Friday, February 29, 2008
I had the day off work yesterday so I got out some projects to brighten things up a bit around here. The first one is one that has been in progress for, well, lets just say quite a while. It is called April Showers, and was from one of the swaps I joined a long time ago. I am hand quilting it, and with my hands I can't always get as much done as I would like in one sitting. So I just keep working away on it when I can. I only have the top border to quilt then I can put the binding on it. I don't know what I'm going to use just yet. I really wish I had more of the blue, but I only have enough to bind maybe half of it .
The picture on the right is a close up of my quilting. I LOVE hand quilting and wish I could do more. Unfortunately, my carpal tunnel won't let me. *sniff* :(
This last picture is a round robin that I was involved in a couple years ago. I am thinking about just using muslin on the back and machine quilting it then using it as a porch quilt. We have a swing on our front porch, but it needs some softness to it. I don't think I would ever leave it outside all the time, but it would be there if someone wanted to make things a bit more 'cushy' or needed a light cover for a cool evening. Both are a nice burst of color to see right now, we need it :)
Still deciding on the layout for the log cabin, but I have decided on borders. I work with mom to be tonight, and gave her my blog address so hopefully she has seen the layouts and I can get feedback from her too. Also did a couple more disappearing 9 patches, and made another journal cover (they are quite addictive). Felt good to make some progress! Well, I am off to get the house ready for the weekend. I always try to get things cleaned up so we can enjoy the weekend, not do chores. Hope everyone finds some time to do what makes them happy :cD Warm country wishes!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Well if you were kind enough to listen to me whine just a little (bless your hearts) you should be rewarded with some pictures. These are pictures of a quilt I am making for a co-worker who is expecting her second little one. I am trying to decide which layout I like better.
I'm leaning toward the asymmetrical design on top. I've also got to decide on borders, if I put borders on it. Decisions, decisions :) Then I've got to get busy on some more disappearing 9-patches as well as some swaps going on in my groups. Plenty enough to keep me busy. Actually I think when I finish up the last couple block swaps I'm in that will be it for a while. I keep trying to knock my UFO's down, but then end up joining swaps that add to it. There are just soooo many quilts I would like to make. What can ya do? Keep sewing away :cD that's my plan, at least ;c) Hopefully I'll get to do plenty of that tomorrow. Hope you do too. Warm country wishes!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Delivered it to dad to be last night and he was really happy with it. He even asked if I might be able to make a quilt for his other little one. I told him it might be a while (I've got lots I want to get done first), but yes I could make one for her too. Don't want her to feel left out. I'm such a softie :) Up next to get finished are Amy's quilt, the second baby quilt and Jessica's quilt. After that I will see what I can get into.
Been a really slow start to the day here, but I'm on my way upstairs to get some cleaning done so I'll be able to spend some quality time sewing later tonight. Happy sewing all!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Been a very productive day here. City let me sleep in and took the kids out this morning, which was very nice considering I didn't get done at work until 2am yesterday. Gotta love the restaurant industry! I was able to enjoy my coffee and get lots of work done. I got to work on my string quilt, finish the puppy quilt, got Jess's quilt basted (boy that was a chore! The backing may end up a little short, but as of right now it looks like I'll be ok.), and started the baby quilt for the next co-worker that is due. She is having a little boy, so I dug through my stash and found a stack of homespun fat quarters I had received as a gift a while back. They were lighter shades of mostly golds and greens with just a hint of red, so I found a couple other homespuns in darker blue shades to make it look a little more 'boy'. It is going to be a traditional log cabin. I really like how it is coming along so far. After City and the mouselings got home we just enjoyed some family time. So nice! Seems like Saturday is the only day we can really count on that time, so we try to enjoy it as much as we can.
I do have a question I was wondering if someone could give me some info on. I know there are quilting blog rings out there. I would love to join one, and I found one that is for quilters that love to make/admire scrap quilts. I was wondering if there is any 'joining etiquette' if you will. I guess I just feel a little weird up and joining something when I am so new. Should I e-mail the owner, do I need to let her know, do I need to be blogging for a certain amount of time? I know that I probably sound pretty silly, but I just want to make sure I do things right.
Well, the washer just got done so I am off to put the quilt in the dryer, everyone cross your fingers that the puppy quilt comes out the way it went in :cD Warm country wishes!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I've also been slowly starting to get things ready to move my sewing area around and came up with a place for a design wall. I will admit it is a bit small, but its a start. My sewing area is in one of the mouselings rooms so I am trying to find ways to have a nice area without taking up too much space or being too obtrusive. So I decided to tack a peice of flannel up on the back of the door to their room. If I want to use it I just have to shut the door, and when its open (which it is most of the time anyway) they will never know its there. Right now I have the tumblers I have cut for a futrue charm quilt on it.
One last photo to share. You may know I've also taken up jewelry making , like I need another hobby lol, and wanted to share a picture of my latest creation. I've actually made a few of these because I've had people at work offer to buy the one I have worn in to work. I just think they're fun little necklaces :cD
Well thats about all the excitement around here right now. We are just busy with the other regular day to day activites and trying to keep warm. ( I think we are averaging under 20 degrees around here right now) The continued cold is the perfect reason to quilt, which is what I am off to do right now :cD Warm country wishes everyone!
Friday, February 15, 2008
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
OK, so here we go, 7 random facts.....
1. I am the oldest of 4 siblings. I have one younger sister and 2 younger brothers.
2. I have never flown on an airplane.
3. My dream job would be to do voice work. You know, like providing the voices for animated movies or doing narration for films. Especially doing character voices, I think that would be a blast!!!!
4. I am a breakfast food junkie. Cereal, oatmeal, bagles, pancakes, you name it. I could live on breakfast foods for the rest of my life and never miss lunch or dinner :cD
5. I am the family athlete. In my younger days I played softball, volleyball, basketball, ran track and field (ok I threw the shot put and discus, but I did place in the state meet in the shot put), and was a nationally ranked powerlifter in the ADFPA when I was 19. Right now I love to run altough I don't get out to do it as much as I would like to. I have run 5 marathons, 5 half marathons and several smaller distance races. I am hoping to run at least a half if not a full marathon in the fall of this year.
6. I still love to watch cartoons. Guess I'm still a kid at heart.
7. I collect thimbles. I started collecting them before I ever even touched a sewing machine. I have well over 100 from a lot of different places. I look for them everywhere we travel, and have lots I wouldn't necessarily have been able to get thanks to my on-line friends and family that travles more than me.
Well, there you go. Some random facts about Country Mouse. Now to tag some others. I'm relatively new to the blogging thing so I don't know that I know 7 people to tag, but I'll tag Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Laurie at . , ( I have them linked on the left) and anyone else who wants to play can consider themselves tagged by me :cD
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's day. We don't go all out here, but we had a nice evening together. I got to help out with the Valentines party for my son. Lots of fun, brought back fond memories of Valentines parties when I was young. It was always such fun to pass out your valentines to your friends, then even more fun to see all the goodies that were waiting for you in your Valentines box. Ahhhh, memories :) I got a lovely card, flowers and candy from City. So sweet. I got him a card, some candy, and the most recent release of his favorite TV show on DVD. I think he was happy ;) Then we all had dinner together and enjoyed the evening. All in all a very nice day!
Here it is Friday already! I've been able to get more done on my scrappy bargello. Both mouslings were is school this morning, so I was able to blissfully sew away for about 2 hours this morning. I now have all the strips cut and 2 more pannels ready to sew. I've also got my ugly challenge top nearly done, and the binding 1/2 way done on the puppy quilt. I am debating on taking a day trip tomorrow. I've had my fair share of stress here the last week or so, so I may try to get away to Amish country for a bit tomorrow. I'm just gonna see how things go tomorrow. I'm off to sew a bit more, hope everyone else finds some quality quilty time too! Warm country wishes!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Well I'm off to get a few more things done before I have to go into work. Boy I wish we grown-ups could have snow days from work! lol Oh well, at least I had time to get some fun in today. Hope everyone else did too. Warm country wishes!!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I really wish I had some quilty pictures to share, but unfortunately I don't. :( But, I found this picture on one of my groups and it perfectly describes how I've felt the last couple of days. (Actually that was me this morning. After City took the kids to school I crashed and slpet for an extra 3 hours!) Things where I work have been a bit hectic so I've ended up picking up extra hours. Between that, and all the stuff I need to get done here between the kids and housework, errands and other stuff, I've been happy to squeeze in sewing and running time where I can. Now I am glad to report that I have completed the quilting on the BOM and the quilting is done and binding is attatched to the doggie quilt. Now to hand stitch it down. I have made some progress on my swaps. And the only fabric I've bought so far this month was a great neutral that was calling out to me from the remnant bin. I haven't made any progress on Amy's quilt yet, but I am going to go cut some squares to do some dissapearing 9-patches for the very outside edges here yet tonight as well as some leaves for some applique work I am doing for it. So, honestly, I'm a pretty happy quilter. Also been able to squeeze in 3 runs so far this week (only missed my Monday one) and am gonna try to get in a nice run outside this weekend if the weather cooperates.
February is Quilting Month and they are celebrating over at Sew Mama Sew. I'm putting link to them over on the left here. They are sharing blocks, techniques, quilts and other fun stuff. I just have to mention an entry on sharing quilting history. You'll have to go check it out if you haven't. It is excellent!! Made me want to reasearch more not only for my own knowledge, but also to make sure I share with the mouselings, who also love to help me make quilts as well as create their own 'quilts' by laying out fabric scraps on the floor. I think they enjoy playing with the fabric as much as I do.
Well, I'm off to have some quilty fun. Hopefully I'll have some quilty pics for you next time. Hope you all find time for your quilting passion too. Warm country wishes :cD
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Now I wish I was able to get accomplished what Bonnie did over at Quiltville, you'll have to go check out her scrapy bagrgello quilt... just wonderful. But I was thrilled I was able to get as much done as I did. I was able to get one panel completly sewn and a second cut into strips ready to sew together. I think I am going to make two more panels and go ahead and put a border on it to make it throw sized. It has gone together very quickly, and I am just thrilled that I was able to cut those tubes into STRAIGHT rows of squares!! I was sooo afraid I was gonna end up with some weird wonky shape :cO I've gotten everything ready for the sewing I want to do tomorrow. Mondays are my day I devote to working on only older UFOs (although I may make an exception for the doggie quilt tomorrow, maybe only another hour of quilting on it and it will be done) So hopefully I'll have a nice progress report for tomorrow. Hope you all had a great Superbowl/Bargellowbowl Sunday!!