Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP wed 2.29.12

Today I got to be the Oracle of Delphi.
Kids gave me offerings, mostly chocolate.
One kid insisted I take an entire cake home.
Holy chocolate abundance. I had trouble carrying it all home.
I ate ALL the chocolate covered pretzels as soon as I got home.
I ate the slice of homemade chocolate pie after dinner.
Oh my goodness...I have two girls who really want to be bakers.
One of them makes the best frosting I've EVER had.
I'm freezing part of the booty...or I'll eat it all by tomorrow.

I got a few things done yesterday. Today was just about trying to get tax stuff ready.

I'm caught up on my Sew. Happy. Quilt blocks.

Sew. Happy. Quilt. Quatrastar

Sew. Happy Quilt. HST block

Quilt for Kids block:
Asterix for Quilts for Kids

Oh..I never posted my Cyclops hats. I had fun making them:
Cyclops hats

Tomorrow, I'm attacking a GIANT to do list of sewing...
Friday will be cleaning..and maybe more sewing.

Tentative To Do List:

Apron for Pirate
Finish FTLOS big object
New Bee Block for's stumping me
Neutral and Not block
2 stars for Heal circle at Do. Good. Stitches
top finish and back finish and basting of Rockin Robin
secret finishes (2)

I'm sure there is more....

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Some finishes and near finishes!

I finished up my Sparkle:


I'm almost finished on my big item for the For The Love of Solids swap:
FTLOS main item!, almost done!

The little item is inside it already.

I have a giant to do list still.

I had a weird incident Friday. I'm calling my doc on Mon to schedule a physical.
I don't know if it was a panic attack, a blood sugar issue, or what.
I had to take the car in for a tail light. By the time I got to the mechanic, I was shaking so hard that I was looking for a place to pull over anyway. My feet swelled, and my heart was racing. It was weird. I wasn't afraid, so much as I was worried I'd be in an accident. I'm not a chicken driver. Heck, I've driven cross country twice by myself. I eventually stopped and took a very long slow drive home, where I promptly crashed into sleep hard. It felt like adrenaline and a crash. I had eaten lunch...nothing to which I have an allergy. No fever.
The weird thing is that the person I teach with had a similar incident two years ago. They never figured out what caused hers. Blarg. I really don't like needles.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

sharing the love...

I got the Liebster award from Kelsey, over at Kelsey Sews!

This award is given to favorite blogs with under 200 followers. The Liebster Rules are:
1. Post about your win on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
3. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have less than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Picking 5 blogs is HARD.

First up is Jacey over at Jaceycraft. She is fab. Her quilts, large and small are gorgeous! One of her lovelies lives at my house now, as I was lucky enough to win an original pillow from her in a giveaway. She also knits these crazy beautiful shawls.

Second is H2Ogirl, my first bee mama, over at Fiber of All Sorts. She helped me get a foot into the wondrous quilty world that is flickr. I'm STILL having a blast!

Then there is Kay over at Shocking Hocking. She's a fellow member of Mouthy Stitches. I have had fun watching her work pop up.

Then there's Issabella the Cat. The colors she uses in her quilts are glorious. We're both hunting the same books.

Finally, Lyanna over at PurplePandaQuilts. She has run some wonderful groups, like the stockings for kids, organizing and collecting stockings for foster kids.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gah..sleep deprived...

We stayed up too late last night. I had work late last night. Zumba on Sunday.
I did not want to get out of bed this morning.
I taught dance today and came home to nap.
Needless to say, there was no sewing done today.
I'm slated for Zumba again tomorrow.
There may or may not be sewing then either....
Blach! I'm feeling behind.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Holy Crap, Batman...

I am WAY behind (though my behind may be smaller because I Zumba'd today...but that's another matter). I am behind.

Mostly because I tried the Sew Out Loud block. made me feel dumb.

I have some dyspraxia/dyslexic tendencies and, apparently, have issues with paper piecing.
Know what is sucko? Trying to seam rip when you are trying not to rip off paper so you can redo it.

First error: I forgot the edging and did it purple instead of the dark grey. Part of the problem was the low level of toner on my printer.

Many Many other errors: I'd sew on a piece and it wouldn't end up where I thought it would be. So I'd have to rip and start again.'s finally done, but it's the ONLY thing I got done today.
Sew Out Loud, block #1
Let me just say that much chocolate was consumed because I poked a hole in the R, apparently, during seam ripping. Any one know if I can patch it with some heat and bond or stitchwitchery?

I don't know if I can handle trying the rest of the QAL if the rest are this hard.
My to do list is awfully long still....

My Sparkle got quilted yesterday.
Sparkle in progress...
I'm pondering making the binding match the back. Otherwise, a solid tangerine is a possibility. Any opinions?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

For today...

I didn't get as much done as I planned.

I quilted the Sparkle...still have to pick out binding. Tomorrow is dedicated to finishing my big project for the FTLOS item and packing a bunch of stuff up.

Maybe some Zumba. Maybe not. I really really want to get some stuff done.

Tonight I went to see The Princess and the Goblin.

One of my students was dancing in it.
It was choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Who just happened to be sitting in front of me.
Who I met (AND SHOOK HANDS WITH) before the show.

So awesome.
As was the performance.

I think I'm still a bit starstruck.

Friday, February 17, 2012

I'm still pondering...

what to do for my giveaway.

In the meantime, besides napped A LOT, I've been playing catch up.
I'm still working on my big item for the FTLOS swap.
I ordered a bit more fabric for the small item.
I'll post a pic of my finish of the big item, hopefully this weekend.

I caught up on my Sew. Happy. Quilt QAL.
Sew. Happy. Quilt, Churn Dash Redux

Here they all all together:
Sew. Happy. Quilt blocks!

I sewed a block for a group quilt that will be made for a gymnast recovering at the Shepherd Center.
Block for group quilt

I started working on the Sew Out Loud block. I'm about halfway through and anticipate another 2-3 hours on it before it's done. I'm a very slow paperpiecer. I think it will be cool when I'm done, though.

So, still on the to do list:

baste, quilt and bind the Sparkle (on tap for Sun, I think)
Feb New Bee block
For the Love of Solid items
pack Mouthy Stitches package
secret project for secret person
and, yes, there are more.......

Oh! Here are the first two shopping bags:
Bag #1
this one was for giggles....

Bah #2
i LOVE this one....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The show is ovah!

My students had their second show yesterday for the elementary school.
It went really well. My OCD tendencies kick in when I'm stressed, so I already had the breakdown of the set plan in place before the show. Kinda sucked a bit that I was not as "in the moment" as I wish I had been, but I was being mindful of coordinating almost thirty cast members while trying to keep safety in mind.
Now, I'm just feeling tired.
I have been sleep deprived for about a week now, and I don't do well without sleep over an extended period. Getting up in the morning has been very difficult...especially with a warm smooshy dog trying to lure you back to sleep. (Seriously, folks, he does this Valentino bedroom eyes thing when he wants you to nap with him....Hi-larious.)

Valentine's was nice. I was too tired to be super enthusiastic...which I felt bad about. The Pirate got me a travel drive so I can back up all my pics. (I had a disaster a couple of years ago when my harddrive crashed and ate a cross country road trip's worth of photos..and my memory card for my camera had been reformatted...OH HOW I CRIED.)
I got him chocolates (well, us, because I ate some) from Lagusta's Luscious.
The Raspberry chocolates were AMAZING. We haven't dipped into the anatomical hearts yet.
I also made him the first 2 of about a half dozen shopping bags.
The Pirate goes to the Farmer's Market for our food mostly and comes back with an insane amount of plastic bags...which we both hate.
I used Canoe Ridge Creations bag tutorial. It was really easy to follow. I can see whipping up a bunch of these.
I'll post pics tomorrow.
I posted my bee blocks for my last 4x5 block and my Sew Bee It blocks. (Internationally posting requires going when the post office is actually open.)
I still have a few other things to post this weekend.
(Got to pack up my Mouthy Stitches items.)

Sewing plans for tomorrow/this weekend:
*Finish my Sparkle quilt QAL. (just have to sew a couple of pieces of sashing as well as baste and quilt)
*New Bee on the Block Feb block
*secret item for secret person
*Sew my FTLOS big item. Prep pieces of small item.
*Attempt a paper pieced block
*sew up the most recent Sew. Happy. Quilt block. (I cut the pieces but haven't sewn them yet.)

Also to ponder.....
*finish my Rockin Robin quilt top and back. (I have to sew on sashing and piece a strip for the back)
*baste the random block quilt...I think the top may need sashing.
If I can finish these two, I'll have 6/8 finishes on my Finish Along list.
The red, grey, black bee quilt should be the easiest finish left on that list...and I need to check what #8 was....hmmm.
*work on my Tango challenge quilt. I have the fabrics. I have the plan. I just haven't sewn.

Monday, February 13, 2012

First performance down...

The kids did fabulously well!
One more tomorrow...easy audience...the rest of the elementary school.
I'll be relieved when it's all done...and probably tired tomorrow eve.
Trying to dig out my reserve energy.
Go, romance girl, go!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

full weekend!

I have finished the rest of my 4x5 blocks and caught up on my
Sew. Happy. Quilt block.

Sew Happy Quilt block

Sew Happy blocks

Neutral and Not block, Feb:
Neutral and Not, Feb
I loved this one! (I wanted to keep it.)

Sew Bee Blissful block, picked and sending to Sarah from FairyFace Designs:
Sew Bee Blissful for Sarah!

4x5, Q1, Hive #1, for Nydia

4x5, Q1, Hive #1, for Nickki Lynn

Remaining NuBee block:
Nubee, Hive #1, Feb, for oneygirl

I finished my Mouth Stitches pouch.
I'm not posting it here because I want it to be a bit of a surprise.

I'm almost done with my Sparkle quilt top.
I want to baste and quilt it up this week. I bought thread for it.

The Pirate's V Day present may get bumped to an anniversary present.

I spent much of my free time trying to work out a plan for my For The Love of Solids' partner.
I have an idea. I'm just waiting for the partner to give me some feedback before I go ahead whole hog.

I know what the smaller second item is going to be. I have to catch up on a few other items.
I'm not sure I'll get to all my Finish Along items (I've got 4 out of 8 done) this quarter.
I figure if I can get two more down, that's nothing to sneeze at.

All of my Fugly fabric (well, at least all that I pulled) is on its way to new homes.

As soon as I wrap my head around the FTLOS object, I'll be pondering a giveaway now that I've hit 100 (WOW ONE HUNDRED!!!) followers!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Lucy over at Charmed about You is hosting a party!

Charm About You

I have a load of fugly fabrics to give away.
Some of them are vintage (?) fat quarters that were given to me.
They may or may not have been washed.
If any of these work for you, let me's yours.













FQ12 (a pair): CLAIMED


Half a yard #1: CLAIMED

Half a yard #2 (I think it's Amy Butler): CLAIMED

Half a Yard #3: (It's Rivoli, I think...I have more, this one just doesn't work for the project it was purchased for.) CLAIMED


If more than one person wants the same item, I'll randomly draw names. This is open to domestic US only, unless you are willing to paypal postage! (I'm sorry international peeps...if I had to ship this all abroad, the postage would kill me.) The lists will stay open until Thursday, Feb 9 until 5pm. I'll even try to post this weekend.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I can't believe it's almost been a week...

since I last posted.
Sorry about that. I had the ick on Wed. I've been working on a ton of bee blocks (Sew Bee Blissful, 3x6, Nubee's Feb hive and the 4x5). I still have 2 blocks for my year long bees (New Bee and Neutral and Not).
4x5, Q1, Hive #1, for Carmen
3x6, Q1, Hive#7, for Lisaleh
4x5, Q1, Hive #1, for Leanne
NuBee, Feb, Hive #1, for tkdtara84
NuBee, Feb, Five #1, for capitolaquilter
3x6, Q1, Hive #7, for rocco78
3x6, Q1, Hive #7, for czgrad
3x6, Q1, Hive #7, for queensonia2001
NuBee, Feb Hive #1, for craktpot
3x6, Hive #7, for  theconfusedquilter
test block, Nubee, Hive #1
3x6, Hive #7, for scruffycat1970

I caught up on my Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL:
Sew. Happy. Quilt. Flying Geese Pinwheel

I also made my pouch for my Mouth Stitches partner. I have to sew the lining closed. I'm pondering some hand embroidery...but I'm not so great at it.
a peak:
pouch option #1

I also caught up/got ahead on the Sparkle QAL:
I have the four blocks joined....I still have to sash it.

Who knows what I'm going to get to this week?! The play is a week from tomorrow.
I'm going to try to post some of the ridiculous things I've made for the play:
I rehabbed some old wings (more like Elvis jumpsuit wings) for the peacocks.
I made Scooby Doo ears.
I knitted 3 cyclops hats.
Today I assembled picket signs for the One Eyed % occupying Olympus.

I have at least one more prop I need to fix/construct. A compass (it was supposed to look like the one from The Pirates of the Caribbean...but as time runs down, I'm not as concerned.)
I also have to work on the program back. I think I've narrowed it down to 2 kid choices for the front cover.

Wooooo! I've been really productive. I kind of can't wait til the play is done. I'm thinking of joining Pinterest...for wedding ideas. Ooo. I still have to post pics of the ring. That will be coming this week.