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Austin: Quilts, Friends, Food and Fun

26 Feb

I spent last Thursday-Sunday in Austin for Quiltcon and some visiting with dear friends.  After a very long day of travel cancellations and delays on Thursday, I made it to Austin in the evening.  I was up bright and early the next morning to get myself to Quiltcon.  It was delightful. Here are just a few pictures:

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Friday evening I had dinner with my friend Ann and my new friend Tracy. BBQ in Austin is a thing of beauty.  Saturday morning I volunteered to help at Quiltcon and had a lovely time chatting with this fellow volunteer between taking tickets and stamping hands.

Then I was off to meet up with some long time, long distance friends. We ate, took some pictures, window shopped and then ate some more.

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Back to the hotel for some much needed sleep, and then up again to go eat some more.

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I also got to give two of my friends some little prezzies I had made. I still owe some, but they are the kind of friends that don’t mind.


Next adventure: The Monte Vista Crane Festival with the family in two weeks time.  Between now and then, I hope to get a couple of quilt tops quilted and bound and some smaller projects finished.


Library Window-My first original design

31 Jan

This is the building where I work. I have been thinking that those big center windows would make a good quilt design for a while now. Image

I started playing with Illustrator, and came up with this:

The inside of the library is decorated in blues, grays and that lovely shade of green, so I added a bit of the green in there too. What do you think?Image

Dusting off the blog

24 Jan

Not that it ever got much attention, but still.

I am determined to sew/quilt more this year, and document it here. I may also throw in some random cooking, crafting and aren’t my kids and animals cute posts.

But first, a few pictures of some of the projects I did get done last year:


Made the boy a new pillow out of his favorite outgrown sweater.



Custom art, with one of my favorite poems, for the bathroom.


New headboard, in collaboration with the man.


Baby quilt with minky.




Quilt for my best friend’s birthday.

That last one took a very, very long time.

Random Poetry on a Wednesday

3 Nov

I have been planning to make a hanging for our bedroom featuring a bit of poetry. Something like this:

Or this:

I have been trying to decide on a poem or a bit of a poem, and reading lots of poetry.  For some reason a poem by W.H. Auden pushed its way out of some cobwebby corner of my mind today and now I have the perfect bit of poetry, the third and fourth stanzas of “As I Walked Out One Evening”

“I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

‘I’ll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.”

Now to decide on style and color.

Let’s Get Ugly, Part II

11 Nov

The Ugly Day finally arrived!

We decorated the house.



Put out the food-

And prepared the crafts-

The girls also watched a movie and had a sleepover, which meant they were awake until 4am.

Thanks to Bunnycakes for the inspiration!

Make a Personalized Party Banner

9 Nov

Supplies needed:

  • Nine yard roll of the wide ribbon of your choice
  • Two colors of felt to compliment the color of the ribbon (I used a stiffened felt for the back part of the flag, the pink dotted part)
  • Adhesive felt letters
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (unless you can sew by hand or want to use fabric glue)
  • Thread
  • Fabric glue

For each letter in the name or saying, you will need to cut a five inch wide triangle from the stiffened felt. Then, mark the center and draw lines to the corners, as illustrated in the picture below.

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For the front part of the flag, use the contrasting felt and cut 3.5 inch rectangles. Again, mark the middle point and draw lines to the corners, as illustrated in the picture above. Cut out the triangles and use fabric glue to secure the small triangle to the large one, as seen below.




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Fries With That?

27 Oct

After years of witches, vampires and devils the girl decided to go for a cute costume.  We found directions to make this box of french fries in the Food Network magazine.  Directions can also be found online here.

I didn’t take pictures of the work in progress, as my helper and I were both covered in paint and spray adhesive.