Monday, September 26, 2011

Already Monday

Last week was a sewing free week.
Which is a bit depressing.
But I needed a break, I guess.
I mean, I bought fabric.
I even have some washed and in the dryer.
And I've been working on my Santa Swap for Jen.
(Here's a sneak peak!)
So there has been some progress on the to do list, but not much.
And I really need to start making my to do list for the holidays.
With this being the last week of September, I feel like I need to concentrate on my house right now.
Lots of straightening to be done before I can haul out the halloween decorations!
Although some are already out. Just don't tell anyone!

Hubby and I went to a wedding on Saturday.
Ahhhh, the memories.
Of course, the bride was beautiful and the groom was handsome.
But it was the looks on their faces as they went through the ceremony that made you go awwwwww.
I'm sure everyone who has been married remembers that feeling of love and desire that you feel the moment you say I do.
I hope their love sustains them and they have a wonderful life together.
I try to be grateful every day for my life, my family and my husband, but some days make it easier to remember then others.
So, congrats and good luck to the bride and groom.
May your life and love carry you through every day!

Friday, September 16, 2011


Another check mark in the done column!

This quilt is for the baby shower I am going to tomorrow.

The baby's name will be Kennedy (I love that name) and she is due around halloween.
It was tempting to do a seasonal quilt for her, but I decided to go the traditional route and went with pink.

There are several i spy blocks in the quilt, as well as strings to hold toys in each of the corners.
I hope she likes it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trick or Treat!!

Trick or Treat is done!

I actually finished it a few days ago, but just got around to taking the pics.
The kids are in love
and think its the best quilt I've ever done.

See for yourself:
Backing by M'liss

Finished size is about 66x77

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

I've been busy quilting, not so busy blogging.

Here is my story:

halloween panel #1

halloween panel #2

dish soap apron side 1

dish soap apron side 2

WIP: baby shower quilt for this weekend (#9 of 11 in '11)

Swoon block #1 (not sure if I have shared this one or not)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Accounting

I think I missed every day this week!
I would wake up in the morning and think I should blog.
But I either hadn't taken any photo's,
or they were still on my phone, camera, etc.

And they still are.
So, no pics today unless I go search the web for a graphic.
Nevermind, I thought of something I can share.

Even if I haven't been blogging, I have been quilting!

Trick or Treat (my halloween quilt) is completely quilted! Yeah!
I finished that up yesterday, so now its just waiting for binding.
That should happen this weekend.

My baby shower quilt is pinned and ready to be quilted.
That has to happen this weekend.
The shower is next Saturday, so I'm not leaving myself too much time.
Yesterday I bought the baby toys that will go in each corner,
so that is taken care of too.

I sewed Allie and Nick their halloween pillowcases. To which the teen's replied:
Where's mine?
I also quilted one of the Trick or Treat  panels.
I need to get out some more fabric and make a hanging pocket, and that will be done.

But, my first project for today comes from Camille over at Simplify.
Today is her day for the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop and her project is simply delightful!
Check out this little girl:

My template is printed.
A friend is coming over soon to quilt for the day.
So, I am off to find some fun, fall fabric and make my dishsoap an apron!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Iron

Sept 2, 2011

I'm going to date all my posts this month.
I'd really like to blog something every day.
We'll see how that works out.
I'm not sure I can come up with 30 days worth of things to talk about!

But for today, you get to hear about my new iron.
My old iron died back in the spring.
It still works, but the steam only seems to be intermittant.
And it wasn't very hot, in my opinion.
It was old anyway....I couldn't even tell you how old.
Although I'm sure my mother would comment that hers was older and still working.

I bought a Shark iron after that.
And it was hot and steamy!
Until it died.
Less then 3 months after I had it.
I was using it, and it was working.
2 minutes later, not working.
Talk about frustrating.
I  knew I should have bought a Rowenta, but I really hadn't wanted to spend that much money on it.
This time, I was going to buy a Rowenta.
When they went on sale at Joann's.
And, of course, I had no clue when that would be.

So, I returned the Shark iron.
Did some errands.
Decided to run into Kohl's for some new jeans and maybe boots.
DOH! Kohl's carries small applicances!
Not only did they have a Rowenta iron, they had about 4 to choose from.
They showed but didn't have the Steamium model.
If they had it, I probably would have gotten it.
But the next model down was the Pro Master.

And they had that one in stock.
So it came home with me.
And I love it!
Its hot.
Its steamy.
It irons cotton WONDERFULLY.
And I can get a facial at the same time I am ironing.
Happy Friday, friends.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall is in the Air

September 1, 2011

Am I the only one who thinks fall starts today?
The fall candles get brought out and lit.
I'll start my fall decorating (as soon as I dig those bins out of the shed).
I start buying and planning halloween costumes.
Christmas gifts sit in the back of my mind.
Lists and lists get written.
All the things that need done.

The baby quilt I need by Sept 17 is partially pinned and ready to be quilted.
The backing is flannel, which I have a love/hate relationship with.
I love how soft and warm it is.
I hate how it doesn't stay pulled tight and wrinkles so easily when its being quilted.
I am not a huge believer in walking feet. I don't think they make a huge difference when quilting,
but that's my opinion. I could be wrong. But, mine is broke.
It happened last time I used it and I thought, oh well, I rarely use it anyway, so why replace it?
Except that I really need it for this flannel backing.
I didn't realize this until today. So, I bought one off ebay and now I just have to wait for it to come in the mail. And that baby shower is getting closer and closer.
Nothing like a little pressure to get things done, right?
In the meantime, I can:
start quilting my halloween quilt
work on my October Secret Santa gifts
make a new purse for myself
work on halloween costumes

By the way,
Yankee Candles are my favorite and I'll have one lit from about now through February.
The scents will change, but something will be lit pretty much every day.
It brings such a cozy feeling to my house :)