Sunday, June 28, 2009

Miss Izzy and Miss Delish

I'm not working fast on these, but I am working....Here's a picture of the first 2 blocks side by side. I do have some grocery shopping to do and dinner to make but I might start the 3rd one before I get to that.....
What's everyone out there in blogland doing today? It's 71 and sunny here in New Jersey with a gorgeous breeze blowing...I'm enjoying the day tremendously....

You Can Call Me Izzy

Let me introduce you to can call her Izzy for short. Isn't she cute? She is the first block from the TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS Block of the Month that I started last summer that I've actually finished and got the fabric borders on. I was searching yesterday thru my stash for fabric to use for the borders and came across this bundle of Moda's "Summer's Basket of Flowers", which I thought would go perfectly with the blocks. So, I washed and dried them all up and since they were out I decided to cut into them and start the borders.

Each block finished with the 4 borders finishes up to be 16-1/2 X 18-1/2 so with making 9 blocks for the front, this will make a nice size top. I'm not making it for anyone in particular right now but my daughter Sarah just loves their striped stockings so you never know...Sarah might just be the recipient of this one in the end.

Now to get moving on the other 8 blocks....

Friday, June 26, 2009


Has anyone used one of these hanging tomatoe gadgets? I'm not a gardener at all but I wanted some home grown tomatoes this year so I went to Home Depot a few weeks ago and got this. The plant has gotten huge since I put it in but no buds yet. I think it might be because I bought Jersey tomatoe plants, which I think don't really start till August but I'm hoping I get something.....

Another challenge top finished too. Back in April I think one of the bloggers did a stimulus where she quilted any top for $25 plus shipping and handling. It really got me to moving along on this top because I wanted to bind it and have it ready when the addition was done. I'd like to give the builder and his wife just a little thank you gift. I got the binding on in 2 nights in front of the tv...which if anyone knows me, knows this is lightening speed. I hate doing the binding and label but when under the gun, I git er done! The top is made up of all 6.5 inch sampler blocks that I had laying around the house. The background is all Kona white. I had a ton of strips cut from another project so the piano key border worked out wonderful on it.
I'm thrilled to have it done early so I don't have to scurry around either next week or the week after.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

2 Posts in One Day

2 posts in one day, and on a Thursday no less....that is totally unheard of!

So, after dinner, I finished the project I'd shown the sneak peek of in the earlier post today. It's one of my challenge projects. I started this "Sangria Splash" table topper at least 3 years ago.

The fabrics are gorgeous and it's going to look great on my dining room table. I took a picture of it on the coffee table because the lighting is better in the family room.
Have you seen these ruler holders? I finally found one last week at the quilt shop and I LOVE how it has organized my rulers all in one place.
So, now what do I start working on?

Lotsa Things Goin On

Lotsa things going on around here.....We're heading into the home stretch on the addition. Next Monday starts the sanding and staining of the hard wood floors so with a LOT of luck and the construction inspector gets here, we can have Jen in her apt. by July 7th...YAY. The sun came out this afternoon....YAY....and I had a vacation day today to do with what I wanted.
I started out the morning my mailing a birthday present to Robin and a little something to Michelle, did some banking, and then took a quick trip to Quilting Possibilities... I needed a quilt shop fix, besides, I had a gift card from Mother's Day that was burning a hole in my pocket. I found some fruit ladies fabric for one of the girls I work with. I bought the end of the bolt which amounted to just about 1 yard. I got my last kit for the All Roads Lead to the Sea quilt, 3 fat zippers to make some zippit bags and the floral fabric is already quilted and it's for a tote. Then I found a mint green with white dots and a white with mint green dot for an old project I'd like to work on. Robin is a little nervous that I'm turning into a fru fru girly girl but I'm not....I still love my Thimbleberries but it's summertime (at least that's what the calendar keeps saying) and in the summertime I like to work with some fru fru fabrics....

Then, I went and got my nails done (OK Robin so I am turning into a girly girl, who cares LOL) and then came home and worked on one of my BPF UFO Challenge Projects. Here's a quick peek at it.... I need to finish the binding and then I'll show a full picture of the finished project.
I will have some pictures of the addition after tomorrow.
The builder will be here at the crack of dawn to do more so I'll take some pictures later tomorrow. Most of today's stuff was leaders, gutters, air conditioning unit etc.....

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Month 5

Oops....guess I got my months out of order on this BOM. Regardless, I'm up to date and that's all that matters.

And here's a sneak peek at one of the embroidery projects I've been doing at night while I watch TV.

It's one of the Cinderberries Girls....

Off to See the Wizard

I've had a charm pack of Wizard of Oz fabrics that I bought specifically to make a table topper for my daughter's apartment. Since she'll be moving in in 2 weeks I thought I better get started on it today. I cut the charms, sewed them up, added 2 simple borders and then even quilted and machine bound it....All ready and waiting for her move. I'm sorta in a state of shock that I finished something BEFORE it was needed...

Month 6

I only had the TB BOM kit for a week or so, so I'm feeling quite good that it's finished and will be set aside for finishing later in the year.

And the answer to the question I KNOW you are all wondering is is still raining here in NJ. I'll have to start back on the ark...


Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Ark

If any of you live on the east coast I KNOW you can sympathize with me when I say that instead of making quilts, I should be building PEGGY'S ARK....We have had more rain this month than I can remember in a long time. I now know how people in Seattle must's been quite a depressing week....

I wanted to show you some blocks I received yesterday from a block swap on Pat Sloan's site.

It was a Mad Hatter Tea Cup Swap.
Pat posted a pattern for a teacup and you had to send in 6 blocks using "fun" fabrics. I used fabric that looked like puzzle pieces. I thought they came out really cute so I was really looking forward to seeing what I got back. I was not disappointed yesterday when I opened my envelope and these cuties were inside . The girls all used fun fabrics for their teacups and also for their handles. Now to figure out what I'll do with them.

I'm also in another Yahoo group with girls that I've known for a lot of years. We each have a birthday month where each girl gets to pick a block and fabric and you get one block from each person.

This year I thought I'd pick a 4 inch paper pieced pinwheel block to use with other 30's blocks I've collected over the years. I don't have all my blocks yet since I requested 2 from each girl but I'm almost done....

Some girls are not comfortable doing paper piecing so they sent blocks in different patterns and sizes, but I like each one and they'll all go nicely with the blocks I've been collecting.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sweet Gatherings

I'm doing an embroidery block of the month with Stitch N Tyme quilt shop in Missouri which happens to be owned by a friend, Deb Smith and her mom. I don't think Deb has an online shop yet but she offered it to friends thru one of the yahoo groups that I belong to. "As the Crow Flies" is the name of the bom and for block #1 the crow is flying a kite. Isn't it cute?
I've been bitten by the embroidery bug so that I've not done any "quilting" in over a week.
Hope everyone had a nice week...this upcoming week for me will be CRAZY since it's the last week of school for our 7th and 8th graders and you know how that age kid is in school...they just want the school year to be over and summer to be started. I know I'll survive but every year I ask myself "how did I manage last year?".

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Blue Chinese Coins

I can't believe it's been almost a week since I did any kind of update to my blog. The weather here in New Jersey has been HORRIBLE. I can't remember a week when it's been so rainy. Because of that it made me feel very lazy.......ok, ok, lazier than usual LOL

I did start working with the blue/white/yellow fabric last Saturday and last time I showed a picture, it was just piles. Here's what I did with all those piles:

I absolutely love that chinese coins pattern!!

I unfortunately, did not have enough of either of the fabrics I wanted to use for the final border so I cut the strips and connected them and came up with a half and half kinda border. What do you think? I like it personally.....the whole top is scrappy so why shouldn't the border kinda be scrappy too? Now to go to the quilt shop and get a backing for it so I can get this one quilted lickety split.....

Now....what should I work on????