Since that wasn't enough, I also started The Quilt Show's BOM designed by Edita Sitar. She's so talented, how could I resist. These are 6" and there will be 3 of each pieced blocks with an applique center "barn scene". I'm using my stash for this one so my blocks are going to be pretty random.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Well, call me excited. Rich installed track lighting in my studio last week! Originally, I just had the tracks and we took out the ceiling fan in the middle. It only took me a couple days to realize that was a terrible idea and we got a center light to make up the difference. I'm really pleased. And, they're dimmable. Any Fairy Odd Parents fans? Dim dim dimmidome.
I have to clear something up quick. I had announced at our TAS meeting that there were 2 duplicate shells in my Clamshell quilt, much to my chagrin. However, my daughter Sierra set me straight the next day by pointing out it's the same print but different scale! Woo Hoo! It's still a proper charm quilt. I was afraid I'd have to uncheck that box on my quilt bucket list.
Here's a project that took SEVERAL weeks. I reupholstered Hunter and Carmen's bus couch. They had salvaged a couch from an RV but it was a funky 80's pink upholstery. So, they asked me to help. Of course, I couldn't wait to get my hands on part of the bus! I'm sure once installed, it won't look so thrown together. Fingers crossed. This was my first upholstery job other than a standard table chair. Hunter seemed pleased anyway...Here he is in his "attic". You can keep up with his shenanigans at Luckythetinybus.com.
Miss Bethany turned 21 this weekend! She invited a couple of friends over for drinks and had a Bob Ross day. Didn't they do great?!
I'm totally jealous. She didn't think she could paint!
On December 2, Rich and I renewed our vows to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! We just got the photos back courtesy of Irish Eyes Photography. I won't bore you with all 177 but here are a couple of my favorites. If we're FB friends and you have a burning desire for more, I've got 20 some uploaded there as well.
Heather, Rich, Sierra, Ethan, Bethany, Hunter and Alyssa
|Rich & I holding our first professional photo together from 24 years ago.|
|I did the cupcakes myself. We had almond raspberry, cookie dough with hot fudge frosting, honey with marzipan bee and non-dairy french vanilla with the rose bouquets.|
|The M was supposed to be a cake topper but then I never got the courage to do a proper wedding cake. I made all of the ribbon bouquets that the girls and I held.|
Well, since then, I joined Weight Watchers. Seeing these photos reinforces my decision. I told myself I'd lose weight after Alyssa's wedding a year ago May. But, I gained instead. I eat my emotions, and I'm REALLY GOOD at baking. REALLY GOOD. Now, I'm down 10 pounds but I've got a whole lot more to go. I'm determined that it'll be a different Heather that appears in any upcoming weddings... that may or may not be around the corner. No hurry guys but you know, a girl can hope. And, maybe they'll let me make stuff for it... fingers crossed. But no pressure.
Toodles for now! My next post will be my first 6x6 2018 update.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Hello friends, how have you been? I've got the ick. It was bound to happen, seems like everyone at work has it. Just a matter of time. Any who. Before I had to go back to my full-time job, (shock! horror!) I tried to get as much of my stitching done as I could.
My mother-in-law Ann commissioned me to make her mother, Jeannette Knight, a quilt. The photos are of a cross country trip she took last year with one of her other daughters, Cathy. There's a lot of Knights... I think Jeanette had 10 or 12 children and still has SO much energy! You can imagine she hasn't had much time to do a lot of traveling over the years. So, Ann wanted to commemorate the occasion with a memory quilt. They got some GREAT photos! Looks like she went to DC, New York, Hershey, PA, they caught a Kenny Chesney show or at least saw his tour bus! Looked like they had a grand time & I hope she enjoys the quilt for a long time! I had been putting that off until after the holidays, my December was packed. I was really excited to use that Cherry Mint fabric, I'm so in love.
Hedwig got a revamp and I'm SO much happier with him! I used a solid for his book and I got his feathers in the right place! If I was going to be super picky, I'd put the feather direction going down but there's no way I'm re-doing him a 3rd time. It took about 2 hours to do the one block!Fandominstitches.com. You can find any kind of paper pieced geekfest quilt blocks imaginable! So great!
Lucky the tiny bus. I will share more on that later. That was on my list of things to finish before going back to work but it didn't happen. He's gotten so much done so far and it looks amazing. Yes, I'm bragging up my kid but he's mechanical like his dad without the ADHD and artistic like his mom without the laziness. It's pretty great to see. Check out their blog!
Thursday, January 4, 2018
I know, I know another UFO list but this is new and improved. I decided to follow along with 6 & 6 2018 with Pomegranate and Chintz (Australia) and Frayed At The Edge (Scotland). I have been following Frayed At The Edge awhile now and enjoy hearing about her adventures. The two joined forces and came up with 6 UFO and 6 new projects for 2018. A nice balance I can get behind! So, here we go, things to work on in 2018...
1. President's Challenge due by May: center block completed
2. Beloved Baltimore: 14 blocks of 25 completed
3. Bonny Hunter's En Provence: needs assembly and quilting
5. Hungarian Heritage: needs quilting
6. Harry Potter book shelf: 10 blocks complete
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I managed to finish a block for the Beloved Baltimore quilt. Those tiny pieces are killing me!! I've already got another project lined up that's going to be nice big pieces! However, I love this peacock. The sequin tail is a little over the top compared to the rest of the quilt but if anyone can get away with it, it'll be a peacock.
I go back to work full time in a couple of weeks but still have much to do. I'll check back in with you before I go back! Try to stay out of trouble!