Friday, January 30, 2009

Fun With Blocks

One of my favorite blogs, Tall Grass Prairie,
has an amazing tutorial for making heart blocks from 1" strips of fabric. Well, obviously, this ain't it LOL!!!! I got my strip set of 10 1x22 reds and off reds all sewn together ready to cut out the parts I needed when I discovered I had cut the strips 1 1/4! Toopid, toopid, toopid!!! Will have to try that one again--after I've calmed down. In the meantime, I so loved her pattern idea, that I decided to make a heart block using some nickel squares but using the same idea. Kinda like it!!

Next I stitched up Block 1 from Gail Pan's current BOM. These should be really sweet.
Next I got my KC Star 2009 Block 1 all sewn up. Not sure I'll stick with this dark of a red....

With Super Bowl right on our heels, I thought this darling way to serve the ole' layered dip would be so fun! The dip recipe I usually use is: 1 8-oz can bean dip, 1 8-oz carton guacamole dip, 1 16-oz sour cream, 2 diced tomatoes, 1 bunch chopped green onions, 2 ounces chopped ripe olives, 3 cups grated cheddar cheese. Throw this together using the photo as a guide (how's that for exacting directions?!!!) and serve with tortilla chips. The adorable cardinal was on the cover of this month's Missouri Conservationist magazine--not an endorsement of either team, just a cute photo!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kansas City Star 2009 BOM

One of my most favorite things to anticipate each year is the arrival in my Sunday newspaper of the annual quilt block of the month.   This year's promises to be lots of fun and also educational.   Each year the project pays tribute to some aspect of history, most often pertaining to women.   This year's focus is the 90th anniversary of women securing the right to vote.   Along with the monthly pattern and fabric suggestions will be a blurb commemorating one who influenced the history of women's rights.   This is a topic right up my alley and I can't wait to collect all 12!!!!     I have pictured a photo of the finished quilt in a blue/red/gold color scheme along with the first block, Lucy Stone.   I just love the mix of pieced and appliqued blocks!    As of yet, I have not pinned down my own color scheme but that is on the agenda for today!    Hopefully some stash can be busted.

One of the directions I want to take with my "new" blog is exploring some of my other interests in addition to quilting.   I decided it would only be fair to drop out of the various quilting rings I have belonged to over the past 2 or 3 years.   Most people in a quilting blog ring expect to read about quilting!!!!    I will be posting a variety of topics: books I am enjoying, color studies, crochet/knitting, stitchery, cooking, cats, etc.  This will make my blog more of a journal for myself so I totally understand if I lose readership.   But I am hoping that will not happen and that readers will chime in more! 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Babystepping Back Into Blogging

Gee, I never expected to stay away so long! Seems that once you get out of the habit of posting, it is very easy to stay out of the habit. I hope to get back in the bloggy groove now. I decided, since it was like starting all over with my blog, it was a good time to come into the 21st century and update my template. I am still learning how to use all the fun new ways to add lists and banner photos and other such techie stuff--so bear with me!

I have managed to accomplish a bit while on break. I had felt very "creativity-challenged" back in November--both with blogging and with quilting/crafting. I realize now that part of the quilting problem was the horrific state of my sewing room. No before photos! And really, no after photos either as this is a work in progress. However here is a photo of part of my stash--after it has been culled and ROYGBIVed.

It is so much easier to find a certain color or print with it downsized like this! Now if I can just keep it this way. I have plans for reorganizing the rest of the room, slowly but surely. I have done a bit of sewing too. On the sidebar of the blog I will attempt to keep track of current projects and UFOs. This list will grow. Many projects were packed away. Ya gotta know when to fold 'em, as Kenny Rogers would say. Just getting some UFOs out of my line of sight improved my attitude 100%.

DH and I decided to purchase a new mattress recently--it had been a while LOL. And boy, did that make a big improvement in my sleeping!!! Of course, that meant a new comforter was needed. And new sheets. And new throw pillows. And new nightstands. And a new wallhanging! Ya can't just buy the horse now, can you?

In keeping with the theme of change and new beginnings, I also decided to start the new free BOM from Bunny Hill Designs. I just love their patterns and this looks to be so cute. Here's my 12 8 1/2" squares of creams and whites all cut and waiting. And here is the first little block all appliqued and embroidered.

So many more photos and thoughts to share, but tomorrow is another day.