Friday, January 22, 2010

I Pod Case

I have been having just too much fun with fusing fabric and free motion quilting. Yesterday I finished a case for our I-pod. This was a fun little thing to make...
The wonderful thing about these is there is no pressure to make it perfect and I know if I mess it up I can just start over. It seems like the less pressure I put myself under the better things come together. I do not know where all of this little doodling with the sewing machine will take me but I am enjoying playing for now.
I think this was very successful and I really like the combination of fabrics. I just may have to make these as gifts for my friends and family. Oh, I ordered a 24 inch quilters table for my sewing machine. I am looking forward to having a larger workspace for quilting.

I am also working on ideas for my annual valentine but nothing is materializing yet.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Playing with free motion quilting

After spending 8 hours without power yesterday I am so very thankful to have electricity again so I headed down into the studio to play.

Today I played with some free motion quilting. This is a process which I really enjoy. I will post photos of that piece later. However several months ago I posted a blog about free motion quilting and today I took the practice piece I made and constructed a case for my Christmas present... I found that every time I took the GPS out of the window of my car I was just putting it in my purse or the glove box and decided it needed a case to protect it. I thought that using these little pieces I made to practice would be put to good use. I am happy with this case and now I need to make a safe home for my cell phone and I-pod.........

I hope all of you are having a great week.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help for Haiti

Many of the blogs I read are helping with the disaster in Haiti. M and I have sent a donation to the American Red Cross but this morning I got up and read Jacquie's Blog Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She is auctioning off 3 of her wonderful neighborhood quilts and here is the discription of her generous offer........

Here's what I would like to do. I'm auctioning my neighborhood quilts and the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. I WILL MATCH WHATEVER IS EARNED FROM THE AUCTION. The auction will begin with this post and end on Friday at 8 a.m. central time.

So here's how it works. Leave a comment with
1. the color of the quilt your bidding on (blue, pink, green)
2. the amount of your bid
3. your email address

If you have the top bid, I will send you a paypal invoice for your quilt. When all the payments are received I will send out the quilts, and make a donation to the American Red Cross for double the amount raised.

So if this appeals to you please go and visit Jacquie's blog.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I am back!

I have spent the last few weeks on the road. We traveled to Colorado to spend Christmas with family and visit friends. My kids were able to join us too. It was an incredible time. I feel so very blessed to be part of such a wonderful bunch of people. We stopped along the way to see Mark's family also and had a great time there too. I just hate living so far from family but after spending a couple of weeks in the winter weather it feels wonderful to be home to the pacific northwest and the mild temperatures.

I have to say one of my favorite part of this trip was watching my kids as adults interact with everyone. I think they also enjoyed the time as much as we did.

I have been home a few days and finally got down to the sewing machine yesterday and it felt so good. I hope to work some more in the days to come. I promise I will have something to show you soon.

Oh, I want to thank my daughter for taking a great photo of the whole gang!!!