Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Block Swap...

I don't know what my problem is... I am so damn tired! There is a lot of stress in my life, but I have always had loads of that... nothing new. I think it is the change in weather... and NO I am not pregnant so do not even THINK of spreading that rumor!

Why does it feel like I can't get anything done, the piles of projects seem to be multiplying when I am not looking? Ok, OK... that was my car in the parking lot of Quilters Crossing this afternoon. I have signed up for another block swap, this time it uses Batik fabric. I have never worked with then before so I am excited. I bought double so I can make a quilt for us out of the same fabric.

What to see what I bought???

Monday, March 30, 2009

Not Me Monday... Stellan Style!

In honor of baby Stellan... here we go!

The top 10 Not Me Monday list as recorded by me...

10) I so did NOT just post a blank post right at midnight to get a good spot on Mr. Linkey. That would make me a SUPER dork!

9) I have NOT been stalking Twitter on my iTouch, my computer, and my laptop. It would be so crazy to feel the intense NEED to check 100x's a day to see how this little miracle is doing. And while I am in stalker mode, I do NOT get excited when there is a new tweet.

8) I have NOT cried just thinking about this sweet family and this unexpected turn of events. I do NOT pray for the other Many Small Children that they may understand why their mother and brother are away from home. I also pray that Prince Charming has all the support he need to manage his home, run his business and have time left over to physically and emotionally support MckMama and Stellan.

7) I so have NOT joined this, this, and this Facebook group and bookmarked many blogs supporting Stellan. (Check out this, this, this, and even this one!) I mean really, I so have NOT written on the boards, posted my prayer, and made endless positive comments. That would be WAY out of my comfort zone.

6) I have NOT had Stellan on the brain for the past week... the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night I do NOT think about is praying for the health of Stellan.

5) Over the past few days I have NOT been trying to think of what to use to make a Stellan name picture. Please... I am a creative person, you would think this so simple... :-)

4) I did NOT laugh my self into tears when I read PC brought MckMama swim suit bottoms not underpants. How on earth do you make such a mistake... guess it is a guy thing.

3) I have NOT found myself on my knees for the first time since I was a child, praying without ceasing for God to heal Stellan. I have not prayed like this ever... so hard and without care for how odd this seems to pray this hard for a child you have never meet.

2) While on my knees in deep prayer and tears on Wednesday afternoon, I did NOT jump a mile in the air when the Tweet sound broke the silence. I was so happy to read that things were out of danger range... for that moment.

1) I have NOT been holding my breath all day waiting for an update, any word about what took place today. I know Stellan has been slowly making scary changes, but thought prayer, please ask God to use his power and make his heart beat regular. I have been in prayer most of the day while I spent quality time loving and celebrating my own kids.

Please pray for Stellan to be healed and for the power of God to lead his Doctor's down right path to bring his heart back to normal. Bless this family and the bond they have for each other and for God. MckMama has such a amazing faith... she is an inspiration to us all. Her mothering, her reliance in the power prayer, and her ability to bring millions of people all over the world together in support of her miracle baby boy have changed my life. I feel like a better mother, wife, daughter of God from having traveled along side MckMama.

Thank you for reading... Typically you would be linked back to MckMama's site, but since she still in the PICU supporting Stellan, why not go over HERE and see what other MckFriend's have to say about what they have NOT be doing... it will be good for a few laughs and maybe even a tear or two. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another Quilting Bee 1: April Houses... try again!

Here are the fun house blocks I made for Sarah's April Another Quilting Bee project. She fell in love with Tony from Quiltville's quilt in the March/April Quiltmaker Magazine. It is called Wonky Town... and it is TOTALLY wonky!!! Try free piecing... this was my first time and I had so much fun... until I ran out of "sky" on the last house. OOPS! And yes, the tall on with the three window is my fave!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another Quilting Bee 1: March re-do and BONUS

So I was not 100% happy with the wonky log cabin blocks I created for Sarah for March's Another Quilting Bee 1. Sarah was insistent that I be totally happy with my finished blocks and offered to send me some more fabric. I was a bit embarrassed by the offer... but what the heck! I am so glad I did! I am much happier with borders of the original two and made a third out of the scraps. In my own stash I found a white piece of matching Heather Ross fabric. I have bought scrap bags of fabric on Etsy.com, one of which must have included the little gem.

I really hope Sarah is happy... I know I am... now!

Friday, March 27, 2009

I need to see a Husband about a Dump Truck...

So here is the story.... Hubby has been talking about getting a dump type vehicle for maybe 2 years now. A week ago a deal came to him via a friend to get this total "Sanford and Son" truck. He got it for the low low price of 1K... a steal since the one he had been thinking about was MUCH more... but with a better paint job. So now she sits, on my front lawn, waiting for work.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

You Capture Week #5

Here it is... reflections... a bit late... better late than never! Check out what everyone else is capturing over @ Beth's site.

"Honey, I am home... oh by the way, I bought a dump truck."

PS: YES... we now own a dump truck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Quilting Bee 1: April Houses...

Ok so Blogger is not letting post the house pictures! I have tried to upload them about 10 times and nothing... grrrrrr.

So please check them out in my Flicker folder until I can post them here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Quilt Show

Here are a few pictures of some quilts from the Empire Quilters show that made me smile at the show. I love the pearls as bubbles in the babies hair. If you go to the Selvage Blog, Karen has some AMAZING pictures. This was my first real show so I am still learning what and how to take pictures of... Newbie!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A brush with celebrity...

So here I was, wondering the Empire Quilters show... I blindly enter a vendor booth... as I turn to leave, I face to "face" with Karen Griska's "Red Zinger" Quilt.

Honestly, I was left speechless... then tears filled my eyes. I was in AWE! The colors were so much brighter against the red then you can see from the pictures. Something like this may look complex and a bit intimidating, but up close, it looks very straight forward. Here is the "How To..." from the Selvage Blog.

As if seeing the quilt was not great enough, I got to meet the creator, the master of selvage sewing herself, Karen Griska. She was so nice, listening to me rattle on and on like a dolt. Do you know she has a book called "Quilts from the Selvage Edge"? It really was the highlight of the show for me... making me feel like I might just be a REAL quilter. Enjoy these closeups... I even have a point as wallpaper on my phone. I really am a dork!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I am so excited! Tomorrow I am going all by myself to the 2009 Empire Quilters show in NYC. My LQS has a booth so I thought I would go to the show as a sign of support. It works out my husband can watch the kids for a the afternoon.

Going someplace without the kids? PRICELESS!

Will post show pictures!

Friday, March 20, 2009

a few links...

I am feeling REALLY tired today. I had wanted to rework my AQB1 March blocks, but I am in such a lazy mood... they can wait. So instead I am going to share with you (who ever YOU are) a few links to places I have been visiting lately!

1) I ordered this wooden toy sewing machine off Etsy.com for Beaker. On vacation, she had said she wanted a "sewing toy" to use with her small stash of fat quarters she collected while shopping with me. I can't wait for it to get here!

2) While on Etsy.com, I bought few fabric grab bags from one of my favorite sellers, Starlit Nest. She has super fast shipping and great range of fabrics.

3) A few general sites I read most days: Whip Up Blog, Craftzine Blog, ikea hacker Blog, and a new one, Needlework News Blog.

4) How can I read hundreds of blogs each day? Flock! For over a year I have run my online life smoothly with the help of the Flock web browser.

5) my guilty pleasure... Celebrity Baby Blog.

See you tomorrow! Happy Surfing!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LONG day!

Sorry for the lack of real post today...

It has been a long crazy day and I can't really get to writing anything worth anything.

See you all tomorrow.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Another Quilting Bee 1

So here are the two blocks I made for the Another Quilting Bee project. Sarah sent us the loveliest Heather Ross fabric I was so excited I could hardly wait to get off the plane Saturday, get home, the kids in bed and start sewing.

I am not 100% pleased with my blocks. I got confused with the size, making them more wide then tall. To make up for this I had trouble filling out the sides. The one has really "thin" edges that may get lost when worked into the finished quilt, but I hate to ask for more fabric to rework/remake the blocks. I have never done free-form sewing like this before... I am sure it will be FINE... it is just like me to over think the finished product.

What do you think? I really hope Sarah likes them!!!