Monday, January 26, 2015
I didn't anticipate the clam shell fabric reading as large dots. It's actually little rainbows but I keep thinking of it as clam shells.
Time to get busy on her Shoe Shop Girl quilt. She's been working at Famous Footwear since she turned 16 & tomorrow is her 18th birthday. One more thing I can't come to grips with.
The pattern is Angie Padilla's Walk With Me.
That slingy sandal was such a pain in the butt! It was supposed have an ankle strap but it was so thin, I decided we could do without.
So, I'm looking through the patterns only to realize I didn't save the final block! Yikes. Now did I do that on purpose because I knew she'd hate the boots or did I just flake out? The world may never know. Which means, I don't have a 12th block. I think I'll make Hunter draw a pair of boots for me.
I've been working on other little things here and there but mostly my life has been busy figuring out how to parent.
I'm now a Home School Parent. Crazy, right? The decision was kind of made for me. One of my kids is, let's just say special needs, and the school system wasn't working anymore. Naturally, because we let one home school the other demanded like treatment.
My house will never be quiet again. It's a lot to wrap my head around.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Any who. I've tried to stay productive but I'm just really distracted. I do better with deadlines. We had our guild meeting so, I knew I had to get some stuff done by Tuesday and that helped me focus.
The guild block of the month is almost over. This was from November. I was a little nervous to do a dark flower because there is no dark, or purple for that matter, in my companion fabrics for this project. I think it's pretty. It's bright enough that it doesn't look completely out of place.
The fairy blocks are where the applique blocks go. The squares in squares will be light green and a floral. The brown blocks are going to be a clam shell print and the outer border will be the floral again. Trust me, it's going to be great.
My bench was covered in solid black. It just wasn't working. Luckily, Jackmans's had their sale and I was able to re-upholster it for $15. I'm considering pillows but they never get any respect at our house. They end up on the ground and covered in dog hair.
I couldn't let this go to waste because it's also beautiful. Turns out that it's the perfect compliment to my grandmother's peony painting. So, I was right. I was just in the wrong room. BTW, this is the dining room.
So, our guild is doing a UFO challenge that could potentially involve me winning money. I know, pretty exciting. So, there's another motive for me to get my act together and finish my many projects!
I'll keep you posted!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
So, last time I told you about the Hey, Cupcake fabric I got for Chistmas. I was super excited and scoured all my patterns, looking for applique blocks I could add to it. I knew I'd saved those patterns for a reason!
I've got an obsessive personality. Once I latch on, I don't let go until I'm done or bored. So, I basically worked on this constantly for a week and half. Between work, dr. appts and all that other crap. And, here's what I came up with.
I did a lot of half square triangles with my favorite cream and yellow dot fabric. Then, came across this lay out by accident because I didn't have enough of this color to do my original thought. I love it.
I love her crown and matching bag.
I went to Jackman's recent sale to get the outer border. I decided on the cupcake fabric but in black with the black and white stripe as the binding. I'll share a pic when I get it put together this week.
Other than that, my other obsession has been Ancesry.com. I made myself not work on that today because it was becoming a problem. Seriously. Rich's family is only 6 generations American so, there hasn't been much to look up for him. However, the Purdy's, Bradley's and Hass's have been here since the pilgrams. I've only made it to the Civil War on the Bradley side which would be my mother's paternal side. I've fallen in love with Quintilla, Peni Money and Beulah Bradley. The men however have been decidedly boring. Robert, James, William. SO MANY generations with all the same names is making my head spin. Trying to line up spouses, making sure you don't marry them off to a cousin with the same name...
Have a fabulous week!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I woke up this morning so energized and looking forward to 2015! Normally, I don't do resolutions. I like to change things as I go. Why wait for a certain day to do this or that to make yourself a better person? Just do it. Besides, I'm not that bad as I am. Just sayin'. That being said, I am aware of how much room I have for improvement.
So, I went shopping and spent a little money on myself. That was tons of fun! There are all kinds of sales on Jan. 1! I don't usually leave the house so, this was news to me. I bought a frame to finish my Quilty Stitches project! It's a little crooked and I couldn't get out the mysterious pink stains... If you don't look too hard at it, it looks great. You know, at running gallop, someone would think it was perfect. And, that's all I aspire to.
I like to imagine my mom as the bird. It's like I'm bullying her into these cute situations. For April, she gets to wear this great bunny hat and tend her pretty eggs.
Here's the difference between me and my mom, vs. me and my kids:
Me: "Mom, put on this bunny hat! It's going to be awesome."
Mom: "No, I'll look like a moron."
My kids: "Mom, take off the bunny hat, you look like a moron."
You see the difference there?
So, then there's my newest project. My friend Vicki R. gave me the cutest panel and some companion fabric for Christmas! She gets me:) It's all about cupcakes and being a princess.
One of the problems with working with a panel is that some of my letters are being shaved off. Nothing too horrible so far.
Here's what I have so far. Obviously, it's a work in progress.
I start layoff on Jan 5. I'm so excited! If I can keep myself focused, I'm going to finish up lots of projects, rearrange my sewing room, and get a handle on my life. In between the loads of doctor appointments we have scheduled. And, you know, feeding the hoards.