Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Lexi-girl!

9?!! How did you get so old?!? Hope you are having a wonderful birthday!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

MMMAAARRRYYY!!!! I need more fabric!!!!!!!!

No matter how I lay it out, there's just not enough squares to spare...............

Cutting Amy Butler Fabric....Update....a new plan

Step 1: Observe beautiful fabric and decide you're going to cut the crap out of it.(and not be afraid)
Step 2: Cut 5 of the 8 fat quarters into 6 1-2 inch squares. Randomly sew squares together. (you are becoming less scared of beautiful EXPENSIVE fabric)

Step 3: Get crazy and cut triangles. (You are now a brave, fabric cutting goddess)

Step 4: Randomly sew triangle halves together. Ta Da!! Now realize you don't have enough fabric to make anything bigger then a baby blanket and fret about ordering more beautiful, EXPENSIVE Amy Butler on-line....(to be continued).

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fabulous Fabric

Mary and Kathleen both gave me some rockin' awesome fabric.

Cutting Amy Butler Fabric.

It's washed. It's ironed. Now I have to cut it. I'm so nervous. It's such expensive fabric. I'm going to cut 6 1/2 in squares for a finished 12 inch block. I'll let you know how it goes........


Chuck gave Eric and Danny both rehabbed computers. They thought they were only going to get one to share, so they were very suprised to get their own.

xmas @ Bart's

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!

.......while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Stocking Bunting.

I'm making little xmas stockings. As I was chain-sewing the tops, I realized I made some really cute bunting! The pic below is how they look when they're done.

Christmas Stocking.

Welcome to Chicago, mom!

....a special order of snow! Just for you! Looking forward to seeing you....don't forget your mittens! might want to bring a shovel, too. I love you! PS: There's more snow on the way!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Batten down the hatches......

It snowed a meager 3.5 inches on Tuesday......It felt like a lot more, but I measured it (that too much time thing again). It took Chuck 3 and 1/2 hours to get home. Today all the weather people are screaming about another storm that is headed our way. 7-12 inches of the white stuff is what they're calling for here in Elgin. Oh.... and a layer of ice, too....yippee! Shoveling all that snow has GOT to make my ass smaller, right?!

Charlie Brown xmas tree.

Scrappy lamp.

I think I have too much time on my hands these days..........................

This can't be good.......


I bought a huge bag of assorted beads for $5 at the thrift store. The kids and I and gramma Penny had fun sorting thru them.

a bottle of red, a bottle of white,or.....a bottle of selvedge.

.....again, too much time. I must get some work;)

xmas ornament

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Carolee!

Its MFA's moms birthday today! Hope you have a good one, Carolee! You're my crafting hero!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Well, I finally found my LQS (Local Quilt Shop). It's over in Carpentersville about 7 mins from my house.It's called That Quilt Shop. I spent the afternoon there yesterday. They had a small class teaching reverse appliqué which was cool. The lady that owns the quilting side of the shop (its a sewing machine store as well.....I'm sure they'll be convincing me I need a new machine soon!) is super nice and was really helpful. I spent way too much money....including purchasing a $30 walking foot which they assured me I couldn't possibly live without. Also bought a 1/4 inch seam straight stitch foot which I don't know how I lived without. It really helped sew a straighter line.I'm going back today for another little class today if I don't have to work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Nutcracker

The girls were in a dance recital last weekend. Grace was an angel....(which we already knew) and Jess was a sweet little mouse. They both played their parts well.