Thursday, November 29, 2007

And the winner is...

Kim! Congratulations, Kim! Send me an email with your address and I'll get it sent off the beginning of next week. This was lots of fun. I think I'll have to do it again soon.

Guild was great the other night. I won a door prize, which is always fun. I don't even care what I get, I just have fun winning!
It was reassuring to see the other ladies' BOM and that they were all off just like mine was. For December, the BOM will be redwork, which I've never tried. I see so many of you ladies posting your redwork and it is just beautiful. I'm not sure that I have the confidence to give it a try, but we'll see.
Melinda was our speaker and taught us how to make some really cute things! I think I'm going to give one a try today. I just have to finish my sister's last placemat first.

Monday, November 26, 2007

QOYO #4 and Sooner Support

Woohoo! A good productive day so far. In addition to many other things, I managed to finish the 4th QOYO block! Now, I'm all caught up there. However, the next one is due two weeks early, so the break won't be long. And it doesn't look like a very fun pattern either. It is called Whirling Pinwheel. I'm not a big fan of sewing curves or using templates.

In honor of the upcoming OU game, I thought I'd show support by posting the really old pic of me. My Godparents were huge OU fans, bought this outfit and had my picture made. It didn't actually have OU on it, but the right colors and the football were good enough for them.

Too fun not to try...

I have been completely inspired by Donna and Linda! And I'm overly curious about the lurkers that visit. I have so many hits from other countries. I would love to know who you are! So, like the ladies above, I'm going to have a drawing for each person (lurkers and non-lurkers alike) that posts under this comment. What will the prize be? That is a secret, but I can tell you that it will be found hidden inside this cute tin. I'll hold the drawing on Thursday at noon my time, so don't wait too long to post.

November BOM and QOYO #5

BOM is done. It was made with a paper piecing pattern. I love paper piecing as it really helps to make everything precise. However, as you can see from the picture, the pattern itself wasn't precise. It is about 1/4" off where the strips are supposed to match. My OCD is off the charts when I look at the block! Thanks goodness I will be turning it in tomorrow and then I won't have to see it anymore. It was fun working with the strips though.

Speaking of strips. The 5th QOYO block was "Strips and Stripes" and it was up to us what that meant. Fortunately for me, the bonus block I made a couple of months ago, fits that description, so I'm not as behind as I thought. Now, I just have to finish the 4th block today.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


I actually get to take something off of my UFO list! I finished my Autumn Wall-hanging.

I also have a couple of close up pics here of a little scarecrow and owl that I just had to add. They were too cute to leave off.

I just couldn't stand the thought of another year going by and not having it done. And I was determined to have it done before the Christmas decorations start going up in a few days.
And I also dread the thought of how this list will look in January when I will probably have to add the quilts I started this year.

UFOs 2007

Needs to be quilted and bound...
  • Twisted Sisters Quilt
  • Rejoice Quilt
  • Sampler of Psalms Quilt
  • Jacob's Ladder Quilt
  • Katydid Mystery Quilt
  • Raspberry Tea in Tuscany Quilt
Needs to be pieced, quilted and bound...
  • Jack-o'-lantern wall-hanging
  • Christmas Quilt 1
  • Christmas Quilt 2
  • Charm Quilt
  • Autumn Sampler Quilt
  • Mystery #122A Quilt
  • Mystery #122B Quilt
  • Hailey's Birthday Quilt
  • Christmas Greetings Table Runner
  • Retreat Swap Christmas Quilt
  • Judy's Quilt
  • Ostrich Challenge Quilt
  • Hailey's Round Robin Quilt

Now, for the rest of the weekend, I have several blocks to work on... two QOYO blocks (yes, that means I'm behind) and one BOM. However, I really am dying to work on that Christmas Kit I won last weekend!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Panic All Night Quilting

Last night our guild had a "Christmas Panic All-nighter". It was so much fun! Most of the people cut out around Midnight, but Jean and I lasted until 7:00 in the morning. I won a great door prize from a store just south of us in Mississippi called Sew Susan. It was a kit to make a Christmas Wreath quilt wall-hanging/table topper. I can't wait to start working on it!

While I was at there last night, I got a lot done on my sister's placemats... the tops are done and now I need to birth and quilt them. I hope she likes them!

I also got a kit from Lazy Mazy yesterday. She pre-cuts the fabrics for her kits and she does an amazing job! Think of how much time it saves in making a quilt. Though I have no idea how she manages to find the time to cut everything. And, no, she doesn't have any type of die-cutting machines. She just uses rulers, templates and her rotary cutter...Amazing!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gotta have my coffee...

Got a Betz White kit in the mail today for a Cup O' Joe pincushion kit. Isn't it cute! I love my coffee and now I have this cup to go along with the real thing. It was such an easy thing to make, very simple pattern, and I'd love to make another one or five. This could be very addictive! She also has those adorable Cupcake Pincushions. She has a new book coming out and I might have to check it out to see all of the adorable things she has come up with.

Gentry enjoyed losing his first tooth so much he decided it was time to lose the 2nd yesterday. Ahhh, I remember those tooth fairy visits.

And we got exciting news. Gentry was cast as Joseph for the Christmas program. Hard to believe as he is as shy as they come!

I also got gifts in the mail from my dear friend, Marge. She sent me two blocks left over from her swap. And she also sent me some very coveted (by me) Elm Creek Christmas fabric. Thank you again, Marge!
Speaking of Christmas, I've started making my ornaments. I'll show a pic when I have more done. But for now, I'm going to get back to my autumn WH that I was working on early today.

Tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day, but I'll post about it afterwards. I hope everyone's weekend is off to a good start!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Quilt Show and Gentry

Finally, it really is looking like Autumn now! I just love the colors of the trees. I'm inspired to finish up my Autumn WH now. I wonder if I can find the time and energy to work on it tonight?

Here is the apron I made for the guild to sell at the show. My first one, not too bad. It was quite a bit easier than I thought it might be, but it took longer than I had hoped. Hubby also made some wonderful pumpkin cookies (my step-mom's recipe) for me to package up and have sold there too. They are so good... can't have just one!
The show has so many amazing quilts and I took a tour of the plantation manor... it is the oldest house in the area. It is amazing!
Of course, I had to buy a couple of things too. The neck pillow was made by Melinda and it is so comfy, now hubby and kids want one too. And while I have made numerous potato bags, I haven't bothered to make one for myself yet, so now I don't have to!

I got back from going the LQS last night to find Gentry waving me into the house. He is always happy to see me, but this was more than that. He had just lost his first tooth! He was so happy and is now wiggling the one next to it in hopes of getting more money from the tooth fairy.
Today was Gentry's last Little Kicker's soccer game. He has had so much fun! After the game they had a pizza party and he got a trophy and team picture. He is already talking about playing next year!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Did we all have a safe and Happy Halloween? We had three celebrations this past week. They were all fun, safe and brimming with way too much candy. Have you seen the cute packs of candy corn called "Harvest Seeds" with a Bible verse on them? The kids had a great time and now I have to start taking down the Halloween decorations and putting up the few Thanksgiving ones I have. My kids had very interesting ideas when they drew their faces on the pumpkins this year. I don't know how Rene' managed to carve all the jagged edges on Hailey's and to keep the two tiny teeth on the top of the mouth on Gentry's. I usually have cute faces on mine, but the kids had a different view than I did this year.

Look what I did. I dabbled into making my very first "inchies". I was going for a Christmas feel. They are so little that I'm not sure what exactly I'll do with them. Normally, I'm not really into embellishing things, but I started to have fun while working on these. I have more to work on, but ran out of time yesterday. I'll get back to you once I have some more done.

Surprise, surprise! Look what had wandered out right next to the sidewalk of a busy street near my house. Isn't it sweet? There isn't that much of a wooded area right there and from the size of it I would guess there must be a mommy and daddy around too, but I can't hardly imagine it. Two sides are surrounded by busy streets, the other two sides by a large elementary school and housing neighborhoods. The sad part is that there is a big sign saying that it is going to be a new park soon... bye-bye trees and bye-bye Bambi.

Saw the deer on the way to Davies Plantation. There is going to be the 5th Annual Quilt Show there this weekend, lots of quilts and other old time trades. Our guild has a booth there and I went to help set up a bit. They asked for quilts to display and I sent in two. I'm not up for entering them into judged contests or anything... but just for display, okay I guess I can be brave enough for that. I took pics of them while I was there and proceeded to ask about the numbers pinned to them. I was told they are used for voting. Yes, it is contest after all! Well, I couldn't very well do anything about it this point. I already feel insecure about my work anyway, having no one vote for me and not winning anything.. yeah, that'll really help! Oh well, life will go on. LOL!

As for tonight, I'm going to give a whirl at making my first apron and some more pot-holders to sell at the show. I'll be sure to post pics when I'm done.