Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This one she collected.........
I adore this quilt "ladder." Dowels and 2X4's and it's so cute. Which is more adorable, the doll bed or the quilt?
I couldn't resist this picture. It's another doll bed and it is stuffed with various quilts just waiting, begging to be taken out and used for decoration.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I thought I'd take you on a tour of my living room just to prove the fact that I am a quilter....
Dh's chair with his golf quilt on the back. He doesn't use it as a cover as much as a headrest! (doesn't this chair look like an elephant!)
Couch #1. This quilt is covering a very large hole in the back of the couch. (this couch is older than most of you reading!) I made this for a friend while she was receiving treatments for cancer. She has since died and I asked the family if I could keep this quilt as she loved it. I cherish this one. The table next to the above couch. This little quilt was an auction item at our school fundraiser. I was the only bidder and at the end of the evening went to pay for it. I was told that I did not win the item. HUH! I had been the only bid all night long......I was sooo, sooo mad. Well, about 5 mins. later one of my school parents handed it to me and said that they outbid me so that they could give it to me as a gift. Nice, nice people!And what quilter's livingroom would be complete without their daylight lamp for handwork?
This is the table of fame complete with reversible tablerunner.... I back all of my table runners and most of my wallhangings with Hanukkah fabric. When the holiday rolls around, flip, flip, flip....instant decoration.
The wall hanging behind the table of fame.
This is a toothbrush rug my girlfriend made for me. No it's not supposed to be that color. Yes, it's dirty. Guess it needs to hit the laundry....... The fireplace (tell me.....who NEEDS a fireplace in S. Texas???? I ask you! Was the designer of these homes playing a cruel joke? What a waste of space!!!!) On the left is a semi-antique sewing box and the right my coil platter.
This is my poor unadorned other couch. Poor thing....it's naked!
Plus we have the table and lamp.
Looking at these photos it seems so disjointed but as a whole it all comes together and works.
I keep saying that DH is such a good sport when it comes to my habit. Our livingroom really proves that point.
Monday, August 25, 2008
As I stated in my last post, I'm totally stuck on these coil bowls. This one is my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e! When I read the book, I couldn't grasp why anyone would want to make a fabric plate....until I saw the page with the appliqued plate. My mind immedieately went to the 100ft of red, white and blue wrapped line I had waiting for a project. I instantly knew what I was going to do. This platter has a very shallow lip ( about 1") around the edge. It is hard to see in the picture. I wanted it to stand on a plate stand so I firmed it up with fabric stiffener. To say I love this would be a major understatement. Even DH likes this one. If you are wondering....this took 100' of clothesline and 7, no it's not a typo, 7 bobbins (including embroidery) I used the large spool Coat's & Clark quilting thread.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I am doing this project at our groups annual make & take. We have been having committee meetings as we organize event. I wanted to wow the girls with my project so I started with this bowl and made the coil bowl to fit.
I have to admit that I impressed myself with being able to form it correctly! As I told them, it even has a sexy little curve to fit the bowl! I didn't realize until I looked at these photos that it isn't completely symmetrical but who cares! The plastic bowl fits perfectly inside and I did indeed wow them when I walked in with my salad.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is one of the canals we went down the first time we kayaked. This picture is taken at the "dead end." All of the houses in this area are on canals. See the big boat on the right. Can you imagine owning it! We were dwarfed in our little kayak. This is a picture, far away, of the bridge we crossed to launch the kayak. I was trying to take a shot to show that we were in the middle of nowhere...water wise that it. It is amazing because when you are out there you realize that you have noone and nothing but yourself and your arms to get you back. On the right of us were islands but they are bird sanctuaries. You cannot land there. The left side has houses but is waayyy over there.
This shot was the second time we went out. I was trying to show how far we were from the car. (later when we got home, I measured on the map approximately how far we went. We went out about 2 miles before turning back. We actually paddled further than 2 miles because we went in and out of the islands.) If you look dead center you see a taller thing on the horizon. That is approximately where our car was parked.
Just a picture of one of the bird reservoirs. I tried to get a shot of the cranes or pelicans but they refused to cooperate. As a matter of fact, we got too close to one island and the seagulls were NOT happy with us.
DH....he may not look too happy but was having fun. He gets annoyed with my blog photos. I also think he gets immense pleasure out of looking rough and tumble in pictures. It never works. He just manages to look PU'd! That is why I love this shot of us so much! (scroll down to nearly the bottom of the link to see)
The best we could get of me. It would have been rather difficult for DH to run to the front of the boat to snap the picture! Although, the first day we went, other than the canals, we never left knee deep water...............................
......................which is evident here. DH is pulling me into deeper water. The combo of our big backsides and shallow water and we ran aground! You can see how shallow it is. Too funny! The great boaters in ankle deep water! I returned the favor the next time we went out and got stuck on rocks. Let me tell you it wasn't easy.
How does one end a long day of kayaking? *ok, ok, 2 hours of kayaking! Why at the dockside restaurant. This is thirsty business!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Don'tcha just love this patchwork lamp! Again DH didn't care that it was "quilty."
This is my latest locker hooking creation. I needed something to take on the airplane with me when we went to Las Vegas. I didn't want to schlep the big rug I'm working on so I whacked off a piece of mesh and started hooking. Everytime someone asked me what I was making, I'd just say , "this!" I had no idea what or where I would use this "busy work" project. When I finished the project, even DH wondered "what are you going to do with that?" I found the answer.....
DH has been pretty good about not using this table for his "junk." Lately though, I notice the MP3, the headphones, ect. Ahhhh! "Don't use that table!" I just don't want to dent and ding it. DH thought I was nuts! We had a table that I wouldn't let him use! Enter my locker hooking thingy! I realized that I had made a really big coaster! Now he can put stuff on there without worrying about my shreiking at him! Plus it looks cute. Locker Hooking saved my marriage....not to mention poor DH's tired ears!
Friday, August 08, 2008
The girls are coming over today to work on our guild make n' take project. I will be teaching how to make coil bowls to the group in Sept. and we need to prep. Pics later.....(see! More quilty news! It is coming back!!!)
PLUS! THE OLYMPICS START TONIGHT. I love the Olympics and plan on getting a massive amount of Locker Hooking finished in the next 17 days!!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
While we were at the spa, the boys were busy with their own form of relaxation. They spent the day at a cigar bar.
One of the teenagers at work said to me "Mrs. H, you go party like a rock star!" I do believe we did this!
See the time? This would be A.M.
See where we were at that time? Sleeping? No way! Tired? You Betcha! I think we slept 12 hours the entire time we were there!
Just a shot of DH & I. He rarely takes a good picture. He makes funny faces or tries to look serious and all. We got him this time though. Happy after a day sitting at the cigar bar....next to Victoria Secret! They say they didn't go in but.................................
Just a shot of the dancing waters of Bellagio from the top of the Eiffel Tower! Cool!
Monday, August 04, 2008
It's just a simple square that they recommend you try for your first project. Doesn't look like much here but when you look at it on the table, it's kinda cute. Actually, I love it!
Plus it uses tons and tons of fabric. The rug I am working on will end up using 11 yards of fabric! No that is not a typo! You use all the flimsy, junky, ugly stuff and you cannot tell the differance! Just wait until you see my rug. You'll be amazed that this girl can actually crochet!