Thursday, July 31, 2008

Should I Start Another Scrappy Project

as long as i have scraps. i guess the answer is Yes.

a blog which i cannot remember posted a quilt from a show & it reminded me of the Trip Around The World quilt that i made as a wedding present many years ago. i should post that picture. only took 1. & it's pre-digital times. i even think that i typed the label on my manual typewriter at work. could i be that old. yes i could. & i think that i ironed it. & ironed it. & ironed it. until i thought that the ink would not run. i'll have to call my old friend up & see how it's holding up. & how she's holding up. & see if she will take a picture of that label. what i do remember was that it was before rotary cutter times. does anyone know when the first rotary cutter was introduced?

here's my old book.
& the cardboard templates that i traced around with a pencil. the notches were to be cut so that you could both line up the strips for sewing & after sewing you would know where to cut. oh yeah. the good old days. this pattern is not in my old book.

i made some fabric changes. the middle section needed more contrast. tricky if i'm going for a muted blended palette. & this is how it looks now.
i suppose i like these one-block-at-a-time projects because i just don't know what will happen next.

Monday, July 28, 2008


no it's not my BD. this is my 50th post.

Melanie from Jelly Bean Angel has very nicely picked me for this award.Melanie always has such creative posts that inspire me to keep my days balanced & interesting.

she's also tagged me:
1. link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. post the rules on your blog.
3. write six random things about yourself.
4. tag six people at the end of your post.
5. let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. let the tagger know your entry is up.

hmmmm, six random things about myself:

1. if i run into you in the afternoon i always say good morning. it drives everyone crazy. it just comes out. while i'm trying to decide if it's appropriate to say good afternoon or good evening "good morning" just comes out first. but if it's the first time i have seen you that day it does seems more pleasant to say that.

2. i love going to the movies. being in the dark with that huge screen. no distractions. just me and the movie.

3. oh & i have to sit up front in the movies. on the right side usually 6 rows back 4 seats in. & i secretly get mad if i see someone in my seat.

4. if i read i have to do it in the morning. reading at night makes me sleep right away. i once fell asleep reading the same page for two weeks before i stopped reading at night.

5. i am jealous of anyone who can read a book in a weekend. it takes me at least 2 weeks to read a small book.

6. i secretly want to be a vegetarian.

now the part i hate. even more since most of my blogreads have already received this. so i'll just pick two. if you have the time. please do your thing.

Pamela on Pamela's Blog - she's new to blogging but is having fun making videos like this one

Ulla at Kotkarankki - for creative posts like this one

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Scrappy Sunday

Block #9
Block #10

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Some Of The Quilt Show Pics

there were so many quilts that i did not take pictures of. i hope you enjoy the ones that i did.

this one is on the cover of Positively Pineapple. i know this because i might take a class in September. i have the book & ruler in case they call me back.i could picture this in a happy kitchen. but definitely not on white walls.reminds me of living in England. what's not to luv.i did luv this scrappy one. & would love to make one. the full squares around the outside in the same dark print really frame it nicely.i would luv to own this one. hmmmm. without doing all the work.this was truly beautiful in person. those are big orange beads or buttons on the big yellow fish.this should not discourage anyone from entering a blue & white challenge. except perhaps me.i luv the soft colors & prints of batik used in this one.a nice way to frame a sweet collection of illustrations.she was so cute. and so is her quilt.her brother also had a road panel quilt that his grandma had made. he told me that he picked out the fabrics & his grandma made it.

i have more. & will post them another day.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Moment Of Silence

stay in your seat while i roll the credits in order of appearance:

patchwork book from Japan ISBN4-8347-2371-2, thrift shop clothing, white DMC cotton thread, cotton batting, backing fabric from stash, Clover silver chalk marking pen, black DMC perle 8, Fons & Porter needles for "big-stitch" utility quilting, comes with mini gripper which you will need, tutorial for making a label, exquisite furniture and location courtesy of lovely upstairs neighbor with immaculate & tidy apartment.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Simply Time

to announce that Melanie is the winner of Simply Yours.

the answer is.... turkey & roast beef with lettuce & swiss on whole wheat.

or.... the cheese next to the bread.

watch the clip to see where the answer could have been found.

i first posted about the funny guy here.

Melanie is also a participant in the Summer Stash Challenge.

you can see the quilts she has finished on her blog Jelly Bean Angel.

a very special thank you to Melanie for adding me to your bloglist.

so send me your choice & i'll get it out to you.

thanks for playing.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Clean Food

go to pg. 111 of my friend's cookbook. you'll find a recipe using all these ingredients.

don't have the book. just make up your own measurements. you know what i mean. the whole can. the entire fruit. handful of this. 1/2 of that. & i promise you that it will taste delicious & make a perfect hot summer day lunch.

i added a wine favor from Staci's wedding shower. what could be better than that? hmmmmmm. serves 6. well hopefully i can get 3. lunch, supper, & tomorrow's breakfast. ymmmmmm. it's really good.

if you're interested in eating clean but not ready to buy the book. Terry's newsletters have articles you can read & each one has at least one recipe you can try.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scrappy Sunday

Block #8

i also went to a quilt show & was totally into this contraption. they ran out of books that explain how to make your own frame but they are mailing me one.

a few fat quarters to make me happy. strawberries for my Be Attitudes class. white geisha for my Big Print Party quilt. red to mix with "just about everything". stars & dots to use in my Santa quilt.
that's the raffle quilt they printed on the postcard. it was on the cover of some magazine in 2006. can't believe didn't take pic. but i will post some quilts from the show later this week.

these are the other things i took home.
a wool felt embroidery kit. comes with everything you need. i loved the candy one. a brand new smock top pattern because i still think i'm young at heart. a purse insert pattern that might be my xmas present project (shhhh!), a beachy wall hanging with a fantastic palm tree (stop drooling Messie Jessie). some quilting needles & hand-dyed variegated thread for hand quilting my aqua & purple quilt.

this photo is for Linda Belinda.
i loved this scrappy quilt. all of the beautiful fabrics were ones you would expect to find in a beautiful scrappy quilt. then i spied this one block up high & thought. how's your quilt coming sis?