Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Saturday Accuquilt Workshop

Saturday was our first workshop of the year and we had a good turn out. I reserved a classroom at the fairgrounds and invited my Accuquilt customers and anyone else I know who has an Accuquilt to come spend the day sewing and using their Accuquilt Cutters and dies. Kellie and her Mom have been coming since I did the first one. Kellie was working on a double wedding ring quilt with 30's fabrics.
 Dena had gone to the Dollar Store and purchased some placemats to decorate for her young relatives to have come Christmas time. The one here I did today after seeing her idea. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the other projects. Linda was working on a quilt for her Granddaughter and Liz was working on fabric gifted to the quilt guild which she was using to put together some charity quilt tops and Julie was working on a baby quilt for a new grandchild. I didn't hear what Anne was doing, but it was really nice she could make it and have some fun with us. I'm looking forward to seeing some finished projects.
These are the placemats I purchased today to do some decorating on. The colors didn't come out like they should have they are black, lt green, brown, beige and red.
So have any of you purchased and use an Accuquilt system. Any fun projects to share?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Comes and Goes

Is your spring as confused as ours? You never know what to expect weatherwise here. Makes life interesting.

On the second of April Dh had his music making friends over to play music. It turned into a lovely spring day and you'd never know we had 12" of snow just 3 days before. We had a new couple come he sings and she plays the guitar. We started the afternoon with lunch and the music began.  I listened for a couple of hours and then went into the house to read. Echo had a great day. He met lots of new people and they gave him lots of attention. He stayed in the shade and just enjoyed the company and the afternoon. We always have a good time when the music makers visit.


Were you aware that Accuquilt is sponsoring a Block Contest with $13,000 worth of prizes? ACCUQUILT BLOCK CONTEST this link will take you to the blocks entered and you can vote once a day until the 22 of April. I had planned to enter the contest until I read the rule that said, "Blocks entered become the property of Accuquilt". Normally that would be okay with me except I had made a block of one of my (read about them here) Quilt Bugs to enter. I decided I didn't want to enter my block so I'll just plan to make something else next year and keep the Quilt Bug block I designed to put in a quilt one of these days. If you get the chance do go and vote there are only 147 blocks entered. It will give you practice for next year when I enter. lol
That's pretty much what is new here for the moment.




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Welcome to Idaho

The weather this year has been confused here in Southern Idaho. One week we have pleasant weather and 50 -60 degrees and then one morning the end of March you wake up to this:


Last night we had winds so strong the house shook and they picked up this 10 x 20' storage cover and placed it on top of the house. The good part (I think) of all of this is the Winter Storm Warning is supposed to be from Midnight last night to noon today and then it is supposed to rain and this should all be gone by tomorrow. The weather man got the first part right I'm just hoping the second part is also correct. After tomorrow we are supposed to have actual spring mid sixties. I sure hope so I am way past ready..

On another note on the 16th of March we added a new member to our family. Several years ago while we were stationed in Japan we acquired a Japanese Shiba Inu which the whole family grew to love dearly. We lost her to pancreatic cancer after 10 years. Since then we have often said if we could find another dog like Schatzie we'd get one again. The lady who used to cut my husbands hair at the Beauty School (a couple of years ago) one day was telling him about her new dog and how sweet he was and then mentioned that he was a Shiba Inu. Dh told her about Schatzie and said if she knew where to get one or heard of a Shiba Inu needing a home we would be interested. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago. Dh received a phone call from the lady saying were we still interested in a Shiba Inu she had just had a baby and needed to find a good home for her dog. Needless, to say we went over the next day to meet the dog and said yes we would love to have the dog so on March 16th Echo came home with us. He is a sweetheart and he is getting used to us. He is eager to see me every morning when we go for our walk and loves to play with his hedgehog stuffed toy. Treat is his favorite word. He's met the cats, they are not happy with the idea of having a dog and have said so quite loudly. He goes to the quilt room with me and wants to smell whatever fabric I'm working with and then lays down and takes a nap while I sew. I'm really glad he is here. It will be nice to have him when Dh has to travel.
Sorry I was absent so long I'll try to do better about staying in touch. Now that the Schedule C part of taxes are done I've been getting some sewing done so I should have pictures soon of what I have been doing. 
 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Hello 2016

It seems like the days fly by and here we are already half way through January. As some of you may know I am an Accuquilt Retailer so I thought I would share with all my quilting friends the following link. It is the video version of So God Made a Quilter. It is copyrighted by Accuquilt so if you wish to share please respect the copyright. Enjoy as it describes so many of us so well. So God Made A Quilter


On the sewing front there hasn't been much going on here since it has been so cold I can't get the heat high enough to be able to sit and sew. We are expecting 1-3" of snow over night tonight and another storm front coming in over Saturday. Hope you all are staying safe and warm. Hopefully, I will have some progress to show soon. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

What I am Thankful for and a Christmas Joke

Some of you may have visited the Superior Threads website. When Bob does the newsletter he includes a joke. I thought I'd share with you his latest joke since this is the season to be thankful for what we have and what we can afford to give to others.

Bob's Superior Joke
One Christmas, a mother decided she wasn't going to pester her children to send thank-you notes for the gifts they received. Consequently, the children's grandmother never received any thanks for the Christmas checks she sent to the grandchildren.
The very next Christmas, all the grandchildren stopped by, in person, to thank their grandmother for her check.
When asked by a friend what caused this change in behavior, the grandmother replied, "Simple. This year I didn't sign the checks."


I am thankful to have a warm home, food on the table, a husband who loves me and friends to spend time with. These are just a few things I am thankful for in my life. What are you thankful for this year?

 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Accuquilt Projects

 
 

With my customer's permission I thought I'd show you a couple of things she made using her Accuquilt Go and Go dies. The turkey placemat she used the Dresden Plate Die and the Christmas Accessories Die to make them. The Table Runner is her original pattern which you can find on her website . Look in store and then under patterns.
If you own an Accuquilt have you made anything with it? Let us see your projects.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Andover Fabrics Giveaway

I don't know about you, but as a child I read all the Little House books and when the t.v. series came on I watched it and enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the books. Andover Fabrics has come up with a collection of fabrics based on this series. If you sew or quilt and like these fabrics you can enter the giveaway here: Andover Giveaway

If you enter I wish you good luck and if you are the lucky winner let me know.