Pat Sloan/Apronista Giveaway!

26 11 2007

Thought I’d share a great couple of blogs I’ve been stalking since becoming re-obsessed with quilting recently: The Apronista Blog, and Pat Sloan’s blog. Pat has whipped up 2 of the cutest aprons I’ve seen in a while, and they are being given away on The Apronista’s blog. It looks like the Apronistas have give-aways pretty much every week, and have some pretty awesome connections, tutorial links and Flickr galleries. And Pat Sloan is a pretty well known author/quilter/designer with a pretty fun style.

Looks like I’m down for the count again with my back. I was feeling *so* good for about 2 weeks, sewing up a storm and getting out and about with Ed. Last week was really painful and I spent the day in bed yesterday. I worked for about 5 hours today and had to go lay down. I was in tears. 😦

We had a low-key Turkey Day – just the 3 of us. Ed and Nick took care of the entire meal and did a really wonderful job. I wasn’t in much of a thankful mood, being in so much pain. We (as a family) have SO much to be thankful for every single day of our lives, and do talk about that subject occasionally among ourselves. Life is good!!!

Off to the MD tomorrow for an epidural injection. Hopefully that will take the edge off, and make sure I’m able to travel to Chicago the week of the 3rd.

I.O.U.:

  • Pics of the finished kitchen. It really does look *great*!!
  • All the holiday decorating is done, too, so I’ll post some pics of a couple of new additions for the new year.

Not too much else is going on. Over the 4-day weekend, I bought a couple of domains and am planning to launch a self-hosted, enhanced blog. This got me to thinking about my “mission statement” for my blog. It does currently serve several purposes, like communicating with family and friends, and sharing pics. I’d like to begin to include some tutorials so that I can share some of my knowledge with anyone who stumbles upon my little piece of the Internet!

xo
Bets





A Denim Roman Shade

13 11 2007

Nick has been wanting new curtains or blinds or something for his bedroom window. I ran across these

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in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog and figured I could whip one up pretty easily. So I went online to find directions on making a Roman shade (found a good one here), and ordered the fabric and blackout lining from JoAnn’s with my 40% off coupon (yippee!). The fabric was under $30.00, and the lining was under $11. So this past weekend, I threw it together! Voila!

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Sometimes I think I take the worst pictures in the world! I did the white topstitching at the edges and down the centers as shown on the PB model. It was nice to have the topstitching down the center since I had to piece the fabric. Nick’s window is 70″ wide, and no fabric except quilt backing is available that wide. I was thrilled with the quality of the denim and the blackout lining from JoAnn’s.

Not much more news from this end.

xoxo
Betsy





Finally! A few Quilt FO’s!

4 11 2007

With the exception of one baby quilt about 6 months ago, I have hardly quilted in the past few years. Well, I was motivated this weekend, and despite my back, I finished 4 half-done quilts, and made a top!

So here is the quilt top for our niece, Mysti, who we just found out is having a boy on 11/16 – so I had to hurry! My photography skills do not do this quilt justice. The fabric is a beautiful aqua blue and chocolate. Here are a couple of the blocks:
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Here is the finished top. I’ll have to get some good pictures once it is quilted. I will definitely post that up, too.

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And just in time for Halloween (NOT!), I hand pieced the 5″ squares, then broke out the sewing machine for the borders, then added prairie points. They were surprisingly easy!

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And I bought a kit for this Christmas quilt years ago. I remember being on a shopping trip with Sarah Schroeder in WA, so it’s way over 4 years ago! Whomever cut the kit didn’t do the best job on fussy cutting the Santas, but I guess that makes it extra “homey”. πŸ˜‰ I have just one side of the binding to finish hand-stitching on.

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And the flannel baby girls’ quilts, of which I made 3. The first I finished and even machine quilted went to one of the guys that works for Ed and his wife. They had a cute little baby girl. Here are the other two, waiting to be shipped off to get long-arm quilted:

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Quilts=cat magnets, oui?

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And last week, after finding out that Mysti and her hubby are having a boy, I broke out the baby blue yarn and knitted up my first booties and baby hat:

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The blue goes with Dante’s eyes, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰ (Poor kitty putting up with me dressing him up!)

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Here’s one of our frog friends I caught playing in the pool, as mentioned in my last post. Actually, with the cool weather we’ve had the last 2 weeks, I think they’ve gone into hibernation for the winter. I haven’t seen them around lately.

And, drum roll please, the appliances are ALL installed, the granite was installed last week, and everything except the tile is installed!!! Woohoooooo!!! Ed got the vent installed, too. You know the kind that comes up out of the counter, then goes back down? It is *too* cool. He spent practically all day Saturday getting everything squared away – the new sink, faucet and soap dispenser and stove top. This really is my dream kitchen! I simply love it. The granite looks so good, and was very nice to sew on all weekend. I never thought we’d be able to afford the granite, so I feel so very fortunate.

Hugs and kisses to friends and family!
xoxoxo

Betsy