Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wanderings on a Wednesday

Have you noticed all the AccuQuilt Go! Cutter giveaways in blogland these days? Here are a couple of places you can enter to win:

 photo from Canton Village Quilt Works

Here’s a little peek of something I’m working on. Any guesses?

I’m painting the main bathroom today.  Is this damage or an attempted faux finish of some kind? Whatever it is, there was a lot of it. (I blogged about another paint disaster here.)

I removed the trim, patched the walls and primed with a little drywall mud mixed in to make an even texture. I’ve used this technique a lot since the walls here are very flat. Here's the same section of wall. Better!

 Notice the color of the trim. Every piece of wood in the house was this color including the cabinets. Every window, door and piece of trim is being painted white. I highly recommend Valspar primer and paint. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s covering the blue stuff really well!

The vanity and the flooring will be replaced:)

In other news:
Windows Live Writer failed me today and won't publish. Ugh! I don't like working in Blogger:(

My ankles are covered with chigger bites. Yes, I do know about repellent. I just forgot.

Both of the car's front window regulators went out within one week. One is fixed and the other is waiting for the part to arrive. I think I can replace this one myself:)

I flushed two rats out of the "east 40" while I was mowing yesterday. One ran toward the creek and the other toward a brush pile. They were fat little buggers and really grossed me out. We live in the country...rats happen.

Amber's band, Little Queen, played at the Hardrock in Nashville last Friday. Good show!

What are you up to today?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Binding tool

Have you tried this binding tool?

binding toolI saw it demonstrated at Paducah and didn’t buy it then, but later won it in a drawing at Missouri Star Quilt Company. There is a tutorial at the link, but the one below is a little more explanatory.

Leave a 12 inch opening

binding tool5 Insert the tool under the binding and butt it up where the stitching ends.

binding tool4 Make a mark on marking line.

binding tool3 Open the binding, line up your mark with the one on the tool and cut along the diagonal line.

binding tool2For the other side, flip the tool over and follow the same procedure except put the tip of the tool on the marked line and then cut on the diagonal line. It took me a couple of times doing it wrong before I remembered this difference.

binding tool6

Sew the diagonal seam (1/4 inch) and finish attaching the binding to your quilt. It’s easy to use with good results. I would prefer that my tool be transparent instead of blue, but it works fine and it was free!

(I’m not associated with this company…just sharing a handy tip!)

Do you have any favorite tools?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thanks to Jennifer, Emily and Terri!

Thanks Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame for including my Wonky Boxes quilt on your blog!

Wonky Boxes 2

This made my day!! Check out the Sis Boom Flickr group for a ton of inspiration. 

I participated in a Holiday Ornament swap recently at Terri’s blog and this is what I sent.

   A little free pieced tree.

swap ornament 3

swap ornament2

and a star hot pad made from pad2

hot pad

This is what I received from Emily whose blog is somuchformyplans. The ornament on the right is from a quilt made by her great grandmother. Isn’t it sweet? The little pieced tree is just my style:) I love them both! ornaments swap

She also sent this adorable checkbook cover! So cute!  Thanks again, Emily!

checkbook cover checkbook cover2

Emily is a very busy girl. She’s a teacher starting out a new year and she’ll be a new mom very soon. How exciting! She’s obviously very talented in the sewing department, too. Visit her blog to see her great projects!

A special shout out to Terri, my blogging friend (and really nice person!), for setting up the ornament swap. She has a blog filled with sewing inspiration!  She also set up a Flickr group for the swap if you’d like to see more.

Have a creative Wednesday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Winner Winner!



The winner of the fat quarter bundle is:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Darlene B! You’re the winner! I’ve sent you an email to get your mailing address.

Thanks for all the nice comments. I truly appreciate everyone who stops by once in a while:)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

34 years ago

wedding 1976
we were married in western Nebraska where I grew up. In the distant background you can see the wheat stubble of the recently harvested fields. My brothers still farm on the home place which is 4 or 5 miles from the church where this picture was taken. What really strikes me about this photo is the horizon. And the fact that we were actually young and skinny at some point!  Let me say, life with this man has never been dull. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Dotty!

*By the way, my giveaway is still open! Leave a comment to enter here.

I have to add something quilt related since I have been sewing again finally. Fresh out of the dryer!
(Pretty Please by Jennifer Paganelli and Kona solids)
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Boy, it feels good to have this one done, since I had quilted it once, ripped it out and re-quilted it! Looks like I have some threads to clip. I’ll link up over at amylouwho’s Sew and Tell Fridays even though I’m a day late.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One year…

of blogging!

I did not expect to last a year at this blogging thing, but it has been wonderful and something I look forward to. This also marks my first year of quilting. I’ve met many kindred spirits and talented quilters. I’ve learned that quilting bloggers make up a very supportive and generous community. I’ve learned a lot, but haven’t even scratched the surface.  I even attended my first quilt show at Paducah! 

My first quilt       

baby quilt 12baby quilt back

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to read and maybe leave a comment over the last year. Of course, a milestone needs to be celebrated, so I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle!

12 Days of Christmas Fabric by Kate Spain for Moda


You don’t have to follow or blog or tweet or Facebook to enter. Of course, you can do those things if you want:)  Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win the fat quarter bundle!  I’ll leave it open over the weekend and choose a winner Monday, August 16th. Please make sure there is a way to contact you if you’re the winner!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Hot days, hot flashes and back to the sewing room.

I love this guy. The Father of Cool.


His name is Willis Haviland Carrier and he invented air conditioning. 


I’m not going to share too much information here, but hot flashes are the scourge of womanhood.

I have been completely unmotivated to find my sewing room for the last two weeks, but I had a swap commitment to fulfill and it felt good to be back in the sewing groove. I’m looking forward to working on something else today. Thanks for the kick in the pants, Terri!

swap ornament Sneak peeks!

hot pad2a

Thanks to everyone who commented about Chuck in the previous post. He’s been back to the vet twice and we’ve had to adjust the insulin amount both times. First it was too much, then not enough, but I hope the third time’s a charm and we have it just right. It’s so hard when they can’t tell you how they feel!Chuck 4 

My project for this morning is to paint speaker boxes. When he’s not playing the part of software engineer, Mr. Dotty builds stuff like the speaker and monitor cabinets below. He’s building two cabinets for a local band, so I’ll paint and he’ll put the speakers in tonight. 


Here he is playing with Amber and a couple of other guys last summer.

He also builds guitar amps. The natural wood with the black grill cloth is very cool, I think.

guitar amps

This is his favorite thing to do, though.


He’s been at it for 40 years!  Here’s one of his bands from the early ‘80s:) He’s on the right with the flying Vee. I think this was his favorite out of the many bands he’s been in. They were good but this picture cracks me up!


I’m not sure how I got from air conditioning to rock bands, but there you have it. Time to paint and then to the sewing room! Wishing you a creative day:)