Thursday, June 25, 2009

Strange Looking Ruler ...

Have you seen this specialty ruler by Creative Grids? Kim blogged about it and I have to say I was intrigued. It is for cutting Half Square Triangles out of 2½ strips (or Jelly Rolls). I have not seen one in person yet. I checked out the Creative Grids website and they have several specialty rulers. They even have instructions that can be Downloaded.

Kim really seemed to like hers and I can see why. Do you have one? How do you like it? Inquiring bloggers want to know.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

... And Other Times Life is Great

So last weekend was a quiet one at home. Just a bit of yardwork (never ending) and some hand applique.

But the weekend before ... a Sew Day with friends!! Now that's my kinda weekend!!! We all gathered at Debbie's again. Pam was going to help us struggling machine applique-ers and give us some much needed pointers. And we were going to have a potluck lunch.

And check out what Pam brought for each of us - OMG!!! The towels are so neat. Pam brought the towels all prepped and ready to stitch. Having never done machine applique before I didn't want to ruin my towel, so first I practiced on another block I had. After my practicing I felt confident enough to tackle my towel. But this whole machine applique stuff might make me start thinking about a sewing machine upgrade. hmmmm

So our potluck lunch was very good. Pam brought a cheese ball w/crackers, veggies and dip, and the most delicious (and cute, I might add) mini bear claws.

I brought all the fixins for a 'build your own" taco salad. Debbie supplied all the beverages and of course opened up her home to us once again. And Deanna brought some out of this world Apple Dumplings (recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman).

Well, we had an absolutely fun day. We sewed, we laughed, and of course we ate.

I finished up my towel. Yipee!

So here is a pic of my goodies. Pam brought the towels and Deanna brought each of us some homemade Raspberry Jam. YUM!

Elizabeth sent a copy of her Words on Quilts book for a giveaway. Deanna already had a copy, so the drawing was going to be between Debbie and me. Pam had Deanna choose a number between 1 and 25. You know, I would have never guessed 34. LOL Debbie wouldn't have either, so we had to have a giveaway do-over. We laughed so hard. It was too funny. Debbie won the book.
Needless to say we had a wonderful day.

Honest Scrap Award

I have been given this award by Gizmo over at Gizmo Quilts.
Thank you for including me.
Here are the rules:
First: You have to tell your readers 10 things about you they may not already know, but are true.

Second: You have to tag 10 people with the award.

Third: You have to let the people you've given the award to, know that they've received this award from you.

Finally: Make sure you link back to the person who awarded you.

So, 10 things … here goes …
  • I am the youngest of 3 but the only one that quilts.
  • I do not wear makeup.
  • I don’t like tapioca pudding or soggy bread or soggy cereal.
  • I still live in the same town where I was born.
  • I have never broken any bones.
  • I love stream fishing, but haven’t been in years.
  • I have only driven in the snow once in my life.
  • I don’t like to fly.
  • I have never been on a roller coaster.
  • I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert 3 times before his untimely death.

In random order, these are 10 bloggers I enjoy reading. Some you may know … others might be new to you. Hope you enjoy their reading their blogs too.

  1. PamKittyMorning
  2. Brown Quilts
  3. Living Life at Lee Haven
  4. Log Cabin Quilter
  5. Quilting Down the Stairs
  6. Cottons ‘n Wool
  7. Bits and Pieces
  8. Magnolia Bay Quilts
  9. Quilting Daze
  10. All Stitched Up
Have fun!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sometimes life doesn't cooperate ...

As I have said before … I love Sew Days with friends.

Last weekend Helen had a gathering at her place and I so wished I could have gone, but I had to work. I know from past experience that they had a great time. Helen if you are reading this – I was thinkin’ about you guys all day! Hopefully next time work won’t conflict with her get together.

The first 11 days of June have shown a little quilty progress. I have continued to work on my Lost Sock blocks off and on in the evening. The weather has been on the cooler side so I have also been trying to get some much needed yard work done.

That being said ... there were fun days in my future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another Sew Day Gathering ...

I love getting together with friends for Sew Days.

The weekend after the Pirate Quilters Retreat another group of friends gathered for a Sew Day. We were down a couple, PamKittyMorning and Alex were gone to Quilt Market and Holly was suffering (yeah, right) through a vacation in Hawaii. So it was just the “Triple D’s” again, Deanna, Debbie and me. Deanna had a morning commitment, so Debbie and I were on our own until the afternoon. When Deanna arrived we had a wonderful lunch of Veggies w/Dip, Italian Crockpot Beef sandwiches, Macaroni Salad and Chocolate Brownies for dessert and then continued on with our sewing.

Debbie worked on some curtains and then prepped some leaves for an applique border.

Deanna worked on a binding ...

and then some applique.

I brought my sock blocks from the Lost Sock Swap that Marlene had organized. I thought I had mine all finished, but as I went though them I realized that I had mine to do still. So I did hand work instead of block trimming and sock block assembly. The day passed all too quickly.
Another Sew Day has been planned and I am looking forward to it once again – I just love days like these.