Saturday, July 31, 2010

Schnibbles Times Two Contest Entry...

Here is my contest entry... via, Kelly over at Cotton Charm Quilts.

 My version of Hot Cross, using Fruitcake by basicgrey. This was another live and learn lesson, not smart to wait until the last minute (not enough time for a fix/redo!), lets just say she has some "character" but, I still wanted to show her off.  She is sweet, fun, and charming and will be a cozy addition to the holidays! I met a goal and have a July finish!  This was my first Schnibble and I will definitely be Schnibbling again!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Teasers...

If you were to "peek in" the window of my sewing room here is what you would see...

Charm Pack Quilt Along... I haven't convinced myself that this is the right choice. Using yellow for the background is both crazy and bold.  I love color but this is a stretch ,even for me!

The start of a "FUN" summer bag! (yikes, summer is slipping away!)

My entry into the Schnibbles Times Two Contest, it's growing on me and I can't wait to share it with you...Stay tuned!!!


When I "peek out" of my sewing room window this is what I see... (picture was taken early spring, it's even better now!!!)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

To Join or not to join...

"Charming Girls Quilt Club"  Do I join...or don't I?  I have been pondering this question for a couple weeks now.

***Prepare yourselves, this a lengthy post without pictures!
 BUT...this is something I am doing for myself!!!***

 Why join?

      -  To belong to a group of gals that share a common interest and passion, with whom you can share thoughts and ideas.

      -  Because I have been a secret admirer of this group since I discovered them earlier this year watching quietly, stalking (nah, that's a bit creepy), lurking in the shadows, eewing and ahhing,  and reading (thinking they have a lot of fun).

      -  I feel the need to be "accountable"... BUT!!!

      -  I enjoy a sense of "belonging."

     -  It is a way to expand my creativity.

     -  I do like to have a good time!!!

Why Not?

            -  Because I have a fear of commitment, especially when I have put myself out there but, yet I know I need to!  I hate letting others down!

      -  I procrastinate... I think, umm... because, I can???

      -  I am a terrible decision maker (But, this would be a step in the right direction, right?).  This has been a real challenge when it comes to fabric choices, I like it all!!! (just some more than others!)

      -  Do I have the personal time to do this "right?"

      -  I am slow, at sewing.  I like to take my time, I like to understand and follow directions (this can be a hang up!). I consider myself a "copy cat artist" (I try to be original but, when I see something I like, I know it.  So please don't be insulted but,  take it as a compliment if someone likes what you do and wants to know how you did that!!)  I do better when I can "see" what I am doing, and where I am going.   I have been told I am a perfectionist and can be my own worst enemy.

      -  Ohhh.... gosh, I read this and start to sound like a "nut case."   Honest, I am not.  I probably over analyze things too much...sometimes.(right honey?)  Will they like me, will I let them down?  Will I have anything to offer?

Well...Do I or Don't I????

YES...I DO!!!

I want to join, I want to expand my horizons and grow as a woman and as a quilter!  I want to be a BETTER person!!!

The theme for July/August is SELF/CARE!

So here are the personal priorities I will strive for:

1.  Start eating SMART & get  my SO to eat SMART with me.  Something fellow bloggers don't know... ( I lost 50 lbs last year and now I am struggling...I have started to put the weight back on and I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that!)  I know what it takes but, currently I can't get myself there...ugh!!!)

2.  Exercise...something, anything!  Walk, ride bicycle, run, just get moving!  Something is better than nothing!!!

3.  quilt - MORE,   browse - LESS... ideas are great, inspiring, and stimulating but, it comes to a point when it then becomes an excuse not to get myself in gear and CREATE!!!  Always, afraid I am going to miss something!

4.  Make the time to be a passenger on the back of the Harley with my SO (this is his passion and he has gone out of his way to make it comfortable for me, so I will share in this adventure with him!).  AND , he even stops at quilt stores along our way...however, 10 minutes before they close is not enough time to "take it all in"... a hum!!!


Here is my list of sewing goals for July/August... ( I really, doing this???)

1.  Schinibble Times Two Contest.

2.  Bag I

3  Bag II

4.  Donation quilt + 1

HOW, am I going to get this all done if I am on the back of a motorcycle?  Cutting and piecing are definitely out! 

Sooo.... with all that said     "Count me IN!!!"

Work In Progress...

Progress is slow on my project for the Schnibble Along over at Charming Chatter
I don't have a "set plan"  and will admit I am struggling.  I shall continue to plug away, if all else fails...PUNT!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The BIG...Red, White, & Blue!!!

                              Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans!
 I am celebrating in style this year. I actually finished my BIG Red, White, & Blue quilt and she has been on my bed for a few weeks now. I experienced some emotions with this big quilt. This was my first attempt at multiple stars and I was so fixated with the points that I over steamed and stretched my blocks. Resulting in having to cut a few points on the outer edge to keep the quilt square...needless to say it was a sad day and I contemplated wither I should even have it quilted. On the good advise of others (thanks Kim :) and my SO, who reminded me not all is perfect in the world! I proceeded and I am tickled with it, LOVE it as a matter of fact.  I have Mary over @ Quilt Hollow to thank for the quilting, she did a great job!

SO...with all that being said, I hope you enjoy the holiday, however you should choose to celebrate...
I know, I will be sleeping under the stars!!!

I think this picture is cool...waving in the wind just like a flag!

Of course Anna had to sneak into the picture, she is such a ham.  Since we are empty nesters I refer to her as the "love child" she is so spoiled!

LOVE the stripes cut on the bias!  (click to get a close up of the feathers Mary quilted)

Enjoy the day!!!