Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pin cushion caddy

I love, love, love Anna Maria Horner. She makes wonderful fabrics and fun projects. I've had one of her books for a while and I wanted to make the little pin cushion caddy. So, with the leftover fabrics I had from the last quilt I made the caddy. It wasn't easy and mine certainly isn't perfect, but isn't it adorable? You want one don't you?

After I finished the project I started on my next project. Cleaning my sewing room...

Two more days until I walk back on campus and begin a semester full of nursing classes, chemistry, and Spanish.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Market bag

I made a fantastic little purse. I only have a few days until I am back in the grind of school work and I wanted something fun to do. Not that quilts aren't fun, but they take a lot more time. I made one of these purses last August actually and I love the pattern. I am planning on using this at the quilt show for the guild. Do you think people will like to see what you can make? Not just quilts or wear-ables, but purses too. I am contemplating taking it to the wedding next weekend. I am worried I might get it dirty though, but it's soo cute!

Hannah was my trusty helper again. This time I let her take the pictures while I held the purse. Simon tried to help too, but I don't think bunny ears are all that helpful.

Hannah didn't like the camera turned on her though... she whipped around fast!

She's pretty cute. I wish she'd let me take pictures of her!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Beach day!

We've managed a few trips to the beach this summer. I am loving it! We hit Ocean Grove again to use up our beach passes. This time I took my camera with me...

The tide was low today which makes the beach just about perfect. No big, scary waves that threaten to drag your children under and suck them out to sea. Just nice, mellow, shallow water. We did the usual things while we were there like:

Play in the water.

Hunt for shells.

Drool on the sea side homes.

Enjoy the view...

I love the ocean.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sandwich, baste, and quilt

This quilt was at the max for what I can do. It covered the entire floor area in my sewing room! I was able to get it basted though. Lots of crawling around was involved. I think I should invest in some knee pads. Yes, you should snicker.

There was a lot of quilt to get under the sewing machine, but I did it!

I'm working on the binding now. I am so excited that I'll be able to get this done before we leave for the wedding!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kitchen goodness

Lots of good things have come out of my kitchen this week. Our friend Said is staying with us so of course we had to made a delicious Mexican dish. He picked Chiles en Nogada. It's sooo good. Oh, we made the vegetarian version because we had a vegetarian friend coming over for dinner. We made Flan for dessert. I'd never made it before, but it turned out really well. Said was also interested in helping me make some Jam so we whipped out some organic blueberry jam too.

Tonight we made Rajas. Yummy too!

Lots of tasty food goodness.

My hydrangeas are pretty much done for the season. The colors are fantastic though. I am going to try and dry some of them...

My quilts are awaiting quilting. Once I have my sewing room floor back I'll baste the brick pattern quilt and get to work on it.

They were well received at the quilt guild meeting on Monday. We are having a quilt show in October and I have no idea what I'd show. Most of my quilts are either on a bed or gone as gifts. I think I'll make a couple purses instead of a quilt. This way I can get it done quickly! I only have two weeks until school starts up again! Yikes.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Wedding quilts

I love this quilt. The colors are so vibrant. It is destined to be a wedding gift in October...

I quickly moved on to the next quilt because I need it for another wedding and this wedding is Labor Day weekend! I've done this pattern before and really love it. These Anna Maria Horner fabrics are fun in this brick pattern too. I'm going to quilt this one myself since I don't have enough time to send it off to the machine quilter.

We've been spending the rest of our summer relaxing and playing. Simon had Cub Scout camp this week. He had a good time, thankfully. Otherwise, we've hit the beach, Six Flags again, and we went bowling. Summer is going to disappear and school will start up again soon! Gotta have fun while we can.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Blocks and berries

Our friends, Devon and Monica, came down today and we tagged along to go blueberry picking with them! Ignore the fact that there are still frozen blueberries from last summer in the freezer. I was totally going to make jam, I swear! I guess I better quit swearing and do some canning instead. I don't know what it is about getting your own fruit, but I like it.

Pick it and put it in the bucket, not your mouth!

Hannah won't let me take her picture... little stinker...

Then, we had dinner out followed by a movie. Dan picked Inception, which is pretty darn good! A pretty good day if you ask me.

I've made lots of progress on the quilt I'm working on.

I threw the blocks on the wall before I squared them up so I could see how they looked. I like! They'll look much different on point with the other fabric I have as the alternate block. Did that make sense? Did I lose you? I'll show you when I'm done...

Thanks for letting us tag along today!