Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Crafting

It's officially time to start the holiday preparations. I know there are crafters, quilters, and artists out there who started gifts months ago but there are some (me) who did not. My morning consisted of the usual catching up after being away for a week but the projects on my to do list were lingering in the back of my mind so I doodled this little drawing. I am not complaining or even that stressed it's that I feel the holiday excitement building! Time to get to work.

Happy Crafting to all of you out there!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


This year we are spending Thanksgiving in Carefree AZ! I have been coming to this house for 35 years so there is a lot of history here. This isn't where we usually celebrate the holidays but when we do it's fun.
There is something about the desert a combination of the quiet, air, and the abundance of nature that make's this one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. I am thankful for so many things this year.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Holidays are Coming!

I always think the craziness starts with Halloween and once that is over the domino's fall. Next comes my Birthday (check), Thanksgiving, family birthdays, my Husband's Birthday, Christmas, New Years, and it doesn't stop there, my son's Birthday, and now creeping into February my sister will be having a baby! It's a lot to think about and plan, we're big planners at least my sister and I.The past few days I have been debating whether to have our big Holiday party this year or tone it down a little at this point it's looking like no party.
 With those decisions still undecided I have at least figured out my holiday cards thanks to my friend over at june-bug and beila-bot and Shutterfly. In the past I have made cards (my favorite thing to do), bought cards, and ordered photo cards. I always get online and look around but was really surprised to see sooooo many cards to choose from, over 700 in the Holiday section, on Shutterfly so I decide this was the way to go. It might not seem like a big deal but I can get this taken care of soon and it's one thing off my list. 

I like this one because I can use a lot of photos from our trip to Europe.

I am loving red and blue for Christmas!

Love the dots and black and white of this one.

so many Holiday Cards I am not sure which one I'll pick. Next on the list make the family calendar another tradition I have done for years to share what our family has been up to. Now to pack for our Thanksgiving trip and finish the Ticker Tape Quilt.


ps just for you blogger's out there, Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly… learn more: http://bit.ly/sfly2010 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's Binding Time

It's been a busy few days but I finished quilting all of the scraps on the Ticker Tape quilt. I added some leftover circles around the border which I really like. I am a little rusty on the free-motion quilting but they look good.

 Somehow one circle snuck around the back and ended up quilted on but I kind of like it so I might leave it...still deciding on that one.

For the binding I am planning on using leftover fabric from some fat quarters to continue with the scrappy feel. Also I am excited to check out my new book The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman to see if there are any new tricks I can pick up.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Studio Toys

These are a few of my favorite studio toys, they make me smile, keep me company, and sometimes are just handy.

My new mini duster 

I love The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Postcard by Rudi Hurzlmeier "Pieper"

My collection of Sonny Angel figures 

I still need the Panda, the Rooster,the blue Elephant, and the Chipmunk
What's in your studio/office that makes you smile?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ticker Tape Update

I still have the Ticker Tape Quilt going it's just been a little slow over Halloween. A few more sessions in the studio and I'll be done and ready to bind.

The past few quilts I have been trying to keep track of my hours but always loose track. This time around I have a piece of paper to write my work time on and it does add up quickly.I'll post the final number when I am done. It has been a lot of fun sewing the scraps on and pretty quick but now about 2/3's through I have had to take a little more time picking the scraps so I am not repeating patterns too often. It's just the type of thing I love balancing out the patterns and colors.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


What a fun crazy weekend! Here are the finished kids costumes. Pac Man Ghosts! Unfortunately I waited until after trick or treating to get the picture so they are pretty tired ghosts. I made the costumes by spray fixing spandex to auto headliner foam, sewing it together and then gluing the felt eyes on. Luckily it didn't rain and the costumes were warm. 

Our costumes were a little scarier this year.

My sister has a big themed party every year and this year was Ghosts and Ghouls. My husband wanted to be a Zombie and then I came up with Prom Zombies. My son specifically requested we not show them the costumes that night before bed and I think it was a wise choice. The gross zombie bite on the back of my shoulder really would have upset him. 
Our weekend was also full of family in town, kids birthday party's, and to top it all off I leave for a visit to my home town of Tulsa in a few hours!!! I haven't been home in quite awhile and I am looking forward to it! 
I will be back with more quilting soon!