Archive for February, 2007

wishfactory’s work in progress

25 February, 2007

What a beautiful felt piece this is from wishfactory

springy piece unfinished on Flickr

Bwains! Bwains! by Heidi Kenney

25 February, 2007

Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane gives us her current plush in progress, Bwains. I love this!

Eggs in blue bowl, by jgcf

25 February, 2007

Eggs in blue bowl on Flickr by jgcf

What a great idea!

photo of floss, at wee wonderfuls

21 February, 2007

Some things just make a girl smile. This picture over at wee wonderfuls definitely does it for me:

Evrimnazli’s scarf

20 February, 2007

Evrimnazli posted this beautiful scarf on flickr today:

Construction Paper Art by Jen Stark

20 February, 2007

Jen Stark’s beautiful construction paper sculptures are making the rounds of blogland today, and deservedly so! Delicious!

New Fabric!

17 February, 2007

At our favorite quilt store, if you go in on your birthday, you get a discount equal to 1/2 your age. Mom got a 31% discount today–you do the math.

Mom bought me this lovely fabric by Valori Wells (whose name I always have to delete an ‘e’ from.) It’s pre-cut as a kit to make this quilt, but we couldn’t afford the pattern too, so I’ll have to wing it.

I found another, free pattern downloadable from Free Spirit Fabric (the same fabric manufacturer) that may do the trick.

Totally my colors

17 February, 2007

As I said in the last post, I was really drawn to the colors used for the yoyos. Here is a small hawaiian wall hanging I made several years ago as proof:

orange/pink hawaiian

A close look will reveal I never finished the breadfruit leaves, but I bound it anyway. Maybe one day I’ll finish it.

close up hawaiian quilt

Tricia’s yoyos at bits and bobbins

15 February, 2007

I must have a yen for yoyos lately. These yoyos that Tricia dug out of her flickr pile are just brilliant! Totally my colors!

textures 1 (aka, yo-yos!)

Liz Harvatine’s gift for a friend

15 February, 2007

OK, I’m gonna have to become friends with Liz (aka Lady Harvatine), as she makes be-yoo-ti-ful quilts for the people she likes. This design was inspired by a quilt by Denyse Schmidt.

Lady Harvatine: Done and done.
The design takes full advantage of the two things I love most about
DSQ: #1, irregularity and the appearance of randomness in shapes and
placement and #2, the use of a neutral color as a background as opposed
to an all over design. And now that I’m on the subject I’ve thought of
another: #3, choosing a very high percentage of solid fabrics over
patterned ones. I really love the clean, modern look that you can
achieve this way. It makes the design really prominent and also makes
the few patterns that you do use really stand out. For this quilt I
used all solids except for one plaid for some of the stripes and a
flowered vintage-looking print for the backing.The design isn’t
totally random. I tried to work out how many stripes of each color I
would need and in which widths and lengths to keep it somewhat
balanced. I used the same number of each on either side and simply laid
them out randomly on the floor along with white strips of different
widths. I rearranged one or two stripes but was quite happy with my
initial “random” layouts.

Pretty pink and green crochet something-or-other

14 February, 2007

I doubt I’ll ever take up crochet, but this inspires me nonetheless. The colors are so softly pretty and the shells so feminine.

Gigi has other charming crocheted items at her site, along with other stuff in portuguese, apparently reviews of movies and tv shows.

Shells Pattern

belle quilt, by rose (is red)

11 February, 2007

this pretty quilt top using amy butler fabrics was recently posted on flickr by rose (is red).  lovely.

belle quilt – quilt top

Originally uploaded by rose (is red).

Outrageous: Winning a Jackpot, Facing the Ultimate Loss

11 February, 2007

Published: February 11, 2007

NAPLES, N.Y., Feb. 5 — Wayne A. Schenk figured that someday he might get lung cancer.

His parents both died of the disease, and Mr. Schenk, 51, increased the odds with a pack-a-day smoking habit.

Sure enough, after visiting a doctor in mid-December for a sore neck, he learned that a tumor was pressing on his nerves. “I was kind of devastated,” he said.

With treatment, Mr. Schenk might live 12 to 16 months, the doctors told him. Four weeks later, just as he had ended radiation and was about to begin chemotherapy, he and a close friend, Domonick R. Gallo, spent an afternoon playing the lottery with scratch-off tickets.

“We were driving and I’d scratch one off and holler, ‘I’m a loser,’ ” he said, smiling at the memory as he and Mr. Gallo took turns describing what happened.

Then Mr. Gallo said his friend looked at the next ticket and said: “Oh, look at that. I’m a winner. What’s the jackpot?”

It was $1 million.

The odds of someone Mr. Schenk’s age developing lung cancer are roughly one in 5,000; the odds of winning the jackpot in the $5 game of High Stakes Blackjack, as he did, are one in 2,646,000.

Now Mr. Schenk, a Marine Corps veteran, hopes to spend his lottery winnings, which come to $34,000 a year after taxes over 20 years, on medical care. But it is not that easy — getting a lump sum payment of his winnings is not an option with this type of game.

article continued at The New York Times

Sarah’s Pretty Pouches

11 February, 2007

Sarah of hiptopiecesquares just made a bunch of the prettiest pouches you ever saw! Note to self: get a zipper foot and figure out how to use it.

She says:

It’s true! I’m back! I guess it was never my intention to leave this
just sitting her for months and months, but I know most people know how
it goes: you just get lazy. I don’t know what happened–I just seemed
to lose my blogging mojo. Then, after you stop writing, it’s hard to
get back into it. It seemed weird to just jump right back in where I
left off at. Oh well, I think it’ll do it anyway.

I’ve been back up to my old doings–making pouches!


I got a huge wave of inspiration to start working on them the other
night, and I finished them all up this morning. It was nice to get a
big batch done all at once. The assembly line method works wonders.

Mom’s quilt top

10 February, 2007

Here is my mom with a quilt top she made from a class with Maura Grogan at the Quilter’s Market. It’s part of a set of four, three of which we have given as gifts. (‘We’ meaning, I did a little bit of the quilting and all of the binding.)

A more recent quilt

10 February, 2007

This was a kit we got from Quilter’s Market–our favorite local quilt store –at their monthly ‘strippers club’. It’s called Gypsy Rose. (The kit is for sale here.)

3rd quilt

10 February, 2007

This quilt and the one before it (and my very first quilt, picture to come) are all loosely based on a pattern from Cut Loose Quilts by Jan Mullens of Stargazey Quilts. Jan has some wonderful free patterns here, and is well known for her wacky, wonky style, and forgiving piecing methods.

my 2nd quilt

10 February, 2007

My second quilt ever:

A quilt of my own

10 February, 2007

I’ve taken some bad pictures of a few of my quilts, thinking that at this point bad pictures are better than no pictures. This is one of my early quilts, and is called: “Am I Blue?” This was my first attempt at hand quilting–before this I had only tied quilts.

Mango Mood, by Melody Johnson

8 February, 2007

Mango Mood–Hand dyed cottons, fused, hand and machine quilted. 8.75″x19.5″

by Melody Johnson at Fibermania

It doesn’t get much more spectacular than this!

blogger v. wordpress

8 February, 2007

I’ve been using blogger for a few weeks, but was looking at word press for a while. Now that I can import from blogger, I’ve moved my posts over, but I’m not sure yet how I feel. The two are quite different, each with some good features the other lacks. What to do?

bruised knees

8 February, 2007

T. over at borrowedboughtstolen posted a snippet of her morning, and I just thought it was so beautiful. Did you end up with the bagel or the banana and egg, T?

Borrowed, bought, stolen.: bruised knees.

Today as I was walking to work, before I had coffee and while I was
debating whether to have a bagel or a banana and hard boiled egg for
breakfast I missed a step, didn’t see the curb, tripped or just forgot
to put one foot in front of the other and fell on my face. It was right
in front of the huge sea of people walking towards me, all of them also
in a zombie like daze. I walk into this sea everyday, and I always
think about how I look to them, when I see someone crack a smile as I
walk by I wonder, is my fly down? I think about how my bright colored
clothing usually clashes with their blues and blacks. I’m wearing a
jean skirt and knee high socks today, and so lucky for me my knees got
all bloody as they scraped against the pavement. People ducked out of
the way, but one very nice woman stopped and made sure I was OK. She
had the kindest face and when I started laughing and told her my mind
was somewhere else she made some really sweet comment about how she was
clumsy too. We walked together until we got to her office. It was no
more than a 30 second interaction but after I left her I thought about
how I want to be like that, calm and kind and willing to talk to a
clumsy girl on the street so she doesn’t feel like a complete ass. That
made my day.

yet ANOTHER doomed US dollar coin

8 February, 2007
I only read about this for the first time today, and now I can’t remember where to give credit.

How many more failed dollar coins will the US have before we release they will never be successful until we take dollar bills out of circulation?

Reverse of presidential dollar coin

Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Presidential $1 Coin Program (Public Law 109-145; 119 Stat. 2664) is an Act of Congress that directs the United States Mint to produce $1 coins with engravings of the United States Presidents on the obverse.

heterosexual couples to have a child within three years or have their marriages annulled

8 February, 2007
It frightens me that this is happening in Washington State. I keep saying to myself,: “It can’t get enough signatures”, but I can’t help also adding, “can it?

Ballot: Married People Must Have Kids

Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2007 By AP/RACHEL LA CORTE OLYMPIA, Wash.

Proponents of same-sex marriage have introduced a ballot measure that would require heterosexual couples to have a child within three years or have their marriages annulled.

The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance acknowledged on its Web site that the initiative was “absurd” but hoped the idea prompts “discussion about the many misguided assumptions” underlying a state Supreme Court ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex marriage.

The measure would require couples to prove they can have children to get a marriage license. Couples who do not have children within three years could have their marriages annulled.

All other marriages would be defined as “unrecognized,” making those couples ineligible for marriage benefits.

The paperwork for the measure was submitted last month. Supporters must gather at least 224,800 signatures by July 6 to put it on the November ballot.

The group said the proposal was aimed at “social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation.”

Cheryl Haskins, executive director of Allies for Marriage and Children, said opponents of same-sex marriage want only to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

“Some of those unions produce children and some of them don’t,” she said.

Sarah’s Lovely Circling Swallows

3 February, 2007

Material Obsession: Circling Swallows


This is just the prettiest, most feminine quilt I’ve seen in a long time. So different than the colors or patterns I would use, but absolutely wonderful! It’s very tempting to step outside the box and make something like this.

I’ve become a daily reader of the wonderful women over at Material Obsession… Fabulous job Sarah!