Friday, October 22, 2010

Today is FRIDAY!

Our granddaughter is having a lung biopsy today.  So, any prayers are greatly appreciated.  I will be picking up our grandson from preschool in a little bit and we will keep busy doing fun things this afternoon.  Hopefully, all is going well with our granddaughter and she will be home this evening.

Yesterday I was doing some free motion quilting on my machine and I had the same problem with my machine again.  The sewing center called and said to come to the shop first thing tomorrow when the service technician shows up so I can show him the problem.

Here is a picture of the little bit of quilting I got done before I had problems with my machine. I was so excited I was finally working on the fall table runner.

Leona has a wonderful giveaway just click on this link Leona's Quilting Adventure to check it out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, healthy and safe weekend.

Peace,  Karen

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Fall Project with my wonderful Grandchildren!

Last Friday I decided to do a special project with my grandchildren. 

I got out my fabric scraps and I pulled out some paper and pencils.  They love paper and pencils!  But this was only the beginning.  First we talked about pumpkins and how they are big, and small, round and oval.  I have a ceramic pumpkin I used as an example.  Then I asked them to draw a pumpkin and they did!  Keep in mind my grandson is 4 and my granddaughter is 2 1/2 so their skill sets are somewhat limited but really they were wonderful pumpkins!!!

My GS drew and then cut out the pumpkin on the right by using an oval container from one of my cupboards. He is pretty good with scissors.

My GD drew the picture on the left.  It took her a little longer to get the pumpkin instead of  "just a bunch of lines".  You can see my little pumpkin in the corner.  Once I drew that one she drew hers.  She is very smart for 2 1/2.  I had to do the cutting for her (her fine motor skills aren't quite their yet- maybe next year.)
You will notice in this picture her stem is on the left but she decided to rotate it and flip it for the project to make it look like her brother's.

I let them go through my scraps and pick out any colors they wanted to make their pumpkins, eyes, mouths and noses, and then I let them go through my fat quarters to pick out the background for their wall hanging.  I picked the borders on another day (they were at school that morning).  My GS is just learning letters and wrote Fall for me and then I just enlarged the letters.  This was such a fun project. 

Sooooo........without further adieu here are the final products.  Oh, and their fun display ideas, too!

Didn't these come out cute!
You can hang them on the porch railing!  Ta, Da!

Adorable chin hangers!

The ballerina hanger.

The beard hanger.

They chose their type of eyes, noses, and mouths.

I was able to practice lots of machine applique with my Bernina. I need to practice more on my binding though.  I got a little lazy and machine stitched them on - so they don't look as good as they should.  All and all they came out the way the grand kids wanted and they can keep them and use them every year.  I still need to put labels on the back - that way they can remember when they designed them.

So, what have you been up to?

Peace, Karen

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Very Busy Friday

Yesterday I did not get the dog quilt sandwiched.  I decided I wanted to start with something smaller and I have really wanted to finish this 'Pumpkin Table Runner'.  The pattern is from Judi at Green Fairy Quilts from last year.  It is one of my UFO's.  I got the backing ready and sandwiched it with the Fusi-boo.  Hopefully I will get it done in the next week.

On Fridays I get up with the grand children, feed them breakfast and take them to pre-school.  Our daughter (She works and goes to nursing school!) and our two wonderful grand children live with us.)  I dropped them off and then ran some errands about 25 miles away and visited two quilts shops, I had never been to before.  I had such a great time.  I even picked up three of  the 'Zippers are No Big Deal' 14" zippers from Atkinson Designs while I was at Little Quilts.  I have been following the Fall-O-Ween Quilt Designer Blog Hop and Terry Atkinson's 'Sweet Zip' bag was today's project so I was thrilled to find her zippers for the bags.  I bought the fabric at the first quilt shop called Red Hen Fabrics.  Both shops were amazing!  I wish I had had more time (my DH is glad I didn't) but I had to run through Whole Foods and buy some of their wonderful produce and then race to get back towards home to get those wonderful grand children from pre-school.  By the time I got home I was exhausted!