Saturday, June 24, 2006

Etsy Shop

I've jumped on the bandwagon and added an Etsy shop for my excess craftiness!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


I decided to use up some of my scraps and make a few pillows. I am so pleased with how they turned out. Even though they really have no place in my house. I'll have to find a home for them. I really like these, though. I may have to try some other colors.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Square Spirals part two

Its finished!! It turned out cuter than I thought. Now I just have to get it to her.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Square Spirals

I started quilting this little baby quilt today. It turned out alright, I guess. I just need to decide exactly what to do with the border and put on the binding. Enough for one week, right?

Friday, June 09, 2006


Is there anything better than Strawberries fresh from the field?! I dragged my poor husband out with me today to pick them. As we walked to the field, he told me that he worked at a strawberry field one summer. I didn't know that. Apparently, he just sat at the booth all day and didn't pick, but I was surprised. I'm the little country girl, and I've never picked. Its somewhat ironic that moving to Pittsburgh would be my first chance to go pick them myself. I suppose I could have done it back home, but that would have required taking a day off of work, which is not something I did very often. But I thought that maybe it would be something fun that we could do together, get me out of the house, and would be cheaper than buying them already picked. So anyway.

We drove out to Reilly's Summer Seat Farm this morning. They told us when we called that the strawberries had been neglected this year because they were building something. I forget what. Maybe another greenhouse? Anyway. They weren't kidding. The berries were small and the plants were covered with weeds. We spent probably an hour and got 3.6 lbs for .99/pound. Not bad, but they're pretty tiny. They taste good anyway. We'll just have to try another farm. They were friendly, though, and the garden center was nice. We'll have to try them for raspberries later.

Thing is, there's a really good farm at home that we always buy our berries from that are just so big and lovely. Oh well. We'll see if we can't find something. A lady in the patch told us that one place she stopped at was selling them already picked for $4.50/quart. Eek. I can't spend that much on berries. I was so hoping to buy around 24 quarts this year!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Pink Log Cabin Blocks

I started this quilt as a baby quilt for a girl I grew up with who is due in August. Eek. I just realized that the shower is 2 weeks away. I'm dumb. I had better get my act together! This should have been done is 12" blocks and made 3 x 3. I'm not sure what to do. It won't take too long if I can just figure out what I'm doing.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Wedding Quilt is Finito!

I've finished Tim & Carol's quilt and its a whole 2 months early!! I'm shocked with myself. Its very simple quilting, but I think its quilted heavily enough to make it wrinkly and quilty. I realized that I didn't prewash and I thought that might cause problems with the chocolate bleeding, but I put some swatches in bowls of water last night and there is not a drop of dye in the bowls. Wahoo! I'm debating about washing the quilt at Mom's house this weekend. I love when it shrinks and starts to get softer, but it looks nice when its stiff. Is anyone else thinking that my use of monograms might be a bit heavy-handed?? Oh well. Carol likes monograms, I think, and no one else will get them anything with monograms on it. And I have to get my money's worth out of this machine, right?

Monogramming Towels

I've monogrammed my first set of towels. Wow. It took forever! All I did was two hand towels and two bath towels and I was working on them from 8:30 PM to 3:00 AM. What in the world?!?

I used chocolate thread on white towels and they had to be done twice to fill in all the gaps. As I've mentioned before, I have a problem with the needle falling out as well and that means that I have to sit there and watch it like a hawk just in case. It did fine on the hand towels, but when I got to the bath towels, half way through on each one, the needle fell out and then the machine seemed to lose its place. I had to start back at the beginning on each. Which was okay, since I had written down the setting for the monogram placement. WRONG. The same setting would not start in the same place. How is that possible?! Anyway. I figured out how to get it to work and then I had to go back and start it in the middle again since the beginning had been done twice and the second half had to be done again. Argh.

They're done, at any rate. They are for my brother and his fiancee and her shower is tomorrow. I am leaving today to go to my parents. I don't have anything to put them in or wrap them with, of course. You'd think I was the most disorganized person on earth. I'm really not, I swear.