Well, I finally did it, the top at least.
I transformed this fabric.... into.....
This quilt top!!!!
Now I just have to quilt it.
I'm feeling pretty good about it though.
This is my first ever quilt - quilt.
I've quilted but never sewn a quilt top.
So for my first attempt I made two -( matchy-matchy).
I've learned a few things along the way.
measure twice - cut once. (good advice always)
your iron is your friend.
your pins are your friends.
your ruler, cutting board, rotary cutter are your friends.
your pins are NOT your friends when they poke you.
spray starch is your friend.
your friends are your friends (when they give you good sewing advice)
quilts take a lot of thread, two quilts take even more.
sewing is very therapeutic - even if you have to unpick a little.
If the rest of the quilt goes this well I may make another! SOMEDAY!
Note: This post was published on my family blog in the fall of 2008. The sad thing is.....I haven't quilted and bound the quilt tops yet :(
I feel it coming...I just may finish this quilt....this year!
So I'm wondering what projects do you have lingering around? Have you decided to finish one or a ton of them up this year?
Feel free to drop me a note in the comments. I'd love to hear what everyone else is up to!
I'll be teaching the Young Women at church this Sunday.
No matter how many times I teach I still get a little nervous......every-single-time!
But, I think that's a good thing. It keeps me on my toes.
The lesson manual called for a hand-out with this quote from the lesson. I made these using Picnik.com and turned them into bookmarks by printing them on card-stock, punching a hole in the top and threading some cute (thin-ish) ribbon through.
If anything this has been a good reminder for me......to "get outside myself" daily "life's better out there."
If you'd like to use these too, let me know and I'll email the jpg to you.
Between family parties, birthdays, Christmas & New Years; throw in Christmas shopping, candy making, crafting, gift making, lesson giving, visiting, sledding, football watching, game playing, cooking, more family dinners, learning & loving..and before any of that could be done SEWING SEWING SEWING...We had a very busy month.
.....But we survived!
...and this past week...
after the kids went back to school....
But it felt good.
So I thought I'd share 1 out of the handful of pictures I snapped in the month of December.
First, the day before Christmas, I was in the kitchen (strategic neighbor gift giving planning and prep zone) preparing neighbor gifts to be delivered by my elves when I heard my husband call out,
"There's the Grinch! He's driving down the street in his chair."
I ran to the door just in time to see him turn the corner and go around the block.
So, I grabbed my camera and waved him down as he came back around the block.
He said he was looking for little Cindy.
Isn't this awesome!
Did you notice the green grass.
Like I said this picture was taken Dec. 24th. By December 27th the green grass was gone and we were officially blanketed in winter white that stuck around.
Not sure how I feel about that....still undecided!
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Things We Never Thought We'd Say But We Have. (We meaning mostly me and my dear husband.)
If you smile a lot now, when you're old you'll look like you're smiling all the time. Even if you're not. It's really much better to have people think you're always happy than to say, "She's not mean that's just her face."
Pickles are nature's way of saying, "Enjoy a cucumber this winter."
The science fair is not called "The Evil Science Fair" for a reason. We really should avoid blowing things up. That means no dry-ice bombs even if you claim to be doing research on greenhouse gases.
Mold doesn't grow that fast! If it did we'd all be covered in it and/or be dead. (Said in response to a daughter thinking mold had grown on her ice-cream in less than five minutes and she was going to get sick and die from it.)
Lift your arms so I can hit you. (A sister said to a brother)
Don't eat the cat food.
Don't eat dog food!
Fair is fair. If you get to shoot an apple off your brother's head, he get's to shoot an apple off your head.
Take the fork out of your nose!
Bubba-nick? Do you mean Bubonic? As in Bubonic Plague?
No you won't get bubba-nick, I mean the bubonic plague.
You should name your first child Bubba-nick!
You can not get botulism from drinking out of your cup that has been setting on the counter for 2 minutes.
You don't have throat cancer.
You don't have leprosy.
It's rough when my fans don't adore me.
It's all fun and games until someone gets hypothermia.
Mountain men don't wear short shorts.
Do you REALLY HAVE to talk like Tarzan at the table?
DROP the monkey!
There IS a striking similarity between the "Cowboy" dance and the "Potty" dance. It's easy to get them confused.
How do you spell "Mohican"?
Buffalo gives me gas.
Don't gargle your jello!
We do not throw snowballs at other people's Christmas decorations.
Get off your little sister, she is not a horse!
Take your underwear out of your mouth!
No singing with your mouth full.
Just don't lick the couch. Okay?!
Don't stick your nose in your sister's mouth.
That's what happens when you stick your nose in your sister's mouth.