Friday, March 30, 2012

Favorite Things Friday

My favorite this week is something that I hear almost every morning.



The pitter patter of little feet.  It is amazing to me how kids don't walk anywhere, they run.  They run from the living room to the bedroom, from the bedroom to the bathroom, from the bathroom to the kitchen, and then back to the living room and so on and so on and so on.  They have one speed.

I think if I ran like that, I would be as skinny as a rail, but it wouldn't be the pitter patter of little feet.  :).  More like thunk thunk thunk.

So hop on over to Quilting In My Pyjamas and check out what others are claiming as their favorites or, better yet, link up and share yours.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

15 Minute Challenge - Weeks 11 & 12

Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - nada
Thursday - sewed gq blocks
Friday - zip
Saturday - finished sewing gq blocks; sewed two rows together
Sunday - finished sewing gq quilt top; basted
Monday - quilted gq

Tuesday  - sewed on binding - another finish!!
Wednesday - tied pooh blanket
Thursday - planning stages for duvet cover (probably not 15 minutes worth though)
Friday - zilch
Saturday - nothing
Sunday - nothing else
Monday - still nothing

Okay, last week was good, this week not so good.  I finished a quilt but haven't started on my next project.  I have a few small projects I'm thinking about (maybe even for Christmas) -- but they are still in the thinking stage.

Check out the 15 minute challenge at Life in Pieces to see how everyone else has done this week.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Another birthday ..

You know you're getting old when your youngest child turns 23.  Today was my YD's birthday.  We began the weekend with a BBQ and then today had a family dinner and dessert at home.

First the BBQ .. lots of friends from college and high school.  and family too.  All were there except for my OD who is in Los Angeles ..

YD and some of her college buddies - and Mikey!

Andrew!

The chef ..

The proud papa!

The proud brother ..

The girls catching up and eating ..

Playing cranium .. (cousin, OS's girlfriend, OS, and MS)


Grandpa joining in on the birthday shot toast .. 

and then today at home for the birthday dinner and cake


The "cake" -- recipe from here.



All in all a good day though I had trouble finding the chicken wings for her dinner and then when I did, I didn't buy enough.  The dessert was delicious and really easy to make.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clever titles

I wish I could come up with clever titles.  I mean the Mentalist has red in every title.  CSI has fun titles, for example, "Trends with Benefits", "Malice in Wonderland".  and then there's Castle, "One Life to Lose".  Why can't I come up with something even slightly clever?

Here are some pictures of the little Girl Quilt I finished this past week, as well as the fleece blanket my YD and I tied for the same little girl.  I really hope she likes it.









Friday, March 23, 2012

Favorite Things Friday

My favorite this week, other than linking up with everyone else and seeing what everybody has been up to, is popcorn.  Kate reminded me of this when she posted about spring break.

Image from here http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/
I love, love, love popcorn.  When we go to the movies, I can eat a whole large bag by myself.  I usually have to share but I could eat it all myself.  Going to the movies wouldn't be the same without popcorn, and even though it costs as much as the movie, I have to have it.  I don't feel like I've been to the movies without it.

I love kettle corn, cheesy popcorn. microwave popcorn, bagged popcorn, popcorn cooked in oil, popcorn from a hot air popper.  I don't care how it's made -- I love popcorn.  My grandfather used to pop it in old bacon grease -- that was divine.

I love kettle corn from Popcorn, Indiana.  but quite honestly, I just love popcorn.

To see what other people's favorites are or to post one of your favorites, check out Favourite Things Friday at Quilting In My Pyjamas.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

March Madness

Okay, not really, but I had to have a title.  Lots of football talk at our house not basketball .. now that we know that Peyton is going to Denver -- what happens to Tebow?? such a dilemma.

However, it's not mine.  I've been working on the GQ*.  Here it is -- before quilting.




I hope Sami likes it!


*GQ - girl quilt.  You know me with the creative names.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (almost)


As my OD put on her facebook page when she posted these pictures, "Who would have thought he'd grow up to be the spawn of satan??"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

15 Minute Challenge - Week 10

Here's my report for this week's sewing.

Tuesday - quilted Raiders Quilt
Wednesday - finished quilting Raiders Quilt
Thursday - trimmed Raiders quilt; made binding; sewed binding
Friday - finished hand sewing binding
Saturday - nothing (washed and dried Raiders Quilt)
Sunday - worked on design for child-sized quilt
Monday - cut and sewed blocks for csq

I need to come up with a name for this new quilt I'm working on.  The front will be pieced with flannel and the back will be a solid minkee sort of fabric.  Here are the fabrics for the quilt -- two yards of each.





To see how others did this week with the 15 minute challenge, check out Life in Pieces.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Football

So football season is over until fall (American football, that is).  In my house, however, somehow they still seem to talk about it year round.  Either complaining commenting on the previous season or looking forward to the upcoming season.  Talking about who has or has not left the team either voluntarily or otherwise.  And it seems every week, that there is something on the news about one or more of the teams the various members of my family follow.  So, anyway, my YS asked me to make him a quilt of his favorite team.  He purchased the fabric and batting for it and I posted my plan previously, and here it is finished.


I looks pretty much like the plan.  I apologize for not taking a very good picture.  Also, I didn't have the striped fabric for the binding, but got some black/grey polka dotted fabric instead.

Here's the back.  I used fleece for the backing.  It's soft but I don't know how it will hold up.

My next project is either a duvet cover for my YD or a quilt for the daughter of a friend who has supplied me with tons of fabric.  I'll probably go with the small quilt -- may even do a tied fleece to go along with it since she bought fleece as well.  We'll see.




Friday, March 9, 2012

Favorite Things Friday; Blogiversary

I'm having a difficult time coming up with a favorite this week .. It's 11:18 p.m. and I still can't come up with anything.

Today is my five year blogiversary.  if i were Sara, I would have over 1500 posts, but since I'm me I just have over 400.  Hard to believe I've been at this for five years.

Had a long week today and i am just so tired.  I think my favorite, right now, is sleep.

I'll check back tomorrow when I don't need so much sleep.

Cheers!

Oops, I almost forgot, click here to go to Quilting In My Pyjamas to see what others have picked as their favorites this week.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

to verify or not to verify

I've been reading lots of blog complaints about blogger's word verification.  I find the double word entry really annoying -- though it doesn't seem to reject whatever I type in.  Anyhow, I decided to remove word verification and to turn comment moderation back on.  I'll try this for a bit and see how it goes.

Oh, is today Wednesday?  I'll have to find a picture to post.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

15 Minute Challenge - Week 9 - 2012

Had a pretty good week this week with another finish and another start.

Tuesday - basted Sara's Bird Quilt
Wednesday - quilted SBQ
Thursday - made binding; began hand sewing to back of quilt*
Friday - sewed binding to quilt; tossed quilt into washer
Saturday - dried SBQ; accidentally went to a fabric store ..
Sunday - added border to and basted Raiders Quilt
Monday - nothing

Here's the design for the Raiders Quilt.


We'll see how it really looks when it's finished.

If you want to see how others are doing with their sewing this week, check out the linky party at Life in Pieces.

*Katie sewed it to the front of the quilt.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Disappearing Giraffes

I finally took pictures of the disappearing giraffe quilt.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I am hoping to send it out this week.






Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sara's Bird Quilt

When my mom was sick, my cousin Sara (and her husband) put us up in her house on many many occasions.  It didn't matter what time we got in.  It didn't matter how long we needed to stay.  She visited with us.  She visited with my mom.  She fed us.  She talked to us.  She bathed us.  She was very hospitable and loving and caring.  She made us feel welcome.  She made it so we could do what we needed to do.

Anyway, as a thank you, my niece Katie and I decided that we should make her a quilt.  Katie had some fabric that used to be my mother's which we decided to use as our focus fabric.  Katie bought some owl fabric and some peacock fabric that coordinated well.  We went to Ikea and bought some orange fabric.  And Katie found a fat quarter in my so-called stash that matched, as well.  Katie found a pattern she liked on the internet and we winged it from there. 

Basting.

Fresh out of the dryer.

The back.  The brown fabric in the lower righthand corner is the focus fabric.

The front.

So, later this week, I will take it to the post office and send it to Sara.  When Katie posts pictures, I'll provide a link -- her camera is loads better.

Have a great weekend!  


Friday, March 2, 2012

Favorite Things Friday

My favorite this week is postcards.  When I was a little girl, I used to collect them (of course, as a little girl, I collected just about everything, acorns, piggy banks, notebooks, bus numbers, etc.).  I still remember the album I had with a postcard from my cousin Stephen from Africa .. don't have that postcard or any of the other ones now (I don't think anyway).  But this past fall, my sister and her daughter went to Europe and they sent me postcards from their trip.  (Oops, there's another postcard in the picture from St. Louis -- still from my sister, but not from the Europe trip.)



Maybe one day I'll go to Europe and send them postcards!

Check out other favorites at QIMP and link up with one of your favorites too!