Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Morning

"Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands."
Psalm 63:3,4

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Welcome to Colorful Colorado

 If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that I grew up in the beautiful state of Colorado. I try to visit at least once every year. The photo below was taken within an a hour's drive of my childhood home.
With that soft spot in my heart, it was not difficult for me to say yes to Katie when she asked if I would test her new pattern called, "Welcome to Colorful Colorado".
The 66" x 81" quilt would look great as a wall hanging or even on a twin bed. It can be viewed vertically, as if you are standing looking at a sunset behind the mountain range or horizontally, where it represents the plains, mountains, and mesas of the state of Colorado.
 Because of the many pieces and the angles that need to be cut to make the design, the pattern is best suited to intermediate or advanced quilters. With accurate seam allowances and good labeling of the pieces, this makes for a fun project, though, once the cutting is finished. It's like putting together a puzzle!
 Welcome to Colorful Colorado is available for download on Craftsy. You can find it here.
 The cutting is straightforward and easily achieved by following the clear directions. Katie has included tips for sewing everything together successfully as well as some quilting ideas that can be achieved on your home sewing machine. (I haven't gotten to that quilting part yet, as you can see.)
 The quilt really is like a piece of art and I'm looking forward to seeing mine hung on a wall! If you love working with solid fabrics, this might just be an idea for your next project. I used Kona but Katie's version is lovely using Oakshot Cottons.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Morning

"The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His steadfast love."
Psalm 147:11 ESV

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn Fun

A beautiful sunny day, after several rainy ones, brought many visitors to the local Arboratum where the Blue Valley Quilters Guild hung their colorful quilts today. Traditional and modern designs draped side by side added extra delight  to the already gorgeous surroundings. 
 Tickets were being sold for this colorful batik quilt.
 As a member of this prolific guild, I had the pleasure of participating in a "Bed Turning", displaying and talking about a dozen of my scrappy quilts. That was fun!
 Something else that was fun: Watching my first Greek Olympics! Here's my favorite Olympian....
 I believe that the gladiator horse race may have been her best event!
Hope you are enjoying a fun weekend, as well!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Morning

" dear, dear friends,
 stand your ground.
And don't hold back.
Throw yourselves into the work of the Master,
confident that nothing you do for Him
is a waste of time or effort."
1 Corinthians 15:58 The Message

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Royals Baseball and Other Random Stuff

Unless you live in Kansas City, you may not realize that The KC Royals baseball team has waited 29 long years for our turn to be in the playoffs. It's been a wild week for sports fans here in KC. I'm even dressing the part of a fan today! Let's Go Royals!
In between sports TV, I've been sewing a little. Here's the Union Jack that Mary asked us to make for her Mid-Century Modern Bee block this month. The tutorial is found on the Molli Sparkles blog. 
In case you've wondered, I've gotten out my own MCM blocks and started working on them again adding an 18 inch churn dash and three 12 inch ones to the mountain of six inch blocks. I'm hoping to start putting them all together this weekend.
Linda is part of the Mid-Century Modern Bee as well. She and I had fun meeting up last week at one of Kansas City's newest quilt shops, Modern Maker. We piled up our purchases and took a photo. It will be a favorite shopping spot from now on!
Another special friend, Irene, celebrated her 102nd birthday last week. Irene was my mother-in-law's best friend and a lovely lady. My sister-in-law, Kay, and I had such a sweet time visiting with her in her home. Isn't she darling... I want to be like her when I grow up!
Last month, my husband and I vacationed in northern California. We ran across this great idea in a tiny costal town. I love it!

We stopped for a burger in this fun pub. Do you wonder, as we did, how they get all those bills onto the ceiling? 
That's one way of hanging on to your money!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Classy Cargo Dress Pattern Review

As soon as I laid eyes on this pattern, I knew immediately that I had to have it. Olive Ann Designs is a new pattern line to me and one that I'll be looking out for in the future because it was so well done.
 The pattern packet contains tissue patterns with size marking from sizes 2 through 10 and even a size for an 18" doll. I made the size 6 for Lula. The fabric is called Littlest, by Art Gallery Fabrics, if you are wondering.
 My favorite part is the pocket detail. I added the bias edging to the pleated cargo pocket, but it would be cute without it as well. My one suggestion for improving the pattern would be to add interfacing to the buttoned front and neckline. I just automatically always add this important step when garment sewing to give more body and a professional look.
 The back is designed with a kick pleat and belt loop. I found the directions and photos to be well done for the most part, especially for anyone who has some garment sewing experience. The elastic belt was very easy to make and a creative alternative to the sashed belt featured on the front of the pattern.
 The dress design is so perfect for Lula's slender body type. Since the style is a bit grown up,  I'm not sure it would be as cute in the size two, but maybe with different fabric it would be great for younger girls. Lula loved the dress and so did her mommy...which is very important!
With leggings and a tee, it's perfect for a fall day at school.