Apr 28, 2008

I'm back to my usual routine today. My free advice: When you get a new prescription be sure to find out what all the side effects are. And if any bad ones develop--be tough with the doctor. I actually had to wave the list of side effects under his nose. Needless to say, I have changed doctors. It's no fun being in the emergency room breathing oxygen.
I'm really happy with making the courthouse steps pattern. I have so much fabric in my stash. I enjoy pulling out the box of yardages and cutting the strips. I love having a riot of colors. No color schemes for me.
And I have started knitting a sweater vest from sport weight yarn, blue. I was looking on the Internet and Lion Brand has a couple of free Amigurumi patterns for a bear and a bunny. I started on the bear, using left-over yarn. I'm stuffing it with left-over bits of quilt batting. Now, if I can only find a box to mail out the butterfly and tea cup quilts to my granddaughters. Now that the summer temperature where they live is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, there's no big rush, I guess.

Apr 22, 2008

It's Courthouse Steps

I decided to make a traditional quilt pattern, Courthouse Steps for this quilt. It uses up lots of dark and light fabrics. I cut the fabrics into 2 inch strips. First, I cut a red strip and sew a light colored strip on each side. I press that and cut those into 2 inch strips for the center. One of the advantages of this pattern is that strips are added to each side. Therefore, I add on the two sides before I have to press. I make several blocks at once, and that way, I can add the strips to more that one block at a time. I add the strips and then I trim the edges. I don't cut each strip to fit the block beforehand. It saves a lot of time.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a problem with Google, and I can't upload my photo right now.

Apr 18, 2008

good news

The good news is that I'm feeling much better now. I'm back to doing my housework, etc. today. I have a really busy weekend coming up with my family. However, I'll get back to my sewing really soon. And, I finished all the knitting I had on the needles--a strange thing happened--I have nothing to knit! However, I ordered some yarn and instruction books from the Internet, and that will soon be rectified. Besides, I have a lot of embroidery started.
I must say that my family did so much for me while I was under the weather. My daughter came over and did some housework. And they helped with the trips to the doctor, and lots of prayers.

Apr 13, 2008

I got sick, so this is a short post today. After a lot of hesitation, I've decided to make a log cabin quilt for my friend. I made a sample block. To be continued.....

Apr 8, 2008

Tea Cup Quilt

Here are pictures of the Tea Cup Quilt! I'm very proud of this quilt. I hope that my little granddaughters will like their quilts. I just have to label this one. I used a lot of scraps in my stash for this quilt. I made the tea cup handles by making bias with bias bars, and hand appliquing in place.

Apr 3, 2008

With love in every stitch

This tree is one of many near my home that bloom this time of year. I don't know the name of it, though. If there are any tree experts out there, you are invited to tell me the name. The flowers cluster like snowballs on the branches. Anyhow, they bloom for only about a week or so and then the petals start to fall like big snowflakes drifting down.
I hope that you can make out this photo. I embroidered the lower left corner block of the butterfly quilt. I sent a photo of the quilt to Jan Mullen, and she was so nice and sent me a complimentary e-mail. This quilt is now finished! And I have quilted half of the tea cup quilt now.