Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Shotgun Wedding...


Finally I have a picture to post of the wedding!  This is Jeff, the groom and Connie, the bride and my Dad holding the shotgun.  Connie looks a bit like she's the one being forced to wed.  We got a kick out of the photo.  She did plan her wedding in two weeks - so it was sort of a shotgun wedding. 


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We had a wee bit of rain.....

We live in a place that doesn't get much rain. So right before Christmas, when we received more rain in one day than we usually get in a year - this is what happened. Our house didn't flood, although we did have to sandbag it to keep our backyard from flooding into our kitchen.  Our pool was ready to overflow into our all ready over full patio and so we had to pump the water out of the pool and away from the house.   This is a picture from our front yard.  Those houses you see at the end of the street did flood. Those poor folks had so much damage to their homes. Many of the roads in town were closed including this one.   We couldn't get our car out of the driveway and many people had their cars towed out. 

The kids had a great time, of course!  The had a party in front of our house and bought out canoes, kayaks and floaties.

The water was cold, did that stop them?  Oh no! They all came in later for hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies. I had already taken the day off and had plans to bake cookies.  It took several days for the city to get the water pumped out - and all the roads re-opened.  Everything is back to normal now.

Linda

Monday, December 27, 2010

Scarlett's Quilt - Finished in time for Christmas

I finished this a couple days before Christmas. Whew! I was getting a bit worried about it. I did a combo of quilting and tying.  Here I quilted Scarlett's name.

For the back I used a pretty pink fabric with cats (one of Scarlett's favorite animals) and it's printed with the words "love".
 For this quilt I turned the backing over to the front to make the binding.  I wanted the binding to be the same as the backing.  Once when I was in a quilt shop I heard to "experienced" quilters talking about how horrible it was to use this method.  I really like it on this quilt.  The front needs that pink edge to pull it together and it's a quick and easy way to get a quilt bound.
What do you all think? 

At any rate, on Christmas Day Scarlett loved it!  Both girls (Scarlett and Violet) were so happy with a quilt and when they found out it was a game quilt too....Wow, Life couldn't be any better!  That is until there was another present that needed to be opened!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Patchwork Times UFO Challenge

Judy is having a UFO Challenge.  I thought this will be fun.  AND I might just finish a couple UFO over the year.  So what you do is list your UFO's.  That's the scary part for me.  I went out to the garage (remember my sewing room is now in the garage so that we could set up a guest room) and listed all my UFO.  I have 12.  Each month Judy will pick a number and that is the UFO you work on.  So now that it's time to post my UFO's I can't find my list.  Bummer!  Now I have to go do it again.  So to get in on the fun go to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times and sign up.

I'm off to go find or redo that list.  Wish me luck.

Update:  I found my list


To be quilted:
1. 30's quilt
2. Lisbeth's garden
3. Green - Bunny Hill Quilt
4. Maywood Studio's quilt
5. Batik Jewels
6. Watercolor
7. Strawberry-Patches BOM


To be finished piecing"


8. Fat Qtr (brown and Purple)
9. Angela's Quilt
10. Christmas Wall hanging
11. Homey Prints BOM
12. White BOM

I plan to work on the quilt as assigned by Judy.  I'll try to finish it but if not, no worries.  If I don't finish it at least it will be that much closer to being finished.  I view this as something just for fun. 
Linda

Friday, December 17, 2010

What's Been Happening

This has been a quite a week.  First I had my hubby's birthday.  Poor thing the cake was a DISASTER!  I think you may be doubting me - well check it out this picture and you tell me.   Oh wait WYATT still have my SD card with the pictures on it - sorry no picture available.  Just use your imagination. Imagine a two layer chocolate 8 inch round cake with the top layer broken into 7 or 8 pieces. The pieces are trying (and sometimes succeeding) in falling off.
We have nicknamed this cake the earthquake cake.  But my sweet little granddaughter when she saw it said. Yummy!  That cake looks good!  (Just for the record I'm keeping that girl!!!)  It did taste good.  Hopefully that was good enough for hubby.  I felt bad serving such a mess.

Next Dad hopped a plane and flew out from Arkansas.   He came out to walk my sister down the aisle. Yep, that aisle.  Other people (relatives - not just some strangers!) started showing up from out of town to attend the wedding.  Most stayed with me.  (That's a good thing.)  So I did a lot of cleaning, cooking and making pot after pot of coffee.  Did you see my little 4 cup coffee pot in my previous post?  I was beginning to wonder if it would burn up on me.  But it lasted through.  I don't usually need to make so much coffee.  I enjoyed every minute of having everyone over.

My grandson Troy aka Babyzilla
And then the big day came - and Connie and Jeff got married.  She was a beautiful bride, and he was a dashing groom.  And once again no pictures.  I sure hope Wyatt and the rest of the film crew get an A on that French Cooking Film.  

Linda

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Another December Finish!

Oh my gosh!  I thought I would never finish this quilt!!!  I did the piecing early this year. Waited until May for a quilting class to become available in order to learn how to quilt.  Waited for my walking foot to arrive from my local quilt store from June until Sept.  When that didn't happen, I ordered one off the Internet.  I finally quilted it about three weeks ago.  Then it took two weeks just to find time to do the binding.   But it's done and I'm happy with it.  And it will make the best Christmas present for a three year old girl.


I decide to do the binding in the purple that the sashing is in. I applied the binding from the back. Turned it to the front and then used a decorative stitch. Well, I used a different one for each side of the quilt. Turned out very nice even if I say so myself.



Linda

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

While the crew filmed the French Film, We sewed on the new Machine!!

I need to start this post with a warning. The following post may will contain blurry pictures! The French filming crew still has my camera.

My other daughter just bought a new sewing machine.  She selected a basic Singer to start with.  She came down from Salinas to have me teach her to use it.  Isn't that the coolest thing??? My daughter wants to learn to sew so much she bought a machine?? And now begins the fun!!!



She purchased fabric and a pattern for an apron.  We started after dinner and finished up about 11:30 pm.  Way past my bedtime but it was too much fun to stop!  I'm so proud of her!  Look what she did!  Her first project on her own machine!  Apron being modeled by her:

Check out that scalloped edging.  And the waistband goes to a bit of a point - adding interest to the waist line.  Did you see the large pockets? They will come in so handy.  And check out the little dog - she knows it's way past bed time!  She doesn't care about aprons!!

Next the apron being modeled by me - see we don't care that we are using a camera phone in low light. 

No one should allow their picture to be taken at 11:30 at night!  Yikes!!

Check out this super cute bow in back! 


We think we should start our own apron company.  Here's our best Model! 

Well, maybe not.  (Her hubby is always so much fun and such a good sport!)

I think I will enter this into Paula's Challenge for her. 

Happy Sewing!

Linda

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

French Film being filmed at My House

Last night I walked in to find a French film being filmed in my kitchen. It's a film about a cooking show.
                                  



My daughter is the one with the curly mustache. 

Note the easy bake oven.  I wonder what Julia Child would have to say about that?

Sorry for the blurry pictures but they were using my camera to film.  The Director of this film, Wyatt, seen below in a slightly ( I mean very) blurry picture is wearing my daughter's 80's sweater! 

Did I ask why?  No. Some things should not be known to moms. 

The whole crew - discussing and planing out the  next part of the film. Which will probably be filmed tonight.

I may not speak French but I could see that I'm not eating their pizza!! That's a snail on top and a twig from the yard.  YUCK!

Monday, December 6, 2010

My new love...


As soon as my daughter told me about this  -- I raced out and bought it.  We made coffee for everyone and everyone agreed it's GOOD.

And even though I do not have pictures (sorry it was just too dark to take them last night) I worked on quilting Violet's quilt.  I quilted her name into the border.  I think she'll like that when she's old enough to read it.  I really enjoy doing the Free Motion Quilting. (I think I've said that a few times before. hehehe)  So tonight my plan is to cut the extra off backing and batting off and do the binding.  I'm thinking about bringing the back over to make the binding.  (Don't arrest  me Quilt Police!)  I had to move my sewing stuff to the garage to turn my sewing room into a guest room and I don't know if I can find the material for the binding.  I did this this to a baby quilt before and it turned out very nice.  So....we'll see what happens.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

I was thinking about this yesterday - I'm so excited to decorate for Christmas - yet there are others that don't celebrate Christmas. 

For those of you that celebrate Hanukkah, I'm wishing you all a wonderful and happy Hanukkah!!



Remember how I said I had to hit the books?  Well, that didn't happen last night.  Of course not! I started quilting Violet's quilt instead.  That's a lot more fun!  I quilted from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  I'm a very slow quilter.  LOL!!


All I did was stitch in the ditch last night.  I'll do free motion quilting on the border maybe tonight.  I thought it was kind of funny because you can't really see the stitch in the ditch so Hubby couldn't see where I had been quilting until I turned it over and showed him the back.  I personally like other types of quilting better - but I haven't quilted a bigger quilt yet and wanted to do something simple.  I wanted to practice moving all that bulk of the quilt under the needle and in the space of my sewing machine and not having puckers in the back.

Linda

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WhooHoo! It's Dec 1st!!!

I have to interrupt my studying to say I' so excited! It's the 1st of December and it's officially the Christmas Season! I can start decorating now. Although I really won't decorate until this weekend when I have more time. But still I'm so excited!

Here's some pictures of the little girls in their new dress. 

Can you see Scarlett taking a peek at the TV set.  Yep, well cartoons are more interesting to her than Grandma holding a camera.  LOL!!

But once we got started the little girls started posing...


...jumping....


and doing what girls do best...twirling!



Now back to my books.....

Linda


PS. I decided to enter these into Paula's Sewing Challenge - Come join the fun here.