Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Projects

So, now that it's Christmas Eve, I can show the Christmas Quilting I've been working on:
First - the quilt I made for Greg and Rose:

The quilt my hubby made for our son, Jeff: (Now he's made a quilt for each of the kids)

The baby quilt for Doug and Tricia (new baby boy arrives in February!!!):

And finally, my favorite project:

New Christmas Stockings!!!

I love how these turned out, but they took a LONG TIME. So, kids, they are not to leave the premises - EVER.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Family Quilt Night

Every Thursday night for the past few months, we have been having "Family Quilt Night". My daughters-in-law, Tricia and Becca, My niece-in-law, MC and Tricia's sister, Aly have all attended. We have a good time and are all getting lots done! Aly and MC are on their 2nd quilts, Tricia is on her 3rd and Becca got her curtains sewn for her new house. I am getting projects done too. I keep hearing from other family members that they would like to come, but I haven't seen them yet. (I know Brooke is missing them, living in Missouri - we miss her too!) We will be taking a couple of weeks off for Christmas, then back to work! I am sure glad that my studio is big enough for all of us!
We usually work from about 7 - 9:30 or 10, but we've been working late to get all of the Christmas stuff done... It is very fun to teach these girls to quilt - they are all excellent students - A+!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On Sunday night, we had our "close by kids" come over to decorate Gingerbread Houses (Okay - they are really 'graham cracker houses" -but, whatever). Someone gave me a great idea - glue gun those little suckers together BEFORE the party!(My husband always asks why I need to buy SO MANY graham crackers - because they break!!)
Anyway - worked out great:

(Shane is here too - but he is hiding, as usual) Doug really got into the fine detail work on his house: And - I've managed to finish a quilting project (or 3 - but 2 are Christmas gifts - can't show them yet). This is my row quilt that our bee made this year -

I had to take off the last row and put it on the back, so it would fit on my table as a cute topper:

When I got out the Christmas stuff this year, I realized that I had given all of my kids their stockings last year, because I told them I would be making them new stockings this year!! I guess I have a little bit of sewing to do in the next two weeks! (It seemed like a good idea at the time)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Embracing my Inner Granny

I have decided I am too old to wear high heels. I bought some cute high-heeled boots this season and wore them a time or two, but when I looked at them in my closet to possibly wear again, my feet just wanted to curl up and my back started getting achy. So, I gave them to my (young) friend (sigh of relief). Then I hemmed my pants. I also have no desire to wear anything that would entail sucking in my stomach - bleck! Better to go with camouflage. I still will get dressed, thinking I'm "all that" and then I'll catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and realize I'm a kind of lumpy, middle-aged lady - oh well. I go to bed early now, because I don't want to wake up miserable in the morning - I know, pretty mature. I eat fairly healthy, I can no longer eat pop-tarts, coco puffs, etc. they make me feel nauseous - I used to eat them for days at a time. I complain about the high price of items in the grocery store - just like an "old person".
My mom used to complain that her mom drove her crazy, etc. My mom does things that bug me sometimes, but now that I am getting older, I realize that I will do things (and probably already do) that will bug my kids, BUT, I don't care!! (Bahahahaha) It is a great relief to realize that I don't have to work hard any more to be "hip", because I just won't be and it's OKAY! I don't have to pretend to like things because they're 'cool', etc. I enjoy quilting, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, reading, knitting, etc. and I used to think all of those things were pretty "granny-ish" and I didn't want to advertise these pastimes, but it is okay, I'm fine and being a granny is fabulous!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why do I gain weight over the holidays?

Could it be: (Butter!!!)
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Nevada, with family and friends. Deanna did a wonderful job as hostess, as usual! I hope she is resting with her feet up today!
Early on (Black) Friday, Stacy headed to the Walmart to see about some deals. He came back with 3 (!!!!) TVs. He did end up taking 1 back, but we kept the other two. One is for my sewing room - a nice little flat one so I don't have to have the big one in the corner - more room for my stash!
Later on Friday, we headed to Zion for a little hiking:

It was a mite chilly! I was glad I had my trusty bandanna, because the wind was cold! It was about 32 degrees when we started. We tried to do Angel's landing, but had to turn back after an hour or so, there was too much snow and ice on the trail.

We ate yummy Thanksgiving leftovers that Deanna had so nicely packed up for us, then, off to the movies! ("The Next 3 Days" - just okay - a little too intense for me).

Back home today, got a little Christmas shopping done, we're supposed to have a big snow storm starting tonight, so it's good we're back and snug in our little house.

P.S. I don't think I'll break out the scales until March!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quilting Magazines...

What is it about having a quilting magazine to savor is so enjoyable? Is it the patterns I fall in love with and fantasize about making? The peek into a famous quilter's studio or home decorated with quilts? The tips that will make quilting more fun/organized/better? The ads containing the newest designs in fabric and notions? The humorous quilting article that makes me laugh at myself and my obsession? I can't believe I have two (!) to read this weekend, I used to grab them out of the mailbox and spend part of the afternoon poring over them, but with working in the afternoons now, my free time is a little adjusted, so I actually have two "saved up" Last night, I snuggled up in bed with one, but it got late and I get up early, so I only got halfway through - that's okay, something to look forward to... (Now, if only "Quilter's Home" would come - it's my favorite!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

For the Babies...

Here is Papal and the "wee-dog":
Here is Mamal and Uncle Jeff's dog, Carl:
Here is Uncle Jeff with Carl:
Here is the crew at the airport: (Including Shane, the anti-photo boy)
Shane and Becca, checking out Jeff's death-trap, I mean Motorcycle:
All-in-all, a good trip!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A project...

I went down to California for a quick trip to see my family. My sisters and I got pedicures:
My sister, Heidi, comes to visit a lot (at least she used to...)and whenever she does, when she packs to go, her "straightener thing-y" is always still hot and she can't put it in her bag. So I thought I could make her a "straightener thing-y holder thing-y". And I did:

1. Purchased silver heat-proof stuff and batting at the quilt shop & borrowed Miss Amanda's old straightener that is held together with a rubber band (her emergency back-up straightener)

2. Put it with a fat quarter and free motion quilted it. Put some left over binding on the top edges. I then tried to figure out what would work best, I tried to make a two pocket thing-y so she could put the hot part in one section, then the cord in the other (this involved unpicking and a lot of frowning):

This was a little bulky and I looked at the left over part I had cut off and just sewed that into a slimmer pocket and that worked better. (No unpicking and no frowning)
My sister loved it and maybe she will come and visit again soon...

P.S. Amanda said I could keep the straightener, since when her puppy chewed the cord off of her "good one", the back up one just would not do at ALL and she bought a new one right away.
P.S. S. - I am always taking a "quick trip" - maybe I can't commit...
P.S.S.S. I am thinking I could have just used an oven mitt from Wal-Mart...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back from Aspen Grove Quilt Retreat!

I'm back and it was fabulous, as usual! Seriously, I have an amazing life and am so grateful for all of it!
(My life certainly isn't perfect, but quilt retreat pretty much was.)
Wednesday - arrival, set up, start sewing!
Lunch, classes, dinner and more sewing! We made these cute needle cases:

Thursday: More of the same - fabulous food, classes and more sewing!! We made these adorable chicken pin cushions from paper-pieced log cabins that we'd made up before hand:

Friday: Repeat (Plus I got a massage - wonderful-ness!!). We had a lecture that night (while we did handwork) so I needed my "far away" glasses and my "up close" glasses - I think I really need to go and get me some bi-focals...

Saturday - packing up, a little more sewing, breakfast and back home to Mr. Handsome. It IS a great life - (plus - time change tonight, an extra hour of sleep!!!!!) I did get two quilt tops done and some applique - I will post later this week... (If you are able to get to a quilt retreat, I highly recommend it - save your pennies, it's worth it!!)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

As Promised

Here is my latest quilt-in-progress: The blocks are in a random arrangement, some are "side blocks" and "corner blocks", so that there will be secondary pinwheels throughout the quilt. I am also going to add some purple, to spice it up a little.This is "Quick Strip Paper-Piecing" from a book by Judy Martin. I took this class at Quilt Festival and it was very informative! I am actually going to make a WHOLE quilt with paper-piecing! (Which I NEVER thought I'd want to do - folding, ironing, trimming and then starting all over again with the next little piece!)
You just cut your fabric into strips and go to town, no folding, minimal pressing and trimming - very quick indeed!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I just got back from a quick trip to Missouri to visit Brooke and Ben and the perfect grandchildren...
Here is the Bear:

The Boy:

And, Babygirl:

I got to babysit them while Brooke and Ben had a fun date (we had fun at home too), we went to the park, read stories, went toy shopping and just generally hung out and snuggled up! The night before I left, Babygirl was crying inconsolably and begged me to "just go home and get Grandpa and come back". I went to the airport and watched all of the little videos I took of the family and got a little teary at the airport. We need to go back and visit soon!

Quilting News - I am making a beautiful quilt with a new technique I learned at Quilt Fest - I will post pictures and details in a couple of days...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marital Relations...

I've been married to Mr. Handsome for coming up on 30 years this spring. He makes me laugh, he takes great care of me and has been a wonderful provider, husband and father, etc., etc. (I could go on). We just got back from a wonderful weekend at our little condo yesterday - we went hiking, shopping, to the movies (RED - I highly recommend it!), eating out, sleeping in (for me) and golfing (for him). I have noticed that a lot of our humorous times revolve around sexual innuendos, sly smirks, and flirty remarks. It is a lot of fun. It's not anything you can share with others, because frankly that is gross, crass, inappropriate, etc. Sometimes friends and I touch (very) lightly on the subject of how much fun it is to be married - nothing too personal, because that would be gross, crass, inappropriate, etc. It is just another thing that binds you to each other - something private and special. I think that many, many married couples really enjoy each other and that aspect of their relationship and I'm glad for all of us! I love being married and highly recommend it to everyone I know. That is not to say that it is easy, always fun or even right for everyone, but I am grateful that it is working out for us. I was 17 when I got married and I am amazed that it has all worked out (work being the operative word here).

P.S. Please don't think we have a 'perfect' marriage (whatever that is) - I couldn't even write this post on certain days of the month, if you know what I mean - but most days it's pretty great!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

You Might be a Quilter If...

I was at Fabulous Quilt Festival this week and it led me to ponder:

You might be a quilter if...
You laugh at 'quilter humor', such as:
"Eleanor Burns made a Stripper out of me"
"A Fat Quarter is NOT a body part"

You might be a quilter if...

You curse like a sailor when your needle breaks because you forgot to change the presser foot when you set your stitch on zigzag.

You might be a quilter if...
You are asking about layer cakes, honey buns, and jelly rolls but you're not at a bakery.

You might be a quilter if...

You know the difference between a Quilt Festival (classes, hotels, vendor mall, spending too much money, staying up too late and getting up way too early for previously mentioned classes.)

A Quilt Fair (classes, vendor mall, spending way too much money when the auctioneer gets you all excited.)
And a Quilt Retreat (hotel, eating too much, staying up way too late, and giggling uncontrollably because you stayed up way too late.)

You might be a quilter if...

You sigh with satisfaction after spending hours on a quilt block and it's all finished. Then you start on the next 44 blocks.

You might be a quilter if...

You know how to chain piece, the sanctity of a quarter inch seam, you worship at the altar of 'points', you know what a stash is (nothing to do with drugs) - and you have a substantial one, but are always on the look out for more.

You might be a quilter if...

You see quilt blocks in everything: Windows, carpets, tile floors, house designs, etc.

You might be a quilter if...

You own at least 4 sewing machines, 3 irons, 7 pairs of scissors, 3 rotary cutters, 16 rulers, countless patterns, books and yardage...

You might be a quilter if...

You can't just relax and watch TV without having a binding to sew on or applique to work on, etc.
You dream of quilt designs, patterns, quilt season (fall-winter+). You still participate in 'Show & Tell', even though it's been awhile since kindergarten, you iron all the time, but you NEVER iron clothes, your family knows not to bother you on Quilting Day, and I could go on forever, but I'm sure you have other things to be doing besides reading this blog!
(The great quilts in this post are an ABC Quilt Display put on by Liz Teerlink - it will be displayed at HMQS in Sandy in the Spring, here in Utah. I made the "Bra Quilt" myself.)

First Concert!

Tonight, thanks to my awesome nephew, Nate (and my sister-in-law Denise), we got to go to a Styx concert at the Salt Palace. It was the first concert I've ever been to - what a blast from the past! They played quite a few songs from my youth and it was great to stand up and dance to them! It's funny how I can remember the words to every song - from 30+ years ago, and I can hardly remember last Christmas! Even though it was way past my bedtime, it was totally worth it! It's been a great week - Quilt Festival, out to dinner (twice!), followed by this fun concert. (I will be looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow for sure.) "Oh, Mama I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law..."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another Simple Quilt Finished

I finished this little quilt for my other fabulous sister, Debi - for when her grandchildren come to

It's a simple 'stacked coin' design - got the pattern from the Moda Bake Shop blog - I've made it before. I finished it up while watching "The Phantom of the Opera" and it's official, I love Gerard Butler.I am making it a goal to complete 5 quilts before the end of the year. (I know, I don't DO goals - but I am feeling awfully behind in my quilting - my projects are piling up and I want to just enjoy my projects, not feel like I'm lagging.) I was at Quilt Festival yesterday and I didn't even buy much (I know, gasp!) cuz I feel like it's just more to do and I'm not doing what I have already. That said, Quilt Fest was really fun yesterday, the luncheon and lecture were very yummy and entertaining and I can't wait to go back tomorrow and Saturday!
P.S. We're getting rid of the house phone today and going to cell phones...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

We're Jammin'

So today I thought I'd tackle making peach (freezer) jam:


Those little marks on top of the containers are numbers - for the batches they are from. 1 & 2 are probably not going to be very good. In batch #4, I used a little too much fruit - will they set up?? Batch #3 is your best bet. I followed two different recipes from two different brands of pectin - one had more fruit. I learned how to boil peaches for a minute, then slip the skins off - a very handy skill I have now mastered. Notice that it is full daylight in the first picture and it is after 9 p.m. now and I am tired! I also made 2 peach pies, well one is a pie, the other is a square thing-y - (I only own 1 pie pan). The pies turned out very tasty, but not very pretty - thus they did not make it onto the blog -poor things.

I also got the windows washed today!!!! Goody for me, they look amazingly clean (That's why I only do them once or twice a year, if I did them more often I wouldn't appreciate the amazing difference!!).

(Yes, I am feeling very Utah-Mormon-y today)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Finished at Last!

I've been working on this baby for 1 year! I started it at Quilt Festival last year and it's Quilt Festival again next week! (My goal was to finish it before I start another ambitious scrap quilt from the same teacher this year.) The quilting is not too exciting - just meandering with some flowers in the tan center squares. It's going on the upstairs guestroom twin bed. - Now I have to make pillow shams and new curtains too - and probably paint! (don't hold your breath).

Now, to name it - "Sick of Squares"? "Millions of Squares"? "Scrap Attack"? "Love Squared"?