Friday, August 31, 2012

Where Does the Time Go?

It's been almost a week since I posted anything - have not accomplished a lot this week but that's really okay since some weeks aren't as productive as others.  Going to rehab three days in a row throws me a bit, but merely because I don't get as much done as I did when I was younger and I do lots more fiddling around.  I leave a few minutes before one o'clock and get there just a few minutes before 1:15.  It's only an hour--and it goes quickly and I think it is doing me quite a bit of good, but the day is pretty well broken up.  I usually have to have a little nap when I get home!!  Naps are so refreshing!   If I were a morning person and could take an early appointment and then have the rest of the day it would be better.  However, I am not an early bird.  I go three days each week through September, then will go on maintenance which is two days a week.  I do love the fact that I am walking on the treadmill for 16 minutes and am doing work on the resistance machines now.  I actually really needed this and I want to keep working at it.

The pretty picture frame above - I did not make it although it could be made quite easily if you have lots of pretty buttons and some sweet old pictures.  This is one of the pins on my Pinterest board "Button, Button".  Since I haven't anything else to show right now, I will post a few cute things that you can do with buttons if you have them and have the urge to create.

I actually made a pair of earrings like this only with all the pearl finish little buttons.  Turned out great and I wear them occasionally.
This would be a cute project.  I'm certain the bracelet and rings could be found at Joann's or Michaels.  I would wear this.
This would be a darling Christmas card for those you would like to do something a little special for.  It would be pretty easy to make a mockup of the strings and bows and message, print them out, score and fold them and glue the pretty button "ornaments" beneath the bows.
This is so pretty - just takes some felt, floss, buttons and embroidery to make these pretty little doodads.   Would be pretty on a purse or sweater.  Probably lots of other uses for these.
I don't know if these are printed on the pitcher or if they are glued on.  Certainly seems like there would be no reason why they could not be glued.  Maybe artificial flowers?  Regardless, I think this is "cute as a button" !! 

If you would like to check out my Pinterest Boards, click on the button at the top of my sidebar.  Go to "Button, Button" and see lots of other pretty things and ideas.  You can also check the sources of these items.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I Can Make Such a Mess!

Fabric flies sometimes when I am trying to make decisions  while working on quilts.  Everything kind of falls where it may.  Yesterday I bought some backing for this little quilt (it's hanging off the bed at the left) and I wasn't sure how I would finish the little piece. 
This  morning I finally decided that it needs a bit of a border - and I will use the small 2 1/2 squares for that instead of the binding. 
Most likely I will put a narrow sashing all around the quilt then bind it with the backing fabric.   This could change - I might make the sashing and the binding out of the pretty little dot or it could be I will make both from the turquoise with the purplish dot.   The fabric I bought for the backing is a yummy color and is mottled - it goes well with the quilt.  I also want to personalize the backing.  As I have said before, I am so enjoying doing quilts for great grandbabies!!!!! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Some Odds and Ends

I have been doing posts mainly about the little polka dot quilt the past couple of weeks.  Yesterday I did the final applique and trimmed the blocks down to the final size so it is ready for pressing and being sewn together ready for quilting.  The other morning while dusting in my bedroom (it's been a long, long time!),  I thought I would take a picture of some of the little things I have that you might enjoy seeing.  This little cup that says in gold letters on the side "for a good boy" is the baby cup that belonged to my husband's father.  His mother gave it to me many years ago.  It has a chip on the rim, but it is precious anyway.

These three pretty bottles were found in an antique store or show someplace.  Or could have been a garage sale.  I thought they were adorable and they have been sitting on my dresser for many, many years. 
This pretty little pitcher was also something Ray's mom gave me.  I don't know where it came from, but it is so sweet.  I have so many little odds and ends sitting around - no wonder dusting is a chore.  I have, however, always said that dust is "clean dirt" since a flick of a cloth gets rid of it and you can't tell it was ever there!
 I enjoyed the birthday wishes you left me!  Thank you so much! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today I Turn Eighty-Four

Today, Funoldhag turns 84 years old, and it is hard to believe that I have actually made it to this age and hard to believe that I feel good and still have most of my braincells functioning.   What a blessed woman I am to have  a wonderful family, good health  and to still find such enjoyment in the things that I do.  Although I can't do the same as I used to with many things, I really don't feel "old" most of the time.  Today I will go to sit and sew, my rehab, and then to my daughter's where Barclay will fix us steaks on the Weber.  I have a beautiful birthday bouquet from Bill and Ann and had a great chat with him on the phone yesterday.

Sherry just got back from spending two weeks in Africa with Hannah!  She had a wonderful time!  Hannah now has the capabilities for skyping so I think we will skype  with her on Wednesday.  What a world!!

Here are two of my favorite girls - my daughter and her youngest daughter.  Wonderful picture of the two of them.  Sher brought home some wonderful  photos of her trip.

I have continued to progress on the little quilt and now have almost all of the applique done - it's all laid out on the bed ready to be sewn together.  This was taken before some of the final applique was finished.  I am very happy with it.  This is almost the exact size of Henry's train quilt and equally fun to work on. 

You might like to know that Calvin Coolidge was president when I was born!  Doesn't that sound ancient!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jungle Babies

I have spent almost all day working on the little jungle quilt.  It's all laid out on the bed in my sewing room and I have been appliqueing some of the blocks.  At first I was going to make much smaller squares between the applique blocks, but it was way too busy.  I had cut tons of them.  So then had to cut a lot of five inch squares which later I discovered needed to be 4 1/2" which meant I had to trim those down.  It wasn't too bad since I discovered it before I had them all cut.  Decided to drop in a little four patch every so often and the smaller blocks I had cut come out perfectly when sewn together.  I think the binding will be the small ones all sewn together - nice and scrappy.
Here is one of the bird blocks -
This little guy will be appliqued in black.  I think he is so cute.
The giraffe is appliqued but still needs his eyes, the little topknots on his horns, some french knot nostrils and a big grin.  Stay tuned---more to come later.  (Click to enlarge - it seems to be enlarging much bigger again)

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Fun Road Trip

Bright and early this morning, Kathy picked me up and we then picked picked up Stephanie and drove to Clare where we met up with Leslie, Linda and Becky to hear Edyta Sitar give a talk and show her absolutely gorgeous quilts.  There were some vendors (including Edyta's books, patterns, and fabric) and a great lunch.  This is one of her patterns and she had the quilt there - it is such a pretty one.  Her work is breathtaking.  She speaks with a cute accent (Norwegian?) and she is fun to listen to, smooth in delivery, nice to look at and just generally holds your attention and tells some amusing stories.  Her good looking husband is there to help her.  I think Edyta is doing well in the quilt world - she also designs fabric.  If you get a chance to see her or take a class from her, by all means do it.  She actually taught a class for our guild last January but that was when I was having breathing problems and I didn't get to go.  All the girls thoroughly enjoyed her.
The charm squares were purchased at another vendor.  The outside one doesn't do justice to what's underneath!  Don't know what I will do with them, but they are so pretty.  I loved the striped piece and may use it someplace in the little quilt for the little great granddaughter who will be arriving in November.
Along with some animals, some goofy birds will be a part of that quilt.  This guy is ready for the machine buttonhole stitches.  I wasn't going to post any pictures until it's done, but that's what I will be working on for quite a while.
I found these cuties when I was searching for "jungle birds", etc.  They are cute clipart pieces that are simple enough to be enlarged and used for applique.  This sort of thing is like eating potato chips - hard to stop.  So, Molly, if you read this, you will have an idea of what it is like but there is a lot more that will go along with these guys.  I thought I was pretty clever to cut the eyes out of polka dot fabric - although I am sure many more quilters have thought of that before me!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Like an Autumn Day

On this very cool, rainy, windy day it has felt more like mid-autumn than the first part of August.  However, after all the heat and lack of rain it is so welcome.  We have fared so much better than so many other parts of the country - I wish we could send some of this good rain down to the parts of the country that are in such severe drought.  My son in Kansas said the other day there had been over seventy days without measurable precipation and their temps have been in the nineties and triple digits for a long, long time.  A terrible, terrible summer!  I recall some mighty hot, dry times when we lived there, also.  I was always waiting for October!

I most certainly didn't want to go anyplace today - and I didn't have much in the way of something yummy.  I have been trying not to buy candy but do keep ice cream in the freezer!  It was gone so had the makings for a recipe found on Pinterest.  So very easy and pretty darned good without being too terribly full of calories and I don't think much fat.  Are you ready?

1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 tub lite kool whip or store brand

Put the pineapple, juice included, in a bowl.  Add the pudding.  Mix it up,  Then fold in the tub of whipped topping and chill.  How easy is that?  It reminds me of the orange salad I posted here quite some time ago but this is no hassle.  It would be yummy on a slice of angel food or pound cake.  Some drained, chopped up maraschino cherries would be good in it and even sliced bananas could be added.  Anyway, it's yummy!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy First Birthday, Henry!!!!

Here's that darling little great grandson on the little play quilt with some of the little vehicles.  Where did that first year go to already?   What a darling addition to the family - he's so cute and a very laidback little guy.  He will bring a lifetime of joy to his mom and dad and all of the rest of the doting grandparents, aunts, uncles,etc.  Happy Birthday, Henry Ryan, with lots and lots of love from your great grandma.

I did want to show you the little bag I fixed up to put the little quilt in - and the cars, also.
Had a hard time finding the canvas bags at Joan's when I went to get them.  Usually they are near the tee shirts.  Looked and looked and finally found them in what looked like a plastic bin with drawers that opened forward.  They have changed things over there so much - it's very different.  I think I liked it better when it was junky!!!!   I put a picture of the little quilt in my print program, superimposed Henry's picture on it, then found the cute clipart and lettering.  Printed it out on the fabric, backed it with fusible web and ironed it to the bag.  To keep the corners from coming up, I wrestled it over the arm of my machine and stitched it all around the edge.  It won't be going anyplace. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

For a Little Great Granddaughter on the Way

Here is a cute picture of my granddaughter, Molly, in Portland, who is expecting a little girl the end of November.  The little baby bump is growing very nicely.

I have been thinking and looking around for what I want to use in the baby quilt I am going to make for my second great grandchild.  Today I decided on the little animals that would go in the quilt and have printed out the ones that I will use for patterns.  Also, in the basement I have gathered up some fabric which I will add a few pieces to and I think then I will be good to go.

Here's a peek at some of the little guys that will inhabit the quilt peeking at you.  I think this one will be lots of fun to make just like making the train quilt for Henry. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Doing a Little Work on the Laurel Wreath Quilt

I ran across this version of the Nancy Page quilt on the internet and a lightbulb went off over my head!  How much easier it will be if I do every other block with the wreath - so much less cutting and appliqueing of leaves and it is still very pretty.  So that's what I am doing.
There will be two more rows-- a total of ten more blocks of which only five of them have to have the wreaths.  For now, I plan to  put a cluster of three leaves in the corner of each plain block, but I may change that.  I thought the flowers looked a little small for the size of the block.  A bigger flower looked like too much - so will make the final decision later on.
Love the fussy cutting of fabrics for the flowers.  You can get so many different looks from the same fabric and especially so with Kaffe Fassett's.  As I look at the block without the wreath, I am thinking I might want the leaf cluster to be in shades of green.
I really like this flower with the polka dot leaves.  Maybe I will have polka dots for the clusters - I think I have enough fabric for that.  I don't have enough of the background fabric to make the border I planned to do so will have to be creative in planning it.  Have found some good ideas by surfing so am not too worried about it.  Probably will do some patching of the fabrics I am using and make some sashing and an outer border with the background fabric between.  Will work it out someway.  In the meantime,  I think I am liking this piece.