Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just a quickie....

I just want to show the new outfit that I made for my grandbaby. The fabric is from Mary Englebreit's Friends & Flowers line, the fabric is SO cute. The pattern kind of bugged me, it should have been very easy, but they made it rather difficult the way they put it together. I guess I should read the directions all the way through before I get started.

She was okay with the outfit once it was on her, but she was complaining loudly when we put it on her. She hates having her clothes changed. She looks so cute when she's fussing that it makes me laugh & that definitely doesn't improve her mood! She's such a sweetheart though.

We went to see Mamma Mia! today & baby went along. She was really good, her mom doesn't let her watch tv, but she's always trying to sneak a peek if it's on, so she thought that big screen was awesome. I'm amazed that the loudness didn't bother her, but she even slept through part of it. She really liked the singing & dancing. It's really a fun movie & we all enjoyed it. So glad my husband didn't end up taking me though, he would have hated it, especially seeing James Bond singing!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Finishing up

I finally completed a big project I've been working on for a while! That would be a big quilt for my own bed. I call this a utility quilt since it's not made to be pretty, just a good useful quilt that will hopefully hold up well. That's not to say it wasn't a lot of work, I did the blocks individually from my batik stash & machine quilted each one with various quilting designs so they're not all the same. It's fun & helps me to practice my machine quilting (which I need a lot of practice with!).

I don't know the measurements, but it's pretty big, our bed is king sized so it needs to be. I put it together a quarter at a time & then washed the quarters before I put it together so it would be softened up a bit. Next time it needs washing it will have to go to the laundromat to one of the triple sized washers!

This kokopelli quilt is the next project I'm trying to finish up. The colors aren't really right in the picture, it's brighter & the batik background is more gold, much prettier than the dull brown in the pic. I don't really like bright colors most of the time, but it was for someone who likes kokopelli figures, so I went with this line. I wasn't too excited about how it turned out, but the lady at the store where I bought the backing sure went crazy over it. This was supposed to be a present for someone, so it's a good thing he didn't know about it or he'd be wondering what happened. Hopefully it will be done by Christmas. If I keep up with it & don't have too many shoulder problems I should be able to get it done in plenty of time. I'll show more pics when I get further along on the quilting.

It's a great year for flowers, people's gardens are really looking nice. I would have some beautiful pics to show you if I could get my husband to stop the car! Unfortunately he doesn't like to take 2 hours to get where he's going so I can stop and take pictures all the time. I won't compain too loudly as long as he stops at garage sales once in a while......

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fairy Princess & etc.

My grandbaby went to her first Renaissance fair this weekend, so of course she had to go as her natural self, a fairy princess. My daughter & I made her outfit, and I must say I think it turned out really cute. She was a big hit, but my daughter & her husband were disappointed with the fair this year.

Usually it has a lot of kid oriented games and things, the one year that I went it seemed like most things were geared towards kids. I guess this year they're much more adult oriented. It's too bad as it's something they've enjoyed going to every year and they always took someone's children along since it's so much fun watching kids have fun. The time I went I was surprised at the lengths people go to for this type of thing, they really dressed up and got into the spirit of it, it was pretty cool. They don't think they'll be going back next year. Oh well, I guess a fairy princess can always find somewhere to go.

DH and I mostly stayed home this weekend, there's always so much that needs to be done around here. He spends most of a day every weekend mowing the lawn, with all the rain we've had it's really growing. I worked in the garden for quite a while today, but I'm not ready to post any pictures yet, but I found my first green tomatoes & purple peppers today, that was pretty exciting! I feel like it's a losing battle, we really grow some healthy weeds around here, it seems like by the time I get to the end of a row the weeds are already gaining ground on the other end. I'm really making an effort to keep up with it this year, we're trying to save money so we can still afford to drive our cars and growing our own veggies is part of it. Some of the veggies are a bit stunted (by the rain & cooler that usual nights, I'm guessing), but hopefully as the summer gets warmer they'll bounce back.

I have been sewing & quilting, but just working on UFOs so I don't really have any pics to show. I did whip up a little clothespin bag over the weekend for my daughter. I just copied my clothespin bag, using a vintage feedsack (so any stains & faded lettering you might see are supposed to be there!). I perused my Home Companion magazines and actually found a picture relating to laundry (don't worry, I don't plan on selling this, it's strictly for my daughter's use, so Mary shouldn't mind). I used those handy cotton sheets that can be printed on an ink jet printer (another first for me & it worked out great!). I enjoyed actually using some of my ric-rac stash & also some old embroidery floss I've had around here for ages, I need to use up a lot more of the stuff I've collected over the years.
My daylilies are looking good this year, they must like the weather. I have some mystery daylilies that I bought at a yard sale this spring, I can't wait to see what colors they are, but they may not bloom until next spring after being transplanted. The colors of everything seem especially vivid this year, I hope the summer continues to be as nice as it's been so far. I don't care much for the heat we get later in the summer, so I'll have an excuse to stay in my craft room & do a lot of sewing.
Time to go catch up on my blog reading, since we're not planning any trips this summer I'm living vicariously through you guys, so be sure & do some really fun stuff this summer & post lots of pics, will ya?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Can't believe it's July already, I don't want to think about summer slipping by. Today started out so nice, then it suddenly got really dark & now the rain is pouring down like crazy. So far I haven't had to worry about watering the garden, we've had regular rain, but lots of beautiful days. This weekend is supposed to be more of the same, sunny and in the 70s. Last weekend I went to the Allegan Antique Fair. I usually miss it, it's the last Sunday of each summer month and I almost always get my weekends mixed up or forget completely. Anyway, it was a great time to go, my DH went with me & we moseyed around. We didn't really have any money to spend, but it's still fun.

There were a lot of old quilts. I rarely buy quilts, (unless it's a quilt top at a yard sale that's inexpensive) but I love to look at them. There were actually a few that had pretty decent prices. I love the Grandmother's Flower garden on the ladder, what a happy quilt. That pattern was one of the first quilts I worked on because my grandma left some blocks & pieces. The finished top is part 50s fabric (Grandma's part of course)with my 70s fabric mixed in. I like how it looks, but if I was doing it today I'd have used vintage fabrics to finish it. Still, it's kind of nice that it's a collaboration, it tells a story.

The prices seemed to be higher generally than last year when I was there, which I guess is understandable, though we were there at the end of the day and some sellers were really pricing stuff down. There was a cabinet that I would have liked to buy for my sewing room, hopefully it will be there next month & hopefully I'll have some money to buy it by then. I'm putting stuff on eBay again, trying to clear some things out of here, I've collected so much 'stuff' over the years. Not sure how that will go now, people are hurting because of the gas prices so I'm sure less are buying on eBay. I got ripped off for the first time on eBay. I was trying to buy a book about Ann Boleyn, the seller had no bad feedback. A month & a few excuses later, no book, and now the seller has a whoppin' 174 negatives and more every day. Apparently she built up over 100 positives so that she could rob a bunch of people and make a few hundred dollars. I hope eBay or Paypal will go after her, but you never know. Businesses let people get away with this sort of thing which only encourages them to do more thieving.

It's so common these days, people conning & stealing, it's so sad. We feel pretty safe here in the country, but actually we have a lot of crime going on here, too. We haven't had too many problems in our immediate neighborhood, we keep an eye out & if we see anybody hanging around we call each other & go check it out. It probably also helps that we have a lot of big dogs around here. Speaking of which, our little Kira is growing quickly. She's such a sweet little girl, but not the shiniest shoe in the closet so far.

Hopefully that little brain will grow & she'll catch on to the obedience training. I think she'll be a good watchdog, she thinks she's pretty tough anyway.

Last, but definitely not least I wanted to show you another pic of the embroidered quilt I worked on for my MIL. This picture still doesn't do it justice, but it shows the design better. I went to give it back after repairing it & my MIL gave it to me! I think she believes we'll be using it on our bed, but it's too beautiful & we're too hard on the quilts we actually use.

The quilt was actually used for the last 25 years and washed every year (not in a regular washer, she has an old wringer washer so it doesn't damage quilts), but you'd never believe it by looking at it. I had to redo the top edge because of wear & redo some of the embroidery, but it's in great condition for its age. My MIL did the embroidery & her mom did the hand quilting. She always did more quilting than the directions called for & her quilts hold up really well. I'll get some better pics of it someday.