Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quilted Pin Cushions

Thank you Crazy Mom Quilts for the tutorial on how to make these little quilted pin cushions.



They really are fun to make.  I was trying to think of a small 'quilt' themed gift and I think this will be perfect.  I made a couple more but ran out of crushed walnut shells. Off to Amazon.com to see if I can find more.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Woo-hoo! Published!

I received this in the mail today!  This issue will be for sale on May 31st.  It is so exciting to have a quilt published.


I was pretty busy a few months ago. And now, I can start showing you a little more of what I've been working on.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Back to Quilting

Got the big one finished and on the machine.  I am using the Marmalade pantograph.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Taking a little break from quilting today. Enjoy our vacation pictures.

We are ending our week long adventure in Jackson Hole, WY and Yellowstone.  Mid May is a good time to come because there are no crowds.  That also means that lots of activities are not open yet, as well as some of the lodges and park roads, but that is fine with us.  Usually we just eat, drive around looking for wildlife, and take goofy pictures of each other.  Our first day here it spitted snow.

We saw a lot of these scruffy goats in the wildlife refuge in Jackson.

 
The snow on the Tetons was very beautiful.


 We saw a couple of moose (mooses??) at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.  Yes, just walking around eating on the trees.



 This little guy was so cute.  He came right up to me begging.
 ..and of course we saw lots and lots of bison and elk.



 ...taking a picture of him taking a picture....
It was amazing to see all the snow still there, especially in the lower portion of Yellowstone. That is snow on the lake!




 Although there was still lots of snow, the temps were in the high 50's and low 60's our last day of touring in the park.

 Back in Jackson for our last night, I was able to get in a run.   That was pretty neat.  There is a long walking/running/biking path along the main road into Jackson which joins the Elk Refuge.


Yeah, that sign on the running path, but I didn't run into any big game.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Long Borders - how do you measure them?

Long Borders.  Seems like I always have a hard time measuring for them.  I use a retractable tape measure but today I thought of something very simple but very helpful.

I taped the end of the borders to where the wall and floor meet.  Then stretched out the borders and tape measure, and marked where I needed them to be.  The scrappy border was from 18" x 4 1/2" pieces cut from fat quarters, which was about the largest I could get.  It worked out great for my 95x104" king quilt.  I just had to cut a tad off the end.  It fit on the quilt perfectly. What other ways do you measure for borders?

Usually I stretch the quilt across my machine roller and measure horizontally in the center.  This was way too big for that. I tried to be very careful with my 1/4" seam and when squaring up the blocks so I didn't even measure the quilt, but calculated the width and length. I know I took a chance, but it worked out great.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Progress

This is what my sewing table looked like at the end of last weekend.....

This is what it looked like last night.....

Yes!  The blocks are done.  All 90 of them.  I spent some time today sewing them together.

Six rows are finished and only three more to do, plus the borders.  I think I really might get this quilt done by my goal date of May 28th.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday

Enjoyed the weather today.  It was so pretty down at the lake.



Enjoyed a little peaceful time outside today.



 
We have bird's nests in both of our ferns on the front porch. Guess the birdies need homes too.


...and after 13 years in this home we finally have some house numbers.  I used my drill.  Kind of practicing for the big bed project.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sewing Saturday

Today was a great day to sew.  I did my longish run last night so I rewarded myself by sewing most of the day.  Well, that and a pedicure.  70 of 90 blocks finished. I think I could make these blocks in my sleep now....



I've got all the black and white prepped for the remaining blocks.


Yep, a lot of black and white in this quilt.  Hence, the name White Nights.


Pretty toes for our anniversary date night.

Today was our anniversary so we went to the Cumberland State Park restaurant. It was so good!  
Here is a pic of me and my goober husband.  We are such homebodies.  We got there when it opened at 4pm, (there were about 20 people waiting to get in!), then took the long scenic way home. Nice quiet anniversary.

And a pic from last night's run.  I love doing my longer runs on Friday evenings after the sun goes down.  It was still hot last night, and there was a lot of Friday night traffic on the road that runs by the lake, but I don't mind.


....and another highlight of the day -- I got to FaceTime with my favorite little girl.  Love. 'Nuff said.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Busy Saturday

After my run last night, I went back to a patch of wild honeysuckle I saw and picked 4 cups of blossoms.


This morning I made honeysuckle syrup.  Pretty simple really.  I steeped them in water over night, brought them to a boil this morning, strained them, and added honey.  Put them up in 1/2 pint canning jars.



I tried some in tea and it was pretty tasty.  The honey is prominent, but you can still taste the honeysuckle.  I wonder if using sugar would allow the honeysuckle flavor to be more prominent. Although I must admit it did taste somewhat like drinking pollen.  The hubby gagged.  And yes, I googled "ingesting bee pollen" to be sure we would live.  Seriously, bee pollen is supposed to be great for all kinds of health issues.  I think the hubby would rather take his chances without it.

Then, I decided to dye some jeans.  What do you do when your favorite jeans are faded and worn looking.  You dye them!

      

I think they turned out ok.  Definitely not the typical dark denim blue, but an improvement.  I just wish I had taken a before picture.


Next I worked on my mega quilt. 45 of 90 blocks done, yippee!  I finished the quilting and binding on the smaller version that is now hung over our tub.


I cut the batting and backing a little close.  A little too close actually and had to trim off some of the border.  All in all, a good productive day.    How about yours?  any sewing today?