Friday, December 31, 2010
I had to try them. I had a panel with 18 of the different coffee mugs and the coordinating fabrics...so this is how mine turned out.
They measure about 6" x 9". I think they are real cute and will make a perfect gift with a cute mug and maybe a Starbucks card included.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This is how it started: Kathy a friend/co-worker sent me a gift this season wrapped in fabric. I told her, if you are sent a gift wrapped in fabric...it turns on a challenge. You must take the fabric and make something with that piece and send it back wrapped in fabric. She, in turn, makes something out of that piece and returns wrapped in fabric..and so on and so on.
The piece she sent me is the border and a hint in the binding of the "Candle Mat" shown in the picture. I didn't get a picture of the fabric prior to cutting, but it measured about a fat 1/8.
We have no rules other than no stress and no time limit...even if it's only one item per year.
It will be fun to see what goes back and forth from coast to coast, Kathy is in Florida and I'm in California. I'll post as we send and receive. The cupcakes fat quarter is what I'm sending Kathy.
Monday, November 15, 2010
But, is makes for a cute little corner, don't you think?
More pictures when they are completed.
Ho Ho Ho!!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
We try, when we can, to have Sunday Dinners together, busy schedules sometimes get in the way. There are 14 of us when we do, so lots of fun. Marcus is away right now, maybe we'll bring the computer to the dinner table and have him join us via Skype. That will work.
Pictured is Meggan and Olivia making cookies with Grandpa . For dinner tonight, chicken and rice .
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Now this was my first attempt at transferring a pattern of any kind, but look, the handwheel of the sewing machine is on the left side. She always told the story, I made it that way because I was left handed. I could have blamed it on being young when I did it, but it has my married name in the signature....hmmm, was young when I married though.
She got the biggest kick out that and it hung in her sewing room for many years. I think I laughed just as hard today as she did the day I gave it to her.
Only a Mother's love..
Always quilt with love and passion.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I finished one of four large blocks of the Feathered Foursome pattern by Cathy Wierzbicki and my friend Sue Salinger, who is a long are quilter, quilted it for me. It picks up the colors in my sewing room , so that is where it hangs.
Because of the Christmas colors, the design Sue did in the quilting is holly, but I'm one that always says you should keep a touch of Christmas up all year round.
Anyway, there it is hanging....very proudly.
Always quilt with love and passion.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I had a really good time with my first on line swap. My partner wanted Fall fabrics in oranges, greens and beige's...so this is what I picked for her.
I'm not the best machine quilter so fell back on my old standard of straight lines. I found a great fall color, variegated, thread to use and think it all worked well in the mat. I used some cute little fall buttons in the four corners to add a slight accent.
Using Fabric Sheets for the label, I sewed the final touch on the back.
Sending any additional goodies was not required. However, I have been making some Snappy Bags and thought my partner would like one made from the left over fabric, and as not to waste any fabric, I also made her a pin cushion out of the salvages.
This has been great fun and look forward to another Swap.
To my new found friend in Norway, I hope you enjoy your Candle Mat!!!!
Always quilt with love and passion,
Monday, November 1, 2010
Karen, thank you so very much for my Candle Mat. I love love love it.
The pattern is by Sandi Anderson: http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/
Originally, I had picked Christmas fabrics, posted in an earlier posting. However, the person I'm sewing for requested more Fall like fabrics. The mat is turning out really cute and I'll post pictures of that one later this week.
I just had to see what the mat looked like out of the Christmas fabric and it made good practice. It's not quilted yet...but will be by the holidays.
Standby, next posting of the one I received.
Have a good quilting week,
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Starting on the left is me, than Pat M, next to Pat is Sue but you can't see her. That is Margie at the end of the table, back right is Linda, Robin, Marilyn, next to Marilyn is Terri but you can't see her either. Front is Susan and missing all together is Pat B who is on a road trip with her husband and Rob, our youngest, who is busy moving her family to a new home.
I have written many times about the Wackos, so you know how much each and everyone means to me. We have made every effort to meet every Wednesday sharing ideas in quilting and sewing, stories, retreats, shopping, families and have as much fun as we possibly can.
I look forward for many many more years with my Wacko Sisters!!!
With love to each,
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I actually finished the quilt top this last summer. I had these four blocks left over so made a runner.
I was glad I had this, it gave me an opportunity to practice my quilting before I do the quilt. Frances Moore, http://www.frantastic-stitchwitchery.blogspot.com/ would be so proud of me....I took her quilting class a few months back. Think if you click on the picture, you can see some of the quilting. The flowers are raw edge which gives it a nice look too.
Will post the quilt when I'm done.
At the same time I was reading that, I thought about my friend Terri's Mom who had just taken an awful fall and ended up in the hospital. So I pulled some bright fabric from my stash and made this one for her. Love the colors and hope it too brought a smile to her face.
After I finished, I just started pulling fabric and cutting pillow cases kits. I have made so many of these and it's a great way to cut down some of your stash. I actually have never saved any for me to have. I usually make them for my grand kids and have made them for gifts.
I got carried away, again.
These are the ones I finished. Most are for children and a few Christmas. This time I'll keep a few on hand for when the grand kids spend the night.
The thing I noticed after pulling all that fabric, it really didn't make much of a dent in my stash. . Hmmmm
Monday, September 27, 2010
I picked it up last summer in Temecula, CA., it is called 12 Days of Christmas by Moda. There 14 different prints and I bought 1/2 yard cuts of each..... I was real low on Christmas fabric.
I recently signed up for my my very first online swap called "Candle Mat Swap". If interested, you can click on the button on my side bar which will give you all the details.
Anyway, I pulled the fabric today and thought it would be perfect for the Candle Mat. I hope who ever I get assigned to wants Christmas fabric, they do have an option to pick otherwise. If not, the pattern itself will be fun to make and I'll just have to make the Cristmas one for me, family and friends. I for sure have enough fabric to make several.
I can't wait to get started on it.
As for the little runners, this is not one on them but was the smallest in my things to quilt and I knew I could get it done before the deadline. This was a cute little kit I pick up over the summer, only measures 17"x 21". Nice little table top.
I thought about this, and think my Tuesday - To Do is going to be very short lived, two weeks to be exact. It's the deadline thing.
See, not only did I over make what I said I was but posted on Monday my Tuesday - To Do trying to get ahead of the deadline.
I think if I keep doing this, it might take my joy out of sewing..and won't let that happen for sure. I decided I'm going back to Pam's Activities, that is the name of my Blog after all. Will post as it happens. I love my sewing and quilting too much to get stressed by deadlines.
AHHHH, I feel so much better and free!!!!!!!
Happy sewing/quilting to all,
Saturday, September 25, 2010
These are the 18 that I made. I think these are going to make cute little gifts for all ages. What you can put in these and stick in you handbag is endless...., gift cards are always great too.
(click on the picture to enlarge)
My daughter and grand daughter are already placing an order, they want some for their friends and co-workers.
It was a fun project to work on, sometimes it's just all in the fabric that makes them so cute.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The peach colored is a pattern by Jo-Ann, "Pentagon Table Runner". All pre-cut paper shapes were included in the pattern. Once the pentagon were completed, I used one of my decorative stitches around each flowers when tacking it down to the background fabric.
The light green is called "A Simple Point" by Crooked Nickle Quilt Designs using a fusible grid. Both runners were a lot of fun to do.
OK, one of my Wednesday Wacko friends will have to remind me of the name of this quilt pattern. Several of us took this class at Road to California and for the life of me I can't find the pattern. The top was completed a while back and recently my friend Terri quilted it for me on her long are machine. She did a wonderful job on it and I can't wait to use it this winter.
Above are this past weeks completed projects. Yeah me for getting these done.
9/21/2010 Tuesday - "To Do"
- I want to do some cutting this week. Getting ready to make some "Snappy Bags, so if I get several cut out, they will take no time to sew up.
- A few weeks ago I got seven runners done using 5' squares out of Moda Christmas fabric. If I get a few of those quilted I will be happy. Thinking these will make cute gifts for family and friends.
Hope you all have a great sewing week too.
Happy sewing/quilting to all
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
So I need to award this to some of my fellow bloggers.
So, ta ta ta da, the following blogger friends are receiving this Sunshine Award from me. CONGRATULATIONS, love you all!!!
There are rules for this award (Marilyn, I thought Wackos had no rules):
1. Save the image and post to your own blog
2. Pass it on to 12 fellow blogger (I broke the rule and only sending to six)
3. Link the nominees
4. Let the nominees know by commenting on their blog
5. Share the love, link the person you received the award from, for me that would be Marilyn.
I know, I know.... for those of you getting this award today you may have already gotten the award from Marilyn. It's OK, all of you are deserving and qualified of many Sunshine Awards!!
If you are a blogger visiting my blog, know you too are deserving of this Sunshine Award. Please feel free to award those bloggers you know.
Also, please visit the Blogs of my winners and be amazed by their work.
Thanks again Marilyn!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It's not that I would not love to have a design wall standing at all times, it's just Monday's are very busy for me, not only am I back at work, but I'm also trying to catch up around the house with chores and laundry. My weekends are packed with grand kids and their sports and all other family and friend activities, fun stuff, YEAH!!!
So I thought about it today. Instead of "Design Wall Monday", I'm going to start my:
Tuesday - "To Do"
Every Tuesday I'll list what I plan to work on for the week and the following Tuesday post the completed project(s). Hope this works!!!!
9/14/2010 Tuesday - "To DO"
- Tack down the binding on two completed Table Runners
- Tack down the binding on one completed quilt
This past weeks completed projects:
- Cody's Wedding Quilt, posted below and shipped off to him and Jessica.
- One sample "Snappy Bag" that my friend Robin showed us how to do at our Wednesday Wacko Meeting. I think she soon will have a tutorial on her Blog, I'll let you know. This was quick, easy and fun to do. You use very little fabric, some batting and metal measuring tape cut into two pieces the width of the bag. Great for makeup or even for kids as a pencil bag and small school supplies. This will soon be on my Tuesday - "To Do", want to make more of these for gifts.
Pretty cute, don't ya think?
I better get busy,
Happy sewing/quilting to all
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I loved how family and friends came together to help with the set up and prepare all the wonderful food that was served. I think the most unique thing they did was have an Ice Cream Truck come into the reception area and serve as much ice cream and candy as anyone wanted. Pretty cool, pretty different...all the little and big kids a like loved it.
His bedroom was recently painted and a new comforter put on his bed...airplanes, of course. At one on our local fabric stores, I found a panel of just the control panel of the inside of and aircraft, added a few borders and wa-la the perfect wall hanging for above his bed. It all came together so nicely. I also made a matching valance for the window (not shown).
Evan loves his new room!!!
As I was taking this picture of his room, I noticed someone had done a silhouette of Evan. When I asked, my daughter in law, Erin, she said his teacher had done it. I love it and think she did a perfect image of him.
Sleep well Evan, love you,
Monday, September 6, 2010
Every time I opened my sewing closet, I would see this fabric just looking at me, wanting to be sewn...I had to do something. I was actually trying to get ready for a retreat, but pulled this out and said it has to be done.
These are Moda Fabrics, most were in 5" squares. I sewed the squares together, put two borders and said there, I got it done, well.... I actually got seven done. I think they will make nice table runners at Christmas for family and friends.
Again, just need to get them all quilted.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I picked up these fabric's last summer and think they will be perfect for the pattern using 10 half yard cuts. So it's on my design wall at some point.
This pattern and some of her other patterns can be found on her website, Two Wacky Women, http://twowackywomen.com/shopqlt10.html.
Check it out.
In past posts I have written that when I go away on these retreats my husband, Carlos, more than likely will have a surprise waiting for me when I get home. Well, this weekend was no different, not only did I go on retreat but on Thursday, 5/20/10, I reached 40 years working for the same company. That's hard to do these days...but I did it!!!
Carlos knows how much I love clocks, not sure why I do but I do and have many in my home, some that work and some don't. This one is so cute, it will play a melody on the hour. You can set it to 6 Classic or 6 Hymn, or 6 Christmas. It has a light sensor, so will shut off automatically at night. It's just beautiful!!!!
Not sure this time, if it was that I was on retreat or the 40 years of services, but love my gift. I'm going on another retreat in July...what will my next surprise be???
Thank you Carlos, I love you and my clock!!!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
It's a fun pattern to work on, once designs are stenciled onto black kona cotton you embroider blocks using the chain stitch and bright colors. The borders, also in brights, are than pieced and added making a finished size perfect for a wall hanging.
She said, Beauty is Love and she wanted to make a quilt. I helped her with her first quilt and there she stands with her first ribbon that was given out at her schools Open House Night last week.
She is so proud and I am proud of her!!!!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The quilt is very simple to make and looks great when all 48 blocks are sewn together. There are no borders, so once all the blocks are complete, it should go together quickly.
I do plan to complete this by years end, really.
All the brights just cheer you up immediately and will bring you the biggest smile ever. I love this quilt and have used it every day since I got it last month. I just kinda of feel like a little kid with their security blanket.
As my grandson, Sebastian, says, I cried happy tears when I got it.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
This is such a cute pin cushion made from salvages and backed in red fabric. The best part, I have a collection of pin cushions, this will be added as one of my special ones.
Melinda is one of the busiest quilters I follow. She is a long arm quilter, a teacher of quilting and blogs it all to share with us.
For this giveaway, I think there were to be three winners, however, once the deadline was met, she decided to make and give one to everyone who entered. How sweet was that??
I wanted to you let you know I'm on the road to recovery, this is my first day trying to type, however, it will be some time before I can sit at my sewing machine.
I do want to take this time to thank my family and friends for all your good wishes, flowers, cards, visits and best of all the good meals that were brought to Carlos and I. I love you all for the help and support.
The photo is an applique I did this last year and the flowers were from my friend Pat B., just a picture of what I have had the opportunity to do this last month, sit back and enjoy my coffee and smell the flowers.
Will be back to posting real soon.
(this was a prior posting, deleted by mistake)