Sunday, June 28, 2009
The weather was perfect for running all over the area and collecting charms. We ate fabulously, too and even drank a bit of spirits. MMMMOjitos on the beach in Capitoloa, it doesn't suck.
Finally got to check out Santana Row, in San Jose, which was a trip. Felt like Rodeo Drive, even saw a bright yellow Lamborghini. And shoes that cost more that one months rent on my first apartment, more than a plane ticket to Hawaii. yikes.
Also managed to work on the jellyfish quilt, in between shopping, eating, drinking and chatting, so hopefully I will have it done this week before the class. More pictures to follow.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I got the Peeps quilt back from Quilter's Studio, where Lori did her usual lovely quilting job. I really love the swirls around the two peeps in the center. And, then, lucky me to have Tracy hand stitch the binding!! Woo Hoo!! Now I just need Easter to roll around again and I am all set.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Just so you don't get the idea that my life has been an endless stream of work, graduation parties, work, birthday parties,work and whipped cream games, I actually DID manage to sew last night. Yay. I made block 2 of the awesome Ryokan block of the month. I love those Cherrywood fabrics, and the Japanese Lecien, too. I love Thimble Creek!!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here we are in the parking lot at the Jimmy Buffett concert. Lawn seating once inside, totally relaxing evening watching 40+ year old parrot heads get down with their bad selves.
I knew only 2 or 3 songs, but I still had a great time. Thanks Ro for the invite! It got me excited to see more concerts this summer, for sure.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Safety is an important consideration when using a rotary cutter. However, I am very practiced and experienced at multi-tasking between eating wicked hot jalapenos, drinking a nice icy beer, dancing to The Roots cd, taking photos on my cool camera phone and slicing fabric for my cool jellyfish quilt.
You may not want to try this at home. Do so at your own risk. .. .
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think I am getting pretty good at this self-portrait thing, eh? This is the blouse I made. It is going to be very warm today, so it's a perfect day to give the top a spin. It's Simplicity pattern 2962. Happy Wednesday all.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I forgot to tell ya, I got some sewing time in yesterday and made this cute summer top from an Alexander Henry black and yellow print fabric I got last year during the March Madness shop hop. I think it is tres chic!
Friday, May 8, 2009
I hope none of the Moms in my world read this before Sunday! I made these adorable little pocket purses from the pattern by Monica Solorio-Snow in the Fall 2008 Quilts n More magazine. I have made so many of these cute purses - they're like potato chips, once you make one, you just can't stop.
The ladies in my drop in group really loved these, and asked if I would have a class at Thimble Creek to teach this. I will ask Monica if that would be okay with her. Really though, they are soooooo easy.
Oh, and I dropped off this quilt top at the quilter's - Quilter's Studio in San Carlos. This is Swanky Peeps, cuz I made it with Moda Swanky - a jelly roll of that cute fabric, and then if you look in the center, I made two little "peeps" in honor of my favorite non-chocolate candy. The polka dot is a fabric by Lakehouse, I think.I picked up my finished Mary Engelbreit friends quilt, but I am waiting to post a photo until I get the binding on - so give me five or six months. ha ha.
I hope all of the Moms out there get a nice day of rest and adoration. Happy Friday everyone!
Monday, May 4, 2009
I just got my first block of the month from Thimble Creek. It is called Ryokan, and I had to make it yesterday afternoon. Each of the twelve blocks has yummy Lecien fabrics from Japan, and each has a different quilt represented in the house, the quilts are made of sumptuous feeling cherrywood fabrics. I am so excited about this awesome quilt. The sashing between the blocks is also a gorgeous taupe and gold combination. Stay tuned, or go get your own at thimblecreek.com.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I love old crate labels like this, and someday I want to do some artsy thing with them. For now, I will just share with you this one which fits my day today. Hmm, this bunny's big feet remind me, I need a pedicure today too. Better hop to . . .
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It's going to get even cooler when I add the squiggles so stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Planning quilts also makes me smile, and I just started dreaming up one that looks really good so far. In my head. I found this drawing a while back (from a United Airlines ad, if you can believe that!) and it is going to be the basis for the coloration and feel of this quilt. Hmm, with all the ufos I have, this may be completed in oh, 2012. But it's fun to plan.
ok, gratuitous sexy man photo. I think we all can agree that I have an overabundance of mad love for this man, Jason Statham, and his new movie, Crank 2 comes out on Friday, which will probably not be an Oscar contender, but if it delivers this kind of action, I should be able to sit through it. . .No popcorn, please, just pass the Statham.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I hope you all had a festive Easter. Kids are off this week, so they are looking forward to r&r. I will be working though. poor me
How can I think this is funny? Don't I need to grow up? Nah. I am just gonna roll with it.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
The bright light in my week will be thursday when I get to teach my first ever quilt class at Thimble Creek!! I am so excited and so ready to get a sewing break.
Last week, I finished the school auction quilt top and my peeps quilt top, but this week, nothing has happened in the studo (insert "cricket sounds") so I have to satisfy my quilting needs by looking at everone else's blogs!!
OH and I received a great package from Celeste in the fat quarter shop. I have never seen the fabric she sent before, it is so unique and springy!! I will post more and pictures soon, but I just want to say thanks! n case Celese visits my humble and not so quiltilicious right now blog.
Well back to the grind, ttfn
Saturday, February 7, 2009
OK So lots of pictures in this post! First, the APRON SWAP! OMG, I love my apron. My swapster must have been looking in my closet and my sewing room because it is SO ME!!
And, she sent swap goodies. (Not pictured: the m&m's that my husband and I swooped on and devoured) Pencils, more candy and the cutest cupcake iron on! yay!
Hey, ya know what's really cool, Marissa will make you an apron too, yup, she has a business making these gorgeous flirty aprons. Check it out:
I somehow forgot to get a picture of the apron I made. Duh. But lucky for me, Debi really likes it and posted a picture on her blog. cowgurlsblessing
More on the goodie I put in with the apron later in this post.
When Karen had enough of Shane and his two dimensional conversational skills, he sneaked away to Donna's bed. Shane, Donna is busy working on her scrapbook now. Her WEDDING scrapbook! Get out of her bed.
Yes, read a book! Maybe that will improve your conversational skills.
This is a log cabin with Asian themed fabrics that I started last century (ok, like 2004) and decided to finish this weekend. I came up with the colors and layout on EQ5. (On Tuesday I shipped it off to Montana, Laura Heine, to do some magical quilting.)
Karen finished her Celebration quilt with the awesome applique'd balloons and presents (the flames on the candles were left behind at home), and all that's left is for me to quilt it for her. I wish you could see the stitching on the applique. It is tres magnifique.
Carol made this awesome quilt. This was a funny process for her. She had all the fabrics picked out, but ended up changing her mind here and there before she cut them out. Then she cut, cut, cut and sewed, sewed, sewed. AND then, she DIDN'T LIKE IT for a while, until we all looked at it and decided that it was very aquarium-like. The orange dot fabric strips look like Nemo fish or these beauties I snorkeled with at Lover's Cove on Catalina Island. The center blocks have a wave like seaweed about them, don't they?? So Carol changed her plan on the border fabric, and ended up creating a gorgeous aquatic quilt. It's about 4 feet by 5 feet I think:
whew. So you see, I have been a busy bee. And I am happy to have my computer back and running faster than ever.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I am also going to work on an apron for the current, SSEN flirty apron swap and hopefully also get the Grad Night quilt finished.
tonight is sewing group, so also sewing before I head to my sewing retreat. woo hoo! hope you all get to do something fabulous this weekend, too!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
What is it about organizing stuff that feels so dang good! Why can't it feel that good to stay organized and do the daily stuff to keep it up. I swear the container store is like my best friend/worst enemy. Keeps me tantalized with the illusion of perfectly matched storage bins neatly labeled and lined up in the closet. I buy all that stuff, get it all set and pretty and then what happens?? chaos seeps in. oh well, I fight on. Next item up for project organization is my horrid bedroom walk in closet. ha ha walk in . . . that's funny. hurdle in . . . shimmy and squeeze in maybe. I wear like 1/3 of what's in there at most, I swear. why do I have so much stuff I don't wear? delusion.
ok, so one area that is fairly* organized (*always room for improvement) is my sewing loft. And I have recently returned from a fabulous sewing retreat in Napa. I am working on a really fun project based on Alice in Wonderland. I am such a bonehead that I did not take a picture of it when I had all the parts laid out, but I will try to recreate it at home. It's basically a background with pieced and appliqued items to be sewn all over it. I really love how Alice turned out, and the Wicked Queen. You will see, later.
The other gals were super industrious as always, and on a variety of different projects. Pictures to be inserted soon. HERE THEY ARE:
I so love hanging out with these amazingly talented, funny and inspiring ladies. I am blessed to have found this great group.
Below are Nancy, Nancy and Kathy showing off their retreat creations:
The hotel was awesome, too, and the weather was perfect (for me) kind of gray and misty rain and cold. I was in quilty heaven.
I got three quilts off to the quilter on Friday. These were sent to Laura Heine at Fiberworks for her magic touch. Retro kitchen is PICTURED ABOVE, Peppermint Twist is my own creation that I blogged about here, and then there is a Mary Engelbriet fabrics Turning Twenty quilt, too. I can't wait to see them all quiltilicious.
Pictures soon (soon as I find the cord I need to connect camera to computer -- do you think I can find a product at the Container store to corral that? I once lost my ipod cord for days and found it in a most unusual spot - ha ha)