Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Move In Day

Isn't this an odd picture? It has nothing to do with quilting! I've been helping my daughter pack, and then unpack! Sunday was move-in day at my daughter's college this past weekend. I thought I would show you her dorm room and facilities.  She has a suite. There are 2 rooms, with a bathroom in between. 4 girls will share this bathroom.
Not exactly the prettiest! But it works. The building was built in the early 1960's. I don't think it has been updated since it was built.
Here is the room looking from the doorway in.  My daughter decided to leave her bed in the loft position so she can have her desk underneath. This will give her and her room-mate better access to the closets. I took this picture while we were still putting stuff away. It was very hot!! It was a good thing we brought some fans! No air conditioning here.  I was very happy that it wasn't raining like it was supposed to be! Can you imagine how messy that would have been? I had bagged everything just in case.

Here is a picture looking towards the hallway. This is a co-ed dorm. In the hallway where my daughter is, there are 12 rooms.  6 on each side of the hall. Her suite faces the only suite in this hallway that has boys in it. The rest of the hallway is all girls! I'm thinking that this shall be a very interesting experience for the girls. And for the boys!! 

Yesterday was the first day of school for daughter #2.  She is a Junior in High School. Today is going to be weird. It's the first day that the school district is trying this new thing. They are dismissing all students one hour early on all Wednesday's. That is except for 6. Those 6 days the students are to get out even earlier! 

  Hopefully, now that school has started and we are getting back into a schedule of some sort,  I will have more time to visit my "sewing room"!!!   :0)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Give away

Karen over at Sew many ways is having a giveaway! 4 1/2" squares from a variety of Thimbleberry prints. Go check it out!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Two Finished Tops

I wanted to do a "Show and Tell" today. These are two quilt tops that I have recently finished. Recently meaning within the last 2 years! LOL !!! Both of these tops I did from  "Web Samplers". The one on the top is from 2008.  It's done in the Vicksburg Collection of fabrics by Judie Rothermel. The pattern was designed by Bonnie Blue quilts. The size of it is 75 x 93.
This next one is from the Jo Morton fabric line called Coventry and is also designed by Bonnie Blue Quilts. This is from 2007. It's size is 94 x77.

I really enjoyed using the Bonnie Blue patterns. They are written very well! I am not sure how to quilt them as yet. I'm considering the possibility of hand quilting the Jo Morton and having the Judie Rothermel machine quilted. But I haven't decided yet for sure. Maybe I will have both of them machine quilted, just to get them done.

On the home front, I feel like my house is in a revolving door! With all the "comings and goings" going on. Phew! That's O.K. we will all be back on some semblance of a schedule soon enough! School starts  August 24th for daughter #1 and August 25th for daughter #2. We've been busy packing for my college bound daughter. We will drive her up to school on the 23rd and move her into her dorm for the school year.  I've also been School shopping for both of my daughters and bringing my husband back and forth to the airport as needed for his work related trips. 
 Happy Summer! :0)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Shopping Spree!

Yesterday I went on a shopping spree! I went for the first time to a quilt shop called Plain and Simple! It was a shop that many fellow quilters said was a "must see". Wow, is all I can say! It really was a cute and inviting shop! As you can see it is a house turned into a shop. So so cute!
I want to go back again today! But, of course I won't. It only took me about 45 minutes to get there, which really surprised me. I thought it was a bit further. It helps that they recently finished an extension of new highway which is very close to the shop. Horray! I finally got to go! I have been wanting to go to this shop for quite awhile!
Now for you to see all my new goodies! I haven't shopped in a quilt shop for almost a year. Except for maybe thread. Our local shop had changed owners. The new owner had changed styles of fabric to things I was not interested in. I no longer got warm fuzzies there.
At the suggestion of the cashier, I purchased the punch key ring. As you can see it was punched almost 1/2 way! This is punched as to how much you spend. Once you fill it up you get $10. off your purchase. The keyring then goes into a basket for a monthly drawing. If you win, you receive a gift from the shop. Since the keyring was filled to half way, I think it was worth it. I am almost positive it will be filled the next time I go on a shopping spree there!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Signature Block Swap

I finished my signature blocks for the online swap.  They are all signed and ready to be placed into an envelope and mailed to melissa. They aren't really due until sometime late in November.  I actually had some time today and decided to get them finished so now I can move on to something else and not have that looming over me. I prefer not to be a procrastinator.  So, sometime this week they will be brought to the post office and then be on there way. :0)
How do you sign your blocks? Do you use a stabilizer on the back? Or do you use freezer paper? I used a piece of very fine sandpaper that I had glued to a piece of cardboard so the sandpaper wouldn't curl up. That way I could quickly write my signature and move on to the next block. The sandpaper did a great job of holding the fabric block still without shifting around.
I am really excited about seeing everyone else's blocks arrive in my mailbox. I think I will have to wait until maybe December before they will arrive.  Plenty of time to try and finish some of my other pending projects! 
Happy Quilting!!   ;0)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mail Call!!

Look what came in the mail! A brown manila package with my name on it! Hmmmm. What could it possibly be. :0)
Boy, whoever sent it, did a really good job with the tape. Must be something really neat inside!
Ta Da! Whoa HOo!  It's from Mary over at Quilt Hollow!  It is from the surprise giveaway that she had! Thank-you Mary!  It is a small kit from Thimbleberries called Watermelon Vine! Directions for a small quilt, and all the fabric necessary to complete the top! Mary also sent me some information on her Longarm Quilting business. If you really enjoy piecing your quilts, but for what ever reason don't quilt your projects, then Mary is your gal!  :0)