Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A busy life

Well hello again.  Yes I know I always start that way it seems.  I decided that if I couldn't get my projects finished then I didn't need to blog about it.  So alas I am caught up for the moment.  I did make a ton of handmade Christmas gifts, and it would appear I did not snap one picture of them.  I think I went on a sewing crusade and never looked up.  I have to say in the last 2 months I have sewn more then ever before.  I sew every single day now.  I would actually go a day or two without sewing, but I haven't in at least 2 months unless I was just not here, which I can't remember a day not sewing at least by hand.  So what has been going on with me.

Well I joined a quilting community and I love it so much.  I have enjoyed it more than I thought I ever would.  I would encourage any of you to come and be a part of it.  We have a great time.  More information about that here.  I have made a couple of projects with the group.  We are in the middle of the 1st swap, and it is a mug rug swap. 
For the life of me I can not rotate this picture on any form of media.  It annoys me so much.  urrrg!  ok moving on.

This is what I made for my partner.  It was a sweets mug rug swap.  We are doing a swap each month.  FUN!

I also have made a Quillow.  It is a Quilt that folds up into a pocket to make a pillow.  Each month we have a project.  Here is mine.
We are also starting a Mystery Quilt.  I love that idea!

Oh I have big news.  I am going on my 1st retreat ever and my second this year.  How freakin cool is that!!!!!  I am going to sew south!!!  SCREAMING IT!  I am also going to the Crafty Gemini and Jenny Doan retreat at the Missouri Start Quilt Co retreat center SCREAMING THAT too!  So I am gonna be on super star overload all spring and summer!  I am so so so so so and so excited I can't even stand myself!

Another project I have been working on that has been a huge blessing to me is the Quilts for Tay-Sachs project.  Alyssa at Pilo-O- Fabric is who set me up with that.  Information can be found here.  I am sending my quilt off today, in fact, to my family.  I worked so hard to produce the best quilt I have ever made for such a wonderful reason.  I am so in love with this quilt and can not wait for them to get it.

I love Jeni Baker fabric so much, as I am sure I have mentioned.  This is geometric bless and is an Art Gallery Fabric production.  I love love love how this came together.  My pictures do not do any justice to it.  I really need to get a different camera.

I am also subscribed to the Bag of the Month I have only made a few bags/totes and these are straight up professional projects.  I am a few stitches from finishing Jan!  WOO HOO for it still being Jan and me finishing in JAN!  I love this Jan pattern and will show you my " OMG she is a beginner bag maker" version as soon as I get it done.   I will be making another one since this one is well less than impressive, but like with quilts I think I will notice the issues more than anyone else.

I also cleaned and reorganized my sewing room.  It only took 3 whole days!  I have a serious serious fabric issue!  I will get some pics for yall! 

So I am planning on being a much better blogger and since I am committed to sewing much more I hope that makes it better.  I am hoping to post every week, or every other at the most.

I hope all is well with you all and stay warm if you are in this silly weather!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A finish for myself!

Well I am home sick today  I woke up with a terrible headache and well it has me down for the count.  My head is feeling better, but I try to do anything and I get very dizzy and extremely sick to my stomach.  I have wanted to sew so bad all day, but I just can't.  I hate this, but it is what it is.  At least they are getting less.  I go back to the clinic next Monday for a followup on the botox.  Then next month for the 2nd round.  I wish there was a cure or whatever for migraines, but not so much.  I pray that my daughter will not have to go through this.  I am the first in my family to have them, and "they" say they are genetic, but I suppose they had to start with someone at one time. 

So enough of that.  I did manage to uncover from my newly finished quilt long enough to walk to the deck and photo it.  So here it is a quilt I actually made for myself!  I am calling it the reversible quilt, the front is a jelly roll using the jelly roll jam II from the fat quarter shop.  The back is just a layer cake all sewn together.  The fabric line escapes me, but I do love all the colors.  I boarded the front in linen, and that is the 1st time I have mixed fabrics and I really liked it.  I quilted it in straight lines 1/2 apart.  I really like how that turned out.  It was bound with just a brown binding most likely Kona something.  So there it is:  
This is the front.  I love how it all worked out and the colors.  It is just fresh and crisp!  It is all country colors, which we all know how country this house it :).
 This is the back and I love how it looks as well. 
 The binding.  I have gotten so much better about binding.  I had put a quilt in the fair and actually won 1st place with and they picked me off about the binding so I have been practicing.  

I just noticed I never told you about my fair win.  First time ever enter a quilt into much of anything (I donated to a friends auction) and I got 1st place and $5.

This is the hemisphere quilt.  I tested this pattern and it can be purchased here.  This is the most challenging a favorite quilts I have done.  I love it!

Needless to say the $5 came about 2 months later, and I had no idea it was coming or anything about money at all.  In fact I literally thought it was a bill for an entry fee.  I say it and was so excited!  My husband laughed and laughed at me saying he bet I have never been excited about $5 before.  It was great and it made me feel good about my work.  I will enter more quilts, even thought the older crowed is not all that friendly to me about it up there, and it would appear that if you don't hand quilt well then you are not a quilter.  Well my $5 says different lol!  I don't look to ever win Grand Champion due to the aforementioned issues, since the judges are this particular older crowd.  These are the reasons I love the bloggy world because it is really my only support network on quilting.  Thank you all!!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was tagged by Zenia at A Quilted Passion.  Please stop by and visit her space on the net.  

You may have seen posts regarding the around the world hop, if not it is a way to meet and greet bloggers from, you guessed it around the world.  If you get tagged you then try to find 3 other bloggers to tag.  I could not find 3.  Most of the people I asked have already done the hop, some just didn't want to, and so I have one.  It doesn't matter how many you have.  I have seen where people just left it open to everyone who wanted to,so if you are reading this and the mood strikes then just roll with it!
The hop has 4 questions you answer so lets get to it!
1. What am I working on?
Oh me!  I am working on a mystery quilt, and stuff from 2012 lol!  Lets just leave it at that.  I am in the process of finishing up a jelly roll jam quilt.  I am calling it the reversible quilt since I am shopping my stash, I used a layer cake of the same line on the back and love it.  

I used linen on the boarder and love it.  I did straight line quilting 1/2in apart.  Here is the back:
 Not the best pic, but the sun was not working with me very well.  I am going to bind in a deep brown.  I have the binding sewn together but not pressed and all. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Humm that seems deep.  I am not sure it does differ except that it is my work, and I put my own spin on things.  
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because it is something that I hold dear to my heart.  My grandparents quilted, together even.  I just feel that it is a part of our family I do not want to fall by the way.  I love, love the quilts I have from them.  They are something I treasure.  I want to share that.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Well I tend to go about it, by thinking about the person I am making something for.  I think about them and look at my stash.  I find some fabric then I just start looking at the fabric and it just goes from there.  I am not sure I have done it the other way (find a pattern and go that way).  It has always been the person 1st.  Unless I am testing a pattern of course.  I actually have most of the items I have made pattern testing, so there ya go!  
So that is a little about me.  Please head over next Monday to find out about Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure.  She also has another blog Quilters for Chemo, so please check that out as well! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and that everyone is enjoying this shifting of seasons! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Quick post

Happy Weekend!

Just a quick post!  I have been super productive today!  Finished my bee block:

How cute is that?  I am also quilting a quilt bigger than a baby quilt!  I was thinking I have not finished a quilt this year that was any bigger than crib size.  What a slacker!!!  So pics of that to come! 

Now to what I wanted to jump on here and post about.  Aylssa at Pile-O-Fabric posted today about a lovely project she is starting.  I immediately signed up so go here and read about it and join in!

Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life beyond Quilting

It has been on my mind for sometime the commonality I see and feel about the change that takes place when people get married.  I am married to a wonderful man, and we love each other dearly, but I know that I have become lazy and comfortable around him.  I asked myself recently, "why am I such a slob and don't care that he sees me in my less than fabulous self?"  Now I have a small child and I had her when we were dating so that hasn't changed.  We did build a new house last year, but really I had a house before so that really hasn't changed.  I have always worked so that hasn't changed.  So what is it that has changed?  An example of the change of marriage I refer to is this:  I can't see, like really can't see.  Without contacts or glasses I can not see the BIG E on the eye chart!  Don't get me wrong I am oh so grateful to have corrective lenses, but, my hideous glasses are huge and thick and make my eyes look way too small for my face.  I DO NOT wear these in public at all for anyone, but I will just rock them all day at home and not care.  Which is the comfort part of marriage I refer too.  The lazy part, and I am totally telling on myself, is shaving my legs!  I am very tall and have long legs and it is a process to smooth these babies out!  I am not saying I am a woolly mammoth, but I for sure push it especially during the winter months!  When we were dating I was really up on this and would be so embarrassed if I noticed I missed a spot.    This is somewhat comfort but mostly lazy.  So I say all that, to ask, What is it about marriage that totally changes ones behavior in regards to the the relationship we are in and the effort we put into ourselves? 
For me, and I may be the only one, it was like a oh we are married now so where are my nappy sweat pants and ratty t-shit!  I have been trying to track this down as to when exactly I became a marriage slob!  I think in my case it was gradual, with increasing intensity.  Now don't get me wrong not all of this is a bad thing.  It is a blessing to have someone who loves you and thinks you are beautiful as a slob, but should that make me put forth no effort at all.  Now if we get a date (rare) then I dress up do my hair and actually wear makeup.  I do this on Sundays for church also.  To continue with the rare date, why so rare, as I said we don't have any extra kids that we didn't have while dating, so why can't we date anymore. Oh we don't want to spend money on that, but why we did before.  So I hope you see the pattern of what I am calling the marriage slob transformation, has taken for me.  Now we have no actual marriage problems, at all.  We rarely even argue, we are best friends, and I truly believe soul mates (you can throw up now if you want).  He totally gets me and is ok with that lol! Rare find indeed.  So I had always seen these "oh marriage is hard work" statements, and Lord knows I have been there before and it didn't work out.  I don't really feel like we "work" hard to be happy, but maybe I have missed something.  Maybe this work I always heard about isn't working at the marriage as a whole, but working on keeping yourself from becoming the lazy, comfortable, complacent marriage slob.  Hummm LIGHT BULB moment for me, as I was shaving my legs this morning, for church tomorrow  (not with my husband in mind)!  For me specifically,  I don't want to speak for him, the work I need to do is to make myself feel sexier, so I am more receptive to his perception of me as being sexy.  He says I am all the time, and when I am in my miss matched pjs, glasses and crazy hair, I can't help but think LIAR!  I know in my heart that he does see me that way, although I don't know why. So if I was to work on myself and not being a slob and feeling like a slob then I think we could be teenage loves again lol!  That is what we always said while dating we had teenage love.  The kind where you  have to be up each other's butts, touching each other,  and making everyone else sick to watch kind of love.  We are still that way to a point, but it too has become lazy and comfortable.  So does anyone else feel this way?  Am I alone in my marriage slobbery?  Now I know if you have new kiddos and other responsibilities different than when it was all fun and games dating it would be a different deal.  We are not in that situation at this time, so if we ever do decide to have a baby I don't want to fall further into slobbery.  I need to "work" on my marriage by working on myself! 

Side note:
I know this post has absolutely nothing to do with quilting or anything, but most of us are wives and mothers, and I have really been wondering if I was just a mess.  I figured this was an issue with others, and like me you may have never even thought about it like this.  It could totally just be me I am a weirdo so that is ok too! 

I have been sewing and am actually about to finish up a quilt soon so more on that another time!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Well it seems like every time I post it has always been a long time.  I have struggled with posting lately because I wasn't sure if I wanted to throw all my baggage out there.  But here it goes:

I am a migraine sufferer.  It has been on going since I was about 17.  I have tried lots and lots and lots of things.  I am not a good pill taker (not as in a pill popper);  I do not like taking pills, and I can never take more than one a day.  I just can't keep up with it, and am on the go so much.  The headaches have become increasing worse of the past few years.  I had been going to the only specialty clinic in AR, and well they closed.  They closed due to Obomacare.  I am not getting into politics just stating facts, as that was from the horses mouth as to why they closed.  All the Doctors in that office could retire and did.  My specific Dr told me I would have a hard time finding someone and see more and more specialist retire or stop practicing all together.  Well he sent me to a friend of his and I went to 1 office visit and got the letter; he too was retiring.  I was crushed.  So now I drive 3.5 hrs to another state to the closest headache specialist clinic, and well I have made him promise with a blood oath he would not retire soon!    So now what.  Well we talked about a lot of stuff and all the meds I have tired, normal visit stuff.  He wants me to try Botox injections.  I was like I don't know about that.  We discussed this for at least an hr.  I then have researched and quizzed people who take them, and well fast forward I go tomorrow.  31 shots in my head!!!!  yes that is a 3 before the 1!  I am pretty nervous about the whole thing to say the least.  Oh and he put me on a Gluten free, low carb diet, so yeah I eat nothing!  So I have been dealing with all that for a while now.

I haven't gotten to sew very much with all this driving and regular summer type stuff.  I remain a month behind on my mystery quilt-a-long, which I am pretty proud of.  I have been doing my bee blocks, and Oh I won a whole bundle of dreaming vintage fabric and aurifil box with Jeni Baker's favorite things collection.  I am loving that!!  I have started knitting, or tried to start.  I have also been canning like there is no tomorrow.  We have 80 quarts of pickles.  We are still picking about 80 tomatoes every other day!  I even made 12 half pints of pear jelly.  I guess we are on a roll.  I just can't stand to waste anything out there!

Well that about catches you up on things here.  I am hoping to actually finish something soon.  I have two tops that need to be quilted.  I just feel like I am so terrible at that and don't even want too!  lol

Aug Bee Block

July Bee Block

June bee block:  My month

Mystery Quilt block July

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Awwe Summer!

Wow it has been awhile!  I just haven't felt interesting or interested at all lately!  I think with my daughter's illness I have just been blah ya know.  She is better, but something is still off to me.  I can't place it really, but a mother knows.  We go back Monday to Children's Hospital and will discuss more I guess.  I have done some sewing this whole time.  I am really enjoying doing the quilting bee.  It is super fun and I have seen a lot of really cute blocks.  This is my month to be Queen and I am super excited.  Here is the block I did:

We also got the 1st clue in our mystery quilt along, and this is what I have so far:
Super bad picture I know!  We get our next clue tomorrow!!!

I have another quilt I pattern tested!  Wall hanging size.  I really need to quilt these and do something with them!  I just hate my FMQ skills (or lack of) and it is hard to motivate.  I have been toying with sending one off, but just can't make myself do it when I am just being lazy!

 I am learning how to knit also.  Wow who knew how hard that is?  I am finally getting a little smoother at it and just doing one stitch (knit stitch).  My sweety pie doesn't like me in my sewing room all the time and "ignoring" him, so now I can sit with him and knit.  Bless his heart he just likes us in the same room :).   I crochet already but found a whole knitting mother load at a yard sale for a dollar, so boom!   I am learning with Craftsy.  I think the course is called knit lab.  I love Craftsy!  I have decided to also not over extend myself on sewing.  I got a little overwhelmed when I tested 3 patterns back to back and overlapped.  I also had a baby present and such all at the same time.  It kinda stopped being fun for a min.  I also desperately and let me just bold that for effect DESPERATELY need to reorganize my sewing room. 

OH how could I have forgot (well because it is still in the box because of the above statement)  I got a new sewing machine.  Well a new old one.  I believe it is  featherweight, but I need to research it.  I will post all about it sometime. 

Well if you are still out there reading my ramble thank you!  Also I was wondering how you other bloggy folks went about getting sponsors.  Did you contact them or other way around?  I have had a couple contacts that seem pretty fishy and not any place I know, so I didn't respond. 

I also have been gardening, work is busy, and we just moved our horses from the other farm to here.  I also have been canning some jam:
I almost for got I pattern tested this for Pile O Fabric and Love it as my machine cover!!! 
Well what else.  Oh personal best at couponing last night saved $140!  We had literally not been to the store since February and we were so low in the stock pile! We were so low in fact the sweet one decided he wanted to go and kept asking me when we were going shopping.  HE HATES coupon shopping and wanted to go!  It is a family event we all go and all clip and sort coupons.  I am the one who organizes the coupons and makes the list and matches with ads etc, but everyone has to play their part. 

So that about does it for me.  It really sounds like I have been super busy lol!  Well I hope all is well with each of you and thanks for hanging around!  Blessings to you all!