Monday, July 27, 2009

Numbers are in...

The numbers for Craft Hope's Project 3: Bhawani, Rourkela & Sooch Village are in!

Beanies: 494
Booties: 379
lBankets: 465
Pillowcases: 302
Hankies: 776
Bibs: 7
Balls: 23
Total Items: 2,446

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Finished, finally, two years later. Got put up and forgotten. My picnic quilt! It's pretty big, and hard to take a picture of. Some of the quilters on Flickr have such nice pictures of their quilts, and I can never seen to get a good picture. But, here it is, finished. I really like it and had a lot of fun picking out all the different food fabrics, and now I have a TON of leftover food fabric that I'm not sure what to do with. I finished this yesterday and it has already been used and spilled upon by two little boys having a picnic. Did I mention that I really like it?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


More blocks done for the Quilt-Along over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I'm behind, but catching up.

These are my blocks for the block swap at my quilt meeting tomorrow afternoon. This meeting's block is the Bow Tie, I made these from my stash. I put them into the hat to win a set of blocks to turn into a quilt. Never participated in this before and thought I'd give it a try.

Got my fabric cut out for the In the Leafy Treetops Quilt Along over at Whosies. I'm using "vintage" sheets, not really sure that they are all vintage. This is all the rage right now, I'm told, and wanted to try it out. This picture doesn't do these justice. The green fabric on the left is actually more polyester than cotton, but was from my Great Grandmother's stash and I'm using it. When the In the Leafy Treetops Quilt Along is over I should have something that looks like this:

I love this!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Craft Hope

My Craft Hope donations are done and mailed off. My final total was 7 quilts, 1 pillowcase, 7 handkerchiefs, and 5 baby hats. You should head over and check out the numbers so far! Many, many children will be getting lovely items in a couple of weeks.

In case you missed it on my facebook...

Today's Haiku:

Oh wondrous spray starch,
Where have you been all my life?
I think I love you!

True story.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


This is my fourth green bean "harvest" from my garden, and there's more coming where that came from. Every two days I have to go back out there and pick some more. I love my green bean plants! So far they're the only things really going. My basil went to seed, my pea plants didn't get staked up so they're everywhere, my lettuce did ok, zucchini should be coming and looks promising, pumpkins look promising, sunflowers are a no-brainer, potatoes I'm not sure about because they're underground and I don't really know what to do with them (they were given to me), and my peppers are not doing anything at all. So, yeah, I LOVE my green bean plants. However, the only family member not getting sick of green beans is Duncan, he can't get enough. My garden is fenced (good thing!) and when that gate opens Duncan comes running! I always give him a little something, I mean they're just vegetables. I noticed something weird though a few days ago. It looked like some of my green beans had bites out of them. But my garden is fenced...weird. Then I caught him in the act. Duncan goes to both sides of the garden fence, sticks his nose through the chain-link, pulls whatever plant he can reach through and helps himself. He loves his veggies!

Another One!

Like I don't have enough projects I went and joined another Quilt Along, the Zig-Zag Quilt-Along over at Old Red Barn Co. I know, I know...have I finished the last Quilt Along quilt? No, not yet, but I will! I had to get quilts done for Craft Hope so I could mail them out tomorrow so they'll make it by the deadline. My new Quilt Along starts tomorrow, and I went out today and got my fabrics. This photo is not very true to the colors, but I really thought a rainbow like effect would be pretty. I guess we'll see!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We need a bug identification book...

Maddox is a bug boy. He finds bugs interesting. I do not. I try to encourage his interests, even the ones that sick me out. He has a bug kit, magnifying glass, etc. Lately he's wanted to know what kinds of bugs he has caught. I try to find them online, but it isn't easy because I know nothing about bugs, because I do not like them. We found a new one last night:
Polyphylla decemlineata
It it a 10-lined June Beetle, or Hissing Beetle. It does hiss, LOUD. Seemed like a nice tame beetle sitting on the house, but the thing was not happy in the bug kit. It lifts it LARGE antennae up in the air and hisses, LOUD. Add in that this beetle is seriously 2 inches long and it makes for a freaky bug.
This picture was not our beetle, our beetle was bigger, I'm sure. Where is the bug now, you ask? As Maddox likes to say, in nature. We try to release our bugs, but Maddox knows that spiders aren't held to the same standard.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hats Done!

I said I'd let y'all know when I had some things done for Craft Hope.
Five Hats Finished!

Here is Maddox's baby Lucy trying one on for size.

Click HERE for a tutorial on how to make some of these hats.

You still have time to contribute to Craft Hope, deadline for items is July 25th.