Friday, April 29, 2011
I get freaked out because life seems to be changing. It moves faster than I am able to. I want to hold on to my boys hand for just a little while longer...like forever. That isn't how God made things. Everything is constantly growing or changing. Even mountains get worn down over the years. Little by little the wind and the rain change them. We just don't notice. I forget that God is in control, has been all along. My boy no longer needs me like he once did. He isn't supposed to, and I'm not supposed to help him in the same ways either.
I am ever grateful to an awesome God who has given me the pleasure, and head aches, of raising the fine young man I see before me. My Noah is a joy and a comfort to me, may he continue to be so to all he meets as he takes up his own journey.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Last Saturday, after the requisite attendance at my son's baseball game, my husband and I went out and purchased a Janome Memory Craft 350E embroidery machine. It isn't the biggest machine you can buy. There is only one needle, and you have to rethread the machine every time you change colors. There are machines have ten needles and change their own thread. They may require an addition to the house as well.
We purchased Janome Digitizer Jr software to go with it. I thought would be fun to try customizing - thinking logos for the boys teams or my brother's businesses; maybe quilt labels. (The type that you make with you printer seem to fade after a few washings.) I wasn't sure what to expect. I am neither a graphic artist, nor a computer programer. In fact, my background is in the classics. I don't think Aristotle can help me with this. BUT it was easy!
Our membership directory lists important things about each person: name, address, phone number, and their favorite colors, fabrics, techniques etc. I used that information to pick fabric for the bags. Then I hand embroidered their name and board position on it.
I am very pleased with the results. Two down, three more to go.
I never thought that I would be so excited about machine embroidery. If I wanted something embroidered, I would do it by hand. Really, machine embroidery seemed kind of tacky. Who knew?
It's good to know that God is still growing me. Turns out I'm not too old to learn something new.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
After boy #3 called to tell me that I had to deliver HIS math homework to school because he didn't know where it was....
My corner of the house is no longer tainted by the nasty smells coming from their part of the house.
I apologise to my customers for not working on your quilts this morning; however, I can assure you that when I take your quilt top out of its safe, air tight, and clean bag on my To-do shelf, it will not be contaminated.
Thank you for indulging me in my rant. Keep the comments coming.
I'm actually thinking that I'd rather clean than quilt. Something is definitely wrong with me.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Oh boy, I can't remember the last time I had such a pleasant day all by myself. (Thank You God!)
I went to visit my friends at Happiness is...Quilting. It is always so nice to step into their shop. I feel like an old friend who is greeted by name and whisked away to be shown the latest treasures. My sweet little sister - not of my Mother's womb but of God - works there and fills their heads with stories of how creative I am. I'm thinking she might be embellishing the truth a bit, but I am honored by her love and affection.
So, while I was there I bought some fabric. (Of course!)
I saw these and instantly thought of a STUD challenge to make an Easter mini. Don't these fabrics make you think of little girls in new dresses and spring flowers?
|Selections from Spring Parade Flowers by Makower UK and |
This & That pattern for "One Cute Chick"
My photo of the pattern stinks, but, trust me, it is adorable. A little yellow chick with happy flowers and a butterfly dancing over it's head are embroidered in the center. True - they have nothing to do with Easter, but they are sweet and springy just the same. (I finished the quilt on the Saturday evening before Easter. It was way more fun than dying eggs.)
I also bought a book - Benny Harper's Quilt Album by Earlene Fowler and Margrit Hall. It is half quilt patterns and half behind the scenes vignettes of characters in Earlene's Benni Harper Mystery Series. Next stop was Linda's Electric Quilters to pick up more bobbins and thread for my long arm business.Why is it that no matter how many bobbins you have you always are one short?You can't tell from my picture, but the thread is lovely - orange, blue, lime green, maybe some yellow and hot pink too. It reminds me of Dreams-icles and swimming pools and playing in the sprinklers. It is called Summery Fun by Signature.I hope your day has been just as pleasant!God bless,
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Teresa was my right hand, a natural leader, and quick learner. I left the BSA in 1996 to be a stay at home Mommy. Shortly after that I moved to the other end of the DFW Metroplex. Teresa stayed on and was eventually promoted to a professional position as a project manager within the IT division. I'm so proud of her accomplishments.
My life before being a "professional" Mommy seems like a million years ago, or perhaps something I once drempt of. I'm looking forward to connecting with it again....
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
|Flowers received from my Mom.|
|Sprinkles brand Red Velvet Cupcakes|
The best part of the day...hearing my iphone chime everytime someone left a salutation for many happy returns of the day on my Face Book account. It was like a giant, global hug.
Thanks for sharing the day with me....oh there go the birds again...and there goes the cat! LOL
Friday, April 8, 2011
For the March/April 2011 swap I had two partners. Our theme was "My favorite things." (I mentioned it in an earlier post.) Yesterday I told you about the quilt I made for FlossieBlossoms. Today you get to learn about the quilt for CrazyPoodleGirl.
crazy poodle girl says:
Poodles, vegetables, gardening tools, brown and green - sounds like Poodles in the Garden. Sure.
|Vegetables, brown earth, and puppies...the start to a quilt|
|Design elements pinned together.|
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This took me about two hours to complete.
It is so nice to hold, and it makes me grin just thinking about it.
I gave this to my Mom on Easter morning. It was fun giving her a special treat.
This pin cushion took me a little bit longer to make because it was the first one I did.
My thought was to gift it to a friend who loves strawberries...but then I remembered that she is allergic to wool. Hmmm.
I gave it to her anyway. Lol She had just made herself a strawberry needle case. It was a perfect match!
This is the map associated with people who have read my blog today.Holy Smokes Batman!! Look at all of those green places.
Hello people in Brazil, England, China, and Australia, Canada and the United States. It is nice to have you visit.
May your day be blessed with sunshine and gentle breezes. May it sparkle with the love of friends and family. May you know joy.
Make it a great one!
This one is tropical, though not about Gilligan and his friends.
This is the story of a swap quilt made for the March/April 2011 STUD swap on Flickr.
I was assigned the task of making a little quilt that reflected one or more of my partner's favorite things.
My partner, FlossieBlossoms (great name isn't it?!) listed these as her favorites:
FlossieBlossoms says:Whew, just made it! :)
2. Pirate stuff
3. My white cat, Nosey Parker
5. Margaritas/Limes/Humor ('cause I needed to slip that in somewhere!) I know, brand new and already breaking the rules, for SHAME!
With that in mind, I went to the Dallas Quilt Celebration looking for inspiration.
What I found was a kit for this quilt, a half yard of fabric with surfing pets on it, and a handful of tropical looking batik fat quarters.
I disassembled the kit and replaced most of the fabrics with my new happier ones. One piece of fabric that I did keep was the bit of creamy Minkee that was intended for the kitty's body. (Oh yeah! This kitty was going to be soft.) The pattern I kept. It is called Mushkit and was created by Helen Knott's of Story Quilts. You can find it here http://www.storyquilts.com/html/cats.html, along with a slew of other deliciously fun critters.
Step one: Fusible Applique
Although Helen doesn't advocate one type of applique over another, in her directions she gives instructions for several, I chose the fusible route. Minkee can be a tricky fabric to work with. It is very soft and wonderful to include in a quilt; however it is knit (causing it to stretch a bit) and plush (making for lots of fuzzy edges.)
The makers of my kit included a bit of light weight fusible stabilizer. Brilliance!! This worked perfectly to keep the stretchiness under control. I ironed it to the back of the Minkee.
|This be the ghost of the dread pirate NP....before I sewed everything down and added the details.|
I really believe that true. The individual steps to making any quilt are not particularly difficult, or glorious. The thing that sets one quilt apart from another is the details.
My kitty is only on a tropical beach because I chose fabric that implied it. She could have just as easily been a desert or mountain kitty if the background were different.
|A bright batik frame adds to the happy tropical feel. Sewing down the fused pieces helps add definition.|