Saturday, August 29, 2009

because if it were up to me...

little boys wouldn't grow up...
until their quilts wore out...
but it's not up to me....
and now EVEN the type of quilt I will make is no longer up to me...
I have been informed by my 9 year old that he's too old for his cowboy quilt and would like a new quilt for his bed... and when I asked him what he had in mind, he told me that there was only one quilt that would be the perfect one for his bed.....a log cabin of course! Thank goodness he didn't say a feathered star! I've been collecting these fabrics for the last year and was able to cut everything into strips this week...I'm hoping to have the top pieced before he returns from a hockey tournament tomorrow night so that I can hide it away until I can finish it for Christmas... Promise # 9 make a quilt to put on each bed on Christmas Eve...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

home SWEET home

Things I promised myself that I would do in 2009...
#2
on or before November 1st, make pomanders to hang through the house at Christmas time....
One of my sweetest Christmas memories from my childhood is sitting at the kitchen table with a basket of oranges and a shaker tin of cloves. For years I have wanted to spend time with my children making orange pomanders, but somewhere in the bustle and rush of the holidays....we seem to always find ourselves on the other side of Christmas looking back and saying "next year" .....sigh
Last Christmas, our home was being packed for our upcoming move and with our house listed for sale we tried to keep the mess to a minimum and pomanders were pushed to next year...again I made a handful of promises over New Year that I have been working diligently to keep...and so the last time we went to the market I added oranges, lemons and whole cloves to the basket.... The oranges will take several weeks to thoroughly dry and will last for years and years. Once the oranges are completely dry,they will be tied with a ribbon and as we begin decorating for the holidays a pomander will be hung in each room. promise #2 KEPT!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

going away...

and with me I shall take ....
a book...
a block..
and a sock 40 hours in an ice rink waiting this coming week and surely one can be finished. The Quilt Merchant shop will only be a short drive away. My son will be in hockey camp all day and girlie can easily be bribed with a trip to Dunkin Donuts which is just down the street from the shop. If you're in the Chicago area this is a very sweet little shop and well worth the time to visit....especially if you like Civil War reproductions or Blackbird Designs books or patterns.

the next number was....

27...the winner is Erin from A Prairie Home Quilts and her guess was the closest at 25
Thank you for your guesses... and for helping keep this giveaway small.

Friday, August 14, 2009

fortune cookie wisdom and a chance...

I have just finished reading the book "The Time Traveler's Wife" and I am looking forward to seeing the movie as today is the opening day in theaters...
so I thought I would offer the book up to you if you are interested in reading it....
so keeping with the spirit of lucky numbers on the back of this particular fortune... I will mail the book to the person who guesses or comes closest to the last number that is hidden after the fold.... Leave your lucky number guess by Sunday morning and I will let you know who the winner is and send the book off to you in the mail Monday afternoon. The fewer people who leave a guess.....the better your chances of winning ....so don't tell your friends! Your chance to play has ended... all guesses before my closing comment were considered.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

today's lesson: keeping cool under fire

Nine years ago I might have panicked had I found myself in a similar situation...one that involves blood and a child of my own...
but through the years and during the few trips that we've had to make to the nearest field hospital...I've taken copious mental notes...
apply pressure...clean wound....butterfly bandage... fashion splint to immobilize...and finish with waterproof tape...
this boyscout knife has been reassigned to (M)other duties until further notice. And in case you're dying to know what he was using the knife for...unbeknownst to me at the time... he was out in the woods making arrows from sticks... I've not had a chance to ask which book he got this brilliant idea from... I'm sure we'll discuss it when my husband comes home tonight.

Monday, August 10, 2009

quilting and a chemistry lesson

catching up with July from the 1999 block of the month quilt that I am working on....
and was making great progress...until my son brought up a science book and wanted to discuss the periodic table.....I am so looking forward to this next year of him studying here at home...
I had him leave the book on my cutting table so that I could read ahead... just as soon as I finish the two blocks for July.
Another quilt from a magazine that I've thought about working on... just might be what I need to keep me busy these next couple of weeks. The quilt was shown in the January/February 2006 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine and the pattern can still be purchased through their site. Precut kits can be found at John Flynn's shop. With a new children's bedtime routine in place for the upcoming school year... I may be able to get the first block finished this week.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

perhaps since this IS a quilting blog.....

...I really ought to show something quilty. So, I share this quilt from the 100th issue of American Patchwork and Quilting... I've been nudged by a friend that it might be a fun quilt to work on.
I sent my hubby into town bright and early this morning to find my own copy....because somewhere in the back of my mind I thought I might have the perfect background fabric buried deep in my stash...
Not sure that I will follow through with making this quilt, but may toy with a block or two and see where it leads me.
40 hours spent at the ice rink for hockey camp left little time for stitching this week...
Up before the rooster this morning and I made a bit of progress, wish I could share the entire project but that will have to wait...
Meet my new friend....a vintage turtle cloth tape measure..... my latest find on Ebay. My apologies to the bidder that I stole him away from, but I just couldn't let you win him for $14.99. I'm sure that you must feel horrible for bidding the price up so quickly in the last 5 minutes of bidding...apology accepted. I don't doubt that the seller would love to thank you for trying to outbid me. Better luck next time!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

a finish and a frozen charlotte

Starting this little piece in July allowed me plenty of time to finish the stitching... now I just need to find a frame so that it can be wrapped and given with love on the morning of the first day of school. If you want to stitch your own little sampler, the chart can be found here on the Blackbird Design blog.
I came across this Frozen Charlotte a few years ago at a quilt show in Ohio. I have no idea how old she is or if her body is jointed or a solid piece. I'd love to take her apart and see. I think about slipping out the stitches around her neck every timeI pick her up. I wonder if she was broken and then made into a pincushion to keep the pieces together? Many of the other Charlotte dolls that I've seen have a glossy shine and black painted hair. My Charlotte has no finish and is very rough. It looks as though she has a tiny speck of blue paint in her eyes All these unanswered questions....how old is she? who did she belong to? why was she stitched into a pincushion?