But there's not much time for that today, I'm afraid.
Sent one kiddo with the daddy to his parents' house already... The other is pretending to nap (translate that to playing with his toys and talking about all the things that are happening outside his bedroom window) while I'm supposed to be cleaning the house.
Got sucked into watching Hoarders... You'd think that would get me off of my rear!
And also looking thru pictures on Flickr. Love the inspiration!
I have a mess in the corner of the living room. A sewing mess. I want to spend some time finishing up a few projects I've brought downstairs. Mostly Quilts of Valor stuff. I have two quilts that need borders and ironing. And a medallion that I need to finish assembling... And a stack of blocks that need to be squared up and made into a kit for someone else to assemble.
I also need to work on finishing some pillow covers for my grandmother's couch. We are going to Little Rock to give my cousin a baby shower later in the week. I'd love to have the pillow covers finished before we leave. It's do-able... Must focus.
But I also have to clean house. Wyatt's birthday is coming. My mom and step-father are coming from Texas for the festivities. I have some sewing to do for that, too.
Tonight, I'd like to get the kitchen cleaned up and swept and mopped. It's sticky. Needing to wipe down surfaces and polish stuff. Might reward myself with a little sewing time if I can accomplish that.
The best part? My hubby is taking BOTH kiddos to his mom's this afternoon for supper, so I can sweep and mop without my sidekicks trying to "HELP"...
I'll take a minute this afternoon to take some pictures of the products of my machine quilting class from yesterday. So much fun!
Today I'm taking a machine quilting class with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law at Harper's. Now that I have a machine that I'm comfortable with, I'm looking forward to doing more of my own quilting.
My mom is visiting in a couple of weeks and she's giving me her dining room table and chairs. It's actually a little smaller than the one I currently use. My current dining room table will be moved up to the attic and my plan is to set up my machine in one corner of it. Hopefully I can manage to keep it cleared off... and it'll give me lots of surface area for when I quilt.
Tonight I finished a top! My friends in the KC Scrappy Bee are all members of the Kansas City Modern Quilters' Guild. My month was last June and I'm just now getting around to finishing my quilt top... I gave each of them the focus fabric in the center of this block with the stipulation that they could make any type block as long as this fabric was in the center of the block.
I am using only fabric from my stash to finish this quilt. I bought a bolt of this purple and green gingham when a local quilter who has an online shop decided to downsize. There's enough for a backing, too. Might be a little boring with this same fabric for the backing, but it's a good way to use it up, so that's what I'm going with. I was happy that I could tone down the pinks somewhat by using the purple/green print. I promise those pinks aren't as obnoxious as they appear to be in this photo. The top right corner is a solid pink block that will be a signature block for each of my bee members to sign.
Wyatt turns 4 in April. My sweet and quiet thinker. Always eager to give and receive affection. Spends most of his time imagining and pretending. He is really into the alphabet, sounds and counting. I've decided to have a birthday theme of ABC's for him. We'll use magnetic letters on his birthday cake... I'll rent some time at the local scrapbooking shop to use their fun dye cuts for letters to put out on the table... Each child in attendance will get a softie letter that corresponds to the first letter in their name as part of their party favors. Tonight I made two:
J is for Jackson, Wyatt's first cousin
And K is for Kyle, our good buddy
I still have 4 or 7 more to make, depending on RSVP's. For sure, I need to make a N for Nomto, an A for Altan, a W for Wyatt and an O for Owen. Might have G, M and another A to make, as well...
My sister is in the process of trying to adopt Jayden. He's their 3 year old foster son. This is the quilt that I've made for him. It's taken me longer than I'd expected to finish it. I used some satin ribbon binding that I had. This is a first for me. It will make this quilt an extra soft and snuggly one.
I've been meaning to share this with you guys. A few months ago it was shown at Blue Valley Quilters' Guild. Hand pieced, hand quilted TINY perfect hexagons. A serious work of art. Antique, too! I wish I'd gotten a better picture. It was the most spectacular quilt I've ever seen... or maybe the second most spectacular. Really well-done!
Went to Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence again today. An expensive habit. Needed some quality time with my best friend so the hubbies kept the kids while we had a day out.
I've been picking up a spool of King Tut thread every time I am at a fabric store that sells it. I have quite a collection now. :) Tomorrow I'm going to put some satin binding on a quilt for my nephew. He's actually my foster nephew, but I think my sister will be able to adopt him soon. Good news!
The brown polka dot fabric is flannel. I'll use it to bind Owen's big boy quilt. I'm about to take it to the quilter.
The primary colored fabrics are so much fun. I don't have any particular plans for them yet, but I'm thinking on it.
The blue Fandango print will be used to finish my grandmother's pillow covers.
And the gray Denise Schmidt is a print I've been coveting for some time now. I don't have much gray in my stash, so I justified getting some today.
$71 later, I left the store. Bad habit, I tell you!
Back in June, my fellow bee members in the KC Scrappy Bee helped me to create these blocks. I bought some gray fabric to use with them, but it wasn't working for me, so I put them on a shelf.
Tonight I dusted them off and decided to use what I had in my stash to finish this quilt. I have almost a whole bolt of the green checked fabric that I bought for $1.00 (!) per yard about a year ago. I have plenty for the backing, too. What do you think?
I might put a light pink border around the quilt (I'd have to buy the fabric) to frame it. I'll probably use more of the green fabric to bind it, too. In the dark pink block at the top, I'll have all of my bee members sign it. Here's a closeup of the fabric:
I participated in a vintage sheet fat quarter exchange last summer and I got a huge assortment of vintage sheets. I decided to chop up the yellows and oranges to create myself a summer quilt. I'm finally getting around to finishing the top. I did half of this quilt (cutting and all) tonight.
This is one of my very favorite vintage sheets. It will be the backing.
I may even be brave enough to quilt it myself! We'll see...