Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Is It Too Late?

Is it Too Late to Wish y'all a Merry Christmas?  I hope not! 

I had planned to come in and post a "Granny's gone Hugging and Kissing" post... but we've been just too busy over the past couple weeks.

I don't have any pictures because in all the cleaning and rearranging and decorating activities going on - the cable for the camera has been misplaced...

You'll just have to take my word for it that the kids are cute and are having a grand time... so are Granny and Pops!

I've only drug out my computer and turned it on because I'm waiting for water to boil and sauerkraut to heat up so that it can be canned.  There's a bunch here so maybe I'll get a chance to catch up with some reading emails and blogs while I'm at it.  After a quick look there are 141 emails and 155 blog posts to read through - so maybe not.

I'll be back after the New Year begins!

Merry Belated Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Design Wall Monday - 12-7

Nothing is on the Design Wall this week as my hands will be filled with...

A vacuum, duster, mop and cleaning rags... my daughter and grand kids arrive on Friday!

The next couple weeks will be filled with hugs, cuddles, Christmas decorating, cooking baking and other general childish fooling around I think... we may even get in some sewing but I'm not holding my breath.

And that whole working at a quilt shop thing I do... well - my boss says she really doesn't expect to see me while my family is in.  How cool is that!  I'll probably still get in one day a week or so if we don't have anything else planned - but it's nice to know that family comes first in her book!

Check out what's on others design walls at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stash Busting Report Week 49...

In about two hours - if you don't mess around much with the quilting - you can have one of these...

Grommet bag 3

On Friday I made another Wallet & Grommet Bag from Maple Island Quilts.  This time I used some of the new Moda Primrose Inn... sorry that the picture isn't better - I didn't have my camera and used my phone.  With the first two bags that I made I didn't have any fusible fleece (batting) that they called for for the handle - so I just used the same cotton batting I had used in the bag.  With this bag I used the fusible fleece in both the bag and the handle and I LOVE IT!  It gives the bag a bit more umph than my others have.  Now I will admit that I probably could have gotten a bit more umph if I had more machine quilting in it - but I didn't want to distract from the fabric so I did a minimal amount of quilting. 

Here are the three I've made - I'm actually using the one on the right - the other two are hanging in the shop as samples.

grommet bags all 3

I liked making the last one so much that on Saturday when I went down to the shop to say hi to all the Thimbleberries Ladies - I made another one with other fabrics.  These bags are addictive... and they are fun... and they are fast... and you could probably go crazy with embellishments too if you wanted.  On the one pictured above I use the handle fabric and put a tiny accent fold between the 2 fabrics in the bag.  Then I stitched it up in some places and down in others when I added the machine quilting.

I may have to go shopping for some fringe or ribbon or lace or or or... never-mind - not this week.

All this to say... I'm reporting 4 yards in and out for the two bags I made this week.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm Ready...

I am ready for a little tiny diapered covered hiney to sit in this chair.


My neighbor picked it up a couple weeks ago at the weekly auction she attends.  Actually she intended to bid on it but someone else bid and won the box that it was in.  Afterwards she went over and asked the guy if he wanted the baby seat... he said no he wanted the other stuff in the box and that she could have the seat.  So it was free and she didn't have to get rid of all the other stuff!

All I needed to do was clean it... it wasn't as bad as it could have been - it appears to have been sitting gathering dust for awhile.  I was ready to throw out the straps and make new ones - but since just a couple screws were holding them in place on the bottom I took them off and put them in the wash - they look like new now.

I think we are down to 10 nighty nights... I can't wait for my grandkids to get here!