More Finishes and a New Addition to the Family

I finished the college bound, scrappy strip twist quilt for my niece. I’m extremely pleased w/how it turned out!  She is going to love it!

I practiced FMQ –  meandering in the pink borders. It’s not the prettiest job, but the important things are:  I’m practicing, thus getting better AND I used a light colored thread so you can’t see how not-so-curvy it really is. 😉

I’ve been experimenting more w/taking pics of my quilts. This one was too long to hang where I usually do to get a full frontal. I realize pics don’t have to be full frontal but whenever I just “lay” the quilt over the end of the sofa or a wall, it looks stupid.  Anyone have any pointers?

I also finished this little charity quilt. At the last QA meeting, someone brought in a bunch of individual 10″ squares already quilted.  I grabbed a handful and this is what they became.

I came across this handy dandy post by +bellezza squillace on how to fold and store quilts. I’ve tried this several times. Mine still aren’t as neat looking as the originators pic seen here, but they will no longer have hard creases down and across the middle! =)

Remember the puppy I wrote about in this post? I named her Ivy. I brought her home last night. I got her from my dear friend +Pam Hammond. If anyone is interested in a Blue Heeler aka Australian Cattle Dog, she has 4 pups for sale; 2 females, 2 males.  I’m hoping Ivy and Inka (our cat), will be fast friends soon.

3 wks

Look how much Ivy has changed in 5 weeks. They are born white and quickly develop their colors/spots like Dalmatians (because they were cross bred with Dalmatians way back when). She has beautiful markings w/ a single mask and was the only pup in the litter w/brown ears.

7 1/2 wks

I’m still hanging w/Bikram Yoga. I just completed my 4th week. Only 8 more to go. I have to adjust my schedule to 2 classes a week starting Monday because I drop my grandson off at school. I may have to adjust it even more to accommodate Ivy. I’ll keep you posted.
Oh, I almost forgot, my blog’s 1st birthday is this month and I want to do a give away. Any tips/pointers you can give for a successful giveaway will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Quilting!

A Thread for Life
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Heb 3:13 NASB

If Only Food Fasting Were This Easy!

I took a Fabric Fast Challenge that went from Jan 1 – Jun 30. I made it! I did not purchase a single piece of fabric for 6 mos! It wasn’t terribly difficult for me because I had the Canada/NY trip to save for. AND in addition to the previous fabric donations I wrote about in May, I was given another HUGE donation!   I have a considerable stash now and I’m honestly considering going another 6 mos – 1 year w/o buying fabric!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

I’d been wanting to make the Strip Twist Quilt for quite some time. I decided to make it for my niece who is going off to college this fall.  I LUV how it turned out! I even added a flange!  I thought I’d finished the top last weekend (66.5in x 81.5in) but then she told me that her bed is an extra long twin. Good thing I hadn’t started quilting it yet. I’m adding another 5 inch border to the top and bottom (in the same pink).

 I also finished the mystery quilt top I was doing w/my chapter – Quilters Anonymous QA.

I made this cute little pin cushion/scrap bag combo a couple of weeks ago. I used this tutorial, but filled it w/crushed walnut shells.

I also made this caddy for my cutting mat (18 x 24). I actually started a tutorial for it but  didn’t take all the pics I needed, so I’ll have to make another one before I can post the tutorial.

Here are a couple of the smaller projects we’re doing at kids sewing camp this year. A pin cushion and scrap bag. Camp is July 7-11. Last year I volunteered for 1 afternoon, this year I’m doing 2 full days! I’m so excited!

I’m now debating on whether to start a new quilt OR start quilting the 4 tops I have completed. Decisions, decisions!!

On another note, about a year & half ago, a friend brought one of her dogs to church.  A Blue Heeler aka Australian cattle dog.  I really liked the look of the dog. She told me they are very intelligent and loyal dogs. I said I might be interested it getting one in the future. Well…her dog just had 7 pups and I’m seriously considering getting one. I’ve even picked one out! I’m thinking of names for her and am considering giving her a name from a character in the The Outlander Series, but maybe not.

And lastly, as if I don’t already have enough to do, I’ve added yard work to the list. I haven’t really done much w/the backyard since I bought the house a couple of years ago and so I’ve been doing improvements little by little over the last couple of weeks. My “grass” was just weeds really.  I’ve been getting up early in the morning, having my quite time on the back patio and then I spend about a half hour working in the yard before work. By spring it should be really nice.

I definitely need to blog more often…so my posts aren’t so darn long! On my honor, I will try…to do weekly posts at the very least.

Until next week, Happy Quilting!

A Thread for Life
But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day. 2 Tim 1:12 HCSB

Touching Base

I planned to have 2 quilts completed for my Denver trip, which I leave for in 2 days, but life got in the way and I was only able to complete one. What was going to be my niece’s graduation quilt, is going to be her “off to college” quilt.  I don’t feel too terrible about it though because I made her a quilt not quite 2 years ago and I bought her something for graduation., 
I did finish this scrappy log cabin lap quilt for a friend. I quilted it block by block to practice my FMQ.  Up close it’s not very pretty, but from a distance it’s a true beauty. 
If I would’ve known starting a fabric fast would get me free fabric, I would’ve done it a long time ago!!  Remember back in March I wrote about my friend +Greta Anderson sending me a box of goodies? Well a few weeks ago, another friend gave me a ton of lovely batiks and just last weekend I got a bunch more fabric from another friend!! It may not be the latest and greatest lines, but I am so NOT picky. I love free! Honestly, I can probably  go a year from today, without purchasing any new fabric!! And I just might do it! 

I added a new machine to my family.  I bought this Viking on Craigslist to be my traveling machine. I have yet to name it. 
So, we leave in 2 days.  Originally it was going to be ALL of us going, but one of my sons is in the hospital in Nebraska and won’t be able to go (please say a prayer for him), and my daughter and grand kids aren’t going either. We haven’t had a chance to all visit together since we left Denver in 2005. I’m bummed because my mom has never met her great-grand daughter who shares her birthday and is already 3 1/2 yrs old.  We’ll have to have a reunion at some point. I am looking forward to seeing friends I haven’t seen in years and the cooler weather.
I finally reupholstered my dining chairs.  It was on my fall/winter “To Do” list….so I was just a few months behind. 
before
after

I know some of you aren’t going to like this…but I’m down to one cat.  Sadly, a few months back I had to put Kiko down because he had blocked urethra.   Sunday, I got rid of Roscoe. That morning, after not being able to sleep at all Saturday night, I was debating on whether or not to go to church.  After talking w/my son about driving me, I walked back into my bedroom to find Roscoe looking crazy and my curtains and rod pulled out of the wall on one side. When I went to try and fix it, I noticed he had peed in the darn windowsill! Instead of going to church, I had my son drive me to the Humane Society, where I surrendered him. I was relieved to find he was micro chipped and that most likely he’d go back to the wherever he was registered. I won’t get any more pets. One cat at a time is plenty!

Lastly, I’d like to ask you to pray for me. Lately I feel calloused and empty. I’m in a funk.  I haven’t been reading the bible or praying. I haven’t taken stock or given thanks for my many blessings and instead I’ve been complaining about what I still don’t have (namely a husband).  The nerve of me! I just wrote about family and gifts and and friends and I have the nerve to feel ungrateful!  I’m struggling… Lord forgive me. 
A Thread for Life
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God! ~ Psalm 42:11
 I’m linking up over at  Val’s Quilting Studio.