Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The pictures are kinda self-explanatory but here's Lucas and a sample of his work - he copied his name. I'd actually made the dotted lines for him some time ago and he hadn't wanted to do it at the time. He recently pulled it out and traced it - and did a pretty good job I think!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I actually took a couple of him again this morning just because he looked so darn cute but I'll have to put them on the computer before I can put them on here.
Lucas had a really crappy sleep Wednesday night... only about 7 hours (10:00 until 5:00 - uugghhhh) and so last night he was asleep by 7 and didn't wake up until after 7 this morning (okay he did wake up briefly around 4:30 to go to the bathroom and have a little drink but he went back to sleep pretty quickly - thank goodness!). I don't think I could have handled another 5 o-clock wake up call. He generally is a pretty early riser. I'm hoping that tomorrow he'll sleep in a bit again. I don't have to work so that would mean I could sleep in a bit too!
He's starting back into swimming lessons again tomorrow too. It's been a pretty hectic week overall! No time for sewing, that's for sure! (Unless you count hemming a pair of pants for Lucas!)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well, I've started on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle quilt for Lucas. My rotarty cutter got quite a workout as you can see from the above pictures. Now to sew...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
It's been an interesting couple days. Michael (my husband) is actually in the hospital right now with pancreatitis. He's having an ultrasound tomorrow and has started a fluid diet today (after not having anything for a day or 2) so we'll see what tomorrow brings.
A little while ago (like, June, I think) I was getting antsy about my Dear Jane and wondering if I was making the right fabric choices. I pulled out all my blocks and put them together on my makeshift design board. This is what happened...
I think I can live with this! I will also do sashing between all the blocks. I'm not sashing as I go because I'm waiting to see how many blocks I end up making. I'm thinking of a navy blue or dark purple batik but I'll decide for sure when the time comes.
I have several other pictures that I want to share but I'll slowly work away at getting them posted. I gotta get to bed now!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Just for the record... I did not make this cake... and yes, we did rent a bouncy joust thingy for the day. Unfortunately the kids did not get to play on it for long before it started to drizzle. It was okay at first and we quickly got lunch in but by then it was really too wet to keep on outside so the party moved inside for cake and presents. It wasn't even really a warm rain... it was darn cool actually... but we survived and I think everyone had fun.
I tried to add a couple joust pictures but for some reason they put them in at the top of this post (where I didn't want them) and when I tried to move them everything froze up. Does anybody know how to put pictures where you want them on here (or move them around after)? I have to go get my cranky boy to bed but I'll post those other couple pics later tonight or tomorrow.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
That makes 11 now (not including my "practice" block or my failed attempts at Papa's Star).
Saturday, June 20, 2009
HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY LUCAS
Yup... My little boy turned 4 on June 17th. Crazy. So we've been a little busy here with birthday things.
I do have another quilt block to post. It was one I was hand appliquing and finally finished about a week ago I think.
I tried a new way of doing borders on a tiny little scrap/sample. It was with a mitered corner. I think it turned out okay so I'm going to go ahead and use the method on my full size quilt. Wish me luck.
I'll post some pics of everything when I have a chance. I'm off to visit a quilt store nearby that's having a big sale today! Yay!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I'm actually having a weekend to myself sort of. Yesterday I met up with some girls I went to school with and we travelled to St. Jacobs. We looked around some of the stores and had lunch. There were some beautiful quilting stores and quilts and I think I could have spent hours and hours looking around. When I returned home I found out that Michael and Lucas had gone to the Lake for a boys' campout. I weeded my flowerbeds and found that there actually were some flowers under all the weeds, I sat around a fire and visited with our neighbours and then I came in and tried to watch Lord of the Rings but I was too tired to watch it all. I was hoping to be able to sleep in this morning (instead of having to get up as soon as Lucas does to help him in the bathroom and get him a drink) but it wasn't too be. About 5 to 7 this morning I was awake and couldn't get back to sleep thinking about all the things I could do today. At least I could just lay in bed for a little bit and not have to jump right up as soon as I woke up. So... on to get some work (and some sewing????) done. They're to call me sometime this morning to see if I'm coming to join them or if I'm staying here - it'll probably depend on the weather which so far isn't looking all that great. We'll see...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In order to practice in my chosen health care profession I have to be a member of a regulatory college. What that means is that I have to pay a lot of money to this organization each year so that they can protect the public from me and my colleagues. It also means that I have to participate regularly in quality assurance programs... and from time to time I can be audited. They aim to audit each member once every 5 years and I'm one of the chosen ones for this session's audit. Yikes.
So... I've been busy getting all my paperwork in order to submit... and getting colleagues and clients to complete surveys on me. Fun Fun Fun! And all for the extremely low bargain price of... several hundred dollars a year! But I'm not bitter.... not at all.
Okay... so I'm almost done except for the client surveys. I'll be back and sewing again soon. Promise!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I was in the mood to get some quilting done again and along came a fairly simple block of the week on my Dear Jane group and this is the result.
Not too shabby! Maybe this will jump start some more sewing. :) I have been working away on an applique block too... just slow going.
We're finally getting some nice warm weather. Today was lovely (but I was at work). Tomorrow is supposed to be warm to the point that they are saying "humidity" in the forecast. I haven't heard that word in a while! It could be rainy though. Sunday the temperature is supposed to drop way down again and then warm right back up for Monday. I don't know whether to dig out my shorts or my mittens! Maybe I'll need both!
Have a good weekend everybody.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It's a weird block in a way because it really doesn't look at all finished... and it won't until it's all sashed. I've cropped the picture a bit so you can't tell but all my basting stitches are visible on the block and I haven't fully trimmed it to 5" yet so there's extra background fabric visible.
I think it'll look pretty good in the end though. Now to pick my next block to work on!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Okay... so I really should be going to bed... but I just have to brag a little bit. I made 2 blocks this past Saturday! I know they were two easier blocks... but it was still 2 blocks. I made B13 - Four Corner Press and C1 - Trooper Green's Badge. I used foundation paper piecing for the Badge and it was much easier than Papa's Star. It's nice to see that I can learn this technique... I just need practice!! :)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Okay... so I tried foundation paper piecing as Brenda outlined in her lesson. G6 - Papa's star. Obviously I missed something. It's not just that the points don't quite line up... and the center is actually off-center... and one point of the star is much bigger than the others... and one point of the star is a bit smaller than the other...
My biggest dilemma with this block is that somehow I'm short of material. I know finished is better than perfect... but it does have to be a 5" block... and this one can't be cut to 5"!! LOL
Back to the drawing board. I debated whether to try a different block and come back to this one later, or to try this again right now, and I think I'm going to tackle this again while it's fresh in my mind. I've got 1 or 2 things I'll do differently. Either way I'm happy to say that I've finally tried foundation paper piecing!
I'm also working at scanning in some pictures and maybe soon I'll post a picture or 2 of my little boy. He's absolutely adorable... but I suppose I'm a little biased.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I had hoped to have a couple of the applique blocks ready to take with me to work on but it doesn't look like that'll be happening. Oh well... probably won't have time to work on them anyway! Talk to you when I get back.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Well... I completed my 3rd official block today. I started it last weekend so I managed to get it done in less than 1 week. I used one of Brenda's lessons from the software and used freezer paper templates to complete it. My first time using freezer paper!! It's not perfect... but I think it's not too bad for my first try at a new technique!