Thursday, September 28, 2006

I'm Back

I'm back from the quilt show and finally getting caught up. Here's a picture of our booth when we were almost set up. The palm tree sticking up from the top isn't mine...the lady that had the booth behind us had a tiki bar set up. We had a great weekend and really enjoyed doing the show. I got home Sunday night around 8:30 and was pooped but buzzed. Up Monday morning and off to the shop to unload what we brought back. Tuesday we rearranged the shop and hung lots of new quilts. Yesterday I went to Lynda Hall's house to return the quilts she let us borrow. I had a wonderful visit with Lynda. It was great to just sit for a bit, have a cup of coffee and chat. We caught up on our kids, families and business. Hard to believe we live so close, she shops and teaches in my shop and we rarely get a chance to visit. When I got home I put together my 3 little block of the month blocks for October in the shop. They are so much fun to do. Off and running again. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Funny witch

I had a million things going on that I really should have been doing, but this was just such fun I had to do it. I had gotten this piece of witch fabric about 3 years ago from Keepsake. The catalog came and my friend Sue and I just went nuts over this fabric...had to have it...didn't have a clue what we were going to do with it....but had to have it. We each got a yard. It aged on the shelf. I was reading the postings on Jo Morton's Yahoo group one morning a couple of weeks ago and someone ( I don't remember her name :( unfortunately) posted a picture of a Halloween quilt that she had done using a cat fabric and the shoofly blocks. The lightbulb went on and I thought of the witches. When I got to the shop I showed Sue and she agreed...we had to do it. So here are my funny witches for Halloween...
This was just so fun to do. The second picture is a close-up of the witch...she's a hoot. I'm off tomorrow to Jacksonville for a big quilt show...we're vending there for the first's a big show...we have a ton of kits for quilts and wool projects...I'll check back in the beginning of the week. I just uploaded the 2nd picture and Blogger just sort of puts it where it wants, but you get the idea :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

My One Hour Quilt is DONE

I e-mailed Judy the end of last week and told her my quilt would be done this weekend and in the mail to her on Monday to quilt. Well, as before, I set a deadline and it is done. It will go in the mail in the morning. This has been a really fun project. I've had lots going on at the shop...we're getting ready for a very big quilt show this coming weekend and when I couldn't sleep I'd get up and work on this. Thanks Judy!

I Guess this means I'm spacey :)

You Are 40% Left Brained, 60% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

I'm Olive

You Are Olive Green
You are the most real of all the green shades. You're always true to yourself.For you, authenticity and honesty are very important... both in others and yourself.You are grounded and secure. It takes a lot to shake you.People see you as dependable, probably the most dependable person they know.

I'm Olive

You Are Olive Green
You are the most real of all the green shades. You're always true to yourself.For you, authenticity and honesty are very important... both in others and yourself.You are grounded and secure. It takes a lot to shake you.People see you as dependable, probably the most dependable person they know.

Monday, September 11, 2006

I'm Lagging Behind

I feel like the turtle, I am lagging so far behind...but here are my blocks to this point. I have the 5 last blocks done and all the square strip borders ready to sew on. Tonight. Then to the sashing. Some of you have been talking about the borders being your least favorite part...I think mine is the sashing and cornerstones. Once I get to the border I always feel like I'm almost done. I went upstairs this morning to sew feeling very sad...Sept 11 a day that is in all of our memories forever. Wishing everyone peace and love today.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Happy Birthday to Howie and Zack

Just had to share Howie and Zack, my two 90 pound labs, birthday cake. They turned 4 today.
I just e-mailed this picture to my son, he sent a note back immediately saying he thought I was way over the top with these dogs. I have no idea what he may be talking about :)

My Sewing Room

I thought I'd try to share a little of my sewing room this morning. When we built this house last year I got the room upstairs that was considered the bonus room...this was a huge step for me because the room I had in the old house was a small bedroom. This is a very large room and I even have a nice comfy chair.
This is truly my heaven. When I sew I can either watch the TV or I can open those shutters by my chair and look out onto a pond. Originally when we were building my stash closet was to be the closet that you see to the right of my chair. The builder called me one day and said we had a problem with the sewing room and that I needed to meet him at the house. The inspector had been there and said that the air handler had to go into that closet and not in the storage area off to the other side of the room. Before I could start crying he said, "The good news is I'm going to finish off the storage area for you if you'd like. So I ended up with a huge storage area for lots of shelves and my ironing board.
The top left picture is about 1/3 of the storage room. Blogger won't let me do any more pictures this upstairs I go to finish those blocks of the One Hour project sitting there by my machine.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Another One Off the List

I can tell it's going to be a wonderfully, productive extra day off and I'll get tons done. This quilt was made from last year's 3 Sisters fabric Maison de Noel. I'm giving it to a friend on Wednesday for her birthday and she'll have it the whole Christmas season. I finished the binding last night while watching college football with my husband, Andy. He never complains about me being upstairs sewing but he always comments on how nice it is to have me downstairs with him in the evening. I get the hint :) I try to always have hand work to do in the evening but many evenings I have to go upstairs. He just went out to the pool, it's a beautiful day here, but I think I may just have to go get to the sewing machine. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 01, 2006

A Big Thank You To Judy

I've read several of my Blogger friends daily gratitude and have started writing mine down everyday in my day planner, but today I'd like to write a Gratitude here in my blog. My Gratitude is Judy...and her one-hour project. Now, let me say I don't get to work on that project one hour every day, but since she put out that challenge I've made sure that I sew at least one hour every day (now I must admit I didn't get to on Sunday with the shower here) but every other day since then I have sewn for at least an hour a day. I am such a better person when I get to sew. Not cranky, or edgy or anything ugly. I feel energized and happy when I sew. I've been doing lots of sewing for the shop lately. We're getting ready to do a big quilt show in Jacksonville the end of this month and I've been working on samples for that. I'm loving every minute of it. I also did these cute little 6" blocks for our Block of the Month group that meets tomorrow. They are such fun...Civil War reproduction fabrics...I've been using Patti's pressing techniques that she posted a while back and my blocks ar coming out more skewed stuff going on. I also started using Niagara Spray Starch, not in an aerosol can but in a spray bottle. I love it for these little blocks. It really stabilizes them. Well, I'm pretty well caught up with shop stuff for now, so I'm going to work on my One Hour Quilt Project this weekend (we're closed Monday so I'll have an extra day) and I'll think of Judy...thank you! And Thank You to all my other new Blogger are motivation and inspiration. Have a wonderful day!