Saturday, October 22, 2011

FNS Results

I didn't quite manage to work on the quilt I planned on last night. But that was fine. A few months ago I sewed together these blocks, arranged them, and planned on sewing the blocks into rows the next morning. Unfortunately, my little boy decided that it would be fun to throw the blocks all over the house the second he woke up. So I gathered them up and put them in my sewing room to arrange at a later date. I forgot all about them until I saw them sitting in my closet last night. I finished them up, sewed together my backing, and I've even started quilting them. One less UFO! Woot!
And this picture was a bit difficult to get to. I plugged my camera into my computer and discovered that there were over 200 pictures already on it. Hmmm....what did I forget to upload? I racked my brain until I started looking through them. A good 75% are of my little boy's feet and the other 25% are a great perspective of my house if you're 3 feet tall. I wonder who could have taken those?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Wow. Almost a year since my last blog post. We have been having our fair share of medical problems around here. Thankfully, I think we are over the hump. Time will tell. Anyway, I have signed up for this month's Friday Night Sew In as motivation to actually blog. And sew. Let us not forget the sewing. It is the most important part! I am working on a gorgeous (if I do say so myself) quilt from a pattern in issue 147 of Down Under Quilts. I can't wait to see what everyone else is stitching up!

Handmade by Heidi

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Secret Admirer

I remember watching my grandmother unwrap a large pile of presents on Christmas day. Each one was from either Santa or Your Secret Admirer. Why was Santa still brining my grandmother presents? Didn't he know that she was too old? She must still be sending him letters. How else would he know exactly what to get her?

Tonight I got a call from my husband. "I am getting you some things. Do not buy yourself anything this year." I could have acted indignant. Shocked. Hurt. But who am I kidding? Once I was let in on my grandmother's secret, there was no going back. I have added my own twist on things tho. Not only do gifts appear under the tree from Santa but so do gift from my small children. All I can say is this: my kids have fantastic taste. They always know the perfect gift. In a few short years I will have to go back to getting gifts exclusively from Santa once my youngest is old enough to want to pick out his own presents.

This is my dirty little Christmas secret. Please leave a comment and share yours. Or, a comment telling me what a horribly selfish mother I have turned into! Whatever!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween Pictures

I wrote a whole long post about carving pumpkins with the kids, our Halloween activities, etc.  For whatever reason, I was unable to upload pictures so I just saved the draft.  I tried again the next day with the exact same results.  Now the entire post seems dated and boring.  So you're just getting pictures.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Incase you missed it

Hee Haw Farms is located in Pleasant Grove, UT (just a hop, skip, and a jump from my house).  We went there this year for pictures, a corn maze, and various other activities.  Anyway, they do a pumpkin drop every year.  Here's the video:

I am pretty sick right now, which should explain all of these short posts lately.  Hopefully I will be back to sewing soon and will be able to show you all of the projects I was working on before I got sick!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Heritage

These celebrity look-alike things are always hilarious.  I don't believe I resemble any of these people.  But I am choosing to share it because I apparently look very, very Asian.  I never knew!  ha!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

it is an epidemic

It may be time for the EPA to come in and take some action.  Quilting as taken over.  First they took over the beds.  Then they got to the tables.  From there, it was an easy leap for them to cling to the walls.  They just can't be contained in one room.  And now they have infected the children, at least where Lorelei is concerned.

Homework assignment:  Book Report- cut six 8 inch squares, fill with various information, and glue to poster board.  Add 'stitches' with black marker around the squares.

Lorelei:  Wouldn't it be cool if it was a real quilt?

Yes.  Yes, it would be cool.  So that is what we did.  I was in charge of the rotary cutter and iron.  Lorelei did the rest.  I even let her have a go quilting.  (Poor Armando!)  I think she has a promising future!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Way-back Wednesday

I have been looking at bed sets for Eli.  I especially like this car bed:

Do you see the cool track for cars at the front of the bed?  Do you think there is a chance in hell that he would ever actually sleep?  ha!
Eli is obsessed with cars.  And with trains.  He loves Thomas.  I hate Thomas.  Thomas bores the crap out of me.  So, obviously, I am trying to encourage the love of cars.  (Pixar's Cars being the current favorite.)  But I really want me kids to love their rooms.  Or, at the very least, not hate them.

Growing up, my room looked like Strawberry Shortcake had thrown-up all over the place.  There was Strawberry Shortcake wallpaper.  Sheets.  And this weird ceramic Strawberry Shortcake plaque hanging on the wall.  I know that someone in the family (or perhaps of family friend) spent time making that plaque but it completely weirded me out.  And, despite my whining, my room stayed a Strawberry Shortcake heaven until I was 14 (I did remove the plaque and hid it in the storage room as soon as I was tall enough to reach it.).

There were so many other, cooler, things I would have rather had.  Remember She-ra?

I loved her!  I don't remember being bribed much as a child (I bribe my children constantly!) but I do remember the set of immunizations that led to me getting a She-ra doll.  I didn't cry so I got She-ra and her horse.  My five year old self was thrilled!

I also loved Jem & the Holograms.

Thankfully I never did my makeup like that!  Jem's look is 80's at its best (or worst).

What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?  And what do your kids watch that makes you cringe?  Please tell me there are some other Thomas the Tank Engine haters out there.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mail Call

Maybe I should have said UPS call....  Either way, I got a mystery package today.  I came downstairs in the morning (my husband has been home and I have been enjoying the opportunity to sleep in) and my husband pointed to a package sitting on the kitchen table.  "You got more stuff.  What did you order?"
I couldn't remember ordering anything.  And it looked far too big to be another book.  I opened it up and what a surprise!

Yummy fabric from Riley Blake!  This is from Lila Tueller's new line, Isabella.  I believe it will be out in stores this month.  I can't wait to start on my project with this gorgeous fabric!  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scalpels & Hee Haw Farms

Quilters Home reviewed seam rippers a few months back.  I have to admit, I had no idea there were so many choices out there!  Some were familiar, others looked like they would be more at home in an operating room.  Which makes sense.  It takes a surgeons steady hand to remove tiny stitches from delicate fabrics.  "Un-sewing" has got to be near the top of everyone's least favorite things to do list.  Anyway, despite seeing all of these awesome seam rippers in a magazine, I hadn't seen any of them in my local quilt shops.  That has finally changed.  I found a seam ripper from Havel's that I love.  It is perfect for taking out subpar quilting stitches or dismantling a pair of jeans to make into a quilt.  And I look slightly sinister wielding it.  My kids have never been so well behaved.
The store I purchased this at only had this one in stock.  When the blade eventually dulls I will buy the Havel's Ultra Pro which has replaceable blades.  Has anyone else tried another brand they are in love with?  I saw the Gingher one but the tip of the blade looked rounded and I wasn't sure how well that would work.

And the farm:
I recently posted about Alicia Jones Photography and her fall mini-photography sessions.  We recently booked one with her and met her over at Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove, UT.

The kids loved Hee Haw Farms, which means I loved Hee Haw Farms.  They had plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.  Both of the kids enjoyed the slides.

The corn maze was cool.  Once you got deep into the maze, the stalks were so tall you couldn't see landmarks to help you find your way out.

Of course, Eli loved the animal train.

They also have a trick-or-treat hayride, haunted hayride, pedal cars, petting farm, and pumpkin ice cream!  Delicious!  They also had a giant, blow-up type maze with inflated monsters inside.  Eli and Lorelei loved racing through it over and over and over again.

Admissions start at $8 (toddlers 2 years old and under are free).  Hee Haw Farms opens at 4 p.m. M-F and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

I have gotten the proofs from Alicia but I haven't received my image cd yet.  I will post the pictures she took as soon as I get them!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lions, and Hospitals, and rockslides, oh my!

Okay, maybe not lions, but this has been a crazy week.  My father in-law was taken to the hospital last week in an ambulance.  He had pneumonia and his kidneys had just failed.  He had to be put on a respirator and put into an induced coma.  Serious fun for all.  Needless to say, this meant a trip to go visit him and the rest of my husband's family in Wyoming.  This is pretty much what the last four hours of our seven hour trip looked like:

Describing it as scenic would be being very generous.  Lorelei started on the "are we there yets" about two hours in.  Ugh!
My father in-law was released from the hospital over the weekend and is doing surprisingly well.  Amazingly well.  The man made us breakfast the day we left.  While we were there I visited the local fabric store (surprise), took the kids to the park, and just enjoyed time spent with family.

That last picture is of my father in-law PUSHING Eli around the yard in a go kart.  ha!  He is such a good grandfather and I am so glad he is still with us!

On our way home we drove through Green River, Wyoming.  On the west side of town there is a large rock formation that everyone calls the Palisades.  When we got to that spot on the interstate there was a giant cloud of dust.  Visibility was zero.  There had been a large rock slide.  Luckily, nothing was on the interstate but the dust proved to be just as dangerous.

This was taken by someone headed the opposite way on the interstate.  We were on the side closest to the cliffs.  Just before this happened (about 3-4 minutes) we passed a vehicle hauling a plane.  That vehicle, another car, and a semi all wrecked inside the dust cloud.  We made it out minutes (if not seconds) before that happened.  They had to shut down the interstate for a few hours to get it all cleared. From what I can find online, it looks like everyone involved in the accident was treated and released from the hospital.

Anyway, that was our trip.  It was great seeing everyone and I am thankful our family made it home safe and sound.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

FNS Results

I made this quilt last year.  It was actually my very first non-baby quilt.  My mother was going through chemotherapy at the time and I wanted her to have something pretty to snuggle under on the days she wasn't feeling well.  It is made from a Fig Tree pattern called Blossom.  I ♥ this quilt.

I have been working on one of these for myself for the past few weeks.  It really shouldn't have taken me so long to get the top sewn together, but it did.  Other quilting commitments kept coming up and I had to put it aside.  Thankfully, I decided that the Friday Night Sew-in was the time I could sew for just myself without any guilt.

I can't quite decide if I love the border or not.  If I remember correctly, I don't think I loved the border on my mother's quilt at first either.  I am sure I will like it much better once the quilting has been done and the binding is on.  Though, who knows when that will be.

Friday, October 15, 2010

DIY Friday

I have been quilting in the dark.  Quite literally.  My sewing room is about 20 feet long but only has one tiny light fixture in the center of the room.  It makes doing anything outside of that four-foot perimeter quite tricky.

It is a bit pathetic.  Annoying.  Hard on the eyes.  Today, all that changed.  Finally!  And, as my husband doesn't read my blog, I could totally claim I put up the new track lights all by myself.  You might be impressed, and he would never be the wiser.  Alas, I have to admit that I only helped.

Perhaps I should have moved the ladder before taking this picture.  Oh well.

I also have been working on my formal living room/ dining room.  I am determined to furnish the whole thing with used furniture.  I've got to save some money somewhere and you know it isn't going to be by buying inferior fabric!  Here's the dining room:

I made this table runner last year using a Moda charm pack.  My mother and I actually both made one on one of our sewing days.  We really need to have those more often!

I have also bought a wingback chair ($12), and an end table and coffee table ($15).  Now I just need a sofa and I will be all set.  The wingback chair had hideous fabric but was in very good shape.

It was so much easier than reupholstering.  I love that there were no ties.  And you can still see the legs of the chair.  Every slipcover I have ever used seemed to shift every time someone sits in them.  This really stays put.  And it was easy to put on once I figured out which side was which.  It was supposed to have stickers marking this, but I think I may have received a repackaged one that someone returned.  Grrr...  lol

Tonight is the Friday Night Sew-in!  I am going to finish up a quilt top or two that I have been neglecting.  And I will be finishing them up in my nice, bright sewing room.  Down side to the new lights, I now realize how badly my sewing room is in need of decoration.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I made it to the two sewing shops in Casper, WY while we were visiting family.  The first one, Wyoming Sewing Center, was a disappointment at first.  I walked in expecting a bit of fabric and only saw sewing machines.  Gorgeous sewing machines, but no fabric.  Gorgeous thread, but no fabric.  Fun notions, but (again) NO FABRIC!  *sniff*

But then I saw the most AMAZING thing.  Something I didn't even know existed.  A Singer 222 Free-arm Featherweight!  Apparently they were never made for the U.S. market, so there aren't many of these babies floating around out there.  I wish I had taken a picture (I forget these things when I am excited!) but I did find a cool old advert for one.

*Note to husband:  I want one for Christmas.

I also test drove a couple of machines.  Wyoming Sewing Center sells Bernina and Viking machines.  I also saw a few Janome machines hanging out.  My favorite (by far) was the Viking Ruby.  (Okay, I really liked the Viking Diamond too, but a girl knows when something is out of her budget!)  The Ruby was just amazing.  It had every function I could want and has the drop-in bobbin feature that I love.  I need to quit looking at machines!  I will never be able to make a decision!
*Note to Santa:  I want one for Christmas.