Friday, December 18, 2009

Did you send out a search party?

Yes, I went back into hiding a bit, I guess. But I'm still here, plugging away at being a wife and homeschooling mom, occasionally sewing or doodling in my art journal. I don't know why I've been neglecting my blog ... need to get out of this rut ...

One thing that's helping with that is a new online class I joined (an early Christmas present from dh): Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day: A Shabby Journal of Scraps. This one is really outside my comfort zone ... lots of mismatched scraps and tangly threads ... a real stretching exercise for me LOL! The first lesson started this Tuesday ... sewing the cover. Here's mine, all done and ready to be filled with scraps of paper and other goodies:
Here you can see it opened out flat:And here is the inside, where all the goodies will eventually end up:The cover went together so fast, using Mary Ann's guerrilla-style sewing techniques LOL! It was quite fun, once I let go of trying to make it look perfect. I must have rearranged the bits and pieces a dozen times before I finally said, "Enough already!"

I'll keep you posted as I work on this journal ... the second lesson is next Tuesday and I can't wait! So my goal is to have everything wrapped and under the Christmas tree before then so I can play without guilt LOL!

If this looks like something you'd enjoy, do check out Mary Ann's class ... it's not too late! The class blog will be open and available for about a year, so even if you're pressed for time (and who isn't in December?!), you can join and then take your own sweet time. Have fun and create something!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Oh, dear! I almost got lost again!

Just a shout out that I'm not really lost ... I'm still here! I've just been so busy with getting the homeschool up and running after a lazy summer. But now it's week 4 and things are settling into a rhythm again, so hopefully I'll be able to start posting a little more often.

One of the things I've been missing out on is The Apron Goddesses' apron giveaways ... yikes! There have been some real cute ones in the last few weeks that I've missed out on. Bummer. However, it looks like I'm not too late for last week's giveaway ... this cute little red number. I love the shape of this apron and will definitely be crossing my fingers for this one!And, of course, I'm definitely not too late for this week's giveaway ... this fun Flower Power half-apron. Love that fabric!! So, yes, my fingers and my toes will be crossed for this one. I need to get my entries in asap.If you would like a chance to win either (or both!) of these aprons, just click here for the red one, and click here for the Flower Power, and follow the instructions. Good luck, everyone!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My favorite kind of apron giveaway!

This week's giveaway at The Apron Goddesses is my favorite kind ... choose your favorite apron to win! This is the one I'd choose ... a Vintage Everyday apron in Amy Butler's lacework and full moon dots fabrics ... love it!!

What apron would you pick? Click here and you just might win it ... good luck!

Monday, August 10, 2009

This week's TAG apron giveaway

Here's The Apron Goddesses' giveaway of the week ... a nice, full, wrap-around red floral apron! If you want to win it, then click here and ... well, you know what to do ...

Good luck!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Speaking of apron giveaways ...

The Apronista is having an Apron Fest this week! Lots of aprons will be given away, so do check back throughout the week ... with all these giveaways, our odds are bound to be good LOL! Good luck, everyone!

TAG's latest apron giveaway

Here's the latest apron giveaway over at The Apron Goddesses ... paisley! Click here and follow the instructions if you want to win it ... you know I do!

Hope you're having a great summer ... enjoy it while it lasts because the school year will be starting any minute!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My plaid apron

Well, not exactly a plaid apron ... it's really a denim apron with touches of plaid. You see, I bought a yard of this neat plaid fabric at Hobby Lobby ... it was actually made up of small (roughly 3") squares of different plaids all stitched together. And the best part was that it was on clearance at $2/yd ... love it! So I brought it home, with tentative plans to make a half-apron with it, maybe adding an overlay using one of my recent vintage embroidery purchases (scored big at a garage sale recently!), perfect for my submission to the current Tie One On theme.

But then, a couple days later, someone forwarded a recent issue of a newsletter called Sewing Savvy on the Sewing Aprons Yahoo group, because the issue was all about aprons (it's the current issue as I type, but if you read this down the road, it's July 2009, Vol. 7, No. 10). One article in the newsletter is called Denim with Dinner ... a pattern for turning bib overalls into an apron. It caught my eye for two reasons ... one, I happened to have a pair of pale green overalls that I hardly wear (why? because they are not flattering at all LOL!), and two, they dressed it up with a plaid fabric. The wheels in my head started turning and turning, and this is the result.
Now, I couldn't follow the pattern exactly ... my overalls were different than they were describing and I had less of the plaid than it called for ... but the pattern made a great guideline for turning a piece of denim clothing into an apron. I'm very pleased with how it turned out! And now I have an excuse for wearing these soft denim overalls without looking frumpy LOL!This was great fun to do, and now I can't wait for the girls to outgrow some of their jeans so I can try the same techniques on some half-aprons for them, especially since they love how mine turned out. And, hey, if any of you try this, let me know because I want to see!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

There's a quilt book up for grabs ...

If you like Gwen Marston's and Freddy Moran's quilting styles, now is your chance to win their latest book, Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again ... click here for details!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First place winners

And, finally, the 6 first place winners! The first three are some of my favorite quilts, perhaps because they are my own design LOL! Here is my "In the Garden" quilt (this was for my church's art challenge ... make a piece of artwork based on a favorite hymn).The second quilt is "Tulips". I started with a Carol Doak paper-pieced star, then added borders around it (what I like to call a "roosting robin" ... like a round robin, except it stays home and I do all the borders myself).The last quilt is "The Burning Bush" (this was another church art challenge ... artwork representing a Bible passage ... I did Exodus 3:1-4:17).And here are the other 3 winners. My pie-makin' apron:A crocheted granny square tote bag:And a Christmas-themed decorated sweatshirt (front and back):

Well, that's all of them ... thanks for letting me brag a bit! Now I'm off to see what I can make for next year's fair ...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Second place winners

Here are the 4 second place winners from the county fair. First up is my sampler quilt (you may recognize this pattern for the book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!) ... sorry about the pic ... it's hard to get the whole quilt while standing on the couch looking down LOL!Next is the apron I made for the No $$ Apron challenge.Then there is this cute tote bag with coneflowers on it.And, finally, a pink and black chevron afghan I crocheted for my daughter, Abby.Check back tomorrow for the 6 first place winners!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Third place winner

Some of the things I entered at the county fair have been on my blog before, but not all. So over the next few days, I thought I'd show you each item. Here is the miniature quilt that won the lone third place ribbon ... "Japanese Dolls".Tomorrow I'll show you the 4 second place winners.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A math lesson from the county fair

6 blue ribbons


4 red ribbons


1 white ribbon

equals 1 happy quilter!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My apron is working hard this morning!

In honor of The Apron Goddesses' "Aprons, Aprons Everywhere" event today, I'm sharing just a glimpse of my morning, wearing one of my favorite aprons ... yay for orange and green! My mother-in-law gave me this apron awhile back and I just love the cheerful colors. Makes me smile whenever I put it on.So, off we go ... first stop is to check the laundry. I'm in luck ... dh did a load last night, so I'm already one load ahead of the game. Love when that happens!Then upstairs to make some breakfast ... mmm, eggs ... I like mine over hard, very hard. No runny eggs for me {{shudder}}.Then, of course, we need to wash up the breakfast dishes (and, I must confess, the few left over from the day before ... shhh).Let's check on the plants, shall we? My daughter waters the garden in back, but I like to do the flowers up front ... aren't they pretty?Now for the beds ... usually the girls make their own beds, but it's time to change the sheets, so let me at 'em! Bed #1:Bed #2:Ah, that's better ... and if I find time this afternoon, I'll do our bed, too. Or maybe tomorrow ...

Well, that was my morning ... for the rest of the day, I will keep on working on laundry, maybe throw in a little lunch (my daughters will be happy about that, I think), and putter around the house doing a little here, a little there. The only big thing for today (and it's not really that big) is mailing out my quilt guild newsletters. They're all labeled and ready to go ... just need to get some stamps. And, hey, the P.O. is next to the Hobby Lobby ... hmmm, what do I really, really need? I'm sure I can think of something ...

Thanks for stopping by! For more apron goodness, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A new week ... a new TAG apron giveaway

Yep, it's Monday ... which means a new apron giveaway from The Apron Goddesses. This week's apron is a lovely pink and brown number. I love this combination ... makes me think of raspberry filled chocolates!

For your chance to win, click here and follow the instructions. Good luck!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

County Fair

I haven't done much sewing over the past couple days ... dealing with sick kids instead. Lots of cuddling and read-alouds and such are filling my days. But I did find some time to label my stack of entries for the county fair:I'm entering 11 items ... 5 quilts, 1 crocheted afghan, 1 decorated sweatshirt, 2 aprons and 2 tote bags. This is my second time ever entering a county fair (won a 2nd place ribbon the first time!), and my first in this county. I've lived in this county for 12 years now, and I can't believe I took this long to enter. Well, actually, I did think about entering a few years ago, but reading the fair's website was so confusing, I gave up. But one of the ladies at our guild got up during show-n-tell last summer to show off her ribbons and to encourage us to enter ... and I decided that I would do it the next year, no matter what!

So a few weeks ago I thought, "Hmmm ... the fair should be coming up soon." Glad I didn't stall after that ... when I got home and checked the website, I found that, while the fair was a month away, I actually had less than a week to submit an entry form. So I read the requirements and got confused again ... but I didn't let it stop me this time. Instead, I became a pest ... I found a contact email and sent them a whole list of questions. They responded, I asked more, so on and so on. And now, about 5 emails later, I have a stack waiting to take to the fair! Patting myself on the back here LOL! The girls think it's pretty neat that I'm going to have stuff at the fair ... though I think they're a little more excited about going on the rides. (I just hope they're feeling well enough to go later in the week!) And, who knows ... there just might be a ribbon or two hiding in that stack LOL!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

AAQI reminder

Tomorrow is the last day to bid on this month's AAQI quilts ... once they're gone, they're gone! Happy bidding!!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pie-makin' aprons galore!

The Tie One On pie-makin' apron gallery has been up for almost a week and I totally forgot to look for it! But just now I thought to check and, boy, am I glad ... there are some wonderful aprons to see! Plus there are some yummy (and interesting) pie recipes to go with them. Enjoy!

If you want to play along, check out the next theme ... plaid!You have until September 1st to enter. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet ... re-purpose a plaid shirt maybe? We shall see ...

Monday, July 06, 2009

And another one ...

Not Quite June Cleaver is also having an apron giveaway (2 aprons, actually) this week. Check it out here! Can't wait for the sneak peek!

This week's TAG apron giveaway

The Apron Goddesses giveaway for this week is this reversible half-apron from Aprons by Julie ... love the high-waist and the funky pocket!You know the drill ... click here and follow the instructions. Good luck!

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Oh, my! The Secret Stitch Club is having a wonderful giveaway right now ... a recipe for yummy Filled Key Lime Cupcakes:
and this gorgeous apron:I'm all over this LOL! My birthday is next month and I think these cupcakes will have to be on the menu that day ... mmmm .... And if I could be wearing that apron, too, that would be so over the top!

If you want the recipe and a chance to win, click here and follow the instructions. Plus there's a bonus ... if you have a little one, you can also enter to win this sweet Cherry Limeade apron:Can't beat that! Good luck!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Have you heard about Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative? Ami started it to help raise money for Alzheimer's research and it's done wonderfully ... she's raised $290,000 so far! I'd heard about it before, but it wasn't until our guild did a Burpee catalog challenge for our last guild show that I actually made a quilt for the AAQI. The challenge was to make a quilt based on our particular catalog page ... and, while not a requirement, a bonus was to make it in the AAQI required size (9"x12") so that it could later be donated to the AAQI. I don't know how many entered the Burpee challenge, but I do know that 25 of us entered with the AAQI in mind! I made this quilt, "Strawberry Fields Forever".I filled out the paperwork, got my assigned number and sent it off, not knowing how long it'd take to end up on the auction block. Well, it's up! It and about two dozen other quilts are up for auction starting today. Click here to check them out ... maybe you'll find one or two that you want to bid on. But don't wait too long ... the auction only lasts for 10 days and then they're gone! But if you miss this one, check back at the beginning of each month for more quilts.

If you, too, would like to make a quilt to donate, check it out here. This is a great project for trying out new techniques on a small scale, or to use up your scraps ... have fun with it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's time for another TAG apron giveaway!

The Apron Goddesses blog has this week's apron giveaway up ... this sweet little number from Sugar Pie Chic.

Just click here and follow the instructions ... and, as always, good luck!

Monday, June 29, 2009

May's basket

Slow and steady wins the race! Finally finished the May basket for the Tisket, Tasket BOM ... on to June ... wonder how much I can get done before July's block is up next week LOL!

Introducing my mom ...

One thing I did while I was visiting my mom in Florida was help her get her blog, The Artful Diva, going. I'd love for you to visit her and maybe even leave her an encouraging comment. She is an amazing fiber artist ... I want to be just like her when I grow up LOL! One of my favorite places to hang out is her studio. She's got a wonderful fabric stash and drawers and drawers full of fun embellishments to play around with. I spent quite a bit of our vacation in there, working on a quilt for my guild's next quilt show challenge. (I can't show you it just yet, but I LOVE how it came out ... yes, I know I'm being a stinker LOL! I will definitely show it to you as soon as I can.)

I wish we lived closer to each other so we could sew together more often. I enjoyed working on the altered art page thingy with her, but there was one project we did together that was even more fun ... the three-year "I Remember Mama" project. For the second year of the project, they asked for quilts made by multi-generations (mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, etc.). My mom asked me to work on a quilt with her, and this was the result:I learned a lot from her while we worked on this quilt together! You can see more of her work at her website here. Lots to see!

Thanks for letting me introduce you to one of my most favorite people in the whole world ... I love you, Mom!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Opposites Attract

I've been home for a week now, and yet I still haven't started working on those dang car organizers ... need to straighten up my sewing area first! So in the meantime, I thought I'd share my pages from the altered art book page thingy (seeing as I promised I would share them weeks ago ... my bad!) As I mentioned in this post, I didn't allow myself to look at my finished pages until I finished my mom's summer pages. Now that those are done and returned to her, I can focus on mine ... here they are, up on my design wall, waiting for me to figure out how in the world I'm going to put them together.My theme was "Opposites Attract". Here's the pages I did first and sent on ... order and chaos.
My mom did the next set ... black and white.Now I don't know which of the other two ladies did which of these last two sets ... they didn't mark them in any way so I'll never know for sure, unless my mom is still in contact with them. The third set is spring ahead, fall back.The last set is blue and orange. The quote says, "All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites."Didn't they all do an amazing job?! Now I have to figure out how I want to put these together. The original idea was to make an accordion folded book, but now that I have them back, I'm not sure if that's the way I want to go. I need to think about it some more. What would you do? If you have any ideas, please share!
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