Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I [heart] sweater weather!
I can't wait to start making (and eating!) pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, to plan our Halloween costumes, and drive down streets made beautiful with gold and flaming red trees.
Here are a couple of projects to help set the mood... happy crafting!
A fun project to do with your children.
Elliott cleaned out the food cupboard, and was putting away all the boxed goods we gained, including lots of cereal. He discovered we are now the proud owners of 34 boxes of cereal.
You are all invited for breakfast tomorrow!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
If you prefer to handquilt, there are tutorials with good pictures located here and here.
Heather Bailey's beautiful site has lots of inspiring eye-candy, and also a great tutorial on how to bind your quilt.
Here are some great ideas from flickr:
Log cabin style with embroidery in the center... too cute!
Machine quilting runs perpendicular to the strips in this quilt. What could be simpler or more charming?
This one is a little different, with applique. It has a nice vintage feel to it.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Yukon
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Chocolate Oreo
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name + lite for a girl, or dawg for a boy), G-lite
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal), Red Butterfly
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born), Rae Paramount
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the last 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Kergi
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)The Black Ginger Ale
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers), Terry Morris
9. TEEN IDOL NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy), Lovely Chocolate
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ), Jo Dail
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter), Spurr Seattle
12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower). Christmas Rose
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Pear Pajamy
14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree), Cheerio Maple
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Quilt Lightning Tour
Friday, September 21, 2007
Okay, this is totally going to remind me that I only have 5 readers of my blog, but my mailbox is lonely, and I am tired of waiting for someone I know to host a doll quilt swap, so I am doing it myself!
A few guidelines:
1. The quilt must measure between 18 inches square and 24 inches square, although it can also be a rectangle that fits in those measurements.
2. Please use natural fibers in the construction of this quilt (like cotton or wool).
3. Pieced, applique, or wholecloth, you decide. Quilted by hand or machine, and bound. Feel free to embellish your heart away if you desire.
4. Include a label on the back for posterity's sake, including your name and the date, at the least.
I am setting a mailing deadline of Nov. 7, 2007. This should give us a little bit of time after the Halloween rush, but before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please leave a comment (in case I don't get the email for some reason), and email me with your name, email address, blog address, and your snail mail address too! Please do not sign up if you will be unable to fulfill the commitment. But really, this is a wee little quilt!
Some dates to note:
September 28 - Sign-up deadline! I will email you the info on who you are creating for by October 1st.
October 15 - please post a sneak peek (this could be just the chosen fabric, or the quilt under construction) on your blog.
November 6 - Pictures, please... of the back of the quilt! We want the front to be a surprise when we open it, right?
November 7 - Packages (with quilts in them!) must be postmarked by this date.
Edited to add: In your email, please let me know what a couple of your favorite fabric lines or styles are, so I can match you with people that have similar taste. Thanks!
Anyway, here is a cute story so you can see why I never post anymore:
Mrs. B, Andrew's teacher, has been alerting us for some time that the children would be giving oral presentations on a book they read over the summer. Andrew chose a book Grandma lent us, Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. This past week Andrew hasn't had homework because the 3rd graders have been involved in statewide testing, but Mrs. B didn't give us a specific date when the book reports would be presented, and she has never given us a rubrick.
You can imagine my surprise then, while cleaning up from dinner, when Andrew announced that the oral reports would be today. Uhm, what? Okay, we got busy, fixing up the notes he had taken (not much), and he gave me his report as it was so far. It lasted 30 seconds, and was supposed to be 2-3 minutes. The other problem was that in about 1 minutes a babysitter was coming and I needed to run to the church for a choir rehearsal (I am the conductor of a special ward choir that will be singing in Downtown Indianapolis this December.)
Let me skip the boring part of the story by saying that with much urging and help from me, we got Andrew into bed by 10pm (don't worry Babe, no threats were involved!)
After questioning Andrew a few times, I still was unsure of the timing of the presentations this morning, although he did tell me he was up 4th. So I left a message and fired off an email to his teacher this morning, trying to figure out what time to come to his class (his teacher encourages parents to come watch). I even called a classmate's mother and left a message with her wondering what time the presentations were starting!
About 8:20 this morning, the phone rang, and it was Andrew. Here is the beginning of the conversation:
Andrew: Hi, its Andrew.
Andrew: It turns out the book report is next week.
I was able to respond after I stopped laughing hysterically. Well, it is a good thing, as Martha would say. Now we can work on the actual presenting more!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Hehehe, poor guy, he was a little shocked as I walked away.
But seriously? Las Vegas or Fort Lauderdale?
It is hard to believe I have an 8 year old. Time has flown by! He is a great kid.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
After the butterfly exhibit we walked around and enjoyed the beauty of the gardens. Sophie really loved it, as you can tell!
Ethan was terrified of the butterflies, but he had fun walking in the garden.
Andrew clowning around with a frog.
His teacher at school LOVES frogs, so we will make this into a card for her.
Grandpa got into the act too!
Charles didn't want to be outdone, so he decided to walk across the lily pads...
and become a part of the statuary!
I used to enjoy designing my own quilts from scratch... choosing a block i liked, a couple of fabrics I liked, and then designing a complete quilt around that, adding in new and stashed fabrics. That methodology is very time intensive, and I just don't have the time to do that right now. I am quite happy to make patterns exactly as the designer made them, and using complete fabric lines, without adding in any other fabrics. Brainless quilt making, and quick satisfaction!
Mom just took my Freshcut quilt top home with her to quilt for me. I didn't get a picture of it before it went to California, but I am happy with how it turned out.
I hadn't been to a quilt shop in a while, but had TWO trips in the last week. I have bought these jelly roll strips,
and am in the process of piecing a "split-rail fence" quilt. All rectangles and squares, not too hard to deal with.
Anyway, I just remembered I titled this post as a tutorial, so check out this blog post.
I will post pictures of the fun we had later, but for now, here is an inside joke for my Scattergories-playing family:
If I were a bat I would be...
a Spotted Bat! Find out more
about this bat or take the quiz
to see what kind of bat you are most like.
Yep, Dad, I'm a spotted bat too!