Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It is Raining

Well, I have been out of town for the weekend and then getting caught up on stuff and going out to the new store to help cut fat quarters and get some stuff for the BOM I will be making and teaching. I also got some fabric for the beginning quilting class sample, so I will be busy for the next few weeks getting stuff ready and going out to be there if anyone wants a class. I am also still working on the mans clothes quilts so that will be on going.
I am pretty excited about a new book that we got in called " Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin" by Sara Nephew & Marci Baker. I got fabric to make one of their wall hangings for the shop and I may end up paying her for this one to bring home after she has had it hanging for a while. I do love the quilts in this book.
Not getting my class written I have been so busy at the machine I seem to not find time at the computer for much more than a quick blog post or twitter and check email. I need to take the time and get that one completed, but it means making a few blocks because I forgot to take pictures while I was making the quilt. I suppose I had better get busy that stuff won't make it self and I want to be making it more than I want to wash dishes and clothes. I have some pictures to share but will have to add them next time I don't have my camera with me today.
We are getting some much needed rain today and I hope it will cool things off a little.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Title Angst

Well, I read other blogs and they always have such catchy titles and I find that the hardest part of this blog. I usually don't really know for sure what I will write about when I get started so I guess I need to title it after I write it. There you have it.
So today is the day I have chosen to reveal my mini quilt I have sent out to my swap partner. I do hope she has gotten it already since I did really want it to be a surprise for her. I have not gotten mine from my swap partner yet but I do look forward to it. I did get a lovely package day before yesterday with my final quilt square for my birthday blocks. Added into it was a lovely piece of purple rose fabric. I know I will use for something wonderful for myself for a change. I had thought I would use it for someone else but decided it would be for me today.The lady I got it from was in the process of moving when it was my birthday and hers was just a week later. So we all held her blocks until she got moved and in her new house. Now we all have sent hers to her. I have to get one ready for July, the June one is out already.
The latest quilt I am working on is almost done and I will take the pictures of it and post them with the denim quilt and my new squares the first part of next week. This is the second quilt in the quilt made from a mans cloths. I will be out of town this weekend visiting my Aunt and Uncle. I am sure we will have a good time.
I had a mammogram today and I do hope any one reading this will make sure you get yours done just as soon as you can if it has been a while. The new digital imaging make it so much less painful, so just go get squished. I DID! lol
Well, the weather has been scorching hot and is supposed to continue to be that way. I think I will be inside quilting while it is so hot outside.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Woo Hoo!!!

It is finally completed, the denim quilt I have been working on for way too long is finally complete. It is made from a mans jeans who died and his wife asked me to make quilts for his children from his clothes this is the first one that is complete and the next one will be done Mon. at the latest. I will post photos soon as I have not taken them yet.
I get so excited about the quilts I want to make and the things I am planning to make for the quilt store that will be opening in July that I will be teaching at. I am also planning to have a quilt class completed for the black and white quilt to put on line by the end of the month. It will not just be the black and white but it will be a quilt as you go class, so if you have any desire for that kind of class I will give you the web address to go to and take it.
May you all have a wonderful Fathers Day with your spouse and/or your Father.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Lets face it the last few posts I have done were just babble and I am sorry for that I have been sort of sick this week but not really, if that makes any sense at all. I have felt rotten and I have not had any inspiration even though I have completed a couple of thing. I want to post my mini quilt so bad and I sent off a Birthday block this week and I forgot to take a picture of it to post. I am so sorry for that. I usually make two of each so I will have a quilt of the birthday blocks that I have made when the year is over. So when I get mine made tomorrow or next week I will post that picture. I had wanted to post some really great information but I can't remember what it was and that frustrates me to no end. so have a great weekend and I will too. Gotta go to my youngest daughters for her hubby's birthday party tomorrow in another town, so it will be a late night tomorrow.

Things I Read

Hello to all, I have been reading some things today in order to stay up to date on the things that I need to know so I can be a good teacher. I found a file I had saved on color and one on thread. I think that as I go on to study I will have some thing to report. I know that just makes everyone happy. LOL
I did find some great ideas for the gifts class I am working. I have a real problem with hanging on to my mp3 player in the gym and I am making a pattern for a holder that I won't hate to use at the gym and can still do all the thing I need to do. I also have some great ideas for other things I know everyone can use, coasters, tissue holders for purse or car. Little gifties to make for the people we love during the holiday's. I know I am glad to be coming up with some really good gifts for my family and friends. I will share my ideas when they are made.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Amazing Things

Well, I was looking at a gallery for a quilt site that I belong to the other day and there was a album of quilts from the students and in that album I found some quilts that were called My first quilt and, guess what, they were the same pattern I teach when I teach a beginner. The same pattern I have at the beginning of this blog when I was teaching quilt making. I was surprised by that, not that I have the patent on that pattern heaven knows it is a common one and has been around for a long time maybe even centuries. I was just surprised that I am not the only one who uses it to teach beginning quilting. I guess great minds think alike. LOL
I am so excited about the Yellow Rose I want to post pictures, but I have to wait until I have mailed it so that it will be a surprise for the one who is getting it, in case she has done like I did and checked out the blogs of those who are in the exchange. Well, I need to go to the post office and I really wanted to send a birthday block when I go so I need to get back to work.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Class Requested

Well, I have been asked to turn my black and white quilt into a class. It seems that several people are asking for more information on the quilt as you go method that I have used on this quilt and on many others too. I love so many of the parts of the quilting process and yet the reality that it takes so long to complete a quilt for me. I keep wondering if I am slow because I lose focus or because there is something wrong with me. I love to hear about those of you who can start and finish a quilt in a week. Even when I give it my best I don't seem to be able to complete one in a month. What is it that I am doing wrong? I think it is more of a focus issue than that I am really doing something wrong.
Well, on another issue I have the wall hanging almost complete it has to be quilted and then it will go in the mail. I am sorry it will be so close to the due date that means the lovely lady waiting for it will have to wait longer but such is life. I am also working on the plan for the next birthday block to be put in the mail before the 20th. Looking at blocks and deciding tonight which block I will make. I am using this exchange as a way of challenging myself so it will need to be something I don't think I can do. I will post photos as soon as the things are in the mail.
God Bless your day.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Yellow Rose of Texas

I am working on a small quilt exchange and I am excited by the idea as well as the quilt I am making. I have titled it Yellow Rose of Texas and I am supposed to keep it quiet as to who it is going to. This is a surprise for the recipient. I won't post any photos of it until I think it has gotten to where it is going. It has a long way to go so that may be some time at the end of the month or the beginning of July. I talked to my daughter today in the email and I may be going to see her this month or at the end of summer. I am not sure which yet. My parents are planning a trip and they want me to go with them so I am going to talk to them about it tonight when we go to dinner together. My cousin's daughter is getting married tomorrow night so my girls are going to the rehersel and the the dinner tonight. Then we will all go to the wedding tomorrow night. I don't look forward to it for the simple reason that I need to dress up and I don't really have anything to dress up in. I bought a suit that I thought I might wear to my daughters wedding reception in Dec. and didn't so I guess I could pull that out and wear it. It has never been worn.
I went to serger club this week and made a pillowcase on the serger. It was fun and the pillow case is too cute. I will take a picture of it and post it soon. My daughter Aften wants it to take on her cruise in Aug. It is a travel related fabric so will make a nice travel case to make sure she doesn't leave her pillow anywhere. Well, back to the sewing room to work on the quilt in question. hahaha
If you believe you can achieve it you can

Monday, June 1, 2009

Black and White is finally complete!!!

Yea!!! I am so excited I have finally completed the quilt and now I am sad that I was not able to connect with the girl it was made for. She needed to spend the last few days with her family and we didn't get the chance to meet. I will post the photos for you to see.

Needless to say I will be mailing it to her as soon as she gets there and gets an address for me to mail to. I will most likely want to send her a care package anyway so I look forward to it.
Well, I have started the writing portion of the next two classes that I plan to offer on line at the quilting weekly. I won't know if they are accepted until I offer them and I have to complete them first, so no specifics for any of that except I am working on them.
I have some great designs coming up I will be sharing if I can.