Monday, August 31, 2009

Only one more week...

I can't decide if I am counting down the days or if I am sticking my head in the sand wanting it to go away. This summer has been like a top spinning. No set plans, kids sleeping in until all hours of the morning, no pressure, no rush , but also not alot of structure and I'm a girl that likes her structure. So the kiddos start school next Tuesday. I've already been on the phone with transportation because they took away our bus stop. "Holy Smokes batman" Say a few prayers that it gets resolved. I'm not real happy about the queens crossing a busy street or walking in mud for a block. Great options huh? We have open houses this week at both schools. My first year that the girls go to different schools. Queen 1 doesn't get her home room until Open House and her schedule the first day of school. Queen 2 is having her first male teacher. Our elementary school has a whole new office staff. "Again Holy smokes batmen".

So the picture of Hank because he is beautiful and being out there with him brings me peace. He reminds me of the Heather Ross fabric and how sick is that - I now think in fabric. Again say prayers and I will chant "it will be fine"

Enjoy your last week!

Oh- washer died yesterday so new one to be put in today. Yippee! lots of loads of laundry.

Sweet Cherry Quilt

Ok, one more for the "to be quilted" pile. I want to try and get one more done before schools starts, but we will see. I got a great book out of the libary about different ways to quilt your quilts. It has ideas in there that I never thought of. I may actually trace out a pattern on one the quilts- oh brave me- HA!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Quilting like Crazy

Maybe I should ssay Crazy for Quilting... Above is the fabric I cut for the first round of the Old Red Barn Quilt along. I am three months behind with this group, but I just found them and it is a lovely way to learn with plenty of support if I get stuck. This is for the "Railfence" Quilt.
This is what I am currently working on. I call it the "me oh my sweet cherry pie" quilt but that may be a bit of a long name. It is oh so fun to say though. It is my first 9 batch and I'm trying to decide if I like the gingham border or not. We will see. They just kind of evolve as I go.

Center Quilt Top done, just need to do the border and back. There is never a real plan with those. They just kind of happen.

Fabric I am thinking of using for a wonky log cabin quilt.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Coin Quilt top and bottom done

Bottom Top

They are in the "To be quilted pile" I only have 2 quilts set aside for quilting. Once I get the cherry quilt done then I will switch the machine over and have a quilting party. I'm thinking once the kids are in school.

Lily Love

Smiling for the camara!
It has been a while since we've been to the barn. Queen had a lesson Friday and I went out to check how Lily was growing. The thing I love about horses is they always remember your smell. I called out to Daisy and Lily and Daisy being the good mama she is came right over to make sure I was on up and up. Gave me the smell test and deemed me good and left Lily all to me. She was probably glad for the break. lily is becoming quite the queen. She gives the geldings in the pasture next to her quite a run for the money. The male and female realtionship is so interesting on all levels. It was nice to see all the equine friends.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nana's Frittata Recipe

Nothing takes me back to my Grandparents kitchen faster than two things: waffles with berry jam from the garden and Frittata. You've asked so here it is:

4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup veg.oil
1 clove of garlic minced fine
1/2 tsp blk pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
2 Tsp parsley
1/2 cup onion chopped fine
1 cup bisquick
4 cups of grated zucchini
1/2 cup parm. chesse

mix it in a bowl then put it in a greased 9x12. bake at 350 for 45min. to a hour. It should have a golden top and be firm throughout.


Coin Quilt wip

I have all 14 rows done now thanks to a sewing day yesterday when Avery' s horseback riding lesson was cancelled. I'm going to sash the rows with a ice blue solid fabric that I have yet to buy, give it a coin border and then bind it in Black and white poke a dots. I'm not sure how I'm going to quilt it just yet. But I will keep you updated.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Little painting

Some canvas paintings for queen 1's bedroom to go with the fun bedding.

Ava Quilt Done

It is already hanging off the side of her crib just waiting for her. The family is first on the call list and waiting for the phone call must be torture. She will be coming from Ethiopia to live with her family in Virginia. She is one lucky little one.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Window banners

One project done. banners to add a little pop of color with some of my favorite fabrics.
The brown has little pink owls in it.
I bought some canvas to paint on and drew out a hedgehog, mushroom and tree. That is next on the list.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Yep, it's love! How could it not be. It is the colors she loves and I'm so in love with the woodland creatures that I was beyond thrilled whenn she saw this and went ga ga.
We now have a list of things to create in her room before she starts middle school. We are going have fun. We are now calling the guinea pigs hedgehogs so they fit in. They don't mind as long as we feed them the watermelon.

We spent yesterday doing laundry going through closets and organizing. My antique girl saw all the fun things happening in sisters room and wants a boost too. We will have to come up with some fun project there as well.

I did get both of their closets cleaned out and organized and they do not need clothes for school. It's that target sales rack. Pulls me in.

It has been a while

We went to NY to visit my NY Sisters- as I call them. They are most of the reason it was so hard to leave this state. We spent two days with each of them and had a really good time. These pics are from each of their homes.
The girls had a list of all the things they wanted to do while we were there and we did it all. Feeding the ducks, walking the village, stopping at our favorite ice cream place, going to the fair, our favorite deli, and on and on.

While it was very busy we got good visits in and had a really good time. Thank you to each of my Ny sisters and love to you.

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Dress or Three

Neighbor, Queen 1 and 2 modeling the dresses I put together Saturday. Each of the girls loved them and what more could you ask for.

Doll Quilt complete

I'm really happy with it. It was very fun to make and I want to do more this size. It is good practice for my limited skill set. I hope my partner likes it. I can't send it to her until September so for now it is on my mantel.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Weeks Summary

Love these shoes! They make me feel like a little kid. The only problem is that it is hot here in VA and when it gets hot my feet swell and then I get blisters making me feel like a old fart. Having said that- I still love these shoes, if only to look at them.
The queens and I had quite the adventures this week. We went to two new places. The first being Franklin water park. We had to wait 15 minutes to get in because they were full when we arrived, but people left and we could get in and they had shade to stand in so not too bad. The girls had a blast. I would go back. Well worth the 20 minute drive.
The second place we went was Tally Ho theater. Picture the 1950's and you have Tally Ho. The seats might be the very same. We watched the new Harry Potter movie and it was alright. I wasn't jumping for joy, but we entertained for three hours and that's something.
I have been working on my doll quilt and will have it done soon. Then I can bind and quilt the two other quilts I have sitting here. MY new best friend.......basting spray. So worth the 15.00. I hate to pin and stretch and try to re pin to make sure there is no bunching. If you are like me go get some basting spray.
The house behind us has the walls and roof up. They are putting the brick on the sides of the house now. It will be done in no time and I can't wait!!!!