Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Domestic Diva?

Last week I received a package in the mail from my sister. Inside was this little lovely with the words "domestic diva" embroidered on the front.  I absolutely adore it and I must admit that last week, the title was a fitting one to bestow on me.  Out of nowhere, I was seized by a wave of creative energy.  So much so that I literally could not tear myself away from all my various projects long enough to sit down and blog.
This happens to me occasionally and when I does I can only describe the feeling as having "creative A.D.D."  I want to do some of everything and can't seem to focus on one project long enough to complete anything.     
This time, I was bound and determined to focus my energy and make the most of it. 

First of all, I went through my stash.  I found these two inch squares leftover from a previous project and decided to do something with them.
This little mini quilt is the result.  I'm not quite sure what I am going to do with it, but I guess I have something ready for the next doll quilt swap I sign up for.
 Speaking of mini quilts, here is one I made from an extra block I had left over from a Halloween quilt I made last year.  I gave it to my sister.
After I finished with the mini quilt, I was on to the next project!
 I just bought this fabulous book.  Believe me when I say that if you are quilter of any skill level, you will love Material Obsession. It is so good, I want to complete each and every project in it.  This really says something since I buy a lot of quilt books which, after the initial perusing, then languish untouched on my shelf.  This book not only inspires, it motivates!
Anyway, I chose a project from the book, went through my stash again, pulled out some fresh, modern fabrics and started cutting. 

I am loving the way it is turning out. I haven't finished yet, but here is a sneak peak.  When it is finished, I think I am going to enter it in next years county fair.
  Remember this fun fabric?
Well, this pattern uses that exact fabric, so I snatched it up when I saw it.  I'm thinking it will look good in my husbands office.  If he doesn't want it, I am sure I can find a spot for it somewhere.  Now that I think about it, I think I will put it up in my own office.
I did many other things that I don't have photos of.  I made several new recipes, straightened and reorganized the office and planted flower boxes on my front porch.
All in all, it has been a very busy and productive couple of weeks for me. 
Perhaps I am a throw-back, but nothing makes me feel more contented than some good old fashioned homemaking. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sisters then and now...

To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other's hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.  ~Clara Ortega







Thanks for the goofiest, laughiest, talkiest, miss-you-like-craziest, visit ever.  There is a saying...

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.
You are the chocolate chippiest!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The big reveal

My partner received her quilt in the mail so I can finally show the mini quilt I made.
Inspired by her love for the Farmer's Market, I drafted a design of a wonky farm stand.

As always happens, the project took on a life of it's own and I ended up making some changes in the design, but when all was said and done it turned out pretty much the way I envisioned it.  

 As luck would have it, I found some fabric in my stash with fruit, vegetables, milk cans and the words "homemade" and "farm fresh" on it, so I was able to cut them out and raw edge applique them on the design. 
I had some cute buttons in the shapes of watermelon, grapes and a basket so I decided to incorporate them as well. 
 I cut out some patchwork hills from a piece of patchwork I had left over from this project and then did a little free hand machine embroidery to finish everything off.  
What I love most about this project is that it was a true stash buster for me. Other than the border fabric, I did not purchase any new fabric.  This project gave me a chance to go through all my fabric and find ways to make them work for me.   It was a great experience.  I hope to do another doll quilt swap soon.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Inspire by my complete and utter adoration of this blog, I post this:

Dear Anonymous Good Samaritan,
Thank you for finding my keys and taking them all the way to the post office, where they could look me up by the number on by mailbox key and leave them in my box.  I have no idea where I dropped them, but I cried and pulled my hair out all day looking for them.  You will never know the relief I felt when Matt called me the next morning to tell me he had found them while checking our mail.  
I will never be able to thank you in person, but I hope you get an extra helping of God's blessings for taking time out of your busy life to do the right thing.  

Friday, August 6, 2010

One of these things is not like the others...

I have been quilting along with the Block Party blog and they recently posted a new block for us to work on.  Here is my first try.

I really like the results so I made another one for my bee.

I really love how this one turned out.  I love Bonnie's fabric and color choices.  They made for a very cheery block.
Then a couple of days ago, my colleague Kathy and I decided to make a collaborative quilt to hang up our lunch room.  The current state of our lunch room can only be compared to a cell at Auschwitz, so everyone on our floor is contributing something handmade so spruce up the place.  
Anyway, we decided we would each make 6 improvisational blocks using reds, grays and blacks.  I knew the first block I made for block party would fit with the color scheme but it was just too symmetrical for an improvisational quilt.  So I got out my rotary cutter, slashed the block and added a couple strips of fabric.

Call me crazy, but I like this block even better than the original.  I definitely think it will fit now.  

Here are the other blocks I have made so far.

I am sure our quilt will help make the daily scrabble games in the lunch room even more fun.