Tuesday, September 30, 2014

relaxing robin start


ok, here is all I got done this weekend on the relaxing robin
I took some UFO blocks
(both dresdans and crumb blocks)
I sewed the 8 crumb blocks and this will be the size of my rows
first row done-
next is to add a border that has a color not in the blocks
that would be the background fabric which is kind of a putty gray color.
I cant describe it any other way


yep Mom. it looks like putty gray to me!
I will be "cheating" and using the dresdans as my applique row
I know, I am one of THOSE people who loves applique
I figure if I am not going to try a technique I certainly cant expect to master it right?
no quilt police here
sent them all to someone elses house LOL


and here is breakfast to help me get going
some banana bread and coffee
YUM
love the fall
and baking comfort foods
I am thinking of putting ,maybe a small black border between rows to set them off
it needs "something" don't cha think?
but I like this "free" way of quilting that makes this quilt all mine

how is YOUR relaxing robin coming along?
link up below so we can all see
don't be shy



improvements around here


Dunkin signed up for yoga
he is getting pretty good at some of the poses.
this one is the pretzel


this one is the airplane


I have been "improved" too
Miss Clairol washed that gray right outta my hair
and I got it cut
amazing what hairdressers can do


Dunkin is tired from all that exercise


Phoebe never even woke up during the whole thing!
she too is exercising...........
her right to SLEEP! LOL

Monday, September 29, 2014

everythings coming up roses


I picked some of these yesterday........ the plants have started to bloom less
and I needed some petals to make this:


a recipe I thought was interesting
found it online
my roses have not been sprayed with anything
so you can use them


look how pretty they are! 
3 cups of petals
yielded 8 little jars of jelly
so pretty for gifts
I tried a little bit of the leftover
I like it! a very mild Springy flavor
I also read you can make jelly out of
dandelions, lilacs, and queen annes lace
who knew?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Babs from wont to be quilter tagged me for the Around the World Blog Hop.

It is a way to have others check out blogs that you enjoy and to get to visit more blogs in blogland.

I am not sure if I will have others to tag but here goes............


WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

well that is always a tough question. I am not one of those quilters who can start a project and see it until it is done and THEN start another one. I am a typical Aries, flitting from one project to another. It makes me happy and they do eventually get finished. Sometimes the idea has to stew for a bit.

Here are some of the projects I am currently working on....
The lozenge challenge....My friend JulieRose was marking squares on her blog and I had seen some here and there and thought I can do that so here it is so far.

just a lot of cutting and decision making going on. I think I will make it in cool colors of blues, greens and maybe throw in a purple now and then. the bright green in the corners I have just so much of and was thinking when it is gone, the quilt is done. we will see how it progresses.
right now it is in the cutting stage only.


I am still making little 9 patches for this relaxing robin that will be mine. I love it so far.
so much that I am starting another with more of the blue and pink dresdans
and I am going to challenge myself this time to make a row robin with it.
cant wait to play with my friends Lynne of never too hot to stitch
and maybe even Sunny of quilting Dreams. it is fun to see the same "directions" interpreted by different quilters and made into a whole that reflects their personalities.
fun fun!

WHY IS MY WORK DIFFERENT?
this is an easy question for me. I beat to a different drummer and like to put my own spin on things. ever since I was born. In Jr High Home Ec, (remember home Ec?) the class made patch pillows. I made a quilt. yeah, thats me!
I am not one to buy a kit.......EVER....... unless I like the pattern and will use the fabric and pieces somewhere else. I don't want a quilt like someone else. I want MY quilt.

I made a quilt for my mother in law many years ago of her life and I guarantee there are no other quilts like it. I used my drawings and coloring book pages and whatever I could find to make the individual squares and it came out great. she loved it!
see? check it out! Phoebe is checking........



AND WHY DO I CREATE?

this is an easy one too. kind of like climbing the mountain because it is there. As a young child I was lucky enough to have a creative family. My Mom sewed and crocheted, my Gram crocheted, my Dad made many things, my Aunts knitted and painted and created so I was exposed to all of that early on and I loved it. so I am what you call a Jack of All Trades Master of None. I just keep practicing on them all and enjoy the process.


My Dad made this for my new house. no pattern. just saw one and took a few measurements. he amazes me.


this is a slate in progress. I liked this lighthouse on a card and 
painted it. now have to do the landscaping on it
so we can put it outside as a welcome
sign

my Aunt Jo loves to paint. she used to paint with Bob Ross on tv. you should see some of the
beautiful paintings she has done. very nice

so there you have it! everything you never cared to know about me LOL
I wont "tag" 3 people but if you wanted to participate, you can. 
go visit the talented quilters out there
get to "meet them" thru their blogs
and make new friends!
go on......



Thursday, September 25, 2014

motorcycle diaper cake


I made this diaper "cake" 3 years ago for my niece
she was having a boy (my construction cake kid!)
isnt it cute?  
the ingredients were:
2 large boxes of diapers 92 count I think
7 receiving blankets
a large tub wipes
a small travel wipes container
2 bibs (fenders)
pair socks
4- wee wee wig wams (or tee pee pee pees)
search internet to see I used them as the lights
hint: they are for boys only
baby bottle (light in front)
2 small brown fleece blankets for tires
basket to hold baby's things
key rattle toy
bear

it was so much fun to make
I had seen some on the internet 
and yep
you guessed it
I had to put my own spin on it

with all the babies I am hearing about
again maybe it is time to start stocking up!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

relaxing robin round two


these are the dresdans I am working with on my relaxing robin.
I am thinking maybe 4 across? we will see how that looks
I chose a beigy gray background fabric and I am thinking I may do the center circles this
same color for a different look. an open look



found some crumb blocks that may be my first border bringing in colors not in my blocks



and a pile of blues for my lozenge quilt
at least I have some of the decision making done
now to just get down and do it!
see you in the sewing room!

fifth dog toy for your favorite pooch



How to Make Dog Toys





http://www.sew-it-love-it.com/how-to-make-dog-toys.html


this pattern uses up scraps, something we ALL have
and allows us to make something special for that faithful dog in our life