Thursday, November 29, 2012

Apple core quilt for customer

This is a sweet apple core quilt done in small floral prints.  Nearly every "block" is of a different fabric. I used a pastel variegated to quilt front and back in edge to edge flowers.  The wavy borders were a first for me.  The backing fabric is actually a panel of cut and make pillow cases.  Louise M. made this quilt. When I asked her how long it took to make she couldn't answer...or didn't want to maybe.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

My latest finish

This always makes me laugh out loud. I hope your turkey did not end up on the floor! I cooked ours on convect roast with the thermometer probe plugged into the oven.  It was juicy and delicious and cooked in about half the time.  That was not in the plan but we made it work. 

I have completed my first t-shirt quilt for someone else.  Here are the shirts cut out.
Quilt on Cinnamon. 
Look at the cute apple core quilt on the wall. That one is next. I am being challenged by the non-straight edges on it. I found a variegated thread that matches the sweet florals in the fabrics. 

After cutting out the shirts I didn't feel like doing a straight sashing, so I checked with the owner and it was okay to get creative. I did ask for color choices and here is what I came up with. It took a lot longer than I had planned but I am pleased with the results. I also bound it by machine, which is a first for me. I am not super happy with that, it looks a bit sloppy, but it  took a fraction of the time.  I wasn't looking forward to spending the whole weekend turning the binding. It is pretty big, 80 x 90, and heavy. 

Now to start her second one, for a son currently serving our country in Afghanistan. 

After getting the binding done in a flash I spent Black Friday sewing for myself yesterday.  Maybe we will go shopping today? Maybe not. Have a pleasant rest of the weekend. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

This year my baby is 10 years old. So when I can still get him to go do "seasonal" things willingly I cherish those memories.  Getting a friend to go along helps a lot. How much would my heart melt if the whole family actually did something together.  I am thinking in about 10 years when the boys are on their own and starving I can bribe them in exchange for a meal.

Here are some photos of our trip to Lyon Family Farms in Taft, TN.

There is another Cotton Pickin' Pumpkin Patch closer but they are always very crowded so we thought we'd try a new place this year. It did not disappoint.  CG and his friend had a great time. We went Sunday before Halloween, which is another reason we chose this one, the other was closed that day.  The bouncy pillow was torn and so that was a bit disappointing for the boys, but they managed to make a go of it.

The highlight for me, seeing Connor's face when he took his first bite of a fried Snickers bar. That boy was in absolute heaven! The only other place I have seen the fried Snickers is at the Texas State Fair and honestly, I would go to the Fair JUST for that delicacy (and then go run about 10 miles the next day to work it off)

Corn in the corn crib

bouncy slide

Rolling in a tube "Rat Races"

CG trying to get the alpaca to spit at him

He's got to find just the right one...
Trying to find our way out of the corn maze. We never did it right and wound up "breaking out". 

 And the cotton! We have lived in Alabama for two full years now so this is the second cotton "bloom" I have seen.  Seeing it live really is amazing. My friend Denise had a great post on the cotton harvest at her blog "Count It All Joy". Click on over to see it. Very interesting stuff.  Its always good to know about local culture and business.  Too bad all of this beautiful cotton gets sent overseas to be made into fabric.  I read that there are zero cotton mills in America and thus the price of my quilting stash continues to rise at an alarming rate. So sad.

In Texas we had Bluebonnets, in Alabama cotton.