Wednesday, July 23, 2014

artist at work

I always find forgotten pictures when I upload some from my camera. These are some from a week ago.

She had help with the unicorn.
So glad they invented these window markers!

Friday, July 18, 2014

one step closer

My goal for the current quilt is to be FINISHED by the end of next week, and for that to happen, I needed to finish the blocks and get the top sewn together this week.

I have the blocks done and hope to sew those rows together tonight and tomorrow.

We have had VBS every evening this week, which meant for me helping lots of kids make sand pendants. Like this kid of mine, who made at least four of them.

I also saw an awesome sale this week on photobooks so spent a lot of time going through my trip pictures and laying out the album. I still think I was going to do one more post about that trip, but really can't remember what about and it was a MONTH ago. Plus, I have some quilting to do! Look for a quilt finish next week.

Friday, July 11, 2014

a mini quilt and bits of more

I finished the stack of pink blocks for the next quilt and have started cutting the fabric for the coral set. This set went a bit more smoothly as I worked out how to move through the fabric, basically doing all the blocks at one time so I can even out how I use the fabrics. Much less ripping apart this time!

After I finished up the blue set and was cleaning up a bit, I found some quilt blocks leftover from the Blue Lagoon quilt. It seemed like I could easily make a little quilt with these--so I did!

It is 20" square, so it could be used as a doll quilt or a mini quilt wallhanging. Or whatever. I've added it to the Etsy site. It was good to have a finish--working in a little one in the middle of this larger log cabin quilt.

I also added the Nicey Jane flower garden quilt to Etsy. Several of the older quilts are still on sale through the end of the month so take a look and start Christmas shopping now!

Several quilting blogs and magazine have focused on using up scraps lately, so while I was doing that clean up I also pulled out a bit more. I found some to do a mini value quilt.

The bottom part is just laid out. The top two rows have been sewn, so that will be the finished width. I think it is supposed to be 20" square also. I haven't decided if I will hang it in my office, my house, or list it. Since I'm working on it in bits as I work on the other blocks, I will have PLENTY of time to decide.

AND I pulled some fabrics that are not usually colors I naturally use. Some were gifts and some were one ones I found at one point for other quilts.

The picture is a bit off.
Anyway, I chopped them up into 5" squares and will eventually put them in a quilt, alternating these fabrics with cream solid squares. Eventually. Those are fall colors and I'm thinking it will be fall by then. I think it will be quite lovely. I hope.

That was definitely enough quilt work for one week. I'll try to stay focused on the log cabin now or I'll drive myself crazy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

mom birthdays

The past two weekends we got to spend time with our extended family celebrating the birthdays of my mother-in-law and mom.

The weather was cool for my mother-in-law's birthday, so in between World Cup matches, we spent some art time outside.

Baron just sniffed around. Maybe we should have put paint on his nose like they do with some of the animals at the zoo--and don't tell my children I said that or they will try it!

The next weekend, my mom asked for a 4th of July cookout. We also watched World Cup matches that day, and this:
I couldn't really watch it. That whole dunking the hot dogs in water and the grimaces on their faces was a bit much. 
I didn't eat a hot dog at our cookout either.

birthday cake and homemade ice cream

resting a full belly

At least he has moved past the "hide your face" mode and just makes funny faces.

We have about one more month, and then two more birthdays, my dad and my daughter. They kinda get to share, so it looks like my dad might get a birthday party at Skate Land!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

the June finish-- {the quilt I still haven't named}

I finished it last night!

It used two charm packs of the Nicey Jane, plus a bit extra of one of those fabrics to have enough of the 2 1/2" squares. The white is Kona White, and the scrappy binding using some from the backing and a fat quarter of Lottie Dot from Lottie Da (also from Heather Bailey).

I quilted it by stitching it a quarter inch on each side of the seams of the blocks.

The back is: Church Flowers (Heather Bailey), a basic pink polka dot, another print from the Nicey Jane, an Amy Butler Tumble Rose piece, and then that last white one. It used to be a large pillowcase, I think from Goodwill. 

I will likely end up adding this to the etsy shop, so speak up if you are interested in it.

Now I'm off to enjoy summer and a day off. It should involve eating some of these, and any other fresh from the garden veggies I can find. I LOVE summer fruits and veggies. We had some fresh corn my brought over with dinner--yes, I missed a lot of pictures with the shucking and all. Freezer bags full of corn just wouldn't be the best. But here's these:

Friday, June 27, 2014

nearly done

This week I noticed I hadn't finished a quilt since April. I had been working on one, but with the end of school and a trip to Istanbul, it was still in pieces. Too bad I couldn't take the sewing machine on the airplane! Since I got home, I have started on a commissioned quilt and really need the wall space for those blocks, so I may have a quilt finish for June!

When I downloaded the quilt top pics, I found the pictures from last week's wedding.
Not theirs!
These two:
They had a civil wedding years ago but wanted to have one recognized by their church. They got to renew their vows and celebrate their marriage with family and friends. And I was reminded that my Spanish classes were a LONG, LONG time ago.

Now on the to quilt top. I don't have a name for it yet. Maybe while I am quilting it Sunday or Monday I will be inspired.
I noticed one day that I had several of the Heather Bailey Nicey Jane line that I had picked up at random times. I looked online at the rest of it and ended up buying some charm packs before it was all gone. The quilt pattern was based off of this one by Red Pepper Quilts. I added some more blocks so it would be square.

I have one white square rotated the wrong direction there on the next to last row. Thankfully I have been reading The Nester's book, so I can tell myself  "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

These are the blocks I have finished for the next quilt.
Not quite enough of them. It will be this quilt from the cover of the latest Quilt Sampler magazine, with this blue, plus green/aqua, coral, and magenta. It should go pretty fast once I have this other quilt out of the way, and I'm thinking the change in colors will keep me from getting bored (it has a LOT of blocks).

Looking forward to some more quilt finishes after this long break! 
And maybe, if I remember, when I take the next group of pictures, I will take some of the fabric I bought in Istanbul, and not at the Ikea there, although I tried.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


We had Friday free this week. Well, mostly, after we helped with a 9 a.m. bike pickup with the bike crew. We finished there, then had to make a surprise trip back to the house to drop off the toad they found. Then on to our plans.

I had found a Turkish restaurant in the area, so we headed there first. I wanted them to get to try some Turkish food (and hoped it tasted "right"). I actually recognized some of the Istanbul locations displayed on the walls.

He tried the lamb shish kabab and loved it. After we ordered I discovered the lunch menu on the back, which probably would've had smaller portions (and cheaper prices). I had the Iskender and got a cheese pide (basically a cheese pizza) for my daughter.  It was pretty good, better than I expected really.  I even had tea when I was done. I still really don't like it but it seemed like that's what I was SUPPOSED to do when I finished.

From there we stopped at a nearby Meditteranean grocery store then headed on to Martin Park.

We watched the turtles out front for a bit then headed into the nature center.

We hiked a bit and found the creek. 

While they wandered around, I did a sketch and played to paint it with my traveling watercolor set, but realized I had forgotten it at home.
We hiked the rest of the trail then made it back to the nature center.

The guide was there this time and after talking to him a bit, we found out the kids could help him feed the animals.

Now they want meal worms to feed the toad they found and brought home. I keep telling them (as the guide did) that they need to make a home for it in the garden and they won't have to find ANY bugs for it. I think I will be making that toad flowerpot house he mentioned SOON, for the toad's sake.