Monday, April 27, 2009
Pat machine quilts and did this quilt for a customer. It was absolutely beautiful.
Simba is Pam's dog. Grace loves him because he doesn't have any teeth. That's the reason for the crazy tongue. Simba is a rescue dog.
Roxie did beautiful embroidered blocks. Everyone had to get a good close up look. The deliah (large purple flower) quilt was purchased off eBay for $35. That is so CRAZY. Pam has found quite a few tops or 1/2 finished quilts on eBay.
This is the Olathe Quilt Guild Opportunity quilt for 2009.
Very cool 9-patch quilt. The blocks came from a church sewing group. The winner for the month took home all of the 9 patch blocks and then could set as she liked.
Have a great day!
These are monsters that I'm doing as applique via the embroidery machine on the Monster Quilt.
Coin Quilt - I showed the top once before, but now it's quilted and bound.
Coin Quilt #2 - This came from Amanda Jean and her Moda Bake Shop Tutorial.
Farm Quilt - Quilted and bound.
The last 2 pictures are the quilt that's now on the frame. I hope to finish it up this week. The pattern is from Bonnie over at Quiltville.com
It's spring here in Kansas. Rain, rain, rain. Seems like everything greened over night though. There are leaves on the trees that didn't have leaves yesterday. Grace is excited because they turned the fountain on in front of our house. She can go toad hunting now.
Have a great night.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Since I was awake, I got up and headed to the basement to start sewing. I had the realization that Spring to a Finish will end this week and I hadn't really gotten much done. So what did I do today, you ask??? Well I quilted 3 tops that I had finished, put a 4th one on the frame. I started it, but the bobbin thread kept breaking and it was getting to be very annoying. I cut and ironed binding for 6 quilts (3 previously quilted and today's 3). I also managed to get the binding sewed onto the 6 quilts.
My feet and back are sore. Standing on the cement floor for that long probably isn't the best thing. Just reinforces that I need to get the mats to stand on.
I will share pictures of my finishes tomorrow.
Have a great night.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Anyhow, just thought I would share. Maybe I will have to do that more often.
|Grace's Quilt show pictures|
Ikea was was a lot of fun on Saturday. Grace wanted the camera so I handed it over so she could start snapping. My child is definitely not afraid of color. It was fun to look at the pictures to see what she was really looking at. I love the last picture of the Zebra. She kept asking me what the picture was and I would say a Zebra and she would argue that it wasn't. I guess we really do all view things differently.
|Grace's view at Ikea|
The last picture I want to share is the one she took of me and my best friend of high school. Do you still stay in touch with friends from high school? I think that Mary Ellen is the only person that really "gets" me. She was there during those "weird years." Mary Ellen is still convinced that my dad doesn't speak and my step mom wasn't always the nicest person. She was there for me during college when I couldn't seem to figure out what the world was trying to teach me. She (along with my husband) helped me figure out that all guys aren't out to make you miserable and that there is a good one here and there. I'm so glad that I have a friend like Mary Ellen. I wish we lived a lot closer. I know though that I can always pick up the phone and call.
|From Grace's Fun Pictures|
Grace is in the Bunny Ear phase. She would NOT take our picture unless we did bunny ears on each other. I'm doing it to Mary Ellen, but you just can't see my fingers because of the angle Grace is taking the picture from.
Thanks for letting me share today! Have a great rest of the week! Hopefully I will have some quilty content of my own to share later in the week.
Monday, April 20, 2009
|International Quilt Show|
Well, I tried to make a movie of my pictures, but I think I need a bit more practice before torturing everyone. Beware though. The show was AWESOME. There were a TON of people there. Grace had fun taking pictures of almost every quilt we looked at. Shopping was overwhelming. There was WAY too much stuff to look at. Maybe it's because I wasn't feeling 100% and having to keep a very watchful eye on my sidekick took some of the enjoyment out of it. None the less we had a great time.
While walking the show, I kept hearing a recurring theme from a lot of the older quilters in attendance. The show really showcased art quilts. There weren't very many traditional quilts. I kept hearing people complain, Where are the patchwork quilts? Where is the hand quilting? I hadn't really thought about it until we were almost done. There really wasn't a lot of traditional items to be found.
I got to make a visit to urgent care on Saturday morning. Strep. UGH. Took Grace into her pediatrician today and she's also positive. Nothing that 10 days of antibiotics can't cure.
Saturday was a trip to IKEA. Oh my! I'm so glad I don't live there anymore or I would have no money at all. I will share some of the items we saw (through Grace's eyes) in a later post. When I go back in June for my class reunion, I'm going to have to drive a van for all of my intended purchases.
That's all for now. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Have a great day!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This is a top that I finished over the weekend and added to my April Challenge list. My goal is to get it quilted and the binding on.
I found this fabric and it made me smile so I had to buy it. It's Monsters in the Closet. I think some of those guys lived in my closet when I was little. My intent is to use the embroidery machine to add applique to the plain panels I inserted. Designs by JuJu has the coolest embroidery designs for kids.
I hope everyone has a nice Easter. We will be spending the day with family. It's fun having family that live in town now.
So, here is my list for Jacquie's April Challenge:
- Finish applique on monster quilt
- Quilt & bind monster quilt
- Quilt & bind tractor quilt
- Quilt & bind batiks square quilt
- Quilt & bind 10,000 pyramids quilt
Anything else I might get done is gravy.
I don't think I've mentioned the upcoming trip to Chicago. I'm so ready for a couple days off and out of the house. Grace and I will be visiting the International Quilt Show next Friday. If anyone else is there visiting the same day, be on the look out for us. I'm sure you will recognize the cute kid before me. Be sure to say Hello! Then Saturday we are going to make a trip to Ikea. 2 days of shopping. What more could a girl want????
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So, today I decided to click on the Trend link on my Google Reader session. This is the message I see:
From your 309 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 2,491 items, starred 37 items...
OH MY! I had no idea that I have 309 blogs that I look at. I hope that count includes blogs that aren't active anymore because I know there are a lot of those. Wow, Wow, Wow. That's a lot of time reading and looking at pictures.
I might need a 12 step program for my blog reading as well.
Monday, April 6, 2009
And since I'm feeling a bit technically challenged, maybe I should try to beef up on my HTML so I can figure out how to grab the picture for the challenge. Oh well, I guess that's the least of my worries.
We went to the zoo on Saturday. Grace took a friend and we met 2 friends there. The girls got to ride a camel. Big excitement for one day. Us big folk had to chuckle because it gave new meaning to 3 wise men.
This morning was kindergarten round up. Very interesting. I don't know why I worry about other people and what they think. I don't know why but I felt completely out of my league and quite overwhelmed. I'm hoping that feeling goes away over the summer or I'm in trouble.
Hope to have some pictures to share tomorrow of the latest creations. I can say, I'm pretty pleased with my "wing it" abilities this weekend.
Have a great night.