Wednesday, January 18, 2017

my lazy day

I had the laziest, most laid back day
I've had 
in a very long time.

I spent the bulk of the day 
lounging in bed,
with a heating pad wrapped around my stupid elbow,
visiting all but about a dozen or so
 finish-it-Friday links.

I did make a quilt back,
but that merely consisted of sewing a single seam
along perfectly matched up and Elmer's glued fabric,
then pressing the whole thing
before folding it in half, then thirds,
and hanging it on the hanger with the top.

I did 3 loads of laundry.

I made buffalo chicken dip for a snack
so nobody would die from hunger
3/4 of the way through the day.

I printed off an 8.5 x 11 picture of the quilt,
along with a couple of single blocks,
which the girls laminated for me,
so I could draw / doodle quilting ideas.

I also made dinner,
crispy thighs, pan roasted broccoli & spiraled chayote, and rice
and helped Tyler with the dinner dishes.

Besides that - I did nothing!

It was so nice 😊

Friday, January 13, 2017

swoony stars for a Star

Can I just say - I love this quilt (top)!!

Love it!!

It turned out even better than I imagined,
due, of course,

Even though there were no new skills in this quilt,
I feel like I really mastered a consistent 1/4 in seam
on this baby
(though there are still a few not *quite* pointy points...)
 I cut fabric in eighths of an inch
which is something I never thought I'd do.

Of course,
I never really thought I'd sew 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch flying geese either...

Most fabrics were chosen primarily for color,
(as a reminder, 
my 'color story' fabric for this quilt was 
Budquette in Nightfall from Art Gallery's Emmy Grace collection)

though some were chosen especially for Jordan.
and here are a few more:

Jordan loves to read,
so I used lots of text prints.
Normally I love Lecien fabrics,
but I'm not as crazy about their text prints.
The looser weave makes the letters not line up real nicely
even with tons of starch.

She also likes to camp

and travel

and she loves animals

big cities

this is the fabric that Sally gave me

and music.

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I actually bought that fabric for the treble clef,
but ended up sprinkling other bits here and there,
because they were so perfect

 I added because Jordan is a really great friend,
so the girls playing together
made me think of her.

Jordan got engaged
during the making of the quilt,
so it seemed fitting to give that momentous occasion
 a little nod,
so I made a little teardrop diamond.

I'm not totally crazy about it,
so instead of using it as the center of a star,
I stuck it in a filler spot.

A friend had suggested I replace the surrounding fabric
with something with more contrast.
I'm sure that would have looked nicer,
but I stuck with my original plan,
because I thought the fabric I chose was opal-ish,
and she got engaged in October....
(opal is October's stone) 
Silly; I know. 

These fabrics don't look like much,
but they're actually pretty special.

I needed something to fill a 2x10 space,
and I didn't want to use just a strip of fabric.
I also didn't want to make 5 2" stars ;-)
but I really couldn't think of another option,
so as I worked on filling all the other holes,
I prayed that I'd come up with the perfect solution for that one.

I remembered that I had a pile of pre-sewn 
red and white HSTs
that I didn't end up using in Any Which Way.

My 'reds' ranged from pink to orange,
so I thought I just *might* find something that'd work.

And wouldn't you know it - I did!

But then I heard my husband's voice,
reminding me to give the quilt what it deserved;
not to skimp or compromise.
I wondered briefly if I was.

But I knew that I wasn't.

You see,
Jordan was here with her dad that day.

Jordan was excited about
and interested in my current project that day, too.

That project - was Any Which Way.

So it was absolutely perfect
that I use a piece that was originally intended for that quilt,
in Jordan's.

This one makes me smile.

I'd ordered the ballerina girls when I found it on sale last Spring,
not knowing if Jordan had ever done ballet or not.
I figured I could use it for another quilt if she hadn't...

When I started pulling fabric for the quilt,
I texted her mom and asked.
She told me that when Jordan was little
she'd signed her up,
but when she took her to class
Jordan would just stand there (or cry).
Then she told her momma that she didn't 
need to learn how to dance;
she already knew how!

So I had to add some,
for the little girl who has always known how to dance,
and the beautiful young woman she became
who has more charm and grace
than just about anybody I know.

I wish I could send this one off to Carole to quilt.
I'm a little afraid I'm going to ruin it...
I'll just have to take it super slow.
Good thing I'm ahead of schedule :-)

linking up with crazy AmandaJean

Thursday, January 12, 2017

what's up, Pussycat?

How on earth are we over 1/3 of the way through January?!


I am *this* close to a quilt top!!

Last Wednesday, 
I took over the dining room for a day
(that was the plan. I am such a jokester)

I pulled the table out
(at an angle, so we could still get in and out of the room)
so I could hang batting on the wall
and sent kids to bring in the scaffold bench things
from the house.
(so much handier than chairs!)

I got all of my stars and swoons arranged

And added in strips and chunks of fabric,
and decided I needed another 31 stars
(6  4 inch stars, and 25 3 inchers)

that 'stained glass' was sure pretty to wake up to :-)
I immediately ordered a 3/4 x 1 1/2 in flying geese Bloc Loc ruler.
No way 
was I going to try for geese that small without one!
And while I waited for it to arrive,
I sewed 
and sewed.
And sewed. 
(still taking over the entire dining room.)

I spent as much time choosing fabrics
as I did cutting and sewing up the stars.

after all that deciding what fabric should go where,
I figured I best label them,
so I didn't have to re-figure out where each should go

I did my share of seam ripping, too.
it's just part of sewing for me,
and I rarely beat myself up over it anymore.

upside down. oops!

This quilt has been such a joy to work on

but even I am getting sick of the mess.
And my very patient husband noted Tuesday
that he was glad I'd have my own sewing space
in the new house,
and that I had sort of ruined the family meal table
(we've been having -  umm - 'dinner theater' every night for a week now)

what you cannot see in this picture
it the perpetual fabric mess just to the right...
The good news is,
I will return the dining room to its rightful state today!!


A few weeks ago,
my good tweezers disappeared.

After having a few 
"I'm 48 years old! 
I should be able to have my own pair of tweezers"
"A middle aged woman 
needs immediate access to tweezers at all times"
this little box showed up in the mail.
Thanks, Love.

They work just as well as my absconded with pair.
The only thing that would make them better,
was if they looked like they do on the box.
(instead they are black with polka dots.
Still very cute!)


My sister gave everyone fermented veggies for Christmas
and it was just the push I needed to make my own again.
Thanks, Ter!


The girls both got their first professional haircut yesterday.

I was hoping to learn something new 
to help me cut their hair more 'professionally'
it turns out,
I actually do a pretty good job.
Plus - at home,
they get to sit.
(Mrs. Pam isn't set up for kids,
so they stood 
while she sat as she cut, so she could be eye level.
It wasn't exactly the pampering experience I'd hoped for them.
Lexi, bless her heart, poor baby,
passed out
after having her chin tucked to her chest 
with hair in her face for 5+ minutes
while Mrs Pam cut.)
But - Mrs Pam fixed their hair after cutting,
which Momma never does....

pretty girls! Momma loves you!

Our appointments were actually scheduled for last week,
but Brandon was gone for the Passion conference,
so I had to reschedule.
Rescheduled for Friday,
and we cancelled due to SNOW.
(so yes, 
while I've had my quilting crap all over the dining room,
there was snow stuff all over the living room
and bathroom.
We had extremely low temps over the weekend,
and yesterday,
as we sat outside waiting for our appointment
it was sixty-some degrees!!

Crazy Arkansas weather!!
(But I am very happy for the reprieve from winter!)


My elbow.
Still bad,
I think I've found a treatment that is working!
I was able to pick up an empty coffee cup without pain this morning.
More to come on that in a few days.

I've got to get back to the sewing dining room
and get those blocks put together.


One more thing!!

I joined instagram.
I'm in the 21st century now!

You can find me here.
(but you'll have to forgive any newbie faux pas)

Friday, December 30, 2016

a little rant, about a common misconception

I gotta get this one thing off my chest.

It is incorrect to assume
that because one is FAT,
they eat a lot.

We were at a dinner party a few weeks ago.
There were 4 women at my table;
2 thin, 1 average, and 1 fat.

There was all sorts of zombie apocalypse talk going on
(which I, of course didn't participate in,
as I am completely uneducated on the subject)
and one of the skinny ones,
who was sitting next to me - the fat girl,
says to the other skinny woman,
"You could be on my team,
because you wouldn't eat much."
I'm not easily offended.
And I wasn't offended,
but y'all it has bugged me.

There is a very good chance that I eat less 
than both of those skinny girls.
(and the average-sized one, too)
but because of my size,
the assumption persists
that I,
and other people who carry excess fat on their bodies,
eat a lot.

And that is simply
(maybe even, often)

Rant over.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

bring. it. on.

I just realized
that for the first time in years,
I am not dreading 
the changing of the calendar.

I don't really have time to dwell on why that might be,
I'll just be grateful for it,
and move on.

As we move forward though, 
I want to take one last stroll through 2016.

It was a pretty busy year,
and chock full of learning new things.

Lily still does a lot of hand sewing,
but I think Lex' will do whatever it takes
to not have to sew by hand again.

Brandon learned how to lay block for a foundation.

And how to build  stairs.

We learned how to make a gorgeous cedar ceiling.

And how to pour a concrete pad.

We learned all about plumbing.

And wiring.

Yes. I know. There is not actually any wiring in this picture.... ;-)
That is because there are a million steps to everything.

Brandon's 'official learning' culminated in his high school graduation.
(and y'all - he made straight A's his first semester of college!
Even in Calculus!!)

I learned how to do mock trapunto 

And how to take fabric that is totally not 'me'
(and oh - I learned how to quilt feathers, too)

Lexi learned how to make a whole quilt,
from start to finish.

(and Lex' and Jeremiah learned how to play the ukulele,
and Josiah is just now learning how to play some kind of drum.) 
And I learned that I still do not like to paper piece!

And how to install doors.

And I learned that I can make a quilt pretty darn fast

Although - there is always room for growth in that area.

Here's to growing and learning and loving
in 2017.