Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Coffee Quilt

The center panel and outside border were purchased last April, everything else was made from the left over fabric from the last coffee quilt. Unfortunately, it's been on the frame since May..... seven months, how's that for procrastination?????

I'm putting the binding on today and I need to get it in the mail ASAP, as it's a Christmas gift for my Mom, and it has to be mailed to Vancouver, BC.

Next, I have a quilt to finish for my BIL, again, before Christmas! I really need to be a little more organized...... maybe next year.......

Friday, November 18, 2011

Still here....

Not a lot going on quilt wise.... I'm still working on quilting the 2nd coffee quilt, it's very slow going.

I've been spending some time doing small updates on the house. A little bit of paint, changing some light fixtures and changing Material Girl's old room into a spare bedroom. After 13 years in this house, it was starting to look a little dated....

And last but not least, next week is VACATION TIME! DH and I are headed south (Panama to be precise) for a week with friends. Woot woot! Can't wait.....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Final Friendship Block

Finished just in time to start on Halloween costumes!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friendship Blocks

The last one is 2" finished HST's.

Only one more block to make!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Emptying the Nest...

MaterialGirl moved out last week. I AM happy for her (sniffle, sniffle....  ), she and her boyfriend bought a house and are on their own! They are so excited! Plus, UniversityGirl went back to Ottawa this week for her fourth year, so it's REALLY quiet at home now. It's a good thing SportsFan isn't going anywhere for a while.

Of course this means I now have a spare bedroom that needs to be redecorated (the current red walls with black trim aren't very relaxing, in my opinion (not that she ever actually asked for MY opinion...LOL)).

Plus, I still need to finish that quilt that's been on the machine since MAY...... yup, I did absolutely squat this summer! It's a good thing the cooler weather is here, it makes me want to actually DO something.....

The Happy Homeowners.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friendship Blocks

 I've been working on a friendship block swap. The first three blocks I mailed two weeks ago (AFTER I fixed the mistake in the spool block!) The fourth (purple) block I am mailing today. The colours are brighter in person.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Still nothing quilty.....

Where, oh where, has my mojo gone???????

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two years isn't THAT long....

I started this quilt at a retreat in Ohio, two years ago. I pieced all the blocks at the retreat, but it took me forever to finally get it quilted and bound. I think I had it on the quilting machine three different times! The Kawartha Quiltmakers Guild show is this weekend, so I had to finally finish it so I could show it (if it wasn't for deadlines, I'd never finish anything!).

I'm also going to show 'African Pizzaz' and "Cafe au Lait' (renamed from Coffee Double Double).

These three quilts are how I've spent most of my time lately, besides finishing the basket quilt, I had to add hanging sleeves and labels to all of them for the show. But in between, I've been working on a new quilt:

The blocks came from an online swap I did a year or so ago. I love the black with the colours, it makes the colours seem brighter. I'd like to applique some vines or swirls onto the border next.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

another Laura Story

What is a Laura Story? Well, in our house, a Laura story is one of the many stories that we are saving to tell on Laura'a wedding day (whenever that might be). A Laura story has to contain at least one of the following elements: somebody did somethig really stupid, or there was alcohol involved, or it was just downright embarassing..... or any combination of the three. Finally, it could just be an event that is so strange or weird, it could only happen to Laura.

Of course, I'm usually the last to hear about the events when they happen and this one was no different. I got home last Thursday around 8:30 and the phone rang shortly after I got in. It was Laura and she wanted to speak to her brother. As soon as she asked for Tyler I knew something was up, because the only time Laura calls her brother is at Christmas or near my birthday (when they're buying gifts together) or if something is going on and she doesn't want me to know. Hmmm.

Tyler's end of the converstion was basically Yes, No, OK, talk to you later. Now I KNOW something's up!

Me: "So what's up with your sister?"
Tyler: "Nothing. She just called to tell me that she's not going to the hockey game."
Me: "Nice try. Now tell me what's REALLY going on."
Tyler: (after a signicant pause) "Umm, you probably don't want to know...."
Me: "I'm sure I don't, tell me anyways."

Thursday was St. Patrick's day, and Laura had been given a ticket to go to the Ottawa Senator's hockey game with friends, but first had promised other friends that she would stop by their St.Pat's party on the way to the game....

Shortly after she arrived, she decided to join in a game of Flip Cup (you chug beer from a plastic cup, then set the cup down and 'flip' the cup so that it stands up agin). This is were the 'somebody does something really stupid part happens' (even more stupid than playing Flip Cup in the first place) ....someone threw a beer cap into Laura's cup, she didn't see it and chugged it along with the beer! Of course, it got stuck in her throat and she choked on it. She couldn't breathe and panicked so bad that she started to vomit. The cap wouldn't come out and it started to cut into her throat and she started throwing up blood. After much freaking out and panic on her friends part (they had already been drinking for a while and weren't thinking straight, OBVIOUSLY) they finally called an ambulance. In the meantime, poor Laura can barely breathe and is alternating between panic attacks, which make breathing worse, and trying to convince her friends to call 911 (she can't talk of course), she said she finally felt the beer cap shift a little and she managed to put her hand down her throat and pull the cap out. Just as she gets the cap out, she feels a hand on her shoulder, and it's the paramedics. They made her go to the hospital anyways, because they were afraid that with the damage the cap had done her throat might swell up and cut off her breathing.

Once she got to the hospital she called home to tell me what was going on, but since I wasn't home she told her brother. Somewhere along the line, she had a change of heart and decided it was probably better not to tell me, so she called her brother back to let me him know that she was OK and DON"T TELL MOM! Hah! Too late!

We're not done yet....

The next day, Friday, she is taking the train home from Ottawa. She had to take the late train because the student pass seats were all sold out on the earlier train. She didn't arrive until almost midnight,an hour and a half late, because the early train (that she couldn't get a ticket on) had crashed in Belleville!

On the way home from the train station, she says to me that she thinks she must have bad karma or something, because of the stuff that had happened in the last 24 hours. I said "No, you have Good Karma because A) you DIDN'T choke to death last night, which was a very real possibility and B) you weren't on the train that crashed and didn't get hurt. Being 1.5 hours late is NOT a problem!

I swear, one day that girl is going to give me a heart attack!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bang . Head. Against. Wall.

I have LOST my 1/4 in foot...... great. Now what? I can't piece without it. I have another foot but it doesn't like me and piecing with it never goes well. Sigh. Now I'm going to have to go looking for another foot.

If you're wondering how this happened, it's because I set it on the table beside my machine. I should have put it away properly..... then one of the cats probably knocked it off, and finally, SportsFan swept the floors. I refuse to blame SportsFan, though.... because a) I asked him to sweep and b) he actually SWEPT THE FLOOR.......

So I have put my Basket quilt UFO on the frame so I will have something to work on until I find a new foot.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Actual quilting done here..... finally

I finally finished the Coffee quilt. I spent a lot more time on the quilting than I usually do. But I figured after almost three years of owning a quilting machine, I should attempt to do more than just meandering. So I put feathers in the outer border and continuous curves in the pieced squares. I still went with the meander in the large squares, because the fabric is so busy, the quilting wouldn't show up anyways. Of course, after I took it off the machine, I flipped it over to check the back and BAM! I missed quilting a whole square of the curves. Sheesh (not exactly the language I was using at the time....). So I had to put it back on the frame and finish the quilting!

This is a Turning Twenty pattern that I just finished for ME! Yes, I am actually keeping a quilt for myself for the first time in probably five years. Woo Hoo! I already have it on the back of the couch and it's nice and warm and cozy. The fabric is 'Olive Rose' by Valorie Wells.The back is flannel. Aren't those pink flamingoes the cutest?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Woo Hoo! I'm gonna stay home all day and quilt! (and no, I didn't take the picture....)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

Uh oh, it's that time again....

Time to revisit last years goals and set new one's.

I had 3 goals last year:
Make 12 quilted projects - I made 7, with 2 "almost done" which I am going to count as done (Sure, that's cheating, but hey, who's counting here anyways....)

Goal 2 was to lose 24 lbs ( 2 pounds per month - umm, nope, didn't happen). HOWEVER... I did lose 10 lbs, so it's a good start.

Goal 3 was to blog on a regular basis - I sort of fell off the wagon at the end of the year.... BUT!!!!! (drum roll, please)


I get to try again!

This year's goals:

Quilted Projects: 12 in 2011

Weight: 14 pounds to lose (since I managed to lose 10 last year, it's a smaller number this year, YEAH ME!)

Blogging: - Repeat after me: I WILL blog on a regular basis! I WILL!