Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Indulge Me?

Finnegan, Jaxon and Cameron

I have gotten many emails from people who have wanted to see some pictures of the babies. So here are all 3 of the babies! Finn is almost 5 1/2 months, Jaxon and Cameron are almost 2 weeks old.
I am so happy the 3 of them will be little buddies!
I love their little chicken legs next to Finn's little chunky legs!


Friday, August 21, 2015

What Do You Think?

Just look at this new fabric by Windham called Shirts and Ties. It has an old and new feel to it.
These are the cools.

These are the warms, I think they will be very useful in whatever I make.

Now for the "what do you think" part. These are a new marketing item from MODA, called Frivols. You get........
42 - 7 x 7 squares of a line of fabric, in this case it is Hello, Darling
A pattern for the quilt as seen above
A surprise or two
On the back of the tin (yes it is also cute) it says No. 1 which means there will be more to come, cough--- cough---- a collection in the works.

So here is what was inside. The roll of fabrics that I do really like, a cute piece of ribbon that says Handmade, the pattern to make the quilt on the front of the tin, and another pattern and of course the tin.
Inquiring minds want to know, would you pay $45 for this? That is what it cost. To me it feels too much and I most likely (she's says now) won't buy another. Now tell me, what do you think? Oh and I do like the tape measure ribbon on the fabric roll (-:


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Design Challenges

I needed to make a sample for a workshop I will be doing this fall. I gave away all the other quilts I made using the stick tree pattern.

I didn't really like the way it looked just putting the 4 blocks together. So I started making some flying geese to put in between them.

I made them free form, no ruler was used to make them. The points are cut off but it takes the pressure off of trying to match them and it goes with the rest of the quilt.
The colors feel like fall!

So far I like it! I will show you the rest of it next week.

I have 80 bow tie blocks to make for the swap.....better get going.

It's nice to be making a mess again.

Thanks for all the best wishes on the babies. They are doing great and went home on Monday. I am dropping dinner off today and can't wait to see them again.
 I love the the look of promise and love in my son's eyes! (-:


Friday, August 14, 2015

Jaxon and Cameron

Jaxon and Cameron
Congratulations, Colin and Jenny!
Here are the newest member of our family, born yesterday afternoon. Jaxon John is the oldest and he weighed in at 6 lbs 11 oz, and Cameron Robert weighed in also at 6 lbs 11 oz. That's a lot of baby!
I love how it looks like they are holding hands and whispering to each other. A grandmother can have her daydreams!

Cameron being a good little boy while his brother gets a bath.

Jenny's mom Bonnie holding Cameron, one of her first two grandchildren. She is going to be a wonderful grandma!

Jaxon after his bath in the warming bassinet to get his temperature up.
So far they look very much alike except for the hair. Jaxon has a lot of it!

Cameron, Colin and Bob

Three generations! Cameron's middle name is Robert after my husband. Jaxon's is John after Jenny's dad, I just love that idea.

I only got to hold Cameron yesterday, so today I am going back to hold both at the same time!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello, Hello, Hello Is There Anybody In There?

Sorry for the long break again but we all know how summer can be and I am enjoying a very lovely summer. My sewing has been sporadic and I have been reading a lot as well.

Barb, at Fun With Barb is having another block swap. This time it is bow ties. I made these up real fast this morning just to see if I liked the background fabric and I do. There is a modern swap and a traditional/repro swap. There is a tutorial too, so you don't have to figure it out yourself.

If you think you might be interested in participating, go to her blog and check out all the details. It is a great way to use up scraps and you end up with a nice variety of blocks.
Tell Barb I sent you!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rainy Thursday

How cute is this little bag? It's called the Pamela Pouch by Pretty By Hand and it is a perfect size for keeping small sewing things at hand. I may use it to store my sewing machine feet when I go to retreats.

I was thinking it might be a little hard to make but if you take it slow it goes together in no time!

I liked using different fabrics for all the parts.

I did not finish the insides according to the directions. You were to encase the raw edges with binding. I gave it a shot but mine did not looks so good so I zig zagged the edges instead.

I was very skeptical that the zipper would work out but it is, dare I say, PERFECT! Very easy to do.
Her directions are very good with lots of pictures.

I loved the bee ribbon used on each end, it's just the right touch.

If you are looking for a wonderful small print I got this at my local quilt shop, The Quilt Block yesterday. It has the feel of stars and dots all at the same time.

I got these cards the other day and love the vintage vibe.

I told my husband, Bob I would make him this groovy outfit for the fall. Doesn't it remind you of the Brady Bunch? Mr Brady in particular.....check out the white fuzzy vest on the guy in the back!

I cut these out for a block that I am sewing together today. Don't these colors just brighten up a gloomy, rainy day?


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Summer Fun Project

Do you want to do something fun this summer? I found this Art Abandonment Project on the blog,  Quiltswissy the other day. Anyone can participate and it just may add some excitement to the hot days of August that are on their way.
The idea is that you make some piece of art and leave it (with or without the tag) in a public place for someone to find and to enjoy. I left this fabric pouch in the library yesterday (in the section near the Stephen King books). If you go to the website you will see there are all sorts of things people make and leave, sewing fits right in there! They are not limited to small pieces, some are full size paintings.
I am thinking of doing some fabric postcards or even some pincushions.
Has anyone ever found something like this? Inquiring minds needs to know!

I thought you might get a chuckle out of this. My grandson Griffin, tried to make his brother, Elliot a pair of shorts. He even got one side seam sewn before we found them in the sewing room. Pretty good for a 10 year old. They even had a button set aside........we better pay better attention to where they are at family dinners!