Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mother's Day

Ok, so I'm a week late to wish all of you a happy Mother's Day!

My Mother's Day involved attending HMQS, and running to my local Bernina on Monday.

At HMQS, I bought this gorgeous panel "Home of the Free" by Stonehenge for Northcott. The Patriotic girl in me just couldn't resist! Second, I found the Missouri Star Quilt Company booth, and bought two of the Binding Tool (2" width and 2 1/2" width), and the Binding Tool Star pattern. So drool-worthy a pattern, and a nifty little tool! Jenny Doan's co-workers were so funny and knowledgeable about using the tools, and good salespeople! She nearly convinced me to buy the set of all three Binding Tools, but I just didn't have enough cash!

I was saving some to get the presser foot that I wanted! So Monday, with my mailing coupon and cash in hand, I headed to my Bernina store, Dave's Bernina in Provo, Utah, and found the foot I wanted! They almost always have in stock what I want, and they continue to have feet and parts for my little Bernina, even if it's 18 years old!

It's the #71 foot, the 8 mm flat-fell foot. I read a great tutorial on a blog about using the foot to make even, pretty machine-binding in quilts, and I've really wanted to try it.

Now I just need to get some quilt tops quilted so I can try it out. :-)

Ok, ok, I can't finish this post without mentioning my sweet little guys in school. They made adorable Mother's Day gifts in their classes, and they were so excited to wait until Sunday to give them to me. My son with autism has never been this excited before! He had 3 different cards he'd made, a silly photo of himself at school framed in a decorated paper frame, and all wrapped in homemade wrapping paper at school. So adorable!

J.'s gift was great, too. I just love his teacher! I got a flower keychain fob, cards, a fluffy purple flower on a pen (my favorite color) and a cute "about my mom" page filled out with my favorite things, all wrapped in J.-decorated wrapping paper. I just had to laugh with some of his answers on the page.

I love my boys!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Had a great day at HMQS--Home machine Quilting Show.

This seems to be a cross between a dahlia and a Dresden.

I love the deep purple background on the HST diamonds quilt!

Woo! Elephant Parade

The top is nearly finished for my version of Sew Fresh Quilts' #ElephantParadeQAL !

I literally ran out of blue background, so I will need to purchase just a bit more to finish the sashing/border. Or maybe a cute elephant print for the border and backing. Guess I will need to go hunting!

I'm off the HMQS (Home Machine Quilting Show) in the morning with my best friend! We make it bestie bonding time and admire the art. She just laughs when I go crazy over fabric and machines and cool new tools.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ALYOF: May 2015 goal

I'm going to get my Swoon quilted!

And hopefully the Elephant Parade. Last night, I finished the rows. Now I need to add horizontal sashing and border sashing.
Oh and maybe make neck pillows for the boys' car seats for our summer trip.

Linking up with Sew Bittersweet.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ALYOF: April finish

Where did April go? I have no clue. Oh wait, I've been sick with bronchitis and recovering most of the month. I still haven't completely gotten rid of the cough. Grrrrrr.

I almost reached my goal!
I finished two rows of my Elephant Parade QAL. Looking good, huh?

I really like the tails I added. Their little bums looked bare without a tail for the next trunk in line to hold onto. Don't elephants hold tails with trunks, kind of like mommies hold babies' hands?

Anyway: I cut three lengths of whole embroidery floss (6 strands each), and braided them. Then I cut off the length I wanted, roughly 3", and tied a knot near the end of each tail. Then pin the tail in the desired position on the bum of the elephant, all raw edges together, and sew the sashing to the elephant. Make sure to catch the tail end in the seam, back stitching several times over the tail. I also sewed across the tail at the 1/8" in the seam allowance, too.

I feel like I'm in junior high again, braiding embroidery floss for friendship bracelets, with the starting knot pinned to my pants! LOL !

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pageant prep

My work for last night and today is hand-work, with squirmy invisible thread!

I applied the rhinestone trim and pin to this cute swimsuit with Superior invisible monofilament polyester thread. By hand. You can't see it, which is great, but it sure took longer than I thought it would, because it's fine, thin, curly thread and hard to see! It kept getting caught on all the rhinestones and little branches of the pin.

My cute neighbor is in the "Miss" teen city royalty pageant tonight, and her mama, my friend, called me in tears because she  had a whoops and couldn't finish the embellishment herself. No worries!
(Here in Utah, each city has a week-long festival during the summer, themed with whatever our city is known for, and we have parades and events, too. The senior high school girls compete in a pageant to crown the royalty to show off and preside at these events and city service opportunities. Our city's festival is Onion Days, held during Labor Day, and we also have the Scottish Festival during July.)

So I get to add another accomplishment to my sewing repertoire:

Two wedding dresses
One pageant swimsuit embellishment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Enter HMQS?

I'm seriously trying to decide if I have any quilts finished and worthy to submit to the Home Maching Quilting Show in Sandy, Utah. It is being held May 7-9. They've extended the submission deadline until April 25. 

I really didn't have much finished last year, so is it worth it to pick one and submit it?