Friday, May 29, 2009


I have been sewing a lot this week. The kids are home for the summer and we have been being lazy! I sew for a while, then we go to the pool until I get too hot, then come home and take a nap!

This quilt pattern is from Bonnie's site. The pattern is called :Strip Twist". A friend of mine, Kathi, from the local guild quilted it for me on her Gammill with the Statler Stitcher. It is amazing! We did a eagle with its wings spread in the triangles around the edges. In the center I did a free-hand stars and loops. This week I finally got the binding put on it and mailed it to Kathi's step-son. He is a solider and has been to Iraq several times (if I am remembering it correctly!)
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I have declared this the summer of the UFO. I am determined to finish up some of these unfinished projects that are sitting around here haunting me! Today I quilted a quilt that will be donated to our guild's charity group. I also have some blocks that I am going to donate to them. Two down - lots to go!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A lovely rainy Saturday

Yesterday was rainy and overcast here in Alabama - a good excuse to hang around the house and be lazy! I was able to finish the binding on this baby quilt in time to take it to quilt guild meeting Thursday night for show-n-tell. The baby shower was on Saturday. Lots of yummy foods and good friends. Summer loved the quilt.

This was the first quilt where I attempted to change thread colors. I couldn't find a thread color that looked good with the brown, blue and green - so I used three colors. The blue and brown thread blended into the blue backing but the cream color thread really stood out and made a cool design. You should be able to click for a larger picture.

I also made these yummy cupcake bites for the party. The inside is chocolate cake crumbled up and combined with chocolate frosting. The outside coating is almond bark. For more yummy edible ideas, check out Bakerella at .

This is me and the mommy-to be. Her due date is June 14th - but I am trying to convince her the 17th is better.

Have a wonderful weekend! The kids are done with school so let our summer of fun begin!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ready for the mail man....

I have finally finished the birthday challenge that was due last year on our birthdays. Oops! I changed my mind on this at least 5 or 6 times. My first idea was a folk artsy applique pattern - but then I decided I was kidding myself thinking I would ever get an applique done. Another idea was using some of my hand-dyed fabrics in a sort of amish setting. I got far enough on this one that I was trying to machine quilt it on my little machine. It wasn't turning out well. There were some other ideas thrown in there too but I can't remember them all. I hope Nina's mom likes it. I am sending along some other goodies for her too. I actually made this table runner twice - the first time I used a slightly lighter green and wasn't as thrilled with it - although I do like it. This darker green is better.

I am working on the binding for the green/blue/brown baby quilt. It is sewn onto the front - just need to flip it to the back. Hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.

Only four more days of school! This summer will involve lots of travel. Hopefully I will get to quilt some!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Don't tell anyone....

but I have been sewing some the past few days! Nina actually showed me up by getting our last birthday challenge mailed off to my mom before me. The challenge was to make a table runner for each other's mom. Too bad it has only taken us only two years to get this done! Every time I would sit down to work on mine I would change my mind about what I wanted to do. It's done now and will be quilted next week and then into the mail.

This baby quilt has been awaiting borders for a month now. As you can see, I went with the green on the inside. I love how it turned out. I finally put the borders on tonight and it too will hopefully be quilted next week. The shower is on the 23rd.

I am waiting to hear about a last minute commissioned quilt. The lady wants a good sized lap quilt done in cream colors and using some sort of yellow-brick-road like pattern. We will see if my price quote scared her off!

Have a wonderful weekend and a lovely Mother's Day if you are here in the States!