Monday, February 16, 2015

Snowed in = sewed in

I hope everyone is warm and toasty today.  We are getting a good snow/ice day here in Arkansas.  In fact this is my view out the ole sewing room.

Very pretty although my husband is pouty about it.  He can not be still or relax so he is just beside himself with cabin fever.  It has only been a few hours.  We are not to even approach above freezing for sometime.  Right now him and the small fry are sledding and riding the ranger all about.  So I better be quick so I can have some quite sew time. 

I have been busy busy on projects.  I even finished one from way way back like 2012 see here!  A friend of mine has taken in her niece who is 6mths old and I finished this up.

Please excuse the mess!  I also have some zippy pouches I need to work on.  I made this hexi flower to decorate one.

Now to figure out the rest of the fabric.  It is for my quilt club swap this month. 

Next up is a wonky star block for a memorial quilt for a dear member of our sew swapit FB group who lost her battle with breast cancer. 
I have so much sewing to do.  I need to get it in gear for my sew south.   I can't believe I am going.  I need to make a bag to travel handmade and get some swap gifts made.  April is just around the corner.

I added another project to my list.  A child's swap.  My daughter wanted to do it so of course I made it happen.  We are doing fabric bookmarks this month. 

Well I better get off here and get busy.  Stay warm and stay safe!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Still Sewimg Strong

I am still sewing everyday and loving it!  My poor husband says I ignore him, but I have done better about sewing and also kicking it with his little cutie self.  He wants me to start selling things.  He was even trying to sell the bag I made with the Bag of the Month club at church this morning.  Here is that finish! 

This pictures are not great for a reason.  I do love it and I swear I take it everywhere!  This is a big deal as I never ever carry a purse!  I have never ever made anything like this at all, and I am proud of myself for finishing it.  I have a ton of mistakes in this bag, but I plan to make another so I am not so down on my bag skills!  This club is the best at helping you, and I encourage anyone to join. 

I made another project from the quilt community I joined.  This was by far the best quilty decision I have ever made.  I love this group!  I made a hot/code pack.  Super cute!

I have also made some burp cloths this week, well today actually.  Using this tutorial.  I love that it is curved to go around the parents neck!  So clever!

So all in all a busy week sewing, and can you believe it another blog post!  Well off here to watch Downton Abby and chill with the hubs! 

I hope everyone has a great week!

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!!!