Friday, January 30, 2009

An Honest Tag

My friend, Angela, recently tagged me for the "Honest Scrap"! It is my duty to reveal 10 honest things about myself that I have never blogged about, as well as list 5 addictions. Then I'm to tag 5 of my blogging friends to do the same.

1. I meet my husband on a blind date. We were married 10 months later.

2. I love bread...especially homemade bread. Had to quit making it though, as it seems the bread loves me back just as much!

3. I used to be very skinny! My nickname in school was "Twiggy", and I weighed 107 lbs when I got married.

4. I cut my fabric using the lines on my cutting mat!

5. I have a fear of heights. Consequently, I don't like to fly, or go up into tall buildings, etc!

6. I'm a "saver"! My daughter was recently surprised to learn I still had her Popples and Trapper Keepers from her childhood!

7. I have always loved dolls! I still have most of my dolls from childhood, too...Barbie, Mrs. Beasley, Chrissy, and numerous others.

8. I play the guitar.

9. I wanted to be a forest ranger.

10. I'm, technically, a high school drop-out! Yes, I have a high school diploma, but I had to drop out of high school in order to graduate a year early!!!

Five addictions: fabric, granddaughter, antique sewing cabinets, Bath & Bodyworks glycerin bar soap, and bread!!!

So, now I tag Peggy, Michelle, and anyone else who would like to share, honestly, about themselves!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sewing Some Love

This morning, I made this little tote bag for my sweet granddaughter. It was so much fun to make, and took no more than an hour of my time! I will fill it with other goodies that I have been collecting for Valentine's Day. My granddaughter is such a little girlie-girl...and a pack-rat!! What better than a new purse to carry all her treasures in! The tote/purse measures 7.5" x 6" (not including the handles), and was made with the "Strawberry Lemonade" fabric line by Moda.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Red Roses from the Garden

This morning, I have been working on a very old UFO. (And this one happens to be on my UFO Challenge list! Yay!) This is one of my early quilting projects, and I had originally planned on making this quilt for my bed. But, I was still new to quilting, and I did not buy enough fabric, and, as you may have guessed, the fabric was no longer available (it was a WalMart find). So, I put it away for many years, and came across it several years ago. I almost scrap piled it!! I'm glad I didn't! I like the little quilt (it's lap size), and I'll be even happier when it is quilted, bound, and on my quilt rack!

Thanks, Jacob, for the "EV Settings" suggestion on my camera. I have been playing with it, and it has helped! I will need to play more, but at least I know there is a solution! This picture was taken with the new setting, and although one side of the picture is still dark, it is mostly due to the fact that the top is not laying flat and creating its own shadow.

Lessons From Mama - Block #3

Here is the January block from the "Lessons from Mama" BOM. The colors are pink and green (not the peach and brown that they look in the picture!!) This was a quick block to make...just a nine patch variation!

Does anyone have any tips for taking better pictures?? I sure am frustrated with how the colors turn out so dark when I take photos indoors. ~sigh~

Friday, January 23, 2009

No Longer An Alien!

I completed one of my UFO's this morning! Yay! It's not one of the "chosen 15" for the UFO Challenge, but a UFO none the less! And I'm so glad to have it finished! It is a charity quilt, and will be given to a little girl in need of some huggin' in about an hour. I should have taken a close-up picture of the main's adorable. A little girl, wearing a big floppy hat, playing in the big ol' hat box, with 3 sweet bunnies looking on! The border fabrics are pink and blue mini dots, even though the pink looks red in the photo. I still haven't figured out how to get a better quality photo indoors!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

2009 UFO Challenge

An online quilt group that I belong to has started their 2009 UFO Challenge! For this challenge, I was to pick 15 of my UFO's and complete them by June 30th! The hard part was choosing just 15! I'm sorry to admit I have many more than 15 unfinished projects. But I have been chipping away at my stack of UFO's over the past 2 years, and it is getting smaller (although hard to tell!!). In addition, I've been trying to use up lots of fabric in my know, to make room for all of the new pretties coming out! The blocks in the photo are from one of my UFO's. It is a scrappy pineapple block using up some of my blues, greens, and white "leftovers". I am always amazed at how many quilt tops I can make from a little drawer of scraps. Just doesn't seem to make much of a difference in the volume of scraps...I'm convinced they must be reproducing in the bin...or something! Do you have UFO's to complete?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Playing House

My sweet granddaughter is here! We've been having so much fun playing house! I always wanted a dollhouse when I was a child, but never had least that I can I bought my granddaughter one!! Isn't that how it's suppose to work!! Sounded like good reasoning to me! Anyway, granddaughter is standing in front of the "inside" portion of the house. We have a tub full of furniture, dolls, and horses to go with, but she had not, at this point "decorated" the new house! According to Mommy, "decorating" is my granddaughter's new hobby!!! And Grandma loves to be able to play dolls once again!