Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cut today...Ready to SEW!

It was hot today...not as hot as a lot of places but I stayed inside and cut.  I got all the blocks cut for a new project that I've been stewing on since mom passed away...I think I have it figured out and I'm really excited...but what I really want to share with you today are these cookie sheets
I found to hold my pieces...each tray is holding 4 blocks...I'm ready to start running those pieces through the machine tomorrow.  I was in the Dollar Tree yesterday because I had seen these h2o water blasters on Nedra's blog yesterday and knew I needed to get 2 of those to take with me to Birmingham on Friday.  The kids are spending lots of time playing in the sprinklers so these will add to their fun.  While I was walking around I saw these cookie sheets and decided they would be just what I needed...$1 each...I got 12 and I'm loving them.  May just have to go back and get some more...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

love...Mamie 9 Patches

Blogger wasn't being very friendly with me today....maybe we're just too water logged here...who I have 2 posts with directions...I hope you have fun doing your blocks...if you have any questions just send me an e-mail and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.  I'll be back later in the week with the putting together and border directions.  No at your own pace...this is really a tutorial in parts so use it however you want...just ENJOY!

love...Mamie 9 patches Part 1

Start with two 4 1/2" squares.

Put right sides together and stitch 1/4" seams down parallel sides of your squares.

Cut your square into 3 strips 1 1/2" wide...make sure your cuts are parallel with your stitching.  You'll end up with 2 stitched sections and 2 loose strips.

Press the seams toward the dark.

Add your 3rd'll end up with 2 blocks a light, dark, light and a dark, light, dark one.

You have 2 rail fence blocks but we have a little more to do.  Because we've pressed to the darker our seams will nest together nicely.  Pin and sew a 1/4" seam on the opposite sides of your block.

Give it a little press and we're going to cut again.

love...Mamie 9 patches Part 2

Blogger wouldn't let me do anymore pictures so I'm doing this in 2 parts.

Just like before, cut your block in 3 equal parts...1 1/2"...again you'll end up with 2 sewn sections and 2 loose sections

Press your seams toward the strip with the 2 dark squares.

You're ready to add your last strip.

Sew the last strip on to your block with a 1/4" strip.

Again,press toward the strip with the 2 darks.  So you'll have one block with seams pressed toward the center strip and one with the seams pressed away for the center strip.

YIPPEE!  2 little 9 patches that measure 3 1/2" (3" finished)

Follow the same directions for your 7 1/2" squares except you will cut them in 3 equal parts of 2 1/2" instead of 1 1/2". Your 9 patch will end up 6 1/2" (6" finished).  If you've chosen to use different size blocks than I have you just need to make sure that you make your cuts equal...the size of your square divided by 3 and you're set to go.

Have tons of fun sewing away...I can't wait to see what you're doing...ENJOY!

Monday, June 25, 2012

This, That and Some Rehab

Imagine this one...I have gone weeks without blogging and here I am twice in one day!  Shock of shocks!

Last evening after I did my post, we made a homemade pizza for dinner...we had gotten an Italian bread dough at the grocery.  Now whenever we do this, he's in charge of the dough.  Well, he got a bit carried away and thought it would be fun to try to throw it in the air like you see the pros do...silly me said "Oh wait, let me get the camera"...yes we are a little goofy here, but we do have fun!  Assessing the situation...
preparing for the throw...
up in the air!
And what made it even better was that he caught it...YIPPEE!

It's rained again, almost all day...we did have a few times of no rain and we were able to get the boys out without getting soaked...they were much happier today.  The sun even tried to peak out this morning...
well you may have to use your imagination, but this is as close to sun as we've seen in about 4 days.  We've probably gotten 7-8 inches of rain since this started and they're telling us that we're in for a bunch more before this silly storm moves on.

Back to Rehab
...again a big Thank you to Sinta...I got all caught up with the Cotton Club blocks...Month 8
Month 9
and look what arrived in today's mail.
I'm ready!
And while I was in Birmingham the first block of the new Designer BOM from the Fat Quater Shop was sure fun to do
...this is going to be a wonderful quilt!

Eye doctor appointment in the morning...maybe he'll have help for these old eyes...I'm sure I need new glasses.

love...Mamie Blocks...Fabric and Cutting

I'm going to give you the amounts for what I did in my can very easily make it bigger or smaller....just add or subtract blocks...or if you want you can change the size of your blocks...easy peasy!
The blocks in the inside of my quilt are 6" finished and I needed 72 border blocks are 3" finished and I needed 80 blocks.  To change the size of your blocks you're going to cut the size of your squares today the finished size you want plus 1 1/2" my blocks are 6" finished I'm cutting my squares 7 1/2"...we're going to use Billie Lauder's method of making these 9 patches and we'll end up with 2 from each combination we's lots of fun!  She has a great video online if you want to check it out...I just Googled Billy Lauder's 9 patch.  OK, so enough chatter from me let's get down to business...

For my size quilt (which is 68" X 74" finished)  you will need to cut..72- 7 1/2" want 36 to be dark to medium in value and 36 light to light medium in just need a bit of a you can see in mine I used the different colors in some blocks as my contrast because it's hard with 30's to get a real difference in value.
You will also need to cut 80-4 1/2" squares...40 need to be dark to medium and 40 need to be light to light medium in value.

I'll be back Wednesday to sew these blocks together!  Have fun!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

All on a Very Rainy Day

Got up this morning at my normal 5:30...looked out the window and it was already 6:30 when it was time to walk the boys it was raining a bit harder...we all know the boys don't like the rain, so they were quite unhappy...out to potty and back exercise walk today...just the necessitates.

It hasn't stopped raining all thinking I probably needed a little couch time, I decided to hand stitch down the binding on my Lil' Neighborhood Schnibble from several months ago.  I saw several bloggers talking about these Clover Wonder Clips,
so since I'm a binding clip lover I thought I'd give them a whirl...
now you know, I've told you I'm not a real gadget old binding clips did the job just fine...but I gotta tell you...I LOVE these!  They stay on, they don't pop off if you move the quilt around too clips down in the couch this time.  They hold the binding nice a tight...did I say I LOVE them?  I'll be getting some more of these "Wonderful" clips!

As I got up off the couch to get another glass of water, I happened to look out the window and look who was standing on top of the house behind us.
  I think he had a perfect view of the pond...I'll bet he had a good lunch today.  Andy looked out and thought they had added a weathervane
to the top of their house...oh that man makes me laugh!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I'm Stepping Out...

Happy Saturday...I'm finally rested and am back on a schedule again...and the boys are so happy!  Mom's back...YIPPEE!  As you can see from the picture, Howie's not getting too far away...Zack is actually right there too, but just out of the camera frame.

I'm sharing a bit of me today that I've only shared with some very close friends over the past several years...I've decided now that I'm happily that a woman of age our what...that it's time to get going with a dream that I've had for years.  A bit of background...when I had the shop I did patterns for kits and for special events, but there was someone that always insisted on "doing the math" for the far as she was concerned I never was very good at that.  As a shop owner I was always busy and just let her take care of that...well, I guess somewhere along the line I started to believe that I just couldn't do that.  After I retired, several people said that I really should start doing patterns...I politely thanked them for their confidence but I really didn't think I could do that...Hmmmmm...move forward a couple of years, I did a quilt along with Darlene over at Quilting Daze and thought it was so much fun...I was even able to double check the math.  Then a year or so later Kelly from Cotton Charm Quilts asked me to do a quilt along with her...she was going to do a small version and I did a large version...I did the math!  Got me thinking that maybe there was hope.  So now I'm ready to jump in and give it a whirl...I'm going to start out with a quilt that I had so much fun doing's really easy, even with its lots of pieces. It's called "love...mamie" (sorry for the not so good is so dark and grey here today, lots of rain on the's really cheery, all 30's fabrics) I'm going to do a tutorial on it beginning next week if there's interest...just let me know if you'd like to do it.  This is step one for me...this is my year to go for it!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Where's Carol Been??????

We'll give you a hint...or a few hints...

Dance class....Camden's in the turquoise

Swimming lessons

Playing with this sweetie and kissing those cheeks

She's been in Birmingham with the kids and got back last night...and she seems to be pooped...she says she'll be back to her old self by tomorrow.  We're sure hoping so because we're bored...

Howie and Zack

Monday, June 04, 2012

Sheer Delight

I just had to share this picture today...Katie took Camden to get her ballet shoes for dance class...can you believe the happiness on her face.  She is sooooooooo excited about her dance class.  Can't wait to share this with her!

Sunday, June 03, 2012


Everyone keeps saying it's I guess I have to believe it...WOW!  May was a busy month...2 trips to Birmingham for me and not a whole lot of sewing.  I had a blast with the kids and am heading back Saturday for another week...Katie's teaching Bible School so I'm going to watch Peyton for her and then we'll be doing swimming lessons and dance's going to be a busy week...I have my running shoes.  Can't wait!

I did manage to get my Designer BOM finished and I LOVE it...
...this is my Rehab entry for this week...thanks Sinta, you were my motivation to get this done...I needed it done before the new BOM starts and YIPPEE!  it's's too big for my quilt holder to hold it up so we laid it out in the foyer for I could go upstairs, lean over the railing and take a picture.  It really does lay nice and flat, but there's a rug there by the front door, I probably should have picked it up before I put the quilt top was getting stuck on the rug and we didn't want to pull on it too please forgive the it's off to the quilter with this one...bring on the new one!