Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The last 3 months have been totally crazy, I am going into quilt withdrawal! Hopefully I will be able to sneak a few stitches in this week.
Irish Muses is having a give away on December 23. Here is a peek at all the goodies.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Carrie over at A Passion for Applique is having a give away and asked us to leave comments about our choices of white lights vs. colored lights. We have white lights outside and tiny colored clear lights on the tree inside. Only house on our block that is decorated outside.
Carrie has me dwelling on paint color again. Can't decide what color to paint the house. We haven't painted anything outside, but the trim that needed touched up. We have lots of peaks and dormer windows, grey is calm and neutral, cocoa brown would make it look like a gingerbread house and red would make it a Christmas house year round (red is probably tooo much).
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Maggie loves to wear anything Clan Scott.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This is our new baby, Simba. He has actually been a family member for several years. He wasn't very happy being alone all day. (Little dog + little bladder + looooong day = oooops.)
He needed to live where someone was home a lot more. DS and DDIL asked if I knew any one that would be interested in adopting him. Sure, I'll take him. They didn't think I would want another fur baby, since we have Maggie and Chrissie. They were happy, that they will get to have weekend visits, frequently. They said it would be almost like still having him, but he wouldn't be alone all day long.
Chrissie isn't real sure what he is. He doesn't look like Maggie, he is little like her. Simba walked in and took one look at Chrissie, stopped and just stared. He has never seen a cat up close. We had less than 24 hours of, minimal, hissing and whining. They are, now, just glancing at each other, going to their spots, curling up and going to sleep.
Maggie was surprise when I walked in with Simba. Simba and Benny had came for visits in the backyard, but had never came in the house. (Benny likes to eliminate any body not a dog.) Maggie was the love of Simba's life when DS and DDIL first got him, he likes tall girls. Thank Heavens! he has calmed down around her.
Simba has stayed glue to my ankle. I sit down at computer, he is under my chair. I sit down to sew he is beside my chair. "Watch out, so I don't roll over your tail, Buddy". Life is great with lots of Fur Babies!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Right now life has gone nuts!!!!!
Any one of Scottish, Irish, or from one of the Celtic Nations in ancestry; and live almost close to Hendersonville or Lexington NC??? And Quilts??? I am trying to put together a "CELTIC INSPIRATION" quilt show & quilt as a fund raiser. We help set up the Foothills Highland Games., I would like to have a display, in the VIP tent next year of Celtic Inspired Quilts. I am making a Celtic Dreams raffle quilt, but would really like to have a display of Celtic or Tartan Inspired Quilts.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
If your hands, elbows or shoulders have any issues or past surgeries, you need these!
The Quilt Halo. The Quilt Halo lays on top of the piece you are quilting.
And the Supreme Slider. The Supreme Slider lays on the bed of your machine and has an opening for your needle.
The lady running the booth at the AQS Show in Knoxville, where I found them, was letting you sit down at her machine and try them out. WOW! I couldn't believe how well they worked. The quilt sample slid around like a scrap of fabric instead of like the placenta of an elephant. WOW! Loved them, wanted them, please, take my money!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The angel was quilted with iridescent thread. She gave you a feeling of peacefulness, just looking at her.
The cowboy was so real looking, you could feel him looking back at you.
I will try and find out who they are by and post it.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
OK, here are more pictures. These are the Artful Bras, made by a South Carolina quilt group. I have only posted the close ups. There are more pictures over on The Inside Stori and on One Loose Thread.
If you want to make one think "Big", it will give you more area to embellish. 32AA too quick; 40DD design your heart out!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I was so excited I found three of my friends from First Frontier Quilters; Donna, Vicki and Alice. I moved and hadn't seen them in about five or six years. They were in the Appalachian Quilt Trail booth; the guild had made a fund raising quilt for the AQT project.
(Ooops, ok, tip your head to the left. I can't get the photo to do a quarter turn. Sorry!) I bought a batch of tickets, hopefully my connections will help me win.
More photos later laundry is screaming at me! It is so nice to get away, but boy is there a lot to do when you return!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Side trips to Smoky Mountain Knifeworks in Sevierville and to The Craftman's Festival in Gatlinburg.
114 Boone Street
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
Monday- Saturday 9:30 to 5:30
115 Bruce Street
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
I am so looking forward to this. I haven't road tripped with the/any girls in about 10 years! Last road trip was to Mary Jo's. I have been "past" there numerous times since then, but it is always on Sunday or late and their closed. Twice yesterday! Bummer!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
My DDIL and I are going to put together a "Beginning Quilter - Kit of the Month" for her mother, Linda.
Linda said, she wants to learn how to quilt.
Linda has just retired and moved to NY, at a "very young age" (she is 1 year younger than I am)!
Linda likes brown, beige and sage green.
I think I have a little extra tan from "Mz K's" quilt and I know I have left over sage green from "Devine Miss M's" nursery - 2 years ago. Maybe a little left over of the browns.
"Mz K" just turned 18 in May and graduated from HS in June.
I hope it will mean more having fabric from oldest and youngest GDs, included.
I thought a "Mystery Quilt" would be fun.
Actually, I am going to use the same pattern I used for "Mz K's" quilt.
The pattern has lots of strip piecing and sub cutting, followed by HSQ triangles and QS triangles. that should ease her in to piecing.
Then maybe DDIL & I can do a "road trip" to help her Mom finish and get started on the quilting and binding.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Diggery, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.
Find Your Hogwart's House
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Yesterday, the Becassos met, and learned how to make our own rubber stamps. It is so fun learning new things. I had trouble finding a Speedball cutter—for cutting linoleum blocks. It was not at Lowe's; but at A. C. Moore. Some of the ladies had trouble finding plumbers gasket material. But here is the end result from my rubber stamp and the stamp is on the right. I am so happy with the results.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
DDIL called after class tonight, instructor told her a woman jumped off HWY 8/85 overpass this afternoon. I have been checking news channels on-line and watching news on TV, ever since she called. Woman was air lifted to WFBMC, so far I haven't heard or found any info. I felt empathy when I saw the woman this morning, now I am seriously worrying about a total stranger.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
on to Karen http://www.passionatequilter.blogspot.com/.
This is going to be so much fun. I can't wait for Toni's block to get here http://thequiltingpirate.wordpress.com./ .
I bought fabric and have a plan for Round 3.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
JUNE 13 - seems to be the day I am being pulled in 4 different directions.
#1 - #1GD graduation/18th BD party has been in the planning for over a month or two. (Which she doesn't want.)
#2 - A Scottish Festival with in an hour of home that we can get in to as a vendor $$$.
#3 - My family reunion in IL that is always on Fathers Day, the 20th by my calculations. Nope, my cousin which it is all scheduled around, is going to be there the 13th. They are, also, having it on a Saturday, which works better than a Sunday for traveling any distance and getting any time off.
#4 - Clan Scott Society's Annual General Meeting, which I should attend, since, I am a Commissioner. Did I mention New Hampshire???
OK, I can not be in NC, SC, IL and NH; or even 2 of them. GD will win, with or without her. DYS & DDIL will throw a better party than the rest, plus I sleep in my own bed and get to play with the Devine Miss M.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday the quilt show boutique committee met to brainstorm. Lots of cute items in the works! After lunch we had sewing time; since we had rented the room for the day. A couple ladies basted their quilts, several other worked on hand applique projects and I had brought my Featherweight to sew little wallets.
Several of the ladies invited me to join 2 of the "bees".
Yesterday, I went to the Becasso's Bee. How cool is painting fabric with gelatin as a stamping base medium. Well go over to http://designerstitches.blogspot.com and see!
I received the remaining crayon for the Becasso's challenge for May - brown, I can do that! My assigned shape is - squiggle, Ok, mental over load! So many ideas racing through my head. I can use any technique, use any type material and make any type art piece. Should I strip piece a squiggle, applique a bunch of squiggles or give birth to - "dolly squiggle", Hmmmmmmmmm?
Today, The Quilting Friends Bee met, everyone brought their own project to work on. What fun getting to see the projects and get acquainted with the ladies. Guild meetings are wonderful, but to belong to a bee or two is how you get to really to know new people.
Needless to say I am not feeling completely like a fish out of water. I have new friends to "Horse" around with!
Sorry! Bad pun! But, wouldn't this little sea horse be cute in applique.
I need to get my RR Quilters block ready to mail.
Monday we bought a new camera, so now maybe I will get more pictures posted. I just have to get the camera away from DH.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The last month has been hectic. The Scottish festival season is gearing up. I had an order for a period outfit on line. " Rather be quilting!" But the outfit was finally finished and mailed. "Happy Dance at post office!"
Friends came for Mint Hill Festival that was canceled 2 day before it was to take place. Luckily they are quilters and crafters, so we went to almost every quilt and craft store in W/S. Missed a new quilt shop I didn't know about, til after they left.
This last week end we met up with the same friends, plus 2 more, for the Rural Hills Scottish Festival. We all camped Friday night (brrr - ice in my cup was still ice next morning) and Saturday night at the festival. Four women, "1 - preteen female" and DH; what a brave and patient man. We ate, drank, talked and talked, swapped recipes and corrected one friend's knitting project. Had a great time in spite of a group of fellow campers forming a drum circle, that played til after 4:30 am Saturday morning. Next night the drumming stopped at 1 am, but they played loadly til then. Camper next to us had a harp which sounded so beautiful, when we could hear it.
We sponsor the Children's Passport for 2 festivals, and one of the festivals is coming up in a couple weeks. So, I am cutting, stapling and folding 250-300 little passports. The kids, under 12, take their passport to each clan booth and get a stamp, when they get all the clan stamps they come to us and get a little prize.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Another table of guys suddenly stood up and started singing. Cheerleaders, thankfully, didn't do anything except the standard teenage eye rolling and whining at their Mothers. Poor Mothers.
DYS, DDIL and The Devine Miss M - #3 GD (oh & the "Boys") came for supper the next day. We cooked out, DH made escargot and we had BD cake. The "Boys" and Maggie spent the day in backyard. They were not happy they couldn't come inside and mooch, but Benny (chow) likes to kill other small non-dog animals. Simba (peke) really didn't mind he was with "His Maggie", he likes taller girls. Crissy was safe and enjoyed all the undivided attention and petting. It was a good day.
Only sewing that has even barely been happening is an outfit for a customer. I really do not feel like making it, so it has been a struggle. I need to finish it and mail it, so I can sew something fun - like quilt blocks or #1 GD 18th/graduation??? quilt.
(I don't know what happened Pink Floyd's picture disappeared.)
Friday, March 13, 2009
I personally have kept the day open, since it is the day I turn 39, for the 1?th time.
My goal is to work on one of my many UFOs. I forgot how many of them there were.
The bad part, I have found tops, while unpacking, I do not remember making. I had to have made them, I recognize the fabric and the way the seams are pressed.
I have hopes the family will remember my BD. I have actually been reminding DH for the last 2 weeks.
It is an on going "NOT VERY FUNNY" joke about my birthday. YDS has always been the one who remembered, but last year he said he was doing good until the night before - "THEN BLIP!" - gone. He called me at bed time the day after. DH wanted to know who was on the phone. "Oh, just YDS about my BD." DH totally, as usual, forgot!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Courtney is the granddaughter of, Shirley, the former shop owner, and has had many challenges, since birth.
Ok, guys you can come out of the closet; it will give you more room to quilt!
That's right guys, that is "Dan" in the lower left-hand corner of the photo. Dan has no fear of a pattern or the number of teeny tiny pieces in a circular block. His quilts have made a few ladies green with envy.