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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Was MIA but now I am back

As many of you know my computer took a nose dive back in early March. I was using the husbands work computer for a while and then that came to a halt when I went to Florida in April. Well, when I got back we were finishing up the craft room - no, not THE craft room MY craft room. It is still a mess so you will have to wait for a picture. It is about 90% finished and I am in the process of decluttering it. Well that is the plan anyway. My stashes are too big so i am going to have to find new homes for lots of stuff....maybe I can figure out how to put a list/picture on here and get rid of it that way. Hmmmm... I will have to play with that one. :) Well, again I am back with computer now so I will be more attentive!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Made a Laptop Bag

I made a laptop bag this afternoon out of my brothers' Marine fatigues. It was not that hard... but I did not write down what I did to make it. That will be another project in itself! What do you think?



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Quilt Box BOM done

The second block for my local quilt shop was available this week. So the girls and I braved the roads with all the snow and went to get the material. Here is the block. Please someone tell me that it was worth getting pushed off the road into the ditch and then having to get pulled out because I was too deep for the 4WD to be useful!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Combination of two of my passions

I finished another quilt top but this one also includes another of my favorite pass times - cross stitching. The pattern is from Catia Crafts. At the time it is a complementary SAL but now you have to pay a small fee for each section. As you can see I only did the "blocks" but I am thinking that I will probably do it again in its original form to see the completed work for myself. What do you think?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pinkeep


I finished my pinkeep last night. First I found a piece of my dyed material and stitched my initials on it with a few ladybugs. Sew it together with some used 2-in-1 detergent sheets (for an added good smell) and a piece of cereal box cardboard and VIOLA! The picture is awful but it is the best one out of all 10 that I took.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

WIP- Molly's birth announcment


I have been slowly working on Molly's announcement. I have until August 10th to have to finished and framed for her. I think I can do it....

First attempt at tatting


I went to a class at the library this past Monday and learned the basic steps to start tatting. The picture is not the best but you can at least get the idea. I am still practicing a lot but someday I will get a real project started.

Snow Dyeing

The girls are ready to add some color to all things white in the bucket!
First up is pieces of Aida cloth.



Muslin - some are fat quarters and the others are 1 yard pieces.

BOM Updates

Bunny Hill Designs
Block 2

Pacific Patchwork - Quilt Happy, Quilt Often
Block 3


Quilting this week

This is for a fellow quilter that is going through some tough times with her grandson. The group is making her a friendship quilt.


More scraps gone!

Yeah! This is the last of the 3" scrap squares!

Friday, February 5, 2010

What I have been up to lately....

Ok, first up is a BOM from Florida Cabin Fever Quilting Guild. It is free and actually really easy.




Next up is a scrappy quilt that I made for my cousin's first baby. Well at least one of these two are going to go to him. He was born on February 2nd.




Next is a free embroidery pattern that had 6 blocks related to Valentine's Day. It is from ... well I don't have the link anymore and there is not a link on the printout. I will keep looking for it.



This next one was in my "to do" pile from last year. The pattern is called Turning Twenty Again. It uses 20 fat quarters and is huge! I am going to use it as a picnic blanket this spring/summer with the girls. Last year we did a lot of picnicing.


This is the new applique/redwork BOM from Bunny Hill Designs. It is a full year of snowmen. I am going to have it all in bluework so that it will hang in my guest room during the winter holidays.

Block two came out today... I am going to start it tonight.
This was also in my "to do" pile from last year. It is just a simple pinwheel pattern.
I also made a larger one but the picture was not as clear as this one.
This is the first block from a local quilting store that I am working on. I don't think that they have a website but here is the address if you are untested. The Quilt Box, 490 Flynn Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. 859-824-4007. It is a year long BOM and in the end I will have a queen size quilt in Civil War repos! The pattern each month will be the same but the fabrics will change.


This one was just a ton of leftover blocks I had. I decided to just put them together to get them off my work table.


This is a baby quilt for the charity Quilts for Kids. The organization sent me everything to make the top and fabric for the backing. All I had to do was put it together and quilt it. Easy-peesy! Send it back and a little one that is not feeling so good will have a warm quilt.

And last but not least, these are the birthday presents that I made and sent to my mother-in-law. I found the pattern for the cat in a fleece animal pattern book at the library and used oriental fabric to make him. The picture in the frame is actually a piece of silk that I painted on. I have had it in a box for years but I have not know what to do with it. I made if for Pati (my MiL) but was waiting for the best thing to do with it... well this is what I came up with. I know boring but at least she has it now.


And there you have it... everything I have been up to in the past few weeks.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Finsihed another great book!

This one is called The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

Here is the story: In the fall of 1941, the German army approached the outskirts of Leningrad, signaling the beginning of what would become a long and torturous siege. During the ensuing months, the city's inhabitants would brave starvation and the bitter cold, all while fending off the constant German onslaught. marina, then a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum, along with other staff members, was instructed to take down the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, yet leave the frames hanging empty on the walls - a symbol of the artworks' eventual return. To hold on to sanity when the Luftwaffe's bombs began to fall, she burned to memory, brushstroke by brushstroke, these exquisite artworks: the nude figures of women, the angels, the serene Madonnas that had so shortly before gazed down upon her. She used them to furnish a "memory palace," a personal Hermitage in her mind to which she retreated to escape terror, hunger, and encroaching death. A refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more...
Seamlessly moving back and forth in time between the Soviet Union and contemporary America, The Madonnas of Leningrad is a searing portrait of war and remembrance, of the power of love, memory, and art to offer beauty, grace, and hope in the face of overwhelming despair. Gripping, touching, and heartbreaking, it marks the debut of Debra Dean, a bold new voice in American fiction.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Quilt tops finished

Two more quilt tops finished this weekend.
The first is a black and white baby size quilt top. I like it but I do not like that the skinny and fat stripes are not sewn down completely. I would think that would be a hazard for a baby. I will have to revisit this pattern later and see if I can come up with something to make the stripes better.

This is the redwork BOM from Bunny Hill Designs that I finished in December. I have finally put the sashing on and now just need to quilt it.

For those of you who are interested there is another BOM that started this month and it is a year of snowmen. I am going to start that one next.

UFO's finished this week

Finished some UFO's this weekend. The first one is a Challenge from Sapphire Stitching from last year. I finally finished it and made it into a journal cover.

The second finish this weekend was a scissor fob that I started forever ago.

Hopefully this will be the first of many UFO finishes this year!