Tuesday, January 31, 2006

In the Zone

You know you're "in the zone" when you get a call at 3:00 from the periodontist's office and realize that you totally blew of your daughter's 2:30 appointment.

Two weeks ago my soon to be 9 year old daughter had that nasty, ouchy skin graph procedure done to add more gum to her two lower front teeth. Today was her follow up appointment for them to take make sure everything had healed properly and to take pictures. I know that I looked at that appointment written on my HUGE kitchen calendar no less that five times during the day. I was going to take her as soon as she arrived home from school. At least that was the plan. Needless to say, I got so into working on my pink and brown blocks that I completely forgot about the appointment. Fortunately, they still let me rush her over. They even gave us two free cards to get smoothies at Jamba Juice in honor of my daughters birthday on Friday.

Tomorrow my girls have appointments to have their teeth cleaned at the dentist's office. I guess I'd better set my alarm!

Ahhhh.....much nicer fit!

What's that old saying?

Measure twice, cut once. We've all heard that one before. But don't you just hate it when you cut what you thought was an accurate piece, only to find out that it was the wrong size?

Yesterday I pulled out all of the pinks and browns that I have been saving and started cutting them up to make Chexx Mixx blocks. I figured that I'd begin with two sample blocks just to make sure I hadn't made any huge mistakes. Let's just say that the nine patch blocks turned out to be a perfect 5" square. It was those blasted star point segments that I cut 5.5" that were wrong. All 168 of them! They should have been 5" long! Now I need to go back and cut them down to 2.5" X 5". Of course, it could have been worse...I could have cut them 1/2" too short!

Now where's that seam ripper?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Seeing Red!

Ask my family what my favorite color is and they'll all answer a resounding...RED! I just can't get enough of it! Although this quilt didn't turn out exactly as I had planned, I still think that the red and tan has a certain appeal. For this quilt I dug into all of my red FQs and made this from my stash.

My baby is turning 9 on Friday, and even though she has seen me working on this quilt she doesn't know it is for her. This year my plan is to make a quilt for each member of my family. After all...they are my biggest fans!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Life is Like a Quilt

One of the things that I love about quilting is that it relates to so many different pieces of my life. This year my alter ego acts as Madame President of our elementary school PTA. Last night I got a reminder call for our council meeting this morning and was asked if I would lead the Pledge of Allegiance and give a thought. On my way out the door I grabbed this quilt that hangs over my entry bannister and took it as my prop to illustrate how a quilt is like working together on a committee. You know...we all come in different colors, shapes and sizes; it takes many people (pieces) to make things happen; when we all work together then the project turns out beautifully...you get the idea.

So I'm curious about other's thoughts...
In what ways do you think that "life is like a quilt?"

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Getting Back at It

After a week away from my sewing machine I was eager to get back in the swing of things. I made this quilt using 2.5" Thimbleberries strips that I swapped with my friends. A variation of Linda Ballard's Spools Revisited pattern.

Is This the Real Deal?

When living in Utah it's always a good idea to seek out some sunshine in the middle of winter. My DH and I just returned from a fabulous week in the Bahamas. We had an unforgetable time on the island of Great Exuma with our good friends. Who would have guessed that we would be there the same week that they were filming Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3? Lucky us!!! We had the chance to meet (and have our pictures taken with) Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. You can bet that our DDs were more than bummed that it was US and not THEM standing next to their heart throbs! When I emailed copies of these pictures to my sister she wasn't sure that they were the real deal. Her DH had to convince her that I hadn't photoshopped myself into the pictures. Our DDs and their friends figure that they can crop us out. HOW RUDE!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

My Home in Happy Valley

Happy Valley isn't really the name of the place I call home, but for those of us who live between Utah Lake and Mount Timpanogos, the name has special meaning. This is the view of the mountains taken from the upstairs window of my home. I never tire of looking at the beautiful mountains that surround us.

I am a 43 year old mother of four. I have been married to the same great guy for almost 22 years. Wow! I can hardly believe its been that long! I love quilting and look forward (with mixed emotions) to the time when I can quilt all day without having to stop to pick up the carpool. Yah, like that's ever going to happen!!! Until then I'll just keep plugging along quilting as much as time allows.

I've got a great life!