24 October 2008

Oh my stars!

I was amazed and overwhelmed on Wednesday when a package appeared on my doorstep from Carol. I wasn't amazed that she sent me a package. She does that a lot :) I was amazed at the contents. So a while back I was admiring this quilt that she'd made and she said she had some "scraps" left over...might even be enough to make these stars and she would love to send them to me. I said sure I'd love to have your "scraps". Do these look like scraps? She sent me practically a whole fat quarter bundle!!! This light stack is all uncut fat quarters!!As if that weren't enough she also included this cute little ME calendar/planner. Now anyone who knows me knows how perfectly this sentiment fits lol!!! Thank you soooo much Carol!!
Monday I got to do a little impromptu shopping and lunching, a good combo pretty much anytime, but add in these two and it's really a treat! Is Deb's car too cute? When my chauffeuring days are through I think this is the car I want.Speaking of Deb, she had finger surgery today so go say hi and cheer her up, she can't sew for 3 weeks!!
We started at the Country Loft where I refrained from taking anymore pictures (but there are some more over at Sharon's). I did take out my camera at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza--had to get a picture of us with our yummy pizza's. From the left: Janine, Sharon, me, Deb. If any of you have one of these near you, you have got to try the Brie with Truffle Oil and Wild Mushroom Artisan pizza that's what 3 of us had...someone had to be different...and her's was yummy too, Feta and sundried tomatoes I think.

I actually think I went a whole entire week without sewing!! So not a lot to show. I copy catted this quilt from Carol--who sent me a sneak peek at it a while back before she showed it. I loved it and had to have one of my own.This was our brown bag project last week (the give thanks wool picture):
And I did some work on my wool Fall pillow, that will probably be a wall hanging until the kitten is just a little more trustworthy lol!As soon as those um scraps arrived I started cutting and I cut all day yesterday. I made these little samples first to make sure my measurements were right:Then I stayed up way too late last night making all the points for these:
And now I'm off to sew them together and make more!!! Have a great weekend everyone!
Oh one more thing--some of you are asking questions without leaving an e-mail. I'm always happy to answer any question but you have to make sure you're not anonymous or no-reply because then I have no way to answer and that makes me sad :(

15 October 2008

Wonkiness

So I finally tried the wonky method of quilting....'cause I wanted to get a "quick wall hanging thingy" done...so a whole friggin' day later I have a whopping 17" square little quilt top done...umm something must have gone wrong here people--I can finish a lap size quilt in that amount of time...huh?
Well it's kinda cute anyways-- but seriously...anyone else have issues with "wonky"? I mean it's supposed to be easy, right? O.k. so it did get easier after I got a little method to my madness but still....O.k. before I forget go here to enter for a fantastic give-away of an amazing quilt!!!
I've gotten 3 new books this week...here are 2...the other 1 not only can't I find, I don't even remember what it was...yikes!I love. love. love. Kaffe Fasset's new book. Here's just a "tiny" peek, I really need to make this "S" quilt for Sarah.Haven't had a chance to look at the border book yet-it just came today and looks very technical but that's what I wanted so that's o.k.! I'll tell you what I think after I've read it more thouroughly.
Oh and the Marie Claire people called me and asked if I would like them to mail the latest issue...um duh? yeah like immediately!! I love this magazine...even though I don't speak French, I can find out all the important stuff ( my ex happens to be bilingulal and happy to translate for me)And speaking of the French, they have many marvelous inventions, the Butter Bell being one of them. Have you heard of a Butter Bell? Do you wish for a way to have soft butter that is also fresh? And not have to use nasty margarine (that causes so many health problems) the Butter Bell is your answer. Typically $20 online plus shipping or $30 at William Sonoma (where I came soooo close to buying it) you can get it for 7.95 at Amazon.com and I have been the guinnea pig for you lol.I thought no way can this be the same thing as I'm seeing online other places...but it is. Unfortunately I don't get any $ for this advertisement lol!!! But omg you guys this is one of the greatist "foodie" gadgets ever and it qualifies for the $25 free shipping deal...go get one NOW!!! Oh yeah and it keeps your butter fresh for a whole month!!! See how it's still light yellow and not that nasty color of butter that's been out to long? Been in the Butter Bell for over a week :)
And I attempted another applique project...please don't click to enlarge this one...yikes I need a lot more practice!! But from a distance I like it :) It's from 2007 Fall issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. Have a great week!!

12 October 2008

Christmas in October

The Country Loft had their Christmas open house yesterday and it was amazing! So many great patterns and goodies to buy-- I took a ton of pictures so get comfy lol!! Although it may look like a bunch of pictures of the same tree they all have different ornaments so click to enlarge.



























Carol this one's for you...it reminded me of your sled dog ride in Alaska :)
O.k. I'm off to finish a few final Fall projects so I can start on Christmas!!