Sunday, October 28, 2012


OHHH  I AM IN TROUBLE~~~ I hope that there is someone still reading here that can help me.  For years I've linked my blog photos to that they are closing and I am cheap....I do believe that I will lose all of my photos on my blog!!!! Short of paying their ransom for my photos, is there anything else I can do.......we are talking MANY photos!!!!

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone that may have an answer......I really don't want to pay or reload all the pics from my blog.......

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What's sewing

I have been wanting to take a class from Quilt University for a long time.  I finally took the plunge and signed up for "Jane Was Nuts."  It's a take on the Dear Jane quilt only all the blocks finish to a logical 4" size.  So far, after one lesson, I am in love with the blocks. I've wanted to make small blocks for a long time and this was just the nudge I needed.

Here is my first block. I love the low contrast of the pinwheels.

I followed all the instructions.  Mind you, the lesson was not what I expected (although I don't really know what I expected), but I followed the "draw a line, sew and cut" instructions to the letter! (I realllly don't like making half squares by this method but I was trying to be dutiful).  After finishing the block while admiring my handiwork and bemoaning the fact that there were going to be many more "draw the line" type 1/2 sq.s in my future, I had a DUH moment! I have hundreds, really, hundreds of finished 1 1/2" half square triangles HST's! I've been working on these thing for YEARS !!! I wrote about it here.  That was I have these

And these that are all counted and stacked neatly.  There are leftovers from a friends sew on the line, flip and pitch what's left, method of attaching a triangle to a square.
And these that are 2"

And these that are also leftovers from a sew on the line, flip and pitch what's left, method of attaching a triangle to a square....this time from a quilt I am making.
Sheesh! Just use the ones I have already made! Simplification and viola'! I buzzed through the lesson.

I am totally in love! I have been trying to figure out what to do with all of these cuties and this never occurred to me! I cannot wait for the next lessons... or maybe, now that my brain is turned on, I'll just go with the concept!

Hope over to Juday and see what else is going on in the quilt world!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Grandma Lil

Grandma Lil had her 96th birthday this year.  She is an amazing woman.  She is tough. She survived the death of  2 children and 2 husbands, brothers and sisters.  She is soft and loves her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She is harsh and critical; don't give her a present she has no use for....She is tight lipped and you can confide in her.  She is verbal. Sometimes it's not fun to hear what she has to say.  She has taken care of each of us in her very special way.  When the girls were little she had a child sized grocery cart that she let them use to "go shopping" in her pantry.  There were many times that those "shopping trips" were life savers because we were short on cash......"Grandma, the girls would say, "Mommy is out of this and needs some."   She has what we call the "Grandma Lil whisper!" You know that whisper. Everyone within 25 ft. hears it....and it's generally not something everyone within 25 feet should  hear!  She is generous. She has a biting tongue.  She had a cabinet we all loved.  It was filled with candy, gum, chips...everything you don't need, and you never left her house with out a trip to visit it. 
Grandma Lil now lives in a nursing home.  It kills me that she has to live there but she is in Ohio and I am in Texas. 
In December, just before her birthday, we visited.  She is the same grandma she has always been...just a bit older.  I need to repeat myself more often and sometimes just a bit louder but she is still the same.  The Grandma Lil whisper is even louder. The biting remarks a bit grumpier but her love and kindness still radiates.  She looks exactly the same as she always has!

This year at retreat I decided, at the last minute, to make Grandma Lil a birthday pillow.  I had none of the birthday  fabric I wanted to use.  No fusible, no fiberfill and nothing to use for a backing.    In other words, I was completely  prepared! Enter friends!!!! This one gave me fabric, that one fiberfill and another the backing.  Together we stitched together a little pillow filled with love.

She loved the pillow! She especially liked the fact that my friends helped to make it special.
Friends and's what it's all about!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Place with Eyes

     I made this long ago for my father.  Ice cream is in our family. Our entire lives, no matter the event, we went out for ice cream.  Lazy Sunday afternoon, my dad would say, "Hey Elaine, Let's go for a ride." Off we'd shoot to look at boring boats, cars, or other things kids "love."  However, after the boredom, we'd end up at one or another place for ice cream.  "Want to go out for ice cream?"  Or as we said in front of the dog, because she knew what it was or my little brother before he caught on....I-C-E Cream.  Buy a new car? Ice cream. Recital, Band concert? Ice cream.  

       After the girls were born, an ice cream shop opened  that put little candy eyes on the cones.  They loved to go to the "place with eyes with grandma and grandpa!" The ice cream tradition continued through their recitals and concerts.  Sometimes the place with eyes, sometimes not.  A number of years ago, as adults, they went to Ohio for a visit. Naturally grandpa had to take them to the place with eyes! 

When I bought my first sewing machine that "made letters," I made this little quilt for my dad.  It's interesting to see my attempt at binding and how I attached the one border the wrong way but, he happily hung it in his work room for years!  The outer edge has all of the reasons and places we went for ice cream.  Of course, the cones all have eyes!

It makes me sad that this little wall hanging lives at my house now but, in a way, also happy.  I know my dad enjoyed looking at it as much as I do now.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Twister memory quilt

I don't post for months and then boom! Multiple posts in one day. 

This is a little quilt I made for my sister.  Her husband died last year after a long battle with brain cancer.  I used his shirts to create this memory quilt.  I made a second one for her father in law. 

At first it was just the act ofmaking a quilt. Soon however, it became much more.  It was healing to create it. 

We have had many losses the last few years. Last year both Dan ( my b-i-l not husband) and my father died.  It was a rough end of the year. 

I hand bound this quilt, something I rarely do.  It gave me a chance to think about Dan, my sister and niece.  It was cathartic.

I'm so glad  I thought to take his shirts home with me . 

RIP Dan Karlen.  We will miss you.

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"Tea"m JCC! School begins

I had an absolute blast making these little packets for each of the teachers at our school.  The idea started here .  I thought the little homemade sugar cubes were adorable!
After alot of thought, contemplation, pestering my daughter and shopping for a mold, I hit on this great star mold. 

Here are the sugar cubes I made! ( I baked my finished cubes in the oven.  I didn't want them to fall apart! They were fairly sturdy once they cooled).  They were super simple, fast and sooo cute! I added vanilla to the white ones and they smelled (and tasted) delicious.

Now, how to package them... They were too cute to just put into a ziploc bag.  Luckily I had these great bags with a pocket in my stash!


 Honestly I wasn't sure what to do with them from there....Luckily, wee were deep into watching the Olympics and the rest just CLICKED! I had a million tea bags........"Tea"M JCC!  I made made the tea bag wrappers and  filled the little bags ....

.......created a little label and viola! An inexpensive, fairly quick gift to share with the staff at school!

 ( seems my spell checker, my brain, my daughter, my husband and I all cannot spell Olympic correctly! Unfortunately, the bags were made, photographed and distributed ~BEFORE~ I caught the spelling error....SO EMBARRASSING!!) 

Spelling error aside, I loved making and giving these little treats!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


Testing the email....what a prettier face to use than that of Ms. Minkee!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Super Sized Nine Patch

I have wanted to make this simple fun quilt for quite a while.  The problem was I had no excuse to make a baby quilt! Luckily a friend and coworker decided it was time to have a baby! It was super simple.  My only criticism is of myself.  I made it from flannel, quilted the first one  too tight and caused the quilt to ripple a bit.  I decided it made no difference as this sweet baby won't care too much!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MAYBE.... I'll start blogging again?????

I miss you oh blogger, blogland and bloggy friends! Testing the waters to see if maybe, perhaps, I will come back and blog again.....Anyone still there....???? Hmmm....Schools out next week......

Monday, October 03, 2011

Twister ruler

LOVE the twister ruler/template! I made this for my sister. It was super fast, fun and simple.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Think I've been neglecting my machine???

Hmmmmm......wonder how long it's been simce I cleaned.....not like me to let it go so long....

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