Friday, April 25, 2008

April Flowers

It's been a rather rough week at the office. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my job. I love every aspect of my job and I enjoy working for the county. I am assigned to work with a great prosecutor and I love organizing and managing the adult felony files that we have. What I detest about my job is trying to get along with the other two year olds ladies in my office.

Today, I needed a break. So where did I head? My local quilt shop. Their slogan is "Where Nice Matters". Isn't that nice? AND...one of the ladies is married to a man who works in my office. So she knows more than most about what goes on where I work. That helps, too.

So after the usual "how are you?", I got tearful because of my office. They all hugged me. Made me feel much better. Then back to my office where a short while later, I was greeted with the following:




Aren't they beautiful? I honestly never expected them to go to such a great length to make me feel better. I was totally surprised. The flowers came with a box of hand made chocolates. Four pieces, but they are the size of a golf ball. I had one this afternoon after lunch and it was a truffle. I hope the other three are, too. I'll pace myself and have only one a day until they're gone! (oink oink)

The card accompanying the flowers says "I've said my very best prayers...and I've said them all for you." Then they wrote "We love you so much! Please have a great day!" and then they signed it. *sigh* God is so good to give me such great friends.

A week or so ago, I sewed up the below wallhanging for them, at their request. They cut 12 kits and sold them all within a week. They are going to cut some more because it was so popular and it's very easy to do. AND...it looks so Spring-y considering the long winter we've had.

And I recently finished this one below. This quilt has a name...something like Basket of Flowers, but we call it "applifake". The only applique on the quilt are the four corner blocks. The rest just LOOKS appliqued. Very easy.



So, I've been busy sewing up a storm. I am totally LOVING my Singer 185J that I got on eBay a few months ago. I can not believe how fast and smooth it sews. It produces THE most perfect stitch I have ever seen and it's sews like butter. Honest. I've been doing all my piecing on it. Saves my Bernina, right?

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Busy as a Beaver

I have been super busy sewing up a storm here. Below are two pictures of fabric bags that the Fabric Patch wanted me to sew up for them. The first bag is kind of droopy because there is no interfacing in the top portion above the pockets. I followed the pattern instructions, which were awful, to say the least. They were so bad, I emailed the company and pointed out all the mistakes/typos in their pattern. I never heard from them. They are either too busy to answer or not happy with my email. Ah well.

These two bags are made from jelly rolls of Moda fabrics. It takes 19 strips and 5 fat quarters to make this bag. There are 40 strips in a jelly roll. So, for payment for making the bags, I got to keep all the extra strips. I was given two jelly roll packages...so I have enough left over for a quilt. YAH!



You might be able to tell that this bag below HAS the interfacing in it. Also, the owner of this bad did not want ANY brown fabric in her bag. So...it's more pink, blue, yellow and green. These bags ARE easy to sew up...it's just the instructions are horribly written.


As I dropped off bag #2 at the quilt shop, they gave me several projects. As you can see below...I have a busy day ahead of me.

Clockwise from top left is a rather *unique* quilt. It's a border panel quilt and the back is brown minkee. I just have to sew the binding on it. Next is another quilt I did not sew. The Americana quilt. Again, just slap on the binding. Next is the Crazy Starz quilt I sewed up recently. Just putting on the binding. Then, one of last years Shop Hop quilts. You guessed it...binding. Then the colorful strips you see are another 32x40 wallhanging. This one needs to be pieced. I am hoping I can quilt this on my home machine, but we'll see. I don't like doing large type quilts at home. I have too many Gammills in the area to be wearing out my home machine for it. Lastly, bottom left corner is some home dec fabric from the quilt shop and two Amy Butler bag patterns. The owner wants me to sew these up so she can take them to Market in May.

So, that's my Saturday stuff to sew. I had better get at it, huh?

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Amanda's Fault...

When Made by Amanda posted what she bought on Etsy way back in November, I just HAD to have one, too.

Hers looks like this.

Mine arrived yesterday.

This pendant is made from an old typewriter key!

A very old typewriter key.

Some of you may have to Google "typewriter" to discover what I'm talking about.

I even left Amanda a comment saying how "cool" it was and I've been wanting one ever since.

Pathetic. I know. Thanks Amanda!