Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I've missed Blogging

I won't spend too much updating you on what has been happening around here...here are some photos for the year.
Zig Zag Quilt made with a Fig Tree Jelly Roll

Oklahoma Quilt Block

Teal Squares

Super Busy with Tiger Cubs

Modern Cross Quilt made with our Block Swap Blocks
Showing off the garden

Lots of canning, pickling and fermenting fun

One of my Oklahoma Quilt Blocks for the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild

New Sewing Space

Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm still here!

I always think there are seasons to your life and there are definitely seasons to creativity.  I've been stagnate for awhile.  Its seemed like the stress of school and being a mommy of 4 year old and 7 year old boys took top honor.  Not to mention a work a holic husband.

I also was trying to make money by making quilts and crocheting.  I love to make quilts and crochet but the fun goes out the window once you start sewing and making things with a deadline.  I find that most people want to pay what a fair market price would be compared to mass produced items that can have a low price point.  So when people ask if I sell quilts I say no.  If you really really want one I will consider it, but know that I am not going to scrimp on my time and materials to make it affordable.  My husband called me yesterday asking me to send some pictures of my quilts and that someone might want me to make a quilt.  At first I said no, then I said yes, but gave my price.  I quilt these things myself and to send it off to a quilter is over 200 bucks.  You gotta think about those things.

So we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary last week and we were very daring when eating out.  We had never tried Korean food or Cuban food and ate both.  We went a little crazy in IKEA.  They had some really cute house sets that said "my house in 730 square feet."  I told DH that I would have loved that place when I was a kid and would probably dream of living in one of those sets.  I definitely want to go back when I get rid of our massive sleigh bed, chest and nightstand.  I loved the duvet sets and the bedspreads.  We came home with two LACK tables.  They are made of corrugated cardboard for the most part so they are lightweight but are so strong.  When we redo my youngest son's room I will use one as a Lego table.  I have to glue a Lego plate to some wood though...

We tried some Cuban food for lunch after IKEA.  It was pretty good stuff, lots of lime juice, plantains and beans and rice.  Right outside the restaurant, There was a sewing and vacuum store.  I went inside to ask about foot pedals and then found this machine. 
It was a crazy impulse buy for sure.  I have always loved how quiet Janome machines are and this one is too.  I also love my acu-feed foot.  I just finished my son's bed-sized quilt and used the even feed foot for most of it.  It was so easy on my shoulders.  I was very happy. 

This was my latest quilt that I finished.  I bought this fabric on the sale rack at Jo-Ann's.  It made a very bright and cheery 4-patch posey.  I like to make other types of quilts I swear.  It seems that I always find good fabric for these though.  It's a nice mindless type of piecing and sewing with a lot of chain piecing.  I should have more quilts to post soon but need to find a good outdoor place to take pictures since I have a crazy Lab that ruined my usual picture setting. 

We've come along way as a family this year and that's another reason I have extra time to post.  My oldest son is doing great in the third grade.  We had  more adjustments for the 2nd grade with him being a year younger than everyone else.  He is really enjoying boy scouts and loves to read still.  The youngest had emotional problems last year and hated school.  I really think he wasn't ready for pre-K last year and wish I had kept him home.  We split up the boys into separate rooms over the summer and it was amazing how different the youngest became.  He woke up happy and ready to go.  He for the most part loves school and has two best friends that he loves.  Last summer I was trying to get him into counselling because when he misbehaved and got angry, the teachers at school said it wasn't normal.  Mommy started researching and revamped our discipline system.  I used to scold them when they tattled on each other, now I encourage it.  I have two kids that like to handle conflict physically.  I really had to work on myself and how I show anger too.  Consistency works for these kids for sure. 

Hopefully I will find a good place to photograph quilts and have more pictures for you soon.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I am still here and making little projects.  School ended and I had to think about a few things.  I did not like how my family life was reacting to my full time student status.  I also was very troubled that I was getting a Masters degree in a field that suffers job cuts, and low salary while paying 6.8% interest.  My youngest son is having alot of emotional problems, mainly anger.  I definitely lean towards the expressive, passionate side of the anger spectrum and my husband does too.  My little guy has alot of problems when the adrenaline is pumping.  Fight or Flight for him.  So we are working on that at home and will be contacting professionals to insure his future in public schools.  He is my most creative child and his imagination can't be beat.

I finished a few long term projects last month.  The first of which is my zig zag afghan.  Gosh I love this thing. I will be making another one because the yarn is the softest while keeping a firmness that is really nice.  It's called "Impeccable" from Michael's.  I only wish they made a pink in that brand.
I finished using all my hexagons that I paper pieced.  This was pretty fun to do.  I sewed all these flowers onto broadcloth using a small blanket stitch on the machine.  The few blocks I hand sewed had problems shifting when I quilted.  I really liked how the back looked when I finished.  This quilted ended up really crinkly when I washed it.  It now hangs in my sewing room.
Some Lazy Angle Star Blocks for my blue eyed boy.

What would my life be without another crafty project?  I found these quilt blocks in Branson and had to make them.  

I have found the project for my Reunion Fat Quarter bundle.  I have been eyeing these Swoon Blocks forever.  I love how they all look so I am trying my hand at it.  I am not using white and opted for the the tea stained instead. I'm having alot of fun.  Each block is 24" so I will have a King sized quilt when I am done with my 12 blocks.  What kind of summer sewing are you all doing?
I had a whole bucket list planned but my oldest son wanted to go to summer school.  What?  yes...he loves school.  He gets to have a real fake job, earn fake money, pay fake taxes, spend money at different businesses.  He loves it so far.  He was a quality inspector then a cashier.  He's having a blast.  We are waking up early to take him to the bus, but he gets breakfast and lunch at school which is nice for me.  There has been a vast decrease in fights too.  There's a little boy that was my youngest son's friend and they have been playing alot together.  No matter how bad my son behaves I have to remember...All 4 year olds act pretty much the same way.  So when you see a woman with a 4 year old don't be too hard on her.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New projects= spring break + rain

  I love these fabrics.  I have a throw on my couch and it always makes me happy when I cover up with it.  I have two honeybuns and decided to make this pattern with it.  I paired the honeybuns with a cream solid fabric.  It should be funky and fun when I'm done with it.  Now that spring break is over it's sitting in nice neat piles next to my machine.
 Finished crib quilt.  I really liked these fabrics from Birch.  So cute and androgynous.  A good quilt for girls or boys.
 I turned out these pillow covers for my couch.  I love orange and I loved these riley blake fabrics from all the quilts I have made with them.  They make me happy.
I made a quilt with these Ann Marie Horner line in Voile.  I made a simple pillow cover with them.  They don't match my house.  

We are busy busy once again.  Boys are both in soccer, I have tons of school.  Why am I taking 3 summer classes?  Cause I want to be finished by Spring of 2014! 

We are also remodeling our house alittle bit.  We figure with the houses in our neighborhood that we are stuck for awhile.  We have a big yard, love the school and the fact that we are next to a park and a basketball court.  If we just make our current house more liveable for us we can stay.  The boys need their own rooms.  We are getting bids on concrete right now.  My father in law will build the cabinets and shelves for us too.  Its stressful in the meantime. 

This weather is crazy nice.  It feels like June in March.  It's hard to concentrate on school and work, I want to go on vacation!  I packed up all my winter clothes.  I sure hope it doesn't turn cold I will have to go dive into my storage bins. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Breaking up is hard to do.

I'm breaking up with the whole Curly Mom Quilts thing.  If you noticed there is no facebook link.  I have things still in my shop but i will be selling them all or giving them all away as gifts.  I have several more quilts to make.  The hospice that took care of my grandpa had a new quilt and crocheted cover on the chair every morning.  I'm thinking some of my scrap quilts should go to them.

I just thought I would put this picture in here.  This is my Grandpa Joe and I at my first graduation.  He's on my mind alot.  He was a new year's baby.  He would have been 83, but how blessed I was to share 35 years with him.   He left us mentally before he left us physically and  that's where my joy comes from, to think of him complete and whole.  He was known as Frito Joe in my hometown because he was the Frito Lay man.  Do you realize how many chip commercials and how many times you see a bag of Frito's  or a Frito Lay product in a day?  After the funeral my aunt talked about getting stuck behind a Frito truck.  I think he'll be sending us reminders every day like that.  I'm taking it alittle hard because I've been so blessed not having any loss of loved ones except my cousin who i think of  all the time too...esp once a month if i remember my self breast exam.  I can't help thinking it will only get worse and worse.  I have had all my grandparents with me this far in my life. It's amazing.

I will not have much time in the new year for alot of crafting because I will have my nose in a book.  I'm going to grad school starting January 9th, and I'm excited.  I'm alittle bummed because I won't get to see my quilting gals at the guild but who's kidding who?  I won't be sewing too much.

Some finished/and semi finished crafts.

So I have gone through my box of WIP's and churned out some this week on break/and this weekend.  This Riley Blake quilt is a testament to finishing your mistakes.   I didn't mean to make this quilt.  I was trying something else and got cutter happy and ended up with the wrong sides cut...  This quilt was supposed to look like bamboo.  But I finished it and it's actually better than I thought.

 Baby Clothes Quilt top pieced and ready to be sandwiched.--Memory pillows for the Grandma's.

My foray into the memory quilt.  This has been a difficult quilt to make.  I realized it wasn't about the pattern or the design as much as it was about the memories and the baby clothes.  To make this quilt match or be symmetrical, would involve cutting up these clothes and perhaps losing some of it.  I really like how it's turning out.  Some of these clothes are so tiny and had so many snaps the only option was sewing on whole.  I hope to have this baby quilted and on it's way this week....BUT....

My mind and creativity always gets ahead of my shoulder.  Any hours spent at my machine and my back seizes and then my neck is sore and frozen...it's a vicious cycle.  So while I want and need to finish all my WIP's I still need to pace myself.

I started the new years in the best way, going to my new church home.  I can't tell you how much i love this place.  Worship alone, I am fed completely.  Perhaps I have alittle depression or am extra sensitive these days.  I have been so emotional lately.  Not with sadness but with Joy and amazement.  I have such a renewal of spirit and of life lately.  Perhaps being home for 7 years wasn't good for my depression problems.  I tend to have problems every winter with the blues.  It's wonderful for creativity by the way.  I am a melancholy person and being home with crybabies has made me a cry baby.  Seeing myself as an intelligent person with more to give than my effort at cleaning and cooking and child care has helped especially since one of those skills I am terribly lacking.  What my children and my husband expect or believe about me isn't all there is.  I love them with my whole heart but I get resentful when I am not feeling appreciated, however it's unfair to place all your self-esteem on your husband and children's attitudes.  They are irrational crazy people most of the time.

I'm going into 2012 thankful for my salvation that is unwarranted, unmerited, and undeserved.  Nothing I do can ever give it away and I'm so thankful for his grace that I can be a human, and sin and fail over and over again and I know that i have "unmerited favor."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What do you think... too much?

 I've been making these mug rugs for my boy's teachers.  Do you think they'll like them or are they too crazy and far out?  They are all raw edge applique so it wasn't too hard.
  Hopefully these teachers will feel appreciated by me.  I may not be on top of it all the time but I do love them and think they are saints.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

in the meantime

"The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."—Mother Teresa