19 April 2010


I finally finished my Bag from the Tote Bag sewing party on Saturday! I think I may have misled some of you into thinking I was making multiple bags...but that was just my lining :) What a fun day that was...can't wait till the next party!!!
O.k. back to my book.

17 April 2010

Final Update

Here's where it ends for tonight. I don't have any magnetic snaps so I have to stop, which is probably just as well since I tend to start making stupid mistakes about this time of the night. Many thanks to Kris and Kelly for organizing this fun day!! Hopefully I'll finish this tomorrow and post my pictures then. Hey look at my new sewing buddy--I got this cutie over at Thimbleanna's new online shop :) I had fun sewing with you all today--I can't wait to see everyone's finished bags tomorrow!

Update #2

Done cutting! Did that really take me 2 hours?? I did misplace my pattern for a bit, but still...
I'm ready for a break, and someone really wants me to play for a bit. After that I'm going to check on what everyone else is doing....or not doing because you're probably all finished and having a nice glass of wine or already in bed lol!! And then I'll start sewing....finally...sheesh!

Update #1

Went to the banks and Costco. Then I decided to pop into my Local Quilt shop for some extra Pellon--just in case. Well one of the ladies in there told me she hated making the Frenchy Bag, and she makes tons of purses....hmmmmm. Came home visited everyone's blogs, realized I am in last place lol!! Got hungry from all of your lunch pictures. Made food. Sent the kiddos to the party in my car so I can stay home and get this bag started!! So hopefully next update I'll have some progress to show :)

I'm Late, I'm Late

for a very important date!! The Tote Bag Sewing Party is in full swing and I am just getting started. I have had a busy morning and still have to take a break in a bit to go to the bank and drop off a couple of kiddos at a party. Oh and then go pick them up...but other than that I will be sewing, sewing, sewing!! I have spent part of the morning searching for my pattern and changing my mind about fabric choices. I'm going to be making this Amy Butler pattern. I'll be back with better pictures later but right now I've gotta go get caught up!!!

08 April 2010

Water for Uganda

Did you know that for 23.00 you can supply clean water for one person in Uganda for their lifetime? I didn't. I think that is amazing....the price of one honey bun...in quilter's terms :) If we all donated $23 how many people could we help? I trust this site; I go to an "off-shoot" of Covenant Life Church, but this isn't about church affiliation so I am putting other links down below here too. Water is something we take for granted here in U.S. Can you imagine if this was your water source? And it was the leading cause of death in your town? I was so amazed to find out how easy and inexpensive it was to remedy this. Click on any of the pictures to go to a site where you can donate and help. Clean water...such a simple thing for us...so complicated for some.

07 April 2010

Charming Girls & Guys April Goals

April Goals are:
1. Borders on Between Friends quilt
2. Rip out my "goofed up" quilting on my little fresh cut quilt and finish and bind it-trying out this cool method from here.
3. I went to a lqs that specializes in ethnic fabric and bought a jelly roll and this piece of fabric. My wheels have been turning ever since I got it home yesterday with what I want to do with it. So yeah...that. I was inspired to visit this store after reading Jackie's post here.
4. More borders--as many as I can possibly stand to do in one month. Which may turn out to be just one...I'm hoping not.
5. Quilt at least one flimsy.
6. Continue with my liberated blocks.
7. Get back to work on in progress designs of my own that are in various stages of completion.
So I have to show you what my sweet friend Sharon sent me for Easter. Sharon is one of those people who likes to make every holiday special for all of her friends and I am so lucky to be counted among them :) How cute is this stuff? Thanks Sharon--love you!
One more thing before I head off to the sewing room. You have all heard me talk about Jo Ann (known as JAM on her patterns) of Brown Bag and Country Loft fame? Well she has written a book called Wool Crazy, which I know many of you already own. I love this book and I've seen the quilt in person and it is amazing! Anyways she has started a blog!!!! Go say hi and tell her I sent you :) If you like wool you will love her stuff. She has pictures of what different ladies from the wool crazy class have done. Go look--my descriptions can't do them justice...there are some crazy talented ladies in her class!!!
Oops, I lied...one more thing. So Sarah and Jonathan started a blog together and sometimes I don't notice that they are still signed in when I comment--so if you've gotten comments from burtrek? It was me :)

01 April 2010

Charming Girls & Guys March Goals update

So I managed to complete most of my goals this month--yay!! Both little quilts are bound. I'll show the backs too, to prove there are no tape tricks being used, not that any of you would ever suspect me of such thing :) The Freshcut was a really fun quilt to make, it starts like this: and then you cut it in 3 pieces, sew it back together into this: My little leader ender quilt in Freshcut I already showed you here and I don't want to bore you too much. I started my King size top and got half the blocks made. The pattern is Comfy Cozy put out by the Cozy Quilt Shop.
I goofed up and made 41 blocks when what the pattern actually said was use 41 fat quarters and make 2 blocks from each arghhhhh!! I didn't catch it until they were all on my wall and I was thinking hmmmm doesn't seem quite big enough....duhh. That's o.k. my goal was just to get it started and that I did! My Between Friends quilt is still awaiting borders, but again, my goal was just to get the "innards" done this month. This is the combo I've decided on: My fail was the twisted 9 patch quilt...didn't get the borders on and so obviously didn't get it quilted either! April is going to be a borders month....YUCK!!!! As soon as the Comfy Cozy quilt came down off the wall I had to start making some "liberated" blocks with my new crazy fabric. Which I went back to Rosie's and got more of. Because I decided my original trip did not get me as far out of my box as I wanted. Here they are all color coordinated: I got busy making some liberated baskets with Kathie's help and encouragement, thanks Kathie :) She was so sweet she even offered to make a block and take step by step pictures!! She has the most adorable liberated basket quilt in the works! I really love making these...this is my favorite so far. And I will leave you a picture of what's on my wall right now....pretty crazy, huh?