Thursday, August 28, 2014

Really Random Thursday 8.28.14

 This morning was absolutely beautiful.  Open windows cool dry breeze.  It won't last, but it sure was nice.  The school schedule is so good for our family.  It gets me up earlier in the morning, and the house stays neater!  The kids have less time in the day to make a mess.  And really, the two younger ones hardly make any mess at all.  I suppose its relative.

This pic makes me happy.  E fills my computer with all sorts of things like this.
 Quilt design and inspiration everywhere - even Cotton Candy (candy floss) booths.
 Last weekend my  20 y/o nephew came to spend time with my kids.  It was great.  It also tells you what a wonderful guy my nephew is.
 The birds are packing on the pounds ounces.  I've been filling the feeder about once a week.  They are eating way more now than the spring.
 A stack of fabric, all pulled from my stash, destined for skirts for E.  Just a few more obligation projects, and then I have some major freedom.
 Not sure what I'll sew, but these magazines have been a source of great inspiration.  Oh my, does this woman, Jenny Doan, have an amazing mind.  I'm not sure which I like more, reading the stories with each pattern, or the brilliant pattern design, but I'm really enjoying these.

I did sign up for my first swap ever. (sign ups are over)  Waiting for my intro email so I can start stalking my partner and making plans.  I can't wait!

 Linking with Cindy (when she posts...)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday 8.27.14

 Happy Wednesday!  Today's WIPs are all over the place.

First, today was the Second First Day of School.  Yep, you read that right.  We were all set to go Monday morning, up early, dressed, ready, took pictures and went to school.
 (First day pic above) When we got to school, found that they had discovered some mold in the basement, so everyone was sent back home.  Fortunately it wasn't too extensive, everything is cleaned up and dried out and inspected, so today: Back to school.
 The 8 y/o simply refuses to cooperate for pictures.  I gave up.

On to sewing.  I finished the 100 Blessings Quilt! Post coming as soon as I can get it delivered.
 Trying something new with the machine stitched/embroidered label.

 This week I've got to finish an Elven Princess and Hiccup for the upcoming Renaissance Faire visit.  Not looking forward to making those sleeves.

 Most of Hiccup is actually already done, just need a shirt and hem pants.  Oh, and maybe make a shield.....
 Linking up with Lee.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Family Friday: Ballet Edition

 Last week was ballet camp for my eldest daughter. (no tents) The girls spent the week studying the ballet, Giselle.  There was lots of dancing, choreography to learn, French terms to learn/review, some snacks and a bit of craftiness.  By the end of the week they had two dances to perform.
 Fourteen Giselles with their medallions.
 Apparently these two pictures capture a very classic part of the dance from the ballet.

 In the white skirts the girls are doing the Dance of the Wilis.  They are spirits of girls who have died of broken hearts.
 E is on the left here.

 E and her friend.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Really Random Thursday 8.21.14

 I was supposed to take pictures of these socks for my Aunt.  She knitted them for me.  It took me forever to remember, because I don't generally wear wool socks in summer!  Do you see the river running through them?
 I was driving to pick up my kids a couple weeks back.  The sky went from grey to brilliant in about 2 seconds.  Just beautiful.
 We were in Iowa a couple weekends ago.  Celebrating a bit of Dutch heritage here with some giant wooden shoes.
 Spending some time in the pool. Do all boys take every picture with mouths open?
I know this is a funny shot, but it shows off the fact that all of M's hair can be put into a pony tail, now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday 8.20.14

 Nearly all of my sewing the last week or so has been for the 100 Blessings Quilt.

I started with 10" squares from each fabric.  I then cut two inches off each side. That gave me a 2" square for the scrap book and two 8" x 2" strips.  This little quilt below is made from (most of) those left over strips.
 I was laying out possible combinations, and sort of ended up with this.  I could have cut more strips, but decided instead to fill the center with a red.
 Today I added a red border to tie it all together. 
 I will be quilting this one after I finish the official blessings quilt, but this one will be a nice lap quilt/drag around size.

Linking up with Lee for the first time in a while.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fabric Acquisitions and More

There has been much sewing around these parts, just not much blogging.  I'm sure I will become a more consistent blogger once school starts next week.  Not only will three of them be in school all day, it also forces me to get up earlier in the morning!

 About three weeks ago my Local Quilt Guild had its annual picnic and sale.  Most of the items are "bid" on by placing a purchased ticket in a bag for an item.  Then one ticket of the bunch is drawn. 
 One of the items I "won" was this cheater Dresden plate panel with some matching fabric.  The plate part has already been hand quilted.  At first I was thinking a pillow, but now I'm thinking a bag.  It would probably get more use.
I also won this stack of fabrics that was bundled together.  Mostly I put my ticket in because of the strawberry print, but there are some other pretty prints in there.  Some dated ones, too. :)
Patterns were 5 for a dollar.  I'm bad about using patterns, but hey, for $.20, why not?
And really, I must make one of these ridiculous pheasants for Mr. Riley.
This week I picked up some prepackaged fabric at IKEA.  At less that $1 a yard, it was hard to resist.  Even bugs and tumbling blocks.  I figure they will make good backings.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Odds And Ends Wednesday

 Temperature quilt.  This is July.  It really hasn't been that hot.  Only two days above 85 degrees Farenheit.
 The top so far, January through July.  E was holding it backwards.  I didn't notice until editing.
 I mentioned we were in Galena, IL last week.  There are a handful of antique stores there.  In one I found some hexies that I had to rescue.  They are strung together on thread with a rusted needle, complete with cardboard template.  It was with the instruction sheet. 
 The instructions are not for English Paper Piecing, but that is probably what I will do to complete the top.  It is obvious that the yellow is for the center of the flowers.  I will have to count the other patches to see what is supposed to be petals vs. background.  Actually, now that I think about it, probably the patterned fabric is the flower.
There were also two orphan Dresden Plate blocks that I didn't rescue.  And a ton of quilts and one beautiful top.  None seemed outrageously priced, but I certainly couldn't buy them all, and at this point they would just live in the closet, so I thought it best not to buy any.
And a bit of happy mail for me.  Haven't even cracked it open yet.  Can't wait to read it.  Don't know if I'll ever make a house, but they are so stinkin' cute.