Monday, June 30, 2008

All caught up....for now

Has anyone else been following with the Star quilt along over at Crazy Mom Quilts with Amanda Jean? I have but I started a little late. I came into the quilt along when they were on week 7. They are now on week 9 . If you have not started, don't worry, you will have time to catch up. They are going to do 4 more blocks . It has been a great learning experience for me. I completed one quilt last month but it was very easy compared to these blocks.

This is one of my favorites so far. I forget what Amanda called this one. I think it might be the Ohio Star. If not , please let me know the proper name. I really enjopyed making this one.

This come is called "Optical Sawtooth." I am not so sure I like the results on this one. Not that Amanda gave bad directions or anything, I am just not sure where I made my boo boo at.

The next star that we are on now is "Martha Washington" star. It is very pretty and I hope that I can do it justice. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

My youngest dd and I went thrifting today. We hit a few in Antioch and then one in Oakley. We had some good luck but nothing to post pics about. I did manage to find 13 Martha Stewart, Victoria, Country Living, and Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion though for 50 cents each. They are a few years old but HEY, good ideas never grow old, right? Maybe the pickins will be better next week.

If you want to see someone that always scores in the Thrifting department check out Monkeybox. I am forever drooling when I go to her blog!!

Well, I must run, my youngest is coming home from Cheer Camp and sent me a text message that she is really sunburnt.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Have you tried this tool?

When I first started making yoyos, I didn't really have a tool to use to make them. I traced out a circle on cardboard (because it was sturdy) and then would trace all my circles out on the back the fabric and then cut them all out, one at a time. It was very time consuming and I thought "Man, there has got to be a quicker and easier way to do this. Well there is! It is from a company called "Clover". It is so easy to use. For those who have not used one, yo u put the fabric in the one that looks like a doghnut and then click the solid one inside . You turn it over and then trim around the circle and then pop the solid piece out. I actually use the larger one that is orange in color. They are such a lifesaver.
Like I mentioned before, I use clothes that my girls and I had worn at one time or another. Above is a dress that my parents bought my oldest DD when she was about 4 or so. When my next daughter was old enough, I let her wear it awhile. As I was going through my bag of clothes to cut up in yoyos, I came across this sweet dress and was almost in tears at the thought of cutting it. It now is on a hanger and I will give it to one of them when they have children. I am such a sentimental fool!

That's a good thing, right?? :)

Have a good weekend everyone!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The ups and downs on yoyos

Here is a closer look at the yoyos.

A couple of years ago I started a yoyo quilt made from pieces of clothing worn by my children and I. Atfirst I started with a simple idea of just sewing strips of yoyos together and then putting them together. Then I decided that idea was not good enough and took them all apart and was going to sew them in the shapes of flowers and put them altogether, kind of like the "Grandma's Flower Garden" Quilt. I decided that that idea was too complicated and took all those flowers (approx 50 of them) apart. I am back to the orginal idea of sewing them in strips. So far, I am at 6 feet long and 950 yoyos sewn together.

These pics should have been the other way around but this is my first time posting pics and I am about to toss this computer out the closest window!!

I have two more pics about yoyos but I now have a computer induced headache soooooo, I will post the others tommorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 22, 2008


This is my first attempt at blogging. This is my first of many (I hope) posts. At the moment I don't ahve any pics to share but will soon.

It has taken me awhile to get this going the last few weeks. For one thing, it has fairly hot and that makes me a little grumpy. It was 103 mid day. Today it is much nicer and we actually have the windows open and letting some real air in.

Currently, I am working on a quilt along that is being put together by don't know how to add links yet so please be patinet with me) and it is alot of fun. I will try to post some of my blocks. This is will be my 2nd quilt and she makes it so easy to understand. I am on star block #2.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will try to have more interesting things in my next posts.


Friday, June 13, 2008

This is a test......

This is a test. I will soon be blogging away but for right now I am just setting up.