Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blue Bird Kin d of Day

Hope you can see the Blue Bird on my deck. It was beautiful! 

This is my back yard, it extends about another 600 feet back from the fence.  With all the rain we have been having we now have our own pond!  And two Mallaerd ducks were swimming in it earlier! 

I have finished my 30's baby quilt top and the backing. I hope to drop it off this friday ,perhaps in exchange for one that has been quilted alreadfy. At least I can hope!!  The pattern is called " Sweet Caroline".
did a blanket stitch around


Received my gift from Edyta Sitar for parisipating in sihouette challenge!!!  It is her new book Scrappy Fireworks Quilts   and she also signed it !  I was tickled pink.

I will cherish it.
It really was a Blue Bird kind of a day!! Martha

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day


You will enjoy this tribute to the United states and the American soldier in quilts .

I have caught up on the last three months of my mystery quilt (by Sherri Falls) that we do in our Kansas Troubles club.

Be kinder than you have to be, everyone you meet is fighting a battle of some sort! Martha

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The forgotten one

I finished the last redwork block in Alice in Wonderland quilt.

I was then able to put my rows together and finish the top.

I also found some pics on the internet that I wanted to use on the back. I printed them onto fabric from my inkjet printer and then I pieced them into the backing.

I was able to take the quilt to the quilter's today.  Which made me happy. I was also able to finish my Raspberry Rabbits Block for May.

Hopefully I will be able to get a couple of more things caught up this weekend.  I ordered Kim Diehl's new book which is out. Can hardly wait I really like her stuff.

  Well all for now, enjoy your weekend  remembering those who went before and gave you the freedoms we cherish.We are all blessed by their service to us and our country.  Martha

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stitch Therapy

I attend a group meeting of ladies that like to embroider and hand applique, we meet once a month. Our leader of the group Karen is always giving us tips and tricks and new things to make. I can only aspire to reach her level of ability.  She gives us  places to visit on the internet for free patterns or info and such.  She is very knowledgeable.  This past monday she had us bring needle and thread, as she was going to have us make something. Which is always exciting because it is always useful.  I am going to share with you what she shared with us. Hope you enjoy it!

You will need some
1. wool roving (more body than stuffing and holds shape better)
2. small circle of fabric 1 1/2 " diameter or size of bottom of water bottle
3. hot glue gun
4 .needle and thread
5. button with well or dip in center
6. 1/8 th inch wide elastic (black does not show dirt)

Stitch around circle 1/8 inch away from edge
Roll roving into ball and stuff into circle then pull thread tight and tie off.

Now take butto and about 4 inches of 1/8 inch wide elastic and put and end  into 2 of the eyes of the button up thru the well. Put it on your finger and either tighten or loosen to fit without turning finger or thumb blue(really important).  Once adjusted tie an overhand knot (right over left and left over right). 

Heat up glue gun once knot has been tied and trimmed.  Fill well of button to cover elastic but not to overflowing and then quickly place fabric cushion on top.

The button acts as a shield that protects your finger.
It is so helpful to have it so close when doing hand work.  Plus it is so cute!!!  Hope you enjoyed it all for now, martha

Monday, May 21, 2012

Just When You think You Are Done

Shop owner and my boss came home fromSpring Quilt Market and brought us a gift. Pic below.

Looks like a small cosmetic bag , doesn't it.  It is not , when you unzip it you find out what it really is!!

 A shopping bag!! Neat , really cool that she thought of us!  Surrounded by all that quilt inspiration and took time to think of us, great!

I was starting to put together my redwork blocks of Alice In Wonderland  ,Designed by Mirkwood Designs.  This came out afew years ago about same time Tim Burton's movie with Johnny Depp and Tim's wife Helen Burton. I thought I had twelve blocks. I was down to the last row , and I was missing the last block!! Oh my I thought at first Ilost it at my stitch therapy group meeting this afternoon. Then I retraced my steps thru my house and then looked throughly thru my folders , nothing no where to be found. Oh My!!!!  I decided to look at my patterns to see which block I was missing ,so that I would know exactly what I was looking for.  I had forgotten to do one block!!  So bak to the embroidery hoop for one more block. Whew. At least I did not lose it. Just My mind.  So I am going to show you pics of ones I have finished.

Sorry this last pic is not good.  Hopefully I will show you this top put together this week.  Next time will show you a tutorial on a project we did in stitch therapy.  All for now , bedtime is calling.  Martha

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilts of Valor

Last year I was filled with great passion to make 4 quilts of our Cherrywood bom.  Once I saw the first one finished I knew I did not want 4 quilts that large!  So the first finished quilt was a birthday present for someone very dear.  That was last year. Now I still had blocks left over from the other three I had started.  My first intuition was to make table runners out of them for Christmas presents. I could have had 6 or 3 bed runners.  At a recent guild meeting we were informed that many more soldiers would be coming home in the next few months and to be prepared for the need for more quilts for them.  So I then decided that those blocks would be better for a QOV. So I sat down and sewed them together yesterday and added a small border on each end, I also made the binding to match border.

Bell in steeple and cross on top.

After it was finished I went to visit  Brenda Peterson who not only is in charge of  my Kansas Troubles group and works very closely and very hard I might add with Quilts of Valor (QOV). 
She is a very sweet lady .  Wish you all could know her.  This is all for now. I feel better that this is going to a good cause.  Remember always be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  martha

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No Ruby Slippers Just Ruby Toes

My daughter and son-in law gave me a gift card to get myself a pedicure, which I did.  I then sent them a pic and let them know Iused it!

I sent it as a joke and he wrote back that it was worth standing in line 15 minute's for me. I told him that he now has his 15 minutes of fame.

Now if you go to  http://laundrybasketquilts.com on edyta Sitar's blog on Monday , May 14 She has posted pictures of the projects done with samples of her new silhouettes. Mine is among them. Just thought you might enjoy them.  Martha

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Buzz

I finished the May block for the Aurifil Buzz BOM. 

I have never seen my husband cook. He does grill food once in a while.  Well yesterday I woke up to french toast which is my favorite. I think I will keep him.  He went fishing today as this past week end was the opening season.  Every body and thier brother was here.  Tonight is my quilt  guild meeting, the last one before our quilt show in June.

Remember this quilt?  Well I added the crows and stars that needed to go on borders and now just need to add four eye buttons and then to the quilters I will go.

It is absolutely beautiful outside. Have a great day!  Martha

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pineapple Surprise

When my hubby wakes up tonight before he toddles off to work , he gets a piece of this.

 He found the recipe himself and gave it to me about March. Well I finally made it for him. So simple. I purchased an angel food cake and cut in half horizantally (recipe said thirds, but have you ever tried to get a clean cut on angel food?)  Took small package(3.4 oz) of vanilla pudding (just the powder) and mixed it with one can of crushed pineapple and the juice (do not drain). Then take 8oz. cool whip and mix in. Spread this in between layers and on top. Refridgerate for at least one hour. I did sample the frosting. Gooooooood!!

I finished my Raspberry Rabbits block for April. And then I prepped a blue work pattern from Bird Brain Designs for hand work at night.  It is called Snow Happens!

I use the printable fabric solvy on top so that I don't need to transfer the design.  Just copy design on your printer. It washes away with warm water and then just dry and press.  Be good to yourself and others.  Martha