Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts

I FINALLY finished the blocks for the Commission quilt -- 30 blocks, 12 inches square. Now I have to do thread work and sew them together and do some light machine quilting. Then there's binding and all that.

Today, my (nice) boss, asks for 8 more baby quilts. AHHHH!!! He purchased 8 baby quilts at the beginning of the year. And he's a bachelor! A very generous one at that. So my fingers will be busy, busy, busy. The good thing is that I can make them whatever design I want, and there's no firm deadline. He likes it when I trickle in with 2 or 3 at a time. Here's some pics of the previous ones I did early this year. The colors on the rocking horse quilt are very off -- it's bright orange and yellows with one purple horse in the center..

Thursday, June 22, 2006

What a Morning!!

On my way to work, I see a terrible accident between a car and a van. Neither going very fast (certainly not as fast as I was going), but the damage was something else.

Then I arrive at work and get stuck in the elevator for 15 minutes. Alone. And I'm a little claustophobic. Our maintenance men (a father and son team) were wonderful and kept talking to me so I wouldn't scream. They couldn't get the doors open, so one of them climbed on top of the car I was in to release the safety so I wouldn't have to wait an hour for the elevator repair people. I can't wait to see what the rest of the day brings.

Meanwhile, here's a pic of a sweet little wallhanging I did out of very vintage handkerchiefs. It's 14 inches square and the pearls on it are vintage. This was a lot of fun to make, but this sweet, girlie thing is not my style. So I'm offering it up on etsy.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Etsy Shop



Well, I did it. I took everyone's advice and opened up my own Etsy shop. Etsy is strictly for handmade items and it's a one price shop -- no auction like Ebay. For those of you that don't know, I do other things beside the sewing and crazy quilting. In fact, I do WAY too many other things -- I'm a little scattered in my thinking at times.

This is one of the first items I've put in the Etsy shop. I've done several of these butterflies and in fact, sold two on Ebay not too long ago. However, the ebay thing is a lot of trouble (and a lot of different fees all the time).

I hope you'll go take a look at my shop. I'm not feeling that banner, but I don't know (a) how to fix it or (b) how to make a better one. If someone knows the secrets of doing killer banners, please, please let me know.

http://www.maddiecanfly.etsy.com

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Garden Tour



Isn't it wonderful that summer is here? Seems like I've been waiting years for it to return. On some of the other blogs I read, it was suggested we post pictures of our garden to honor the return of summer. Since I just bought a new camera (yeah!), I thought I'd show you my garden.

This is the back yard. There was nothing here when I moved in four years ago but dirt and weeds. These are my hostas. You can see Madeline watching me out the back door. Or is it that nice juicy red bird she sees? The ivy climbing all over came from two little plants (69 cents each) that I planted three years ago. Good thing I didn't buy the whole flat.

Friday, June 02, 2006

It Can't Be June???

Doesn't time seem to just fly by now faster than ever? I'm convinced it has something to do with daylight savings time rushing us all through life faster and faster.

I took a few days off around the Memorial Day weekend. I counted up that I needed 30 blocks to finish the commission quilt. I have 16 of them done now. To me, that translates to more than half done .

We finished up our first swap on the CQ For Newbies group (which I am the List Owner). Some of the ladies were absolute newbies and very, very nervous about swapping. Some would even send me pictures of their block to ask if it was okay to send to someone (they were). I wish you all could see the beautiful blocks that came out of this swap. No wonder people look at our photos and think this is not a group of newbies -- but many of them are, I assure you.

We also have a few "veterans" around who enjoy a nice, friendly, helpful place to swap and who want to share their skills with newbies -- and even pick up a few pointers themselves. If you want to join, or know of someone who either likes crazy quilting or would like to get into crazy quilting, come and join as at CQForNewbies@Yahoogroups.com.