Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday's Truth

It's a good thing life isn't always fair- too much cotton candy and ferris wheel riding will make you sick.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday's Truth

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff, too long to have regrets. Enjoy the ride.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Whad ya git, whad ya git??

Due to popular demand (not necessarily from blog comments), here's what I found at the hardware store fabric sale (I know, it just doesn't seem like it makes sense, but there was the fabric, just upstairs from fertilizer, nails and hammers).
About four yards of Brown Bear, Brown Bear for the back of a baby quilt I was commissioned to do for my sister-in-law. And a smidge of a cat fabric for my mother. Neither are what I would normally buy, but it is what it is.

This was the real find. A hunk of Rainy Days and Mondays by Riley Blake, a yard of the minerets from 1001 Peeps by Lizzy House, and six yards of the candle fabric from 1001 Peeps. It will make a great backing for something. 

And speaking of backing, these Beatles fabrics will end up being the backing for a quilt my mother is making for my nephew, who thinks the only good music is Beatles music. And he's 8.
 Can't beat it at $2.99 a yard. There was some designer fabric, including Mark Lipinski and Riley Blake, some batiks, lots of Civil War, Timeless Treasure, Andover, FreeSpirit, and Westminister. I was on a budget, and I had been about a month ago and really spent my money then. Overall, worth the hour long drive from St Chuck on a pretty day. Back to my baking, got cookies in the oven and bread dough rising in the fridge.

Friday, October 21, 2011

In the vein of Not Normal.....

....Finally took a minute this morning from bread and pool and laundry (still haven't raked those pine needles...) and put together this cute little pillow.  The top was pieced courtesy of Kristy and *GASP* abandoned on the free table at the last Sew In.  After repeated confirmation that she really didn't want it (a bit not normal maybe? I keep good company ; ) ), I brought the lonely sucker home and have finally put a back on it. While it is quite at home in my living room, I do wonder if it may eventually find its way into Kristy's bag at a Modern Quilt Guild Meeting.

Oh, and YEA!!! I have a three day weekend!!!!!! And the hardware store in St. Claire Mo is having their annual fabric sale - $2.99 a yard and there's usually some good finds if you're willing to dig.

Normal People

Most normal people don't get up at 5:38 am on their bonus day off.

Most normal people don't shoot pool at 6:22 am.

It needs to be cleaned up a bit, but it plays even and the bumpers are true. Check out the carpert! A sweet friend (translation: friend with skills who can fix anything) helped (translation: did most of the work) lay the carpet tiles. An art teacher friend and I exchanged services: she painted the stone wall and I made her a quilt.  My pool/bar room is almost finished and open for business!
 Most normal people don't take a picture of their wood pile, dreaming of the evening they can light the first fire of the season.

 Most normal people don't lament the fact that they had to turn on the furnace before November 1.
 Most normal people don't spend time thinking about how many quilts they have to quilt to pay themselves back for buying a pool table on craigslist (2), and then how many to pay for the move (3).
Thank goodness I'm not normal!
Gotta go get baking, quilting and pine needle picking uping. And probably shoot some more pool, because I'm a bit rusty after not touching a cue stick in over a year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday's Truth

The question isn't who is going to let me: its who is going to stop me.

-Ayn Rand

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Habitat Challenge Unveiled

So here it is, done in a week.

So why did I take a photo at the pool? Because I finished the binding while coaching swim practice. There is no connection to to natatorium, I just thought it would be funny to take the photo in front of the no life guard on duty. (But there was one in the pool, so we were covered.)

At Laumeier Sculpture Park near Kirkwood.

Overall I'm pleased with how it turned out. I think some of my fellow Modern quilters are amazing with what they did, and we all find it funny that most of us were ready to be done with this fabric by the time we unveiled all of them today. I was actually hoping I would NOT win the door prize today because it was more of the challenge fabrics.

One thing I learned is that I need a better camera. My little point and shoot is nice to carry around, but it really doesn't take great photos.  I need to invest in a professional camera or at least a SLR type digital and really learn how to use it. I want to take better photos, I just need better equipment and some instruction.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday's Truth

There's nothing better in the world of sports than post season baseball. Nothing. Go Cards!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekends were made for this

I love October. The nip in the air, the leaves changing colors, the smell of fires in fire pits and fire places, clear skies in the morning to look at stars.

I was my usual busy self this weekend. Watched the Cardinals get whupped (it was ugly, higher hopes for today) on TV, went to an open house at a quilt shop (wahoo, won a door prize!), grilled burgers, visited with lots of different friends, and took care of a few things I've been meaning to do for a while.

Picked all of my basil before the frost could get it this year.

I dried it in the oven and was able to put up 3 jars of my basil (gave one to a friend).

Baked a tasty apple pie and used every last smear of butter in the butter dish because I didn't realize I was out of butter.. Hence a Dutch Apple Pie instead of a two cruster. Almost didn't have enough butter for the crumb topping. Bet you can guess what's on the top of my grocery list today!
 And I finally made progress on my challenge quilt for St Louis Modern Quilt Guild. A lot of progress. It's actually already on the long arm, ready to be quilted, with the binding set to go on at the same time. Want a sneak peak?

I said just a peak! Now to get it quilted and bound in time for the big reveal at the meeting next week. I'll post a real picture of it when I finish it. I'm off to hike a bit today, its too beautiful to stay inside. Just ask this squirrel!