"Evil will triumph if good men...and women do nothing."

my adaptation of a quote by Edmund Burke.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sneak Peek for Carol

Recognize this quilt? You should. It is on the frame and finally getting quilted! Thanks for letting me 'play' and trying out something new! 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Roll Roll Cotton Boll Part 2 - Done AND Chocolate Chip Cookies!

orange/purple for scrappy quilt...

burgundy/cream for planned quilt. 

Here is a question for you...

What do these cookies and the bottom HST have in common?
The cookie mix is from Lehi Roller Mills in Salt Lake City...and ideas yet?

Think feedsack. Lehi Roller Mills wraps all their mixes in fabric bags. 

I just so happened to be running short on burgundy fabric for the mystery in the size I needed...only had small pieces...nothing large.

So...when Madeline asked to bake some cookies, I was in awe at the color of the bag. It is a little on the brown side of burgundy...but it blended in well...so, I not only recycled it...I repurposed it. 

I think I will always picture Madeline baking chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen when we sleep under this quilt! I just love it when a quilt has a story to tell! ;0) k

Friday, November 26, 2010

Treated myself for Black Friday!

Origins by Basic Grey for Moda...I have loved this line since it first came out. Now...I own 2 fat quarter packs of it! 
These colors are just yummy! The bottom two are Thimbleberries fabrics...and the top one is a Moda print. Poison Green! Gotta love that. 

Won't these make great choices for backgrounds on some fabulous scrappy quilts?! My better half loves the burnt orange fabric! Better start planning a quilt for just him! {wink} 

There isn't much of the bottom print...so I will just add it to my stash. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Simple Pleasures...

Our dishwasher went out the other day. For most, this is no problem...just wash by hand! But for a family of nine...one set of glasses of milk, followed by another set of dishes, followed by a set of silverware...well, you get the point! 

I have more important things to be doing than being in the kitchen washing dishes! Like, washing clothes, running kids around, sewing and quilting, ball games, sewing and quilting and work.

This isn't the largest dishwasher on the market by any means...but big enough for one meal's dishes to go into...and it sanitizes too! Very important so nobody gets sick! 

Thanks Honey...you are the best! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Roll Roll Cotton Boll Part 1 - Done

Part 1 came out a couple of days ago. I am pleased with my color choices so far...although I have made minor changes to a couple of the other fabrics for future parts! 

Bonnie said we needed 172 of these units...but I have a few extra. Plus, I did it twice for the two different quilts I am working on simultaneously...one scrappy and one more planned. Anything extra will just get thrown into a Orphan Block Box and will get used for other projects anyways...so no waste! 

Have I said before that I like Bonnie's system? 

I will blog more about it another day.
I finally organized the majority of my stash into bins. This has made it easier to find fabrics based on usable size. I can certainly see what I have since switching to her Scrap Saver's System. Thanks Bonnie! You are so smart. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Smokey Mountain Stars...now a Flimsy!

This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern...called Smokey Mountain Stars. I just love her patterns. Well, remember those little pinwheel blocks I sewed a few weeks back? They became the border for this quilt! 

I started this quilt about 4 years ago. Don't ask me why it took so long to finish! I just love how it looks...and can hardly wait to quilt it. This top will fit a queen size bed so will definitely get some use! My daughters are already staking claim on it! I wonder which one will end up with it?! 

The centers of the stars were fabric from a sample card. They have little chicks and roosters on them...and even rabbits carrying garden rakes! How fun! See...anything can go in a quilt and look fabulous! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Frogger gets a makeover...and new table!

Thanks to Lisa E, who sold her Millennium with 14' table (which I have been wanting) to Lisa C who preferred a 12' table (which I just happened to have). See the beauty of this yet? 

Well, last Saturday, the two Lisa's drove 3 hours one-way to make the switch! We unloaded my new-to-me table and then re-loaded my old table in the truck. I wasn't sad to see it go, although I have to admit I was a little nervous that the table would be wobbly and maybe I wouldn't be pleased with myself for the change. Us girls then went out to lunch together at my favorite Chinese restaurant. What a great visit we had! 

Then the work began...re-assembling the new table...and performing maintenance on Frogger. I have owned my Millennium for 2 years...so it was time to repack the grease, check the motor brushes, check under the hood for any problems AND change the wheels out to the new M&M wheels, which feel so smooth. I really do like them! This was a great upgrade from the Edgeriders I had on the machine.  

Doesn't it look great in my studio! I have plenty of room to get around the new table and definitely enough room for larger quilts on the frame! I love it! 
Thanks again to the two Lisa's. No more nervousness here...the table is very stable and I made a great choice upgrading to the 14'. What a huge difference 2' makes! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Diabetic Management...still Awesome!

We are all so happy! Sven's newest hA1c is a 6.0

He is still doing awesome with his diabetic management! As long as he continues to take care of himself...and avoids getting sick...his doctor said she would see him in 3 months. 

He was very happy for that! 

No flu allowed here! It could be devastating for Sven's system. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

R U Ready for Bonnie’s New Mystery?!

I am! So excited in fact that I am going to make 2 quilts! One scrappy and one planned.

If you need more info on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery…click here. It is called Roll Roll Cotton Boll and her mysteries are always exciting and loads of FUN!

                                    Scrappy                              Planned

background:               white with black prints          grey w/red diamonds

greens:                      lime greens                          navy blues

double pinks:              orange shirtings                   red/burgandy

chocolate browns:       purples                                cream/beiges

red:                           black swirl                            cream/red check

green border:             pink/blue geometric print      solid black or deep burgandy?



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grocery Tote

I bought a fried chicken dinner complete with potato salad and rolls.  Well, Kirt was obviously more interested in something else. 

It is not everyday that your son fits in a chicken dinner tote! 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Only in Rural Nevada…

will you see a horse-drawn pickup-bed carriage!

I love where I live…have I said that before! I really do. Where else can you call home and see a sight like this go by right outside your front door?

I tried to get the guy to smile and wave…but no can do. He looked as weary as his horse!