Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding--So Majestic!

I just finished watching "the wedding"!  No, I didn't get up to watch it, but I did record it.  So I got up, fixed me a cup of tea (I do that very often, not just for the occasion) and watched the history that had been made.

When Kate and her father started down the aisle, it took my breath away.   Beautiful setting and so magical.

Everything was perfect--how do they do that??  I know really-- rehearsal, money and more money!  The people attending the wedding looked smashing.  I loved the hats the ladies wore.  Well, most of them.  A few of them were really down right hideous, at least to me.  I wish I could wear hats but you have to feel like you own them, and I don't. The British do that very well.

Kate's dress was beautiful.  Very classic that will look good in the years to come.  Not like Diana's that to me is very dated.  Beautiful at the time though.  One of my favorite moments was when William and Harry were at the altar and Harry looked back to see her.  I'd love to know what he said to his brother.  I'm sure William was dying to look too!   What a shame their mother couldn't have been there.

I can't wait to hear what my granddaughters think of the wedding.  They love to play with their Barbies and Disney princesses.  And this was definitely the wedding of the century--a grand affair.  Something for them to dream about!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter was wonderful even though it was rainy!!

It was a good weekend even though the weather could have been better!

The Texas kids came in Saturday and the others came shortly afterwards.  You just can't keep those cousins apart!  (I love that.  I hope they're always close!)  Anyway, the afternoon was spent dyeing eggs and then we went to the lake and Julie who has a nice camera and taking classes on digital photography, took photos of our trike and new trailer. 

As you can see Jake is no where to be found.  I guess 10 year old boys are past the thrill of dyeing eggs.

I had made journal covers for the girls for little Easter gifts.  All three of them love writing notes and drawing so I thought it would be perfect.  They took them to the lake, see.......

The covers fit the composition books you can buy at Wal-Mart.  I should have taken a photo of the inside.  There's a sectional area for three pencils.  I want to make myself one sometime soon.  Here's how cute they turned out.  

I got Jake a new tacklebox and some fishing items.  He loves fishing and can sit there FOREVER!!!  He decided to leave the box here so he'll have his own stuff here when he visits.  I did ask him if he was disappointed he didn't get a journal--he said, "Yeah, right, Nana!"

He did bring six, yes, SIX nerf guns to play with.  We had a nerf war in the backyard.  Fun, even though we were picking up the ammo forever.

Oh, and Paige, got her first pedicure.

Zebra designs!  She told me that she had thought a pedicure was where you took your "pets" to get their nails done.  We all got a laugh out of that remark.  She told Kayley, her cousin, that she was a little scared  when she saw all the "tools" the manicurist used on her feet.  She's only 8 1/2 and had her first pedicure.  Guess what, I've never had one.  

My kitchen sink decided to clog COMPLETELY on Saturday evening, so we moved Easter dinner at Stacey's (DD2).   She has a big home and since it was raining, the egg hunt had to be inside and she has a huge grand room.  All the aunts and uncles came and we had a feast.  I'd post a pic of that but, Julie took those pictures and she hasn't shared yet.

The last few years, we started adding coins in addition to candy to the plastic eggs and the kids really enjoy that.  They always have to see who came up with the most $$$.  And my newest grand neice, Sloane, who is 9 months old, got to participate too.  She didn't know quite what was going on, but she will learn!!

Isn't she a doll!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blocks from charm squares!

Last year our guild exchanged charm squares to enhance our stashes. The idea was to use them in charm quilts, or maybe use them in some scrap quilts (which I love). They could also add to those lovely charm packs they had but couldn't decide how to use. 

Several members had mentioned they have done nothing with their charms so I came up with an idea to use them.  Each month I am going to design a block using  5" squares, some with specific colors.   The members will make one and bring it to guild the following month.  For every one they bring they will get a ticket to win all the blocks. 

Hopefully, the members will learn a new block, use their charms, and maybe get lucky enough to win all of them.  If they don't win, they may want to make more blocks, using their own colors and make their own quilt.

I'm calling it "LUCKY CHARM LOTTO".  I'll be posting the block here too, each month.  Maybe some of you will be interested.

Here's the first one:
The Disappearing Nine Patch

Five 5” squares of blue fabrics (all different)

Four 5” squares of white fabric (the same fabric)

Make a nine patch block. 

Cut in half vertically and horizontally

Re-arrange in the following pattern and sew.

Here is what my blocks looked like:

You can put the blocks together in different ways to achieve different looks.

I'm hoping that all the different blues will look okay together.  Time will tell.   I'll try to remember to take a pic of all them at the guild meeting next month and post it!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Great Quilt Class ONLINE and it's FREE!

During my surfing of quilt sites I've found Rebecca from Australia of Chasing Cottons!  She has started a Quilt Class 101 online and it is so thorough.  Nothing has been left out.  She's doing it for 12 weeks, a little (?) at a time.  We all know there is so much to learn in the joy of quilting.  It has started but you can join anytime. 
Chasing Cottons

I have been quilting for many years, but I believe that all of us can learn something  from one another.  Everytime I get together with my friends, real and online, I add to my education of quilting and I for one love to see the different ways people do things in the journey of making quilts.   Thanks for sharing Rebecca!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here are some great giveaways!!

Don't you love giveaways?!  Here's some you have to check out.  Their sites are wonderful too!

Want it, Need it, Quilt! is giving away 12 beautiful fat quarters!  Ends the end of April!

Leona's Quilt Adventure has several different goodies in her giveaway!  Ends on April 22, 2011.

P.S. I Quilt is giving a wonderful FQ bundle.  Ends this Friday, April 15, 2011.

Oops-Lah 's prizes are a layer cake, jelly roll and Bali Pops!  I want those Pops!!  Ends May 9, 2011.

Arden's Nest has a wonderful tutorial and giving away 1/2 yard cuts of fabric.  Ends April 16, 2011

Cotton Blossom Farms is giving away 12 fat quarters.  Ends April 16, 2011.

Bluebird's Wing is giving away a bunch of prizes.  Ends April 17, 2011.

Kool Beenz has a FQ bundle to giveaway.  Ends April 15, 2011.

Quilted Journeys also is giving away a FQ bundle.  Ends April 15, 2011.

SewCalGal has a quilt kit and a $25 gift certificate to AccuQuilt.  Ends April 17, 2011.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has fabric bundle and a purse insert pattern.  Ends April 17, 2011.

Burgundy Buttons has some lovely patterns as prizes.  Ends April 15, 2011.

Sunshower Quilts giving 10 die cut butterflies for applique.  Ends April 17, 2011.

Just Plain Laine is giving an AccuQuilt Die.  Ends April 17, 2011.

Okay, I need to take a break.  It takes a while to get all these sites down and checked out!  Enjoy browsing and I hope you win something!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Santa Sack Swap

Cheryl over at "Gone Stitchin" is having the coolest swap.  It's a six month committment but sounds like it's going to be really fun.  Starting in July you make a bag and send some goodies WRAPPED UP in it.  Each month you send another goodie or two WRAPPED UP.  The idea is that you have six months of presents to open up in December from your partner.

Loads of fun and lots of surprises, just up my alley!  Come join the fun. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pincushion Swap!

Okay, it may just be the four of us, if you all still want to exchange pincushions,  OR we could each make three and send them to each other!  I could use three new ones!!
This is what I thought we could do--

1.  Leave a comment and tell me for sure you want to swap and if you want to make more than one.
2.  Your choice of any cute pincushion pattern or one you design yourself
3.  Mail date May 2, 2011 to partner/partners
4.  Send me your email and physical address --
5.  Signups until next Monday--April 11, 2011!

Pretty simple!  Let's do it!  And if anyone else wants to join, let me know.