Sunday, April 19, 2015

Love Is In The Air

BigBuddy brought home his girlfriend from college. It was great to get to know her. She's wonderful and he had a great time showing her the beauty of this part of the country. They were cute together and definitely in love. 

 LittleBuddy loves being behind the wheel. And its a loving father who will patiently teach his youngest son to drive. 
 I have four wedding invitations right now on my fridge with the first wedding this week. My daughter's good friend is getting married in six weeks so last night it was time to create. Four basic cards with minor variations in each then one different one using pieces I combined into the fifth.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Masculine Cards

You'll notice some repeated papers here. I tried to get at least 3 cards of some of the scraps I had on hand. Card making should always be done with scraps. Scrapbook pages take full size papers and I am so behind on my youngest two children's books, I will be going through a lot of paper soon. This isn't enough cards I realized, but its some to get me going. I also have four wedding invitations on my fridge currently, with another I know coming, so look for some wedding cards popping up soon too. Fun Times!

My oldest two are coming home tomorrow. Can't wait!!! And my youngest daughter is Sick, Sick, Sick! So sad, and exactly what she doesn't want when everyone's coming home. Fortunately we've been to the doctor, have prescriptions, and are fighting it with all we have. Prayers appreciated!

I had a lot harder time coming up with masculine cards. I'm going back to generic birthday cards. They seem to work better for me than primarily masculine ones. Bright colors, nice wishes, and simple design. . . stick with what I'm used to, right?

Enjoy the beautiful Spring where ever you are! I'm loving seeing my tulips in bloom and the grass turning green again. I want to shout, "We've missed you so much!! Glad you're here for a while again." I'm not bothered by winter. I enjoy the change of seasons and the snow when its glistening is heavenly, but I'm ready for the green grass and the leafy trees. Bring on SPRING!

Monday, April 6, 2015

10 Cards

Mom and I spent last Friday afternoon making cards ahead for when we need them.
These are my girlie cards. Some for birthdays and some I haven't decided. I may add a "thanks" later on or "you're sweet." Now I have some options. I can always add a banner shape over a "happy birthday" if the need arises. 

And I wanted to send a shout out to a young friend in Pennsylvania. I have one of these cards in mind for you. Do you still have my text? Remember when you called me about the airplane delay? If not, get it from my daughter. Text me your address and I'll put it in the mail for you. Know that you've been in my prayers and heart. 

I am still feeling the Spirit from General Conference ( this past weekend. If anyone wants to be inspired and feel great hope knowing of the Savior's love for you, that is the place. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, blessed Easter!
One of my favorite hymns has a line that perfectly describes my feelings.

"Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives. I know that my Redeemer lives!"

My heart is full of gratitude for the One who was perfect enough to overcome death, paid the price for each of our sins, and is still available to comfort, heal, and strengthen us each day. Jesus is truly my Savior!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Quilts in Process

This is a pattern from Camille Roskelley in her book Simply Retro. I used an Elementary by Sweetwater layer cake and some random fabrics I collected mostly online - oranges, music, and scientific prints.  Those are things my LittleBuddy likes. This quilt is for him. I should have the top done by the end of the day tomorrow. Then I'll quilt it and hopefully it'll be bound and ready for him by Easter. 

 I haven't touched this chevron in quite a while, but I did get it almost done. I may add one more row on the bottom. Then its quilt and bind also but since there is no deadline for this, it will be done after Easter. I love the Cherry prints and a couple of the fabrics are from Camille Roskelley's line, Ruby.  Guess you could say I quite like a lot of her patterns and fabrics. She even lives in Henderson, NV, where I lived for six years, and one of her quilters used to be in my old ward. Its a small world even in the world of quilting.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two Cards

Transitioning from Winter to Spring, these two cards were sitting here last week waiting to be sent. 
I realized I took a photo of the second card between taking off the old twine and adding new ribbon, which I then wrote in and sent off, so I can't show you another photo. Just imagine light blue organdy ribbon. :-)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Easter Egg Table Runner

I learned something new about how to do applique that I thought was really simple so I'm showing the process here.

I started by sewing together some 2 1/2 inch squares. Then I made a paper pattern of an egg shape and traced it onto the Pellon fusible interfacing. The dots of the Pellon where the adhesive were I had facing the right side of the fabric. Then I just drew about a 1/4 inch seam around that. I sewed on the line I'd drawn from the pattern and then I cut the second outside line.

Here is a picture of the egg shape that has been sewed then cut out.
Then I took a seam ripper and gently cut open the center of the Pellon and then turned it inside out.
Here is a picture of one of the eggs where the process above has been completed.
Next came the easy part, ironing it onto my base piece of Kona Solid.  Note the large ric rac I put on top and when I ironed it, I made sure to tuck the edges under.  Then when each egg was ironed down, it made it really easy for me to hand applique the edges. I could have easily sewed them down but I like the look of hand applique and while I had something I wanted to watch on TV  I sat there and appliqued. I also took tiny stitches to hold down the rick rack also.
Next came making my quilt sandiwch with batting and a backing. I had fun quilting it after looking at a book with Angela Walters quilting done on it. This is similar to a common design she uses for quilting with her long arm but this was just free motion quilting done on my Bernina.
I used scraps for the binding, sewed that on and it was done. The size is 30 x 12 inches. Not too big. I could have made borders between the eggs to lengthen it, but I liked this smaller size for the center of my dining room table, where it will sit until April and then I will use the backside, until I put out something else.
This is similar to a pattern I saw on Pinterest made by Shabby Fabrics.  I credit them completely with the idea of taking scraps and making eggs although my pattern, the number and size of  the eggs, and quilting is completely different from the photo I saw.