Monday, September 27, 2010

Second Call for Sign-Ups

Hey everybody! I'm still looking for two more lovely and generous people to sign up for my Pay It Forward. I have one volunteer (Lisa) but I still need two more, please.

For a review of the Pay It Forward project, please refer back to my previous post:

and also this post from Lena, the master-mind behind the whole idea:

It sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope you will join me. Just leave me a comment below. Thanks! I can't wait to get started!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pay It Forward (or I Need Some Volunteers)

So, if any of you have been hanging out over at Lana's (
[Oh, I soooo hope that link works!] you will maybe have seen that I have signed up for my first ever swap... sort of. See, it's just a little different, in my understanding, in that I'm not actually gonna swap with anyone. We are going to pay it forward instead. Lana, being a pro, has actually decided to expand just a bit and take on four people, but as I'm new, I think I will stick to the original rules. And maybe next time, I will get braver. : )

For any who have not been by Lana's blog, here's how it will work. Lana is going to send me a wonderful handmade little surprise at some point in the future. (Which I will show to you when it gets here, yes.) In return, I am looking for three people to pay it forward to. What this means is: I need three volunteers please! Three wonderful people who will share their time and talents. Please leave me a comment (and an email address) so that we can have a nice little chat if you would like to be one of my three. Each of my three volunteers will, at some point in the next year (yes, you have 365 whole days!), receive some sort of handmade gift from me. And in return, each of my three volunteers will go out and find three people that they can send gifts to. And then those three will find three more, etc. etc. until we have (hopefully) everybody getting and giving gifts. At least, that's the plan.

I have been assured that ANY sort of handmade gift is fine. Quilted, knitted, embroidered... anything you want to make. It does not have to be large. So you don't need time to finish three huge quilts or anything. All you need is the time to create something for someone in the hopes that they will enjoy it. (Some suggested items have been placemats, napkins, pincushions, wallhangings... those sorts of sizes.) And you have a whole year to get them finished and in the mail. So, any of you can surely find the time to have a little fun and give a little joy, right?

Please help me out and sign up to be one of my volunteers. I'm sure we'll all have fun, right? Hope to talk to you soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just a quick note...

For some reason, Blogger has dated my last several posts strangely. And as a result, none of them seem to be showing up here on Quilters Blogs. I finally got around to posting several of the pictures I've been promising. If anyone is interested in seeing of them, you'll have to click back to find them. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, it'll all get worked out soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Other stuff I've been messing around with...

Just a few quick shots of some of the little projects I've been messing with lately...

One of several Christmas stockings that I'm knitting up. Several years ago, I did them for pretty much the whole family. Then I had to do one for my husband when he came along. Then my daughter needed one (which she is getting this year, because I didn't get it done last year), and now I've decided I need some for my adorable little stocking holders. They'll just be for decoration, not for holding actual presents. Probably. But I'd like to get four before Christmas, if I can. Number two is still on needles right now...

This is the baggie and the card I sent along with the Scooby quilt for the new baby down south.

And this is what was in the bag. I made some for my nephew when he was born, and I think they come in very handy. I try to give at least a few to every boy I send baby shower gifts to, now. Very soft flannel, not very absorbent but excellent for deflecting. Sort of like that diaper commercial they aired a while back... ; )

And lastly, some of the pincushions I've been making. I love the little demitasse cups! They are so cute! These were the first two. I've made several more since. Now I don't know exactly what to do with them. I'm pretty sure I don't need quite that many of them....
The little cube is paper pieced. I found the pattern over at the Moda Bake Shop. I used scraps left over from a layer cake recipe quilt there. Its cute. It would look better if I had taken a little more time with it, and I think I may have overstuffed slightly. It'll still work fine. If I ever get around to using it. Right now I'm using the other two because, as I said, I love them! (I sort of have a thing for dishes... But I'm not nearly as bad as my SIL. She has dishes everywhere in her house! You name a space, it has dishes in it. Wanna hear a secret? She doesn't use her dishwasher for washing dishes- because she uses it as storage for some of her dishes! I would have a lot more dishes if my husband would let me, but I would never ever put my dishwasher out of commission like that! Note to my husband: feel free to test this promise by buying me some more pretties. The only ones that will sit around in the dishwasher are the ones just washed/about to be washed! Promise!)
Ok, that's all for today. Company will be here very soon, and it's nearly naptime as well. I'll talk to you all in just a few days. Until then, happy stitching!

I forgot all about Scooby!

I almost forgot about the baby quilt I was working on. It's been finished for about a month now. We mailed it out about three weeks ago. Last weekend, it came back. My husband is now hand delivering it. Apparently, everyone seems to be having trouble finding these new condos they live in. They say they've been having a ton of trouble getting deliveries... So, with any luck they'll get their package before the baby gets here in a few days....

This is a shot of the top of the quilt. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I really hope that all those doctors and scientists are right about babies liking bright colors. 'Cause these colors are bright! But it came out better than I feared when I was buying the fabric. Actually, after I got the Scooby fabric all fussy-cut up, I liked it a lot more. Maybe it was a good thing that this is the only print I could find.

Here's a wider shot, although a bit blurry, showing the borders. They are the same fabric as the backing.

And here's the label. They swore that the baby's name wasn't gonna be a last minute change up. I hope they were telling the truth. I like the Scooby block here. Not a fancy label, but it'll do. Has most of the information that they are likely to find important. And I'll eventually get the pictures into my quilt journal with any details that weren't on the label.

Still inching along, not really getting anything finished. Just a lot of little bits and pieces. Still hoping for a finish or two by the end of the week. Not sure if I'll get there or not, but, fingers crossed. Little Miss could be a bit more cooperative if she wanted to be. Like maybe taking her naps. And not imitating a beaver. I really hate teething. How much longer until it's over with??
That's all the news for now, I suppose. We really are pretty boring around here... Usually, our biggest excitement is the weekly trip for groceries. Oh, no, wait. We do have a little difference in our routine this week. Company's coming tomorrow.
Little Miss is getting visitors. Her aunt, grandma, and maybe great-grandma are coming to see her. (My sister, mom, and grandma.) I guess great-grandma is coming. I haven't been told otherwise. Of course, I haven't talked to any of them for a few days. So, we will have a little break in our routine this weekend. Who knows, maybe I'll get to play downstairs for a bit. Or maybe get out of the house and do something fun that my husband won't take me to do. (This includes a broad variety of entertainments, actually. Most notably- window shopping. He acts like he's allergic to stores. Won't stay in one for more than 10-15 minutes without the complaints pouring out... No, actually, now that I think about it, the complaints usually start before we get the car parked... )
So, that's really all there is to talk about at the moment. We'll be back in a few days, hopefully with something really interesting to talk about... Maybe. : ) Until next time, happy stitching!


Here's the tablerunner (at the flimsy stage) that was in the background of the pictures from yesterday. (No, the colors on the design wall have nothing to do with it. I just threw it up on top of everything else so I could get a good look at it.) I bought this as a kit years ago. (I can't even remember exactly how many years. I know it was well before my husband and I started dating...) I don't think I ever really intended to put it together. I just wanted the fabrics, and I knew I would find a use for them eventually... Turns out I used them as a tablerunner! Go figure. : P
The fabrics are from Red Rooster. They're the Jennifer Chiaverini fabrics from about the time that I was reading Cross Country Quilters. I'm pretty sure that's why I wanted them. They were based on that fabric from the book. I think. Not at all my usual color choices, but this fall, they suited me very well.

Here's a close up of the quilting. Or at least, it was intended to be. The quilting isn't the greatest, but I'm happy with it. This is the first time I've been brave enough to actually quilt anything on my machine. I have a lot of room for improvement, and I can see pretty much every flaw, but I'm ok with that. I've proven to myself that, with practice, I might get to the point where I can machine quilt reasonably well. I'm looking forward to more practice. As soon as I can find another project that I'm willing to risk ruining..

This is the finished runner, binding and all. Stuck back up on my design wall next to yet another WIP. (That's a layer cake flimsy that I just finished yesterday. You'll probably see it again... someday. Preferably after quilting and binding.)

Let's see... What else do I have to talk about today?... Not a lot. I spent a few hours this weekend playing down in the quilt room. Got two flimsies put together. One still needs a bit of applique work, the other is above. Started prepping applique pieces for another flimsy. (Got it put together, and then decided it just needed more, so...) Cleaned up a bit more. I sort of interrupted myself earlier, in order to play. And I've been messing it all up again ever since...

Oh, yeah. For anyone who might be holding their breath, waiting for a yardage total- you can breathe now. I will not be posting any numbers, so don't wait for it. I have gotten most of my fabrics sorted now. Except for WIP, kits, precuts, and scrap bins etc... And I had to quit adding up numbers. They got to the point where it was just scary. And if my husband ever came across the total, I would never hear the end of it. So, no numbers. Sorry. (The only clue I will offer is, it was still only a 3 digit number when I stopped counting. That's all you get.)

So, I guess that's all the news for today. Hopefully, I'll manage to get a little more done this week. At least finish that stocking. And maybe the applique on at least one flimsy... We'll see. Until next time, happy stitching!

This is what I had to drop everything to do.

Isn't he just the cutest? (Not sure why Blogger insists on rotating some of my pictures. Its sort of annoying...) I had so many other things that needed to be done, but I ignored them all and put one of my panels together instead.

I wanted to know what they would look like if you just stuffed them, without any sort of modification. ...
Although, I confess to adding little pom poms to the tops of the hats.

Yep. Still awful stinkin' cute!

Little Miss has given them her seal of approval.

She invaded my sewing room and had to play a bit. (I think she was talking to her daddy in this one...)
That's my tablerunner in the background. More on that next time. Until then, happy stitching!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just a couple of quick photos...

... because I seem to remember promising you a few!

First off, let me show you what came in the mail yesterday. We went out to the mailbox, and there was a terrifically squishy envelope. I knew instantly what it was... the other half of my birthday present!

(The first half of my present was really terrific, too.)

This is what was inside. Holiday Happy from Happy Zombie! (But only the gnoma claus panel. I couldn't talk him in to buying all of it for me...) I love love love this fabric. I knew when I first saw it on her blog that I would have to figure out how to get ahold of some of it. I'm still working on the rest of the prints... But anyway, about the panel- I'm sooo glad that its just as cute in person as on the computer. I have a problem with that. Usually, the pictures online look so different from the actual fabric, but these are just as cute in my living room as online. YAY! The only surprise was the size of the gnomes. For some reason, I thought they would be a bit smaller than they actually are... Not exactly sure why I thought that, but I can't wait to cut them apart and use them!

Ok, that's NOT where I was trying to get that link, but that will show you the pictures on her blog. (Obviously, I still need to practice with some of these buttons at the top here... I'll probably figure it out eventually. Maybe.)

Ok, that's really all I have time to type right now, so I'll just leave you with a couple of shots of my autumn-ready kitchen table. (The one I had to decorate the other day as a result of this strange autumn fever that I seem to be suffering from.) I love the owls. And I think they look pretty good there. Ok, busy day, gotta go get started. Until next time, happy stitching!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Yes, I'm still alive, although I may be coming down with something...

I just looked back through my old entries, and I cannot believe how long its been since I actually typed a post!! I've composed at least three dozen in my head... But somehow I never seem to get them typed up. I'm sure I could come up with dozens of excuses. Excuses like: "I've just been so incredibly busy what with all the... (fill in the blank with your choice of- weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, family get-togethers/cook-outs, the funeral, cleaning, sorting the quilt room, baby care, husband home from work for two months). The list could be endless, and nobody really cares to hear about all of the details. So we'll just skip it. Well, maybe we'll just hit the highlights and try to get everyone all caught up.
As you saw from the last post, I had a LOT of work to do getting the quilt room unpacked. I've been working on that, very slowly. Well, ok, I got just enough done that I could get a little room to play, and then I got sidetracked with projects of various sorts. I'm still working on getting all of the tubs of fabric unpacked and put away. But it looks much better than the last photos. I think. Maybe...
I did manage to get several projects finished, or mostly finished. And I hope to get some pictures up here at some point in the next couple of days. They weren't big projects, but my quota monitor (i.e. the husband) never specified what size the projects had to be, just that I got so many per year completely finished. I am happy to report that my yearly quota of 15 finished projects has been met and then some! YAY! Unfortunately, they are pretty much tiny little projects, and not the bed sized fabric monsters that he most likely envisioned when he announced these expectations of his... Oh, well. He should have been more specific, shouldn't he? ; )
I can't remember the entire list from memory, but examples of the projects would be: several pincushions, Christmas stockings, a tree skirt (UFO!), a wallhanging (also a now finished UFO)...oh, yeah, and also the Scooby baby quilt. Which is the excuse I used to quit unpacking and start playing. It had a deadline, you know. ; )
What else has been happening lately?... Oh, yeah. I guess I should probably elaborate a bit on the second half of my post title. I've been feeling sort of strange lately. I have never, never, never, (should I say it one more time just for added emphasis?) never had this happen before in my entire life! Is it possible to get autumn fever?!? I seem to be in a very fall-ish sort of mood... And I really can't explain it. I don't really like fall. It never has seemed much more than a depressing reminder of the cold and yuck that is bearing down on us in a few months. The leaves are pretty, but after that things are just depressing and dead-looking. I really don't like that. I'm more of a late spring and summer person, when everything is green and blooming and the temperatures are nice and warm.
But for some reason, this year, I was really in a hurry for fall... And this strange mood struck well before this week's drop in temperature. I put up a fall door decoration in August! That's just unheard of for me. And now, with Labor Day just barely over (which,along with the beginning of school, no matter what the calender says, is about the time I say fall really starts), I've dug out my autumn decorations and started putting them up. I've started at least three fall quilt projects (tablerunner- just waiting for the binding to be stitched down, wall quilt- basted and quilting is in progress, and quilt that was a wallhanging until it got too big- completed to flimsy stage) and am busily working on them... I just don't get it! Is it possible to get autumn fever? I get spring fever pretty much every year- usually in about January, but this, as I said, is an all new experience... And if it is possible to get autumn fever, how do you cure it? I thought maybe the fall-ish projects would do it, but so far, not. Then I thought, surely when the temperature dropped, I'd be over it real quick. But, still not yet... Anybody got any ideas?
Anyway, I suppose that's all for now. I'm gonna dig out my camera and get some pictures up here soon, I hope. Until then, happy stitching!