Monday, October 25, 2010

More Bibs

Thought I would show you the latest in my bib collection.  I wanted to make sure to get pics before I sent them off.  Meet the newest member of our family.  This precious thing came into the world in August.  We just found out about it-MEN!#?

She belongs to my husbands godson.  Check out 4 of the bibs I made.  I am hoping to quilt up a top that needs finishing.

If you click I the pic I think that it will enlarge it so you can see my Grandneice better.  We have been greataunts & uncle for amost 16 years.
Remember to make the most out of life.

Just Another Quilter

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Food & Fabric for thought

Things are just crazy around our house.  The husband has been away on business.  Lola started a new job, is working on the stage crew for her third play now and babysitting is picking up for her.  Not to mention her stomach is giving her fits (can we say stress--she just can't see it).   Lola gets her license in January.  So to add to these chauffeuring duties lets add:  MJJR started basketball practice, had a band concert, and was on the bottom of the pile in a basketball pile up (her head is tingling--can we say possible concussion).  It all seemed to come together when Lola's job was ending (doors locking, building closing for the night) while the concert was 1 hr into the 2 bands, 2 choirs & joint pieces for both the band and choir.  I realized this at 1pm.  Lots of fun!  A few calls with lots of pleases took care of the situation.  Boy, it would be nice to have some family in the area to help now and then.

The retreat that I usually attend is also this weekend.  DH told me a couple of weeks ago to just GO.  I laughed.  He suggested that I take off after school started on Friday (did I mention he is back in town but on call--currently working at 9am Saturday morn.  I really did need some of that quilting bonding time that comes with retreat, soo, I headed off on Thursday for about 3 hours.  I squared up some blocks and worked on a little hand quilting.  I had soup for lunch and talked with long lost friends.  It was great.

But this Saturday morning, it is cooler than recent days and raining.  We really need the rain, but I could do with out the dreariness.  To brighten my mood, I cook.  A neighbor offered a butternut squash last week and I took it.  Lola loves squash soup--found a recipe and made it up.  I thought I better try it  & realized that I also love squash soup.  Yesterday, found me a few more squash--a quilting buddy with a farm.  She offered me 3!  More soup!  This will turn into Butternut Squash Soup.  I really enjoy this site.  This pot was hit with a hand blender and quickly turned into a marvelous lunch.  Today the squash was a little smaller and I covered the pot.  Last time it had the consistency of mashed potatoes--I added some half & half.  Today it is a little thin. 

Next item to share--FABRIC!  Over the last few months, our family has taken a few trips, hit a few shops and just added to the stash because--well--I really wasn't sewing and wanted to feel like I was doing some quilting.  Imagining great quilts out of new fabric makes me feel that way.

The fabric is my souvenir from Maui.  The left was at the Maui Quilt Shop on the south side.  The right was at the quilt shop in the mall--yes, the mall.  The mall is right by the airport.   

DH headed off to Nebraska for work a few weeks ago.  The quilt shop had this quilt on display and he really liked it.  He brought everything home so he could have one too! 

Last thing--next week I am off to stay with my dad who got a new hip.  I will be in katiemaytoo 's neck of the woods.   

Off to work on some bibs.

Happy Quilting,

                                                          Just Another Quilter

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A couple of projects

I have been working on bibs for mjjr's coach.  She has had the same coach for a couple of sports for 2 years now.  These bibs are for their new baby.  Can you imagine have a baby and a 11 year old?  I am too old for that.
Here are 2 of the 4 that I made.  More are coming.  A coworker is having a shower on Sunday.  I haven't started hers yet.
This is the Christmas Traditions quilt and the up close quilting.  It is a quilt as you go for the coins.  I think that our group will have to do a little more quilting on the coins.The coins are a little baggy  because the dense quilting is shrinking the white. The ends still have snowmen fabric to put on.

happy quilting.

Just Another Quilter

Monday, October 4, 2010

I WON!!!

My mother came in town for the weekend.  We haven't seen much of each other the last few years.  My daughter had surgery last summer.  Mom took a bad spill on her bicycle and couldn't travel much. 

I have taken her for my quilters retreat before.  We don't really do any crafts together when she comes.  We just talk and I show her what I am working on and she tells me about hers.  (She picked up a new machine last month.) 

Mom & I were hunting through the internet for sock patterns and just looking around.  I love the socks Judy L. makes over at the Patchwork Times.  She is so funny.  Today is "Design Wall Monday".  Stop over and see what everyone is working on.  We found some hat patterns that might be interesting as Christmas is approaching. 

While we were hunting around I saw a new post from "KatieMaytoo".  She was announcing the winners for her recent giveaway.  I WON!!!!   I was so excited!  My mom came over, confused.  What did you win? How did you win?  I just had to explain all about friends on the internet. 

Earlier this year, I picked up a 5 gallon bucket of homegrown plums at church.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them....but I would find something.  I made something called Plum Buckle.  Boy was it good.  We also now have enough jam for the year!

Salsa was made, zucchini bread frozen, spaghetti sauce frozen, basil dried, pesto frozen, apple chips drying, apple/pear cheddar cheese pie ready to eat and one carrot cake eaten and one frozen.  Maybe the summer was busy & I wasn't so lazy.

Next to come---bibs, tablerunners and fabric.