Thursday, April 27, 2017

aw ... come on!!!

almost to the end of sewing on a side of binding 
and the stinkin' bobbin runs outta thread...

it happened a coupla times...
two table toppers, three wall hangings, one tree skirt, three baby not-gender-neutral quilts, two table runners, and one quilt
this stack of twelve 
yes, TWELVE!!! can you say PROCRASTINATE? 
are bound 
and a few are even labelled...
most of the dirty dozen are small 
still - ALL of them had four corners 
and i only complained about how long it took to do the hand sewing four hundred thirty-seven a coupla times...

i solemnly swear hope that i will never again let the Needs Binding Pile of Stuff take up more than one shelf ... never never EVER!!! 
cuz i do not like not liking sewing down binding 
and by the last stitch of that pile i was really, really not liking it...

and now i'm gonna fill some bobbins...

I just had an 
"out of bobbin" 
experience.
It was scary.
quote from National Quilters Circle

Thursday, April 20, 2017

quilting bees

 woo hootie hoo!!!
the buzzing bee table runners that i was working on back in august 2016  are done... 
good advice
the bee's knees... 
can't ... reach ... any ... higher
and the bee's knees, too..
no ... more ... stretching ...... too ... tired 
Liz Bowman quilted them with a buncha bees buzzin' around...
bzzzzzzzzzz

i thought i might bee done 
humm munnie humm 
but there's a buncha leftover Bee Creative fabric (by Deb Strain for Moda) from the fat quarter bundle that i used for these two ... if i add some of the new Bee Inspired (also by Deb Strain for Moda) fabric there just might be another sumpin sumpin or two waiting to bee made
may bee so 
or may bee no
humm munnie humm...

no bees
no honey
no work
no money
proverb

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

dusty rose

a loooong time ago i found a wreath with little red silk roses on it
 i love red roses, but i LURVE pink roses
 so i changed out the little red roses with little pink roses and hung the wreath in my bathroom...

a month or three went by 
and i realized that the little pink roses had changed from rose pink to dusty rose...

literally...

bathroom dust is different from other dust ... damp air makes dust stick with a vengeance
so i vacuumed the roses
and they lost a few petals...

i tried putting the wreath outside to see if the breeze would blow off the dust 
and it did
along with a few more petals...

then i tried a blow dryer
and those little pink roses looked so sad that i replaced them...

and was rewarded with more dusty roses...

i tried shaking them in a bag with kosher salt...
lost petals

spraying them with canned air...
lost petals

spraying them in the shower...
 wet lost petals

swishing them in a sink filled with soapy water...
soggy lost petals

and just about every brand of silk flower cleaner on the market
ugh - that stuff is just nasty

so i gave up trying to clean my silk roses
and decided that i would just have to keep putting up a new wreath when they started looking sad...
and i was okay with that
till wreaths became so doggone expensive
even when they are 50 or 60 per cent off

anywho...

look what i made...
la vie en rose ... pieced and bound by me
quilted by Liz Bowman
a pink rose wreath!!!
and when it gets dusty
i can take it down and WASH IT!!!

now Melissa wants one for HER bathroom
but she wants RED roses...

i can do that...

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
Pablo Picasso

Thursday, April 6, 2017

done ... done done done

done...
all of the crayon wallets are done
phew...
and they are packed into their reusable treat bags
there's another box just like this one - they barely fit in the car, lemmetellya...
along with some other puppy/dog-themed stuff 
and delivered to little miss k who will be six in june 
to give to her kindergarten classmates and siblings and friends
and i was done two months early
which is pretty much unheard of around here...

also done...
asking a quilter to mend is like asking Van Gogh to paint the kitchen
LuLu's long-sleeved shirt which seems to be worn to shreds well-loved - i'm just sayin' is now a short-sleeved shirt
four lemon microwave-a-bowls
four sunflower microwave-a-bowls
two sunflower coasters
the moon tree skirt trimmed to a circle from a square
binding machine-sewn onto quilted things that will join the ever-growing pile of quilted things that need binding hand-stitched down...
the front and back lawns are raked and ready for the aerator except for what's left of the five inches of snow that fell tuesday...
and some of the house appears to be clean tidy enough...

 now i can get back to what i wanta do 
instead of what i oughta do...
till guilt kicks in again...

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
Lucille Ball

Thursday, March 30, 2017

vernal discontinuity

LuLu came to stay with us for a few days during Spring Break 
and Life with her has been a lotta fun!!!

 first up - movies!!!
before Melissa and LuLu went to see Power Rangers, they watched the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie at home... 
and, of course, they had to watch the original Beauty and the Beast before going to the new Beauty and the Beast movie...

all that movie watching led to empty bellies, so there was a trip to Red Robin and to P.F. Chang's...
no grilled chicken?!? seriously?!?
LuLu was not impressed with either...

 she is the only second-grader i know who doesn't eat junk food... 
no fries, no chicken nuggets, no ranch dressing, no mac & cheese, no hamburgers... 
yeah, it would be quicker to list what she WILL eat at a restaurant:

grilled chicken and fresh fruit 

when we came back home, i made pancakes so she wouldn't fade away...

next up was the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the special exhibit - Vikings - that Melissa really, really, REALLY wanted to see...
a viking we will go...
we thought that tuesday would be the museum's slowest day 

and so did everybody else 
and their neighbors... 
the museum is next to the zoo and, since it was raining outside, the zoo-goers decided to be museum-goers - it was SO CROWDED...
stormy weather...
even with the crowds, the Viking exhibit was excellent

and we had a lotta fun spending money in the gift shop, too...

in between outings, LuLu crocheted and sewed...
what do you MEAN it isn't done?!? when WILL it be a quilt?!?
look at those corners!!! and she did all the pinning and sewing herself!!!
 
and read
 and drew
 and played videos games
 and colored Easter eggs...
oooo!!! puh-retty!!!
her birthday is on Easter Sunday, so we celebrated a couple of weeks early...
red velvet Nothing Bundt cake with extra cream cheese frosting
'thar she blows!!!
you're no bunny till some bunny loves you

she's going back home today, and i am gonna miss her...
sniff ... sob ... sniff


Holy Cow! In the course of one week, I feel like I've lived about a year!
Karlie Kloss

Thursday, March 23, 2017

sum day

me: you really need to get started on those crayon wallets.
myself: yeah, i'll get to them.
me: when?
myself: someday.
me: there are seven days in a week, but someday isn't one of them.

i hate it when i guilt myself into things...

anywho... 

someday ended up being sunday
and monday 
and tuesday
and wednesday...
puppies and daisies and crayons - what's not to love?
it's a good thing that i DID start on them cuz i don't have enough Puppy Love fabric
so i ordered more from Over the Rainbow

buttons are sewn on all the fronts
 eight are turned and ready to press and topstitch
 two are done 
and three more can be finished before i run outta fabric...

yep...
two down 
and thirty to go...


Stop counting crayons, just draw pictures.
Mark Scharenbroich