Friday, August 31, 2012

One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things just isn't the same.

Do you remember that song from Sesame Street?  I think of it every time I look at this picture:

Please pardon my wrinkles, these little hexies have done a lot of traveling! 

I've sewn on them at the lake, in the car, watching tv, at church, & at the park during the summer concert series. 

{I'm already missing summer evenings of good music and good stitching in my lawn chair while the boys play on the playground...}


This is as big as my hexies are gonna get, the plan is to make a table topper from them.  Since my kitchen table is round in it's smallest form, I think the hexagon shape will complement it nicely.

All of the hexies in the outer ring are attached by at least one side, now I'm going around and sewing the other sides.  I'm doing it that way to help avoid sewing oopsies while listening to concerts...

I just have one teensy tiny problem - I have no idea how to finish this.  I'd like to keep all the nice pointy edges of the hexagons, but I'm not sure how to back/baste/quilt&bind my EPP.  could you help me out?  Any suggestions would be very much appreciated :)

In other news, I got a new nail polish color.  It's called Beach.  I love it :)

I'm linking up to the Handmade Parade & Slow Sunday Stitching & Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times, {even though I don't actually own a design wall, so pretty much any flat space I can find is my design spot - hope that doesn't break any rules}  :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What I haven't been cooking this summer...

Yesterday was Farmer's Market day in a nearby town.  Taking the boys at least once was on my summer 'to do' list  :)

My youngest son picked out this little carton of tomatoes.  With orange, purple, yellow, and green mixed in with the red, I was very proud of his adventurous selection :)   {I have some very choosy eaters}

Some blueberries came home with us, too, but they disappeared much too fast to get photographed :)  My oldest chose a Silver Queen corn on the cob, which we will be enjoying tonight.  And I couldn't resist bringing home these sunflowers!

That little platter of tomatoes is basically how our dinner table has looked this summer.  The lunch table and breakfast table too, actually :)  I've done very little cooking, and instead have just served a selection of raw fruits and veggies along with some meat.  And you know what?  The kids love it!  They are eating more veggies with far less effort on my part, plus less time in the kitchen for me.

For example, if I served a salad, they might nibble it.  If I put out a bowl of lettuce and my little platter with cucumbers, carrots, celery, etc, they devour it!  They usually pick cooked veggies out of anything I make, but if I serve it raw and all by itself, they can't get enough.  Peaches, plums, and all sorts of fruit are flying out of our fruit bowl.

I am seriously loving this no cooking thing :)
Linking up to Tuesday at the {herbal} Table!
I'd love it if you'd leave a comment sharing your adventures in summertime eating :)  {cause I'm nosey like that}
Happy Quilting everyone!

Monday, August 20, 2012

simple patchwork

I have a quilt top to show you today {!}
I started it almost a year ago,
but it has barely gotten a mention on the blog.
It's just a little something I pull out every now and then,
do a bit of stitching on,
then tuck away
until the next time.

Oops, I forgot and took a sideways picture.
I really need to learn how to turn them around.
Sorry about that, folks.

Can you tell what the quilt is on?

A stegosaurus spine! hehe :)
The local playground turned out to be a great place to take pictures -
happy, busy kiddos
a dinosaur to hold the quilt
success in my book! :)

I used leftovers, scraps, and odds & ends
some of which came from my mother originally
and made a top approximately
72 inches by 90 inches.

I amazes me the large, useful quilts that can be made from
seemingly insignificant quantities
of scraps that are just sitting around.
(maybe partly because I have a tendency to way over buy?)

I have been stalled out in the waiting to baste stage
for too long.
This quilt really needs to be finished
 and snuggled by a child :)

If you don't see evidence of basting and quilting around here soon,
you have my permission to give me a hard time about it :)

i'm linking up over at
Fresh Poppy Design
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and WOW at Esther’s Blog

Friday, August 17, 2012

Really Random Thursday... on Friday morning

How awesome is that sign?  I love it! :)   It makes me wish I had a Granny Square quilt to go with it...

you've got to smile at a shoe-shaped house :)

I'm not sure these things count as random, though, since we were at Storyland in Glen, NH - great fairytale fun is everywhere at Storyland.  :)

My boys, their father, my Dad, and I had a blast riding swan boats, giant cukoo clocks, antique cars, and all sorts of fairytale inspired rides, but one of the big highlights was definately finding these:

Fried Oreos!!!  if you ever get a chance to try them, do! they are fantastic!  my boys love them so much, they had me take their picture beside the fried oreo sign :)

I tried to get a picture of the inside, so you can see the Oreo, but they were all blurry.  I took three pictures, then I just couldn't wait to eat them anymore :)

I'm linking up to Really Random Thursday - which was so kindly left open for late partiers like me :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

chaos on my table

hello! :)

I just thought I'd share a glimpse of what my sewing table looks like right now

my two main focuses are spread out all over the place.  the squares everywhere are part of a postage stamp style quilt I'm making for my father {shhh! don't tell him}  I have joined a swap over at The Curious Quilter for 2.5" charm squares to bolster the variety of my own stash.  even with some repeats, there is going to be somewhere around 1,600 different fabrics in this quilt when it is done.  I love getting these little treasures in the mail! :) 

The other piece I'm working on is my slow progress EPP hexies - made even slower when I sew pieces on backwards :) 

On the plus side, I now have an entry for Allegory's new flickr group :)

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday & checking out what everyone else is working on :)
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, August 11, 2012

wrapping 'paper'

I've got a little finish to show you

I bought a ballerina doll for my goddaughter, and wanted to wrap it up to give her. 

I can't remember exactly why I thought it would be easier to sew a bag than to run to the store for paper & wrap the gift, but I did. 

Or was it that I wanted an excuse to make the bag, thought it would be good for wrapping, and bought a doll to put inside it?  I can't remember which way it went :)

When I was finished, the bag was too small.   It only fit over the doll's head, which I thought was a bit too disturbing to give to my goddaughter that way, so the doll was delivered without wrapping  :)

I used older-than-the-hills stash fabric, and this great tutorial

My son let me use his glo-worm {his favorite toy} to 'stuff'' the bag for pictures :)

This is the picture he took himself - I think I should hire him to take all my photos :)
Anyway, now I have a bag & I don't know what to do with it.  I've been on a serious decluttering kick lately - anything that isn't nailed down is in danger of being pitched out :)