Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ryan Gosling has nothin' on the DaddyMan

I have a couple of girlfriends that I sew with every few weeks.  We've been getting together for at least 3 years on a semi regular basis and they truly are my dearest friends.  We sew, we laugh, we eat sweets, we laugh, we cry, we sew a little bit and we laugh some more.
A few weeks ago when we were together, my friend who doesn't have Pinterest was surfing my Pinterest quilting board and laughing at the Ryan Gosling memes I have pinned.  You know, the ones that start with "Hey Girl" and end with things we only dream our men would say to us?? Yeah, those.
So, we got inspired.  :insert evil laugh here:  And I decided with a few minutes in PaintShop, I could create my own encouraging words, straight from the mouth of The DaddyMan.
I present to you..... The DaddyMan Memes
(it was about at this point, that a certain 11 year old G asked quizzically, "so basically it's just the total opposite of what Daddy would say?"  Yeah babe, pretty much...  ;) personal favorite.... LOL



Friday, August 23, 2013

Fair time

I made a couple quilts for the fair.  First was this throw sized quilt I made from a Moda Ruby jelly roll.  I used an old sheet for the white part and a swirly print from Joann's for the back.  I loved working with a jelly roll--all the strips were precut which made this a quick one to piece.  Then I took it to the local quilt store and they helped me pick out the red border which totally rocks it.  I love it.

At the fair, the judge liked it and even tho I don't think she was fond of the puffy batting I put in it, she couldn't find any puckers (I know there's one!) and gave me a blue ribbon.  Yay!
The other entry was my long arm quilt.  This thing has been a bit of a beast from the beginning!  I spent about 2 years collecting batik fabrics for it.  I couldn't decide what pattern to use for all these glorious fabrics and I finally decided on a Twister.  I spent a couple weeks putting the quilt top together. Then I took it to the LQS to find backing fabric and they told me I was nuts if I was going to quilt this on a standard machine. So I was going to use my Sweet Neighbor's longarm machine. But, my quilt was too big. :insert head banging on wall here:
That's when I scoured Craigslist for a couple weeks and bought my own long arm.  Which meant I had to run a couple practice quilts thru it before I could quilt this baby on it.  I wasn't going to blow it by not knowing how to work the longarm, ya know?
So I got ready to put it on the longarm about 2 weeks before fair.  To my was too big!  Aack!  I was torn--do I tear some off and piece it back together and hurry to get it done for fair or forget ever putting it in the fair because by next year it will have been on my bed and look a bit worn possibly??  So, I got to ripping.  I tore a row off the side and bottom and then spent a couple days piecing it back together. 
A week before fair, (a WEEK people! This things has taken me about 2 years to get to this point and now I have SEVEN days to finish it....) the DaddyMan and I put it on the longarm. SO stressful!  And then it wasn't rolling right.  Aaagh!  The next morning I realized my error, rerolled it and started quilting.  It didn't go well and I did a lot of ripping out and said some ugly things.  By Tuesday I was finally done w/the quilting and took it off the quilter.  Whew!  I sewed on the binding Wednesday, hand stitched around this ginormous queen sized quilt and finished it late Friday. Whew! I dropped it off at the fair on Sunday. 
The judge liked it a lot and had lots of compliments for it. She gave it a blue.  Yay!  Once I saw both of my quilts judged I went to watch the photography judging.  I didn't do as well there (two reds and a blue out of 8 entries. :P)  One of the women I'd been chatting with in quilting came to me and told me that my quilt had won some big award. HUH??  I went back to the quilt building and discovered I'd won the award sponsored by the local quilting guild and it's essentially the judge's choice award.  WOW!  I was blown away! It was an award I hoped to win someday but didn't expect to win it at all!  What a fabulous surprise!
The fair didn't open until Wednesday to see my stuff on display, but Tuesday night a friend of mine wandered thru the fairgrounds and texted me a picture of my quilt.  It had also won an outstanding exhibit ribbon!  Dang!  I never expected the quilt that gave me fits to do so well! 
Oh, you wanna see what it looks like??  Here it is, in it's home on my bed. :)

Here's the backing and binding:
And here it is in different lighting, all wadded in a heap. :)
Now....what to make for next year???

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Garage sale fun

Well, my plan to share all my awesome, unique and just plain bizarre garage sale moments this summer hasn't come to fruition.  Maybe next summer. 

The girls and I have gone to a lot of sales and had a ton of fun in the process.  At one sale, A and I were looking thru a box of fabric.  I said, "Oooh, yellow.  I like yellow."

A began to quote a book from her childhood, "Yellow is mellow, it's great for your Jello."
I added in, "Or maybe the fur on your cat."

At this point the woman on the other side of the box looked at us and gave us a little smile.  So, we continued.  We don't need much encouragement, after all.

A said, "Or the sun in the air or Laura's bright hair"
and I finished it with "Or the brim of Junior's cap!"

Now the lady looked downright disturbed and moved on to the next table. 

Yay!  We got the yellow box ALL to ourselves! 


A few weeks later at another sale, there was a pile of board books.  I picked up Goodnight Moon and handed it to A and asked her if she rememberd it. 

She started to quickly read it out loud.  Near the end she stopped and said, "HEY!  This doesn't say "and a quiet old woman whispering HUSH UP AND GO TO SLEEP!""

Hmm...funny, that's the way I remember it ending.....

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just another awkward moment...

Today is a stay home day.  Which means I finally showered about 10 am (which totally beat the socks off yesterday's 1 pm shower) and got dressed.  I used the term 'dressed' loosely here, because dressed to stay at home is not the same as dressed for public viewing.

I put on, in this order, a red bra, a turquoise cami (around which you can see aforementioend bra), a bright blue excercise skort (that hasn't ever seen excercise) and my orange tennis shoes.  Yep, I pretty much look like a crayon box exploded. 

But since it's only me and the girls around here at the moment, that's okay, right?

Well, until the doorbell rang.

M ran to the door, opened the big door and hollered, "It's Mr.Church Elder/A's youth group leader!"

I looked down at myself and thought "Crap!  I didn't even bring down a shirt!"

I darted into the laundry room to grab one off the drying rack.  It's empty. Seriously?? Today of all days I get efficient and have all the laundry done AND put away??  I engage Plan B and I hiss at G, "quick, run up to my closet and grab the black shirt on the end!"

Now, I'm in the kitchen, which THANK GOD, isn't viewable from the front door.  M is at the front door with our guest and G has to run past the front door to go up (and back down) the stairs.  I thought M had left the guest on the step until I hear him ask M if her mom was home.  EEP.  And of course, as G runs past to go upstairs and get my shirt, she announces to M in Pig Latin.

"Ommay isn'tway earingway away irtshay."

Translated "Mom isn't wearing a shirt." 

I'm gonna strangle that child....

She comes back with the shirt, I throw it on, suck up any remaining pride and mosey thru the sewing room to the front door and great my guest with a smile.

And lucky for him, a shirt.

I'm pretty sure he'll call before dropping in next time.