Sunday, December 5, 2010

Elf Yourself!

The weekend is coming to a close and Bran and I have been super busy! We got the tree up this afternoon. When I say up, I mean just the tree. The extra twinkly lights, bubble lights, and 8 billion ornaments will have to wait until later. I've also got the mantle decorated, sans the ornaments that hang from the swag and stockings...but that's easy stuff.

I started soaking fruit for my grandmother's fruit cake last night. Bran's super excited about that...he LOVES fruitcake. LOVES.

I went to rehearsal yesterday and Bran got some shopping done. He's the man.

Meanwhile...back in Christmas Land I did this:



I nearly died laughing the first time I saw it. OMG...could I not have found a better photo of Bran? That thing kills me. (The other elves are my brother, mom, and dad.)

Do you know how popular ugly Christmas sweaters are? There's a whole sub-culture of ugly Christmas sweater people. Well, I decided to go to ebay and do some looking and I found a couple. Actually one's pretty nice and the other, well the other is just the PERFECT kind of ugly Christmas sweater! Go to eBay and search "ugly Christmas sweater" there are TONS of them. I'm not kidding. Do it. Do it NOW. My niece, Cat, suggested that I store them in the attic where, hopefully, squirrels will eventually eat them. :D



I should probably be in the shower because I've got to leave in 45 minutes for a performance. But, I'm too lazy. Besides, no one cares how a violist looks. I'm also kinda dreading the Wagner piece, which I probably should have spent some time practicing. Oh well, too late now. Besides, no one cares how a violist sounds either. lmao!

Friday, December 3, 2010

As Promised...

I promised weeks ago to post photos of the quilts I completed in November. Well, this is that post! But first...

I started another Christmas Bento Box a couple weeks ago. I'm sure I blogged about it. It's intended as a gift to a new friend who loves crazy Christmas stuff as much as I do. However, between being sick sick sick, losing my little dog, and a concert/rehearsal schedule from hell this week, I don't think I'm going to complete this quilt before Christmas. Besides I've got to get my sewing stuff down for the rest of the month so I can get the Christmas stuff up. So friend who doesn't know this quilt is for her...I hope you can wait until after Christmas for this fabulous gift.

Here are 8 of the 12 blocks needed for the quilt. I'll probably finish up the last 4 this weekend.

And as promised: my finished quilts! I know the photos aren't great, but hey live with it until I get better photos taken. :D

Christmas Mod Bento Box

Cheesy Cat Quilt for my mom. (Moms like cheesy.)

Mod Bento Box II

I love the Mod Bento Box and have been using it for 2 weeks. lol. It is the perfect nap quilt. Perfect. It's long enough to cover my feet and head (yes I'm weird like that) and wide enough to fit my middle. Besides all that, it's the perfect weight and softness! Ya me. lol.

Bran's itching to go Christmas shopping. He wants me to with him tonight. I don't want to though, I'd rather watch tv and have a drink. Besides, I baked him a pumpkin pie this afternoon (his favorite) isn't that enough? I mean really, he's so demanding, oh, and controlling. lmao!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving. Ours was full of family and food. :) We spent the day with my in-laws. Including Bran's 98 year old grandmother. Isn't that amazing? I brought some food to share including a pumpkin cheesecake and an apple pie. Both were demolished.

Now we're busy on-line shopping for Black Friday. I'm so not a crowd person so I'm so not going out today. Besides, it's raining.

I know I promised in my last post to share pictures of the three quilts I finished. Obviously, I haven't done that. I still promise to share. I've been a little distracted over the last two weeks by my little old wiener dog. She'd been getting skinny, and slow, and having a hard time with the back legs. So I took her to the vet last week. It was a hard appointment. He spoke those words no fur baby parent wants to hear. "It's time to let her go". Her heart was going. I took her home and we spent 3 days hoping for a miracle before I called the vet back make the appointment. Then we had the weekend with her. Tuesday Bran and I took her to the vet. It was the only time I've ever taken her to the vet that she wasn't scared. That helped. Maybe she knew, maybe she was ready, I'm still not ready. :( But, she went peacefully and looked so happy that it made me angry with myself that I'd let her get so sick and slow. Anyways it's been a sad week. Here's a little picture of my old lady.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ooops, I Did It Again

Ummmmm....I'm not sure what to say. Yes this is exactly what it looks like.

Can I help it that I love the way the Mod Bento Box looks? Can I help it that I've got too much Christmas fabric? Can I help it that I'm starting another project right before the holidays when I thought that the last stitch I put in the binding of my Christmas quilt for this year would be the end of quilting projects until January?

NO! I'm addicted. Addicted to quilting and Christmas fabric and the Mod Bento Box. Lucky for me: knowing is half the battle. lol.

OK - so before starting this little cutie this afternoon I have COMPLETED the three quilts I had been binding last week. I promise that if the light is better tomorrow I'll take photos and post them here and on Flickr.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

First of all I'd like to give a big shout out to my friend Angela for spreading the word about my giveaway on her blog. The response has been overwhelming!

Now for what you've all been waiting for - the results! Here's a screen shot of the random number generator results:

Comment #62 was left by Colleen:
Thank you all for the comments and the recommendations of other charities that will take my baby sized quilts in the future.

I'd also like to mention that it was not my intention to give Project Linus any kind of negative press. Baby quilts are fun and easy to make, so I can understand that they may be overwhelmed with that size quilt. Maybe it's my administrator or that they'd like to steer quilt makers towards making larger sized quilts for the older kids. Whatever it is, Project Linus is doing a good thing out there.

With that said, thank you all for signing up for my giveaway and congratulations Colleen!

xoxo, K.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Too Many Quilts

I've got extra quilts laying around. (Not a bad thing!)

After I made the three quilts I have slated for donation this year I finally contacted Project Linus. Turns out my local administrator doesn't want two of the three quilts I made for donation. Guess baby sized quilts made for donation are pretty common.

Then last Christmas my mother asked me to work on a Mix Tape quilt with her. While she was piecing her top I made a start on my own, second, Mix Tape Christmas quilt. After finishing it I realized that I didn't really NEED two Mix Tape Christmas quilts.

Here's where it gets good for you! I've got two baby quilts and the Christmas Mix Tape quilt laying around that I don't need.

Do you need a baby quilt or Christmas quilt to give as a gift this year? Or do you just want one of these quilts for yourself? Well, here's your chance to get one for FREE! That's right, I've giving away your choice of one of these three quilts. :)

Here are the rules:
  1. Enter by leaving a comment on this post. Let me know which quilt you'd like to win. :)
  2. Please enter only once.
  3. Closing for entries is midnight central time, November 13, 2010.
  4. I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner.
  5. Once the winner has been posted, on November 14th, they have one week to contact me with their shipping information. (So remember to check my blog on 11/14 to see if you're a winner!)
  6. If I haven't heard from the winner by November 21 a new winner will be chosen.

Here are the quilt specifics:

  1. Robots and Cars Baby Quilt, 38x38
  2. Christmas Mix Tape Lap Quilt, 49x60
  3. Pinwheel Baby Quilt, 39x46

That's it! GOOD LUCK! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mom

Is this not the best photo ever? :)

I've been thinking about redecorating by repursposing today. In the mental craziness that ensued I thought of this photo. That's my mom, and for as long as I can remember I've LOVED this photo. But my mom never seemed to like it.

Maybe it's the knobby knees? She may mentioned the knees once to me while I was gushing over this photo. But it's probably that she looks so much like her mother. I don't know how my mom really feels about looking like her mother, but I'm been terrified of looking like my own mother.

But my mom looks like her mom and I think her mom was ADORABLE. So, why wouldn't I want to look like my mom, if that meant looking like my grandmother?

Please don't let my reasoning make your brain hurt.

So other this crazy sweep of nostalgia I had today, I also got bindings machine sewn to the tops of three quilts. Now I've just got to hand sew the bindings to the backs and I've got three more quilts completed. Yay me!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It Must Be the Weather

Am I the only person excited about the Holiday Season? The day after Halloween the TV radio station (Music Choice) started playing Christmas music on their seasonal station. I'm way way way too excited about it. I used to be able to listen to my Christmas music and get into the spirit this early in the season in the past, but now that Bran works from home it's a little harder. He thinks it's too early. lol. June is too early, but November - November is just right for me. :)

Bran's on-site today with a customer...so I spent every moment I could sucking up some early holiday season joy. :D I've got the music on, it's rainy and grey outside, got my mug o' mocha mint coffee, and I started quilting this year's Christmas quilt. OMG, I can totally hear you sighing and quit rolling your eyes! Yes, it's ANOTHER Mod Bento Box. I thought this one would be the last for a little while, but I got to thinking that it would make a great Halloween quilt. lmao. Maybe I'll make it just to annoy you all. Bwaaaahahahahaaa!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Happy Halloween friends! Here's my mantle all decorated up for the occasion. :) It looks better in the dark, but dark isn't the best for taking photos. I'd heard a rumor that there would be kids trick-or-treating yesterday instead of today. That rumor was correct. After about 100 trick-or-treaters, all by 7:30, we were out of candy. I've never run out of candy on Halloween ever. Never ever. Here we are the day BEFORE Halloween and I'm out. We ended up raiding the pantry and found a value pack of individual serving potato chips. Those last few kids that came to the door after we turned off the porch light got chips...and they were actually excited about it. lmao. So, we went out and bought more candy this morning. It's now 7:30 on Halloween and we haven't had one, not ONE, trick-or-treater. Now we're gonna have left over candy. Grrrrr...

Today I quilted up my Mod Bento Box II quilt top. Since I both work and go to rehearsal tomorrow the binding will have to wait until Tuesday. I'm excited to have this full sized "napping" quilt completed. :)

Last weekend the New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild had a retreat weekend. I love this group! We're all crazy and everyone is extremely talented. It's a great great group. (Sorry Lana for not getting you in this shot.) We spent the weekend laughing, eating, watching Glee, sewing, and not sleeping. lmao. I understand we're already talking about our next retreat. :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Not much sewing going on here the last week or so. Because...I'm in CALIFORNIA!!! Can you tell I'm excited? lol. I'm staying with my friends Brad and Jim for a couple of weeks and catching up with friends and family. I totally miss the East Bay - totally completely miss the East Bay. It's been hot here this weekend though. I must have brought the record temperatures with me. At least it's not humid. lol. Bran was here for the weekend and we took him to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Half Moon Bay. Santa Cruz was frying, the high was predicted as 82, but it was 101.

Look how pretty it is here though at the San Leandro Marina.
I may end up doing some sewing before I leave. My friend Jim makes some fantastic quilts. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Donation Quilt Completed

I've completed another baby quilt for donation. I don't care how many pinwheel or hourglass quilts I make, I love 'em!

So, what's next? I've started a scrappy double wedding ring, just just started. That will be a during/between other projects quilt project. lol. I'm collecting scraps of modern fabrics...please feel free to send any my way. ;) I'm also going to start a quilt from batiks that remind me of the Northern California coast.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sick!

I've been feeling a little under the weather the last week or so. Generally sleepy, low grade fever, and congestion. I've been chalking it up to the change in the weather and allergies.

But today topped all of that. In fact it was pretty near as bad as when I got the chicken pox at like 25.

The day started out normal. I drove to New Orleans to do some training at City Hall, hosted my training, and headed home. On my way home I stopped at Macy's, because I don't usually have the time to stop when I'm on the south shore. But, I cut my stop short because I started feeling bad. At first it I thought it was just Aunt Flo, she came to visit yesterday, but it started getting worse. So I left and about halfway across the Causeway I'm sick. Totally completely sick. I call the hubby just so he knows if I don't make it home he's got to go look for me. I sped home, hoping not to get pulled over, "parked" the car, and left everything in the car. Sweet sweet hubby brought all my stuff in while I peeled off soaking wet sweaty clothes. Ya, that sick. I had the AC on full blast and still sweat the whole way across the lake. I couldn't lay down, I couldn't sit up, I couldn't stand. I probably should have gone to the ER, but I just KNEW that if I could throw up I'd feel better. So when I finally fell asleep I slept for 5 hours and woke up feeling much more normal. I'm still feeling pretty pooky and if I'm this far from normal tomorrow I'm going to the doctor.

Hope this post isn't too much of a downer.

If you need something more exciting here's an awesome interview with Cherri House and give-away at my friend, Angela's, blog: Cut to Pieces. :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another Finished Quilt!

Look what I finished last night!

The New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild had a free sew today and I took this sweetie to show off. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this quilt. I've got a Christmas Mix-Tape quilt that I made last year and I've pieced a Christmas Mod Bento Box that's next in line for quilting. So, this one might end up a gift. Or not. lol.

I'm also kind of at a cross roads. I've finished piecing my MMBII squares and they're off in the mail for swap. So, it's time to start a new project. I'm just don't know what. There are a couple projects that I've started that I probably should finish, but I just don't feel like it: Scratch 'n Sniff and my Halloween Spiderweb. And, I've got some quilts in mind that I'd like to start: Rocky Road to Kansas scrap quilt and a Double Wedding Ring made of vintage sheets. The nieces also want quilts.

Reluctantly, but only because I'm lacking motivation today, I started another small quilt of donated scraps. That one shouldn't take long to complete though.

Oh, and I joined A la Mode's quilt as you go quilt along. I think I might do some work on that. Though I might use this quilt along as an excuse for diving into some of my more traditional Christmas novelty fabric and playing with free motion quilting. Do you think that would be OK? Or, should I stick with the modern quilting fabrics that Heather's using?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Finishing My MBB II Blocks

I took what I had left to finish for round two of the MBB swap to my in-laws over the weekend. My sister-in-law and her family were there for the weekend as well, so it was a full and fun house for the weekend. They have two girls, 17 and 15, who think that Aunt Karen is pretty cool. No accounting for taste, I guess. :) Anyways these girls think I'm pretty cool. Maybe because I truly am interested in what they have to say; and don't mind watching hours of some obscure anime comedy or You Tube videos. (Think "whistles go woo", "crack fox", or "all your base are belong to us".) Ya, I even knew what those videos were before they showed them to me, I'm that cool. lol. So, I'm finishing up my Mod Bento Box blocks and the girls are totally digging them, not so much the watching me sew part, but the finished block part. They loved how the different fabrics looked unrelated, but when the blocks were complete it made perfect sense; and then I realized that's what I love about scrap quilts.

Here are the blocks I finished up for the swap, including 2 extra blocks for the moderator. :)

I've got to get them in the mail today so I'd better get some shoes on and get to the post office. I'll be waiting impatiently for the swap blocks. My favorite part of the last swap was that blocks I didn't really love individually worked fabulously in the quilt. Like they all were meant to be together. All those different colors, ideas, and tastes - they all worked together beautifully. I'd say "why can't the world be like this?", but then I'd have to cue the cheesy lights and dramatic music.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

More Mod Bento Box Squares

This week's accomplished sewing, so far, has been pretty thin. I did complete four more MMB squares for the MMBII swap, and I've cut enough for 12 more squares. That will give me 24 total blocks for a quilt that should be about 60x90. What a great nap sized quilt! The trick will be to get them sewn before the mailing deadline on Tuesday. Though, the cutting can be the hard part, or at least the boring part. :)

I am hoping though that my over achievement doesn't make life difficult for the moderator.

All these Mod Bento Box squares and I'm still not tired of making these blocks! I need to find a new favorite quilt block. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Smiles and a Giveaway

I haven't done much sewing this week. Maybe a block or two for the MMBII swap. Why no sewing machine love? Because, Bran and I went on a road trip to King's Island amusement park. Why all the way to Ohio from New Orleans? Because we're crazy. Oh, and we were meeting friends from Canada, eh. It was so much fun - I haven't laughed that much since, well probably last week when I invited my friend Kaelin to the Saints game. lol.

Speaking of Kaelin, she's got a super giveaway going on at her blog, The Plaid Scottie. Go check it out. I've entered as many times as I could - now it's your turn. Go, go now. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Work and Fun

It's been a pretty busy week for me. I spent three days to/from/in Houston for customer training. But, still I managed to complete 6 more Mod Bento Box squares for the Mod Bento Box Swap II. :) Here are quarters of all eight squares I've completed so far. I'd love to get 24 squares total finished so that I can have a larger completed quilt this time, but I'm not sure I'm going to get that many finished - or if that would be too many for the moderator to deal with.

Bran and I had tickets to the Saints first home game (pre-season) tonight. It was fun, but kind of a Houston Texans slaughter. I took this photo of us near the end of the game, as you can see many people had already left. We stuck it out though. :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rainy Saturday

OMG, I LOVE the rain. The best part about living in the South is the fabulous thunderstorms. :) I grew up in the San Francisco East Bay and let me tell you...if you're watching a movie set in SF and it's raining and thundering it's WRONG! Wrong! SF gets plenty of rain, but maybe one or two thunderstorms a year. Are you listening to me, one or two - tops. lol.

So, enough of my no thunderstorm in SF tirade. Today I went to a sew day with the New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild. We were making blocks to donate to Anna Maria Horner's Tennessee Flood Relief effort. Between three of us we made seven blocks, then started to do some work on our own projects. I love this group...it is a blast! And, if you live in the New Orleans area go visit The Quilted Owl, the shop (and owners) are adorable. :)

Here are the two owners of The Quilted Owl digging through Kaelin's pile of scraps. And below are our Flood Relief blocks.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

Ree - ree - ree - ree. lol. The hubby just reminded me that it's Friday the 13th. He's easily amused. He seems to think that to celebrate we should watch Evil Dead tonight. I love Bruce Campbell, so that's probably going to happen. :)

OK, so on to what I've worked on this week. Here are the rest of the blocks for the Christmas Mod Bento Box that was started last week. Yesterday evening I completed piecing the quilt top. It's now on my pile of tops to quilt. The other Christmas quilt, the one I'm quilting, is still being quilted. That didn't get as much time devoted to it as the other.

I also decided to join round 2 of the Mod Bento Box swap. I know I've been making a lot of these blocks lately. When this most recent top is complete I think I'm gonna lay off the Mod Bento Box for a little while and move on to something else.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Christmas in July

What you say? It's not Christmas or July? lol.

First here's a little present to myself. :) I'm so ready to jump into a couple of projects from both books, but first I'm finishing up some other work.

The other projects I'm working on are both Christmas projects. Please forgive me for being that person who works on Christmas projects in the summer. I actually started piecing the quilt on the frame, below, last Christmas. My parents had come to visit and my mother wanted me to help her with a quilt. So, we both selected fabrics from my HUGE Christmas stash and made our own quilt tops. We got hers pieced, quilted, and bound before she had to go. Mine got pieced. Now, before the Christmas rush, I'm getting it quilted.

Today I started piecing another Mod Bento Box. This time it's not a swap, it's all me. I wanted to make a larger quilt than the last Mod Bento Box, but that's not going to happen...well at this point in the process it's not going to happen. That last Mod Bento Box has become my favorite quilt. So, of course, I've got to make a million more. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mod Bento Box Complete

I just just just finished binding the Mod Bento Box Swap quilt. Now it's in the wash. I love how wonderfully crinkly quilts become after a wash. :)

I guess now I'll have to complete piecing the "Scratch 'n Sniff" quilt I started last fall and the two quilt tops waiting to be quilted.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Finishing More Projects

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that I finished quilting and binding this 60 BoS donation quilt earlier in the month. It still needs to get it's "crinkly goodness" wash.

This afternoon I finished binding the Mod Sampler quilt, then it got it's wash. It's all crinkly good. :) I really like this quilt, though I don't love the fabric I sashed it with. I was going to sash it with linen, but instead I sashed it with this cotton/poly blend. I thought it would be OK because the vintage sheets were cotton/poly, but the sashing just feels like plastic to me. I think this is why it took me over a year to quilt and bind it. I still don't love the sashing fabric, but I like the final quilt.

After finishing the Mod Sampler quilt this afternoon I got the Mod Bento Box on the frame and I've got just over 1/3 of it quilted. Now I've got to decide what I'm going to bind it with.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Finishing Projects

I finished the pinwheel 60 BoS quilt top this week. Now she's in the ever growing pile of quilt tops to be quilted. :) I'd purchased a new sewing machine last month. Now I have one set up with my quilt frame and another that I'm piecing blocks with. This arrangement makes it easy for me to work two projects at the same time. I'm not sure if I'm twice as productive, but I do seem to be completing projects a little quicker.

I also finished quilting the Mod Sampler that's been waiting to be quilted for a year. Now I'm hand sewing the binding on to the back. I love finishing quilts this way. I know it takes longer than machine finishing but I like the results. I also like having something to do with my hands while watching the television at night. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

UFOs

I've taken a little break over the last week or so from my 60 BoS to complete some waiting UFOs. This afternoon I'll probably sew some more blocks together, but in the meantime I'm working on finishing up some other projects.

I finally got my Mod Sampler Quilt Along quilt on the frame and started quilting it. The top's only been finished since at least April 30th, 2009. It's about time I completed this quilt! :)

The other outstanding project I'm working on is the Mod Bento Box swap I participated in. About a week and a half ago my swap blocks showed up in the mail. My original idea was to sash between each block to make a larger finished quilt. But, both a good friend and my husband suggested that I go ahead and put the blocks together without sashing. So that's what I did. Isn't this top scraptacular? When I've completed quilting the Mod Sampler I'll get this baby up on the frame and quilt her up.

I had, however, already purchased some grey Kona cotton for the sashing. So, now I've got enough fabric to sash some other, not yet planned, quilt. :)

Update! I finished 9 more blocks for my 60 BoS this afternoon. Here are blocks 43 - 51.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Finished Quilt and More 60 BoS

Remember 60 BoS squares 10 - 34 I blogged about last week? Well, here are the final results. :) I quilted it last week and bound it over the 4th of July weekend. This quilt is all ready for donation, giveaway, or keeping for myself. lol. I haven't decided yet. :)

I am still working on my 60 BoS as well. Here are blocks 35 - 42. Eventually this will be another baby quilt.

Monday, June 28, 2010

More 60 Blocks of Summer

Last week and over the weekend I completed blocks 10 - 34 for my 60 BoS. I used more of my scraps from Heather. This quilt is 50"x50". Which, I guess, is a pretty odd size. But I figure it can be a lap quilt, a toddler quilt, or a picnic quilt. Wouldn't it make an adorable picnic quilt? I may have a give away for the finished quilt. That's still paying it forward, isn't it? :)

Next thing is to get these quilt tops on my frame and get them quilted up.

Yesterday I also tackled Oh, Fransson's pocket potholder tutorial. My friend Jim had gifted me with the groovy vintage fabric that was used as the block's centers. I've been waiting for the perfect project for that fabric. Don't they make cute potholders? I haven't finished the project though. Last night I went to bind them and discovered they're too thick for my sewing machine. lol. I'm going to try using one of my vintage machines later, but last night I was so frustrated that I just stopped. If I had followed her instructions exactly it might not have been a problem, but I used insulbrite instead of canvas, and I think it made the potholders way too thick. I could just leave the "pocket" off and make them into regular potholders. What do you think?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

60 Blocks of Summer and Paying it Forward

I decided that with all my "free time" I'd play along with some other insane Flickr-ites and challenge myself to "60 Blocks of Summer". That is - to make 60 quilt blocks, basically one a day, between June 16th and September 3rd.

Yesterday I was afraid that I was already falling behind because it was June 18th (day 3) and I still had nothing. So, I broke out a box of scraps that Heather of A la Mode Fabric had gifted me with. I had promised Heather to make some things to be donated with those scraps, and since I'd already raided a couple of the scraps for my own projects, I thought it was time to use the scraps as I had originally intended. But, hey, with gorgeous scraps like these; who could blame me for wanting to keep some for myself? :)

I'm feeling pretty good about yesterday's accomplishments. I completed quilt blocks 1-9 for the 60 BoS and got most of a quilt top finished to be donated to Project Linus.

I was going to use the 60 BoS to push me to finish the Halloween spiderweb quilt I've started, but I think I'll focus instead on quilt blocks for donation.

With all that yesterday I also pulled the pressure cooker out of my pantry. I bought the thing years ago and never used it. As exciting as a new toy is, I was also afraid of it. Partially because of the 15 psi, even though it's a modern pressure cooker with a release valve and everything, but mainly because I'd never used one. Fear of not really understanding it stopped me. So, I checked out a cook book from the library and tackled the unknown. The recipe I chose was Dilly Mustard Chicken. The chicken meat came out wonderfully, moist and falling off the bone. But the recipe was a little bland. Now that I conquered the unknown I'm ready to dive back in!

Monday, June 14, 2010

One More Square

OK, I was going to get my Mod Bento Box squares in the mail on Friday, but then I decided to make just one more square. lol. What a great excuse for fabric shopping! A couple of the girls at work told me about a quilting shop in the area that I was unaware of, so I found my way over there on Friday afternoon. It carried pretty traditional fabrics. Though I did find a couple of things I liked. :)

Here is the extra block I made:

And, here are the four quarters I'm keeping for myself:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Joined a Swap

I joined a swap and I'm very excited about it!

Jessica of Give it a Go is hosting a Mod Bento Box Swap using Film in the Fridge's Modified Bento Box block tutorial.

I've made 12 large blocks using her tutorial which will be cut down into 4 smaller blocks each. At this point though I'm hating having to chop my blocks up.

I'm loving these blocks and I hope that my fellow swappies love them as well. :)