Monday, September 26, 2011

Lake Wobegon

Sometimes as I sit here an write my weekly post, I feel a bit like Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, he has a radio show on NPR on Saturday evenings about 6 pm.  It is formatted like the old time radio programs with music and skits.  Every week he does a news update from Lake Wobegon Minnesota, which is his fictional hometown.  It always begins "It's been a quiet week here in Lake Wobegon, my hometown."

It's been a busy week here in my hometown.  The wedding is just 5 more days away (including the day itself) and there's still plenty to be done.  Now I only have a few things to do, and most of them are done.  But I was waiting until this week to hem V's pants so he didn't outgrow them.  I have him every day after school, so I decided to try them on today and pin them up.  How do you get a 5 year old boy to stand still for such a thing?

hand him your iphone
He loves to play games on it and he's good.  Then he got kinda casual:
Well the pants are hemmed and I am stitching closed a couple of seams on some double sided napkins and my wedding sewing is totally done!  So I worked on a couple of other things over the weekend.  I am finally putting my 36 patch blocks together to get ready to quilt.  I want to piece the back too.  I have an idea.  I was hoping to make progress on this:
still a bit to do

and I did!
all done...just in time for October's block
Also, all the mug rug talk going on right now has me stirred up so I dove into that too.
Hometown scraps...I'm wasting nothing.  I love that line.

My daughter has a Mac

Still more Hometown scraps
I'm also piecing two other quilts and have more in the cue for the rest of the year.  I hope to have some more finishes to show by the end of the year too.  I hope you get plenty of sewing time too.
Have a great week.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pay It Forward

I have just seen this fun idea over on Summerfield Quilts and of course I had to participate. Because I can just never seem to have too many things to do. lol.  Who doesn't love a surprise parcel?  I know I do.  Unless it's a bill or something like that.  So here is what I am promising... I will send a surprise gift to the first three people to comment on this post. This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year. Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise (it will probably be a surprise to me too :-D).  Of course there are some rules in this game. Here it goes:

Rules:1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.

I don't know if three people will even get around to commenting on this, but I will say that if you find this post 6 months from now and only 2 people have left a comment, you can still be commenter #3 and get a random goodie from me! When you comment, I'll email you and get your address and then you should get something from me sometime before next October. I have never done this before, but I love the idea of surprising someone.  Hope to hear from you soon.  Charlotte

I have my 3 comments.  One was e-mailed to me by someone who had trouble with the comment button.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Well, my daughter says the countdown has begun.  The wedding is in12 days.  The napkins are all done.  Check that item off my list. 

The outfit for the little man is done.  Check that item off my list.  He is ready to walk his mom down the aisle.

Went shopping today (which I hate to do) and now my outfit is ready.  Check that item off my list.
 So now that my stuff is done, I guess it's okay to work on all the other projects I have going on, right?

Like this:

for a special baby girl in Vermont
and these:

putting together my 36 patch
my hometown quilt
and this:
just bought the pattern
I have been dying to try the Swoon quilt and since I didn't have enough going on, I caved and bought the pattern this weekend.  I want to try and make it out of fabrics I already have so when I have time I will go hunting in my stash.  I also have a couple of other things to get going on for Christmas.  I know it will creep up quickly like it does every year.

So after the wedding I will be sewing like a maniac.  Oh, wait, I already am.

Have a great week.

Monday, September 12, 2011


I think I started this in March, when the days were still short and barely warm yet.  My daughter still lived with us and every sunny day was a blessing.  I fell in love with the Sunkissed line and found the Moda Bake Shop and the rest, as they say is history.

I bought a jelly roll and some yardage and had actually picked out another Moda Bake Shop quilt to make with my Sunkissed loveliness,  then I saw this one and knew it was the one for me.

When I downloaded the recipe, I found that I didn't have exactly enough of the different fabrics needed to make the quilt exactly as it was.  I really wanted to do it that way.  So I set out to see if I could make it work without buying any more fabric.  What I came up with was this: I had enough to make each of the large, whole squares in the colors called for.  What I did for the four interlocking squares in each quarter of the quilt was to make most of the square from one fabric, but where it visually "passed behind or through" the main square, I made the pattern change, but not the color.

From a distance, in some squares you cannot even tell.  Others are more obvious.  But it worked, and I L-O-V-E it.  The other thing I learned as I began getting into blogging was about pearl cotton.  I decided to use that to outline each square in its matching color of pearl cotton.  I finally got that done, but the quilt wanted more quilting to feel right to me.  So I meandered all over the large open areas and the border.  A cute little thing happened when I spur of the moment decided to do a little sunshine in the crossroads between the squares.

The back is pieced to include a bit of the fabrics from the front.  And now, it needs a label, but I have washed and dried it and it is so pretty I can't begin to convey how much I love how this turned out.  Or maybe you can tell.

Have a great week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

She's Back!

I really missed Nina, my Bernina.  She went in for a check up last week.  I thought I was to a point in all my projects that I had enough hand work to keep me busy.  But instead, the minute she was gone, everything I wanted to do involved Nina.  She was only gone 5 days, but every day brought another idea that needed trying.  Torture I tell you.  But now she's home!

And the sewing has begun again!  Such chaos, such clutter; I am one happy quilter.  But the first thing I need to do is make some pants, a vest and bow tie for V for his mom's wedding in a few weeks.  I got the pattern idea/advice from Dana.  She drafts patterns all the time for her son and they are adorable.  I can do this!

Well, it took several tries with "junk" fabric, but now I think I've got it!

It's a very nice linen and the vest will be the same.  I have drafted the pattern for the vest, but haven't started it yet.  I am having trouble getting my Nina to sew over the elastic in the casing at the back of the pants.  If anyone has advice on how to make this work, I would be grateful.  The needle hits the elastic and won't go through.  It is one inch non-twisting elastic.

So I thought, since I have been so good about working on this must do project, I am going to reward myself with a want to do project.  I am starting my Hometown quilt.  I bought a layer cake of Hometown a while back and was waiting for inspiration.  I found it on Moda Lissa's blog.
This is an easy pattern that will really showcase the fabrics.  Since I really couldn't indulge myself with more of this line, I wanted to make the most of it and this pattern does it for me.  First seen in Moda Bake Shop, it's simple, but fun.

The rest of my weekend was spent helping my husband get some things done in the back yard for the upcoming wedding.  We will have family here with us, and want to spend all our spare time just hanging out and talking and cooking and eating.  So we needed more outdoor space to do this.  He found plans on line and we built a picnic table and are working on a fire pit.

it's nice and sturdy.

needs a few more bricks

We are going to have so much fun!! I can't wait.  Now, back to Nina.  I've got lots to do.
Have a great week.