Monday, November 17, 2008

Quilting weather

The temperature is supposed to be around 17 degrees tonight - and it's cold out! Perfect weather to sit on the couch and finish binding a quilt, especially when the quilt can cover you up! The weekend went by too quickly, and I only got in about 3 hours of quilting! But I did visit my sister, Dave and I helped run cable to her son's room, then she cut our hair. It's great having a sister who can be your beautician too! We "barter" jobs back and forth, haircuts, dog-sitting, tutoring, and manual labor.

I did get a start on making some "Indian Hatchet" blocks. Paula at "A Latte Quilts" has an easy tutorial. Lots of fun to make and a good use for those fabric strips.

My other accomplishment was helping get the outside lights up for Christmas. We don't usually turn them on before Thanksgiving, but it's nice to have the job done. Except we bought extra lights last year on sale, so there's talk going around of doing a bit more decorating! Hope the weather warms up!

Stay warm!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dakota's quilt finished.

This is a pattern called "Cotton Candy". It's a free pattern that you can get from

I made it for my son's fiancee's niece. (I know, convoluted sentence.) Vicki (the fiancee) picked out the colors. The fun part was making her help me put the blocks in order because the directions said to arrange the blocks "as in the quilt illustration." Since the colors were totally different, it was a bit of a challenge, but I really like the way it turned out.

It's time to start making Christmas gifts, now that the camping and yard work season is at an end. There are a lot of websites with free patterns and not enough time to work on everything. But it's worth the time to take a look at those free patterns, you never know when you'll spot that perfect gift idea!

Halloween was last week, but here's a belated picture of my son Matt and Vicki. Matt's a dragon (but you can't see his tail) and Vicki's the witch. That's Belle as Underdog.

They were a big hit with the Trick-or-Treaters.