Monday, June 28, 2010

Teacher goes to school

I am taking an Advanced Smartboard class this week. So if I post a comment on your blog and ask a question about something that was in the blog post... I do apologize. It is going to be an intense week.

Hugs!

The Sew-n-Place is moved!!!

and oh my gosh it is awesome!!!

Donna and I had gone to supper at Montezuma's (yummy Mexican food by the way) and I said I wanted to be nosey and peak in the windows at the new shop. Luckily Michael, Bob, and Darlene were there and we got to go IN!!!!

The store is awesome and lucky for Lani... she got to teach the first class in the new digs.

So, here are some pics. I'm sorry the light isn't great - I took them with the phone. For anyone traveling, the address is 428 Gateway Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201; just off  I-81 at Walker Road exit.

                                                                                     
                                                                         Donna waving ------>

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Do your quilts have Pig noses?????


The Sundae Quilters came over today. I love it when we can all get together. Something about the chemistry in the group.... we all just blend together so well.

Anyway, Jan brought up an interesting topic... Pig Noses on quilts. Apparently she read something that said when binding, you need to be careful NOT to turn the binding on the corner and create a pig nose.

If you look at the picture on the left, you can see the two little openings... that is the pig nose. The picture on the right is non-piggy (and blurry, sorry). I thought it was interesting, and honestly, I never gave it much thought.

But this is what I love about our group. Each of us has something to give and we give it freely and with love. To see more pictures from our day together you can check out the Sundae Quilters Blog (click on our name) or over to Judie's - she'll post them when she gets home :o)

Quilty Hugs!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Latest Summer Read

I just finished "State Fair" by Earlene Fowler... the latest in her Benni Harper mystery series. If you haven't read any of these yet I highly recommend them. I also urge you to read them in order. You can find the list at her website.

On a mission......................

When I switched from the high school to the middle school, part-time to full-time, last January I knew that my quilting time would be cut dramatically. I am not one to continue using the same materials that have been used forever so I was determined to make things new... my way. Needless to say, fabric and the machine were neglected.

Since school let out I have been on a mission in this room. I put most of the fabric on a five-shelf baker's rack to open up the floor and I love it!!! Now that I can see it all, I have more and more ideas on how to use it.

I am also making a conscious effort to put fabrics, rulers, cutters, etc. away when I am finished using them so that they don't lay around and clutter up the room.

The final part of my mission has been to finish up some UFOs. I have a large plastic tote with tops in various stages. So far I have pieced the backs for five of them and four of them are at Donna's (my long arm artist). I told her to feed them in here and there, no hurry; I also told Kevin to ignore the checks written to her.

Other quilts in the tote need borders of one kind or another. My Bear-inagoddavida needs three borders - and I've decided to make the HSTs for the sawtooth border keep with the pattern. I think it is going to look amazing! I also have a stack-n-whack, a churn dash made from swap blocks, a nine-patch made from leftover blocks, my Almost Amish Bear Paw and my Guild President's Quilt.

The great thing is I don't feel so overwhelmed by UFOs anymore and I am determined to get these done before I start anymore projects. I don't know if that will happen, but I've made a big dent in the pile and I feel good about it.

And who knows... after spending money on quilting, maybe Kevin will see that investing in a mid-arm/long-arm isn't such a bad idea after all :o)

Quilty Hugs!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WWYD?

Last year (I think it was last year) Judy Laquidara hosted a Quilt for an Hour project called "Bears in the Farmhouse" (click on the name and you can see her quilt). I used pieces of FQs that I had in my stash to create the toes. Unfortunately I ran out of pieces before getting the triangle border done and am now facing a dilemma....

Should I introduce new fabrics in the sawtooth border or just put the strip on and call it done?

What would you do?




UPDATE June 24, 2010

I found some some fabrics that will work AND I found the WOW that I used in the background. So now I have some HSTs to work on.

Thanks for the input!!!

One Flower Wednesday

I am a little (ok a lot) behind in posting One Flower Wednesday pics; and honestly I started working on these before I joined the group; so here are a few that I have completed. I have around 38 done so far.... need 130.

These are 1-inch hexies... I'm considering a CW quilt using smaller ones... reserving my rubber room as we speak.

Summer Reading


I've decided that my time off up to my class next week will be spent working on UFOs and reading for pleasure.

The first two I completed (in one day) are by Clare O'Donohue from the Someday Quilt series. The first book is "Lover's Knot"; the second is Drunkard's Path. Both are very quick reads and remind me a lot of the Earlene Fowler quilt mysteries.

The second group is by Terri Thayer; Wild Goose Chase and Old Maid's Puzzle. I figured out the first one about half way through... the second, it took almost until the end to figure out.

I've got another series to start sitting in the living room and I have a copy of Earlene's new book, State Fair, waiting at the library for me.

Quilting mysteries.....think I need to diversify??? :o)

Quilty Hugs!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Green Fairy Awesome Giveaway

There is an AWESOME giveaway happening over at Green Fairy Quilts. Check it out... but remember, I'm going to win :o)

Busted!!!

Over the last several days I have spent time measuring tops (thanks to the twins' and their help on the other end of the tape measurer) and cutting and piecing backs.

For the four quilts I've done, I calculate approximately 20 yards (+/-) of stash is not on the shelves anymore.

Yes I know what I did... and I'm proud of it.  (I love Google Images)

Quilty Hugs!


Culling in the Sewing Room

No, I'm not a Wraith (for all of you Stargate Atlantis Fans out there) but I am culling in the sewing room.

Abby just helped me alphabetize my books and I have decided to cull some of them along with some patterns. I'm going to check with my guild librarians first to see if they want any of the books... and then what is left I'll post here.

Keep your eyes open!

PS.  This isn't my quilt.... I got the picture from Google Images.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Send the children out of the room...............

BORDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! #$&)@(& ) *(&#)(& fLIPPIN'... FRACKIN'..#*(&)$#


Ok, I'm done.

Au revoir!

Stash Report June 20

The stash is still here.... staring at me.... waiting to be used.

That's about all I can report :o)

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

100 Followers Giveaway Winner!!!

Sorry I'm late.... out to supper with hubby and child.

The Random Number Generator has chosen # 6 .... Barb in Samoa!!!!

Barb, email with your address information and I'll get the panel out ASAP.

Thank you to everyone who commented.... you never know what else I'll find in my stash.

Hugs!

Friday, June 18, 2010

100 Followers Giveaway!!!

Woo hoo!! I have 100 Followers..... how exciting is that!!

So let's have a giveaway, and we will make it a quickie.

Here is a panel from the Lorelie Ladies Collection. Leave a comment and let me know which of the ladies on the panel resembles you and why. Winner will be drawn on Saturday night, June 19 at 7 pm EST.

Hugs!

Measure, Measure, Measure....

While I have the girls home for summer break, and they aren't involved in reading anything for their AP courses, I have enlisted them to help me measure quilt tops so that I can dig through fabric and piece backings.

Unless I would be entering these in a show, I don't think the back really matters. I like to piece backs... especially on a scrappy quilt. Sometimes the back is more of a conversation piece than the front. And besides, my quilts are meant to be loved.... fish, flowers, hearts, or geometric designs.

Have a pieceful day!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Windows

Woohoo!!! We are getting new windows... double hung, tilt in..... yeah baby!!!

At 48 years old, new windows and appliances are about all the excitement I can handle.

The windows will be in before school starts... I'm psyched!!


Monday, June 14, 2010

I have never been so frustrated......

with a block. I have made this block over four times now and each time I get a different size.

Before I decided to host this swap I made a dummy block to make sure that it would work. Honestly, it was a little off but I knew I could stretch it.

Today, I started making my blocks for the swap and no matter what I did, it wouldn't work. I did get the idea to use a bigger square with which to cut the corner triangles.. and that does seem to help.

I have had five people drop out between the Civil War Swap and 1930's swap to the point where I had to cancel the 30's swap. I feel so bad.

So, today I emailed the Civil War group and am leaving it in their hands... cancel or continue. I no many of these ladies have made an investment in fabric and time... this has never happened to me before. UGH!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.... I guess I just needed a few shoulders to cry on.

Hugs!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The object is...............

<-------------------------to fit this



into that ------------------------------->





aka... putting a 2010 model fridge into a 1950's kitchen. They don't make fridges the same size as they used to. So, we have to do some ripping and tearing to put the new fridge into the kitchen.

Excuse the butt shot.....I didn't want him to pose.

I wonder who is going to order the pizza???






Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giveaway Winner

I know, I'm late... I apologize. Kevin and I went out for supper.... ALONE.... and then up to school to get my mini fridge out of my room.

So without further ado.... the winner, picked by random number generator is # 11...

Linda  from Wisconsin!!!!

Linda, please email me with your snail mail information and I'll get these out to you ASAP.

Sorry I can't post the pic of the Random Number generator.... still haven't figured out how to do that.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The problem with cleaning......

is that inevitably I put something somewhere so I won't lose it... and then I can't find it.

if anyone has the newest issue of Quiltmaker, with Bonnie Hunter's Twin Sister block in it... do I need to sew two 2.5 x 4.5 pieces together? I can't remember the size of the pieces.

Thanks!

Accu-go Giveaway at Amy's Creative Side

Amy is hosting an incredible giveaway for an Accuquilt cutter. Click on her name and check it out.

Monday, June 7, 2010

End of School Giveaway

I've decided I need to share my 'end of school' euphoria... and what better way than with a giveaway.

I don't know what line these are from; I honestly don't remember why I bought them LOL.... but they are pretty, and they can be yours for leaving a comment on the blog. The winner will be chosen on Thursday night, June 10, at 7 pm EST.

***REMEMBER*** I must be able to reply to your comment. Any anonymous or no-reply comments will be ignored.

Quilty Hugs!