Saturday, August 28, 2010

Simple Sampler Quilt Along Progress

Amy over at Amy's Creative Side has been hosting a fabulous Quilt Along.  I posted my first 6 blocks a while ago, and am now playing catch up!  I'm almost done!  I have 14 of the 16 blocks completed.  I'm  hoping to finish the last 2 blocks tomorrow, and possibly sash them all together, but we'll see what really happens.

Block 7
Block 8
Block 9
Block 10
Block 11
Block 12
Block 13
Block 14

I just love the fabric.  It's Gypsy Glitter by Art Gallery.  Oh!  And guess what?  My local quilt shop, Gracie Lou's, still has some yardage of this!  That means I'll be able to back and bind it in coordinating fabric from the actual line, instead of from something that looks similar or matches in color.  YIPEE!!

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Top

It's finally finished!!  Well, pieced at least.  I still need to seam the back and then quilt and bind it, but it's pieced!  I hate putting on borders, and that has been the longest part of the whole process. 

I had tons of fat quarters left over once the blocks were pieced, so I sewed them together, cut them up, and made the cute little pieced outer border.  I plan on using the remaining leftovers to bind the quilt in.  It's going to be so cute when it's done!  I can't wait.  I even know how I'm going to quilt it:  I have a floral pantograph that I want to use and some light pink thread.  Oh!  I'm so excited!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt, an OPAM finish, and a surprise

Block 11 of my Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt.
Block 12 of the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt.

I've already sewn my blocks together with my white-on-white sashing. Now I'm using the leftover fat quarters to make a pieced outer border.  It's gonna be really cute, once it's done.

And now to another OPAM finish for August!  I've been working on this quilt for over 2 years, and it's finally finished!  I even showed it in the Salem Days Quilt Show.

This is my favorite of the 9 blocks.  It's our family.
And now for the surprise! Today when I got my mail this fabulous package was waiting for me.  It's from Peg and Kris, the ladies hosting OPAM this year.  See, I was a winner last month.  I can't wait to stitch up something cute with these 3 stitchery/applique patterns.  SO CUTE!  And I love the fabric fat quarters.  I have a couple ideas already of what to do with them!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why do I even bother?

Today was $2 Tuesday at Thanksgiving Point.  We've been promising Marshy for months that we'd go to the Dinosaur Museum there, which he LOVES, but have always put it off because it costs us $30 to take our whole family (all 3 of us). 

I figured today would be a good day because it was the first day of school everywhere.  No one will be at the museum on the first day of school, right?


The place was PACKED.  Literally.  Stay at home moms and dads with their little kids, some too little to fully appreciate the awesomeness of the dinosaur museum (like, 3-months-old-and-sleeping-in-the-car-seat-in-the-HUGE-stroller-that-nearly-ran-us-over-a-couple-of-times too young).

We waited for nearly 10 minutes just to pay to get in.  That should have been my first sign that this day was going to suck.  They were also doing oatmeal taste testing if you filled out a survey.  What?  Seriously?  Oatmeal? Yuck!  And it was totally slowing down the progression of the line.  Tired of standing there, we pressed forward. Then the taste testers approached me.

Her:  Would you like to take a survey and try three different kinds of oatmeal today?
Me:  No. We just want to get into the museum.
Her:  Oh, okay then, go right ahead.

She lets us through....ahead of the three groups of people doing the survey. They glare at me, but it's their own fault they can't go any further. They volunteered to do the oatmeal thing, not me! haha

We pay our $4 (remember, $2/per person today) and enter the museum.  We can barely move the tiny exhibit rooms are so packed with people and screaming kids and GIANT strollers with NO kids in them.  If you're not going to put your kid in the stroller, leave it outside people!

We wind our way through the rooms until we get to the fun part: the dinosaur bones and activity centers.  Marshy has been looking forward to playing on the erosion table for almost a year.  He loves it!  There's sand and water and you can watch how erosion works while playing with plastic dinosaurs and palm trees and building mountains and valleys, etc.  It's a lot of fun.

To get to the erosion table, you have to walk past the "design a dinosaur" station. It's a large, carpet covered figure.  On the walls are pieces: heads, horns, noses, spikes, tails, etc. that you can attach with velcro to build your own dinsoaur.  It's so crowded we barely push through.  That's a bad sign, cuz it's by far the lamest activity there.

As we approach the erosion table there are so many people that I'm sure the fire marshal would've freaked out.  Kids are standing reaching over the tops of one another to play in the water.  Marshy wants to play, but I can barely see him next to me (and he's holding my hand!) so I tell him maybe next time, there's too many kids playing in the water right now.  He sighs and shuffles out of the room with me.

We battle our way through the museum to the next fun activity:  digging for dinosaur bones in the sand.  Again, so many kids and parents and shoes and socks and strollers all over the place that there's no way he would ever have gotten to dig.  It makes me sad.  It makes him sad, too.  I offer to take him to the gift shop and buy him a consolation prize.  He gets happier.  He picks the biggest dinosaur he can find in our price range and is so happy!  That makes the day a little better.  We were only in there for maybe 40 minutes.  It's a good thing we only paid $4. I would've been pissed if I'd paid full price.

Then we get lunch at McDonald's.  The Happy Meal toys are superheroes.  Today's toy?  Aquaman.  LAME.  As we're driving through the bank, Marshy says, "Look mom!"  I look back to find this: 


And that, I have decided, is why I bother.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August OPAM Finishes

Just finished zig-zagging the edges on the heart appliques on these 13 blankets for Colton's Angels.  They've been sitting on my sewing table for 2 months, waiting to be finished, and I finally finished them!  YAY!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Silhouette Giveaway

This is the Silhouette.  Over at the Idea Room, they are giving one away!!  Click here to enter!!

Photo from the Idea Room's Facebook page, here.