Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
The first one down the aisle was this handsome fella.
He surprised his grandmother and I with the two flowers he was carrying. He laid one in the empty seat beside her, (in memory of his grandfather who passed away earlier this year) and one in the empty seat beside me (in memory of his father who passed away when he was three). Such a sweet, thoughtful jesture, totally unexpected and even as I type this I am doing so through tears.
They wrote their own vows, and neither one of them could get through them without having to stop to compose themselves a couple times. It was very touching to witness, you could see the love and total commitment to each other on their faces.
The newly wedded couple as they walked back down the aisle.
Believe it or not, this is the first picture I have of my three children and I together. I'm usually the one behind the camera. (I'm the old lady with grey hair shining, in case you didn't recognize me. I didn't realize my hair was that grey...YIKES.)
It was so hot in those tuxes and long dresses that they told the bridal party to bring clothes to change into for the reception. Here is the bride and groom's first dance. Don't they make a cute couple?
I thought this was the first time I had danced with my son, until he reminded me I showed him how to dance when he was in the 6th or 7th grade and had a sock hop to go to. He really doesn't like to dance much and accused the bride and I of conspiring to find the longest songs for these two dances.
Here is a shot of my new daughter-in-law, her mother and her best friend line dancing during the reception.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
1. Share your favorite quilting or sewing tip.
There are so many tips and tricks I have picked up over the years, but I think my favorite is one that came from my Grandma. Her advice was "quarter-inch seam, or scant quarter-inch seam, it really doesn't matter, as long as all seams are consistantly the same width in a project." She always used the edge of her pressure foot for a guide in her quilt making.
2. Share your best tip for managing time more effectively (what works best for you)!
I find I get more accomplished if I don't have to worry about stopping to prepare a meal from scratch. There are several ways to accomplish this goal. You can prepare the ingredients for a salad first thing in the morning and toss them together right before a meal. You can put ingredients for your main course in the crock pot, set on low and let it cook while you sew. Or you can do like I do and prepare meals ahead and freeze them. This method is known as OAMC (Once a Month Cooking). This past Monday and Tuesday, I did the cooking for this month. Monday was shopping and prep day (local grocer has a truck load meat sale once a month). Tuesday was a cooking day. The results? A freezer full of scrumptous meals for a whole month which will require very little time to prepare. Simply reheating, or in some cases, tossing in the crockpot to cook while I sew. If you are interested, there are a lot of good sites out there on the internet with recipes and instructions. The one site I use the most is 30 day Gourmet .
3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Kansas. I know that's not a very exciting destination for most of you. My sister lives there and I would really love to spend some time with her. She makes beautiful quilts. One day, I will have to show you a couple projects she has made for me. Oh, the mischief we two could get into if we lived closer to each other.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the responses to this tag. So, what are you waiting for? Start blogging your answers, girls. ;^)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This is a sneak peak at the quilt top made from the fabrics I posted yesterday. I got the main portion of the top finished. (Please excuse the lighting, it's still dark outside and I have terrible lighting in this house.) I have the borders cut, and hopefully will get them put on today. This picture does not do the fabrics justice.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So, in mid-stream, I have changed my plan. I am taking the blocks that are made from the same fabrics and making table runners out of them. There will be two table runners (4 blocks each), and one table topper (that one I had 6 blocks that matched). They look great as table runners. Here's a little preview of one of them.
It's not finished, I still have to put on the binding. I did stitch in the ditch for the quilting, and plan to use a red binding on it.
What do you think of it so far?
Monday, July 6, 2009
Do you crave the attention that a perfectly sewn item gets you? Does every stitch have to be perfect? Do you repeatedly tear out a seam that just isn't quite right to your way of thinking? Do you enjoy what you do, and I mean do you really, really, really love every aspect of it? Are there times you would rather just put the item in the trash and start something new because the pattern is so frustrating but you chug along and finish it perfectly anyway?
Or do you sew and think of the recipient, which in turn takes your mind to a loving memory of that person? Do you let the small mistakes slide because you know that the recipient won't mind a few mistakes because you made it for them? Do you truly love sewing, just for the sake of sewing?
I fall in the last category. I don't have to have perfect seams with all corners matching perfectly. To me, a few mindless mistakes made while thinking of someone I love when making an item make a piece more interesting and brings me closer to that person. It makes no sense to me to redo a piece a gazillion times just to get the perfectly matched corner. Then sewing becomes a chore and is no longer fun for me. I sew because I love the act of sewing. I have heard sewing referred to as therapy. I have to agree with that. When I am concentrating on a project, I lose track of time, my body relaxes and I thoroughly become engrossed in the process. Stress is wiped away.
Don't get me wrong, I do try to be as precise as possible when sewing. But, if it doesn't turn out exactly perfect, I don't sweat it. I have found that there are very few people in this world that will look at every stitch in an item to see if it is perfectly lined up with the next one and the one before it.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I was notified by Robin of A Straight Seam this morning that I had won a giveaway on her blog. I get one pattern of my choice (I chose her Rose Parquet pattern) and a copy of her beautiful Carolina Rose quilt pattern! Yippeeee! If you haven't visited Robin's blog, please do so, she has a wonderful bunch of eye candy on her blog.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Now to figure out where I want to start for this month. I'll be back later today and post my first project.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
First, I received a beautiful charm pack bundle from Pam at Library Gal Quilts . It is a the Charleston V line of fabrics from Marcus Brothers and is a pretty coral and brown fabric line. Just plain beautiful. I haven't decided what to make with it yet, but it sure is pretty to look at. I will be sure to post whatever I make from it. Thank you Pam!
I'd take pictures to show, but Son #2 broke my new digital camera when he took it on vacation with him and hasn't replaced it yet. (Note to self: never let the kids borrow your camera.)
As if that wasn't enough, I also won another giveaway held by Jules at MoonCat Farms . She made the most gorgeous flower-shaped pin cushion to giveaway. And, it's my favorite color...purple! YAY! I received it in the mail today and it is even prettier in person than it was on the website (if that's possible). Thank you Jules!
Wow! two giveaways, two wins. Now that is not to say I didn't enter a whole lot more than two, but I feel so honored to have won them out of the hundreds of entries that these giveaways generate.
AND. . . I have just been notified that I won a third one. How cool is that? This one is a four patch bundle from Jane at Stitchminx Moments . Thank you Jane!
How lucky can one girl get?!?
If you haven't visited any of these three blogs, you don't know what you are missing. These ladies have some fabulous projects on their websites. Why not stop by and tell them Hi!
There are a lot of fantastic giveaways happening all over the internet on sewing blogs. Check them out
Have a great day!
Ok, I thought, I have another top started (It has set in my closet for the last 6 years waiting on me to finish it. It ain't gonna happen.) with 12" nine-patch blocks alternating with white squares. (We're talking wrong idea here people, it's uglier than homemade sin.) The fabrics, sans the white blocks are mostly Hoffman fabrics I purchased several years ago when I visited my sister. There are some lovely fabrics, and too good to waste on the aforementioned ugly quilt. I, also, have some more blocks made out of those same fabrics that didn't get sewn together for the ugly quilt top. They have been patiently waiting for me to return to them. I have a total of 43 9-patch blocks, almost enough for a queen size quilt. Problem is I have to tear apart the ugly top in order to use the fabrics.
Let me just insert here that I hate ripping out seams. The tool called a seam ripper that many quilters consider their best friend forever and I do not get along too well. I would rather cut off my big toe than use a seam ripper. However, that isn't practical, now is it? So putting my prejudices aside, I grab the seam ripper and start tearing out seams on the ugly top. By golly, I am gonna do this if it kills me. Two stuck fingers later, (man, that sucker is sharp) and I have half of it done. I am tempted to just put the whole shebang back in the closet and start fresh with new fabric from my stash, but I really want to use these fabrics.
I'll keep you posted on the progress. I hope to finish ripping out seams by this evening. Then I can start cutting all those blocks into pieces to sew back up.
Have a great Friday everyone!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Now I'm off to see what other great finds I can come up with this afternoon in blogland. Have a great day!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
These are two of the bags I have made recently. Sorry for the picture quality, I am not a photographer. I will post some more for you later. I would like to say, I am of the mindset that you just cut and sew, therefore, no patterns are used when I am making bags. No two of my bags are exactly the same size, shape, etc. Truly one-of-a-kind items.