Friday, July 28, 2006

Lily Blocks

Today I worked one the floral pieced blocks. I made 3 yesterday and the other 5 today. I have 8 of the other blocks too. I am going to alternate them with sashing in between. 4 across and 4 down. I have one more orange lily to hand stitch and then the leaves and stems of all 8. Then I can sash and border the piece. The floral print of the pieced blocks is a lily print. I am hoping to finish it with in the next week. It will make a cute wall hanging or lap quilt.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Fabric Arrived....Yeah....

I ordered some fabric from Saturday. It arrived today and I got a free fat quarter. The fat quarter is very pretty too. They also sent me the directions for two quilt patterns. One of them I might try. It looks very pretty. So I have to say that I will definitely order from then again. I order 1/2 yards of the 4 prints. They are all Marcus Brothers material. They are in the washer now. Can't wait to cut them up. LOL.
I was going to work on my quilt today but hubby came home from work sick this morning. He has a bad headache and is nauseous. So I am trying my best to keep the kids quiet and not use the sewing machine. I am working on my lilies instead. Hopefully I will get them done soon. It seems like they will take forever. I just don't have enough patience for embroidering. LOL.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Lovely Weather

It was lovely outside today. One of the best days this summer. Not too hot and a nice little breeze. The kids actually got to play outside a little. I didn't get any sewing done this weekend. I haven't been feeling well the last two days.
My hubby got the kitchen cabinet hung. Yeah...We bought it back in March. So after church this morning I spent my time reorganizing the kitchen. It looks a little better. Of course it would look great if there wasn't a huge pile of laundry calling my name. That will have to wait until tomorrow.
The house is quiet right now. Josh fell asleep right after we came home from church. Tyler went with the young people of the church to go sing at another church. We don't often get to enjoy much piece and quiet. I almost don't know what to do with myself. I need to take something for my headache. That is the first order of business.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cookie Monster

You Are Cookie Monster

Misunderstood as a primal monster, you're a true hedonist with a huge sweet tooth.

You are usually feeling: Hungry. Cookies are preferred, but you'll eat anything if cookies aren't around.

You are famous for: Your slightly crazy eyes and usual way of speaking

How you life your life: In the moment. "Me want COOKIE!"

Fish Block & 9 Patch

I finished my 6 fish blocks today. They turned out pretty cool. There wasn't an exact pattern so there was a lot of trimming to get it to be a 9 inch square. All in all it wasn't to difficult. I cut the pieces yesterday, got the squares made, and sewed the fins together. Today I got all the pieces put together. And of course I have been cleaning house while I do this. I probably could of had it all done yesterday. I made the rest of my nine patch squares yesterday too.
The first picture is the batik I received from my swapper for my fish blocks. She also sent me a pin which is in the picture.
Now I can get to working on catching up on the BOM the month blocks from the previous 6 months. I also have some August blocks to make for swapping.
I ordered some material off of today. They had some nice material on sale for under $4.00 a yard. I ordered Marcus Brother material in four different prints. I order 1/2 a yard of each one. With shipping it was a little over $12.00. Not too bad I guess. I hate having things shipped but you can't buy it in the stores here. So what choice do you have.
I have done alot of house cleaning in the last two days. I need to go to the post office and grocery store. It never seems to end. This is the life of a stay at home mom who likes to sew. LOL :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

This is what I worked on today. It is using the scrap pattern. Turned out pretty cool. My husband said it looks like the video game tetris. I love that game. I am going to finish it off with a solid red border. I am going to donate this one to Project Linus. So far I have three tops made to donate. I want to make a couple more. I was thinking a premie quilt and a baby quilt too. I have some patterns I would like to practice. We will see.
A lady by the MSN name Garden Gal sent me some beautiful batik material for me to use as the ocean in my fish blocks I am making for a swap. I couldn't find the right stuff here for the life of me. She came to my rescue and sent me a cool pin too. I am going to send her some fabric in return. I have meet some great ladies doing swaps. It is nice to meet people who have the same interest and don't get tired of talking about quilts. LOL.
Tonight was the last night of Vacation Bible school at church. It went very well. Everyone had a great time and I am exhausted. It is time to unwind. Have a nice evening.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Here are a few pictures of what I have been working on for the last two days. God Bless all the women who hand stitch, embroider, cross stitch, and do needle point. My poor thumb is so sore. I have completed 2 lilies in 2 days. I still have to do the stem and leaves. I can come back to that. I am concentrating on the flower right now. Please ignore my irregular stitches. I am an amateur to say the least. I didn't realize when I had this idea how long it would take. Never have embroidered before or hand stitched much. Not on big projects anyway. I was searching high and low for a Lily pattern to applique. I never came across one I liked. So I turned to coloring books and coloring pages. I found a coloring page off the internet of a group of lilies. I cut out the one I liked and made a pattern out of it. Once I finish it I am sure it will be lovely.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Running Around Like Chicken With My Head Cut Off...

Our vacation bible school started at church last night. It will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening too. We had a good turn out last night. I helped the teachers on the K-2nd grade class. We had a good time. The kids were full of questions. We had a good time making the crafts too.
Today I am helping out with food for the evening meal. I am bring two batches of brownies, one cake, a crock pot full of baked beans, and 6 packs of heat and serve rolls. I tend to always want to over extend my self. LOL. Wednesday evening I am bringing two batches of brownies, two bags of chips and a case of Coke. Wednesday is Pizza night. Not as much work involved sense we are getting the pizza's brought to us.
So I guess I might not have time for sewing today. I need to work on a quilt I started last year and was going to try to send to someone as a gift. It involves hand embroidering the applique. I also have two swaps to work on. One of my online swapping buddies is going to swap out some material with me. I need a certain color Batik and couldn't find it here. So God Bless her she is a life savor. She is mailing it to me today.
My house smells like brownies. Yummy. Oh the timer is going off on the brownies...Yep they are done. Well gotta run and make a cake...Hope everyone is having a great day. God Bless.

Friday, July 14, 2006

What kind of Pie are You?

You Are Lemon Meringue Pie

You're the perfect combo of sassy and sweet
Those who like you have well refined tastes

No Sewing today....

Today is definately one of those days when you feel like you have done everything but it looks like you haven't accomplished anything. I got up, put the clean dishes away. Swept the kitchen floor. Fed the youngin's breakfast. Took the youngin's to the park. Went to the grocery store. Came home put the groceries away. Fed the youngin's lunch(mini pizza's). Took the kids outside and let them play in the kiddie pool. By then it was 2:00pm. Then washed more dishes. Swept the kitchen floor and mopped it. Oh wait I forgot to mention that I have done 5 loads of laundry while I'm doing all this. Whew....It's quarter to 4 and I'm just now feeling like I don't have a million things to do.
Oh wait...I have to start supper in about 30 minutes. LOL. I am going to make Steak Enchilladas. Yummy. Found the recipe in my Simple and Delicious magazine. It was for chicken but we are eating alot of chicken this week so I am substituting it with steak. I can't say it enough how much I love that magazine. It comes out every two months. It is put out by Taste of Home. It used to be called Quick Cooking. It has great quick recipes for people who don't like to spend hours in the kitchen every night. If you haven't looked at one you should. A subscription is between 10 & 12 dollars for a year. It is well worth it. I have given it to family members and friends as a Christmas present.
Ok so I guess I have rambled enough. Hopefully I will get to sew this weekend. Much love to all...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Forgot to mention this...

I discovered a great way to clean the tops of sippy cups today. My sons cups get build up on the inside where the spout is. I was trying to figure out what to use to get it clean. I was ready to throw them away. Which I should probably do anyways. I got out our barbecue brush which we don't use, the hubby doesn't like BBQ sauce for some reason. It has long enough bristles to get way down in the cracks. It worked wonders. You could try a toothbrush but I'm not sure if it will be long enough. We use the Gerber cups.

Got my Partner Swap Block....

My lovely partner Louise from 3 Sister Cyber Quilting sent me this block. I love it. It is very pretty and will go great in my purple quilt that I will make hopefully sometime this year.

This is the first swap I have ever received. I love it and can't wait to get more in the mail. It is like a kid in a candy store (as my friend Laura would say).

I sewed a little yesterday. Working on my yellow and red quilt for Project Linus. It is turning out pretty. I will post a picture as soon as I finish the blocks. Which will hopefully be today. So maybe tomorrow I will be able to post a picture.

I have been cutting frames for scrapbooking this morning. I bought a ton of paper at Hobby Lobby last week. They had it on sale. I love a sale. LOL. I can never really find frames I like already made so I am making my own. I have sold a few on ebay and given a few away.

I am also making Ranch Potato Salad for supper tonight. Gotta make it early so it will be cold by supper time. Well Have a great day everyone. Until tomorrow..... :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Caladiums, Elephant Ears and Cats...

So here are the things I have managed to plant and haven't killed yet. Oh and my kitties too. Dash and Dot. She is sniffing him because he just came in from outside and she needs to make sure he is scent free for some reason. She doesn't like the outside, he loves it. He is chilling like he owns the place.

The elephant ears I just planted about a week or so ago. The caladiums I planted about 2 months ago or longer. Can't remember for sure. The hens and chickens came from my mother inlaws house in Kentucky. They made the 8 hour trip back last fall and lived through the winter. They are hardy plants and multiple like crazy. She also gave me a rose of sharon bush. I planted it last fall and thought it was dead. But come spring it grew leaves. It is about 1 1/2 feet tall now. I guess I'm not doing too bad.

I haven't sewn yet today. Oh nooooooooo. I have some things ready to sew but have had other things to do. I am washing fabric to finish up two projects.

It is hot and humid here today. The kids can't stand it outside for more than 15 minutes at a time. Poor things. I can't wait for school to start again. I love my youngin's but 24/7 is too much. LOL. Just kidding. They love to drive each other crazy. And me of course. God Bless us.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Deformed Fish...Ugh

So here is a picture of my deformed fish. He has a birth defect. His bottom fins are going the wrong way. LOL. :( I decided not to rip it apart. It will be much easier to start over from scratch. That will have to wait for another day. I'm definately not in the mood to start again today. My kids like the fish so I will make them something with them. There are 6 total.
I finshed my partner swap block and got it in the mail today. I forgot to take a picture of it. I used the scrap zig zag pattern from quilter's cache. It turned out very pretty. That pattern is very easy to do. One of the easiest I have done yet.
My sinuses are still bothering me a little. I thought I was going to wake up with a full blown summer cold this morning. So far just a sore throat and my ears are a little itchy. Of course with sinus pressure too. Yuck. It needs to rain again. Well off to check things out on the internet.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Baby Quilt Top

I started this quilt top earlier in the week and completed it today. I am making some blankets to donate to Project Linus. This is the first top I made for the donation. I am also working on one for a girl too. I will post a picture of that later in the week when I am finished with it. It is using a scrap pattern but the colors are yellow and red. Yesterday I found a bunch of material for a dollar a yard at Hobby Lobby. They are a bunch of kids prints. So I got 6 different prints. So that is six more blankets I can make to donate.
I found out who my partner is for the July partner swap. I went and bought the fabric this morning. Can't wait to get my swaps in th mail.
I got a scrapbook in the mail today that I ordered off ebay. It is prettier than I thought it would be. Now I can start our scrapbook about our vacation to Florida that we took in June.
Well I am off to nurse my headache. It came on all of the sudden. It must be allergies.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Here is an unfinished project Snowball quilt I finished today. Well almost. It is just the top. I still have to sandwich it. It was just blocks when i started today. Not too bad. At least now it is top. LOL.

Block Of the Month for July

This is the block of the month for July. It is called july Fourth. I just sewed this this morning. Thought I would share it with everyone. I think I am going to love a quilt in purples.

Happy 5th of July...

Couldn't think of a great title this morning. I hope everyone had a great day yesterday. Thank God we got some rain the last two days. If not the woods across the street from our house would of been ablaze. We shot off fireworks for an hour. Some of them went into the woods. Two trees caught the brunt of some of the fireworks and had some red embers still glowing on them. Tim and Greg went and shook the trees. It had rained earlier. So the moistier on the trees put out the embers. WHew. We got scared for a second. Thought we might hav to call 911 for a fire truck. Th kids had a good time. Josh doesn't like loud noises all that much. He had his ears covered the whole time. He kept wanting to go back in the house. We ate a huge meal too. It was so good.
Greg and Mary made a piniata that looked like a rocket. The kids had so much fun banging it around. Itwas solid as a rock. We all took turns hitting it. It took about 15 minutes before Tyler ripped a hole in it.
I joined a quilting group on msn and joined four swaps. I am so excited to start swaping quilt squares. Can't wait to see what I get. I already started sewing them yesterday. I got two of the four swaps done. The scrap swap and the nine patch swap.
I am waiting to find out who my partners will be for the other 2. I am 6 months behind on the block of the month club. So I am going to work on making the quilt squares I need for that. So when the end of the year comes I will have all the squares to make the quilt. It is in shades of purple. It will be pretty.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Madagascar Quilt For My Baby...

I made this quilt this morning. It took 3 1/2 hours from start to finish. It is hard to see in the picture but the outside border is a leopard print. I wanted to make Josh a quilt that he could abuse. Right now he is using one that I would like to keep in relatively good shape for a long time. My mother inlaw made it. I want him to be able to pass it on. So this is the reason for this quilt. Something he can drag around the house and accidently get juice on. The middle is just two yards of fabric. So all I had to do was add the border and make it a blankie. LOL. Now my oldest son wants me to make him another one. He already has 2 I made him. It is a never ending battle if one has something the other one wants it too.
That is Josh in the picture and our cat Dash. They where very interested in what was going on.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Almost done with Quilt Top...

So this is what my latest project looks like on the bed. I haven't put the border on yet. I'm not sure if I like it all that much. Maybe it will grow on me. It will have to I guess. It will be on my bed. LOL.
I joined the Quilting Around the World Blog on msn. It is pretty cool. I found it through another quilter's site when I was looking at other people quilts today. I added my name to the 9 patch swap. I am very excited to do something like this. I haven't ever traded anything before. I am looking forward to receiving some blocks from other people. I told my husband I joined and he got on to me and told me I needed to hurry up and finish our quilt(pictured above) before I go making blocks to send to other people. Poor guy is tired of waiting. LOL.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Current Quilt Project...

Here is a picture of the quilt I am currently working on. It is for my bed. This is the first time I have had the time to make something for us. My husband thinks it is about time. We are tired of the store bought comforter and ready for something new. I feel in love with the print material when I saw it. It was even great that it was on the clearance rack for $2.00 a yard. So I snatched up 5 yards right away. It took a while to figure out what kind of pattern we wanted. We are simple people and our style is country eclectic. I have 16 of these blocks to sew together. Then I can start on the borders. My husband is very patiently waiting. Maybe I will get to work on it today.
My oldest son (11) stayed the night with a friend from school last night. He doesn't do this too often. When he was younger he would call for us to come get him because he was scared or missed us. I had my phone by the bed all night waiting for that call. It never came. Needless to say I didn't sleep well knowing he wasn't home tucked in his bed all safe and sound. I guess he is growing up. He didn't even need his teddy bear. :( I'm a little sad he is growing up. Almost a teenager and already has the mouth of one. At least I have another one who is still little to hold on to for a little while longer. I love my boys. :)