Friday, November 27, 2009


Today is my 10 year anniversary. Can you believe it? It has been quite a 10 years. I love you, honey!
And....check out the gift! Isn't he great?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I haven't been quilting this week. My son's play is this weekend, so we've been running to rehearsals all over the place. My youngest one has been sick, I've had tests in my classes, and I cut my finger with the rotary cutter when I tried to quickly sneak in 20 minutes of piecing. Ouch! I think I need one of these:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I joined an online quilting bee. Along with 11 other ladies, we begin to create blocks for one another starting in January. At the end of a year, we will each have a quilt of squares made by the other members of the Bee. It sounds like so much fun!

Monday, November 09, 2009

I know it sounds crazy

I work with a lot of precut fabrics, fat quarters, layer cakes, etc. So, I don't prewash much of anything. And one of my favorite parts is the smell of the nice new fabric.
Is that crazy?

Monday, November 02, 2009

It's here...and couldn't be more gorgeous!

My Material Matters quilt kit from Honey Run Quilters in Chico, CA arrived is so beautiful. So much prettier in person than the magazine or web could possibly show. Thank you so much to Carmen who picked out the most perfect fabric for the back and packaged it with a lovely card and obvious care!
Now I can hardly wait to cut into it...even though I know I will be nervous!
Silk, velveteen, brown, turquoise birds. Only one word: exquisite!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I am in love...

I found this in Quilt Sampler's Fall/Winter 2009 issue. Honey Run Quilters is a shop in Chico, CA which was chosen as one of the Top 10 quilting stores. This quilt was designed by the shop's owner, Carmen Rolfe and Theresa Wright. It is GORGEOUS! It's hard to tell, but it has silk and velveteen...Oh my goodness!
I can't wait to get my hands on this one. It will be my most expensive project yet, and I know I will be afraid to cut into that fabric when it comes...but I wouldn't change a thing. I couldn't possibly pick out anything on my own and come even close to this one.
OHHHH, I can't wait. I'm gonna order it tomorrow!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Well, it's different!

I was inspired by Nikki at her blog "a little of this" to try my hand at something totally different. No pattern? Oh my!

Mine didn't turn out nearly as well, but I am still pleased with the result. It is fresh and funky and will be hand quilted by my Mom, so that will make it extra special. I think when I'm finished, I will hang it on my bedroom wall as it matches our colors in there.
Thanks Nikki for making something so beautiful and inspiring me to try something I would never have thought to try on my own.

I love Fat Quarters

...because a pile like this

can turn into something beautiful like this

in just a matter of time!
Isn't this fun?

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Studio

I've always felt presumptuous calling my space a studio. I felt that the word studio was for professionals or people who really contribute something. My space is just a place where I play. A home office my husband was nice enough to let me have all to myself.
But, as I looked over other photos of studios on the web, I realized my little space IS a studio. I scrapbook in here, edit and sort photos, do arts and crafts with my kids, and now I have made 5 quilts (7 if you count the beginning ones) in my studio.
I love to be in here. I am blessed with a beautiful room that is right off the living room. I can see and hear my family while I create. I can listen to movies and still be a part of what's going on in my home.
My space is a studio. And, I love it.
Thanks for sharing,
By the way, you may notice the fireplace has a vase in it instead of fire. That's because it sits next to the floor, has no doors, and I have a 2 and 1/2 year old. Fire logs will just have to wait!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I finished it!

This is my fourth pieced quilt. And by far the largest. I believe it is queen size. I felt like I was wrestling a monster. It just got bigger and bigger and bigger. I thought about stopping after the first border, but I am determined to make this a one project at a time hobby, and I want to finish what I start. So, the pattern called for 4 borders. The quilt got 4 borders. I am so glad I stuck with it. It was really worth it. I especially like the double brown solid borders. I think they give it a little polish.
I got this one done in 1 week exactly. You can imagine what my house looks like! I did feed my children, but that is about all that gone done around here this week!
Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I've come undone

I need help! One of the quilts has a seam which has come undone in about a 1/2 inch segment. How do I fix that when it is already quilted?
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1st Official Quilting Post

OOOHHH, I'm so excited. Today I finally get to share with you my quilts. These are my first 3 official ones. Prior to these, I made a simple tied-off quilt out of camouflage for my son and a rag blanket for my daughter. Neither of them turned out very well, and they didn't seem to me to be piecing. I don't plan to share them here.

But these 3 quilts are the real deal! I cut and pieced them, and I am so glad I did. Quilting is quickly turning into an obsession for me. Like everyone else who has discovered this wonderful hobby, there are so many reasons why.

The obvious one: THE SHOPPING! Quilting and fabric stores must be the definition of eye candy. These are not your grandma's quilting fabrics, girls! These are fun, fresh and funky with designs and patterns never dreamed of a few years ago. How cool to buy something so hip and know that whatever you make from it, it's gonna be great?

And the second reason: PRIDE! I know that sounds just awful, but when I see my family wrapped up in one of my quilts, my heart swells up. I am so proud to have made something they can use, and better yet, something that comforts them. It is one of my biggest accomplishments.

And finally: RELAXATION! I was lucky enough to spend all last weekend making a new one, and I was so rested mentally when I was done. I truly enjoy it.

I also need to mention that I have not quilted these myself. That has been done for me by a really talented lady named Bobbi. I'll post more about her later.

So, here come the quilts! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Been having a blast looking at all the quilts in this online festival. Congratulations to all the winners!

Hello to all!

Today I start my blogging journey. An attempt to chronicle the things in life worthy of remembering. I plan to share my creative endeavors and anything else that warrants a second look in blogland! I look forward to getting to know you all.