Tuesday, November 18, 2014

                                                        Fun Weekend

 This past Saturday, B Right On, a quilt shop in Brighton, Colorado had a make and take event. We had 5 stations set up, and customers could sit down and make any or all of the 5 items offered, for only $5 each! They also had the option of purchasing additional kits to take home. We were so pleased with the turnout- our weather had been very cold and it started to snow late that morning. But you know quilters- that doesn’t stop them!
   Here is Elaine with sweet Harriet getting her ready to sew!
  First up was a Ten Minute Table Runner- taught by Dawn, an awesome teacher of our quilting 101, 102 and many other classes!  The runner the customers were making was smaller than the one in the top picture, but one of our savvy customers (Jan) pointed out that the smaller one fits perfectly on top of a toilet tank! What a quick way to spruce up the bathroom! She is pictured below with her little ten minute runner and her mug mat.


Next up was a sewing machine applique mug mat, taught by Kathy. She is our Accu Quilt goddess, and was using the Accu Cut to cut all of the little sewing machines out of fabric. Such a great project!

  The next project was a wonderful little magnetic pin ring, and for some awful reason I did not get any pics of these. Our wonderful Jazz Cat instructor Irene had kits ready to go- no machines were needed for this project. Everyone seemed to enjoy these! She had plenty of kits ready to go!
  Next on the to do list was Elaine’s pin cushion chickens. She had many many kits ready to go to make these little cuties. Judy had a great idea and turned hers into turkey! Elaine is the most patient teacher, and everyone enjoyed her directions while making their new little friends. Elaine is going to make some even smaller- she is amazing! (or insane- we aren't sure which)


Susan, a wonderful teacher and talented long-armer. For those of you that are not quilt savvy, this does not mean she has long arms. She has a machine that is called a long arm and quilts for people:).  Susan was demonstrating how to use the Bloc Loc rulers while welcoming everyone into the event. You can find her here if you need your quilt quilted-
 If you are not familiar with these rulers, get familiar with them now! In my opinion, it is the only way to trim up half square triangles! Bloc Loc also makes flying geese rulers and now have drunkards’ path rulers as well! Go here for more info-fast!
Below is a pic of our youngest make and taker, Zoey, and our instructor, Susan.  Zoey had a great time, and really knew how to run the sewing machine. I am sure her sweet grandma Judy has been an inspiration to her!


Last , but hopefully not least,  I was manning  (notice the Broncos reference-haha) the tissue holder station. There are several versions out there. I enjoy  making this version- it has a little bit of accent showing on each side- theses make great stocking stuffers and really go together quickly!

  I also got a little bit of my own sewing done this weekend.  I had been stitching on these little pin cushions at night while curled up with the dogs.  I can get 2 of these little embroideries done in one evening. Remember, Sunday is marathon tv night. Of course I don’t get much done during The Walking Dead- I have to watch to keep track of Darryl-ooh la la. They better get Beth out of that looney bin of a hospital- the season is almost over- yikes! And holy cow Homeland!  Get Saul the hell out of there! And the chick on The Affair is a drug dealer??? I did not see that coming. But I digress. Oh look, a squirrel-
   I love Gail Pan designs, and her Christmas book is on my wish list. The pattern for these little beauties is out of her book Patchwork Loves Embroidery. You can ask for it at your local quilt shop.  Check out her other patterns and her blog-
  I put a layer of walnut shells in the pin cushions before I started to stuff it. I noticed the date on the walnut shell package- 07.  And they came from a quilt shop that has been closed for years. Once again it pays to be a hoarder!  I even knew where the shells were when I was ready for them. That was an early Christmas miracle!
 I hope this blog finds you all well, my friends.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

                                                                         Busy  Busy

   Hi All! Well, like usual I did get time in my woman cave this weekend!  I did have my cousins down for lunch on Saturday- it is always so great to visit with them!  Bob made us a wonderful lunch, and a cake for dessert with berry medley stuff on the bottom. Do not call it raspberry- just ask him, ha ha. Last week I worked on a quilt for my daughter’s friend. Her nursery colors are pink and cheetah!  I did not want to share pictures of the quilt until the recipient got the quilt, and of course I did not get a picture of it quilted- dork. But here is the top-


   It was made almost totally from my stash. The only thing I had to purchase was the cheetah print for the letters. While pulling fabric for this quilt I did discover while I do not have an aversion to pink, I really did not have any in my stash. Luckily the 2 pink fabrics I had yardage of worked together! Guess I need to shop- J
  My friend Terry got me hooked on this pattern from Crabapple Hill- it is one of the new ones. Her quilt top was wonderful- she used a pale variegated thread and turned hers into a wall hanging-


   I had a great spider web fabric in my stash from years ago- and I also had some great variegated floss on hand. Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder!  I decided to make mine bigger, but stole her border idea- thanks Terry! And I had an 18” pillow form on hand- hoarding once again pays off- so I turned mine into a pillow. I think it is going to my daughter- she was almost drooling on it this weekend.

  Sunday I was torn- I have a quilt that needed to be quilted for a friend, but really wasn’t in the mood to quilt. So, I pulled out my Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler crap and pieced a few blocks. This quilt has been an ongoing project for at least 5 years. I did get  7 or 8 more blocks done. I am now at 32- a little more than 25% done. I am unsure about the lime green one in the 4th row. I will wait until I have them all done to decide if I need to re-make it.Good God why did I come up with the insane idea to make this? Dumbass-
  A helpful hint - if you are doing a big project from a book with a lot of different patterns, I have found it helpful to put the patterns into a 3 ring binder, or in this case, have the book spiral bound. It sure makes it easier to handle and prevents losing a pattern here and there. You can either do this yourself if you have one of those little bindy machines or have it done at any Fed EX/Kinkos, Staples, Office Depot or Binders R Us.

  I did pull out a snowman quilt to baste, but since I moved the furniture around in the living room I have not one space big enough for the quilt- not even on my flannel wall. Oh well, I will bring to work one day this week and baste it. I keep telling my bosses to quit filling up the damn showroom with doors – it is taking up my basting floor! But do they listen- NOOOO. JK, I Love you guys!
     I did run to one of my favorite shops Sunday to get 2 more blocks for my Bear Paw quilt. I did not get there in October- so I need to get those pieced this week. When I got back I started on another little project that I can’t share until next week.
   Hope you all got to sew this weekend- or do whatever it is that makes you smile!

Friday, October 31, 2014

                                                             My “MAN” Cave

       Well, the proper cutting table was actually delivered, dear hubby built it and it is now in my sewing room! On Saturday he bought shelving for me and up went my toy sewing machines.                                                
     We also found a corner shelving unit (it is supposed to be for closets but oh well) that I can use for my tiny tv so now it lives there instead of on the end of my ironing board. The tiny tv serves its’ purpose, but Magic Mike was sure not as fun on this tv as it was on the big screen!
   I mostly use the tv for background noise, but in this case you need to be watching the screen- haha! Maybe I need to move the binoculars in there for when it comes on again. Of course Silence of the Lambs was on a hundred times this weekend, and I watched it every chance I could. And I wonder why Amber likes creepy movies.  She is her mother's daughter!

     I practically lived in there all weekend! I sewed on some more Sew Together Bags, which you can see on my cutting table in the picture below. I also started a new Boxy Pouch Bag and got a new embroidery project ready to stitch- because I need more hand embroidery projects-NOT! Darn you Terry for that J I also started a quilt top for a friend of my daughters’ baby shower. I made myself use what I had- and I must say I need to add pink to my stash. I did not have much to choose from! We did run a few errands early Saturday, but after that I only came out to eat- bless Bob for cooking for me all weekend. I must say it was difficult to come to work today. I just wanted to keep my pj’s on and stroll into my little piece of heaven and sew some more! Poor Bob- he used to at least see me on the weekends.
    I did find a piece of fabric I had that had already been hemmed- I think I used it for curtains in my old sewing room. I think I am going to shorten them and make a valance for the window. I will have to watch the placement of the rod- I can’t cover up my Tom and Jerry picture!
     So, without further a-do here is the finished room it all of its’ glory. Sorry for some of the pics- I am still trying to learn how to take better pictures!

So, how about sharing pics of your "man" cave? Please post a pic from your sewing room in the comment section below!

Monday, October 20, 2014

                                                     Perfect Fall Weekend
  This past weekend I taught a beginning hand embroidery class at my LQS. It was a great class- I gave sweet Rhonda all sorts of embroidery tips and techniques that I have picked up these last 30 years. We went over stabilizers, different stitches, fabric selection, etc. It was a fun class- she is a Crabapple Hill junkie, too!

  This is my most recent finish-my friend Eileen quilted it for me- didn’t she do a fantastic job?

  I also finished quilting another quilt for a friends’ mom-it is kind of a secret so I can only show a snippet of the quilt. I only have one more to do for her and then I can send all 3 off to her.


  Friday night we had our upstairs neighbor down for dinner and drinks. Hubby made some awesome mac and cheese, green chile to pour over it, garlic bread and pumpkin lasagna for dessert. It was yummy! We also drank lots of wine- well, Jen and I did- Bob was a good boyJ.  What a lovely night-but it was sure hard to get up early Saturday for my teacher meeting and class! Oh well! We had a great time! Here is a pic of the lasagna-doesn’t look too pretty as it doesn’t set up well, but it was tasty!

   Of course the big news here in this state is a certain quarterback breaking the record of my most favorite quarterback ever. I guess since my lover Brett is ok with it I am, too. Peyton is very deserving of this accomplishment, and by all accounts seems like a very good person. Congrats!

   It was sure beautiful here this weekend- I don’t remember seeing this much color last year. Reds and oranges are everywhere! I just want to be outside all the time J

   Happy Fall Everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

                                                                    WEEKEND O’ FUN

   So, I got to hang out with my sweet buddy Terry Saturday and what a great day we had! We hooked up for breakfast then proceeded to visit 2 quilt shops. I resisted all I could until I got to the register at the first shop-and there was a sample made up of this little quilt-


    Too freaking cute!
    There was also a sample done up of this pattern-

   They had a kit done up of this one as well.  I actually had the kit in my hand before I saw the sample, looked at it and put it back. But, once I saw the damn sample I had to get it.  I was trying to decide which kit to get when I heard the little bad voice in my head say- “Go ahead- buy both- you deserve them both”- and the little bad voice won.

I got the Halloween one done last night- now I better get going on the snow one!  I loved making the little shoo fly blocks- and the kit had plenty of fabric and wool in it. Nicely done Laughing Ladies Quilt Shop!
   Then off we went to the 2nd shop- after a much needed and deserved trip through the Starbucks Drive through. I found this great fabric collection at the shop- and I think it will make a great Sew Together Bag. I cannot stop making them!

     I got to sew in my sewing room Sunday afternoon- all I can say is aaahhh. It is so nice being in the room, with the cats keeping me company (though George thinks she is smaller than she is and keeps knocking shit over)and sappy movies on the tv. However, I did find that on Saturdays there is usually a Will and Grace marathon on, and on Sunday- SOAP!! Yes, SOAP! I remember how scandalous that show was in its’ day- my goodness- a gay man on tv? WOW!  How I loved Benson- and Billy Crystal was fantastic.  One of the episodes that was on was the one where Burt thinks he can be invisible- freaking hilarious! I may never come out of my room on the weekends again!  Sorry honey!

Happy Sewing Everyone!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

   So, as of Wednesday night I had moved the tall bookshelf into the sewing room and put in on the east wall north of the window. I figured the ironing surface could be on the north wall by the door, and the cutting table would be in the middle of the room. Unknown to me, this was a very flawed plan.


NOTE- the mini blinds are being replaced-. A certain lard ass of a cat kept getting into the blinds and breaking them- thanks Newman!

   As I was tracking my cutting table delivery Thursday morning, I once again looked at the description. I finally noticed the table height- 30”!!!  What the hell! Why would you call a table a craft table that is only 30” high? I sure wish I could read. So, in frantic texts to my husband I told him to refuse the table. BUMMER! They do have another one that has a tad less storage, but it is 36” high- now we are talking! And , the best part is that it is cheaper!
  When I got home last night, I started screwing around in my room. I had an a- ha moment and figured the new table could be against the south wall to the west of my flannel board. I had thought the cutting table had drawers on the front and back, but it does not, so now I can shove it up against the wall. Perfect! More floor space! I got my trusty measuring tape out and  SHIT- in addition to the craft table covering up part of the closet, there was not enough room to put the cutting table there. Now what??Well, if I move the bookcase to behind my sewing machine, I can use that east wall for the cutting table. It would fit perfectly! So, there I am, unloading that damn bookcase, AGAIN. I move my machine down a bit, throw the bookshelf in and re load it. AHH- a beautiful spot for my cutting table.

As I was sitting on my ass watching a few minutes of Breaking Amish (don’t’ judge me- I always wanted to be Amish and this shows me why I could never cut it- though they do seem to have potty mouths so I just might fit in!) something came to mind. That cutting table has shelving on either end, and if I put it against that east wall I will lose that storage. Dear God- shoot me now.
Out comes the measuring tape, AGAIN, and yes indeed, the ironing surface will fit on the empty spot where my cutting table was going, and the table will fit where my ironing surface was. Of course, by now it is 9:30, but this chick cannot stand it. Back into my fricking room I go, and start moving the whole ironing board set up. Of course, it is not just a board.  There are 700 drawer units under it that I need to move as well, along with all of the crap I had piled on top of it that does not have a home yet. And, of course the units are too heavy to move with the drawers in them so I have to take the drawers out, move the unit, then put the drawers back in. And I had to move the sewing machine table down a few feet as well. Thank goodness the surge protector for my sewing machine is long enough to reach my machines’ new location! It is always good when things are long enough-J

    Today my handsome man is grabbing some shelving from storage, and then I can start moving my fabric into the closet. It will be so wonderful to get it out of all of those tubs! I hope it all fits!( a gal could only hope)
  That will be all the moving/re arranging in there for now. I do need to come up with where I am going to store all of my in-process kits/not started kits. I think if I sort through all of my crap I can come up with a drawer or 2. Hopefully the new cutting table will be here in a few weeks, then I can get some more things arranged. Maybe I can start sewing  Sunday !WHOO HOO!
Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

                      And now the nest is empty----

  My youngest kid has moved out. Not far, mind you.  He only went a few miles away to move in to his dad’s home. He is going to help his dad spruce things up around the house. My daughter lives there as well, so they will have a great time. But boy- I what an adjustment! And he has only been gone a night!!


  It is so strange- this morning when I got up and was banging around the kitchen I realized I didn’t have to worry about being quiet so I would not wake him up-we live in a small place and I can be noisy! Just ask my hubby-hahaha.


  The upside is I finally can move all of my sewing stuff from the dining room area into his room. He is not quite done taking stuff- he only has his mattresses and a dresser left, but last night I worked around them. I steam cleaned, wiped all of the walls down, washed windows, and then I stole his tv and moved it into my bedroom- boy Tom and Jerry looked great last night on the 20 inch screen- not a flat screen , mind you, but way bigger than what I had! I can actually read the menu on the screen!(and the episode with Nibbles being a musketeer was on – Touche’ pussycat!!)


    Unfortunately, the kid showed up with his buddy and he proceeded to give me a hard time about moving crap in there and he had not really been out yet. Hey- his bed sheets and quilts were gone, so as far as I am concerned the room is mine! Of course, he was just teasing, and he hugged me when he left. I did shed a tear-but then I had more work to do! I unloaded my tall bookshelf- where in the hell did all those quilting books come from? Geez- and then I moved the bookcase into the room. I also moved my sewing table in there.

   There was a chair in his room that matches our living room furniture, so in the middle of all this last night we decided to move the living room around so the chair could be in the living room with its’ siblings. Thank goodness I had not put the steam cleaner away- or the vacuum! Now we need to move the bedroom around so we can put the dog kennel in there instead of having it in the living room. Remind me why I bought a dog kennel big enough for 4 Bernese Mountain Dogs – damn spoiled dachshunds!

      So,  now I am waiting to move any more crap in there until my new craft/cutting table arrives tomorrow.  ( But I cannot stand to have stuff half done so I bet all my crap will be moved by later tonight) I also have a plan for my design wall- and I still have to gather the supplies for that. The wonderful shop guy at work is going to cut me some wood trim to border it (thank you Fabian- you rock!), and I am going to paint it a fun color. Orange, maybe?? Purple?
   So, today I feel as if I have been hit by a truck! But at least I worked my ass off last night and feel like I deserved those 3 chocolate chip cookies I ate! Tonight I will earn at least 3 more-there will be more vacuuming and steam cleaning to do, as well as moving stuff into the sewing room closet.  I also may stop and get my supplies for the design wall so I can get that up this weekend.
    Hello Motrin my old friend-----( I hope you just heard Simon and Garfunkle, and if you don’t know who that is you are too young to be reading my blog LOL!)


Thursday, October 2, 2014


 Bag Explosion – Hoop Travel Bag Sat: Oct 11 (1 class)
10:00 a.m. – noon

5 South 1st Ave...

Brighton, CO 80601


Call today to reserve your class space. Limited seating!

Need a gift for a fellow quilter? This super easy project bag is the perfect thing! Once you see how quickly this bag goes together, you will never use another Ziploc bag for a project again!

Cost: $20

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

                                                 Retreat Finishes

    Well, I actually did get some sewing done this past weekend. I tried to lay off the booze until I was done sewing for the day- that worked out pretty well.  The weather could not have been more beautiful- the trees were at their prime! There was a little orange here and there-wow. I am so glad now our group will get this place every year on this weekend! We didn’t even need a jacket on our walks.


    The first project I worked on was the Boxy Pouch-there is one more in progress but I brought the wrong size zipper. I hope to finish that one this week.

     The next thing I worked on were these cherry quilts- the pattern is from Fig Tree- it is one of her mini patterns. These were very fun to make. I had one done and was pleased. The next day our friend Terry came to visit and when I showed it to her I noticed one of the leave/stem units was upside down! I had to tear that whole section out and un-do part of the border. What a dork! At least I noticed it before I gave it away! And, I did not do that with the 2nd one! Lesson learned!

     Saturday came and I made these stockings for my nephew’s family at his wife’s request. These were also very fun to make. The patterns came out of a Possibilities book that is now out of print. I am so glad I have them done so early- usually I would be mailing them December 15th or later LOL. I sent her pics of them and she loved them- success!!!


       The last thing I worked on were these mini totes that you attach to your key ring. I found the pattern on the internet. I could have made the corners boxy but by this time I was getting pooped and didn’t do it- I don’t really think they needed it.

     As usual it was a very nice weekend. We had great food as usual and of course everyone was fun to be around. It is so nice to hang out with others that share your addiction! Everyone has different methods to do things and are so willing to share- I always learn tons of stuff when I go on these things! I only have to wait 6 months until we go again-it will be colder this time but the camaraderie will be the same! Can’t wait! Is it too early to start packing?