Thursday, January 28, 2010

blocks, friends and family! FUN!

Here is the block I most recently received from my one block per month swap. Isn't it gorgeous?!? I love the pattern!!

Here is the finished product of the wall hanging we made for the Herron's.

Another beautiful block I received! LOVE the yo-yo and embroidery!

Here is a cat block I recieved...

And some extra fabric and an extra block that the swap partner sent me! =)

Here is an adorable panel we will be using to make a Project Linus quilt!!

Kyle had his friend Blake come and stay the night Saturday night. The boys had SOOOOOO much fun! They played forever, then they watched a movie and after dinner we all made chocolate chip cookies together! The batch I made up made 70!! cookies! Needless to say....Ronnie was in hog heaven!
Here are some pics of the boy's night...

Today, my niece and nephew came over for a couple of hours. The boys played with transformers while Hayleigh and I had a "Real" tea party (her words, lol).

They're SO cute, aren't they....

Here's Kyle and Cody showing off their muscles...

And you know I can't blog without including a picture of my adorable Jacob! I covered him in my shaw and he just stayed as he was and slept...

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday, January 25, 2010
Outside my window... cloudy, snowing and icy.
I am thinking...that I LOVE checking the mail with this fat 8 swap going on!
I am thankful for... my church family!
From the learning rooms... school as normal. We have an upcoming field trip to the NV State Museum.
From the kitchen... soups! lots of homemade soups!! mmmm.
I am wearing... sweats
I am creating... LOTS of blocks, project Linus quilts, Downy quilts, snowman blocks, lots of applique', snowman mini-quilt and much more.
I am reading... Reasons for Marriage by Stephanie Laurens
I am hoping... that I get my homework done so I can quilt tonight.
I am hearing... the ice falling outside
Around the house... same ol same ol
One of my favorite things... all the beautiful blocks I'm receiving from my swap partners.
A few plans for the rest of the week... Bible study and saying goodbye to the Herron's =( , Awana, Project Linus, then Saturday is Project Linus day at Joann's! =)
Here is picture thought I am sharing...The wonderful dragonfly block I made! I love it! Who knew applique was so easy?!?

Friday, January 22, 2010

I got blocks today!!! & Project Linus pics!

I got THREE!!! blocks in the mail today!!!!!!! (can you see me jumping around for joy?? lol)
Here is the one from the Quilting Bee, my theme is pinks and greens for this one:

And the wonderful lady who made it for me sent me fabric with it!!!!

And I got two more cat blocks!!!!!!! I love these! I love the diversity the swap gives.
This applique block is "Sunbonnet Sue, feeding the fish" =)

Here is a block I made for a lady in the Quilting Bee...her theme is red/black/white. This picture really misrepresents the red. It's a bold red with flowers printed on it.

Project Linus:
OK, here is a quilt Fran FINALLY finished! She has had it on her board for 3 or 4 years now! I am pushing her to get her UFO's done and she is game!

Here are several other quilts that we are working on/have completed:

Here is Lucinda crocheting an edge to a fleece blanket:

Here is Fran working on a wall hanging we are making as a gift for a very dear family leaving our church =(

And I'll leave you with a pic of my Jakers!! =) SEW cute!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

SEW much to show! Blocks galore!*tons of eye candy!

There is SEW much I have been working on...I don't even know where to begin!
First of all, the fat 8ths have been rolling in. I LOVE CHECKING THE MAIL! I am receiving fabric EVERYDAY! It's wonderful!I have gotten several blocks finished and mailed back to their owners. I also signed up for 2 or 3 additional January swap partners for the One block per month swap.
I've been doing a lot more applique, and am really enjoying it.
Soon I will start on my snowman blocks for a different swap.
Well here's the eye candy!
Here are blocks I've made to send to people:

Here are blocks I've received from others!! I LOVE THEM ALL!!

This one is for my "pinks and greens" quilt. This is the theme for my one block per month swap.

I have also been working on LOTS of quilts for Project Linus and am almost done with my first quilt for the Downy Quilts for Kids Challenge. I will post pics once the top is completed.
I am teaching a quilting class in my home on Friday evenings starting in February. I ordered kits from Downy for all class participants and received them in the mail today!! YAY! Kyle is also participating by making a quilt for the Downy kids. He chose the kit that has Karate fabric =) I am encouraging him in this endeavor for charity. He will be making it on his own with guidance from me.
I will take pics of my Linus quilts Thursday and post's so fun to see eye candy!!

I got my weed whacker quilt pinned and my Cherry Spinners quilt pinned! Yay!! This is a HUGE accomplishment. These are BOTH items on my UFO list. I am not allowing myself to start any new quilts (for me) until my UFO list is clear! (this does NOT include block swaps, lol).

I have received 5 of 8 fat quarters for the Valentine's day swap..and also purchased some ADORABLE cat Vday fabric!
I went to the LQS on the tenth and they had a HUGE sale! Ten fat quarters for ten dollars!!!!!!!!!! And...40% off most of their fabric! Here are some pics of what I got..
This one I bought a half yard of off the bolt...I received the floral F8 as part of the swap I'm in and got the fabric nehind it to use in the coordinating block (pic of block is above). This fabric was really neat because it graduated from light to dark.

I love paisleys and i LOVE pink! So...this Moda fabric was 40% off and I got a yard of it. I cut it in half and sent half to my bestie =)

This is a FQ that I just thought was so unique! Since I love to read, I had to have it too!

Here is a group of FQ's I got...remember I had to buy ten to get them for a dollar each! (For those of you who don't know about Fat Quarters...they normally sell for about $2.25-$2.75 each). The light blue one I bought for Lisa...and some of the rest of those I used as coordinating fabrics for the F8 swap. The antique-y red/blue and cream one I used in an above block for a swap...but it is a fabric I've used before and REALLY love it. I think my next F8 swap is going to be an "antique red/white/blue quilt...using off white or cream instead of white and being inspired by this exact fabric!

I bought this for the round robin swap I'm doing through Cafe mom. This is kind of hard to see but there is some purple in with the blues and the lady's fav colors are purple and blue.

The black floral fabric is a fat8 I refceived (the finished block is above) and I got the matching polka dot fabric and it was just PERFECT!

I got these to go with the cat fabric someone sent me for their F8 block (finished block also above). The bluish looking one os actually a deep grape purple color. I ended up only using the yellow for her block though!

This is the laptop bag I made for Ruth for Christmas!!!

Here is how wonderful my mail has looked almost daily for the past week or so!!