Monday, October 27, 2008

a little project with mom

okay, mom and i did some fancy assembly line work and had this little bag knocked off in about 2 hours... that included figuring out how to program the applique stitch on the new machine so that we could do a tiny little birthday cake on it (the bag was to hold some little birthday goodies for a friend of Lex's.

This awesome pattern is available from Pink Pengin!

brick-laying finished

Well, there's a few more details and more sky. There's an owl waiting to be created and put into that tree. But the bricks are fini! I like the effect!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Just taking a breather in the middle of a shopping day...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Laying Bricks

I'm plotting in my head a wall-hanging with a schoolhouse on it. These are the bricks!

My sister lives in a schoolhouse that she and her husband purchased a few years ago and are fixing up. They're doing an awesome job, btw. They were even featured in an episode of "If Walls Could Talk" on HGTV!

Love ya sis!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

fun & quick key chains!

a little adaptation from the pattern offered from creative little daisy, i'm whipping up a few key chains. think i'll try a few that are a little wider with the d-ring on them.

hubby springs for the new machine...

well, almost new... new to me! and WAY cool.
Here's Grace and her friend working on some quilt blocks...
Speed control makes the whole thing a lot less scary!

sweet kitty blankie

found this sweet kitty fabric in a friend's old stash. just HAD to make something with it!

concentric circles - complete!

Binding complete...
I LOVE this one. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

not so concentric circles

just trying out a new technique i learned from a carol taylor lecture. rene has the book, so not even sure i'm doing it correctly, but i was pleased with the effect! the block is made from pre-purposed fabric (pants and a dress in its past life). the backing was a curtain. just the red square came from my quilting scraps.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween topper

cats again! i just can't get enough of them lately

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sparky's Big Adventure

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Carl the Cat

an old sweater and some other scraps and voila! Carl is born! Pattern: Denyse Schmidt

Friday, October 10, 2008

50 th Day, 50th Year

Grace's school had a 50 year celebration on the 50th day of class!

Great Grandma was a seamstress...

Clara Sunricker 1890 - 1987

This was my Great Grandmother's sewing machine. We lived next door to her when I was a child and she was a seamstress by trade, so I remember people from the small town coming and going all the time for measurements and fittings. This is my MOST favorite machine to sew on. It runs so smoothly! However, other than my own diligent cleaning and oiling, it hasn't been professionally serviced in over 20 years! lol (It has to be taken cabinet and all) I'm gonna break down and bring the old girl to Gloversville in a week or two for a full spa treatment. She still runs beautifully and quiet, but the timing is a little off.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

a little short on halloween fabric

thought i had many more halloween fabrics to pick from, but some are in darker tones and some are bright oranges and such. this kitty fabric was one of my favs, so just pawed thru the stash until i came up with a couple complimenting fabrics. i like how the borders are coming out! (just not very halloweeny)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Apples and iPods

on our way to hick's orchard for the family's annual apple gathering and donut stuffing event! just a little color popping out on the mountains. another week and perfection...

professional apple pickers

half-way there!


little ipod case i made for myself yesterday
velcro closure and a pouch in the back for ear buds - color is good when looking for said ipod (frequently misplaced item)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

apple picking

well... pretty tired right now, so i'll upload some pics tomorrow, but we did the apple picking today. have plenty for pies and applesauce. yumm! couple nice pics and the colors are starting to get pretty out there!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

over the river and through the woods...

Just a quick trip to Cortland for Mom's retirement party. However, the colors were gorgeous on the ride over and my camera battery was dead! Here's just one snapshot, compliments of my phone.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Congratulations Judy!

Okay, off to Cortland today to celebrate my mother-in-law's retirement from Cornell University! Yay!!

We're proud of you Mom!

(ooh! and I get to give her the cat quilt today!)

...over and out