Monday, April 23, 2012

Daisy Sale Quilt

For my mother

Click on the pic for a closer look
Once upon a time there was a great department store based out of Minneapolis MN called Dayton's. If you are from the mid-west, you may remember it. Dayton's was my mom and my 'go to' store. I do not know how other daughters bonded with their mothers but we bonded through shoes, Guess jeans, Laura Ashley linen dresses, and Gunny Sax. All to be ooooed over at Dayton's. From the time I was in fourth grade, till I graduated, my mother came up with the idea to give each of us, still at home, 'our day'. We got to pick the place to go with in reason and spend the day with just mom. My brothers choose to go to places like the airport, I always wanted to go downtown in Minneapolis.   
The Back

When I was in 7th grade, my mom surprised me with a weekend in that very place. It was about an hour from our southern Mn country home and so different from the small town I lived in. We stayed at the Downtown Hilton and I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world. We ordered room service and I ate my first Monte Cristo sandwich at the Magic Pan. Still one of my favorite eats, yet none has ever tasted as good as the one I had that weekend. We spent the day wandering around the sights and sounds of the 'big city' and Downtown Dayton's. On that weekend, it was Dayton's annual Daisy Sale. I remember the large banners with huge daisies painted on them flowing from the ceiling of the majestic store. It was there that mom bought me a red cotton drop waist mini-skirt dress with yellow and green bias tape sewn on the skirt. My first mini.  It came with a multi-colored cloth belt to be worn loosely on the hips. This was a long way from my brother's hand me down red corduroys of 5th grade.

Mom and Me
As I look back -that weekend has held a special significance,
especially on the cusp of the tumultuous teen years,
 it did indeed solidify a mother daughter bond
 that has held through the years.

This year she is 75 years old, she is beautiful, wise and one of my best friends
 I made her this quilt and it is called, Daisy Sale.

To see a picture of this beautiful, extrodianary, woman go HERE, pictures by my super talented niece whose blog of captured moments is worth the trip.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Spent a lovely Easter at my niece's new house. They have only been there 4 weeks and the house was all put together and ready for the family for Easter...WOW.

For my great nephew who is also my Godchild, I made hime an 'Easter' backpack.
 I followerd this super easy tutorial, it went together very quick.
I filled it with treats and he was pretty happy with it.

I also made a little art portfolio to go with it.

I am kinda lovin the peachy button.

The portfolio was inspired by the little drawing pad that I found at JoAnns for a $1.
I winged the pattern.
Making a slot for the paper pad,
a clear pocket for dry erase game cards,
and a place for crayons.

Now that I look at it all I think I accomplished a lot in 2 days.
If  you remember I made this for christmas for my great niece.
My sister wanted a few for gifts.
Alas, my machine broke while
 So a few months later.....

I finished them. I made her four because I wasn't sure what she wanted.
I just knew she wanted 'boy' fabric. She took all four.
I guess they were what she wanted.
 Love sisters.
After a whirlwind sew-feast and a holiday my
house looks like a hurricane hit it.
With that I must clean.
What is on your Monday agenda?

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Swoon Block

I feel like I accomplished something with this block.
I also may be a tad shy of being a patient quilter.
There are a lot of steps to this bugger not that that is bad it just challenges my need for speed.
 I have to agree with Ellen in that there are some
confusing elements to the pattern. I was even prepared for that and still
managed to get turned around.

Here is block number one.
Somewhere in my attempts at this block I decided
a little chocolate would do nicely (besides it matches the block)
in the form of a

a deep dish cookie. I have two different sized mini muffin tins
from my muffin craze of '93 hence the two different
depths of cookies.
I used the basic cookie recipe and then
scooped them into the muffin tins.
I like the wrapped ones and think they would make
a splendid gift for a lucky person.
Namely me. Haha

Yeah they are good enough to put on a pedestal. So that's what I did.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I think I have decided on Swoon thou I am not crazy about the name. It bugs me a bit.
Perhaps it has been a bit overused in the blog world. (in my humble opinion) But I degress....

This has been a slow subbing week.
 A short week at school will do that.
So yesterday I chipped away at the layers of mishmash that had collected
throughout our house whilst listening to Pandora.
I finally made my way to my machine and
began to chip away at my unsightly pile of UFO's when
the husband called and suggested I should get groceries,
except I heard.....
"go to the fabric store to find fabric for that quilt you have been talking about,
oh and pick up some food"

Not a problem, I decided on gray for the background, safe and comfortable.
Retrospectively I wished I'd have gone with the
 bubbly yellow and black on the top of the pile.
Ah well I have 5 yards of gray so that will have to do.
Eldest son came with me pointing out every ugly fabric ever made
and suggesting hideous things that I should make him from them.
He also wants me to make a quilt that is as soft as the shreds of one
 his gramma made when he was a baby.
If only fabric came as soft as it becomes after years and years of washing.


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