Monday, February 27, 2012

Green Bean

It still needs to be bound but here is Green Bean! I went this morning and quilted it. I love that HandiQuilter! It's so awesome. If I had done this at home on my sewing machine it would have taken me days instead of a couple of hours. When you need something fast, you can't beat the long arm!


Here's a little close-up. 


It's such a happy quilt, very Spring-y and cheerful. I have enough tumblers to make a baby quilt for my niece, who is having a little girl in June. She sent me a picture of her bedding and these greens are going to be perfect with it. How fortuitous! One Green Bean down, one Baby Bean to go. 
I love quilting.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

It Doesn't Look Like Much........Yet.

The beginnings of cuteness. These are two quilts I am working on for Shop Hop. I write my patterns (writing cryptic notes is more like it) as I sew, giving me the chance to really wok things out in my head and catch any glitches as I go along. 
The first one involves hexagons and some PamKittyMorning fabric. I love this line so much. Cute, vintage-y looking, sweet, it has all the right stuff.  This is nothing like what the finished quilt will look like. I just needed a place to slap up these giant hexies!


It's going to be beautiful. 


I have been wanting to make a tumbler quilt forever. We recently got in the tumbler die for the AccuCut at work and I went to town cutting up shades of green and white pieces for a quilt.


I'm calling it Green Bean. Just because. :)
Have a happy weekend, everyone. I'm going to sew all day tomorrow. It will be so nice!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Going Green

Good afternoon! How are you? Well, I hope. I'm still busy as a bee. Only a few more weeks and then Shop Hop 2012 will be over! (And I will be getting ready for 2013.) 
All of this work has been making me tired. More tired than normal. So, I decided to do something about it! I'm adding a little green to my day and it has really made a difference!
This is my breakfast every morning-


an egg, hard boiled; a handful of lentil sprouts and a green smoothie. I've adapted the recipe to suit my taste. The romaine lettuce really was not doing much for me. I make mine with 1/2 of a large bag of spinach (washed) and then add the remaining ingredients. I also use the juice of a whole lemon because I like that little bite it gives. So far, so good. I am not as tired, my skin looks better, I feel better and I'm not sick of it. Yet. I'm waiting...........


John Albert gave me a lovely surprise for Valentine's Day last week. He and sister went shopping and he came home with a bouquet of beautiful roses for his mom. Awww, how sweet! When I got home from work he came up to me, gave me a hug and patted my back and then signed to me "Flowers. You. Kitchen."  They still look beautiful. I hope I'm always his Valentine. :) Kind of like this:


I learned how to use the HandiQuilter at work! Gosh, it's fun. LOTS of fun! Now I want one. ha ha
Emma's Valentine's gift is my first attempt at using the HandiQuilter. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, especially after washing it. 


There's nothing better than a warm, crinkly quilt to curl up in. 

Well, that's what's been happening here in my little corner of the world. Nothing spectacular, just normal life. 
I love it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wrestling the Wild Crocodile.......Stitch!

Oh, that Pinterest, it can get me in so much trouble! I know I am not alone in my weakness for the Pin It! button. 
I love crocheting. I like it better than knitting. It goes faster and I seem to be able to understand the patterns better. I came across a beautiful scarf on the aforementioned "P" site, made by Jenny at Yarn Muse, and had to try it. It's called the Crocodile Stitch and it is really fun! Much better than wrestling a real crocodile! 


This is my practice piece. I happened to have the same color yarn that she used for her scarf. How nice! She does have written directions on her blog but what really helped me was her YouTube videos!


There are three total and they are very much worth watching. I learned a lot from each one and, as you can see from my sample above, it works up quite nicely. I am including the first one here and then you can link to her other two. 



So, grab some yarn and a hook and start tackling that crocodile! It'll keep you away from Pinterest. Ahahaha! Yeah, right!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Helloooooooooo.........

I've been remiss in my blogging. Missing in action, some might say. But, I've been very busy getting things ready at the shop for Shop Hop 2012! It's "A Day at the Fair" this year and we have all been up to our ears in preparations. New quilt samples, clothing samples, rearranging the store (which is a bit like redecorating your house because you have company coming!), preparing for the reveal of our Quilt Sampler quilt (we're in the Spring/Summer issue), well, you know. It's a lot of work.
I've also been busy in the sewing room. First of all, I cleaned it. I know- a miracle in itself. 
I'm in a toy making phase right now. 


This owl was made with felted sweaters and some hand dyed wool for a friend's baby shower. She's having a boy! I think he'll like his slightly disinterested owl. 


This is Patty Cat and she is going to be wrapped up for a little girl's 1st birthday today! She is ready for a hug. 


And, of course, there is this little Bean, who is not so little any more. Any time I get to spend with her is the best time of my day. She called us this morning, from her mommy's cell phone. We had a lovely conversation filled with some very exciting information. If only I had my 1 year-old translation book! No matter, we just carry on like we know exactly what she's talking about and she, in turn, is quite happy. I love this kid.


Really.