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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I did it! I actually sat at my machine and... did some mending.
I know, Boring!
But then I put together two blocks. Did you catch that? Two blocks!
These are for our guild meeting on Thursday. Talk about procrastination. I waited till the week of to get them done.

I also finished up the little bird house block. Next is to go back to last month and make a basket block. If I get time today, it's next on my to-do list.

But first, I need to get ready to go out and do some shopping. Maybe if I'm lucky, I'll miss the crowds.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Good morning! I've missed you all! I'm the one at fault. I don't seem to have my act together. Things in my household are all up in the air, or more realistically, on the floor and in every room.
Good news is, the Daughter is moved in. Bad news, so is must of her stuff. We are all trying to marry two households. I assume (we all know what this makes me) we will be doing this for months to come.

Maximus and PugsLee are getting along, as well as can be expected from an only elderly fur child and a puppy.

I'm hoping with the changes around here, that I'll get back into the swing of things. I haven't touched my machine in weeks. I did do a little appliqué. Just a little.
Right now it's more important to have clean dishes and laundry than it is too find time to sew. But cross your fingers for me. All work and no sewing will make me a "B" to live with.

I received the next BOM package. In it I learned that those little hexies I had made, really were too little. They forgot to include them in the last pack. But I'm going to use those little hexies somewhere. I had a lot of fun making them and they are so cute, it'd be a waste not to use them.
Also here is the newest block I'm working on.

So we come to the end. I hope to see you all later this week. I'm really trying hard to have something to show you. Till then...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gobble Gobble

Here at Creative Casa, it's pie making day. Tomorrow is pig out day.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Take care, Brandie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tiny Stitches

Ok, I tried to be here yesterday. Good intentions and everything.
I threw my back out (bad choice of words) on Saturday. My punishment for hoarding gobs and gobs of Christmas decorations. Made the whole process of cleaning the attic that much more difficult. Thank goodness my good boy came home and helped me yesterday. We more or less finished moving and arranging the attic. Today we only have to move that dresser that I've been using as a prop, up stairs. And more good news, my back feels 50 percent better this morning.
I also feel so much better about myself. Fun how cleaning can do that. I now have clean corners everywhere. I really like that feeling!

There will be quite a change around here. With the Daughter and Maximus moving in Maximus is like a real baby. I alway vacuum before he gets here because like a real baby, he will find anything on the floor.
A couple of weeks ago he found one of those sock hangers. Nobody around here has bought any socks in awhile!

This is also going to be a BIG change for poor elderly PugsLee. She is use to being the princess. And Maximus has always left before. Poor girl!

So if you are still here, want to see the little bit I've been doing?
These are to Lynn's (sewninwildoaks.blogspot) BOM.
She even warned of their addicted quality, she was right!
And as before, if you remember, I'm doing this BOM twice. Once with Lynn's fabrics and once with my collected Robyn Pandorph's fabrics. So here they are. Tiny little hexies.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Star Mug Rugs

What a week! I already am exhausted. Why? First I had to finish all those stars.
I made mug rugs for all my faithful Quilt Show workers. And I must have been crazy! These are little paper pieced stars from Judy Mathieson's book Mariner's Compass book. We used a lot of these stars in our Opportunity quilt and I thought it would be a good memento to remember this years QS. After about three, I was ready to re-think that whole plan! But I continued on, complaining to myself. And I finished! Sure I was finishing the binding on 10 or so yesterday morning, the day of our Celebration meeting. Have I mentioned how I procrastinate?
I obviously like this color combo. Years ago I bashed a bunch of tile and made my outdoor table a beautiful compass rose mosaic, not unlike this little mug rug.
First batch of 6.
Second batch of 6.
Last batch of 6. Glad to be done!
One great thing about these mug rugs, all scraps. Not a thing was bought to complete these. That I love! In fact I may not hate these as much as I first thought. I'm think I need a matching set for my own house. Now I just need to do it...

Because we were having a Celebration last night, I thought we needed a special treat. So out came the cake pans and gum paste.

Unfortunately, I have very little patience (another flaw). I gave up trying to make the frosting smooth and just covered it with a ribbon. Yes I could have put fondant on it, but I don't like it. I didn't like working with it or eating it, so why bother. But gum paste, that I like. And it makes such beautiful flowers that you can use to hide ugly bits.

So I'm now done with other things and I hope to get back to my own things. There is no pressing agenda, outside of my own head.
Except the "C" holiday. But I'm kind of still a humbug and I don't want to hear about it, so I'm sticking my head in the sand. Don't tell me!

In other news, my Daughter is coming home, just in time for Thanksgiving! She said for a month or two, but I'm not complaining (yet). The only problem? Two and a half years ago, I moved into her room and my old room, a converted attic, became a storage room. Can you say "Hoarder", yeah apparently that's me too. So I have been going through years of "I'll get to that later" boxes. I have found a lot of baby clothes that I have saved for the kids. Every little outfit brings memories of yesteryear.
So now that I've explained my tardiness, I'll try to do better next week. Bring on the fabric! I need to use up some creativity. You know, use my skills to create and stop wasting it on cleaning. Yea, I like that.

Take care, Brandie

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wrinkled Quilt Top

Don't you hate when your days don't go as planned? I'm sure we all do. And I think you can tell my day didn't go as planned.
I just managed to sew eight seams and complete the Dresden quilt top. This was how I planned to start the day, but...
Maybe after dinner I'll find some time to finish a few more stars, but "some like it hot" is coming on TCM tonight. Sure I've seen it almost a million times, I just love a man in drag! Don't get me started on Dr Frank-n-furter. Tim Curry Is too much!
So here you go a few wrinkled pics of old dirty Dresdens.

Take care, Brandie

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Old Dresdens

I have finally finished all ten Dresden blocks. I've been carting them around with me for awhile. It feels good to have them ready for the next step. Maybe tomorrow they'll turn into a quilt top. Then again, maybe not.

Also at the top of the picture, you can see the stars I've been working on. I tried making a deal with myself to finish two of those a day and well, that hasn't worked as well as I planned.
I'm easily distracted (velvets).
I've been sketching and dreaming up a quilt to showcase those velvets. This is when I wish I could draw.

I'm learning to embrace the imperfection in each of these blocks. At first they bothered me. Now I think the flaws make them look more antique.
I will start researching an age appropriate quilting for this top. I'm kind of excited about that.

So I'll leave you with this little tease. Till tomorrow.

Take care, Brandie