Friday, July 17, 2009

Road Trip

Early...oh so early Monday morning my sister and I hit the pavement for the American Quilters Society Show in Knoxville TN. It was a very long day of driving. 19 hours long. We will stay the night in Nashville. I love Nashville and TN as a whole, such a gorgeous state. Then we headed for Knoxville.

I needed a new bag for the trip. Something to hold all my gear in the van and to tote around at the show....just in case... I find a lovely piece of fabric I need to have. Yes I said need...what?

When I was a junior in High School I bought a messenger bag by Esprit. Remember them? I loved anything Esprit. Last fall the strap broke, mind you I have had and used the bag for 20+ years. Mostly for travel and for school. I was so sad. I loved that bag for these types of trips. I would forgo a purse and put everything in the bag, including a book to read and my water with plenty of room for small purchases.

I had to make a new one. Ahem. That means a pattern, of which we (the pattern and I, that is) have a long history of a love/hate relationship. Mostly it is the cutting out of the pieces, it seems that every time I unfold the thing I am under some sort of physical tissue paper assault.

Look on the strap....See that buckle? You may have seen it in Time magazine, that is if you read it in 1942 because that is when it was featured. It is a 'self-covering' buckle and can you believe the sticky still worked like a charm?

We now have two days of the show under our belts. We have been doing a demo of a this really great ruler for making bias binding. It is fantastic. I am not quite Vince Shlomi but I am getting close!! Have a happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The 32lb fish..You know the one that got away..

I have a favorite antique-type haunt. It is a big, huge place with tons of vendors and lots of fun stuff. I rarely run into something that is outrageously priced. A few months back we were browsing about the place and I found the greatest quilt. It was different then any I have ever seen before.
It was like it was pieced together with bits of other quilts but in no particular order. If a crazy quilt left its fancy stitching at home and married a quilt of the the month. Well, that is close to what this quilt was like. It had blocks and then just pieces, top-stitched down in places. No batting, maybe flannel in between. The back was bigger pieces pieced. It was the truest 'use what you have' quilt and don't let anything go to waste.

I really wanted it but it just wasn't the time to spend $25. Yes I know $25. I was really filled with regret, after, because the fabrics and textures were so amazing and so filled with history. I went back 3 days later, I had to have it. Oh you already guessed? Yeah, it was gone. Swoosh. Just like that. I was so so sad.

A few days ago, 'the quilt' was swimming around in my brain. I have a few odds and end blocks. Most are vintage. Some are from my mother in law....

Some I made, but never did finish that quilt of the month...

Some more from my mother-in-law. The hexagons are all hand pieced...

Not to mention a ton of single hexagons...

And a few that I have purchased...

I also have feed sacks and vintage fabric hanging out...

So I decided ,that in the spirit of the beautiful piece of patchwork that is now only a memory, why not put together my own . Use what I have, rescue a few blocks here and there and put a few together. Then I could actually keep that 32lb know the one that got away.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What a Guy

My sweet 12 year old has been gone for 12 days fishing with our neighbors (surrogate grandparents). He brought everyone home a gift and the above was for me. How sweet and how truly well he knows his mother!!! Now I just have to figure out what to use the little pot for? Any Ideas?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009


I'm sure!! I LOVE :: love charm packs because well frankly, they charm my pants off. They are cute and square and bound by a simple wrap. I know, I am easy, but really what is not to love. There is little cutting involved. True, true I did cute these. But in defense of Charms it was really quick.

This little quilt is lap or a cuddle size. Big enough to take off the chill! The back is mostly the flowers- a print I adore- with a section of pieced fabrics, because I never do a solid back, never have, I like the element of surprise in it.

The borders are a cozy chenille that really brings the whole thing together. I think anyway. I also think these pictures are a little blurry. {shrug} My camera's flash went kaputz so I do what I can.

What I did do with this little lovely that I don't usually do, or have only done once before, was tie it. The quilting part of quilting has a tendency to bug me. I admire those who love it and therefore, feel it is my duty to support their craft. But with the man of the house layed off and me not working this summer, I had to take matters into my own, capable hands. So I tied and I tied- oh my God did I tie.
Sorry I digressed into 90's music. I do that. Now I have it playing in the background and that is not helping my train of thought at all.
To make a long story short. I like how it turned out and I think now, that the sassy little pink ties only add to the charm of this little number.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last Weekends Festivities Posted a Week Later

We had a blast last weekend at the lake. The food was fantastic. The show of fireworks was unbelievable- apparently if you live or weekend on my mother's lake (well it's not hers technically, but she lives there) it is imperative that you try to out do your neighbors with your fireworks display. This is great for those of visiting although you may experience whiplash from trying to look all over the place and right in front of you at the same time. The fireworks incidentally, lasted about an hour and a half between our own and everyone else's!!

There were also games to play, such as Egyptian Rat slap a game that should not be played while anyone is trying to sleep within a 5 mile radius! The laughter is too fantastic.

And of course more creatures brought to me for inspection. How cute are these little guys. We also found a plethora of tadpoles and poly wogs.

In light of yesterdays post, I thought I would also share today's discovery of all things gross smuggled into my house by my own little naturalist. I was cleaning the downstairs and noticed an inordinate number of fruit flies, this is odd because not food is allowed in the lower level. (she laughs to herself) I investigate the boys bathroom further- yes my first mistake- boys, I have found are HORRIBLE about their bathroom!! Low and behold the sink held a huge- dead- stinky- (colossally stinky) fresh water clam! smuggled home from our weekend at the lake! Said child was explicitly told to return the large clam back to it's habitat to live its life and make pearls or beads or whatever- but do not bring that home! It came home anyway. A zoo I tell you. A zoo.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009


(Lilli had nothing to do with the capture of the following creatures and no creatures were harmed in the pursuit of emulating the discovery channel.)
Things brought into my house over the course of two days::

Day 1

Enter baby bunny gently caught, admired, petted, and released. Hands washed.

Day 2

Things went progressivly



-Enter bird again gently caught - I don't know how, but it is true- and released. More hand washing.
-Then came the grey colored tree frog leaping out of hands and across the floor.
-And last....this is were I had to draw the line...seriously, what do these boys think this is, a zoo? Okay don't answer that. They presented me with a snake. Great. Deep breath. A couple of WOW's and with as much control as I could muster, a Please take that back out to its rightful habitat because that is were it belongs, As do all the other creatures outside so let's leave them there!!! And again wash your hands.

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