Friday, December 19, 2008

Are we Ready??

"Are we ready?" Trick Question. Irrelevant, because you are going to have to face the fact that Christmas will be here in less than a week, my friends.

It has been a whirlwind of activity around the ol' quiltilicious studio, and not enough on the quilt or 'licious side, but mostly on child rearing and my "day job" bleck. I really was hoping for that mythical relaxing-by-the-fire-while-making-my-handmade presents-and-sipping-cocoa thing, but instead it is squeeze in 10 minutes here and there for shopping, throw everything in the loft and sort it out later, throw on the same black sweater I wear to every holiday event and run for the car with my makeup bag in hand. oh well. next year?

I am the multi-tasker though, so on my way to another of my endless holiday obligations, I pulled over and took these pictures of fall foliage. Who says we don't have changing seasons here in CA?

On a completely different note, here is the finished quilt, renamed Spiked Melon. I am so excited that I get to teach a class on this! Woo hoo! (This is a pattern in Karen Stone Quilts that she calls Lady Liberty goes to Hawaii)

Last night we had our late night sewing drop in group and our White Elephant exchange which was a lot of fun. I managed to make progress on 2 Christmas gifts, so I am fairly happy with that turn of events. It looks like Saturday I will have some elf time in the afternoon, and on Sunday morning, too. (Party Saturday night and Sunday night, sheesh!)
Oh, just to see if anyone is reading this, I have an extra copy of the book "Cookies and Quilts" by Judy Martin that I would love to give you if you post a comment. I will give the book to the first person who responds that they would like to have it. Howz that for Christmas spirit? No guaranteed Christmas delivery though.
I am off to make gingerbread houses!
Have a Merry and Bright, and drink some eggnog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Santa's workshop is buzzing!

Ok, quick post with a shout out to the Happy Zombie who created this awesome project for us all to enjoy. Go make some Pennie Pockets!!

I managed to make my sugar and salt scrubs (thanks Martha Stewart) and this adorable penant-style pennie pocket for my friend's son last night, PLUS I finished my gift for our Thursday night sewing group white elephant exchange, PLUS I nearly finished my magnetic memory board thingy for another kid on my Christmas list.

OH P.S. Head out to Thimble Creek if you live in the area for their awesome sale. If you don't live in the area, you should.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Flirty Apron Swap, flirting with Jason Statham

I received my beautiful apron in the Flirty Holiday Apron Swap. I am so overwhelmed! Here I am modeling it before we went to dinner on Thanksgiving. I actually wore an outfit to match the apron which is how much I love it!!!

This was my first swap. I had mentioned that I love black and white, sparkles and polka dots, and I got it all. My swap partner is an excellent seamstress, and made it reversible! It is so darn flippin' cute!!! Thanks Terri xox. I am definitely going to have to kick it up a notch for the next swap I do, these gals are amazing! check out the results at the Flirty Apron Swap

So, here is the first picture my nephew took of me in the apron, before I was "gussied up" I thought I'd share it here because it shows a couple of things: me in my natural state, no makeup, baseball hat. tomboy central. and me in my NEW natural habitat, the sewing LOFT which I have already trashed, and finally, there is a peek of my LibertyMelon quilt on the chair which I am in the process of whipstiching the binding onto (oops, ended my sentence in a weird preposition).

OK, so more pictures of the loft:

Here is my nephew holding the apron for me:
See the picture of the little girl in yellow? Me at age 4 in a smashing pantsuit, baby.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

by the way, and thanks for asking, Thanksgiving was fun - I managed to piss off my mom and mother-in-law both! M-I-L within 15 minutes of my arrival, wow, a new record! I love family. She did have a great line, though, told me I was "too sarcastic for my own good." Ouch baby, very ouch. Very true, but very ouch. Oh well, ON to the next batch of relatives, with Thanksgiving Part Deux tomorrow at my bro-in-law's. Wish me luck on not causing a ruckus with my OTHER mother-in-law, yes folks I get 2 - yipes.

BONUS: Movie review. Atonement. Amazing, tear jerker ending, excellent story, excellent cinematography, wish I had seen it in the theater. Definitely you must see it if you have not already, then we'll chat.

And, Transporter 3. Laughably bad story, terrible acting on the part of the "hot babe" but worth it to see Jason Statham (picture here from the first Transporter movie) without a shirt and kicking the stuffin out of bad guys. (glad I got to see his abs on the big screen. delish.) I really wanted him to do the same (kick the stuffin out of, that is) to his co-star though. That actress is annoying! ack.
So, I am holding my breath for the Brazilian Job.
Here is a bonus picture of Jason asking me what I want for breakfast. Oh wait, no, this is from the movie Crank. I get confused. I'll have a croissant and black coffee, though, in case he's listening.

oh, and pass the sarcasm, I seem to be running low.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Crisp Fall Weather

I love this time of year! I want to put on a sweater, sip some cider, crunch through leaves and leaf through all of these shopping catalogs that are piled so high that they are doubling as furniture in my house!

Fall / Autumn whatever you wanna call it, I love it. I just wish that here in sunny CA there was more of a distinct break between our last 90 degree day and Christmas. I can usually squeeze in only a few sweater-wearin', cider-chugging days before I am eyeballs deep in ribbons and bows. Plus we have numerous birthdays in our family between October 10 and December 24 so we are constantly on the go, parties, celebrating, eating cake. . . oh gee, why do I love the Fall??

speaking of Christmas, I am going to make some really cool bath scrubs and fizzies for gifts this year. I bought the ingredients at and can't wait to get started.

I am going to my weekly sewing drop in tonight to work on an apron for the apronista swap. I am doing a cool black on white scrolly fabric with an intricate applique.

My quilt studio is finally set up in the loft, all I need now is to address the lighting situation, so hopefully I can get that done before Christmas. I have plenty of daylight, and some general illumination at night, but I want to do some snaky track lighting to really brighten the area. Seeing is quite important when quilting, no?

Even without optimal lighting conditions, I sketched out some ideas for quilts and projects last night, and I am really excited to get some of them off the ground. 2009 projects, though, because I have enough going on to get me through the last 41 days of 2008. Yikes. best get to gettin!

except, ps: Can I brag? Someone at my gym seriously thought I was 25 years old today! Not bad for 41, eh?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bits of Randomness

My last post was over a month ago! Yikes. Work has been seriously very busy, not my usual very busy, plus school is in session again for my High Schooler. Well, I will try to collect some thoughts I have had over that last month:

FIRST THINGS FIRST: THANK YOU TO MAR for my AMAZINGLY lovely pif gift! I am going to add a picture in the morning when the light is better to take a snap of the gorgeous Mary Engelbreit embroidered tea towels and the sweet zip pouch made with ME fabrics!! I swooned when I got them. xoxo

It's weird when your child is an adult and living on his own. My son is adjusting better than I. My husband and I were supposed to go over for dinner tonight, cooked by son and roommates, but then we got the call: "uh, yeah, dinner's not gonna happen. We were planting a shrubbery and hit the water line, so, yeah, uh, we don't have running water and we're kinda too stressed too cook" FUNNY, right?! except we own the house in question. . . [gotta love the monty python reference he made to shrubbery though] OK, so, deep breath, the kids shut off the water, had the neighbor guy help them, and are fixing it themselves, so yay! the boy is growing up. . . maybe. I didn't have the guts to go see it yet.

My melon quilt is at the quilter's! whoo hoo! It's all done, and my brother-in-law helped me find the perfect harlequin design deep peach and orange backing fabric at my super local qs, Main Street Quilts. guess what, chickens, I forgot to take a picture. lame. While I was there, I also dropped off Hella Pink to be quilted, which I blogged about a long time ago . . .

While putting away the melon quilt fabric, I made another small quilt out of the leftovers, and it turned out pretty swell, so say I. Yah, no picture, but that one is still here so there is hope.

I found the perfect purse! I have been looking for a nice sized, i.e, big enough to hold day planner, makeup bag, ipod, lunch, cell phone, crazy huge George Costanza wallet. I wanted it to be leather, a really durable purse (cuz I treat my purses just a bit nicer than Pete Townsend treated his guitars) and I found it! I love the size, love the color. But that's weird, cuz I used to h8 orange. Now I decided I lurve it. And in my world, it's a neutral because I am sick of changing purses. harrumph.

Um, and my other big find is my NEW (to me) CAR!! I got a 2007 BMW 335i coupe. It is so dang cute! It's silvery gray, very sporty and fast. I bought it from a private party - a dentist - who is a car fanatic, so it's very well cared for. Isn't it weird though, going to buy a car from someone? You have that, "I hope this isn't a scam or a criminal lair I am being drawn into" feeling, so of course, you bring your girlfriend with you, like the two of you could fight off a gang of crazed chop shop meth fiends. Then you get there and you realize the seller is thinking, "I hope this isn't a scam or a lure that leads to my story being featured on American Justice." But of course, it was all legit and civilized, so now I have a new-to-me car.

My eight year old nephew, Hurricane Morgan, is returning for a visit on Friday. He will be staying for a week, so I plan on being exhausted the following weekend. He told his Mom that he hoped that he got to cook with Uncle while he is here. Isn't that so cute? Every time he visits, my husband gets him involved in cooking for the family. We also sew gifts for his Mom.

We are rearranging the house. Swapping the quilt room, which is currently in the downstairs bedroom that is off of the family room, with the upstairs loft library. I am excited because the loft is a bigger, open space with room for friends to come over and play. Yippee. BUT I am also weary of the ginormous effort this is going to require. Thank goodness my boys are big and strong! I am excited to re-organize and clear out some clutter. I think I am going to get a book on quilt room set up to help with the layout. Any designers or organizers that want to come set up my new space for me?? [cricket sounds]

I have a magazine recommendation to all of my legions of fans: Clean Eating has menus, meal plans and shopping lists for really tasty and healthy food. I have been cooking on Sundays all of my lunches for the week with recipes from this magazine. The website is good, too.

So, here I am, a virtual Girl Scout-knock off, knocking on your virtual door: I am on the fundraising committee for Grad Night at my son's High School and we are having a Longaberger sale to raise funds for the cause. If anyone is interested, you can visit this website, and 25% of anything ordered goes to safe and sane Grad Night. And I promise I will buy your kid's girl scout cookies if you do!

OK, survey: Monday Night Football is over and I have two options: clean the kitchen, or sit in my quilt room and ponder the quilty makeover . . . yah, noo need to survey or take a vote, pondering wins.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back to School, Farmer's Markets and Tote Bags

It's the most wonderful time of the year! When the kiddies return to school.

A bit different when one is starting college and the other is a low-key easy-going sophomore in High School, but still and all. . .

So, in honor of the end of my summer, I packed up my fabulicious fabric, my trusty Janome, a bottle of wine and assorted tote bags filled with stuff, and, after inviting myself along, hopped over to Marin County to quilt the weekend away with some fabulous and talented women, courtesy of Sandy Klop's retreat. Wanna see what we can do? (obscure cultural reference to the character "stuart" on madtv)

First up, cuz it's my blog an' all, is my Melon Liberty quilt that is based on Karen Stone's fab pattern. I am getting ever so close to finishing this sucker, doncha think?

I also discovered that the blocks fit together so much more nicer when I trimmed them to the right size first. ack. Did I mention the hotel had a free "happy hour?"

Next we have Linda, the HAND QUILTER, who finished quilting the inside of this gorgeous Irish Chain quilt. Amazing.

Linda's table buddy, Patty was probably the most productive. She worked on finishing an assortment of projects, continuously pulling fabric and quilt tops out of her gorgeous new RED Lexus. Here she is working hard, and next to her is a really cool quilt she is designing as a teaching project.

Speaking of projects (typing of projects??) Sandy brought a project for us all to do from her collection of flannels. We made the most adorable little purses: (mine is on the left, Lisa's on the right in the left picture, Suzanne is modeling hers at right)

Suzanne whipped up this table runner for an anniversary gift: The photo does not do the fabric justice. It was totally yummy Asian print with gold metallic accents. Diane meanwhile was stripping away. Making a strippy quilt. Gawd, you guys!

OK, so WTH?? (What the Heck!) Look at the size of these blocks! Jane is making a quilt called "Nearly Insane" I say, there's no "nearly" about it! Two or three of these blocks and I would be totally nutted up. Nurse Ratchet!

Nancy gets the ooh and aah award for this Jane Austen quilt. She has made four others like this. Wow. The pieces are TINY in that border. She is a very organized quilter. She and her work space is on the left, Diane is on the right.
And then, my bloggy friends, we have the piece de resistance, in my opinon, from the very arty Stacey, who created this work as she went, cutting and hand sewing these awesome organic shapes, embellishing with beads and metallic thread. I just love the energy of this piece. She also discovered yo-yo maker. (no not him!) the clover yo-yo maker. She used organza and added beading though to make the most elegant starry / jelly fish looking embellishments ever. This is probably 36 inch square or so, fyi. I can't wait to see the finished product.

I took a break from Melon to work on my Dad's quilt, that I started years ago. I am pleased to report that I got one whole more block done. At this rate, I should have it done in 2025 or so. But I did cut and organize strips for more fun sewing later. I do love this pattern.

Tired of looking at my ufo's?? Me too, so here are some pictures from the delectable Farmer's Market in San Rafael:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Project Quiltway!

Hey all,

I am finally getting a chance to visit blogland. I have been working on an original design quilt for my LQS challenge, "Project Quiltway" which is a contest to create an original quilt and pattern. (speaking of which, Project Runway is coming back tomorrow. whoo hoo! can anyone top Christian?)

The winning quilt will be displayed in the store and the pattern will be marketed and sold by the store. Cash prize, too. Anyhoo, today was the get-the-picture-of-the-quilt-top-to-the-store deadline, so here it is:

It needs a good pressing, and the lighting is pretty sucky, but it is really cute and bright in person. 40 x 50 inches. I like it. Funky trees, lots of presents, some stars and a candy border. I can't think of a name. The trees are like a wintergreen color, and the background is cream with rosy pink dots, and then there are bright pinks and black dots thrown in. I was thinking of "visions of gumdrops" or "gumdrop trees" but there really aren't any gumdrops on it. LOL. Any suggestions??

(oh, and the melon quilt? I only need to finish the border! yee hah!)

Why is it that every year I think that I am going to have so much free time in the summer when the kids are out of school? what a crock, huh? we get busier!!

We are leaving on a Mexico cruise on Sunday. 18 people in our group, families with kids. I am really looking forward to it and have been mentally packing for about 2 weeks what I am going to bring. Guess I have to do it for real for it to count. Speaking of which, I have also been making clothing. I made the most awesome skirt EVER but I don't have a picture yet, so that's a tease. I made some tops for the cruise, too, and some dresses for my one year old niece. guess i need to get on the ball about pictures, eh?

By the way, here is a picture of my baby boy, who just graduated from High School:

TTFN all and stay fierce.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday, Monday!

What a month it has been! My oldest son is graduated, registered for college and moved out (sort of - his room here still has a lot of stuff in it). My youngest son is enjoying the lazy days of summer. He and I just went to Universal Studios Hollywood for a few days - I went to a conference and he went to to the amusement park with a friend. It was a nice little getaway.

Sewing, you ask? Oh, yes, I have sewed a bit. I made two large, piped, square bed cusions for my niece's daybed, two smaller pillows, and a neck roll pillow. I am proud of how they turned out. Zippers, custom made piping and all. Now I just need to do the bedskirt and a simple quilt. woo hoo! I have also made some random purse things and placemats, and I am *this* close to finishing the melon quilt. Hopefully, I will get to finish it this weekend.

Rachelle, who writes one of my fave blogs ever, Craft Rage, (see sidebar) has gifted me with 3 lovely patterns from her vast collection. All in my size, and so mod and chic, that I am going to try to whip one of the dresses up for the fourth of july. We are going to an outdoor concert and I think a chic retro dress will be perfect. Thanks Rachelle!!!

I know I have been remiss in posting pictures lately. I see that I keep promising. Alas, I don't have my camera with me right now, so I will try ONCE AGAIN to get on and post tonight.

In the meantime, enjoy these 6 unspectacular quirks about me, that I have been tagged by Alison at My Little Stitching Corner to provide:

1. I do not like tomatoes, yet I like ketchup, salsa and tomato sauce.

2. I cannot stand anything between my toes. No flip flops, no pedicure sponge thingies, no toe-rings. Freaks me out. I have considered having my nerve endings numbed so I can wear all those cute shoes!! ha ha.

3. I don't like gorey movies, but I watch reality medical and crime shows like Trauma Life in the E.R. and 48 Hours. And I love watching MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting, like UFC. My husband thinks its funny that I can't stomach fake gore, but the real stuff doesn't bother me. He is the opposite.

4. I spend a crazy amount of money on stationery and organizational supplies that I don't really use very well. I am terrible about sending actual written notes, and my stuff is not that organized.

5. I hate to be barefoot, except when I am sewing, then I cannot wear shoes. ???

6. I have recurring dreams about a house that I redecorate over and over. I have never been to that house in real life, nor do I ever redecorate the house I actually live in, nor do I always really like the way I decorate the dream house. I attribute this to the fact that I watch HGTV way too much.

That's it! So now I get to tag the next! And, the rules are:
Link to whoever tagged you
Mention the rules
List 6 unspectacular quirks about you
Tag 6 folks by linking to your post.

I will now tag:
Mar at Pincushion Diaries
Rachelle at Craft Rage
Mary Anne at Moonbeams in a Jar
Miss Kitty at Moonbeams in a Jar
Amanda at Busy Little Quilter
Pam at PamKittyMorning

Hope you all will play along!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Where Have I Been?

Wow. Where have I been, indeed!

What a stress filled few weeks I have had since the last post. Our oldest had his senior prom, which we hosted the pre-prom dinner for 22 kids. Wow. It was a success! The kids looked great. I will get around to adding pictures hopefully tonight.

Then work was just a big ball of crazy with two or three big cases commanding a lot of attention.

Then we bought a house for my son and his roommates to live in while they go to school, so a lot of time had to be devoted to that endeavor and getting it ready.

Next was a craft-a-palooza weekend I organized with my friends where I worked on my awesome melon quilt.

Followed by graduation!! Yay, our son is all graduated!! And we had a party at his new house that was just wonderful.

So, now that all that is behind me, I should be back in quilt and blog mode!! Just wanted to give y'all an update. (I have still been reading everyone's blogs even while I checked out for a bit.) I got tagged to tell some fun stuff about me, so I will post that later today when I post pictures.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Can't Find It! FOUND IT

Found it, thanks to Mar. I feel like Dorothy -- it was in my lap all along. It was in a magazine, not a blog. ha ha.
Ugh. I saw the simplest tutorial on how to make tiered skirts for little girls when I was roamin' the blogs yesterday, and now I forgot where it was, or even how I found it. If anyone is reading this and has a suggestion, please let me know. The author had broken it down by size 2-4, 5-7, etc. and used really pretty pastel fabrics. I want to make these for two little girls I know, but it would help to have the directions!


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pay It Forward!

Joining in the fun is so easy!! Leave a comment for me, I will select three at random to receive goodie from me. It will be handmade, and definitely quiltilicious. All you have to do in return is offer the same to those who comment on your blog. This will be interesting! Let's see if three people read this.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Let's Review.

I made a zippered pouch from this tutorial. OMG, how much fun is that! Thanks to Lisa for directing me there!

Hey, who is that peeking out?? Little Miss Thang!

Speaking of which, my friend Carol and I had a quilt-a-palooza last Friday, stayed out till 2 am. WOO HOO!! I know how to party, my friend! Here are our funky Janomes:

My lilliputian Lulu is working on SWELL:
She sews a fine seam, but she is LOUD.
While Miss Carol's HK machine (no name??) was hard at work making Carol's very first quilt!!
Wow, chicas, this girl is FAST. one day, one quilt. You go girl. (I haven't told her about borders, basting, walking feet, darning feet and binding yet . . . hee hee.)
Carol loves Fourth of July (well, all Holidays!) and this is going to be a mighty fine table topper.

I also finished the quilt top for Hella Pink. I like it. I confess that I don't love it like I thought I would. I do love that it is done, and it is cool that there are no fabric repeats in the interior of the quilt, and that I got the fabric at quilt stores all over the state whenever we would travel, but it is just not as wow as I thought it would be. I dunno. Plenty of other projects to love.

Anyhoo, now I just need to yup, baste it, quilt it, bind it. Thanks to Amanda Jean who gave me the inspiration to finish it!

Speaking of Amanda Jean, I started her quilt-a-long. Go check it out. Looks like fun. Can't wait to see everyone's results. Here is my block number one:

ok, I am trying another pink quilt. This one is softer, though. Maybe I will like it more.
Gotsta getta sewin,

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Too Much of a Good Thing can be Wonderful!

(mae west)

I tend to get mad at myself for not being content with finishing existing projects. I am always planning the next one, and looking at new fabrics and new patterns and new ideas. BUT THEN, I met this delightful woman who gave me permission to want more!

This is Marilyn Doheny with one of her stunning pieces of art.

In fact, one of her sayings is something along the lines of, if you are not wanting more, you are not reaching the limits of your creativity, and if you are not creating, you're really not living to the fullest. (She said it all poetry-like, but all I heard was it's ok to want more!)

I took a great class with Marilyn last Sunday, and as I told my husband when I returned, it was life-changing. Well, quilt-life changing, but still and all. She is amazing and her techniques are so freeing, you cannot help but become an artiste! You need to get her to your local quilt store or guild. You will be amazed at her quilts and her art, and even more amazed with her spirit. She is so inspiring.

ok, so, do ya wanna see some stuff I made? well, let me start by saying that the idea of this class or workshop was to make fun "critters" and flowers out of strip sets (strata) that are cut with a special angled wedge ruler, which are then appliqued on a background. the magic is in the fabric selection and the whimsy of it all.
My quilt is going to be loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. It is mostly going to feature the quiltilicious fabric from Tula Pink called Flutterby, (see earlier post) although there are more non-flutterby in this picture than others.
Here are some butterfly wings. Trust me. Imagine the body at the bottom of the arc. Then, I made some flowers, some caterpillars, some bees. BUT I can't show you those cuz they are supah top secret. (naw, I just forgot to take pictures and I am too lazy to do it now.)
Work has been way too hectic this week, so I am anxious to get back to this funnery.
But I am going to sidetrack from this project (Marilyn says it's ok, ha ha) because I am going to introduce LuLu (my Hello Kitty sewing machine -- see earlier post) to quilting tomorrow. Lulu and I are going to work on a Swell jellyroll and see what happens. I don't really have a pattern in mind. I am sewing with my friend who has the other Hello Kitty machine now. She is working on her first quilt, a red, white and blue rail fence. She and I picked out the fabric when I picked up my fun, sunshiny sunflower quilt from the long arm quilter last Saturday. I can't wait to show you that one, but first I have to bind it and wash it - it has raw edge applique that needs to get all raggedy.
Here is a bonus quote from Mae West:
when choosing between two evils, I like to choose the one I have never tried before.
I guess that's why I keep trying new patterns. good justification, eh?
oh, and here is a fun blog. It's super cute. trust me. although I read the title of it, and thought it would be something different. see if you agree.
oh, and go here to enter for a chance to win a beautiful quilt!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

can a girl have too much?

There is a lot of talk about being good and not buying too much fabric, using one's stash rather than buying more. . . well, I fell off of the wagon (oh wait, I was never on the wagon!) and bought a gawgeous bunch o' fabric for a class I signed up for at my LQS2 that was added at the last minute. Here is what I hope to make. My fabrics are yummy flutterby by tula pink for moda and a selection of randoms to mix and match. I did my own litle shop hop on my way back from Fair Oaks yesterday, where my job had taken me. No picture cuz I am running late and my camera is in the car, where I should be. BUT I did want to share the following with you:

A little craft humor sent by my sis-in-law. Pass it on to those you know who crochet. Now you know why the crochet:

The Dolls A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.For al l of these years , he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $ 95,000.00 He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, " my grandmother told me, the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll." The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness."Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of t h is money? Where did i t come from?""Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling all the rest of the dolls."A Prayer.......Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;Love to forgive him;And Patience for his moods; Because Lord, if I pray for Strength,I'll beat him to death, because I don't know how to crochet.

Happy Wednesday

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hella Pink!

Working away at the Hella (or Hecka) Pink quilt. Here is the layout my husband helped me select. My photo skills are lacking, but you get the idea, yah?

Then I tried Lisa Boyer's trick and made Hecka Black and White. Still looks okay I think. I put the lighter blocks in the center, again as Lisa suggested:
Ok, and check this out. This is Hella Trippy: impressionist quilt. No need to match those seams! Thanks to my photo editor software.

And these little blocks are the not hella pink enough:

They did not make the cut. Benchwarmers. UFO's. Didn't play well with others. Loners. Voted off the island. Auf'd. Fired. (I could do this all day!)

Hey Designers! Gather round. I have some news. (Gosh I love Tim Gunn.)
What do youz guys suggest for a Fierce Border for this quilt o' mine. I am thinking narrow stripe, then sawtooth half-square triangles, just like the pattern calls for. Dang, I am clever.

Has anyone seen a good pink-a-licious stripe that would be good for this?? I have several stripeys, but none that seem to want to be in this quilt. Hook me up. Seriously.

ok, I am putting this one away for the night, and moving on to THE DRESS! woo hoo!