Thursday, April 30, 2009

I should be sewing......

I should be sewing because I have so much of it to do this weekend coming up. But instead I am... Here typing this post on the computer. Before this, I was checking out a few of my favorite blogs. Check out the sidebar if you are curious, mostly they are over there.

None of this really matters to anyone but me; However, I felt I should unleash my guilty feelings.

I love to sew, to quilt , to create, but some days are tired days. I feel too tired to sew, or I am tired of sewing on the things I should be sewing on, or it is late I am tired and I need some sleep. Tired days. Today is a "I am tired of sewing on my current projects that must be finished asap." I think it is the time pressure. I know I have to get this done, but I rebel, and do something else instead.

I know there are others like me out there, which is why I am compelled to confess.

What I really want to do is start something new and fun!!!! Can't though, bummer. Not yet anyway......
I will post pics of all of the have-to-get done quilts as soon as they are DONE! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hexagon Bliss!

I am in love with hexagon quilts and designs. I have not done any as yet, but boy I am ready to start! I have collected a couple of wonderful vintage hexagon pieces, one is a partial quilt top that I would love to finish circa 1930's, and the other is about 12 Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks in the traditional shape/style, also circa 1930's. Both are made with vintage feedsacks, which is why I keep telling myself that I am collecting these expensive beauties. (this picture is not my quilt top-it is just a beauty of a quilt that is in a museum!)

*If you want to see or buy some wonderful vintage feedsacks you can go here to Glenna Hailey's blog and she has links for her Etsy and Ebay stores where she sells them.

I just found this blog called Angie's Bits and Pieces
She has a tutorial on how to do English Paper Piecing with Hexagons with Freezer paper! I like anything that is economical and reusable.
She also has a pdf download so you can print the different sizes of hexes on your own feezer paper. Gotta love it! Thanks Angie!

So I am also now a member of the Great Hexagon Quilt Along 2. this wonderful group of quilters only talk about hexagon goodness and what to do with them!

I see an addiction problem forthcoming...... Have a wonderful day and check out the great sites!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A new family tradition

I think we began a new family tradition this year....

Every year I go out and buy 12-18 eggs and the little dye kit for Easter eggs. Now don't get me wrong, I love decorating and dying Easter eggs; however, no one else in the house will eat a hard boiled egg but me.

---That's a lot of hard boiled eggs! For just me to eat that is. I have tried to pawn them off on unsuspecting grandparents claiming that the girls decorated this one or that just for them! Ha! They already know what I am up to!

So I found this great little (cheap) set of swabs with food dye in them, by Paas. There were five colors and that included the most important colors in the palette for little girls, purple and pink!
So they look like a cotton swab, filled with dye. You use the swap on the 'egg' like you would a paintbrush. Clever right? All for only 88 cents. I thought they would be fun on eggs-------but then yesterday I thought how much more fun it would be if we decorated sugar cookies with the little swabs. The girls (and my hubby) thought the eating of the decorated treats afterward was an especially good idea as well!
So here are our little Picasso-esqe treats from this evening.

I made the sugar cookie dough this afternoon, and the girls cut out the butterflies, and the hearts. I cut out the crowns because they always break, and shaped the last of the dough into an egg shape because I didn't have an egg shaped cookie cutter.

The girls said Daddy had to decorate the egg since it is the most boyish of the cookies!

We had fun decorating and tasting!

Happy Easter to all and God Bless!

P.S. It's a good thing my hubby doesn't read my blog- he wouldn't appreciate that photo of him!!! Shhhhhh! Don't tell!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

QuiltQua-funny little name but if you go to the site it explains what that means! So I will leave that up to you for now. But there are so many other reasons to go and surf this site!\

Let me name my favorite---hmmm that would be because she has my little Fresh Cut Quilts Blog and Company listed on there!

Okay seriously, this a a wonderful site that offers links to hundreds, perhaps thousands of other great quilting Blog sites. Phone numbers and contact info for quilting teachers, pattern companies like my own, retreats, shops and a whole host of other stuff. Also lots of free website links. I just think it is great.

If I were to pay for advertising with QuiltQua-then my website link would also be on there along with a primo spot at the top of the list. So that seems pretty great to me. I just think it will grow and grow and become even more informative as time goes by.

Be sure to check it out-I am sure you will find something useful for yourself on there-I know I did!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Over the hump

Well I think the little one is feeling better finally. It has been a long five days of misery for her. I took her to the doctor yesterday and the strep test was negative. The hard part about that is that I almost wished that she had strep just so the meds would help her feel better faster. It is so hard to wait for their little immune systems to do all the work.

She broke the fever tonight and immediately was running around playing again! I think she might actually get to go to school tomorrow. She and I are both excited about that. Don't get me wrong. In some ways I have loved having this time alone with her, but in others it has surely slowed me down.

Yesterday we sewed together. That was fun. She made a small patchwork doll quilt using my machine. I will help her back it and then let her tie it for practice. She felt so big and grown up. She did a GREAT job too! I will photo her work soon. She used pre-cut Moda Charm squares left over from a different project I did. So cute.

Anyway tomorrow I need to tell you all about QuiltQua! It is really cool and if you haven't checked out the site yet, check back and will post a link. There is a ton of quilting info on there!
Kari ~aka~ sick kiddos Mommy