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Sunday, February 26, 2012

February is coming to an end ~ why is time going by so fast??

Hey there friends ~

How are you doing? Have you been crafty at all this past month?

I had my knitting class, I really enjoyed it... but the yarn that was supplied was NOT something I would want around my neck! I think I will be learning to make slippers sometime in the near future!  LOL anyone know of someone that would like 1 red and 1 blue slipper??   OH WELL!!
Since my class I have made a "knit" hat for Violet. OK so it was made on one of those looms, but it LOOKS knit ~ I will let you be the judge of that though :-) I have started another one as well, after all... I have LOTS of yarn like this to get rid of. 

I also have a new student, she has had 2 classes so far. Her first class she got all her fabric cut and blocks sewn together, she even got her first row and part of the next sewn together. I gave her homework too ~ sewing the rest of the blocks into rows. :-) All her homework was finished in time for second class yesterday. In class she got her rows all sewn together, and the borders cut & sewn on. Top is complete & she is thrilled! She got the backing all pieced and pressed and then the pinning started. It looks really great ~ I will get a picture of her quilt at her next class in a couple weeks. She will be working on the quilting and possibly setting up more classes.

Maria has also been here a couple times to work on a baby quilt for a friend of the family.
I helped her pick the fabrics a couple weeks ago. The parents have painted the room orange with white bead board on the bottom. I saw a picture of the nursery last week and even though it would not have been a choice I would have picked... it looks really bright and cheery. The first 3 hour session found her with all the cutting done... she did most of it and I am very proud of her! She also got all her blocks sewn together and started her first 2 rows! Then Friday night she came over and got the rest of the blocks sewn into rows and the top ready for quilting (which I did yesterday). Now the search for the right quilting thread!
As soon as I find the thread I will get it quilted and the binding done.
The baby shower is on St Patty's day so I don't need to rush too much! 

So that about wraps up what I have been doing, between work, the new puppy... walks for said puppy, eating and sleeping ~ I guess that is pretty good!

Well I am going to sign off ~ get out there.... be safe... and get crafty!!
Mary

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Well it's been 2 weeks ~ what have YOU been doing??

Well I haven't done anything "QUILTY in the last 2 weeks, that is so sad!  I have been looking for piping for the Gummy Bear Pillow that will be going to Ireland, but the only things I have found so far are either  UGLY, REALLY EXPENSIVE ..... or NYLON, which is not good for a cotton pillow.  I will continue the search next weekend, and if I don't find what I am looking for I will just have to figure out something else.

Last weekend I was so excited about my upcoming knitting class, that I started watching some YouTube Videos. Between the memories of what Pat taught me when I was 7 or 8 years old and watching the videos I managed to start a scarf! OK so the first attempt from last weekend will NEVER be shown... however this is what I have right now, and I am pretty pleased with it!! I know it has issues on the sides, but hey ~ I am a beginner :-) I will probably ravel or rip it out after taking the class and make it a bit narrower, oh an use bigger needles!! The ones I am using now are 13 ~ I think I will go for a 17 on the re-do. The yarn is so very soft, I used Lion Brand Super Bulky #6. Not exactically sure what all that means ~ but it sounded pretty smart huh???!!!

Other than that the best part of the last 2 weeks.... actually the last 4 days, is that we have adopted a puppy from "Canines With A Cause" It is a Salt Lake based nonprofit organization. http://canines-with-a-cause.blogspot.com/  They also have a Face Book page http://www.facebook.com/#!/CaninesWithACause  His name is Hank and he is just too darn cute for words!  SMART... holy cow is he smart!!! I just started working with him on "sit" yesterday.... and he has it now! What comes next.... LOL I wish the house training was as easy!!  Anyhow here is our boy, we love him to pieces already and I think he loves us too!
Right now he is sleeping under Doc's computer desk....I wonder how long he will fit under there??   In reading the paperwork from CWAC (Canines With A Cause) It looks like there MAY be a SLIGHT possibility that he is an Australian Shepherd/Huskey mix. That MIGHT explain the feet that are 2" across!! But whatever he is ~ he is ours now and forever. Thank you CWAC for rescuing our handsome boy, and picking us to adopt him!!! Oh and Friday night after our walk.... I thought I broke him for a while :-) I quickly found out that he was just totally relaxed.... a walk... massage.. and brushing tends to do this to him. Who would have thought???!!!

For now I will sign off ~ need to take our boy for a walk, and think quilty thoughts.

Stay safe, stay well, stay warm ... and get creative!!
Mary





Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sorry only 1 picture this week ~~

Have you have had a good week... have you been Crafty?

I got an interesting Email this past Thursday morning.
Turns out that a gentleman in IRELAND was looking at my website (my-time-2-quilt.biz)
He saw the pillow I made for Stacy back in 2008-2009 and wanted to know if I still had any "Gummy Bear Fabric" left. So looks like I will be making a Gummy Bear Pillow and sending it to Ireland. I think that is pretty darn cool!! Tomorrow after work I will start figuring out the pillow, I need to embroider a name on it and figure out where it will look best to have it, also need to find out if he wants it to say anything else ;-) Hopefully I will have it finished, or close to finished by next weekend so I can share it with you all.

Friday night I got the last 2 embroideries done on the Sock Monkey quilt, and this morning I finished the quilting and got the binding and label sewn on!! YIPPEE!!!! I will be giving it to Amber on 1/26 when she comes to the office for our monthly meeting. I am so excited to give it to her!!

Anyhow, the last bit of exciting news I have to share is that I signed up for a knitting class!!! I know, Doc said the same thing... WHY do you want to start something else when you have so many things to quilt??? Sorry I can't answer that ~ just my crafty self seeking something new to explore!! Class isn't till Feb 11 so you will have to wait and see what I am going to make.... LOL and since I am not sure myself, we will all be surprised!! But in my excitement I have been checking out You Tube Videos too..... maybe I WON'T wait till 2/11!

So till next time ~ stay safe, and find a way to let your creativity shine!!

Mary

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Well ~ the first week of the new year is offically behind us ... have you been crafty??

Hopefully you have been able to find something crafty and creative to work on, just have fun with whatever it is ~ life is too short to take EVERYTHING serious!!!

I haven't made as much progress on the Sock Monkey baby quilt as hoped. The top is all sewn together & is VERY CUTE, but I still have 2 more embroideries to do. My goal was to have the top completed by tonight INCLUDING the embroidery. OK so THAT isn't gonna happened. But here is what MY weekly craftiness looks like ~





Pretty darn cute don't ya think???!!!

This week is going to be a busy one for me, I have a co-worker following me home tomorrow night. We are going to start designing a signature quilt for her wedding in April. We need to come up with a design so I can get the amounts of fabric figured so she can start looking for what she wants. This will probably take at least 2 hours... maybe more.
I am HOPING to get another monkey done on Tuesday evening.
Haircut on Wed after work, LOL I needed it at least 3 weeks ago!!!!
Maybe the last monkey on Thursday evening??? I need to have them all finished by Saturday because I am meeting another co-worker at Joann's.
Remember the Pooh quilt?? Maria is the one that I helped with that quilt, she wants to make a quilt for friends who are having their first baby. The main color in the nursery is ORANGE!! I found some cute fabric at Joann's a while back (OK so it was not long after we moved to Utah 6 years ago) It's a really cute print, yellow background with orange, bright lime green, yellow and purple. The orange green yellow and purple are giraffes, and elephants ~ WAY CUTE!!! Anyhow while we are at Joann's getting the fabric for that quilt I will be looking for the backing for the Sock Monkeys. My GOAL for next weekend is to have the Monkeys loaded on the long arm by Saturday night and get it quilted on Sunday ~ OK so it is a lofty goal... but it is what it is right???!!!

Well I need to get to bed so I can get up and head to work. So much to do and so little time to get it all done :-)

Have a great week, and let me hear from you ~ what you are you working on? Do you have any questions for me?

Help me out here friends ~ participate ;-)

Take care, and as always.. Find something crafty that you love ~ and get creative!

Mary

Monday, January 2, 2012

HAPPY 2012!!!!

I hope you all have had a Wonderful Holiday Season ~ And that this new year brings you all Helath & Happiness ~ a little extra $$ wouldn't be too bad either! ;-)

I have managed to get very few little crafty items done this week... not much but hey ~ I still have the rest of today to FINISH A QUILT! LOL Wish me luck!!!

Here is what I have done so far this week. 1) I had my sister Pat go through one of my FAVORITE web sites with her youngest Granddaughter Cayla. The Website I have mentioned before is embroiderydk.com For $6.00 a month you can download as many designs as you want for as long as you want ... AND every Saturday morning they put another 20+ designs on the site!!

Then while looking for embroideries for Sock Monkeys, I found another site that also gives wonderful service ~ gnrembroidery.com ~ this is the site I talked about last week. They are SOCK MONKEY CENTRAL!!!! Prices are GREAT and although I have only done 1 of the designs that I ordered on Christmas day which BTW I LOVE THEM!! (got them the next day via Email... THANKS RICHARD!!!!) So 2) Also for Cayla is

I have also started sewing the baby quilt together that I layed out last weekend. It is about 1/3 sewn... after finishing laundry today I hope to get more done on it. I had REALLY WANTED to get the embroidery done this weekend and get it loaded up.... not sure that will happened now!!! :-(

Well I better get moving ~ lots to get done and only the rest of today to do it all!! Send me pictures of what you are working on..... or just drop me a line ~ any input is appreciated!! I want to make this a FUN Blog!!

Happy New year to you and yours ~ NOW GET TO CRAFTING!!!!

Mary

PS ~ We went to Michael's and I got new goodies for my door wreath ... isn't it pretty!!!????

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Is coming to an end ~

As I have looked back through my Blog this morning I noticed that I have gotten away from the idea I had when I started this. Quilting is the reason I started ~ I wanted to share my passion with friends and family, keep you up to date on what I have been doing. Somehow it evolved into what Doc & I had been doing, the flowers that have bloomed, the weather, etc. Although I may briefly touch on these things in the future I will concentrate more on Quilting. What I have been working on or what I want to work on. I may even have class ideas I want to bounce around, or if you have any ideas I would love to hear from you. I have not taught a class in over a year, and I miss sharing what I know, and helping to pass the love of quilting to others. If you have any ideas on this ~ PLEASE SHARE!!!

So let me see, looks like the last time I posted any quilty info was back in June. Since then, I made a quilt for baby Emma, My #2/Friend/Co-worker,I met Maria when I Started working for Mountain Land Rehab. Maria is the one that I helped to make the Winnie The Pooh quilt fo her little man Ethan, now she has her beautiful little Emma... and Emma has this little quilt.


The other quilt I made was for a lady that lives in MA. She was vacationing in June here in Utah, saw my KSL ad and contacted me about making a quilt for her to give her husband for Christmas. I started out pretty doing pretty good with this one, then ran out of time so had to call for reinforcements!! Micki came over several times in Oct & Nov to help with the layout so I could just sew... and sew... and sew some more. Thanks for the Help Micki!!! The quilt I made for her turned out really great!! It is all flannel and toasty warm!!!

Then last night I started a Sock Monkey quilt ~ I had been looking for Sock Monkey Embroidery designs for a couple weeks. They were just sent via Email this morning, & I am REALLY EXCITED about starting on them. I did a rough layout for the fabric last night..... OK so I was up till 2AM working on the layout :-) but here it is so far, I will start doing an embroidery later today. My goal is to get just 1 wmbroidery done today, then pics next weekend :-) Let me know what you think :-)

First however comes finishing the laundry I started yesterday (yeah I know... it was Christmas) Maybe I will even start taking down & puttin away Christmas. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and are making fun plans for the new year.

Till next time ~ do something creative that will make you happy ~

((from me to you))

Sunday, June 5, 2011

More than a month has passed.....

Where is time going ~ My Mom was right when she told me that the older you get, the faster time flies! But then Mom was right about almost everything I think. How many of us ever thought that would be the case I wonder. Wow ~ I am being far to philosophical for my own good I think!! Enough of that!!
OK so June has arrived, and with it ... spring has finally sprung???

So with this bit of news .... the flowers blooming, weather warming, yard sales starting ~ I am finding that I want to be outdoors ...... but alas ~ I have much too much to do downstairs right now to partake in "outside stuff".

I have finished the last of the customer quilting for a while, the last one was picked up yesterday. She says she has another one but judging from what she brought with her yesterday it will be a while before I get it. So now I get to finish working on a baby quilt that I started a few weeks ago. The embroidery is finished ~ I just need to get that last row of blocks sewn together, and get me some backing. Not sure how I will quilt it yet but I have a little time to figure that out still :-) Aren't these the cutest little giraffes you ever did see???

After this quilt I have one to do for a baby girl that will be born in September ~ her name is Emma and she will have a VERY girlie quilt ..... full of birght pastels with cute little girl's embroidered all over it. Gonna be fun ~ next time I post there should be a pic of that and this one finished.

Then comes the curtains for Violets new bedroom :-) this should be fun as I have NEVER tried to sew with fabric this shear!!

Well I better get going ~ nothing is being finished with me sitting up here typing away ~
Take care and as always do something fun ... be safe... be happy and be creative!!
Mary