Monday, November 23, 2009

That was the best I could do. I'm so not computer savy. GRRRR. But if you win- you must share. HA.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ode to an Owl

Picture taken in the place of inspiration. I was by the river when I heard a lot of noise in the tree and what should I see but this majestic owl. He was stealing the nest of some birds. not nice of him I know, but that is what they do.
My friend, aka Spinster Sister gave me the owl fabric featured in the log cabin blocks and the rest just rolled into place. The greens and teals reminded me of the trees and river.

The back- not as scrappy as my normal backs, but I like it just the same.

The front. Quilt measures 54 x 65. Perfect sofa size to snuggle under. Quilted in free motion loops.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Works in Progress

The picture above is a teaser on something I'm working on now. I just need to quilt and bind it and then it will be done.

These blocks are called "Crazy 9 patch" and something I learned from Old Red barn quilt along. This is going to be a Christmas present for the oldest queen to match the banners I made for her room. There is some other stuff throw into this quilt- like string blocks and some other goodies. so far so fun. During the evening I'm working on a poncho for my niece and I love the yarn I'm working with and how that is turning out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Taking Stock and Making Lists

Back of Kiss of Kiwi Quilt- say that three times fast.
Here is the front. With the shop opening and Christmas looming I was up last night with the pencil and pad writing away. I was glad to get this quilt off the to do list. I made this one as round one of a quilt along. Of course, I tweaked it here, there and everywhere because for some reason I wander off the instructions and go down a different path. But this quilt along group has been a godsend and the women in it are so nice and encouraging. I can't say enough wonderful things about them.
How many of you are having the "OMG Christmas is just six weeks away!!!!" thoughts?
For those of you that like shopping, you probably don't feel like you are in the weeds. I have decided to do a mostly handmade Christmas this year and for that reason I may need to send out a S.O.S. My lists includes scarves, poncho, 3 quilts, table runner, afghan, and stuffies. I know. Who needs sleep? We will see if I end up making that last minute trip to Target or not. Wish me luck.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some News!!

First, I have to tell you how proud I am of the queens. They came home this week with report cards and both of them got straight A's. Beaming smile from ear to ear. If they would let me I'd Kiss em up one side of their faces and down the other. SO PROUD OF THEM!!!!
Second, my lovely sister, made my throat choke up and tears threaten when she did a blast email to her mailing lists about my quilts. With her encouragment, I have started a website to sell my quilts. It is called . Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Call me Crazy

But I have signed up for three quilting bees for the year of 2010. Circuit Block Party, The Block Swap and Modern Quilting Bee. I am very excited to start each one of these. I'm sure I will learn quite alot. I am still doing the Old Red Barn Quilt Along. We are almost 1000 strong and I have met some great women there, not to mention all I have learned.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fabric Store to die for

I found a new fabric store on line called Hawthorne Threads. To see all the yumminess from them go to . It is owned by a husband and wife team and they have the best possible taste and selection. Head over there now and check out the giveaway they are hosting. Enjoy!


English settlement
Dressed in period

Indain Village- log houses not tepees
Queen 2 and I had a good time on her field trip. It was 7 hours on a bus with two 4th grade classes. The weather was great, breezy but warm.

Bit of Boo done

I embroidered the centers in Halloween fashion. The alternate squares have green fabric with owls. Shocking owls, right? So a little bit of wonky log cabins, a little framed squares quilted in a fun free wild way.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wonky Horse Quilt done

I do so love this quilt. It was very fun to put together and once I got a sewing machine that worked it went quite smoothly.
This is the back and I am proud to say that I used up all the fabric left overs from the front. I didn't have to buy anything more and I love the scrappy puzzle piece feel it has.

Kitty Fun

What is it Jack sees outside the window??
The neighbors cats playing with Queen 1 while she waits for the bus. Pumpkin and Little black

Pumpkin is a snuggler.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I got a new machine

Isn't it beautiful? It has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with but I can grow into it. I love the quilting table extension.
These are the blocks that I did to try out the machine and get to where I could do a straight stitch. It has over 75 stitches on the machine so finding the basic one took me some time.

I finially bit the bullet and started quilting the horse quilt. I have three more to do after this one and I was making a list of all the ones I want to do and it numbered nine. Yikes!!!


So much to tell you about. It seems like forever since the last post, but I know it was not that long ago. My nephew Ryan sent us "Flat Stanley" for a visit. We are to take pictures and tell Ryan's class about Stanley's visit here and what this area is like. Stanley arrived on Halloween so he got to trick or treat and he will get to go to Riley's field trip to Jamestown. He came at a good time. Baby Queen shared some of her candy.
Stanley with a couple of Hot Dogs. The real dog is less than thrilled. I love the blonde Hot Dog.

Queen 2 posing with Patsy at her class party. At this station they dyed lavendar saches with beets and blueberries. Queen 2 is Carrie Ingalls for the character parade. They also played Twister, guess the grossness, and made pictures with vinegar and windex. To say that it smelled in the room would be a understatement. The kids had fun.