Friday, August 13, 2010

the computer is back

Boy I hate it when my computer is out of commission. I felt so out of touch. Today I got caught up on the blogs and took a quick pass through facebook. I feel reconnected, ahhhhh.  So what is new around here? Well my girls spent all of last week end at Lalapalooza. That is a three day music fest in Chicago. They started off with Lady Gaga and went on and on .... They had a good time and there was a little bit of a break in the heat wave, not much, but more tolerable for out door activities.

I got this package from Mary, Thanks for the beautiful  blocks and a magazine.

As you know, I teach a beginner class at the LQS. The class covers rotary cutting, 1/4 inch seams, basic stuff. Anywho, I was looking for something in the sewing room (that is the room that looks like a natural disaster occurred there) and I found some fabric that I thought would be great to make the nine patch quilt that we teach in the beginners class. So of course, I started another top ( you do see how I get into trouble?) and this is what it looks like now. I have pieces at every stage for class demo. I am not sure if I will quilt this right away (LOL) because we only do the top in the first set of classes. 

A vendor we use for wool kits, Wooly Lady, sent us this little bell pull kit. I stitched it up and it is hanging in the shop (minus the bell). Wooly Lady uses bright hand dyed wool and the colors are just so pretty. I actually did another bell pull a couple of weeks ago but I forgot to take a photo.  I have a couple of other wooly kits that are mine that I hope to get to soon.(Sorry about the sideways photo).

I did this whole quilt top for the shop too. The pattern is from Buttermilk Basin and it was really fun to do. I have a close up of one block and somehow I lost the photo of the whole top. I must have deleted it accidentally. I will take another photo of the top hanging at the shop.

My DD#1 loves owls. This is a new thing for her, but when this fabric came in I had to make her a pillow just for fun.

Last weekend another LQS had their Quilt show and sign up for fall classes. I am taking primative rug hooking. I will let you see how I do when I take the class. (Like I need another project). You will be proud of me though... my friend wanted to join a BOM  to do the quilt from the book  Hobo Quilts and I said NO!  Really, I said no.  I am going to the lecture by the author next month and that is all. I must control this addiction.

I have my blocks ready for the APQ swap and I am sending them today. 

OH, DD#2 and I did some yarn shopping yesterday. We had so much fun. Then we got some food, and watched the movie "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" and did a little knitting. (See ,more projects).

Well happy stitching everyone and try to stay cool if you are in the middle of this heat wave.


  1. I love what I can see of the Halloween Owl Quilt...very cute;) I have seen alot of owl stuff pop up in the last few weeks...must be getting close to Halloween again;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  2. It sure looks like you kept busy with the computer out of commission! That was a quick turn around and I'm glad you're back. And I can't blame your daughter - these cutie owls that have been popping up everywhere have given me a new respect for them. (I had a friend in about 4th grade whos mom collected them and I thought they were creepy then!)

  3. Wow, you have been busy! Your swap blocks are very pretty and so much fun! The wool projects is very nice. I have never tried working with wool but I think I will have to give it a try. It looks great to work with! The owl quilt is very cute, can't wait to see more of it. The owl pillow is adorable. My youngest daughter had a grade school teacher who collected owls. After many years of teaching, she had a large collection. It was amazing. Glad your computer is back, enjoy!

  4. I have a friend who loves owls....she'd adore that pillow, too. Do you know whose fabric line that is?

  5. So glad you're back, and sharing lots of pics, too. Your projects are all great. The purples in the bell pull really caught my eye, and I love those owls. Brownie Girl Scout leaders in Canada go by "Owl names" (Brown Owl, Tawny Owl, Snowy Owl etc. - I was Sleepy Owl for a couple of years) so I have a soft spot for owls.

  6. You have been making some wonderful projects. Owls are so *in* right now. The swap blocks are lovely too. ann...

  7. Every project is very nice, but my favorite is the purple bell pull. Looks like a stem of gladiola; is that right? I love it. ---"Love"

  8. You certainly have been busy. I really like the Owls. The bell pull is beautiful. I can't blame you for saying "No". I have been doing that alot lately. I keep getting asked to make this or that by some of my family, but they never pay me for the materials. I can't afford that right now. Glad your computer is back running. I see we are going to be in for some not sooo hot weather. Yea. Connie204