Friday, September 21, 2012

"Sewing" for my little Fountain

Finally I did something to show you... not much, I'm afraid.

So it seems that my newest grandson is quite the little fountain...
(I'm the perverse granny who is proud of him.) Since the two parents are having such a time getting wetted, (even though I made 18 Pee Pee Tee Pees for the shower) I thought I'd make changing pads for under baby.  I bought water proof fabric, and pinked the edges. The fabric came in a package of 3 pieces 21" X 24" and I got it at JoAnn's. It is not only waterproof but breathable. (They suggest lots of uses, and there were all kinds of booklets to buy that show how to make cute little diaper covers from this fabric. I didn't want to get that involved.)  Below shows the 3 fabrics. I made the changing pads out of the green fabrics, and the orange will go on bibs that I have planned. The 3 pieces were $15.00 - price of a yard of it.
 Below shows the pinked edges. (Think he'll mind the pink part?  LOL)  (I give up... every time I try to put this picture on X-Large it goes blank.  The rest of them loaded the same way have no problem with being enlarged.) I also rounded the corners.... Whew! work, work, work.

On another note...
Our Foreigners (from the UK) arrived and we had a wonderful day with them. Hubby (center) and his Brother (on the right) had lots to talk about... he brought old family photos.... I even enjoyed that... (Who would have guessed that one's MIL could ever have been that beautiful. I've seen uglier movie stars!) and Brother's Partner and I talked plants and quilts... believe it!  He was wondering if a quilt he wanted to buy was worth $18,000.  (No no, you are seeing right - Eighteen Thousand Dollars!!!!!!!!!!) I have to admit that a Hawaiian Quilt might be worth that - the way he described it.

These three pictures I took outside of the Spaghetti Factory while we waited.

These are the two brothers - 5.5 years apart, and as different as can be. (There was another Brother in between them, and he was very different from these two. Sadly he has passed... gone ahead to find some rooms, I guess.)
It's hard to get a picture of Hubby without he is talking...
Sadly, they have gone home, but not until they spent 3 days at the Mall of America...(as I understand it, they tripled the US economy while there. LOL) It's always their last destination when they are in the States. I wondered why -Brother said it's the staffing. The people who help are always so nice there. Listen up shopkeepers of the UK. B' Nice! as my first grandgirl would have said 17 years ago. Treat your customers better.  After all, they are your bread and butter.

So things should settle down soon. I'm still working on the quilting of the same two quilts... want to do a really good job.... just fighting some depression - the old lady vice, I guess. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A joke on me...

This week we are cleaning inside and out - relatives coming to visit!
So I always start by picking up - all kinds of piles of stuff are laying around. I started in the  computer room because I'm still blogging and reading blogs and that's where there was a huge pile of recipes, quilt patterns, designs I thunk up and sayings I want to use in cards, and hubby notes (indecipherable)... So this is a picture of one of the piles - there were 5 after I went through them and took them off to different places.

Top of the pile here... "A beautiful thing is never perfect. an Egyptian proverb". (It allows my quilts to exist.  Okay, remember that this is 1 of 5 piles... 
Bottom of the pile dates back to Oct of last year!!!!!!!!! and this was the last thing at the bottom!!!!!!

It's one of those disposable dust rags!!!!!  LOL
(pause for giggles)
On another note: Hhhhmmmmm (key of C)
This is a bit of punch embroidery I did in the 70s. No, not in 70 degree weather, but in the 1970s. (a decade in the last millennium) Some of you gals aren't even that old!  Anyway, it is on denim and a simple design. The stitches need to be quite close together to show a line within the other stitches. See the back of it in the next pic.
I was so proud of myself, that I was able to wade into the sewing room and find something from 40 some years ago.  (Now you know why I have so much stuff. I save it. I really don't want it to go into the landfill, if it can be helped. That's me, I'm green!)
So I'm off to dust, sweep spiders out of their homes, scrub, etc... Yuck! 
Wish me well... I might not make it through all that.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Design Wall Monday

So many bloggers have a regular Design Wall Monday... Here's mine today....

From another angle....
The commission is off the wall!  Getting quilting this afternoon, then binding and hand sewing. What should the label say...?
So a little tongue in cheek design wall for you.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Quilt Show today!

We went to the Gold Bug Quilters' Guild Quilt Show today... here are the ones I liked.

She said this was made with leftovers from a bigger quilt.

This one was 3-D.  Below is a close up.

The shadows were not 3-D - so pretty and amazing. Each of the leaves are pieced, too. It's all made from jelly rolls.

I liked the snowman face on tan fabric... remember:  don't eat the yellow snow!

I gotta try some of this! (No, I wasn't tipsy - it's the way it was hung.)

This one reminded me of the Houseelf.  Wouldn't this be the Bride of your Forestman?

Such pretty colors!

The camera did not do justice to this one. I liked the way the border was done, and the Christmassy colors. The centers of the blocks are a paisley print. The rest is greens.

I guess Christmas is coming... I liked this one, too, but then red is my favorite color.

This pic is a detail of the quilting on the next picture. That whole panel in beige is quilted from the sky down to reeds and water...

Think richer deeper forest kinds of colors. I think I need a better camera.
Aren't these cute? I think it was a challenge, cause there were a dozen or so.
I did get 3 new batiks... I guess I was drooling, so my hubby encouraged me to pick out a few pieces... He's an enabler.  I think he was so happy to get into the show for free.
Sew that was the excitement here today.
Thanks to all that stopped by and left me some cheer. I appreciate the prayers for my daughter. We need a miracle there.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reading & Sewing....

I've been reading blogs and sewing... That's pretty much it.

Here are some pictures

Jennifer has a challenge going for paper piecers (see the button on the sidebar). Make one or up to 5 of the kitty faces from her free pattern and send them in, and you could win all of the kitty faces. There are rules posted at the link above (Jennifer). I did have a bunch of troubles with mine.... First, I'm not a cat person, so making a Tabby block... well I had troubles figuring out the colors, and second, they didn't turn out the correct size, so I may have to try again. Third time is the charm?  See the grey kitty has a neck. I made one of the pieces the wrong color. (I kind of like it that way. Looks like he is turning his head to look at me.) But alas, he is not quite 5.5" either. The spotty one maybe the wrong color way, and the nose and ear pink don't show much....also the eyes seem to be too green, and for me that gives him a lizard look.  What do you think?

Below is the commission I got a couple of weeks ago. Here it is rows sewn, but not together... oh, and the bottom 2 rows are pinned together and sitting on the sewing machine. Since the picture I have the flimsy done... now the part I absolutely hate. Basting
You all are wondering what happened to my colors, these are the colors chosen by my client. (Don't you just love that word?) All the fabrics are from my stash, and it is gorgeous in person.... the camera takes away alot. That yellow is textured and the olive green is actually  a muted gold. This is a mere shadow...   ( Notice the white paper in the center? It's my low tech way of identifying my pictures. I didn't want to spend all that time on Picassa or whatever.) 

Here's my two blocks for the Rainbow Challenge, see the button on the sidebar. Orange is the color for September... that one on the right looks yellow on the picture... I might have to make a couple more orange. I love o.
Okay, so this is the part of the blog I've been dreading. I have to ask you all to pray more. My Chrissy is having more intensified chemo... She is growing more cancer cells than one set of chemo can kill. She is now having chemo beads injected onto her liver - and that has worked this first time, but only cleaned a small spot. They will keep trying to clean off the whole liver (which was cut in half to take care of tumors previously, and is not growing back now since the cancer has attacked it again.) If this all sounds really serious, it is. The chemo weakens her so much, and then the second kind is worse. It is so serious that our SIL called us - we should come to visit. So please, please pray your hardest.