Monday, June 30, 2008
That is OK by me. But wait, not only did she send me the brooch, she included some fabric strings. Way cool, huh?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Another CYOC swap was just started up at HGTV, so of course I have signed up again. This time only 12 swappers have signed up, so we all decided to make 4 blocks instead 2. I thought it might be a good idea this time to show you the blocks as I make them. It is interesting to see the different colors and maybe it might inspire someone to make some of their own. The deadline for this swap is way off at the end of October. I won't show you the ones I receive until I receive them all (it would be rather boring don't ya think).
Jeanclaire of California (also the swap hostess) requested a white on white center string with citrus colors of yellow, lime and orange.
Sandie in Washington state asked for a black on black center with autumn colors strings.
Friday, June 27, 2008
This very odd orchid is one that was given to me many years ago. It has never bloomed before so it is quite a surprise. The petals are a pale, pale green color with spots. There are several blooms and they look like spiders.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Then there is "ya know?" "It's like, ya know, raining out". No I don't know, tell me about it.
But the one that seems to be in every sentance is the word basically. (I don't think I need to put that in a sentance for you). When did this word become such an important part of our everyday speech.
If you don't believe me, just watch Judge Judy or The Peoples Court and count how many times they use these words.
Have you noticed a word or expression that has creeped into our language and just annoys the beejeebees out of you?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So what made me change my mind and sign up for the about.com Birthday Block Swap 2? Insanity is one good reason but not the only one. This swap is being hosted by Kate. One of the sign-up requirements was that you had to have been in some sort of swap before and she would ask for references. I joined group 2 which was supposed to be easy. And, lastly because the swap was to start in June.
It goes without saying that I read it wrong. The swap starts in July, with the sign-ups closing in June. Also, some of the blocks that the girls are requesting are a bit on the difficult side.
But it's not all that bad, I do not have to wait a whole year to receive my blocks. Kate has assigned birthday months and my month is December. I only have to make one block a month, so I can screw up a few times before I get it right.
So here is my first block. Lil Deb has requested a 6-9" star block in pastel colors with a black on black background, then add enough black to make the star float. This block is a Marcia Hohn pattern called Star Lane and I hope it meets with Deb's approval.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
So he demanded that they send someone pronto. He plans on calling every half an hour until someone shows up.
We shall see what happens.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I was making string blocks, and crumb blocks out of all the small pieces of fabric that was donated to me. I get bored easily. So I decided to make something for me. I thought I would use the small stash of precut squares that Ann sent me. Everywhere I looked on the net, I keep seeing the double 4 patch being made. The pattern... the squares.... what a good idea. I was trying to decide what to do about the border when I found out that my next door neighbor (and BTW, one of the best neighbors I have had in many years) is going to have a baby in September.
Shift gears again.............................
Obviously, they know it's a boy. I have always liked the Boston Commons pattern and this is my take on it. I will be adding a 6" white border. I plan on some vines and circle type flowers which will add a touch of green to the mix. I have not yet decided on whether or not I will hand quilt it. Surely I have plenty of time, but I get so sidetracked that I might not finish it. Besides, I just found out that a dear friend of my husbands is also having her first child. DH says I MUST make her a baby quilt. This baby is due December 25, yes Christmas day. Fortunately for me, we don't know yet if it is a boy or girl or I would most likely start that quilt too.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
What Barbara Means
You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
Monday, June 2, 2008
This is where the instructions usually say "Quilt as desired" and end the conversation. So I will give you a few of my personal tips. I prefer to use a very flat type of batting like Hobbs Theremore or Warm and Natural. Flat, flat, flat. If you have any friends who are longarmers for hire, they might have some 22" scraps they could save for you.
I do not use pins or tacks to baste, but rather a small amount of 501 Spray holds the whole thing together well.
I am not very good at free motion quilting but I feel it would overwhelm these little beauties anyway. So I do simple diagonal lines on every other square and in the ditch on both borders.
There should be 4 strips left and these are for the binding. No, I am not going to type instructions for that. And..........................................