Sunday, July 27, 2014

What's Happening

At my place.  Well it has been a little bit of everything.
 
All the flower buttons have been sewn on my little Baby Steps. I have add leaves to less than two sides.  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel on this one.  Yeah!  Some of my friends at the quilt shop yesterday thought I should frame it.  I have never framed one of my little quilts.  I am not sure.  I will have to think on it some more.  I would love to see some little quilts framed to see how it looks.
 
 
 
Several months ago when I taught a Twister Tool class I was showing the students the pattern of this quilt and noticed it had a spider on it.  I had to check out my quilt and it did not have a spider.  Well it has now been added!  It looks more complete now.  Every Witch's hat needs a hanging spider.

 
Close up of the spider.
 
 
On July 9th we took the girls on a little trip to Disney California Adventure Park.  We had a great time.  One of them took a picture of my hubby and I while we waited in line for the Race Car ride in Cars Land.  Last year we forgot to take pictures of hubby and me, so I was determined to get a couple. 



The next day we went to the beach.  This is what happens when you let a 10 year old take your picture up close and personal.  I kind of like the picture. Unfortunately, she dropped my camera with the lens cover open right in the sand after taking this picture.

 
The lens cover doesn't open all the way, as you can see by the back shadow on the picture below. I think I fixed as you can see in the last picture.

 
Above is my tin with my Yo-Yos supplies.  I made more Yo-Yos while we drove back and forth from Arizona to California.  I also listened to a book on CD, Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of CastileA very good story which really makes me glad I live now and I am a regular person and not royalty.  



Above on the left are the new Yo-Yos I made to add to the collection on the right.  I made 40 on our trip.  I don't know how many more I need and I don't want to know.  Once I get tired of making Yo-Yos I will start sewing them on some more blocks.  Right now I want to finish that vine for Baby Steps.
 
Well that's all folks.
Take Care and Happy Doings!

 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Remember the Flag Tumbler quilt that I wanted finished by today!  Well I made it and it is hanging on my wall.  I finished the binding yesterday and the hanging sleeve this morning. 
 

I did simple quilting on it, in the ditch on the straight
seams and in the cream strips and borders I did a serpentine stitch.
 

It is even kid approved!
 
Notice her red, white and blue nail polish?  Her younger sister wanted us to all have matching nail color for the 4th.
 

Here are my fingers.
 
 
Another view of my fingers.
 

And my toes!
 
We have two new household members!
 

Meet Sugar and Cinnamon.
 
 
Or Cinnamon and Sugar.
 
Cinnamon came to us on May 29th, from a neighbor, he was born on April 1st.  We thought he was a she, so don't ask me to check the sex of an 8 week old kitten.  Obviously, I don't do it well.
We didn't take the other litter mate because he was a boy.
So we got Sugar from the pound, she is about a year old. 
She came home with us on June 3rd. 
As you can see they are getting along well. 
 
They are both good cats and belong to the girls.  The girls have full responsibility for the cats, feeding, water, litter box, and brushing.  The girls have been doing an excellent job of being responsible pet owners.  That was the deal we made, they wanted cats after my cat Rosie died in March at age 15.
 
Well that's all folks. 
Happy 4th of July!  Be safe!
Happy Stitching, scrapping and living!
 
 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Organized My Kiwi Lane Templates

I got the idea from Natalie over at Create Share BlessI like it so much I copied her idea.  I did almost everything the same but I did change some things.  Because sometimes you can make a good idea better, or it works better for me. 
So I found the same job ticket folders for the borders, I didn't have any 12 x 12 card stock to cut down to 9 x 12, so I just used 8.5 x 11 card stock.  It worked fine, not perfect.  I did punch the holes in the side of the ticket sleeve.  I used my heavy duty three hole punch and just folded the top down to make it fit in the puncher.  My hand held puncher was not sharp enough to punch through the plastic of the sleeve.  Since the sleeve is 12 inches long it does show over the top of my binder but I am good with that. 
 
 
Natalie put her package insert in the back of her sleeve of the set of templates.  I put mine next to or across from my templates, so I can see the shapes drawn out without moving my templates around. 
 

Here are the Accessories Templates, in the two pocket sleeve protectors.  These are by Martha Steward and have a top flap so things don't slip out. Here I placed the package insert opposite from the templates but I had to change sides.  I wanted the templates on the side with the flap so they would be easier to get to. 
 
Yes my templates are in alphabetical order.
 
I couldn't find the sleeve protectors with the four pockets at Staples or online.  So I used the two pockets pages for the Tiny Accessories.  I will buy the four pocket ones once they are available.  I did use different color cardstock, I liked the fun colors. So borders are one color, Accessories another, and Tiny Accessories another.  I can find each section easily in my notebook.
I had been using a large plastic bin to carry around my templates and store them.  I found I was using the same ones all the time because I would forget what I had. 
 
I thought about getting the Kiwi Lane template tray but I don't have enough flat space in my home to have it sitting out.  Plus I didn't think it would be easy to transport when I go scrapbooking.  I also thought the price was a little high.  I scrapbook in my living room, so I have no place to keep things out.  But I can tuck this notebook by the side of the couch when I am not using it.  Plus it will travel easily.  I used it today and found my templates easily and could return them to the correct place just as easy.  I spent about $35 for the sleeve protectors and card stock.  I have the 2 inch D-ring binder here in the house. I can't wait to take it to my next scrapbooking day!
 
Be sure to see Natalie's blog for more details. 
  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Guess Who is...

Sleeping soundly under his new quilt?  You are so right, Mr. B.!
Last night at 8:56 PM I put the last stitch in the binding and handed the quilt over to the new owner. 
 
I didn't get a picture last night, just too busy.
 
Tonight poor Mr. B. didn't feel well this evening, so he laid down in his recliner and put the quilt on himself.  Now he is happy sawing logs and has been for awhile.
 

Yup there he is, and that is how he likes to sleep in
his recliner with the quilt over his head.
 
The colors are off, that pink color is really red.
 
Meanwhile back in the sewing room I have began another project.  I hope to have this done by the 4th of July.  I think I will make it.
 
 
I started it on May4th, here it is just laid out on my design wall. 
 
 

 
Here it is with some rows sewn together.  This little quilt was designed by the owner of the LQS, A Quilter's Oasis were I teach.  It has been a fun little project so far.
 
I was at a scrapbooking convention all day and I am exhausted,
I am calling it a day, so night all!
 
 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Binding on Mr. B.'s Quilt

The binding is on Mr. B.'s quilt and I am 3/4's done with sewing it down by hand!  It won't be too much longer and this will be done!!
 
 
 
Here is the binding, you can also see the front and the back. 
Yes, my hubby loves Red, White and Blue, this is his second quilt I made for him in these colors.
 

At the AQS show that was here in Phoenix in February I picked up some of these binder clips that a lot of my friends were raving about.  I have to admit they are a lot better than the ones shaped like hair clips. Part of me thinks they shouldn't make a difference.  They lay flatter and so the binding is flatter.  I don't seem to re-align the binding like I did with the other clips.  My favorite part is they work well on the corners. I used to pin them and of course the pin would stick me.  Not any more.   These hold the corners just fine.  Do you need to run out and buy them, no, but if you are treating yourself to a little something go for it.  I only use 5 at a time.
 

Yes, I have added more buttons on the vine to my Baby Steps. 
It is kind of on the back burner until the binding is done.
 
That's about it for now.
 
Happy Stitching, Scraping or just living!
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Tying is Done!!

Yes at a 11:33 AM I placed the last ties stitch in Mr. B's quilt!
See the last tie in the right lower corner.
 

It was so much easier working from the front of the frame that I did two rows yesterday and one today. It is a very good feeling to have it done to this point!!
 

I trimmed down the extra batting to make working
from the front easier.
 
 
 I didn't leave a lot of extra backing, just enough.
 

Just before I removed it from the frame.
 
It is heavy, hubby wants it puffy so it has high loft batting in it. 
A week ago he said to me, 
"I thought you were going to tack it with your machine not hand tie it."  Now he tells me that would have been OK. 
 
Now to go make 360 inches of bias binding, and sew it on.
 I have stripped material for the binding. 
 
Here are some pictures I took a some spring time blooms.  Summer blooms for you Northern folks.
 
Saguaro Cactus
 
See the bee on the right side?

 
  The whole cactus in my neighbor's yard.
 

Another close up.
 
Now for some Calla Lilies in my front porch.
 
 
Close up.

 
I don't do a lot of photography but these turned out very well!!
 
Have fun doing quilting, scrapping and living!
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I Have Been a Busy Little Beaver

So what have I been so busy doing? 
 I added borders to the 30's Baby Steps.  As you can see I went with the purple for the border and it will be the binding also.
 I also when on a search for buttons.  I wrote the company I purchased the original set of buttons from for the other Baby Steps and I have never heard back from them.  This did not make me happy.  I found some I really loved from England pastel shades and lots of shapes but it would have cost me $24 for the buttons and shipping, I said no way Jose.
 
 
So these are the buttons and I am getting the from Shelly's Buttons and More.  Not all the shapes I wanted but the colors I want. So I am OK with that.  Maybe I should have asked my second cousin in England to order them and see if it would have been any cheaper?
 
 
I have made some progress on the original Baby Steps.  See the buttons on the top.
 
 
I have even made progress on Mr. B's quilt!  I only have three rows to go and now I think I can tie from the front and I won't have to lean over the back of the frame.  Getting happier about this!

 
And finally I actually have a finish!  Number two for the year!  My Flag Twister Wreath is done.  Here it is hanging on one of my quilt hangers.   Currently it is at the shop as a class sample.  I am teaching this tomorrow, May 2nd.  Fun class and I have four students.
 

Plus I have been playing in EQ7, doing some class preparation for my monthly club meeting.  We are working in the book Quilt Designs and the group wanted to learn about the Hexagon Quilt.  Here is how mine turned out.
 
I don't use a lot of colors when I am designing for class or learning new stuff, that takes away from what I am focusing on.  Playing with colors can take hours. So 90% of my EQ stuff is in blue and yellow. 
 
Well time to fly, I am going out today for lunch with a friend. 
 
Happy Stitching, Scrapping, and Living! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

How I Caught the Easter Bunny






This is the video I made to show the girls that the Easter Bunny was here, as requested by my little one.  I didn't say anything so they won't recognize my voice.
She was thrilled when she saw it in the morning.  The big one had a couple of questions that I just answered with he was hiding. Paper ears taped on a headset.  I am so glad I made her happy.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Little Bit of Scraping

 
Part of what I have been scrapbooking is My Life Story so this week I made my binder cover page and the spine. 
 
Binder Cover
 
This picture was taken when I was 40, so 26 years ago. 
 
Binder Spine
 
Inside I have dividers for each decade plus the year I was married.  On the front of the divider page is a What Happened in that year and on the back is my Time Line for everything that happened in that decade.  On my Time Lines I included things like where I lived, if we moved, school, jobs, births and deaths, and occasionally a historical fact.  I just had a thought I guess I could do a few more of those.  Well that is a project for another day.
 
 
1948


1958

 
1968
I look like I an ready to take the world on sitting
on the back of the Lion in Detroit.

1978


1988


1992


1998

I still have to find a picture for this one. I have lots of boxes of pictures to go through to find one.
 
 
2008
 
Time Line 1968
 
  This has been a fun project but I have a lot of work left to do!!
 
Happy Easter!!
Have fun quilting, scraping and just living!!!
 
PS I forgot to mention where I purchased the What Happen in Year pages, here is the link to Family Tree Stalker.