think the kids are happy????


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Flag Day Farm by Moda.....

I covet this.... I want this.... and I didn't get it when I had the chance.

Recently someone posted a link in their blog to a shop in Texas that had one bundle... and I was good and didn't order it. Kicking myself now.

And finding a picture to show you???? Ugh!!!

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


is it that every time I go to add a name to the UFO list, the gadget adds space between the names and I have to delete said space???

perhaps one of my techno-savvy bloggy friends can help me figure this one out.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Once Again.....

I have fallen off the face of the earth.

I have come to the conclusion that we should just close school between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between the holidays and hunting season I somtimes feel like I am a salmon fighting the current. Oh well...

I still haven't pressed all of those lovely fat quarters I bought at Thanksgiving... they are waiting in two huge piles in the sewing room.

Today I am attempting my first cheesecake... wish me luck. I hope the 8th grade teachers like it.

We had a little unexpected snow the other day... it stuck, made the roads a little slippy, but looked so pretty while it lasted.

Oh the buzzer is going off... have to see what the cheesecake looks like.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My babies are 17 today.....

where did the time go.

That's Abby in the red walker, Beth in the yellow.

They were born on a Tuesday... Abby at 4:44pm, Beth at 5:08pm

There are days I want my babies back.... to cuddle and snuggle with; but every once in a while, they will surprise me and sit down on the couch with me and hold my hand.

They were quite the surprise.... especially after losing their brother who was still born.

I love them so much.

Monday, November 29, 2010

When I'm good, I'm good..... but when I'm bad........

I was oh so bad; and Kevin was right there watching the entire time. (But bless his heart, he wasn't feeling well and is now on the couch with a stomach virus).

Anyway.... this was the fruit of my labor. I never thought I'd become a Civil War fabricaholic.... but the prints and shirtings just go into everything so well!!!

oh, and the three 30's fqs I don't have in my massive collection either... so they had to come home.

So, I'm done being bad for a while.... now to concentrate on Christmas.

Quilty Hugs!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !!

The turkey is in the oven and I have nothing to do until I need to peel the potatoes soooooooooooo...........

I pulled out my Old Tobacco Road quilt pieces from the Bonnie Hunter mystery ... was it 2008???

This is what I have together so far. I was rather daunted by this task when I saw all the pieces, and the diagonal rows, but now that I have some of it together I really like it. I just take it one row at a time, hang it on the wall and then put some of them together.

and really I do have some school stuff to do, but I figured that can wait a couple of days.... I don't go back until Wednesday.

Happy Quilty/Turkey Hugs!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quilters are Good Cooks

or are we just fantastic eaters???!!!!

Either way, food and quilting always seem to go together. Our guild has a Christmas covered dish and also one in the spring at our May meeting. A few years back someone suggested we put together a cookbook.

It's here!!!.... and the recipes look yummy! I know that I have tried a few at the covered dish celebrations and have never been disappointed.

I have a box of books ready to sell; going to take some to school and send a few to work with Kevin. If you would like one let me know. They are $12 plus shipping.

Quilty Hugs!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hoop Question

I would like to put a call out for advice, preference, 'don't use that one'.... what can you tell me about your hoop?

I currently have an older model of the Grace Lap Hoop (mine doesn't swivel) and I really like it. Unfortunately, the legs tend to detach from the base and Kevin, bless his heart, is going to do his best to fix it... but I was thinking of trying something else that isn't so technical.

Am I making any sense??????

I wish I could test drive hoops... like a car. *sigh*

Thanks for your help!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

UFO Challenge 2011

Anyone up for the UFO Challenge for 2011? I'm glad to host it and I think some of you actually got stuff done... unlike me LOL

The object is simple....

1. You choose 10 UFOs and make a list; numbering them 1-10.
2. Each month (January through October) I will post a number chosen at random and that is the UFO you work on and hopefully complete for that month.
3. By the end of the year you will have 10 UFOs completed and off your conscience LOL.

So, if you are interested, please leave a comment and make sure I can link to your blog so that I can put you on the list on my sidebar. You can join at anytime... this is a totally no pressure activity.

And again, thanks to Lost In Space and the picture of the Jupiter 2.

Quilty Hugs!

Slowly but surely... and I was bad

So I am slowly working on something. I will be teaching a Disappearing 9-Patch workshop at guild in the spring and thought it would be good to come up with at least a flimsy for a sample. So I raided the Reds, Cremes, and Blues (with some help from my Sundae Quilter Sisters) and so far this is what I have done. Pieces for the next 10 blocks are sitting on the sewing table waiting to be put together, and that may happen momentarily... I need to do something creative that doesn't involve a lesson plan.
On the being bad front... I fell in love with the Bliss line... and bought yardage and some FQs from the local shop... and then found the FQ Bundle on sale at Green Fairy Quilts and ordered it on line. I have no idea what I am going to do with all of this... but since when does knowing what to do with it factor in to purchasing.

The kids are getting antsy at school... it's hunting season, Thanksgiving break is coming soon.... and the weather has turned a tad chilly (I love that part).

So until next time, hopefully sooner than this one was, I bid you adieu.... Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Still here..................

Wow... I haven't posted in nearly a month. For that I apologize, but honestly I haven't had anything earth-shattering to post about.

My life is school... working through this semester that I've never taught and trying to re-vamp stuff that is 20 years old (seriously). I spend an average of six hours at school on the weekend; it is so much easier to work there rather than haul everything home.

But enough whining.... what have I been doing?

I did get some 5-inch squares cut - I need to make a sample for the disappearing nine-patch I am going to teach at guild in the spring.

I did go the Grandmother's Flower Garden group that Judie started.. and actually sewed a few hexies together... Thanks Judie!

On the down side, my inlaws are slowly driving back from New Mexico. Near the end of their two week vacation she fell and did major damage to her wrist. She had to have surgery in Roswell and rather than get jostled around on a bus and plane, they are making their way cross-country.

So, I hope that you are all having fun fondling fabric and using the creative side of your brain. I am so hoping to spend some of Thanksgiving break doing the same.

Quilty Hugs!