Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A new challenge

I watched the movie, "Julie and Julia" over the weekend. It's a great movie and it gave me a great idea. Julie Powell cooked through Julia Child's whole cookbook in a year and blogged about it. I thought to myself, what kind of challenge can I set up for myself, like Julie did in the movie? So here's my challenge, and I probably won't do as well as Julie....I'm going to quilt everyday and blog about it. My challenge is spend at least 5 mins everyday doing something that has to do with quilting. It can be embroidering my basket blocks, or hand-piecing my grandmother's flower garden, or cleaning my sewing room, or piecing, or quilting..............well, you get the picture. I've been so dang lazy lately and haven't gotten much quilting done. It's easier to sit in my chair than to go downstairs and quilt.

I'm going to start on April 1, April Fools Day, which seems appropriate. Other than at least 5 mins. a day, I'm not setting any other goals. If I do, I'll just set myself up for failure. I know all my quilting friends are thinking, "What, only 5 mins. a day? Are you crazy?" Once I get into the swing of things, it will be more than 5 mins, but that 5 mins helps on days when I'm not feeling well, or overwhelmed with household stuff. Anyway, cross your fingers and hope I can do this. I'll post pics along the way. :-)

Thanks, Julie Powell, for the idea!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What if?

Several years ago, I made a quilt from a Country Threads book. The book was quilts from Aunt Amy, I think. The quilt was Bullseye. It had raw-edge applique circles. I loved the way it worked up! So, I was thinking, what if I made it out of squares instead? I finally got the top finished, as you can see. Next up is the quilting. The best thing will be once it's quilted and bound and washed, it will fray up really neat. It is really fun to take a pattern and vary it and make it your own.

Gayle Bong

I've known Gayle Bong for about 25 years now (since we were babies, tee hee). She's an excellent quilter and author. She has come up with some cool techniques for 60 degree quilts and using up scraps. Here's the link to her blog. www.gaylebong.blogspot.com Check it out! She's giving away two of her books. Quilting tips and free stuff, what more could you want?

Sunday, March 21, 2010


In my life, God comes first, family and friends second, and I'm third. I do admit that once in awhile I put myself ahead of family in order to recharge my batteries. By doing so, I make myself a better wife, mom, etc.

Yesterday, we went down to Illinois for my husband's uncle's 90th birthday. Tom is the only living sibling on Stephen's dad's side. I do admit that I was a little grumpy about having to go. I had to leave a wonderful quilting workshop. Once there, though, I realized that my being at the party was important to my husband and his family. So, it was worth it. All of Tom's children and their spouses were there, along with many of the grandkids. There were many other family members and plenty of friends. I could tell my husband was happy to see his cousins, many of whom he hasn't seen for years. Amanda and Trev went with us and they were so well-behaved! They got along famously with all of the assorted and asundry relatives.

So, all-in-all, it was a good day. I started out by pampering myself with some quilting, and ended up by enjoying time with family. What more could I want out of life?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Baby Quilt

My friend and former co-worker, Cheri, is going to have a baby in a couple of weeks. Her two older daughters have quilts from me, so I HAD to make one for the new baby. I used some vintage fabrics. It's mine own design, inspired by quilts made by two quilting friends, Jane and Chris. It turned out so darn cute! The fabric in the two outside panels has little kids and puppies on it. That same fabric is on the back, along with two extra hour glass blocks.