For Today ~ 2 June 2014 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 02 June 2014

Outside My Window… Not a cloud in the sky…it’s going to get hot today! Still have tonka trucks out there moving dirt from one pile to the next.

I am thinking… I’m starving. One little granola bar didn’t cut it for breakfast.

I am thankful for… The left-over bbq’d hotdogs I brought to work for lunch.

From the kitchen… I’m thinking a stir fry tonight…I have some beef and veggies to use, throw in some pan-fried noodles.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, bright primary purple cotton shirt.

I am creating… I have a few things going on at the moment.

Jeni Baker's Nordika using 1.25" Thangles.

Jeni Baker’s Nordika using 1.25″ Thangles.

Sawed up 4" and 2" pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Sawed up 4″ and 2″ pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

I am going… to go heat up my lunch. After work, stop by Lowes to pick up some sand paper and some balsa wood.

I am reading… Nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… for a quick and uneventful week.

I am hearing… Battery backups beeping as the power keeps going off and on.

Around the house… Clean dishes that need to be put away.

One of my favorite things… Birdies!

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Work on the wee yardstick sewing boxes.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you… Lots of squirrels at the Sparks Marina where I was parked.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman's car.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman’s car.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Dirt bath!

Dirt bath!

Batik Flying Geese Quilt

Batik Geese Quilt

Batik Geese Quilt

I finished the quilt for a graduate student in my department…she spins and dyes her own yarn and knits beautiful things, so we’re exchanging our crafts.

Here’s the quilt from beginning to end.

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I pin my quilts…not a big fan of spray basting only because I get more on me than the quilt.

I pin my quilts…not a big fan of spray basting only because I get more on me than the quilt.

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Scrappy binding using most of the fabrics from the quilt.

Scrappy binding using most of the fabrics from the quilt.

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Yes…my cats found the quilt.  She liked the quilt fur and all.

Yes…my cats found the quilt. She liked the quilt fur and all.

Coming Home to Mill House Inn ~ A Quilt

I finished a quilt last night that I thought I’d share.

Back in March a few friends and I had a craft day, while they beaded I worked on a small quilt. I brought with me a charm pack of Mill House Inn by Fig Tree Co. and Camille Roskelley’s book Simplify, Quilts for the Modern Home. I chose the Coming Home pattern…real sweet and simple.

One of those friends wanted to buy the quilt, so I dug out yardage of Mill House Inn that I had bought eons ago…added a border and finished it up. It’s washed, picked up, and on her way to her new home.

Luckily I have another charm pack and lots of yardage to make myself one.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

Coming Home with Mill House Inn fabric.

New Fabric and Quilting Book

I treated myself to two FQ bundles from HAWTHORNE THREADS…if you need a great selection of fabrics with lightning fast shipping and very good customer service? Shop at Hawthorne Threads!

I kept looking at Heather Ross’s BRIAR ROSE and Jeni Baker’s NORDIKA…then decided what the heck, I’m going to buy them.

The package came in the mail yesterday (was probably there on Saturday, but I usually don’t pick up the mail over the weekend) and absolutely fell in love with Briar Rose! I started looking at them and all I could think of was…1970’s bed sheets and pillow cases from when I was little! I wanted to run home to snuggle up and take a nap with them!

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I’ve ALREADY decided what pattern to use to make those lovely fabrics into a quilt! From another purchase that came yesterday, Amy Ellis’s MODERN BASICS II ~

SUNRISE by Amy Ellis, Modern Basics II

SUNRISE by Amy Ellis, Modern Basics II

And for those Nordika fabrics?? Another quilt I saw in the book (which would TOTALLY be cool with ANY Kate Spain or Denyse Schmidt fabrics, IMHO!!!).

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Star Crossed by Amy Ellis, Modern Basics II

Star Crossed by Amy Ellis, Modern Basics II

Another Quilt Top Finished Waiting to be Quilted

I’ve had a very lovely Brother Innov-IS NX-800 at Windy Moon Quilts waiting for me to pay her off and take her home. With the help of my dearest friend, APRIL, and me penny-pinching since February, I should be able to bring her home next week!

Brother's Laura Ashley's Innov-IS NX-800

Brother’s Laura Ashley’s Innov-IS NX-800

Which is a good thing as I have FOUR quilt tops that I’ve pieced on my wonderful work-horse, the Singer 301 Long Bed. While I love piecing quilts with the 301, I don’t like quilting with it.

Singer 301 - Mocha Long Bed

Singer 301 – Mocha Long Bed

I finished my latest quilt top last night. I had a lot of 1930 reproduction feed sack fabric squares leftover from the WONKY STAR quilt along so I decided to make them into HST’s (half square triangles).

Diamond/Square Dance

Diamond/Square Dance

I’m just calling it a diamond pattern, but I’ve seen it called Square Dance too. Fun and easy to make. I’ve lots more HST’s left to make another quilt top, been looking at my PINTEREST quilt board trying to decide which design to use next.

Just one more picture to throw at you ~ my quilting partner, Lucy, plumb tuckered out from helping me arrange the HST on the design board.

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Lucy

Holiday Craft Fair ~ Sparks Christian Fellowship ~ November 3rd, 2012

Hey all local folks!

I’ll be sharing a booth with two of my friends this Saturday, November 3rd at Sparks Christian Fellowship’s Holiday Craft Fair.

FREE ADMISSION! Last Sunday we were told there will be over 75 vendors.

9 am to 4 pm.

510 Greenbrae Drive (for all us “oldies” it’s in the old $1 Movie Theatre)
Between Pyramid and 4th Street.

I’ll be having 4 different cold processed soaps; about 6 quilts; lots of leather wrapped bracelets; hammered copper bookmarks; earrings and pendants; made some of my photographs into notecards…my friends have made lots of jewelry (silver, copper, swarovski Christmas trees and snowmen).

We’ll take your hard earned cash and credit cards! 🙂



Finished Nevada Quilt and Leather Bead Wrap Bracelets

Well…I finally finished the quilt I designed for someone my sister knows. I’m pleased at how it turned out, even if it was a bugger to put together. 🙂

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Am taking a break from quilting now…dug out my leather cords, beads, buttons, thread and needles!

And making a bunch of these:

Cabin Fever Quilt Show 2012, Portola, Ca ~ Part II

More quilts, wall hangings and a very cute pillow. I’ll post more later…this one is picture heavy.

This is my friend, April, and myself in the near future…underneath our stash, giving the thumbs up, and kitties wondering who’s going to feed them now.

20th Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show ~ Stars Over the Cabin

Today we drove up to Portola, CA so I could go to the Cabin Fever Quilters’ Quilt Show. After dropping my husband off at the river east of town so he could walk to the park where we eat lunch, I drove to the Fr. Burns Social Hall.

This year they moved the show over to the south side of the river on 100 South Pine St. Sunday’s show is from 10-4. $6 to get in at the door. These ladies are awesome quilters…I never go away disappointed.

I took lots of pics, so will break these up into a few different posts. 🙂

First off…here is my one FQ that I bought. I picked out a wild batik to add to my Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt.

LOVE THIS QUILT! Love the quilts on the houses.

Is this not the cutest quilt?! Absolutely love it! Kitty ballerinas!

Cats and Quilts

It was a holiday today…and cold…so I stayed in and quilted.

While I was in my room throwing up some wonky stars onto my design wall, I heard a commotion in my fabric hutch….

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Lucy jumped up into the 1930’s fabric…which is what I’m using for the Sparkle Punch quilt-along. I’m going to need to rein in the long skinny arms of the stars!

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Then I moved on out to the living room to make the binding for my Feeling Groovy (Riley Blake) ric-rac quilt (thimble blossoms), the last UFO quilt!

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Here was where my helper was…

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Feeling Groovy is all set for the hand binding now…

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