Monday, December 29, 2008

A Quilt Mystery

My mom told me about a quilt her Grandma made back in the 30's.  It had a pink and green border and was rectangle blocks with tulips that had black blanket stitch outline.  She didn't know what happened to the quilt but thought that it had been destroyed.  So I made her this little quilt for her birthday, to remind her of Grandma's quilt.

She took this little quilt with her to New Mexico to hang in
 her rented house to make things look homey.  Her older sister came to visit and said, "Boy, that quilt really reminds me of Grandma's quilt!"  "Grandma's Quilt!!!  What do you know about Grandma's Quilt?" My mom asked.  "I have it at home, in a box in the closet!"  Her sister answered.  "Do you want to come and see it?  Next time you are there, we will g
et it out.  Do you remember the one she embroidered?  I have that one too." !!!!  WOW!  I can't wait to get the photos from my mom of Grandma's Quilt.  

I made this other little quilt out of extra blocks and leftover 30's fabrics.  

I made this apron for my mom for Christmas, that's me though in the photo.
Now that Christmas is passed I can share some of the gifts I made.   
These two clocks are for my parents and grandma. 
I glued some unused blocks to 1 inch foam.  Then I covered the back with a piece of fabric to cover the raw edges.  I put a hole in the fabric and the foam and inserted the clockworks.  However, after having put these together I think it would be better to glue the blocks to cardboard first, and then put the cardboard on the foam.  The cardboard would keep the clock face flat.  As they are, the hands needed to be bent out a little in order to miss the fabric.  This was a good project and fun to do.

I made Aerin a new backpack.  She has a large music folder that won't fit in regular backpacks.  So I bought a pattern but added some size to make the backpack larger.  This is material that she picked out a long time ago, but I hadn't done anything with it yet.

Ethan liked this fabric with the flames so I made him a shirt.  I was surprised though because he is larger than I thought.  The shirt fits now, but by summer it will be too small.   He loves it.

I did finish and give away four quilts for Christmas. 

For Lawrence
For Arlene
For Lareina
For Shalonda

These are for kids in my town.  I wait until God lays on my heart who needs a quilt, and then either make them one or quilt a top I already have.  In 2008, I gave away eight quilts.  My hope and prayer is that when the kids need a hug, my quilt is there for them.  I pray for the kids as I make up and quilt their gift, and I know that God listens and will use my quilt for a good  purpose. 

For Lori
For Leon
For Bre
For Alisha

Monday, December 22, 2008

I thought I would share some photos from our recent trip around the state.  Keep in mind that the sun is coming up just above the trees just about 11 a.m. and going down about 3 p.m.  The sun is just coming over the horizon, not rising in the sky.  But the days will start to get longer, but it really won't be noticeable until February or so.  

Saturday, December 06, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008

So I was sitting looking at the toilet paper.  And something just did not seem right.  It looked a little different.  Ever wonder if you are getting a bang for your buck?  

Old roll vs. new roll

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I haven't been posting about losing weight because this is a quilting blog but I have been trudging along, losing slowly and I am down 21 pounds since April. This is a post to congratulate myself and tell you how proud I am of how I controlled myself today. 

We went to some friends' house for dinner, but I brought the turkey, dressing, gravy, salad and sweet potatoes.  She made rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and apple pie.  What a feast!  I had one plate of dinner.  One.  Not even heaping, not overly full, just one plate.  Then for dessert, I had two pieces of pie with whipped topping.  But I only ate half of each piece.  When dinner was over I left the table satisfied.  

In the past, I would eat so much I felt like throwing up.  I would hate myself and wonder why I couldn't control my behavior.  I would swear off eating the next week, and swear I would exercise eveyday for the rest of my life.  But today was totally different.  I ate until I was satisfied and then stopped.  There was even food left on my plate.  I ate what I wanted of dessert, and then left the rest! 

I feel powerful tonight.  I feel like I controlled myself today.  I feel good about how much I ate.  I still like myself this evening and I won't go to bed depressed and unhappy.  


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This is a hand piecing project.  It is called Joseph's Coat and will be queen size when finished.  I am making it for my daughter's wedding gift.  She is only 10 so I don't have to rush it!  

My friend Kat makes glass beads.  Oh, are they beautiful!  I went over to her house and she let me dig through her orphan bead bowl and she gave me some.  Each one is unique and wonderful and so special.  My dh then strung them for me into a one of a kind necklace that I wear with pride!

I have been quilting on the turquoise quilt for the last couple of days.  I have five of twenty squares quilted.  I am using variegated blue thread on top and white on the back.

I finished this bright little quilt and have the little girl picked out to receive it.  She is just so cute!  All four of her front teeth are missing and when she smiles you can just about see her tonsils. :)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I picked out backings for these quilts.  I just love the flames.  And I think I will quilt from the back to follow the flame shapes for a quilting design.

This is a solid turquoise.  What a weird photo.  I have some feather designs all drawn out on quilting paper.  This one should quilt up in a jiffy.

This red one is a small design, and I haven't decided the quilting design yet.  Maybe a big meader is in store.

This is my new piecing project.  A friend sent me a bunch of bright little squares.  I made a slew of nine patches.  I found some more of the fabric at Wal-Mart to make the block outlines, and this great butterfly print was in my stash!  They look like they were made to go together.  I have about twenty nine patches done, next will be to frame them.  I don't have a quilt size in mind yet though.  I will make it until it is time to stop I guess! :)

I went to a thrift store yesterday and what I saw there broke my heart.  A quilt.  And the label said "Made by Grandma with Love, 1995".  I should have bought it I guess, just to give it a good home.  That is my greatest fear, someday I will find a quilt that I made in a thrift store.  The quilt that I made special for someone, picked out with love, worked on for hours, filled with good wishes, simply tossed away to a thrift store.  Now I don't know the story of that quilt, maybe Grandma ended up in jail or something and whoever owned it didn't want the memories.  But still, how sad.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I finished this quilt top yesterday.  I had all the blocks done, but needed to put them together.  The blocks finish at 12 1/2 inches, each square is 2 1/2 inches finished.  I love all the colors together.

This is for a boy about 10 years old.  The border is flame fabric.  He told be his favorite color was orange, so that is why orange is featured here.  I think I might cut out some flames and applique them to the body of the quilt so it looks like the quilt is catching fire.  But maybe not.

On Tuesdays, I sew with a friend Ruth.  We sew all morning.  She is making quilts for her twin girls, and is so dedicated.  She works on the same project week after week.  I am all over the place, working on this and that and this and the next thing.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What happens when it snows on your picnic?  We all laugh and continue having a grand ole time!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My friend, Harriett, with her completed Christmas Throw top.  We set to basting it right away ans she has been tying it and getting the binding ready.  Tomorrow night we will get the binding on and the quilt finished. Yea Harriett!
And this is the new machine in all it's glory.  I love it.  It is so nice to have a machine with a case, that I can keep for going places.  I am sewing alot away from home.  The machine sews beautifully, although there are some things I miss that my Janome 6500 has.  Speaking of, it is done at the machine shop, and is ready for pickup.  She just needed a tune up. 

And the token kid photos.  I'm a mom so I have the right.  :)  Happy 200th post to me!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I received some money to replace my flooded out sewing machine and looky, looky, looky!  I can't wait to open the box!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ever have one of those weeks?

So, last Wednesday I went to the doctor.  He sent me upstairs for a test.  I went upstairs, to the only office I could find.  Nope, they didn't know what I was talking about, couldn't help me. Went back to the doctor's office.  Ok, go downstairs and talk to the people at the desk.  Did that, they sent me to the lab upstairs.  When I go there, nope, can't do the test until I check in downstairs at the hospital admitting area.  I went to check in there, did some paperwork and was sent back up to the lab to do the test.  Only an hour and a half.

I went to the store to fill in the prescription.  Wait in line.  The pharmacy says my coverage is expired.  I call the plan administrators and they give me all the information I need to give to the pharmacist.  Wait in line.  Give the pharmacist the info.  Go buy groceries, wait in line.  The pharmacist says, you look too young to be born in 1946.  That is not my birthday.  The admin gave me the wrong info.  Call them back and get right info.  Wait in line.  Husband comes up and says, my ATM card won't work.  Go use mine to buy the groceries.  Wait in line.  The pharmacy has the prescription ready, sign here.  Wait, why does this say Bay Area Automotive Group?  They don't know.  Well, I won't sign the paper with info on it I don't know where it came from.  Call the plan administrators.  They don't know where that info comes from either.  Wait in line.  Tell the pharmacist to call the admin to talk to them.  Wait in line, get the medicine with the right info finally!  

Call the bank, the aforementioned ATM card does not exist in their system.  WHAT!!??  I can go to a local branch and get a new one.  It is now 5 p.m. and they are all closed, and I live an hour away.  So hubby will just have to do without for now.

When I get home, I look at the medicine and it is expired!  Call the pharmacist, and they say, just run back over here and we will give you a new prescription.  I calmly tell them I live an hour away and they promise to send me the prescription.

Saturday, hubby tries to buy a computer online, remember he has to use my card.  He gets an email that the charge won't go through.  Have to wait to Monday to call the bank.  I assume that since we have a deposit pending, that is the problem.  Call the computer company on Monday to resend the payment request, wait on hold.  Doesn't go through.  Call the bank, wait on hold, there is a POS amount restriction on my account.  I have to call a local branch to have it raised enough to buy the computer.  Call a local (!) branch, ok, you are good to go.  Call the computer company, wait on hold, to rerun the charge.  Doesn't go through.  Call the local branch back, they can't help because there's a fraud alert on my account, I need to call the 800 number.  Call the 800 number, wait on hold, then hold please and they will have that removed.  Call the computer company, wait on hold, rerun the charge,  won't go through, so they run half the amount.  Goes through.  Try to run another half amount charge.  Won't go through!   AAAAAARGH!  They will rerun the charge tomorrow.   I gave up in despair.  

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I made the red top today and yesterday and I finished the turquoise one on Saturday.  These are for some little girls here in my town.  They also have a brother and I am going to make him an orange and brown one (his favorite colors).  I will have these quilted for Christmas.