Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Archives #165: Stitch in the Ditch/Retreat Reflections

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Happy Tuesday everyone!
I dove into summer head first this year. This past month has found our life filled with all the joys of family visits, graduations, and Grammy Camp, all that I'm so grateful to have had. Yet, admittably, as I sit here on our patio this morning, I find myself filled with a sense of contentment as I finally greet the day slowly, with a cup of coffee at hand, my day not controlled by school bells. I can go to the bathroom, eat and do whatever I want when I want.
 With that said, as I went on my sewing retreat this past weekend it struck boldly that in the mist of teaching and adjusting to my husband's different work schedules, that I lost my time to be creative somewhere along the way. How does that happen? I'll be researching and reading about the answer to that very question and will be sure to share my "wisdom" gained here on the ol' blog. But, I can say, this weekend of sewing rejuvenated my creative spirit and I want that to continue.
I FINISHED my classroom quilt top:

I caught up on my May and June Scrap Dance sewing: 
I'm Stash Busting!!
I can't wait to see these come together next month.

And finally, I finished this QUEEN size lovely that I started at last year's retreat:
Need less to say I have quite a bit of quilting ahead of me as I set out to make these summer finishes.
I also came home with many new, crafty project ideas that were discovered through given demos. This makes me excited as they will add a fun variety to my daily creative habits. Stay tuned!
With that all said and done, I best get to to this week's linky huh.
      This week's theme is: STITCH in the DITCH
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WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Grammy Camp: Spiderman Pillowcase!

Summer got on it's way with Grammy Camp right off the bat!
I spent an hour one morning this week sewing this Spiderman Pillowcase for my favorite little buy:

He and I play Spiderman all the time (with silly string of course) and when we came across this fabric in the attic among his Mother's old things, we knew right away what we were going to do with it. 

Well after he spent ten minutes walking around being a "ghost".

As you can imagine getting these two together for a picture was...well...full of silly moments with Jackson being much more cooperative than my goofy grand-guy. 

I love that I was able to stitch up something quick and fun for him. The best thing is he gets to bring it home and the little I Love You tag reminds him that his Meme is always thinking of him.
Love that about our hobby.
Lucky me he wanted to use it to "watch a movie" ...which meant a nap was soon to follow!
I'm off on a sewing retreat this weekend and am really looking forward to this as my kick off to a summer of sewing, blogging, reading, walking and well, resting. Oh and more good news, not only is our little guy going to become a Big Brother but it's another Boy!!
Like my wine bottle tree in the background? LOL!!
Of course, we're all so very excited.
As always, thank you for stopping by and for being awesome blogging friends.
I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone real soon.

WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.
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WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Busy Start to Summer.

The day after I got out of school for summer break, we hit the road to our daughter and son-in-laws to attend his graduation as a Radiology Technologist. Two years of intensive work done. We are so proud of them both and wish him the best on his boards this coming weekend.

We celebrated Father's Day:
 

And for the last four day's I've had this little Ninja Turtle in the house as we enjoyed our first Grammy Camp of the summer: (Don't ya love how silly 3 1/2 years olds are!)

He and Jackson continue to enjoy running and playing together in the backyard as I garden:

We also spent afternoons across the street at my neighbors swimming with his "summer friend". The boys are four days apart...so it's become a tradition for us Grandmas to get them together each summer. And did ya know that the "Hulk Man" loves Dutch Bro? Who would have guessed! 

 If I look tired....I AM! LOL!! But oh how much we cherish these Grammy Camps.
I love your buddy!
(Meme, why do you call me Buddy? Because I love you. Oh, Okay. thank you Meme) THE BEST!
 I'm off to pack him up as we get ready to meet his parents. (We drive and meet at a half way point as they live three hours away) and then I'm packing for my Sewing Retreat!!!!! YES!!! A weekend of sewing!! I'm so pysched! I have all my WIP to pack and may be up to midnight doing so...but with three uninterrupted days of sewing ahead...I can't wait!! I've missed my sewing and need to find a new routine of getting more sewing in. This is the perfect way to kick of my summer! Stay tuned.

WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.
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WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Archives #164: Shop Hops

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This week's theme is: SHOP HOPS

Admittedly, I've never done a shop hop!
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WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.
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I offer FREE Return Shipping on all quilts in the U.S.A.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Eye Spy Inspiration!

Fresh off the quilting frame this morning is this twin size Eye-Spy quilt 
created by Nancy who blogs at PugMom Quilts:
Those of you who participated in last year's Eye-Spy Swap here at Val's Quilting Studio, will notice many of our four inch blocks in Nancy's finish. I like how she alternated four patches of eye-spies with a single large eye-spy block. Good idea!

 I had fun quilting this one with this truck, plane, train and helicopter pantograph. 
Just perfect for the four year old little guy Nancy made this quilt for. 
Don't forget my summer quilting deal:

WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.
Check out my Long-Arm Quilting page for details.
I offer FREE Return Shipping on all quilts in the U.S.A.
As always thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Archives #163: Scrap Storage

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This week's theme is: SCRAP STORAGE

How is it we've been doing Tuesday Archives for so long and we haven't featured scrap storage!
Many of you are familiar with my "buckets" of strips:

I like to cut my scraps into 2-3 strips and sort them by color into these cute buckets. Once they are full a scrappy project is always sure to follow. But my scrappy habit doesn't stop there! I have two other scrappy habits. Click right HERE to check out my 2013 post: Fabric Scrap Storage. 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

WIN Batting This Summer!!!

I'm celebrating Summer with a chance for you to WIN this batting: 
This batting is twin size and measures 72"x 90".
As a teacher, Summer is my quilting season and this year I have no plans but to be home. 
Annnndddd, I'd love to quilt for you! Here's the deal: with every quilt top you send to me to be quilted using an edge to edge pantograph, you will be entered to win the above batting. 
The give-away will stay open for nine weeks (Until August 14th...when I return to work.)
I specialize in pantograph quilting, charge a flat rate of .018 cents per square inch and offer quick turn-around service along with FREE return shipping on all quilts in the U.S.A. For more details and examples of my work, please do check out my Long-Arm quilting page by clicking right HERE

This "Chasing Cats" is my newest pantograph: 
This cute cat quilt was sent by Nancy who blogs at PugMom Quilts. This one is for a five year old little girl and I was thrilled to have found this whimsical pantograph to finish this quilt for her.
Click HERE to contact me about quilting for you.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Beautiful, Colorful Butterflies Finish

 What better way to start summer than with a colorful picnic quilt!

With it's bright, colorful. squares and rich purple binding, 
along with a pantograph of quilted "colorful, beautiful flowers"
this little 48"x 56" quilt is ready for some summer fun!

Seriously, have you ever finished a quilt you just can't wait to start using?
This is one of those quilts for me. I just love everything about it...
...so much it's already in the wash and will then become my permanent car quilt. 
We're ready for whatever summer adventures lie ahead and my summer checklist is started: 
Summer Checklist! Are you ready? By Blond-Amsterdam
I hope you'll stop by often and follow my summer doings.

WIN quilt batting this summer. Click HERE to read how.

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over 100 designs to choose from.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Game Day=Sew Day!

Their assignments are completed. Their textbooks are cleaned and put away.
They now get to spend the afternoon playing old fashion board games they brought for home.
They remind me of Jackson as they spread out underneath my make-shift sew area.
After the kids leave Friday, I still have three work /snow make-up days ahead. So, when my  cooperating teacher suggested we use our "collaboration day" to sew our class quilts together, I jumped at the opportunity! As I set up, found myself watching  others play across the classroom from me. I was humored to see that though some were busy with their board games, I couldn't help but smile as I watched the others who got together and are yes, playing school! LOL!!!

This is "the principal" below at his "pretend" computer. I tried hard to not laugh out-loud , as they were quite serious  as they are playing! I mean his little fingers are just "typing" away  and I finally chuckled out-loud as I heard him announce: "Oh my, I have announcement to tell the school: Mrs Reynold's class just won this week's contest."
In this modern day of technology, I can not tell you how refreshing it is to watch them all play so cooperatively and imaginatively together!! Note to self: Some of the board games these seven year olds like included: The Game of Life, Rainbow Jumbling Tower, Fibber, Candy Land, Don't Wake Daddy, and Rock Em', Sock Em' Boxing.  So fun! 

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