Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I've been collecting black and white fabrics for a few years now, and the magazine gave me just the right boost to get started on a new quilt.
I bought this red fabric off Ebay, with the sole purpose of jazzing up a black and white quilt. At the time, I really didn't have a pattern or design in mind.
So, this afternoon, I spent my time cutting up some fat quarters, 10" inch squares from a quilting forum swap and some odd small pieces of black and white fabrics. I have the black FQs to go and then I'm going to cut a little bit from my yardage pieces to be sure I have plenty of variety. I'll figure I'll have quite a few leftovers, so a neat idea for the back occurred to me:
It's very sloppy because I was in a hurry to get the thoughts down and back to cutting, but I think you can get the idea. The main graphic is the flying geese wandering from bottom left to upper right.
Wish me luck!!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
So, I'm filling in all the divots and holes with mud. I look back along the wall, and it looks like a little boy's knees in September after riding his bike in gravel all summer. Nothing but patches. When my husband built on my sewing room closet, I textured the walls in there and then painted them a creamy tan. Brain storm in the room! I watered down the mud a bit and used a big paintbrush to texture the top half of the walls to hide the holes and dings. It went a lot faster AND I don't have to sand the walls down before I can paint.
I have one long wall and above the window left to do this evening, and it should be dry by the time we get back from Charleston tomorrow. Then maybe Saturday I can paint (ugh, I really don't like painting - I'm way too messy at it!) and start bringing back my stuff the first of the week. David fixed the overhead vent last night and will be removing the "dead" vent on the other side of the room today. He's also putting up one more piece of trim around the door and the baseboards.
One room at a time . . . . .
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I had loaded my washer with fabric (of course!), turned it on, turned off the light and contentedly went to bed - which I have done a hundred times or more in my life. Around 5:30 the next morning, the bathroom was calling, so I'm sitting on the pot, thinking to myself, "What IS that I hear running?" I stumble down the dark stairs to the basement, turn the corner from the landing, two steps more to land my foot in over an inch of icy cold water! The valve on the washer messed up, so the washer pumped cold water onto the basement floor continuously from 9:30 pm to 5:30 am. After several choice words escaped and with the water turned off, I began the tedious and back-breaking clean up.
Of course, my dear husband was away for military training, so with the invaluable aid of my in-laws, we started moving out all the STUFF that has accumulated in our basement for the past ten years. Four rooms were carpeted, including my sewing room and the business area - all of that is being replaced. Only minimal areas of the drywall need to be redone, but we're going to repaint the rest of it with Kilz anyway to prevent any unseen growths.
Since my husband has been home, we've taken numerous truck loads of STUFF to the storage unit and just pulled up two more rooms of carpeting last night. The carpet layers will be at the house on Wednesday (tomorrow!) to put new carpet down in my sewing room and business area. Steve, the carpet boss, told my husband that he wanted to do "my" rooms first, because he knew that his wife would be progressively more upset the longer her rooms were out of commission; therefore, he's taking care of those areas first. I knew I liked him for a reason! :)
Anyway, the insurance is being just super and taking care of everything, even the storage unit and the UHaul rental. We had been slowly finishing the basement on our own for the past few years, so we're going to take this opportunity to put in the bathroom and small kitchenette while we're doing this rework. Hopefully, when all is said and done, we'll have a completely finished basement (with at least two floor drains - whoever heard of building a house without floor drains in the basement???). Let's hope anyway!
So, for the time being, just about everything except my stash and a few shelves of books are packed up and stored away. I'm really anxious to get everything back in order, but I'm going to do any repainting and fixing before anything goes back in. Not to mention the massive sorting and tossing that I hope to complete AS it goes back in! It's a whole lot overwhelming to think of all the work coming up, but Rome wasn't built in a day, right? We'll just have to keep moving forward - one step at a time!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well, Columbus took a chance, didn't he??
1. Purple/green/white RRRR quilt from Quilting Passion forum - need to applique R in each of the four corners then send it off to be quilted, bind and label
2. Animal baby quilt - send it off to be quilted, bind and label
3. Blue and green Tennessee waltz - finish piecing, borders, quilting, bind, label
4. Trojan pride throw - finish piecing, borders, quilting, bind, label
5. Pastel stars - finish piecing, borders, quilting, bind, label
6. "Pond Path by Moonlight" wallhangings - unsew one, piece (and repiece), borders, quilting, bind, label
7. Unknown number of loose block sets
8. New York Beauty wallhanging - finish paper piecing and sew together, borders, quilting, bind, label
9. Memory quilt from craft day - hand quilt???
10. . . . . . .
I'll keep updating this list as I go - my brain's a little mushy right now. I'd like to completely finish at least three of these this year. At least that's my goal! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!!
Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
March 7, 2009
Gilmer County Senior Center, Glenville, WV
Despite the lack of electricity for the first few hours, it seems that all who attended “Merging Past and Present: Crafting for All Ages” enjoyed themselves with the variety of sights, smells and sounds of the event. Those who chose to take a class or spend time with a demonstrator learned new skills and techniques, while perhaps gaining a friend or two. Personable vendors offered beautiful and beneficial wares for shoppers, while talented individuals volunteered to instruct visitors in the ways of knitting, quilting, crocheting, weaving and spinning. Delicious food was served all day long to warm the body and the traditional sounds of bluegrass and country music filled the evening air, enriching the soul.
Sponsored by Heavenly Hills Fabrics and Crafts of Glenville, the event offered eighteen classes taught by knowledgeable persons from the surrounding area. Although class sizes proved to be small, the individual attention given was perhaps more beneficial to the students. The following persons must be commended for offering their talents and time to teach: Bob Henry Baber, Tresha Cottrill, Tammy Cundiff, Rosie Fisher, Joyce Jones, Sadie Kelble, Heather Papouschek, Sue Papouschek, Sandy Pettit, Jeanette Ramezan, Sandy Sonderman, Cathy Sowa, Caren White and Lynn Yurkiewicz. The wide range of crafting classes ensured that anyone and everyone could find something new to try and learn.
Almost anywhere one could go, there was something to see or do. Vendors displayed their products in the foyer and included Debbie Adams, Marie Frymier, Lost Creek Candle Company, Mountain State Press and Heather and Sue Papouschek. Demonstrators included Joyce Cain, Betty Crofford, Joyce Jones and Lynn and Joe Yurkiewicz. Visitors to the quilt frame could sit and learn to hand quilt with Betty Crofford, JoAnn Hill, Geraldine Marks and Marina Stewart. Event attendees were also asked to add their signatures to the quilt as a remembrance of the day. Beautiful finished quilts were displayed in the main room and back hallway for viewers to vote on their favorites, with Rosie Fisher’s “Rooster Quilt” winning the Viewer’s Choice ribbon. Fawn Valentine, the keynote speaker and a well-known author, presented a lecture on quilts and quilt making in West Virginia’s rich history, and also performed quilt readings for interested attendees who had brought along family heirlooms or found treasures for her to examine and assess.
Sharon Jones provided child care and crafting activities for the very young in a relaxed and fun environment, assisted by Larisa Gordon and Jessica Jones. Invaluable aid was given by volunteers Judy Meads, Barbara Wellings, Lurenda Allison and Monna Beamer. With the assistance of these cheerful and personable ladies, the welcome table and that of the sponsoring business ran smoothly and efficiently. The Rosedale Senior Group provided a wonderfully prepared variety of food for breakfast, dinner and supper. Their warm smiles and friendly manner complimented the tasty dishes and gave a rich flavor to the event.
Barbara Ann Beamer Jones of Heavenly Hills Fabrics and Crafts was very blessed by all the help and assistance of so many individuals and groups. First and foremost, she would like to thank her husband, David, for his unwavering assistance, support and encouragement through the event’s conception, execution and conclusion. Our children, Jessica and Alex, were tremendous helpers as well, and their patience, understanding and many kindnesses throughout the last six months are so appreciated. David’s parents, Rodney and Joyce Jones, provided invaluable help with the set-up and clean-up of the event, not to mention their support through out the day itself. During the clean up time, it was such a huge help to see all the extra hands working unselfishly – thank you, Lurenda Allison, Monna Beamer, Sallie Mathess and Bill Wolfe. Gerry Moore, a very dear friend and part of the Rosedale Senior Group, was so very encouraging and supportive to Barbara – always ready to listen and offer advice whenever a brainstorm raged. Sadie Kelble, Tresha Cottrill, Cathy Sowa, Betty Crofford, Judy Meads, Lurenda Allison: your creative ideas, thoughtful and encouraging words and kind assistance is so appreciated. The event ran so smoothly because of your time and efforts. Barbara would also like to thank Sallie Mathess of the Gilmer County Senior Center for her extra time and effort, not to mention answering all kinds of questions and never sounding annoyed. Even though we did not receive the grant for which we applied, we were able to continue the event with the quiet aid from Waco Oil & Gas and an anonymous donor.
This event was a success not only because of its community outreach focus and the variety of activities offered, but primarily due to the people involved. The teachers and students, demonstrators and vendors, presenters and lecturers, musicians and dancers, volunteers and helpers – you all made this event into a success. Your kind generosity with your time, talents and efforts are so appreciated. May you continue to be blessed with health and happiness always. THANK YOU!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The bookcase bottom (behind the concealing doors) is filled to the brim with quilting magazines. The binders on top are quilting magazines, too. The top two plastic drawer organizers are thread, with the bottom one being buttons. The wooden buffet came from our local college's auction, with the countertop costing much more than the piece itself.
This buffet is crammed with stuff - lace, ribbon, embroidery floss, cross-stitch patterns, paints, notions, felt pieces, bobbins - all kinds of stuff!
This is an old recliner that found its way into my sewing room. My husband built in the two bookcases which are also full to the brim. The large white binders have more quilt magazines. There are all kinds of books here: quilting, sewing, cross-stitch . . . even coloring books I've purchased from the dollar store for embroidering.
Yes, that was a hole in the wall - we used to have a phone there, but while finishing the basement, we moved it. My husband patched it, but we just haven't gotten around to painting the wall. Because with my type A personality, that would mean taking everything out and repainting every wall!!