Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Tonight, I'm planning on quilting my way in to the new year!  We're not really party peeps in this house...we took a long nap and we may even have to set an alarm (and the Tivo) just in case we fall asleep before the big countdown!  I'm hoping that if I keep myself busy by sewing all night, I'll be bright and alert all the way to 2012.  But for those of you who are planning to live it up tonight, I would like to share a few words of wisdom from my college work study supervisor (she was awesome!):

Be good.  
And if you can't be good, be safe.  
And if you can't be safe, name it after me!
 Happy New Year everyone!! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dear Quilts,

I've missed making you.  Thanks for the speed date last week!
Love,
Shannon
 This is the other Christmas present I made!  We went to NYC last weekend.  I was trying to decide between Purl Soho and The City Quilter when the hubs suggested we go to both.  (I seriously have the best husband on the planet!  If you try to argue with me, you might be the recipient of a donkey kick.  Just sayin'.   He even helped me pick colors and carried the bolts of fabric around the stores for me!)  

I used Crazy Mom's tutorial - super fast, super easy!  You should definitely check it out!  I was in such a hurry to get started on the quilt that I didn't get pics of each fabric, so I hope this little mosaic thingy will do:  
1. Bear Essentials 2. Bear Essentials 3. Weekends (Go By Bike) 
4. Weekends (Hopscotch) 5. Kona (white) 6. Kona (cerise) 
7. Bright Lights Big City (wire print) 8. Cotton Couture (petal) 9. Habitat (dandelion)

I used the grey-ish one in the bottom right corner for the backing.   I got about 3 yards on sale...on two different occasions.
You can't really see it, but I finally used a scrappy binding!  I always love them when I see them (plus I didn't buy enough of anything to use a single fabric for the whole binding!) - I'm so glad I went for it!  For the quilting I just used my walking foot as a guide and stitched on either side of each seam...plus one "invisible" zigzag on the top.  I finished this one in record time too: started on Sunday, finished on Friday, and out of the dryer with only an hour to spare before we left for the airport!  

Final stats
Size: 40-something" x 50-something"
Fabrics: 100% cotton, listed above
Batting: 50% bamboo, 50% organic cotton
Piecing Thread: Aurifil white
Quilting Thread: King Tut, white 
Recipient: one super-cute, brand new baby named Greta!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day to all...

...and to all a good night!

I really wanted to write a Merry Christmas post.  I even planned ahead, took lots of pictures....and then we forgot the thingamabob that transfers pictures from the camera to the iPad....oops!  So Happy Boxing Day peeps!

I didn't really do a lot of holiday crafting...to say that I wasn't prepared for Christmas would be a gross understatement.  (Heck, we didn't even put ornaments on our Christmas tree...just lights!)  I did manage to eek out a couple of gifts though.  First, I made these little dolls for my nieces.
I used the pattern from last year's Fat Quarterly Holiday Special.  I LOVE these little cuties!!  I have one blond niece and one brunette (turning blond as I type though) so I made an Evie doll (blond) and a Kat doll (brunette)!  I started them during a play date at Audrie's house.  (On a side note, it seems that no matter what we try to do together, we spend about 90% of the time chatting and 10% doing whatever we set out to do...it's especially hard to focus at Audrie's house too...so many sewing goodies and yummy quilts to look at!!  Plus I'm really easily distracted!)  Anyway, I wanted to make the dolls look a bit like my nieces - they have my skin tone - pasty, Stay-Puft-marshmallow-man pale!  Thanks to Audrie and her stash, I got some nice creamy felt for the skin.  (I did find something on my own, but they would have looked more like Mediterranean Sun Goddesses than pale little Polish girls!) 
 My mom delivered them yesterday.  I'm sure they'll be invited to a tea party soon! 

I'll save my second Christmas craft for later in the week.  It's getting late and I need to stop typing and eat ice cream!  (Hey, I have my priorities!)  I hope everyone had a great Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hey girl...

So today sucked the big wahooky!  Actually, work was fine, but then Banana Republic got me all fired up.  And not in a good way.  (FYI, all I wanted to do was exchange a pair of pants for the EXACT SAME pair of pants in a different size...BR tells me this can't be done without some serious documentation and a million week waiting period for the post office to deliver my store credit...I left customer feedback...I'll probably have to call back tomorrow and leave more feedback...) 

ANYWAY, what turned it all around was this post from my homeboy!  I read it this morning while I ate breakfast...oatmeal almost came out of my nose!  Then after the whole BR madness, I read it again and I can't stop laughing!  It turned my frown upside down!  And be sure to check out the site Quilt Dad referenced...Handmade Ryan Gosling.  Awesome!

(Oh, and in between work and Christmas stuff and the dogs and family visits and errands and weekend trips to NYC, I have actually managed to be a tiny bit crafty....I'll be good and post quilty pictures again soon!)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hello, my name is Quilt...

...and I am an addict.



I had to put it all on a dinner tray to carry it outside...
Highlights include my goodies from the Lucy and Norman destash (top 4 pics), Organic Soul Blossoms, Little Apples, Heath in 5 colors, Heirloom (by my BF Joel Dewberry), a bunch of Denyse Schmidt from Joann Fabric (yeah, that's on top of my sample sale spoils), random FQs that I HAD to have...and all the reds I've been collecting for my Single Girl (I have 33, I probably only bought 25 of them for this project though...that doesn't mean I have a problem, does it?)...and a bunch of Shades of Grey...   Oh, and some Outfoxed.  Those are just the highlights...and I keep finding more...  I'm trying to control myself but I don't know how long I can go without a fix...  Do they have support groups for this? 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Best day of shopping. Ever.

On Saturday, Audrie and I went to the Denyse Schmidt sample sale!!  What the what!?!  Yep, you read that correctly...the Denyse Schmidt SAMPLE SALE!!  Everything about it was amazing!  The quilt, the fabric, the deals!...  I even talked to DS herself!  I tried to play it cool, but I'm 99.9% sure I acted like an inappropriately flirty teenage girl...I wouldn't be surprised to find out that I had been twirling my hair and giggling and blushing.  Whatever.  I blame her for being so amazing.  You should hop on over to Audrie's blog immediately to check out her pictures!  She immortalized our day in photos.  (I'm probably going to print them out and keep them with me at all times.)  Plus she's awesome.  Go now!

I did not take any pictures while we were there.  I was too busy grabbing everything I could get my hands on...it was like I was on Supermarket Sweep.  Come to think of it, a shopping cart would have really come in handy!  Anyway, I got some delicious presents for myself! 
 Single Girl quilt, queen size, $75 (Don't be jealous!  Ok, I take that back.  Just go ahead and be jealous if you want to!)
 Spool quilt, twin size, $75
Fat quarter bundles of Daisy Mae and Sugar Creek  (WHAT!?!  Do you know how long it would take me to get all of these with Joann coupons?)

I also got 1 small scrap bag and 3 large scrap bags of solids, which will be perfect for my improv project!...oh wait, did I forget to mention that I'm taking Denyse's Improv Patchwork workshop in February?  THAT'S RIGHT!  Audrie asked if I wanted to go with her...I immediately signed up and started a countdown. (T-minus 95 days and counting.)  I got so much stuff that my arms were sore for two days...it felt like I had been pumpin' iron (if you've ever seen my chicken arms, you know how hilarious that would be!)...but I was really just carrying fabric and quilts around the studio...is it sad that I'm so out of shape? or awesome that I found so much stuff to buy?  I'm going with awesome!

We also had cupcakes for lunch at Toppings and stopped at IKEA for fabric and hot dogs.  Don't judge!

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go roll around in my giant pile of goodies!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bzzzz!!!

{That's the sound of Bee Blocks being born!} 
November is my month for do. Good Stitches.  (I'm so excited!!) I decided on the Garden Fence block from Hyacinth Designs.  I've seen a few of these quilts floating around Flickr and Blogland and I'm kind of obsessed with them!  I have also been dying (dying, I tell you!) to make a quilt using ye olde aqua/turquoise/orange/gray scheme - so BAM!  my bee block came together!  Instead of the white we're using Kona Ash for the borders and connecting bits.  I already got my first 4 blocks in the mail (I'm not saying for sure, but I may have spotted the envelope, dropped my lunch bag like a hot potato, and thrown the blocks on my design wall within 9 seconds of coming home that day!) and I just saw more lovelies pop up in the Flickr Group!!!  I love 'em, I love 'em, I love 'em!!!

I made 4 blocks of my own over the weekend
Clearly the color is a little off...that's actually Ash in all of them...not periwinkle, damnit!!

I might need to make more to finish off the quilt top (I hope I do...I love making them!) - these blocks were so easy peasy that I wanted to make a TON  (yep, 2,000 pounds of quilt blocks!...or 907 kg for my EuroPeeps!) - but I'm going to be good and wait until the end so I know what colors to use.  It's really hard for me to be good though!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I’d like to thank the Academy


Well, the person I really need to thank is Jenny.  She bestowed upon me the Versatile Blogger Award!!
EEEEEKKKK!  I’m so excited!!! (She actually gave it to me about 2 weeks ago!  Yikes!  Where does the time go?) Ok, so here’s how it works.  First, I tell you 7 things about myself.  

1.     In the privacy of my own car (and sometimes in the presence of my poor, tortured husband) I have the singing voice of Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige combined.  COMBINED!  I have the attitude too, complete with the head weaving.  My signature song is “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” (the Elton John-Mary J. duet, of course) – I bring the house down every time.  In reality, there’s a slim possibility that I sound like a drowning cat.
2.     Our wedding song  (the one for our first dance) was “All I Ever Need Is You” by Kenny Rogers.  I love it!  We routinely blast it in the car.  We do not turn the volume down at stoplights.  We might be the only people on the planet who blast Kenny Rogers.
3.     I can write backwards.  I taught myself to do it at work so I wouldn’t mix up samples.
4.     I’m addicted to crime shows!  Law and Order, CSI, The First 48, The Shift…Dateline, 48 Hours Mystery, the Mentalist, NCIS…it doesn’t matter if they’re real or fake…I can’t get enough.  Chris claims that if there were a show about missing cats I would watch it.  It’s funny ‘cause it’s true!  I watched a LOT of Animal Cops over the summer.
5.     The thing I love about science is the puzzle.  It’s like solving a mystery, bit by bit.  (Very little bit by very little bit!)
6.     I’ve never gotten a detention or a speeding ticket (even though I drive like Speed Racer).  I think even now if I got a detention (or a speeding ticket) I would cry! 
7.     Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian.  Now bacon and steak are my favorite foods – don’t even get me started on bacon-wrapped steak!

Part 2 of the award is to pass it on.  As you can see on the left-hand side of the page, I read a bazillion blogs…I cannot pick favorites!  It’s impossible!  So I’m passing the honor along to my newest bloggy finds:


In other news, the last two weeks have been nothing short of INSANE!  It started when I had to present at our company board meeting - my part took about 4.2 seconds, but I studied for about a week to prepare for it...I'm like that.  Then, just as I recovered from that, we had a snow storm...it was ridiculous!...it looked like a tornado came through our town!  We were out of power (and heat!) for a little over three days - some people are still waiting!  I am many things in life, but tough and rugged are not among them!  I cannot be without heat and hot water!  (Last week I heard someone say "you can take a cold shower" - I didn't understand those words...)  It took me another few days to rebound from my "no heat-no shower-cold breakfast-miserable-freeze your ass off experience"...but I'm finally back in the land of the living and sewing activities have resumed!  Now let's see if I can keep up some sort of momentum with this blog business!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I did it! I did it!

Ok, I actually finished this before I started working...
Yep, I made my very own lunch bag!...an insulated lunch bag!  (Well, I pack so much stuff in it every day that I can't close it...but it has the potential to insulate!)
It's certainly not perfect.  Some spots around the handles were so thick that the needle didn't always go all the way through and I skipped a few stitches...but I can live with that.  Using it everyday will probably mean that it will turn gross and dirty before it falls apart...

This was my first time working with laminated cotton...and Insul-Bright...and the lining material (whatever that is!).  So I took the advice of the quilt shop ladies.  I also made up some stuff as I went along.  Here's what I ended up doing:

~ I used this pattern for the medium Camilla Insulated Bag.  It's been over a month, but as far as I remember, the instructions were fantastic!


~ pins + laminate = holes.  You can pin in the seam allowances but that wasn't working well for me.  So I used small binder clips
~ I started out using my walking foot but switched to the teflon foot - it was approximately 462 times easier with the teflon.  Ok, it wasn't such a dramatic difference, but I did like the teflon better.


~ I tried using tape to mark my quilting lines but it stuck to the laminate a little too well.  Since I used 2 layers of Insul-Bright, I marked lines on those layers with sharpie.  {Gasp!} That's right - I said SHARPIE!  (The Insul-Bright had too much texture and I was not interested in trying to trace each line 5000 times with some sort of disappearing ink pen.  Plus they faced each other on the inside of the sandwich so no one will ever see them and as far as I'm concerned, they can stay there for all eternity!)

~ Since the marked lines were on the Insul-Bright side, that left the laminate on the bottom.  I'm not sure it really helped, but I put tape over the surface of the base to make the laminate move through a little easier.
~ I used a longer stitch length than I would for regular sewing so there was no danger of making an awesome lunch bag with perforated seams...I couldn't take any chances with that one...(I'm definitely the kind of person that would pick up my bag and have the bottom drop out...I'm pretty sure that kind of disaster would happen on my way into work too and I would have to spend the entire day wearing Greek yogurt and olive oil or marinara or something that does not blend into khaki pants and acquires a deadly stench over the course of 8 hours!)
 It's the prefect size for my giant lunch containers + yogurt + water bottle + snacks for the drive home. (no, I'm not 4 years old...or 84...I just need a little something to get me home at the end of the day!)

Is it wrong that I'm in love with my own handiwork?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

O.M.G.

Go look at this quilt and then go to this blog!  I do not know this man....he's not paying me to say this...in fact, I just found his blog about 5 minutes ago (how is that possible?), thanks to this man (don't know him either!).  I am blown away!  BLOWN AWAY, I tell you!!..by the Green Stag...his technique...well, pretty much everything on his blog...I think I have a quilter crush!! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

My first time...

...making bee blocks for the do. Good Stitches Charity Bee!  Woohoo! 

I'm part of the Empower Circle (and I kind of want to roar like a lion every time I say "Empower!").  October is  Two Hippos' month.  She gave us an awesome block pattern and requested warm, fall colors.  These are my blocks: (ok, every time I read "these are my blocks" I hear the Law and Order Voice in my head.  Doink-doink!)
They'll be in the mail as soon as I can get my butt to the post office.  (So, let's say Saturday!)
November is my month for Empower, so I better get crackin' and come up with a block design!  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hello?...

Are you still there?  I've missed you, bloggy peeps!  I can't believe it's been so long sine my last post!   Despite my new crazy and hectic schedule, I have actually managed to be crafty...I have not managed to take pictures and write blog posts...until today!  So here's a quick update:

I finished the wedding quilt for my friend!
(it was a little windy!)
I used Heather's Yield pattern and I scaled it up to make a queen size.  It was magically easy!  Except for that outer cream border...I seem to stink at adding long border pieces.  I don't know why.  They should be so easy but somehow mine always end up a little wiggly and I have to redo them...but I only had to redo these once...not so bad! 

I pieced the back again but those pictures didn't come out so great...and I threw it in the wash before I checked the photos...(but I'll show you anyway...)

The most exciting part of the backing was the main fabric.  I used Lace Elements in Pearl.  It's just so pretty and so soft!  I might have to get a little more for myself!
For the quilting I did straight lines, 2 inches apart.  (And I quilted the happy couple's names and wedding date in at the bottom!)  Somehow, despite the fact that it's a beastly size quilt, I made it through the quilting with NO PROBLEMS!  Say what?!?  

The last few times I quilted straight lines I used my stitch guide or painter's tape, but this time I actually marked the quilt top.  It took some time to mark it, but it was easier for me to keep the lines straight.  So I guess I'm going to have to suck it up from now on and mark the tops...sigh... 

The colors came from the wedding palette and I LOVE them.  (I'm so glad I got a little extra of each color for my stash!)  As usual, I'm really attached to this quilt and I kind of want to snuggle up under it!  Hopefully the bride and groom will feel the same!

Stats:
quilt name: Going to the Chapel
pattern: Yield by Heather Jones (Olive and Ollie)
size: 84" x 92.5"
fabric: 100% cotton (Lace Elements, Kona snow, slate, sage, lemon)
batting: 50% organic cotton, 50% bamboo
thread: Aurifil in cream (piecing) and King Tut in cream (quilting)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How Lucky Am I?

First of all, my apologies for not posting in approximately 6,042 years.  But I started a new job about two weeks ago!  Woohoo!!  Life has been ever-so-slightly hectic as I adjust to a.) having to go to work instead of sewing and watching Animal Cops all the livelong day and b.) commuting an hour each way...again.  So far (after nine whole days of work) I love my job and I love my company and one day I will actually get the hang of things!  I'm just so happy to be gainfully employed - especially in today's job market...I am SO lucky!

Second, I received the most magical gifts from my awesome partner in the For the Love of Solids Swap!  Check out these beauties from Megan:
It's like a party dress for my sewing machine!  I have only managed to sew about 4 stitches in the last two weeks - and during all of that down time, my Brother has been all gussied up! 
And I got a matching pouch!  I have unnatural love for zipper pouches...I don't think I will EVER have too many!  This one is going to be for my ginormous hexies (more on that project when I actually start it!)!  Also, as this is a more portable version of the machine cover, I am tempted to take it with me wherever I go so I can pet it and gaze at it lovingly!  (Seriously...it's an unhealthy obsession...)
Megan stuffed the pouch to the brim with scraps!  Glorious, delicious scraps!!  I am SO, super lucky!!  Don't be jealous! I had so much fun with the swapping and whatnot, I wanted to sign up for another one but I held myself back (see Reason for Being Lucky #1 above!)...

And today I found out that I am one of the newest quilters for the do. Good Stitches Charity Bee!!  There are a thirteen groups making quilts for different charities.  Our group will be sending quilts to a great organization called Alternatives for Girls.  I'm really excited (and SO lucky) to do. Good!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Super-Extra-Happy Mail

The other day I looked in my mailbox and saw that my package from Leila arrived! I did a little happy dance in the driveway! I already knew what it was and I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on it!  Every thing about this package was delicious…the cute stitched wrapping, the handmade tag, her business card (which is so awesome I want to make new ones for myself!)…it even came in a pink mailer!  And I think I showed great restraint by taking one whole picture before tearing into it!
As part of the “pay it forward” game, Leila made me the cutest little coin purse EVER!  In fact, I saw it on Flickr even before I read her blog post and I think my heart actually skipped a beat! (I may have even squealed out loud and startled the dogs!)
I cannot get enough of these kettles!
I finally got me some Ruby Star Rising!
inside (I'm so in LOVE with that shade of blue!)
Even though it’s a coin purse, I’m trying to decide how I want to use it.  You’re about to get a peek inside my crazy head…but money is dirty and I want this to stay beautiful...it's too good for gross and grimy coins!…so I’m thinking I will either use it for business cards or gift cards (that’s how I buy my starbucks…and I buy a lot of starbucks!...this will be the perfect size to carry with me)…or I could use it to carry my favorite lipstick and gloss (they currently reside in a TSA-approved Ziploc baggie in my purse!  So not glamorous!).  Whatever I decide to fill it with, I just know that I want this to be on my person at all times! 

So now I get to pay it forward and make something for three of you!  Fun!  So if you want to play along, leave me a comment – I’ll send the first three people a handmade goody!  The only rule is that you will have to pay it forward by making something for three of your peeps within a year.  No prob! 

Ready? Set? Comment!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ummm....

I just ran a bunch of errands...in holiday weekend traffic...I had many things to do, but only 1 thing I needed: velcro for my lunch bag.  I came home with fabric, interfacing, an invisible zipper, thread, a tile sample, and a chocolate smoothie from Starbucks.  But NO velcro!  Seriously?!?

Look who I ran into...

Oh, hello there Mr. Inchworm!

He was a speedy little sucker too!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Good Times

Yesterday Audrie and I went fabric shopping together!  It turns out we live really close to each other...so close that I could ride my bike to her house....  Wait!  I'm laughing too hard to type...I can't catch my breath!  Aaaahhh Hahahaha!  Me...on a bike...aaaahhh hahaha!  Yeah, I don't ride bikes.  But it's a really short car ride!

I picked up a little bundle of random goodies (quilter's linen, a little more prince charming, some letters to play with) and some stuff to make an insulated lunch bag for myself!
my new bundle of joy

laminated cotton for lunch bag
We also ate lunch at a place where ordering 1 slice of pizza secretly means you want 2 slices of pizza. (what?  I guess math is hard for everyone!)  And we got a ginormous bowl of eggplant fries.  As someone who is generally against eggplant (weird texture, no flavor...I mean, come on eggplant...get your shit together!), I wasn't so sure about them...but the quilt shop ladies highly recommended them. And they were fantastic! 

I had so much fun hanging out with Audrie in real life!  (We might be twin souls.)  I'm looking forward to crafty high jinks to come!  Now I have to go get started on that lunch bag!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why can't I quilt?

Ok, well maybe I can quilt a little...sometimes...but not when it comes to my Marshmallow Brochette quilt!  Weeks ago, I was happily quilting until I realized that I was getting puckers - lots o' puckers!  I counted to ten and then walked away before I hurt it.   Then one day I sucked it up and ripped out a ton of stitches.  (That's right, two thousand pounds of thread...ripped right out!).   Then I re-basted...but I was still frustrated so I let it sit in a chair for another week or so...then today I picked it up, quilted one line and...wait!..whatGIANT PUCKERS AGAIN!  What the hell?!?  I have never had this problem before!  (At least not to this degree!)  I figured re-basting would fix it!  Of course the middle half is quilted just fine...with a quarter of the quilting left to do on each side...I'm tempted to switch to hand quilting, but that will mean ripping everything out!  (Which would bring the total to well over four thousand pounds!) PLUS, I have already quilted three lines of text.  And I really, REALLY don't want to have to undo that!  So now it's being punished....it's sitting in the corner where it can think about what it's done...and I'm going to channel my energy and make it a dunce cap! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Swaperoo!

WOOHOO!  I finished the last of my swap items!  This was my first swap and I'm totally hooked!  Thanks so much to Natalie for giving me a little nudge in the beginning...without it, I would probably still be a chicken and be missing out on the fun!

So the big item for my partner is a wall quilt.  My partner likes improv quilts - I DID actually use improv piecing techniques (I swear, I didn't use a ruler or a rotary cutter!), but it came out looking more wonky than improv...but I'm ok with that for my first try though!  Hopefully this will still fit the bill!
I finished piecing it ages ago (or at least it feels like ages) and then couldn't decide how to quilt it...I printed out a page with four pictures of the quilt top and then drew different quilting lines in pen...I did at least two rounds but I couldn't get it quite right...  Then it finally occurred to me to consult the masters: Denyse Schmidt and Malka Dubrawsky!  I checked out a bunch of their pics and noticed that they often paired square-ish piecing with circular quilting so I went with wonky, free-motion spirals. 

On the back, I added four corner pockets to hang it up.  I always picture it in the orientation shown above, but there's really no right or wrong direction...so this way my partner can hang it up any way she likes.
(you know I couldn't just use a plain backing, right?)
For my small item I made a little pouch...
(the bird is carrying a twig...but I can see how it might look like a worm...or a moustache!)
And I added a little bit of color to the inside too!
I may have messed up the math a little with the zipper...ok, I definitely did!  And even though I think it looks ok (and I got a second opinion - thanks Audrie!), the knowledge that it wasn't the way it was supposed to be was eating away at me.  So I'm sending this for the swap because I really like the way the bird and the piecing came out...but I made another little thing to make up for the zipper! (I know, I'm crazy!)
It's a needle book.  I think my partner will get some use out of it!  I used a tutorial from Sew She Sews.  It was quick and painless!  (I might have to whip one up for myself too!)  The darker blue is a pocket, the "pages" are a wool blend, and I even managed to add a snap!  I have had bad luck with those "easy" grommet tools in the past and with my first trial snap yesterday, I kind of messed up the plastic on the tool and bent the knobby part of the snap...I clearly don't know my own strength...I'm a hulk!  But it still worked and after using up most of my snaps in trials, I successfully added one to the needle book!  Again, I say "Woo!  Hoo!"

I have to confess that I really wanted to dip into a polka dot or something for the inside of the needle book or the pouch lining...but this IS a solids swap and part of the fun was not letting myself add prints...  I'm really happy with how everything turned out!  So now I just have to hold my breath and hope this suits my partner!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blocks Away!

I sent my first two blocks off to Natalie today!  I only ever blogged the red one, but I made one in orange too...
I had big plans to make more and I started pulling fabric...but as usual, I had a hard time figuring out which ones to actually use for each color.  But there are two more rounds for the drive, so I can always send more blocks if I can ever manage to make a decision! 

In the mean time, these are on their way!
I've also been hard at work on my swap items!  I have one little, teeny, tiny thing left to do and then I should be able to get some pretty pictures for tomorrow!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hello, my name is Lucy.

This is our little girl, Lucy:

We adopted her a little over a year ago.  These were the pictures that sucked us in...
how could anyone say "no" to this face?
 She came from Mississippi and she was a tiny little peanut when we got her! 
Fresh off the truck!  She only weighed about 10 lbs.
We got her when she was only 3 months old.  Puppyhood almost broke me - we were told she's a lab/shepherd mix, but I'm pretty sure there's a little great white shark mixed in there too!  This was Lucy on her 1st anniversary with us (in June)...
(is that a dog or a horse?)
She's such a goofy, funny dog!  Her likes include playing with toys (real toys or objects that she turns into toys...she's not picky!), swimming in her water bowl, and giving herself facials.
sometimes a girl needs to treat herself to  a mud mask...LUCY!!
She also likes to help baste quilts...
Her dislikes include being quiet and sitting still...
She also appears to have some issue with our Cotton Anniversary quilt.  When she first started sleeping on her bed (instead of in her crate) we took the quilt off the bed and tested her with random blankets...she never touched them.  In fact she never touched anything she wasn't supposed to.  So we put the quilt back on the bed and she chewed the binding! LUCY!!  But I fixed it...you could barely tell where she took a bite!
So after I fixed it, we took the quilt away...it lived on the couch for a while....she never touched it.  We used the down comforter on our bed...she never touched that either.  We put the quilt back on the bed...
LUCY!!!!
So does she love the Liberty goodness so much that she literally had to eat it up or (gasp!) does she hate it and want to see it die?!?  And how the heck am I supposed to fix that one?  On a side note, we have developed the ability to distinguish the sounds of illegal objects (like quilts) being chewed...we even recognize these sounds in our sleep...but that Lucy is a fast little chewer and she can do a lot of damage in a little bit of time.  In fact, during her second offense, she was not otherwise misbehaving or trying to be destructive...she was just enjoying a little quiet time in the morning and absentmindedly gnawing on a quilt!...LUCY!!

Before I attempt any sort of repair, we have again put the quilt on our bed (the last couple of weeks have been a little chilly at night) - so far, so good...  But seriously...how the heck am I going to fix it?!?  It's a good thing she's so cute!!