Monday, November 7, 2011

I'M a Winner!!!!!!!!!

Wow, wonders never cease. I was catching up on my reading, of blogs, and low and behold, I see I actually won a give away on a blog, The Middle Sister. She has lots of stuff on her blog I'm into: rug hooking, applique, hexagons (wonder if I'll ever get my hexagon quilt done?). And following her blog, get's me traipsing off into the never never land of internet blogs from her list of blogs that inspire her. So you just go to her blog and check her stuff out and then you go visiting to the list of people that inspire her and there's just a wealth of creativity connected with that blog.

Thank you so much. And thank you to your son for picking my number.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Four Patch Pincushion

What does one do when they have lots they should do? Make a pincushion. It's not like I started another huge project that ate up the entire day and it really came under the heading of cleaning up because I used some left over pieces, that were already pieced, that I came across while looking through scraps while contemplating yet another scrap quilt. This while listening to some news show on TV where they were discussing how some municipalities are banning leaf blowers. I sure wish my town would jump on that. Of course I was listening to leaf blowers while the program was on. I don't get it, winds predicted to be 30 mph today and people are out there blowing their leafs. I'm just watching mine blow away.

So I took the four patch, lined it with some sheet sewing around the edge 1/8", found some more of the yellow fabric and cut it out the same size as the 4 patch, lined it, sewed em together leaving a small opening, turned it inside out, filled it with ground walnut shells, and then blind stitched the opening and sewed two buttons on in the center. Use a long sturdy needle for the buttons. Sewing the sheet to the pieces first and then sewing them faces together makes it so you are only dealing with the face fabrics when you slip stitch and my guess is walnut shell dust won't be coming through the fabric because it's lined and has to work through two layers.

And as for walnut shells, the prices some people charge is ridiculous. You can get walnut shells, in bags at your local pet store. They sell it for birds and lizard cages. You can get enough to do a gazillion pincushions for about $7.00. Or you can but it on Ebay or Etsy, or your local quilt shop for around $3.00 a cup. My bag had 5 quarts = 20 cups.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I have two tops finished. I just need to sandwich them and quilt em. They will be my first attempt at machine quilting. This is from the scraps from the wedding quilt. The delectable mountain blocks made in a weird fashion that makes blocks that aren't square. So this was the layout I came up with.I should probably practice on pot holders first. Will that happen? It's doubtful. If I can get these sandwiched this weekend, I'll be quilting em next week/weekend.

And I have another all cut up ready to sew. Except I have to check all my pieces before I sew because I was on heavy duty prescription pain killers when I cut it up. I did have the good sense to leave myself a note that says: "double check everything, you were on pain pills and muscle relaxers when cut out." I had forgotten about the muscle relaxers.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Boots

I'm finding I just can't stand to wear pantyhose any longer so I'm changing my wardrobe. This is the latest addition to my wardrobe. I love em. They look great with a lot of my skirts. Ariat Boots! And I see they are on sale this week, slightly $10.00 off.