Thursday, December 30, 2010

Blissfull progress

On my design wall (aka flannel taped to wall)
Playing with ric rac after quilting
after binding and ric rack sewn on
stepping away for awhile to enjoy my kids and do some cleaning...

The first steps to this quilt came really fast, however I have to step away and get some stuff done and then at night after people are asleep i will sit on my bed and watch a movie with my needle and thread and hand baste the batting.  It's the most tedious part of the quilt-making process but worth it.

I was sad to see a wrinkle in the backing...however it's solid white with white thread and after washing and drying it I think it will be ok...i really loved this fabric and think i may be buying some more.  It's Moda Bliss that's why it's a blissful whirlygig quilt.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Buckeye Zig Zag

I finished my Buckeye Zig Zag quilt this weekend and it's listed in the shop

It's a Buckeye Beauty Block turned to make zig zags.  I loved this fabric.  Hopefully someone will love this quilt as much as me.

Looking Back Post

I thought I would answer a few of the questions from Sew Mamma Sew's Blog.  It was a very busy sewing year for me.  Most of the sewing was for myself and some for my store/other people.  

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?  There were alot of black and citrus and brown and aqua (colorwise)  
What were some of your favorite things? (Trends, fabric collections, patterns, blogs? Whatever you really loved.) I really liked all the prints with Owls and fruit/even chairs and objects.  
What was your very favorite fabric collection or print? (If not listed above.)   Hooty Hoot by Riley Blake  having boys i love how many boy prints that are truly beautiful are being made.
What was the best thing you made in 2010? (Be sure to share a photo!)  I think my Green monster maybe not the best thing I made but the most challenging.  The Pattern was sub-par and had to make adjustments/plus i added a few rows to make it a king sized quilt.  I also had it waiting for me most of the year and finally finished quilting on my sewing machine proving that you can quilt a king sized quilt on a small machine.
What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?  My friend Valerie made an awesome Halloween Costume this year.  I am always impressed with creativity and ideas that don't take alot of effort!  
What do you think 2011 has in store? (Again, trends, fabric, patterns, etc.)  I have no clue...hopefully some cute patterns for big girls lol
Anything you’re ready for the sewing world to get over?  The citrus and black thing...
What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? What would you like to learn more about?
This year I have a few quilts to finish for my shoppe, and one to finish for a son.  Then I plan on tackling my very large scrap bin.  I think i will cut all my material into 10" squares and then anything smaller into 5" squares and anything else i will throw away.  

Sunday, December 26, 2010

burned broccoli....go away

I gotta get back to sewing soon!  There's been a lot of Christmas sewing around here.  I made some aprons and some coffee cozy's for family and not to mention some sewing for my precious niece.

Christmas morning we woke up and opened presents I got two quilting books that I think I will make some stuff from.

while I was opening presents I had my microwave timer set because my oven is possessed.  I didn't hear a beeping noise over all the other noises going on in the house.  So the awesome smell of broccoli and garlic turned into what was called a stink.  When my son said this i ran to the oven and saw the carnage.  

What was worse the smell of burnt broccoli and garlic or the smell of garlic on my fingers from slicing it that morning...smelling garlic on your hands is only okay  if there is good food to be had.  I will be buying some broccoli later to make it ...again and stand guard over my oven while it sizzles.  

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

stuck and need to move on

I am quilting this buckeye zig zag quilt and I'm stuck.  I tried a new loopy meander quilting design.  It's not totally familiar to me and I'm not liking it very much.  It's a pretty quilt but it's not very fun to do.  I have an apron and some crayon rolls and some baby clothes to make so i think i will take a break for awhile.  So I am doing what i always packing it up till my mood improves till i can tackle it and finish it properly.

I'm alittle distracted.  I have had a nauseated feeling most of the week.  I think it's all congestion but headaches are really bad too most likely another sinus infection.  The 10th or so this year.  I'm sick of going to the dr to get antibiotics.  Isn't that bad for you?  I am just alittle happier that I am NOT pregnant..or the headaches and stuffiness are ruling that out.   

Also my Grandpa is in poor health and I was told they want to put him in the hospital.  He's 87.  I think it gets harder to say goodbye the more years you have with someone.  I keep thinking of my Big Strong Grandpa who was so macho.  When i go in public and start talking too much and embarrass myself and cringe at how i talked too much or had to talk to complete strangers and joke around with them i know that is my Grandpa and that's just a little gift he's given me.  And when my brother and uncle go around at the holidays and hugs everyone i know that's another one.  And perhaps our hairiness but that's a gift i would gladly give back any time lol.

I just looked at my quilt/picture and realize i only need to quilt 2 blocks then i can move on ...i'm not sure what i was thinking. 

Monday, December 6, 2010



It's monday morning and i still have a quilt to finish not to mention several little gifts I need to finish up. I am feeling kinda run down. I'm sure alot of it has to do with not eating too well lately. Every day i start with my "menu" and eating super healthy. Then it goes south. Add to that the fact that I can't run or work out like i want to and i am in an anti-zone.

I had a great meeting with my mops friends and it was great but while i was sitting there i started getting sick. I feel like i could throw up any moment. My tongue is super sensitive and i feel nauseated. So i was already planning my flu shot today. I either waited too long and have the flu or our "plans" might have been overruled by the big guy. The tech gave me the preservative free shot just in case.

so stay tuned i'm either in for a terrible time with a flu or we have alot of plans to make over here. Someone even asked me at Mops if I was done and I said emphatically "NO!" I should not say those things.
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