Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

This has been a fabulous Christmas for me. Even though I have had a touch of some sort of flu for the past several days, it was still the best.

My daughter flew in from Indiana. I didn't know she was coming until last Saturday, so that in itself is enough to send me over the edge. Felt like old times, when we would fly here to spend Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa. So both Amy and me are staying at Grandma's now and Grandma is taking care of us and spoiling us all week.

On Christmas Eve, together, we made the cutest bags.
My daughter is not a sewer, but I think she might have gotten the bug. I have Amy Butler's book, Style Stitches, and I showed her some bags that we could make. She picked some fabric from my stash. She chose Michael Miller's Owl by Myself, and a coordinating dot print. I chose some Amy Butler fabric from the August Field collection.

This is Amy, working with my machine, first time sewing, she is being so careful!

The front panel is done, she top stitched it perfectly!! She learned how to fussy cut and use a rotary cutter.

Amy thought the auto-cutter was so cool.

I think she did a great job!! She wanted to "funk it up" so she chose a bright purple zipper to use. In this photo it looks blue but it is very purple.

I had a great time making this bag, I plan on making many more in all sizes. I thought I would use this one to hold accessories while sewing that always end up next to my machine. Amy wanted to use it as a cosmetic bag. She says her make-up always "explodes" in her make-up bags, so I thought it should be lined with vinyl. Another learning process for Amy!

This is the one that I made. I swear if my daughter fell in love with sewing I would buy her a new machine. A little early for that, but I do have my old Viking. It could use a tune-up and I am sure it would be perfect. Now how can that be carried on a airplane?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Season

Making some last minute gifts for my son and daughter-in-law. It is a match to the baby quilt that is not quite finished. I hope they like it.

I put the binding on completely by machine, no hand sewing done at all. It is always a frightening thing to wonder how the binding in the back is doing while you are stitching in the ditch.
Turned out pretty good on that back side. I love to make potholders, but I have never made them for myself. Tomorrow I will make a matching hand towel. I don't know if my daughter-in-law will think they are silly or not. I know that the colors are perfect for her kitchen. I think my son does most of the cooking and he loves fish, hence the cute little Swimmy fish in the middle.

Tomorrow I am going to go buy some DMC floss and do some embroidery. I don't know where that urge is coming from. Actually I do, I found a cute little design that I purchased online here. It is just so cute I can't stand it. I did lots of embroidery before I had kids and my mother still displays some huge things I made years ago. My mom doesn't throw anything away.

I also am getting the urge to do some knitting for that grandbaby of knitting books are packed away in storage and that just irritates me so much. I wouldn't be able to find the books with boxes because there is too much furniture in the way. It seems I will never get much stuff back. You know my stuff, craft books, fabric.....I brought to my temporary living area as little as I could, but as much sewing stuff as possible...not much room but I've got the basics.

The divorce is going slow because the soon to be ex cannot refinance the house. Seems he needs my income. What a shock.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

guitar strap

I know I've seen some cute guitar straps on blogs, but now that I am looking for them, I can't find any. Does anyone know a blog that has made some cute ones? I was thinking my 83 year old father might need one. He is still picking at his guitar and continues to add guitars to his collection. What a great dad I have.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fish lunch on the Sea of Galilee

This is the fish lunch I had on the Sea of Galilee. I wasn't expecting a real fish to land on my plate, didn't think much of what was coming, I guess I expected American fish and chips. So I was surprised to have this dead fish, eyeballs and all looking at me. It tasted like tilapia, and maybe it was, it was good. I am a girl from the Pacific Northwest, we love fish, so it was a great lunch. I have about 1000 pictures from my Israel trip. It was such an awesome trip.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Time to go back to work

Tonight I fly back to the PNW. I arrive late tonight and will have to get up early in the morning to get back to work. Time to stop playing with baby for awhile, so I'm quickly getting depressed about can I leave this little guy?

heartache, heartbreak.......he's smiling at me and starting to coo, it's oh so sweet....

BUT, I am ready to do some sewing. I am reminded of the huge mess my sewing table is in, in my temporary living situation. I can't even start anything until that table is cleared off. While Eli's mom and dad have been sleeping in until noon while I am here, I have been either playing with Eli or surfing quilt and sewing blogs and finding all kinds of ideas and plans. If you know of any blogs I should check out, please let me know.....

My major decision that I will needing to make is where shall I move? My choices are downtown Seattle, north Seattle (Ballard or U district), or a big move would be to head to the midwest to be near this little guy who is tugging at my heart strings. Could be a 3 year plan to move to Indiana though...or not.....decisions, decisions.....

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My boys

What a busy month. 10 days in Israel, 2 days back to work, now 5 days in Indy. My body clock is so messed up. I think my time zone is somewhere in the middle Atlantic...

The fish quilt didn't get finished for this trip, but is so has turned out as I wanted..I should have it finished by next weekend. I think I will actually not be going anywhere...

This weekend is with the 7 week old grandson. growing so fast. Here is a picture of my two boys, one big, one small.....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My next quilt---for my son

My next quilt is for my grandson, with my son in mind......He loves fish and has a web page about it here. This cute little fabric with the goldfish was made just for him. I found it on etsy and I bought a pajama leg panel of it. Doing some fussy cutting and piecing the fish together to make a 45 inch panel

The colors will be browns, and light aqua. Going to look for another bit of fabric. I'm just going to cut strips of varying widths similar to the picture and have light gray minkee for the back. It needs to be done by Dec 2nd and I leave for Israel next Saturday. I've got work to do. Why does work seem to get in the way ALWAYS?


I have to say that this is one cute baby. Look at that little precious, and he's highly advanced in his activities too! When you are 2 weeks old that's important! How can you describe a grandmother's love. I don't feel like a grandma (how do gramma's feel?), but somehow it happened. This baby looks just like my son did 28 years ago. BUT I think he's cuter.....his mommy must have made him cuter....thanks Carmen for this little bundle of joy!

This is me holding my baby right after birth. His head is still cone shaped here but by the next day he had a perfect round head. I just love this little guy....

This is the day two (24 hours old) and look how
he is looking at his daddy. Isn't that just precious?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Life Changes

This has been quite the year, I had a grandson delivered October 13th. He arrived weighing 7 lbs 9 oz. Such a perfect healthy boy. Elias is his name, looks just like my son.

Mother and baby are doing fine, although she did have to have a C-section, just like I did with the baby's father!.

The baby's room is light green with white baby furniture. I hope I have the right greens here. If not, it can be a on the floor quilt.

The back is minkee, that super duper soft stuff that I now want to have for a quilt of my own!! I think everyone needs one.

While this pregnancy was going on, Grandma (me) was busy preparing for a divorce. Life changes......I am now out of the house, living in a temporary living situation, life has been tough and rather abusive. How did that happen? It's an unfortunate situation which had to stop. Not much quilting or other sewing has been going on with me, but now that I am halfway situated, the quilting has begun,,,,off to make another baby quilt. This one is going to be inspired by my son's love of fish.

I hope my writing and quilting will help me with my life changes, cause things are really crazy for me right now, sewing needs to be my stress reliever......

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Here is my first strip quilt! I am completely bonkers about it. I made it for my daughter for her birthday.

She has not received the quilt yet. I am going to hand deliver it to her when I fly to Indiana. I hope she likes it of course, because I fell in love with it. I became completely hooked on strip quilts. I like this one so much I bought much of same fabric to make one for myself!

On the last quilt I made, I tried to sew the binding on with my machine, but quickly I realized that wasn't going to work. I tried it again with this quilt and was amazed at my improvement!

This picture is taken on the front of the quilt.

This picture is taken from the back side and the perfect corners. How'd I do that so good?

The picture quality is really bad, I know. I take all my pictures from my iPhone. I have 3G, so no zoom, no flash. Soon, I will be getting the new iPhone with zoom, flash, 5 GB, and movie too. Can't wait to get that.

Rumor has it that Verizon will get a iPhone early next year. Maybe I will wait, maybe I won't. I really want that movie capability by October when my little grandson arrives!!!

Anyway, I am completely hooked on these strip quilts. I have 2 more in the works. I read another blog about someone being hooked on strip quilts months ago and now I understand it. Perfect for those of us who love contemporary quilts!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dot Bag

Here is the bag I made 2 weeks ago. I am loving it and plan to make some more. It was so much fun to make, I enjoyed it so much!! The inside has 4 pockets, trimmed with dupioni silk. The top is also trimmed with brown dupioni silk and some other trim. The bag is from a pattern from paradiso designs called Okashi courier bag by Cheryl Kuczek. I hear she is a local Seattle designer and gives classes. The outside fabric is a Micheal Miller print called Mirror Ball Dot.

The inside fabric is 100% cotton chambray, by Robert Kaufman, it looks orange one way, and pink the other way. Love it. I had to go buy some more of both Fabric Crush!! Love that store....

Friday, April 23, 2010

My great-nephew Isaac

This is Isaac, born April 13, to my nephew Aaron and wife Emily. He joins a brother, Jakob, who just turned 2.

Today, home sick again. Only worked 2 days this week.Got a great head cold. I need some warm weather, a high of 62 doesn't quite make to warm but it is better than tomorrows high of 54.

My Jakob. He's a little Huskie fan. He also loves loves loves his Thomas the Train collection.

I am not too sick to head out to a few quilt stores. Fabric Crush and the Quilting Loft might need to be visited. I finished a quilt top and need some batting and I'm sure there might be some other things I need.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I finally finished this quilt that I made last summer. This quilt is a pattern from the blog, Oh Fransson! I love her stuff. I used the BSR foot on my machine and stippled the entire top. That foot is amazing. More amazing is that it sells for $900. Good thing it came with the machine. Some people have trouble using it, but I never had any trouble with it. It is so much fun, it has a infrared light that sees how fast your are moving the quilt and it stitches along with your movement.

It is the time of year that we have outdoor fires, here's a picture of the first of the season. A glass of wine and the neighbors visiting, love those nights.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Quilt for Daughter-in-Law

I see a quilt that just might work for my DIL, it's easy peasy, check it out here. My other thought is to do something like this. I like them both: contemporary, clean, simple. Which do you like?

I have worked 8 days in a row and have 2 more to go. I am irritable, grouchy, and really need to get away. I wake up at 3:30am, don't have to get up till 4:30. grrrr. I start to plan a vacation and then a staff member hands me a request for the same week off. grrrrr. I am tired of my 2 hour commutes....Okay, enough grumbling, I am going to have a nice day at work,,,,,by friday I hope to have some energy to get in the sewing room to clean, as it is complete chaos, it needs a overhaul. I wish I could stay home.....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My DIL likes purple

It really isn't my fav color but I found some purple I like. A wonky or not so wonky log cabin is what I will make her. There is one more print that I found that I am going to throw in for my son.

He loves his fish and this has cute little pink fishies and the perfect color yellow fish.

I found a GREAT new quilt store in Seattle. This one is called Fabric Crush. This store is for the contemporary quilter I would say. It is located in Wallingford Center in Seattle. It is in a old building which they have restored with very cute swanky little stores inside. The lighting in this store is remarkable. Here are some pictures I found. They also had a good selection of books for sale. I wanted all of them!

Happy Easter everyone! Unfortunately I have another emergency case at the hospital. According to my new device down the page I had visitors from all over the world yesterday!! I would love to read comments~~~~ Hello?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Anna Maria Horner pincushion caddy

I bought the book written by Anna Maria Horner, Seams to Me, last year sometime with the intent of at least making the adorable pin cushion caddy. I cut out the pattern pieces and got it all together and it was a mess. I found out later from some internet searches that the pattern pieces from the book are WAY off. I nearly threw this thing away but I kept making the curves smaller and smaller to fit the inner tube. I should have just made the inner tube lots bigger but it was too late for that. I finished it, its crooked, stuffed strangely, but it does work as a handy dandy pincushion caddy. My husband was laughing at me for throwing this thing around the living room, when I was thoroughly disgusted that the pattern pieces didn't fit.

Someone online figured out a formula to make the pattern work, and if I wasn't in a hurry I would post that. Maybe later.

I do think this little caddy is a great addition to any sewers to catch all those things we need to keep handy.

Unfortunately, I just got a emergency call, it's off to work for a call case.....

Monday, March 29, 2010

Head Cold

I don't know if it's this cold or what, but I am sick of making this shirt. In fact today, I accidently cut the fabric right near the front, I think I'm going to toss it in the garbage soon. Or do you think I cut it on purpose?

I'm feeling a little bit more like making a quilt!! Imagine that!

I have already called in sick tomorrow. I just took 2 advil, and 2 tylenol cold and sinus tablets. I ache, and I can't breathe. I haven't gotten out of bed all day. It has been pouring down rain all day, a good day to lay around. We have had this terrible cold going around work and I started to get it on Saturday. I cancelled my trip to Wenatchee on Saturday, but then after eating and taking a shower I felt better and jumped in the car for the 3 hour drive. It was my great-nephew's 2 year birthday. I'm glad I went.

He saw his dog pee on a rock and thought it looked like fun, so his dad let him try. These are the tricks you do to potty-train your little boy I guess.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Vogue 1054 by ralph rucci Chado

This is my next sewing adventure. I am making it in a deep raspberry or maybe it's just a plain red tencel. I love tencel. The pattern is labeled as "advanced". I don't know what makes it advanced, but if they want to tell me that I am an advanced sewer I will let them. Lots of seams to this shirt. I think every section has 3 pieces that you seam together, then bind in a contrasting fabric (didn't know that until I brought it home, then had to go get more fabric). The buttonholes are hidden behind the " front fly" and have bound buttonholes. You mean I can't use my fancy, smanchy buttonholer on my million dollar machine? I think I will bypass the bound buttonholes, maybe. Then it calls for hand stitched trim on the collar and front fly. I don't know that I will do that either.

I've got the front and back sections seamed and connected at the side and shoulder seams. Next is to work on the 'front fly'.

I think my sewing is finished for the night. I have 4 days of hard work ahead of me and then this weekend I am going across the mountains to my great-nephew's 2 year birthday party. His mom is about to pop out baby boy #2 in about 2 weeks.

I spent 3 hours of the day at my My Label club. Today, we were shown how to make Besom pocket. I've done that kind of thing years ago. It was nice to see someone else do it and hear all her tips. She brought with her one of those Singer Featherweights. It smelled kinda bad, but they swear it makes the best straight stitch. After watching her use it, I didn't really want one....but we'll see.

Hubby is making dinner, and I am drinking a glass of wine. The big red dog is at my feet. These are how my evenings are, mmmm, the smell of garlic is the best aroma........

Friday, March 12, 2010

Perfect Day for Making a BABY QUILT

My day off!! I love them. Today, it is raining and I love to stay inside and sew. I have a lovely view from my sewing room. Spring is on its way as the magnolia tree (or whatever it is) is starting to bloom.

Here is the quilt that I am making for my new(only) grand baby coming October 14th. I bought the material at the Sew Expo in Puyallup, that was the day I found out about this little one. I had no patterns, so I just thought I'd make a little coin quilt.

You can't tell I want a girl can you?

I decided to channel quilt the white strips, after much playing around.

I did lots of stitching in the ditch.

This is almost the finished product. I haven't started the binding, but I want to put some stitching in the coins and I can't decide what to do.

It's kinda blurry but can you see the x's. Or I could put some little flower design which sorta mimics the flowers on the backing.

SO if you would please comment and let me know what you think I should do

Should I:
  1. Stitch in the ditch
  2. leave it alone
  3. put x's in the ditch
  4. put a flower design in the ditch
thanks :-)

Friday, March 5, 2010


I have some news to share with anyone who wants to listen.......... I am going to be a grandma. Now do I look like a grandma? I don't think so : ) This might not be public information, but since this is such a quiet blog, no one is going to find out anyway. The date is around October 17, so we have a long way to go. This will be my first grandbaby. My mother has 2 great-grand son's, so I am hoping for a little girl, but I will take whatever I get. The sadness comes when I think that they are so far away from me. My little daughter-in-law is such a tiny thing and she has no mother but me. Oh, how I wish they would move near me. I bought some material at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup to make a little baby quilt. I was told of this baby as I was driving to the Expo, and then I couldn't think straight for the whole time I was there!!

I bought material at the Marcy Tilton booth and also some linen and Tencel at some booth that I can't remember the name. I think that is all I bought. I made a pair of pants so far, and I finished that white shirt. My husband took some goofy pictures of me in it, so I will post, when I get home.
I also am working on a 5-day headache. It just won't go away. I am so glad it is Friday and I will have 2 days off so I don't have to think about work. Work has been busy busy, but today, I gave myself a easy job(i am the boss thank goodness), so far so good, but soon I will have to go down to x-ray and do some hard procedures that may take several hours. Headaches associated with nausea are just no fun.....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sharon Hultgren

just a little tidbit of information here. How many of you have any quilting cutting devices that have the name Sharon Hultgren on it? I have several. It turns out she is related to me. She doesn't know it but I am. My grandmother is a Hultgren. Isn't that cool? I think the quilting gene passed through my grandma to me, because it didn't get to anyone else in my family. My grandma is Hazel Hultgren, long gone, but never forgotten... I believe the Hultgren clan is in Minnesota somewhere......

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gingher Rotary Cutter and Seam Ripper

I saw this at JoAnn's and have been dreaming about it ever since. The price was $69 at JoAnn's but I saw it on Amazon for $39. Apparently it feels wonderful in your hand. Other girls were talking about a cutter made by Martelli which is really a different type of cutter, the handle is in your palm. I bet they will have a display at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. I will have to check it out, they also have a great mat. You can see a video of it here.

Then I heard from one of my Yahoo groups that they have a seam ripper. They were raving about it. Love to buy new tools!!!