Saturday, April 9, 2011

Home Decor Challenged

How can I not decorate?  How can I put quilt colors and blocks together but cannot put together my house?  Is it PTSD leftover from 20 years of being a renter and being issued a military house?  I can't figure where to hang a shelf, where to put a picture, what color scheme....UGH!  The walls are not white they are pretty greens, tans, corral, greens, greens and greens.....get the drift.  Celery green, apple green, gray green, dark pea green green.  

The Hubby has declared that he is not repainting a room-it will have to be done professionally.  Not quite so easy as his house in NY-fancy ceilings, hardwood floor, molding, etc.  I get it but means I either don't decorate and wait until the painting is done or buy stuff now to decorate and learn to like the green.....Sigh.  might be easier to organize the sewing area and bury my head in the fabric!!!

We are actually spending a day somewhat at home which will be a nice treat.  This evening we are headed to a Columbus Blue Jacket professional hockey game.  DH and son are WAY excited!!  Can I take my knitting into the game and not appear to bored?

Enjoy spring if you are lucky enough!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Holy Cow-I know my mom has said she misses my blog but I didn't realize it has been over a year!!  Where did it go?  I will tell you there was not a whole lot of sewing going on that is for sure!  That Red & White all over quilt is still a UFO and in progress.  I am happy to say though it is together and needs the papers torn off the back from the Gazillion 1/2 square triangles.  If I never do a 1/2 square triangle again I might just be alright!  But being my mother's daughter (with a VERY strong shopping gene) not sewing did not meant not buying fabric!!  So when I do get the room up and running I will have PLENTY of projects!

We are no longer Blogging from Central PA-we are now in Central Ohio and the sewing room changed from a great space with natural light and built in bookcases to a corner in the basement with great potential!  I am excited about the space and all it has to offer, I just need to find the time to set it up.  I get to organize from the ground up: flooring, cabinets, shelving....all of it!!

Last winter I actually was spending too much in the sewing by myself after working long hours so I taught myself how to knit and crochet so that I could at least be in the living room.  I love it!!!  I have made felted bowls, a felted purse, a cupcake hat for my cutie pie niece, a pumpkin hat for my cutie pie nephew, place mats....It is never ending!

I am hoping dusting off the blog will inspire me to get moving on the room or do something creative-I miss it and just don't know where to start.

Friday, December 11, 2009

What is Red with White all over?

My snowball blocks!  Still working on them-got them all put together into rows and will begin joining rows into blocks this weekend.

Will post pictures maybe tomorrow-just wanted to give a brief update for my challenge co-horts!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Red: the color of Love or Anger????

Well my awesome ivories and wonderful gorgeous reds are now a GAZILLION 1/2 square triangles!!!  Ok well not a gazillion but 500+ and not quite done, I still have to cut them all apart.....burst my own bubble.  I was determined to get these done so that I can use our 10 hour car ride to Tennessee on Wednesday to cut them apart.  I am hoping to slip my "ghetto" (no offense please) in a suitcase with out my husband knowing so that I might be able to put these together with the center squares.  Considering how many of these there are, I will be happy with just getting them cut apart!

Monday, November 16, 2009


They all got here on Saturday!!  I was into that package quicker than ice melting in July!!  They are beautiful and range from light light to light tan.  Thank you so much swap partners!!

This is my first attempt at something scrappy.  I have been quilting for about 15 years now and have NEVER done anything like this-I can't even see the architect of a block if it is shown as scrappy-I have a scrappy mental block.  Yesterday I was putting together the reds and had to stop myself from trying to group them, make a pattern, sort, organize....UGH!!  It is funny now but was not funny yesterday!  Then to top it all off-I decided to make the quilt bigger so that I can use it on my bed.  I suppose I am into self punishment on this one!

I think I will be doing the 1/2 square triangles using triangle paper.  I figure the paper will cover the fabric and I won't be able to see the scrappy, the lack of rhyme or reason.....  ;)

Love seeing the progress on the other blogs!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mr Postman-bring me a dream.....

the dream has been ivory/off white/cream/light beige strips which I will NOT open until I have all my packages!  My packages are traveling the world as we speak.

I thought I was going to make this using the gazillion yellow fat quarters I have collected the past 10 years.  But after seeing everyone else's red versions-I switched it up and dug out the reds.  Holy cow did I have a lot of reds and it was funny because some of my favorite ones I had 2 or 3 pieces.  At least I am consistent.

I washed all my reds and used 2 Color Catchers and then re-rinsed using 2 more which still turned pink!!  Good thing I listened to Nicole!

I finally got my book in the mail this week and had a panic attack when I couldn't find the red and cream snowball quilt in the book....took me a second peek through to realize it was the scrappy directions we were doing-consistent but not quick....

I cannot wait for this weekend-we have no real plans and I hope to be able to sew!
Take care,

Friday, October 30, 2009

Still Here!

I have no real excuse as to why I have not blogged in 2 MONTHS!!  Holy Cow!  One reason that is a good one is that my sister got married.  As the Matron (HATE that word-Matron) of Honor it was a lot of work even with a wedding planner.  I was in charge of the RSVP's, table favors and a secret shower.  There had been some sewing going on-I made a wall hanging for my sister and her hubby and mid stream decided to quilt it with black thread instead of the King Tut that I had bought for it.
I loaded it on the frame, made some extra bobbins and away I went with the WalMart special thread....BIG mistake!!  I am now the proud owner of a birds nest wall hanging and my sister and her hubby got a last minute gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond.  I have been working on ripping it out with my best friend's assistance (the seam ripper).  I have since bought the only thread to use in my machine while on the frame and once I get this mess ripped out, I will have what I need to make it beautiful.

I was able to finish "Jack" he is so cute and I love the random Halloween fabrics I picked up here and there. My holder is a mantle wreath holder and I used triangles in the corners and chop sticks in between-Cute and Green!
I like the seasonal quiltlets so I think I will keep my wreath holder dressed appropriately.  I already have one going for Fall-it is a wrought iron fence with a tree and you sew leaf buttons on the ground.  Can't wait to have that up on Sunday!
I am participating in a scrappy snowball quilt challenge that is the brain child of Nicole at Sister's Choice Quilts and Allyson at Fat Cat Quilts.  I am even doing the light fabric swap-how cool will that be!  I am finding though that I have  A TON of ivory/cream fat quarters but not much yardage.  I might have to shop to follow through with this swap.  Not a bad thing either ;)