Monday, May 31, 2010

Impulsive Mondays

I woke up with bangs!
Who did that?
Three weeks ago on Monday
I cut 6 inches off my hair just a couple of
hours before leaving for a meeting.
I may have to lock up my scissors before
next Monday : )
I spent time working on my picnic quilt this weekend.
I had a mishap earlier in the week and cut one fabric the
wrong way. I also sewed the wrong colors on each side of 4 blocks
before realizing what I had done.
I was distracted...
I was multi-tasking again last night and cut the measurement of a block
short by an inch. : (
Now I don't have as much fabric as I need with all my mishaps.
We will just see how it turns out and I can always head back out for
more fabric. : )
This quote is quite fitting for this project.

My seam ripper is my friend.

Did I mention how my back is all twisted from sitting on a stool
too high from the machine's gas pedel?
I will be back it today with a different seat.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Before Prozac, there was quilting.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A day out with the cuz...

Leaving soon to do some more fabric control with the
Cinci cuz.
:) Maybe that is OUT OF CONTROL!

A day patched with quilting seldom unravels.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Time Spent Sewing...

Time Spent Sewing
I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.

Sew much fabric, sew little time!

Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing.

"All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle."
~ Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851

Rail Fence Quilt

For those having problems with their block measurements...
Bestie Kaye says duh! ...just put the ruler away...fold over the
block into a triangle and trim the edge to make it square.

Thanks everyone!

Thanks Quilt Club group for the selvages you donated to me. This is on my bucket list.
Check out this blog to see what Karen shares with readers.


A t-shirt quilt stash for a gift in the future.
Quilt class was fun last night with about 10 working on
some great fabric choices. Some were as challenging as
mine. : ) After a few little oopsies and learning moments
we continued creating. Measurement directions were off but we
worked around that and continued on with our project.
I think everyone had a good time enjoying GIRLS night out. : )
I'm looking forward to seeing everyones completed quilt top at
the next couple of quilt club nights then having a picnic
using them in the future.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tonight is my quilt class. I worked late last night preparing.
I goofed more than once because of distractions and my short attention
span. However, you learn NOT to do that again. : )
The grass is really growing here. I have been too busy doing fun things
to take care of it. (preparing for the quilt class)
And with that I will just share this quote and it says it all.

A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.

There! You see the grass will be there when I have time.
There is a quilt to make!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

plastic bag project

Reminder to please bring me your plastic bags for ONE of my newest projects. TIA (thanks in advance. : )

A Quilt With A Story

I love this story and wanted to share with you.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Will you hem my dress pants...?"

"... I need it tomorrow for a graduation I am going to."
...and then adds "tomorrow night."

... are you kidding me? : P

Asking a quilter to mend (hem) is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.

Enough said?


I added to my stash again today.

The FQ spin is a surprise : ) It might be for me or might be for you if you are in the path I travel : )

The red and blue, ummmm, just couldn't resist. It might actually be the backing for my picnic blanket or ....oh, the possiblities...
I started cutting for Thursday's class
yesterday. I believe we have a full class
so if you miss this one get ready to signup
for the next class starting late June or early

The pretty floral, dots, plaid and spring green is for the July Quilt Club Coin Quilt.

I can hardly wait to get it started!

do you love me?

If you love me : ) and I know you do...I have a request. Please keep the selvage scraps for me IF you are tossing them. I have a new project on my list to use them. Or ask me what I am doing with them- you may want to keep them for yourself.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flower Garden my way...


I have been working on this project since last May. I only do it for relaxation, it is all hand stitched. I have my spin on the way it is done. I'm not much for following instructions to the
"t", I just go for the finish line. I have about 80 pieced and the white around about half of them. They are all different and made from my scraps, my mom's scraps and my bestie's
too. A few other friends and family have donated scraps also. Only about a dozen fabrics were purchased since starting the project. One piece was brought to me from New York City, a gift from my bestie. : )
Today I cut strips for the "picnic quilt" and upcoming class.
From what I am hearing the class will be full. I'm getting nnnervousssssss!

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.
~Abram L. Urban

What I am reading...
I recently joined the Mystery Book Club at our
local library.
This months theme was Gardens.
My book is Harvest of Murder A Garden Mystery
by Ann Ripley....Louise is a wife, mother and a television garden show host. I related to her because she is a "detective" in her own way. She gets caught up in a neighborhood murder and is threatened herself.
I rate it a 4 of 5.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My friend, my bestie...

This is a picture of the 2010 Kentucky Census Quilt. It is traveling around the state and will be hung in the capital. Look closely for the Casey County block made by my bestie Kaye. She has added to my love of sewing with teaching me her quilting skills.
Friends who quilt together stay together.

The thoughtful gift...

On Mother's Day I celebrated it with child #4 and her birthday party too. Picture #1.
This year child #2 brought me a thoughtful gift from California cross country over 2,000 miles. He teased me saying he was bringing me something on the back of his truck and he wasn't lying. I had picture #2 in mind.
I had hoped for picture #3, and I got the thoughtful gift in picture #4.
It is a new project for me, everyone knows my unschooling mind of self education. I am learning how to work on machines as needed. I did get it to sewing a pretty nice stitch. Now I am trying to get the bobbin winder going. : )
The quote from the heading of this blog is fitting... don't cha think?
"Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!"

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I added to my stash today : )
It is a feeling of pride : )
I will be using the red, white and blue for the
class I am teaching this coming week.
The project is a Rail Fence Picnic Quilt.
I want to make mine reversible with one side
for the 4th of July picnic and the other ? maybe
with watermelons of pink, green and black.
I already had the watermelon fabric in my stash.
I also have recycled denim with the pockets in mind too.
What to do, what to do? Oh, the possibilites!!!!!!!!!!
Pictures later as I progress.

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Story...

The reason I love quilts is because I know there is a story behind the quilt.
Old and tattered with love and service.
Quilts are like a journal or a blog itself. An unspoken or an unwritten story.
I want a story to go with my quilts.
I feel old and tattered. Does that mean I have have shown love and service?
I am organizing a Quilt Club with Mrs. Cat at the local library and will be teaching classes soon.
I am really excited to do this.
Maybe I have a story. Or will one day.

The quilt in this picture was made by my great grandmother "Mom Grant" in the 1930 or 40's. It is called "feathered star" I think. My mind wanders with the story it has and will have...and of course the stories the quilts I am making will have.