Sunday, March 30, 2008


It's been a good day to finish some of my "ufo's" (unfinished objects, better known as sewing projects!). I got the hot pad done, and then I finished the scalloped edged placements. I made 8, 4 with the lighter fabric as the center, and 4 just the opposite.

Next, I'm going to work on the Giant Postage Stamp Round Robin swap I entered. I've finished them all but one round. Hopefully, I can get them done tonight too! I have to stay caught up, because I entered a Fat Quarter Frenzy and a 9 patch swap in the quilting_in_indiana yahoo group. With taking a trip at the end of Apri, I don't want to fall behind!

Somehow, I think I've signed up for too many swaps!

Hot Pad

I finished my very first hot pad today!

This is for a hotpad swap, and I hope the swap partner likes it.

But.. I have to tell you what happened when I was making it.

I was zipping along, almost done with the binding, and the needle kept catching on something. I didn't have a pin in it, so I figured that the whole thing was so fat that the needle was not liking going thru all the layers. Well, all the sudden, the needle snapped, and the little piece that broke flew up and hit me in the face. Had it been a hair higher, it would have hit my glasses.. and if I hadn't had my glasses on, it would have gone in my eye.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sewing Lessons

Friday I made the trip to Karissa's in Noblesville. She has a sewing machine, purchased from a yard sale, so she could learn to sew. We had a sewing lesson and did some shopping. She made a bag, it turned out pretty well. We also hemmed a piece of fabric for a table cloth.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Scallop Edge Placemat

I really enjoy taking a sewing/quilting class. Today I went to one that used a tool to make scalloped edges on placemats, table runners, or really whatever you were up to using it on.

I had signed up for the early evening class at the quilt shop, but, as it turned out, I was the only one signed up, so I ended up going in the late afternoon!

I can't really explain how we did it, but, this is the result. Of course, it's my very first try, so, please excuse the crinkly look of the mat.

Monday, March 17, 2008

At a stand still

I really want to sew something. I don't know what it is though. I have some really fun hawaiann fabrics left, I'd like to make into a purse, but, oh, that means I have to CUT it. And what if I don't like the purse when I'm done with it. Then the fabric is gone and I have nothing to show for it. Oh the dilemma. These are the 4 choices in question.
#3 & #4

I think they would make a cute purse. But, does anyone have any other suggestions? They are fat quarters in size, but have lot's of potential as far as co-ordinating colors to compliment them. Leave your suggestions please! Thanks!

Friday, March 14, 2008

I won!

This photo won a gold medal! ok.. I'm done for tonight. I can rest now.


I got a SILVER MEDAL in the Flickr Photo Challenge with this photo of a sail boat at Waikiki Beach. It's all very exciting.

New hobby

I love Flickr. I recently read a post on another quilter's blog about photo challenges on Flickr. Apparently you can enter your photos on a challenge, and people go in and vote. You can win little awards, like gold stars or something. It's all very exciting, people from all over the world looking at your photos and voting. So, of course, I love a challenge, so, I entered this photo of the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in the "Historical Places" category.

The voting lasts about 10-15 minutes. I got 2 votes out of about 10 I think. I did not win. I was sad for a minute, but, I know there will be more contests. And I will enter again.. and again.. I may even win one day.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sewing Room Trolls

I bought a few fat quarters at Hancock Fabrics on Saturday. They were for swaps I had joined in a couple of yahoo groups. Those horrid little trolls came right into my sewing room and stole or hid them. I've cleaned the sewing room, and they are not anywhere to be found. Darn trolls.

Monday, March 10, 2008


I love going to the movies. But when I'm there, if I don't like it all I can think about is how I could be home sewing!

Anyway, here's a list of recent movies I've seen:

1. 10,000 B.C - very different, interesting, lot's of people with mud caked all over their bodies.

2. Elizabeth - The Golden Age - Loved the costumes! WOW! To live in the times that you put on those cool clothes! I liked this movie. It had a love story, some action, great scenery.

3. The Bucket List - Not as funny as they advertised. They had a good idea for a movie, but spent too much time on the "dying" parts.

4. Vantage Point - Action was good, it was a different way to film a show. I think there were 6 or more different points of view shown in the movie. Thus.."Vantage Point". Once they quit going back and showing the same thing, I enjoyed it.

Those are the most recent ones I went to see, except for Elizabeth, which was a rental.

Diets & Excersise update

First, I mentioned earlier, that I was addicted to french fries. I vowed to give them up and start walking on my eliptical to lose a few pounds before taking my trip to Jamaica. It's been a few weeks now, I've fallen off the "fry wagon" 2 times. I'm a little disappointed in myself, but, the last time I ate them, they didn't even taste good to me. I didn't eat them all. So, I still feel I'm making progress. As far as the eliptical goes, I'm up to 16 minutes. I'm lost about 3 pounds. Not enough. I'm going to have to give up more than fries!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Shopping Bags

On one of the yahoo groups I belong to we are swapping shopping bags. These are the bags I made. I hope the person I made them for will like them. This is the front of the bag.
And this is the back. I didn't put a lining in this one.

This one has a lining, and the "boxed" at the bottom. That's why the bottom looks like it is sagging I guess.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

February 24, 1979

It was a snowy, icy day. My sister was stationed in Bermuda and flying home for the "big day". I didn't know if she would make it or not because of the ice. Since she was my only attendant, my maid of honor, my sister, it was a pretty big deal for her to be there. It was our wedding day. It's hard to believe that 29 years has gone by. We were but kids.. me 19, Mike was 24. I can almost hear the whispering, the wondering if our marriage would make it.

Belinda did make it home. We made it down the aisle, and yes, we are still together. Two kids, many pets, 3 homes, many vacations, thru the good times, the loss of parents, the addition of sons-in-laws we are still together.