Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Are they Kidding?

While standing in line at the grocery store tonight I saw an interesting magazine Antique Quilts by Better Homes and Gardens.

I will say right up-front that I don't buy or even look at many quilting magazines any more (for various reasons) But this one had a nice cover and on a quick flip through looked really interesting. I've been a good girl and deserve a treat so I check the price, expecting 5.99 to 6.99. Nope... $12.99... TWELVE NINETY-NINE. The lady in line behind me asked if I was alright when I gasped. I'm sure it is a nice magazine, but I just can't believe a magazine with a two-digit cover price.

OK, rant over, we now return you to your regularly scheduled web-surfing.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Good beginning to the week

So it's Design Wall Monday again, boy that comes around fast. But I made progress this weekend. Every year I donate a quilt to the raffle at our local no-kill animal shelter The Ark. The raffle is held around July 4th and several years I have been sewing binding down on the evening of July 3rd. Hopefully not this year. I found a UFO in the stack (a rediculously large stack) and think this will do the trick for this year. So this is my design wall at the moment.

The blocks are almost all done, then just borders and quiting. And I have 6 weeks...I have a chance...right? One thing for will certainly be bright!

Results are also in for the Second Saturday Charity Quilting for this month. I did 2 quilts for one of my quilting students. The gym where she works made lap throws for two members diagnosed with cancer. Some of the ladies made blocks a Brenda put them together. Again, bright happy quilts. And,  I am almost 1/3 of the way to the half-million square inch goal. Don't know how long it will take to get there, but little by little I will.

And to top off all the other good stuff- I won a book from Electric Quilt Company. Their mascot (EQ the Mouse) had a contest on Facebook and I won! So now I have something to play with until EQ7 is released in June.
If the rest of the week goes this well, I will be a very happy girl.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Let there be light!

This was my major accomplishment yesterday. It may look like just a porch light to you, but it has been a work in progress for months! The light up near the top of the ladder is the final piece of the puzzle. I have electricity to the fixture, but no light, so I changed bulbs, then swaped out the old fixture with another (used) one I had on hand and finally decided to get a brand new fixture. Off to the hardware store bright and early. But the project will be on hold today. Rain, electrical work and an aluminum ladder seems like a BAD combination.

To keep things quilty, I just sent these two cute little quilts back to Jo in Texas.

So today I am back to being a quilter. Good thing too, I am feeling some of the aches and pains from working on the ladder!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends...
Tell me where to get more wax!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Seaside Sampler

Yes, two posts in just a couple of days... I said this was a new beginning...

Two members of the Seaside Quilters group came to pick up their opportunity quilt this morning. It was such a lovely day I had it hanging on the porch so they could get the whole effect.
All the blocks are different and each really shows the individuality of the maker.

And best of all, they let me play with the quilting. And play I did!

Little details all over. The hard part is knowing when to stop. The beams of light from the lighthouse was one of my favorites.

It is an opportunity other words there is an opportunity for it to be yours.

And I seem to have figured out some of the formatting on the blog posts. All in all a really good day.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both endsTell me where to get more wax!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Design Wall Monday- Bread and Pickles

As I have been reminded several times recently (Hi Faye) Yes, It has been ages since I posted anything. No, I have not been goofing off, really. There is just too much "I'll do a blog post as soon as I finish this" in my life. So, this is my attempt at a new beginning...Spring, new month, things getting green... time to crawl out from under my winter rock and show anyone out there what I've been doing.

To begin with the title- Sunday is bread baking day, every week. So while I was hanging around waiting for the bread to rise I treated myself to the brand new pickle dish collection from Inklingo. I got my shapes printed and started sewing around noon. By bed time I had this to show for the day.

There were also 3 loaves of Honey Oatmeal bread and one loaf of banana bread, but Mike had them cut up for "quality control" before I got a picture.

There have been several fairly involved customer quilts over the winter. These are just a few.

Helen's Butterfly Garden. Those butterflies are all stuffed and hand appliqued!

Cindy's Pink Fairies is for her granddaughter. Great work with a panel. I used really thin thread to outline the fairies. It's hard to see in the pictures


Linda's Guild Chapter Challenge. Lots and lots of blocks and all different.

I am also working on a new website and have joined Facebook - The Crafty Unicorn Quilting.

So here's to spring and new beginnings...

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends...
Tell me where to get more wax!