Friday, January 28, 2011

The Number 9

This post is brought to you by the number 9....

On February 4th, LMW will be 9 months old....WOW!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Stash

I posted on B.Lines about going through my Mom's things last weekend. I felt like I won the fabric lottery when we cleaned out her laundry/storage area. Three huge containers of fabric was stored in there. I've spent the last two days washing it all and folding it up so I can put it all in my fabric cabinet. (An old wardrobe that belonged to my great aunt.

Here is a photo of most of it.

The first piece I grabbed was my favorite of all. I think it's just adorable and I hope I can figure out exactly what to use it in, and what to put with it to show it off to its potential.

I don't know why it moves me but it does.

I'm working on bedding for the master bedroom, but it's a slow process as I have other things going too. Hopefully, I'll have something regarding that to post soon. And I am about to make a sandwich of J and K's quilt top and backing. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Ok, so here is the quilt top with sashing added.

It's a bit busier than I planned, but quilts seem to develop a life of their own sometimes. This one surely did. I didn't even get the squares in the order I had planned. And I was not going to rip them all out and do them over.

It occurs to me that the squares with the red circles look a bit like olives....I may have to add something there...

I'm now working on the back. The fabric I purchase for it is quite a bit darker than I wanted, but I think it will work anyway. I'm also doing some pinwheel blocks to add to the backing. I've never done them before and am enjoying the process.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Opinions Please

For a while now, I've been contemplating redecorating my bedroom and adjoining bath. The color I chose to paint the walls is a light aqua blue green. I will use a lot of white, and some brown to go along with is. I'm not above throwing in an odd color here or there such as dark red or black.

My bathroom floor is the original builders vinyl, and it still looks pretty good. Not much wear and tear on it at all, and when it's clean....*cough*... it looks almost new. The base is white and it looks a bit like marble with pale blue veins and a bit of mottling.

I bought a shower curtain from Walmart.....

 So, my question I go with brown, light aqua, or tan floor mats?  I'm not crazy about white, because it will show dirt so easily, (as will the aqua I think.) I'm really leaning toward brown because on that white floor, they will really pop.  I'm going to purchase an over the toilet shelving unit and it will allow me to take the awful cheap cabinet out. I'm embarrassed to even show it, so I won't.

I would LOVE to paint the vanity cabinet, but fear the hubs will put the nix on that. He's not really fond of painting over wood grain, even when it's not that attractive. I might convince him though if I really want to paint it. It's lightly stained so it has a golden oak hue to it.

It would look so nice dark brown. Again, what do you think? I don't want to paint it white since the vanity top, baseboard and trim and any shelving is white. That's just too much. You can see a little of the floor here if you look hard enough. I could always stain it darker, but that would mean a lot of work and mess. Don't think I want to go quite that far.

I think I know what you all will say, but let's get a show of hands just for fun, shall we? And for more fun, I'll show you fabric I purchased the other day to start on the bedding. They will be accents in a mostly white quilt.

I can barely wait, but I still have other quilts to work on right now. So much to do, so little time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oh Look!!

There is a slideshow on The Prudent Baby blog and my candy cane ornaments made the cut! I'm all excited, even if I don't win. Makes me want to create more salt dough ornaments!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday

 This quilt is for my son and his fiance. I started working on it before Mom became so ill, but had to put it on hold for a little while. I'm back to it, and am anxious to get it finished.

You know, sometimes you have a picture in your head of how a quilt will look, and when you finally get all the squares made, it's totally different. That's ok, it's what the Lord wanted it to be, so how can you be unhappy with that?

I am on a deadline, so I didn't get a chance to wait for fabric until I could get to Hobby Lobby or Joann's. I had to make due with what was in the local Walmart. I do think the squares are quite unique and pretty anyway. Even SR likes the colors and he's pretty particular.

The sashing will be a different green from what is in the squares, and since that was the only green I liked at Walmart, I'll have to make a trip to another store post haste.  There will be a long rectangle, as you can see in the photo, with their names appliqued. That particular piece is not even close to finished.

Displaying it on a dark floor doesn't really show it off very well, but when the sashing is added, it will make a big difference. I'm looking forward to finishing it in time for a bridal shower in the first week of February. Wish me luck!!


Today, I finished the wide rectangle with their names and date of the wedding. Thought I'd add that to the post....I'm pretty pumped about how it turned out. Can't wait to add the sashing to everything!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Love You

My mother was an accomplished seamstress. I remember when I was in the first grade, she was known throughout the area for alterations. And I'm talking ball gowns and suits. She made so many of my clothes growing up, and I wish I had some of them. Unfortunately, by the time they were handed down to my three sisters, there was nothing left of them.

Enter grandchildren.... Mom started making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls about 30 years ago. She tried to make one for each grandchild, but it was hit or miss sometimes. She made LeLe an "Annie" doll and it was awesome! Her workmanship is a rare thing in this world, and all the dolls she made have lasted over all the rough treatment a child can give.

This Christmas, she intended to make dolls for each of her three great-grandchildren. She finished two of them before she became too ill to sew. The one left, was for LMW, and she managed to get the body finished, and the clothes cut out. That was enough for me to take over.

As we watched and waited on my Mom to pass, there were times when I just had to take a break, and so I finished the hair before she passed. I didn't think I could finish the clothes without some kind of instructions.

After really looking at them, I believe I can, and will give it my best. It's important to LeLe and LMW. And just as much to me. Mom left a few things for each of us, but this one thing for him was hand made with love. And she left him a note....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just a Note

I haven't posted anything new due to the serious illness and death of my Mother. There has been no time for projects or posting, but I hope to get back to it soon. It's a new year, with new ideas and inspirations.

Until I can actually get something finished....

Happy Creating!!!