Sunday, August 10, 2014


It's my birthday, shout hooray!

I realize that I am now as old as there are inches in a yard!

Last night at work in the ER, I walked up to my friend and neighbor and coworker, who is a nurse, and said "I feel old. It's my birthday in 15 minutes. 18 years ago we graduated from high school and we were freshman room roommates." 

she's like "wow, it has been that long! Now I feel old too! ". And we chuckled, and the secretary said "what a small world!" and wished me happy birthday.

My birthday present to myself was a Solstice by Kate Spain layer cake, plus a mini-charm pack of Solstice. Thank you, Cotton Bliss !

And my hubby bought the dVD of Divergent for me, so we will cuddle and watch the movie tonight after all the little ones are in bed, and before he goes back on shift.

We already had dinner and cake, and I'm taking a break nursing the baby. Gotta go back and chat some more with my hubby's mother and brother who came to party.

See you later!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ALYOF--August goal

Ha! It's August, and that means it's my birthday at the end of the week!

Ok, so I need to decide on my goal !

1--Finish the appliqué and the top of the Hawaiian-style memorial quilt for my cousin Vai. I need to get it done as fast as I can, since I just don't know how long she has. (yes, I need to tell her story).

2--Machine-quilt the HST star medallion quilt.

3--finish the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks. I think I have just three left.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I'm so tired all the time right now. I guess I'm just wearing a lot of hats.


Trying to finish more pieces of projects.

Baby got his 6-month shots and got a bit sick, then his first tooth crowned! Talk about keeping me up nights. And he's nearly crawling, and the past two days, he's been doing awesome, getting up to sitting on his own.

Biggest brother's first two adult bottom teeth crowned and he lost his first baby tooth.  It was the week of the teeth!

The first center block of the Hawaiian-style appliqué.

I was able to cut two of the background triangles for the on-point setting. Then I cut another appliqué, and got two sections basted onto the two triangles. I'm definitely getting faster at the needle-turn appliqué.  Now I need to wait for payday to get more background fabric.

It was fun listening to book on CD while I cut and basted and stitched this week. Jennifer Chiaverini's "The Aloha Quilt", and I was so glad to learn more history of Hawaiian-style quilts, Hawaiian history, and symbolism behind Hawaiian-style quilting. As I stitched, I could recognize parts of the symbolism in the Plumeria design that I'm stitching.

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks that I finished this week:

Friday, August 1, 2014

ALYOF: July Finish

I accomplished some of every goal!

--I finished one block and almost finished a second block for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

--I finished ditch-stitching the Star medallion Autism quilt; it's now ready for FMQ.

--I have nearly finished the first block of my Hawaiian-style appliqué.

And look at this lovely bundle of rainbow fat quarters from Studio E ! I won one of their weekly giveaways! I love the tonal swirl print.

This bundle is going to help me make a Jaybird Quilts' Night Sky quilt! Whee!

I also celebrated my hubby and I's 10th wedding anniversary this past week. Holy cow, where did the time go? Although, I guess in being married and sealed for eternity in the temple, 10 years isn't a lot. But I still love and live for the flame of my life, and look forward to forever too.

Notes on my wedding dress: yes, I sewed my own wedding dress, and my aunt sewed my veil for me to match my dress.
My dress was white satin charmeuse with overlays of white chiffon. Three tiers of layered bell sleeves. Two tiers of layered skirt with the charmeuse and chiffon...and I loved the slight train that it created, puddling gracefully around my feet. I finished the V neckline with clear rhinestone trim, and the bell sleeves are rolled hem on my serger with white and white iridescent wooly nylon  thread (the edges of the veil are finished that way too by my request).
French seams are not hard! Just slippery with charmeuse!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day's work

Two posts in one day. That's unusual for me! But I had to share some thoughts.

Jack in the Box

And all the sections of my New York Beauty.

Part of my goal of this month was to get some progress made on the rest of my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks. Here's one completed and another 3/4 way through.

I was stitching away tonight, listening to the Aloha Quilt on CD by Jennifer Chiaverini, learning through her character Bonnie, more about Hawaiian appliqué-style and Hawaiian quilting. And I was thinking about my own project of Hawaiian-style appliqué that I'm working on. 

I was suddenly struck by this awe, this reverence, for a new culture, a new style, a new tradition, and the opportunity and inspiration that I've been given to learn this new skill. I haven't done much appliqué and haven't liked a lot of it that I've seen...but this is different. I know that I've been blessed from my Heavenly Father with talents to learn, develop and share, and the intelligence and desire to seek to learn something new, and the desire to bless the lives of others with my talents.

I just hope that I can decide on a design to complement and enlarge my appliqué into a quilt.
And I hope that I can finish in time for the recipient to enjoy it before she passes on.

Wow. Does anyone else ever feel this flash of divinity while working on this lovely, useful, artistic obsession that we call quilting?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New York Beauty


Here's my finished paper-pieced New York Beauty sections.

Aren't they pretty?

Ok, so I'm a history buff as far as quilt blocks are concerned.

Why is it called New York Beauty?
What year did it first appear?

I kind of had an epiphany while working on these the other night....I think this part looks like Lady Liberty's crown (Statue of Liberty). That would explain the New York part, and beautiful part.

What do you think?

Any other insights to other block names?
(Who is Aunt Sukie and why did she "choose" that block?)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Peteetneet Quilt Show and Scottish Festival

Two fun events occur every year in my "small town": the Peteetneet Quilt Show, and the Scottish Festival.

The Peteetneet Quilt Show is put on every year at the old historic Peteetneet School. It's pretty much the oldest and largest building in my town. It's now a museum and community center. The show is small, but it's a lot of fun. They have a challenge kit every year, a featured artist, a few classes and a quilt walk on a Saturday. It runs for two weeks. It's not a judged show, but visitors can vote for their favorites.

I didn't have anything to enter this year, but I can't miss it. Here are some of my favorites:

Blogger Konda Luckau lives in my town, and made these first two quilts--hexagons! I liked the color combinations.

The next is a Judy Niemeyer pattern, that the maker made in a class in Arizona. I just love the color combination! The photo doesn't do the aqua and purples justice.

And this one is just cute! Shades of green blenders, in stars, surrounding greenwork  cross-stitched pre-printed blocks. The pale green as a background is really inspiring to me.

I know I had a few more, but a certain little boy with autism now knows the pass code on my phone and loves to look at pictures. Occasionally, he deletes a few in accident. And, I would have gotten more pictures, but I was alone with a baby in a stroller, and running after two rambunctious boys.

The Scottish Festival is the second weekend in July, Friday and Saturday, in the city park. We usually like to go on Friday night for the Ceilidh (kay-lee). There's live entertainment of Irish dancing, Celtic music, and all the vendors are set up. It's a lot of fun to walk under the huge trees, through the vendors and family Clan tents, sample Scottish food, browse the jewelry and trinkets, plaids, armor, family history booth, and listen to the music.

I've bought my matching Claddagh earrings and pendant, with my green Peridot birthstones, two consecutive years from Gypsy Moon Emporium.

My newest jewelry acquisition is this Celtic knot star.   Here it is, next to my Claddagh.

My other favorite booth to visit is Damsel in This Dress. Michelle is the owner of her company and designer of all the custom corsets, skirts, and vests. And it's fun that she does it out of her home, which is in next town over from mine. She has her website for custom orders, an Etsy and an Artfire store, and travels to a few Renaissance and Comic-con shows per year. If you've never tried on an amazing-fitting, slimming corset, you have got to try these! I own two now.

here's a picture of a display at her booth last year. I love the Revolutionary War military-style look in the "Vixen" corset, with the bustle skirt and peasant blouse (she also makes both of those from her own patterns).

Me the Pirate, dressed up for Halloween 2012 at work in the ER. This is Damsel's "Vixen" corset. I made the satin skirt.