Saturday, August 28, 2010

One Finished, Two to Go

I finished this little boy quilt and it has gone to the grandparents who ordered it for their grandson who is having a birthday on September 5th.  I am so glad they like it! 

I do so like these prints.  I found a seller on ebay who has great deals on these 1930's reproduction fabrics.  I have bought a lot.......
What can I say?  They make me happy!  Oh, and Susan, they have the Civil War reproduction fabrics, too.  Just in case you need  some.

I got both of the other little boy quilts made into quilt sandwiches and started quilting one of them last night.  By the time I stopped (around three this morning) I was about two-thirds of the way through with the quilting.  I was on a roll!

It's still way too hot here to be outside much except very early and very late.  But that does mean there's more time for sewing!

And there still are some pretty things to see when I do go outside.

Hope you're having a totally wonderful day!!!

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hot and Tired

I think that would describe not only my poor flowers and plants, but me, too, a bit.  The heat and humidity really sap your strength.  I also lost some outside time fighting allergy/sinus/coughing/whatever for almost a month!  So glad to be over that. 

I was blessed last week with a LOT of fabric.  This fabric had been donated to a resale shop.  Believe it or not, they did not want it.  Long story short, it was given to me.  It had been stored, so it all had to be washed.

And ironed.  Can I just say that my stash has grown enormously!

I'm still working on quilting this little boy's quilt.  Almost done.  I'm hoping to finish it tonight.

I have several of these banana peppers still in the garden.  Unfortunately, that is all that's left.

This wild looking mess (due to my lack of yard work the last month) is a group of four o'clocks.  They are the sweetest little flowers, readily self-seeding, and they bloom in the afternoon (hence the name).  Their fragrance is heavenly.

There is always something pretty, if you look.

Hope there's plenty pretty where you are!

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, August 16, 2010

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Quilt.....

I know.  I was working on two little boy quilts, and now here I am finishing up a little girl quilt.

What can I say?  I have no excuse.  I just moved over and started a new quilt without finishing any of the ones in process already.  Bad!!!

In my defense, though, Mr. Cutie Pie is stopping by his sister's place tomorrow to pick up some fabric she has for me.  (Yippee!!)  And this little quilt is for her brand new GREAT-granddaughter.  So, that's a pretty good excuse, huh?

And is this not the sweetest little gardener you've seen in a while?  Her name is Sherbet, in a design by Barbara Leonard for Red Rooster Fabrics. 

Here's a little closer look at the front.  I've had these fabrics for several years, and this seemed the perfect time to put them to use.

I think I'd better close up shop here and get to bed!

Hope your day is going beautifully.

Hugs and kissses,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Assembly Line

Out of the midst of chaos, comes at least some kind of order.  (Hopefully, though blogger is about to make me pull my hair out.)I've been working on the double hourglass blocks.  I have two little boys in mind, so I think there will be enough blocks for two quilts that are pretty well identical.

There's just something so satisfying about seeing those stacks of blocks, sewn together and ready for the next step.

Unless, of course, you get in a little too big a hurry and do this.

Fortunately, that's what seam rippers do. 

And here, next to my handy-dandy seam ripper is something I discovered.  A watering can with the long spout makes a wonderful steam iron filler-upper.  Much less mess.

I've been trimming the completed squares.  (After I convinced Chloe to move.)

I really like these blocks.  And the 1930's reproduction children's prints just make me smile.  I was up so late (early this morning, actually) pressing these blocks and I was just smiling.  Either I was punchy or they're really pretty.

Is it just me?  No.  They're happy-makers!
Bruno had to take a nap.  It's hard work protecting Mom all night long!

Hope you day has been wonderful!!!!

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Little Boy

My little boy had a birthday yesterday.  He is now 41 years old.  Unbelievable.  I can hardly believe I'M 41 years old!  Anyway, I wanted to make a special quilt for him.  He would not give me any quidelines, so I just did what I wanted. :)

I'm happy with it.  I just hope he is.  We're having some birthday cake and ice cream here later today, and I'll find out then.

I included some of his favorite things - the sea and fishing and boats.

Lighthouses, and how do you like those guitars?  My son plays in a band when he's not working at his grown-up job.

Dad made this shark-y coat rack for him.  I think it's AWESOME!!!  I know  he'll like it.

Family is so important to me.  Maybe because I did not have the greatest childhood in the world, I really wanted our children to have a homelife they would look back on with pleasure.  Home, to me, seems to be the place in the world where you should always feel safe and loved.

I hope you're feeling that way right now!

Hugs and kisses,

Edited to add:  He loved the quilt and the coat rack! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lazy Day

Yesterday, I had finished making the blocks for the new quilt and started laying it out on the dining room table.
At least I thought I was through making blocks. I discovered that I needed a few more, but I got those done pretty quickly.

Chloe is of the decided opinion that no quilt can be completed in any stage without her approval. I have the feeling that she was not altogether satisfied with my layout, because when I came back into the room later, she had completely rearranged it. Oh, brother!

Jack is totally uninterested.
Today I'll try to get the top sewn together. I'm still not back to normal (whatever that is). I will be so glad when I am over all this coughing.
Have a great day!
Hugs and kisses,