Thursday, December 31
Monday, December 28
Monday, December 21
Made cookies today for hubby to take to work, for their holiday brunch tomorrow. Have 2 quiche's in the oven now for him too. I've got the good looking roast in the crock pot and hopefully will get some sausage balls made today too.
I have been very blessed recently to get 3 bags of free fabric from friends/family. I've just got to get it rolled up and put away in it's proper place - that may not happen till after Christmas. In one bag of fabric that was from my hubby's grandmother was a special surprise. This was some of her stitching. It's hanging on my pin board for now till I determine what this will be used in. It's so pretty.
Friday, December 18
Monday, December 14
The kids still miss the carpet and for now I've just got them little carpet samples I got at the flooring store. Hubby said we could just move the little carpets around and the babies will just go where we sit them. That is pretty much true. With all this crazy stuff going on this is the first year EVER I've not put up my big Christmas tree. It seems very odd. So I stopped one day while I was out and got a little 4.5 ft tree with lights on it and have it on a little table. Oh have to have a tree, Hubby laughed at me and said he knew I'd do this. Well I'm predictable at least.
Friday, December 4
Wednesday, November 25
Here were the first ones I made while figuring out the formula for the amounts of clay for each part of the figure. Poor snowman has no arms...I'll fix you don't worry.
Saturday, November 21
Today I spent the day taking photos of my jewelry and posting it on 1000 Markets. It always amazes me how long this can take. But the photos turned out nice and I opened a new section in my on line shop. To celebrate this new section in my shop I'll be giving away free hand made beads with each order. The beads will be custom made to your color/texture requests so it's a great deal. And to help get you started I'll be giving hand made beads and buttons away here on this blog also. So if you are interested in some free beads/buttons for your quilting or mixed media this is a good time to get some. Just post that you are interested and what colors you would like. If you like a theme then let me know that too. These buttons/beads are beautiful ways to add texture in a wall quilt or on your ATCs. They range in size from tiny to quarter size and come in different shapes too! What a great deal. Free is always good. The necklace at the bottom is free too with this give a way! So get some free beads & buttons - they are all unique.
Saturday, November 14
Thursday, November 12
Tuesday, November 10
Now that all these ghosts are finished I can move on to my next fun thing. I've also finished my swaps for this month and will get those in the mail today. The themes were Christmas which were so much fun to do. It's not like I've completed all my UFOs I still have a quilt with no binding lurking up in the play room. Closing in on the UFOs is an never ending process. I'm going to try to start 2010 with the grand plan of only working on 2 large projects at a time. We'll see how that works out...
Friday, November 6
Sunday, November 1
Fat Quarter Rack in the Mountain Stitches shop. Paula and I were thinking we need to try and make one of these. Just a wonderful idea and you would be able to see all your fabrics at one glance. Mine are now in bins and this would be so much better.
Monday, October 26
Monday, October 19
Well I have an announcement to make - I've been about to die to get the new Baby Lock machine that just came out called the Sashiko. (
Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.
Many Sashiko patterns were derived from Chinese designs, but just as many were developed by the Japanese themselves. The artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) published the book New Forms for Design in 1824, and these designs have inspired many Sashiko patterns.
So much for your history lesson. I've found this all very interesting. I also read that some of the very first armor was found to be quilted using this stitch. There were long open areas left where sections of bamboo were inserted to give the garment strength and to protect the wearer. Pretty cool huh? Well I could just go on about this forever but I'll stop.
Don't have my machine yet. They are backordered and Baby Lock is only making 9 each day. So I'm on a list and should be getting mine in about 3 months. This also gave me time to break down the payments which is not a bad thing either.
Monday, October 12
Sunday, October 11
Thursday, October 8
Wednesday, October 7
Sunday, October 4
This wall hanging was my favorite and got my vote for people's choice. This was about 24" square at the most and has over 541 pieces. It was made by Ruth Smith of Dallas Texas. I love it.
A postage stamp quilt that looked like it had been fussy cut. I wish I'd taken notes to remember the age of some of these. This show wasn't just for showing the quilts you had made but also to show the quilts you've collect. Some of these were very old and made by the grandmother or other relatives. The one rule for this show was you had to live in the county.
I've seen wall hangings made from ladies hankies before but this one really caught my eye. The stitching was wonderful and the buttons were a nice added touch. Paula had seen this hankie design but hadn't seen the buttons before. It might have just changed my mind about this type of quilt, it was very sweet. I will have to admit thou that the shape of the butterflies did remind me of oriental - I'm hopeless.
This was my favorite big quilt. I really liked the off centered pattern. The colors are right up my alley too. I'd really like to make a full size log cabin one of these some day. Guess I'll put in on my list right under the crazy quilt.