Sunday, June 24, 2012

Three Day Weedend of Awesomeness

My three day weekend of awesomeness...I went to a Quilt of Valor meeting, a The Applique Society (TAS) meeting and signed over the Guild bank account to the new treasurer.  Then I really got down to business.

A week or two ago, I finished another Sew Tweets block.
 I started assembling my Civil War Quilt, last weekend.  I'm really loving it.  There is no open space in my house big enough to lay out the whole quilt.  So, I'm not sure if I have enough of these sashing strips made yet.  And, I already have about 120.  Bleh.

I'm really glad I waited to work on it.  I was so sick of it before but it was great to dig out all these old blocks.  It was like visiting old friends.  It was fun deciding my favor blocks.

 I made a couple of necklaces this weekend.  The white one is crocheted pearl cotton with beads and flower sequins.

The green one is seed beads and I forget what... I made it too short so I'm not sure what to do now.  I ran out of string, so I couldn't add on.  I guess it's a choker or someday I'll have a re-do.

I feel I should also mention the trip to Kato where I hit the clearance section and got a whole outfit for $30....including shoes.

Bethany is headed to Florida in a few weeks so we've been all about beach life lately.  I made layout pillow/towels for her and her friend Kristen.  I found the pattern on Pinterest.  It was fairly easy but nobody warns you about the sheer volume of towel fuzz that flies up your nose.  I was in a super foul mood by the time I was done.  Probably not going to make any more, so I hope she likes them:)

This is a barefoot sandal Bethany made for her trip.  Her boyfriend's mom wanted me to learn how to make them for a friend's wedding.  So, when we found out how easy it was, Bethany wanted to give it a try.  She did a great job.

The other big job I did was to clean my sewing room!  I threw out a huge garbage bag of crap, and re-organized everything.  I managed to get a couple extra shelves opened up for more important things.  Quilts of Valor that are in various levels of doneness now have a shelf all to themselves.  My Civil War fabrics got put away!  Although, I considered leaving it out because now I'm following a blog that is doing a Benjamin Franklin block of the month that I'm all excited about.

Sierra made a chocolate cake and fudge.  What's funny is that I never get a picture because we eat it too fast!  And we decorated for a patriotic summer!

Now the kids are bugging me for dinner.  Jeesh!  They never stop.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I Know, Right?!

 So, it seems as if I haven't done anything since Hunter's Graduation.  I've been so wiped out that I don't think I've turned on my sewing machine for a month now.  I know, right?

I did celebrate my birthday with a new pair of shoes.  These are like clouds strapped to your feet.  I highly recommend.  And, believe me, that says a lot because I would never spend that much money on flip flops.  Just make sure you get them on sale:)

 Here's a funny story.  There was a company pot luck the day after graduation.  So I decided I could throw the party AND make tuxedo cookies at the same time.  I know, right?  So the dough sat in the fridge for 2 weeks and then when I finally did them, I thought they were too much work and I wasn't doing a good job with the frosting so we ate them at home.  There were a TON of cookies.  This is a picture of the best one...

 My beautiful daughters had dance recital last week.  Another reason I've gotten nothing done!  Pictures, rehearsal and then 2 shows.  Bethany even had her first solo.  I can't imagine dancing by myself in front of all those people!  But, they both did a great job.  This is Sierra's first time.  Grandma Mantz drove down for the event.  She's such a trooper.  And then, I had the flu the whole time.  And, believe me I did nothing but what absolutely had to be done.  The rest of the time I was in bed.  Awful.

 This is a photo album cover I'd been making since before graduation.  My sister-in-law pays me to make them for her friends that have babies.  I have no idea how many I've made over the the years.  A lot.  I almost had it done in time to give to her at the party but I wasn't happy with the name.  And, it turns out you don't spell Tenley with a K.  So, this is the second round.  At least I didn't attach it because I didn't like the colors I'd used for Kenley....

 I made this nut cracker a long time ago but didn't take a picture until now.  He is super freaking awesome!  I used a lot of old vest material from work on him.  I plan on making many more.  Don't his eyes freak you out?  LOVE HIM!
Hunter's graduation quilt that didn't get finished in time.  I need a new outer border.  I originally had some wood grain fabric but I really don't like it with the finished top.  You can't really see in the pictures but the ladies are posing with Woody Wagons.  Hunter loves panel wagons and he asked for a luau for his birthday, hence the Hawaiian lady quilt.  I used the Circle of Nine pattern again but added blocks to make it longer.  It's funny because I didn't originally like the book and now I've made 3 or 4 quilts from it.  It's so versital!

My latest block from Sew Tweet.  And now I know why I'm doing it!  Last night at our guild meeting our new President announced the next President's Challenge.  It's got to have Triangles, Applique, I already forgot the P and Scallops.  TAPS.  Sew Tweet meets all the requirements!  I just have to get it done by next May.  And figure out how to work in a triangle.  Although, I do believe the Star Trek symbol in the corner could be a triangle if I wanted it to be...  I know, right?

Lastly, I crocheted a baby blanket.  I think I was going through a thing because my baby was graduating.  Anyway, I finished this while watching Hatfields and McCoys.  Great mini-series!  And gave it to an office mate that just had a grand baby.  This yarn is SOOOO soft!  Honestly, my kids wanted to keep it.

I also read the Hunger Games trilogy.  Yikes!  That was stressful in it's own right!  I didn't like the last book very much but I got it done!  Now I'm late for work so I gotta get dressed.