Monday, June 23, 2014

Sewing for the girls

When my great-grandkids were here recently, we went by the fabric store.  Kaycee picked out a green zebra stripe seersucker.  Yesterday I made a sundress for her out of it.  Today I made a purse to match.

For baby sister Olivia,  I made a pinafore sundress.  I used to have a really cute pattern for one.

Today when I looked in the envelope, the instructions were there, but no pattern.

On Facebook, I asked if any of my friends had the original pattern.  Two ladies immediately recognized it but neither still had it.  So funny that all three of us had used it for our daughters.

 I looked online and found one on

It was free and very cute.

I gave it a little bit more flair and will add even more if I make it again.

I'm hoping that the sizes of the two dresses are at least close.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Jane Keeps On Slogging

I started the a version of the Jane Stickle quilt in 2007. 
I'm still working on it, off and on.
Mostly off.

 Thanks to Carolyn and the Dear Jane bee in the guild, I made three more blocks at a mini-retreat this month.  Since then I've even made a few more.

I bought a flannel sheet at the thrift store and put it up in my hallway.  All of my completed blocks are pinned to it in their proper position.  Now I get inspired more often. 

This quilt can be such a beautiful thing.  I hope I finish it.  Someday.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Flowers

Here are the flowers I found in my yard this week.

The five petaled purple/pink one is about 3/4 inches across.  It's a volunteer weed, actually.

The five petaled pink one with the yellow 3D center is a Rock Rose.   Maybe two inches across?

This little yellow one will grow in pure granite chips and is very, very small.  And very, very persistant.

There's a rat-tail cactus blooming in a four-inch pot.  This one is a really striking red-orange.

By the west fence, a volunteer horsemint peeks out from the iris foliage.

And in the garden a squash plant blooms.

And way out back there are Indian Blankets hugging the gas meter and tall blue sage blooming away behind them.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grandson Brady

Grandson Brady graduated from high school in May.

It was a very moving ceremony, with good speakers.  Not too long, either, which is a plus for this kind of event!

 Grandmothers from Iowa, Kansas, Arizona and Texas were there.

Bonus Mom and Mom wore similar outfits.


Proud Bonus-Dad

Proud dad
Thank you for being here for me!

After the ceremony, the family went to Red Robin for a celebration.   He was given a computer and lots of accessories from his combined four parents and a grandfather.

He opened a number of cards from grandparents, aunts and uncles with money for his college fund.

His brother Jack gave him a bacon-themed  t-shirt.
I gave him a handmade quilt for him to eventual use in his college dorm room.  His thank you note mentioned that it matched his eyes.  What a sweet thing to notice.
After present opening, he gave a short speech thanking everyone for their presence and support.   Well done, Brady.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


I found a new toy/tool.  It's called Waterlogue and need an I-platform.  It turns your pictures into watercolors.  There are about a dozen special effects.

This picture of my niece was cropped from a larger photo.

Here are flowers from my yard.
 I'm thinking rying to reproduce these in paint.


This is my sister's house, as seen from the front.

And the house from the back.  This is the Travelogue effect.

And the car I hope to buy next month.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Visits

This year at Easter I had special visitors.

Lizz and Rachel came over for lunch on Friday and brought their sons Lane and Madden

The boys used the table that was mine as a little girl.  They liked the teapot that comes with it.

Sweet boys.

 Madden especially liked my Teeny Beanie Baby 'mingos.

He and Lane invented a new game - they moved the vanity bench next to the guest bed, climbed up onto the bed using the bench, and then jumped off the foot of the bed, over the footboard.  Such fun.

On Saturday, I went to my sister's for the traditional Easter hamburgers and pinata bash.

We also had an egg hunt, an egg toss, and cascarones to smash on each other's heads.

Then on Sunday morning, I was visited by a real bunny - what a surprise that was!

Glad my garden has raised beds.  Wonder how high he can hop?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sally Collins Workshop

Last weekend I went to a two day class held by the Austin Area Quilt Guild.  The teacher was Sally Collins and the subject was precision piecing.
I've been quilting for a bazillion years, and precision is not my forte.
For this class, I was determined to really pay attention, to try to do things exactly as the instructor directed, and to actually learn something instead of just going for a good time and maybe an idea or two.
Sally is a really good teacher.  I was able to do really good piecing as long as I followed her rules and processes.  It's slow.  Very slow.  But accurate.

Because my car had some problems, I caught a ride with a fellow guild member.    So, when I set my machine up and it wouldn't go, I had no choice but to sit and listen and make do.  I managed to get most of my three inch basket block pieced by turning the wheel by hand.  Talk about slow - this is REALLY slow.  But it looked good.

That evening, I finished the basket using my Singer Featherweight.  And I looked at my block and realized that the colors I had chosen were too pale for its intended use as a pincushion.  So Sunday morning I proceeded to piece another block.  I went to the class in the afternoon and pretty much finished the pincushion.  It is not perfect, but it looks damn good.

I put the pale block on my design wall and let it speak to me.  It said that it didn't have enough contrast.  I had just seen a post from a friend about a class that SHE had taken, in which paint was used on fabric.  I had also read a blog post from a quilter I admire in which she talked about accenting a block with paint.  And I said what the heck.  So I got out the fabric dye that I bought at quilt festival probably 10 years ago.  There was no pink, but I diluted the scarlet and carefully added a little dye to the 3/8 inch triangles that needed more color.  It looks better to me now, and I know that I can continue to make it darker if I need to.

Will I continue to use her processes?  I don't know.  I'd like to think so, but I do know my limitations.