Monday, August 29, 2011

This WASSSSSSSS the plan.

This is what's on my wall and my planned BOM for this week.
I got the fabric yesterday, but am feeling a little puny after our trip to Kinder.
Maybe I'll be better tomorrow.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

HEAT Press Batting Together.....

Even though I didn't win Lily pads constest, Jeanne over at Heat Press Batting was kind enough to send me this product.  Go check out her website.

Thanks Jeanne!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hoten POW Camp Liberated

My father was in the Bataan Death March during WWII.  The last POW camp he was at was Hoten in Manchuri, China.  This is a video that made it to youtube.  There is no sound.  I do have a copy of this video given to us by another POW that knew my Dad.  My father is at 4:02.  He is the good looking guy on the left with his hand on the shoulder of the guy to his right with the white cap.  My father does not have on a hat.

Dad passed away in 1983 and I still miss him. 

Hey Dad you made it to youtube!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Applique Thursday - Snowbound

I promised the big boy he would soon swoon
When I sewed on his face, but he still looks gloom
The package he holds will soon make him smile
But I'm so sorry it will take a while.

It's NOT Christmas yet!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I have my own Wacker!

NO it's not a weed wacker!

Dawn at Quilts and Pieces unduly pressured me in to buying my own wacker....giggle.  Go see her  great review, and then if you can't resist and want your own 'Wacker' go to Harvest House Quilting and then you'll be just like me.

If Mick finds this whacker, I'm afraid he might just use it on me.

**edited a couple of times to correct spelling....whacker to wacker.........LOL

Farmers Daughter

This one would be easy to piece except the rotary cutting sizes ask for 1/16s inches, so I just paper pieced it.  Lots of the gals are using templates.

Have a Farmer's Daughter Day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cobblestone Lane Block 5

Cobblestone Lane from This & That
Sherri K Falls

My fabric is Aster Manor from Moda

Wow!  I haven't worked on this pattern since May 2010.  How quickly time flies when you're having fun.
For this BOM you make two of each block.  I'm still working on the second block.

Enjoy your Monday

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Regina Grewe's Paper Piecing Tips

Regina Grewe has tips for avoiding shrinkage on paper piecing blocks.  Go see her hints and all her lovely patterns. Just click on her name to go directly to this tip.

Also note that Regina talks about using the Quick Trimmer to cut a 20 cm seam in her latest free block pattern Garden Fun: Apple Harvest.  The Quick Trimmer is available on her website along with many more tips for paper piecing.

Regina has increased the seam allowance on this pattern to help with shrinkage.

Just as I am (She's only 8 years old)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Heat and Press Review Over at Lily Pad Quilting

Go see this great review and enter to win at Lily Pad Quilting .  It really does look like a helpful product and I've added it to my must have list.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dear Jane J-7 Chicken Tracks

A little wonky but finished.

I stripped pieced this one, but it was hard to handle because of the size.
Looking back I should have cut the little squares to have a flower in each dark square. 
That would have been nice.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Applique Thursday...........Sew me..finish me..don't leave me undone!

First she was going to sew the twins, and then she liked my crown,
 soon she jumped to her BOM and tossed us to the ground. 
Next came The Farmers Wife, and then a Dear Jane came to life.
Have we met our end or to the quilter's wall will we be pinned.

Next Thursday my babies, I promise you soon,
you'll have your eyes and everyone will swoon.

(Giggle....I must be losing my mind.)

Don't forget to go the Angie's A Quilting Reader's Garden and join her Applique Thursday Linky.

I promise it will bring the inner poet to play
and make you happy and quiet gay.

I have to STOPPPP!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Dance........just love my maillady!

I won this wonderful book last March.  It's here!!
It includes the CD.  I haven't had a chance to play with it yet.  You know I need something else to start on....LOL.
You can get your own at Laurie's main page
If it looks familiar, she also wrote The Farmers Wife book.

Laurie has yahoo groups for each book if you like to sew along with friends. this a good reason to buy more fabric??

Surely I have a bundle that will work or NOT....any reason to shop.

Think I'll have Mick put this on my Tombstone
(not being gross..I also do genealogy so think of things like that)

"She loved to start, but now she's finished"

I think I really like that.  Can you imagine generations down the line trying to figure out that one!

Help Gene Black an Alabama Artist.....

become our next Fabric Designer.  Okay guys and gals go see Gene's Blog and look at his fabric designs.  He has a link to Connecting Thread for the voting.

Good Luck Gene!

Easy Peasy Block......finally....grin!

The Farmers Wife Block 29

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Three Muskateers, a Squirrel, and a Drizzle

We had about 10 Bluejays fly into the yard today and attack our bird bath.  It was so hot today.  It wasn't long until we had another friend stop by.

and boot them out.  He stayed for the longest and wasn't going to share....giggle.

We had a very small cloud burst today and some thunder.  I planned on taking a picture of our small puddle, but it dried up before I got out there.  It did cool off outside which was wonderful.

Maybe next time.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Loved it!

Dear Jane K - 6

My sewing machine ate it a couple of times, but it's finished.  First the Hawk is hungry and now my sewing machine.  Hmmmmmmmmmm maybe I could use a snack myself.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Applique Day??? I was busy....

playing with the squirrel

and taking pictures of the Bluejay that was bombdiving our hawk

and didn't get very much done today....grin.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

He's lookingggggggggg.........

at a Blue Jay that has been dive bombing him.  I finally helped out the squawking Blue Jay by tapping on the window.  I was thinking Mr. Hawk looked a little too hungry.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Giveaway at Stray Stitches

Linda is celebrating her Blogaversary with a generous giveaway.  Go see her at Stray Stitches and tell her I said Hey!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Applique or Play with Patches????...hmmmmm

This was a really hard decision.  Go with my planned Thursday and applique or

Play with Patches.  Patches won!!!  He is so sweet.  I'm babysitting him for Isla while she and her Mom are in Disneyworld......again.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My life in a song.................

Dawn want us to pick a song that describes our life.....was that the beginning, the middle, now or our hope.  I'm not sure.  The first song describes my childhood and early adulthood.  The one below is what I'm yearning for.

Look at this cutie....dimples and all

Is Frank is back??  No it's Gary Russo from NY.