Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hard at Work

We had a great sewing day. One top is fully completed. The Kaffe is half done and there are two more to go. I ironed and cut while they did all the sewing. It worked out well. I hope they come back and sew with me. I think I was a dictator, do this do that!!!! There were actually 4 of us, me, Barb, Chris and Julie but she escaped before I could get a picture of her. I just want to thank them all for coming and helping. They knew it was for a good cause.
We also had lunch outside on the deck. It was in the 60's.
Song of the day: "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wonky Star

These stars that I have been making are going to families in Australia that have been victims of all the fires. I found some fellow bloggers asking for donations of blocks. This is the block that they chose and I love it. It is really fun and easy to make. My gal pals are coming over tomorrow and we all are going to work on these blocks. I decided to make 4 tops. If I am going to be shipping I may as well ship alot. Everything is cut and ready to sew when they get here. I am so thankful for the people that step up to do these things. I always like to help but do not want to be in charge.
The person in charge is at Camp Follower Bags and the star tutorial is at The Silly Boo Dilly. Also IQA is asking for donations of quilts to go to Australia.
This is my Kaffe top and I am going to have a hard time parting with it. The colors are really cool. I will give it up though. The others will be batik.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Change of Plans

I started this quilt for a certain project and now it is going to someone else. I found out a friend in florida has breast cancer. I think this quilt will go to her. I am sending it with some other blocks cut out so my friends can add a little to it. One of them will quilt it on her long arm. I will pick out some flannel for the back tomorrow and stick it in the mail. I can't wait to see it quilted. The background is the cream batik I have been collecting.
Song of the day: "Right Now" by Van Halen

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Opry Night

We had a wonderful time at the Opry last night. I was so glad that my son had a good time. I think he was really dreading it. My husband has taken him to a few rock concerts and he hated them, too loud. He asked my 50 questions before we arrived. He survived 2 whole hours without any of his electronic devices.
I told him you do not always get a backstage tour each time you go. Steve Wariner gave him a guitar pick that he had used, he saw where each star gets their fan mail, yes they have their own mail box, dressing rooms, and Hal Ketchum told him he really liked his name. He wants to go back and I am so glad.
All of the acts were great. It was cool to hear Pam Tillis talk about going with her dad, Mel, when she was toddler and taking a nap in his guitar case while he wrote music. There is just so much history with country music and the Opry. The lady that took us on our tour was sad because it was her last night. They were cutting her position. All the stars were hugging her and wishing her well. It looked like one big happy family.
Song of the day: "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Getting There

I have been slowly putting things back in my studio. I would like to keep it nice and organized and not junk it up. More than half of the things I had in there are not going back in. Where to put them? I do not know. I am sure most of it will go in the basement, some fabric will go to charity, and I will just have to see about the rest.
I am getting ready to go to the Opry tonight. We get to have a back stage tour. That will be very exciting. Steve Wariner, Hal Ketchum, and Lady Antebellum are the big stars tonight. Steve's wife is in our guild so I am excited about seeing him perform and I have been a fan of Hal Ketchum since we moved here. I really have not listened to Lady Antebellum, a hot new country group.
Song of the day: "Chasing Pavements" by Adele

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Moving Back In

My studio is officially finished. The curtain went up today and the carpet was installed yesterday. Yah! I actually cut some fabric tonight. I needed something to work on when my group meets this thursday. I have only moved my cutting table and ironing board in. I will bring one piece in at a time to see if I want to make changes. If I did not have to have shelves in there for my fabric I would have alot more room for my tables.
I am a prewasher. I wash all my fabric before a project. The only time I did not my project did not turn out right. In the last 2 days I have washed, dried, and ironed almost 200 yards of fabric. It was almost therapeutic until around 9pm. That is when my back and legs started to ache. It does not look like that much fabric when it is ironed and stacked. I am going to keep washing until all my fabric is done. Now I can just go to my stash and get started on a project. I did not take pics of all the purples, blues, greens, and colors that really did not fit any group.
Song of the day: "Bennie and The Jets" by Elton John

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Felted Ball Ornaments

I have been wanting to make these for some time. The first tutorial I saw was on
Judy Perez's blog. She made felted balls and decorated them with stitching and beads. I did not use exactly what she did but I wanted to try some varigated yarn I had purchased.
I rolled it up in a ball, placed it in the panty hose, tied string between each ball, and threw it in the wash. I will show the finished product tomorrow. I don't think I made the water hot enough so I will run them again tomorrow.
I sent my leaves off to The Tree Project in Huntsville. If you go to their website they have pics of some of the leaves they are getting and pics of the tree they are constructing.
Things are returning to normal. My garage is finished except for the light fixture. We had to clean it out this weekend. Dry wall dust was everywhere. The painters actually painted the whole garage and not just the part that was patched. That was a nice surprise. Nice and clean.
My studio is almost finished. The light fixture and carpet need to be put in and then I can move back in. Maybe one more week.
Song of the day and album of the year: "Gone Gone Gone" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Next In Line

This will be the next quilt I put on the long arm. It has been finished for about 3 years. I love the pink and green. It probably has the most machine applique I have done so far in a quilt. It should have already been done but I have been entertaining company. My sister in law came down with her 2 kids from Ky. They were one of the ones hit with the big ice storm. They stayed home for about 2 1/2 days without power before coming down. I am sure she was afraid to get on the road. We had a great time but I forgot what is was like to be around a 5 year old and a 17 month old. When they left on sunday I was sooooo tired. Their power was back but my brother said the destruction was unreal. Hopefully the rest of the winter will be mild for them. Then sunday night my son started to get sick and has been since. We are going to the doctor today.
Song of the day: "This Is How A Heart Breaks" by Rob Thomas