Sunday, July 30, 2006

About Me

Now that I have finished sewing the borders to the rose quilt top, I have time to share a little about myself. It's hard to answer with just one word. One Word for - 1. Yourself: dependable 2. Your partner: friendly 3. Your hair: wild 4. Your Mother: helpful 5. Your Father: proud 6. Your favorite item: sewing machine 7. Your dream last night: none 8. Your favorite drink: cold milk 9. Your dream home: beach house 10. The room you are in: bedroom 11. Your pleasure: quilting 12. Your fear: bridges 13. Where you want to be in ten years: traveling 14. Who you hung out with last night: hubby 15. What you're not: social butterfly 16. Your best friends: laughter 17. One of your wish list items: beach house 18. Your gender: female 19. The last thing you did: sew borders on quilt top 20. What you are wearing: tank top 21. Your favorite weather: spring 22. Your favorite book: mom's scrapbook 23. Last thing you ate: chicken 24. Your life: quiet 25. Your mood: good 26. The last person you talked to on the phone: Josie 27. Who you are thinking about right now: Chris

Friday, July 28, 2006

What To Do With Left Overs

This is what I'll be making with the rose quilt left over fabrics. The pattern is Temple Flowers. You can find some really nice patterns in this site.

Rose Blocks Finished

I have finished piecing the Turning Twenty rose blocks and I love the way it looks. It's very cottage looking. I will be using the left over strips for the borders. I love this pattern, so easy and fast. I will piece the rows together tonight. Gratitudes 1. The Internet. 2. Vanilla Ice cream. 3. No more rain. 4. Living on a quiet street.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Turning Twenty Blocks

Here are three of the rose fabric blocks for the Turning twenty pattern. I really like the way they are turning out. Camera is a cheapy so they look much better in real life. I think this quilt top will go fast. GRATITUDES 1. My cousin being alright after tornado hitting in Joliet today. 2. My feeling better. 3. The sound of the patio chimes. 4. A very patient husband.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Turning 20 Quilt Top Fabric

Today I will start cutting fabric for the Turning Twenty quilt top. I have so many rose fabrics that I decided to use them for this quilt pattern. GRATITUDES 1. My cat's BB shot wound looking much better. 2. My hubby moving my computer to a cooler room in the house. 3. I've said it once and I'll say it again, Central Air. 4. My good friends.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Wedding Ring Top Finished

I have finished with the Wedding Ring quilt top. I only need the borders, hopefully I will find the same light blue fabric I used for the sashing. I really like the way this turned out. It's my version of the wedding ring pattern. I had been calling it a Dresden Plate but several people say it reminds them of Wedding Ring so that's what I shall call it. GRATITUDES 1. The microwave. 2. The voices of children playing 3. A good book. 4. A very nice sister-in-law.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More Piecing

I finished piecing the sashing to all the ring blocks today so tomorrow I will add the horizontal sashing. I got so angry with myself because I didn't buy enough fabric for the borders, just two more strips needed. I will go hunt more of the same sashing fabric tomorrow. Hope I can find it. I guess I wasn't thinking when I bought it. This quilt will be for which ever of my boys gets married first, even if it does have quite a bit of pink pieces in it. Oh, well. I will soon post a picture of the whole top. This will be the third top I finish this year, I am so happy. I will work on my rose quilt top after this one.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Doing The Happy Dance

Folk Star Quilt Top Finished

I finally finished the Folk Star quilt top. I took too long to finish the top. The two extra rows of stars that I added really made a difference. I am so happy to have finally finished since it was a nine year old UFO . I will start putting together the Dresden Plate quilt top. That won't take too long since all the blocks are done. I'll just have to add the sashing. ****************** Gratitudes 1. Sound of the light rain hitting the window this morning. 2. A quiet neighborhood. 3. Digital cameras. 4. Modern conveniences.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Going Out of Business Sale

Yesterday, my husband and I went into Houston and saw a Hancocks going out of business sale,so, we go in and everything was for sale. A couple had two truck loads full of all kinds of shelves. Hubby managed to buy a fabric shelve for $10. He says he can make me a bench/trunk out of it. We'll see. There were some women looking at the %70 off patterns thinking they were getting a great bargain,until I told them they were $.99 at JoAnn's. You should have seen they eyes, talk about almost popping out. They stashed the patterns they were looking at between some fabric bolts and dashed out the door to JoAnn's. We sewers are so much alike. That was so funny. I bought two quilting books and the 18mm rotary cutter that was %50 off.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Just For Fun

I am an Echinacea What Flower Are You?

"You are a health conscious person, both your health and the health of others. You know all about the health benefits and dangers of the world around you."

I thought I'de be a rose but turns out I'm a wild little thing.LOL! Funny, my husband planted a bunch of Echinacea in the front yard.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Do Dogs Know

Not too much quilting going on today. A week ago one of our two Chi's started crying every time my son walked out the door. I'm talking howling, loud, for a good 30 minutes and waits at the window for him. He is the one she bonded with right away when we first got her as a 4 week only pup. When he goes to the restroom she waits at the door for him and follows him all around the house. Chris,my son will be leaving to Graduate school next month and I'm wondering if maybe she senses he is leaving. He told me last night she went to his room five time wanting to get in bed with him. I'm wondering if she might be having nightmares. Chiquita(the pup) has always been high strung and is always running around.She is sensitive to every sound around her, she just isn't a calm little dog, except when she is with Chris. Anybody ever experience something like this with a pet? Chris says she has severe separation anxiety. ****************** Gratitudes 1. My son, Chris, he is such a good son. 2. Chiquita, she keeps everyone on their toes. 3. All the birds in my back yard. 4. Having a husband with a green thumb.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Quilting and Burned Rice

I started off the day working on adding the border to the Star quilt and remembered I had to make rice for one of my doggies who is on a strict diet. With my bad memory, I should know better by now. After putting the rice on the stove I went back to my sewing and then I started smelling something and then realized it was the rice, well, it burned to a crisp. Thank goodness I still had a bit more rice left. That's happened a lot to me, burning something because I go and do something else. I find it so hard to stay put in the kitchen while something is cooking though. Aren't all artist suppose to suffer some degree of ADD? That sounds so much better than ageing. My friend and I always seem to forget some word or somebody's name when we're having a conversation. We always end up saying, "Yea, you know which one I'm talking about, yea, that's the one, but darn it I can't remember the name." Yet, we always do know what the heck we're talking about. It's getting pretty pathetic.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


I hope everyone has a good day today. My family won't be doing much. It's raining so everyone is staying in. Hubby had to work today due to the shuttle. I'll probably continue working on the Folk Star quilt top and look over some of my other UFO's. Not much to do but it's good to know I live in a country where I can do whatever strikes my fancy. I love you ,America. **************** Gratitudes 1. Living in a country with so much freedom. 2. My hubby helping with the dishes. 3. Having a beach so close by. 4. My who is also a quilter.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Just A Tip

I don't know about any of you, but I use this little hammer for any bulky seams in any of my piecing. It's small and it has a rubber top so it won't do any damage to the fabric. I don't really like trimming any 1/4 inch seams to lessen the bulk, and to me there is not much room for cutting error with a 1/4 inch seam. It's one of the things I have to have next to my sewing machine. I got it at JoAnn's in the scrapbooking section. Just thought I'd share a tip.

I Use To Make

I have been going through my project scrapbook and feel like I've done it all in the sewing world. About nine years ago, I use to make Inner Child dolls with a friend. These dolls were about three feet high. We bought special clothes and wigs for them, and we always worked from a person's picture. It was unbelievable how many dolls we made. We even made George and Barbra Bush. Those dolls had so much detail to them. My friend moved to another state and I got burned out. I made one for my son's elementary school nurse, who was always so good to my boys when they weren't feeling well. She was so surprised when she I gave it to her, and every time I run into her she says her doll still sits in a special chair in her living room. ****************** 1. A good sister-in-law. 2. Rain for my plants. 3. The birds that come up to my patio. 4. The freedom to come and go as I please.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Made A Cap

I took a break from blogging and quilting the last few days because I had been visiting with a friend who is alone now that her two boys have left the nest. I just felt like I had to be a good friend. I did manage to whip up a cap for though. I followed the design of an old cap I wore for the longest time. I really had to look through all my stuff to find that old thing. Making the cap took longer than I thought but I do like how it turned out. I'm thinking that would make a great Christmas gift. It looks kind of funky with the Sunbonnet Sues don't you think. Sorry for the blurry picture.