Monday, May 28, 2007

Sweatshirt and stuff

It's me again, I forgot to tell everyone, I DID visit a couple quilt shops while in Vegas.The first one was really nice, large and roomy. The ladies there were friendly. There was several ladies there doing some knitting or crocheting, I really couldn't see them that well and didn't get too close, I wouldn't have known what they were doing anyway as I don't do either. I bought 1 piece, 3 yards of fabric for some blocks that I want to applique some designs on for a quilt for my GD. She will be 13 next March and I thought that would be a nice gift. That's the plan right now!!!!LOL I forgot to say the name of that shop was Nancy's Quilt Shop. The web site is She does have a virtual tour. Check it out, I think you will enjoy seeing it and if you go to las Vegas make sure you stop in, it is definately a shop I would go back to.

The next shop was Fabric Botique, located at 4464 W. Charleston blvd. Also very nice shop and people. I purchased a couple quilt patterns for a later project. there was several shoppers there as well. They gave me a free quilt pattern. So now I have my work cut out for me, just finding the time to get it all done!!!!!!!!!!!!

The picture above is the top of the shirt I showed in my previous post. Nothing special, but am trying to get decent at applique, and taking an applique project in the truck isn't too much, so am planning to fix some designs to take along. I do manage to have a lot of stuff when I travel, I always take along Quilting Books. I like to look at them when we get settled for the night.

Hopefully all you ladies are quilting memories, catch you later. Have a good night. It's bedtime for me.

Home and happy to be here

Our trip to Vegas was very uneventful, but I afraid most work is. We traveled 5243 miles. That is a lot of sitting!!!!!! I can't drive the truck with the trailer on it, it requires a cdl licenses. I hope next trip to be better prepared and maybe have some hand sewing to do, didn't take anything this time,but since it had been so long since we had been west, I didn't want to "miss seeing anything". But we will be going back the same route for most of the next trip in July. We will be going to Lake Tahoe, Nv.So definitely will be sewing some then!
The pic is of a sweat shirt I appliqued when we went to Detroit in April, I also appliqued the top, but will show that another time. But right now I have nothing quilty to show. I hope to get some quilting done before we leave again, but we do have to work several days in preparation to go. So I will have to try to get something done. Maybe I can sew some on the baby quilt That I started before I left.
I am hopeing the quilt top I finished before I left will be quilted soon. I left it with one of the local long arm quilters , so maybe she will be through soon. I am anxious to get it back. This is the first one I have ever had quilted, so am a little nervous also. Then I can bind it,that shouldn't take too long.
I must get up from here and get busy, I have a mountain or laundry to get done. We brought every thing in last night, but we have "stuff" scattered every where. So have a lot to do, hope everyone is haveing a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and are quilting memories for someone special in your life.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day To all you lovely ladies, hope all of you are with family,and if your Mother and/or Grandmother is still with you, hope you can spend part of your day with them. If you have children,may they fill your house with joy and happiness today. YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!!!!!
This is the wallhanging on my sewing room door,I made it in a class 5/6 years ago. Gosh time has gotten away from me, I didn't realize I had been trying to quilt for so long. BUT, I definitely still consider myself very new at this. Maybe someday I will get comfortable with the whole quilting "thing" LOL The other pic is the one that shows all of it, but when I try to upload it, it turns sideways on me.
Well, the weather is perfect here today for doing anything outdoors, so if you like being outside take a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine.
I am going to go "do" my nails,and get started packing, so will catch everyone tomorrow.
Take the day off and go pamper yourself, but tomorrow start quilting memories for me,I won't be in my sewing room for nearly 2 weeks, so You ladies will have to quilt and think of me!!!!Later everyone

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mothers day

Serenity!!!!!!!!!!! This is the pond myDH and Granddaughter made several years ago, I think she was about 6 or 7 years old. She is now 12 and will tell you proudlythat her and her PAPAW made the pond. AS a matter of fact, she painted her a sign and put out there, its about faded now, so can't read her name too well. But she is still very proud of it!! She would love to use it for her very own "swimming" pool.

Would love toshow you a wallhanging I made a few years back,but when I try to post,it turns sideways. I wish I knew more about how to work this comp. The pic is on the comp. straight but when I upload it, it turns. Does anyone have any words of wisdom that may help ME??? DH has tried to get them to straighten up also, and can't get them right. This is so frustersting (*sp*) to me. Enough whining!!!!

Hope all you ladies have a wonderful Mothers Day, and if your Mother is still living (MIL'S TOO) do something nice for them. I speak from experience, she won't be here forever. At least call her and tell her you love her. A phone call goes a long way!!!!!!! Life is too short not to remember your MOM.

I am working on another baby quilt, I saw a picture of one in a book and like parts of it, so am making it "my way". I may have a mess, so will have to wait and see. But we are leaving for Las Vegas on Tuesday, so won't get to work on it anymore after today, until we get back. Due back here on the 27th. If any of you ladies live in that area, I would love to meet you. DH and I will be at the convention center, Sunday through Wed. ,We will have a Show car ( a race car) on display at the Office Depot Shopping Center Conference. I assume it will be open to the public. If not we will have our laptop, just email me, or leave a comment,and I will get in touch with you.Maybe we could meet at one of the fabric stores. I do plan to try to visit some of them. Any suggestions on which would be the best? I don't think I will have time to go to but one or two.

I must get busy, I still have a lot to do, and I do want to sew a little while and it's already 1 o'clock.

Hope all of you will save a little time to be quilting memories this weekend. have a great Mothers Day,and Remember all Mothers, Mother's in law, Step Mothers and especially Grandmothers!!!! Some day you will be glad you did.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Bento Box and Irises

Good morning, hope all is well in your corner of the world. I think spring has returned, yesterday was a beautiful day and today is supposed to be another glorious day. I love warm, sunny days.I finished my quilt top on Wednesday,will get it quilted while I am gone to Vagas. The colors don't show as pretty as they really are. It has a lot of golds, reds,browns and Dark greens. I was dissapointed with the color in the picture , we took it outside thinking that would be better, guess the camera is just old and has a mind of its own!!!!!LOL The top measures 60"x75". After I bind it , it will fit nicely on the guest bed. It will be used as cover, not as a coverlet on top of the bed.
The irises are at the pond in our backyard. They were prettier last week , but I still like them.
Hope everyone has a great day quilting memories.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Quilting A Bento Box Quilt

Here it is, a nasty, dreary old Friday night. Lots of rain (we need it) and it has turned COLD!!!!!
Where is our beautiful spring weather?To me, rain is soooo depressing, maybe by tomorrow it will be "outta here".
The last 3 days have been very busy in my sewing room. I am making a "Bento Box' quilt. It will be 60" x 60". I won the kit at the local quilt show last weekend. The colors are very "fallish"
lots of browns, dark greens and deep reds. I have all the 8" blocks together,now have to sew 4 of them together to make 15" finished blocks, then sew them together. I have been pleasantly surprised, as I haven't had any trouble with it, so far. Most of you folks will probably think that is a funny statement, but I am not real comfortable with making a quilt from a pattern.I like to look at a picture and figure out what I want to do from that. But, since I won the kit thought Iwould see what I could do. The owner of the LQS said she would like to hang it in her shop when I finish it. I told her she may be sorry she asked. LOL
Hope to have pics as soon an I get the top pieced. I am still learning about doing the pictures. The light in my house isn't too good for pics, so will take them outside asap.
Our LQS has been having demos at her shop all week, I have gone over there everyday, that has messed up my days bigtime. The demos were at 12 noon and 6pm. but today she fed us a very nice lunch and gave each of us a very nice quilting book " Patchwork and Quilting Book #2. There are 20 projects by Kaffe Fassett and some other stuff. I am going to save it to look at while on our trip.Las Vegas is a LOOOOOng way from here. She also gave us 4 fat quarters. I thought that was awfully nice of her. But am glad we are through, I will only get to sew 2 or 3 days next week. Will have to get our "things " ready to go.
Sunday, We will go to church with our DD and her family, Our DD and GD are going to join this new church and also going to be baptised. Then we will go to lunch with them, so will not get any sewing done, but that is ok. There really are a few things more important than quilting!!!
I do hope all of you are going to have a wonderful weekend, why don't you do some quilting memories for me. Later everyone!!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Ceramic Quilt Santa

Am I early or am I late????????? I know you will think I am crazy, but I wanted to post a pic of something I had painted. I have had a ceramic shop for 24 years,well until August of 2006,when we closed it. I have not sold it yet, but would love to. Anyway, over the years I painted LOTS of ceramics. I started a collection of Santas,many,many years before so many other people did, My collection contains about 500 or so.I keep a lot of them out on display. Probably half my Santas are tree ornaments.But most of the rest are in my hutch. NO dishes , just Santas!! Anyway this Santa is my quilt Santa.The quilt he is holding is a bearpaw pattern.I hope you enjoy looking at him as much as I do. He is my sewing companion. The bear was a gift from a friend, he's fuzzy and holding a spool of thread. Cute,huh???

Hubby and I were told last week our next working trip will be in a couple weeks , we are going to Las Vegas.When we get there, we will have some free time, I'm sure. Does anyone know or any fabric shops there????? I am looking forward to being in Vegas. WE went through there about 30 years ago, but didn't even stop. Our DD wasn't old enough to go into any of the casino's,and at the time, I wasn't looking for any fabric shops.I also am not much of a shopper of anything else, except fabrics. So we just came on home. Of course from LV it takes about 4 days of driving about 8-10 hours a day. But we both love to travel, so this trip will be fun.We are both looking forward to going, we also have a friend who moved out there just a few months ago, so hopefully we will get to see her. We worked very close to home this past weekend, but had to stay the night. So didn't get any sewing done over the weekend either.

I have been cutting out 2 quilts, so maybe in a day or so , I can start sewing, I am so ready to sew again. But I cleaned house yesterday and I must iron today. It will take me at least 2-3 hours to get my ironing done. Then I will go to our LQS, she is doing demonstrations every day this week as part of her anniversary sales promotions. Yesterday one her salesladies demoed the new software for our machines. Quite interesting, but I don't mess with those types of things, Hubby does all those things for me, then puts everything on a CD, and I embroider whatever it is.He was impressed with the new software tho. I am thinking that would make him a nice Christmas gift. Haven't made my mind up yet!!!!!!!!

This isn't getting my ironing done, so think I will get off here and get busy. Even though I can't sew today, hopefully some of you will be quilting memories today. Quilt a block for ME!!!!!!!!