Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stitching while waiting...

This will be a very short update this morning. I don't even have pictures to go with! ;-) 

I was able to stitch up 70 hexies and two flowers in the surgical waiting room on Monday while my friend had a double mastectomy and re-build. I finished another flower on Tuesday while she napped in her room and was able to get 3 petals on a fourth flower yesterday while she napped.  Hopefully she comes home from the hospital on Saturday and I am packing up my handsewing projects and moving out to the trailer to be there for the first week, so I should be making some real progress on flowers and my Raggedy quilt!

Sadly, her surgery will slow down our quilt shop hopping but we're so glad to still have her! And its not like we don't have enough fabric to keep us sewing for years now as it is!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

VBS, Tenth Avenue North, a few flowers & a How-To!

It has been an incredibly busy week, this week! I am Heidi Claire, super-sleuth extraordinaire, in our VBS progam.  I normally do the craft classes, but couldn't pass up the chance to be on stage! And our stage ROCKS! It took us the two weeks prior to get this all painted and assembled, but it is SO neat!

There is Chef Pierre practicing his lines, as I get a picture of him while he is not paying attention.  Once he noticed me, he scooted back stage to get out of the pictures.... silly Chef!

During the last week of painting & stage prep, my middle son and I went to see a concert - Tenth Avenue North. It was a much needed time to blow off some steam before VBS started, and they were SO good!! It was so HOT here in San Antonio, but they didn't let the heat slow them down one bit!!

While I didn't have time to work on my flowers for One Flower Wednesdays during the daytime this past week, I did have two hours between sets at VBS to get some flowers put together!
The picture is very dark... I tried to use my camera and the batteries were dead. I tried to get a picture with my iTouch and my son didn't plug it in to charge, so the battery was dead. So, I had to take it with my phone. :-)

I need to remember to update my tally on the sidebar, it's been a while... now I will have to sit down and count hexies....

I finished one of my sewing pouches for a friend, lets see if I can put it into a How-To. 

----OK, no How-To at this point.  Blogger keeps automatically turning my pictures and half of them are upside-down or sideways... so I will need to figure this out before I can write this.  It may be because I am uploading them from my computer rather than using picasa.  Whatever the reason, I will figure it out after VBS is finished.... sorry!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Let the flowers bloom

I tried to post this on Wednesday, but internet was too slow. Lets see if I can upload it all today!!...

I was only able to finish two flowers this week, and both were done last night while I was watching NCIS!

I keep flip-flopping between keeping them all small flowers like that for a very scrappy flower garden, or to do another row around each flower and possibly add a path.... or to go totally different and do something like this:

Any input?? I love that quilt above, maybe I will just need to make another hexie quilt when I finish the flower garden. :-)

I finished most of the applique on the flamingo quilt yesterday.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to put the beads around the rim of the glass like I saw at the quilt shop:
Or leave them off and applique or embroider an umbrella in the glass instead:

You know.... my favorite tool when I am doing applique is my glue stick!
Just keep it away from the edges so you don't gum up your needle and there is no need for pins!  My resulting applique also seems to finish much flatter.  I don't use Wonder Under or anything like that because I don't like the added stiffness. The glue stick washes right out and I have used it on many, many different fabrics without ever having it soak thru and/or stain.

I have the pony nearly finished for my nephew's quilt.  Apparently I took the picture before I added the eye... he does have an eye now! LOL  He is still missing his bandana around his neck...
But I cannot add the bandana until I attach this block to the 9-patch below it because the bandana will cover the seam and drop down onto the lower block.  Now I need to draw my cowboy hat and cowboy boots for the two other large blocks.

One last picture - saving the best for last! Here is my grandson at his 3rd birthday party!! His grandpa is helping him get ready to break open that pinata!
My oldest son, is in the back holding the rope.  I can't believe my kids are so big now!  AND before I know it my second grandbaby will be here! I CAN'T WAIT!!!! :-)