Monday, February 28, 2011

Taa Daa...!

I suppose you could say I've been busy lately.  It's the end of the month and most of my swaps for February are swapped.  I did a little organizing.  And I started a new project - another ongoing one.  I'm a slow and steady kind of quilter.  You know - between all the other demands of family life, I get a little done any chance I get until someday in the future I can count it completed.
So, first, here is my new project:
I've decided that each week or so I'm going to make a set of animal blocks and someday make an animal quilt with them.  My first set are black bears.
These are paper foundation pieced and come from this book:
I bought this book almost ten years ago and have wanted to do this kind of quilt since then but just never jumped into it.  I've decided that it is now time, before my kiddos out grow a fun quilt like that.


I've been organizing a bit lately too...


Here are the results of my recent swaps:
From IFQ - the Mosaic Color Play block
I made this one using her center square and sent it to Nellie in Canada.
Cute little frogs.
This is the one Nellie made for me with my center square.
I love the colored dots that go so well with it.

I made this one for Natasha in Canada.  She wanted deep blues, green, or jewel tones in geometric shapes.  She gave me some choices of block patterns and I thought this one looked fun so this is what I came up with. I really loved working on it and she told me she loved it too when she got it.  I'm so glad!

This is the one Natasha made for me.  I want a sailboat theme but I left the pattern and colors up to her.  This is what she created and she nailed it!  It's perfect!  Complete with cloudy sky and water fabric!!
She also included a nice postcard (with a sailboat on it), the scraps from the block, and the cutest ever hexi-flower.  That little darlin' is made with 1/2" hexagons!!  Isn't it cute.
I love it all!!
I can hardly wait for next month's swaps!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's your excuse for not blogging?

This is what I woke up to this morning:
How am I supposed to keep up with all of my bloggy friends???

So, I did what my Dad taught me -- Be resourceful and make it work!
I got out some tools and scraps of wood... 

...And Whaa Laa!
A new brace for the keyboard drawer.
 It's more sturdy now than it was before.
 And in a matter of minutes... I'm back on line.
(ummm, no comments about my mess. ok)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I just joined up with One Flower Wednesday to share my hexie flowers.
I'm excited because I love these little things and they are so addicting.
Here are the ones that I have finished recently:
My garden is growing!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's Wrong With Olfa?

Have you ever had that feeling that things just aren't going well.
You feel kinda sluggish...
Rough around the edges...
In a jagged fog?
My poor rotary cutter has been feeling rough for sometime.
I finally gave it a little TLC and got a new blade for it.
I didn't think my old blade was all that bad until I used the new one...

OH!  It was like the windows had opened and let in a beautiful breeze...
Like taking a huge, deep breath after being in a smoky room...
It cut so smooth and easily.
I'm like a new woman...
or the same woman with a new blade.

Outta my way!  I've got fabric to cut!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

More Hexagons

Here are some more Framed Hexagons that I've swapped through IFQ.
 I received the above hexagon from Rosemary in Portugal and I sent her the one below.  She added some tiny white beads to it and I think it is the perfect touch.  I love it!


 The above green and pink hexie came from Sharon in Virginia and I love the colors she put together. I sent her the one below.  I took it on a road trip so I spent some car time stitching some gold and silver thread into the swirls.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Kid Builders

For Christmas, we gave each of our kiddos kits of wood pieces.  And with our help, they would assemble a book shelf.
We let them paint it however they wanted.
 Cute, huh!
 And then we mounted them on the wall beside each bed... hold all of their books for bedtime reading.
 They did a fantastic job.  Aren't they great!!

The plans and inspiration came from Ana

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Border Block

It's time again for our Parma Quilter's Anonymous meeting and I can hardly wait.  We'll get to reveal the first border we've added to our Mercy Border Block Quilt.  I received Gaylene's center and this is what it looked like when I received it.  She wanted a Breast Cancer Awareness theme and even provided some scraps of fabric to go with it. (Good thing!)
I decided to finish those little yellow stars in each corner.  It wasn't as easy as I thought but we got it worked out.
Here is the finished block:
Ready to pass on to the next lucky quilter!
That was fun!