Friday, July 30, 2010

Being bad tonight!

I have been sooooo bad this evening! After Carl came home from work we went to his favorite Chinese restaurant for supper.  They have a buffet and we can pig out all we want. After we pigged out we came home and I jumped on the computer. Well, one thing led to another and I found myself surfing for quilting blogs. So, two or more hours later I found a couple that do giveaways and decided to try for this one, 44th Street Fabric. You get extra chances if you put a link on your blog, so here I am. If you want to join in on the chance, just follow the link and the rules and you will have a chance or two to win also! The contest winner will be announced on August 2nd, so get over there quick!

Carl has to work tomorrow so I will be on my own in the morning. I haven't decided if I want to go on our weekly estate sale trip or stay home and sew. I do know that I need to finish my wash so we don't go naked next week!

Speaking of naked, it reminds me of a time when we were trying to teach our oldest grandson the alphabet and words. We play a game called 'The Alphabet Game' while driving. You start with 'A' and find a sign that has an word that begins with 'A', then say 'A is for whatever the word is'. Well, Ashton was on 'N' and when he found his 'N' he said, "N is for, Pa I don't know what that word is." Pa says, "Spell it for me." Ashton says, "N. U. D. E., what's that Pa?" He is told, nude. Next question, "What does nude mean?" Yep, you get the picture.

I am trying to get rid of some of my 'stuff'. You know the 'stuff' that you just had to have and never have had the time to do anything with. Well, I have lots of books, patterns and other goodies hanging around that I seldom look at or even use that I want to get rid of. I would rather have other quilting stuff that I just might use! Of course I went to a quilt shop sale the past 2 weekends and picked up some more fabric. Just what I needed, huh? Well, I did manage to get the material for Carl's 1800's shirt I need to make for him for the Western Film Festival the end of next month. He has shrunk so much everything is way to big on him so now he needs some new duds. I have his shirt 1/2 done and his pants cut out. I'd really like to get them done tomorrow, so that may be what I will do. I'll let you know how that goes, but for now I think I'll finish posting on 44th Street Fabric to get my chances to win that Moda Bake Shop gift pack.

Happy Quilting, Sharon

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good Evening Everyone!!!

I decided to review my blog tonight to see what quilts I have posted and what I have rambled on about over the past year or so. While doing that I found a link to a sew-along quilt pattern  that I have been looking for! Yippee! I won't be getting into the drawing, but I will be doing the quilt for sure. I like all of the blocks posted except for 2, so I should be able to deal with that. I bought my extra fabric I needed right after I saw the post, so I am ready to go with that. I also found another pattern I was looking for the other night and thought I had lost. So, now I have 2-'to do's'.......

I dug out an old 'to-do' this past week and started working on them. In 2006 I join a Banner of the Month club and got all of the patterns. It also included the buttons and fabric, which was nice. I loved the banners, but didn't love the technique, it is applique, which is hand work, which is not my favorite thing to do. Well, I only have 3 banners left to do the hand work on, but 8 to sandwich, quilt and bind. I AM going to get these finished! I did all the prep work this past week and am starting on the 'yucky' part. I will then put the patterns on the internet to sell. I would love to make these again for a present, but know I won't do it. Mine have taken me 4 years to complete, what makes me think I'll get another set done?

Here are the banners that are complete. I will be so happy when I get all of them done!

So, on with the blog review...... Last year was a series of ups and downs and I am so glad that I had Heavenly Father along for the ride. I do not know how I would have survived one day to the next without His help!! Thank you, Heavenly Father for all your support and love you show to me and my family!

I thought I had shared a picture of the 'Star Wars' quilt that went up north to a grandson. Two years ago he was learning to read and I told him that I would make him a quilt when he reached book number 150. Now, you have to understand that he was 5 at the time and his mom was trying to encourage him to read. Well, the stinker worked his tail feathers off and finished a lot sooner than I thought he would. He read me book number 150 one day in August that year. A little while later I took this picture:

I thought I had one with a happy smile, but could not find it. It must be on a disc in the drawer.....

Well, enough of the blog review, it's getting late and I do believe that the body is telling me to get to bed. Besides, I need to get my beauty sleep so that I can go shopping tomorrow at a local quilt shop (better known as LQS). They are having a Christmas in July sale and it looks really interesting!!

So, everyone have a great night and better tomorrow!

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Good Evening Everybody!

Lots going on lately. I had a lesson to teach in church this past week, grand-daughters birthday party and of course lots of quilts to sew and dream about.

I did finally finish the Princess quilt for the 'Princess'! Here it is.

I only put 3 borders on 3 sides. The top border is only the thin purple one. I also made a pillow case to go with it. The little miss was quite pleased with my efforts and that is what matters!

Yesterday I traced out a new pattern for pants for my darling husband for the western festivals that we both love to go to. I use Buckaroo Bobbins patterns and sometimes I have a dickens of a time getting them right. These patterns are suppose to be authentic patterns from the 'wild west' era. They are hand drawn and sometimes frustrating to figure out. A few years ago when we were living in our camper I made Carl a frock coat. That coat took me a month to finish and he looked really great in it. Wellllllll, now it swims on him since he lost so much weight. I guess I need to dig that pattern out as well. I know I will use a different lining this time around! I don't know what I was thinking when I used the same material for the lining as the coat itself. That coat is so heavy only a muscle builder can carry it. 

I am going to work on selling off some of my 'stuff'. I have so many sewing patterns that I have collected over the years that I don't use any more. I also have a few quilting things that I won't ever use so will be offering them up also. I am on a couple quilt forums and a sew it's for sale forum. I am debating on getting a Accuquilt GO!
so that I can cut quilt kits to sell. Then I will see about saving up for my Homesteader Quilter. I have been drooling over this machine for a long time, but every time it seems I may be able to get one something happens. I'm sure I'll get there someday, but for now my little system is much better than pushing a quilt through the machine by hand.

Well I am off to bed. Work comes way to early in the morning and I couldn't get back to sleep after I woke up at 5 this morning. Of course I didn't have to work and I really wanted to sleep in!

Happy Quilting, Sharon