Friday, June 28, 2013

An Update

So, I bet you have been wondering what happened to me and the situation with the police.  Let me just put it this way, I completely understand why I was questioned, and I am in total agreement with it.  I found the woman who they were looking for, or I should say she found me, and they need to find her and do something about her.  The scary thing is, she looks like a normal mom, drives a normal car, was in a park where there were a lot of children playing, but she does not do normal things.  After talking with this woman I drove as far away as I could without being too far away from my son's basketball camp.  In my travels I found a great shop that has moved since the last time I was is called 3 Kitten's Needle Arts.

What a great find this shop was.  The canvases and yarns were amazing, and the customer service...unbelievable!!!  They helped me choose threads and stitches for this small ornament.  I started working on this little guy, but I have not gotten very far.  I love the fact that I will be using a lot of different stitches!  I must say this shop definitely made the whole week worthwhile.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Am A Very Suspicious Person

You might think that I am suspicious about things when I say I am a suspicious person, but it turns out I am actually a person who is suspicious looking.  I know, I have to gasp when I even think about saying that.  My son and a friend of his are in a day basketball camp that is close enough to drive to, but too far to drive home again and then pick them up at the end of the day.  I, of course, packed my sewing bags and took vacation so that they could attend the camp.  Yesterday morning I dropped them off and then parked my car in some shade so that I could start working on one of my many projects.

You can imagine my surprise when I looked up and there was a policeman's car blocking my car (as if I'm going to try to escape).  He came up to my window and asked me just what I thought I was doing.  I very politely responded...cross stitching??  :)  By the look on his face I'm quite sure that was not the response he was expecting.  He then proceeded to ask me the usual questions of why I was there, how long I was going to be there, blah, blah, blah.  All I could think of is, I have to be the least sinister looking person in the world.  SERIOUSLY.  I then decided it might look better if I sat on my blanket in the grass and stitched.

As I was working on my projects today I had to giggle a little wondering what that cop would have thought when he asked me what I was doing had I shown him today's projects.

Life is never dull, and honestly, now I have a pretty good story to tell when I go back to work.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Well, I Guess I Do Not Really Have An Excuse...

For the last couple of weeks I have kind of been missing in action.  My son and I spent the week before last traveling 1600 miles in the car, and this last week I guess I kind of just had a creative block.  But, I'm back and ready to get to work on some projects that need finishing!

This Schnibbles called Hat Trick has been on my design wall for almost two months.  I was having a little trouble with the four corner triangles and instead of trying to make it work, I just kind of gave up.  I decided last night was it and I was going to get this at least pieced.  All I had to do was add 1 inch to my corner squares, cut them in half, and they were the perfect fit.  I also figured out that by doing that I did not need to adjust my pieced border because it was the perfect length.

How foolish was I feeling once I figured this out?  I was blushing, but I love that it is pieced and ready to be quilted.  Now to get the next one on my design wall and get that pieced.  I'm quite sure after working on this one I am very motivated to finish something else.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Tammy Project Bag

It is time for another Madame Samm blog hop and this Tammy Bag was one fun bag to make.  First of all, I never in my life thought I could ever make a bag like this...and now that I have, I want to make another one.

I have four pockets on the outside of the bag which allowed me to use three different fabrics,

and two larger pockets on the inside.  I love having the right bag to carry the right stuff...and this bag will be so useful in so many ways.  I surprised myself this time and thank you Madame Samm for the pattern with all the photos, it made a world of difference.  If you would like to see some different renditions of this pattern, go here for the list of others hopping today.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

June 13th ( thursday)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Say It With Flowers

It is time once again for another fun blog hop thanks to Madame Samm and Carol.  The challenge for me this time was what NOT to make.  There are so many fun things with flowers.  

I have always wanted to make a little "catch all," you know, for my on the go projects or to just keep by my sewing chair with all those supplies that are so necessary, but oh so annoying to looking at.  

I had found a tutorial to make one of these, but I changed it so much I really did not follow it at all.  I had some left over 1-1/2" squares that I used around the bottom, and I made little handles for the sides.   

I used my Accuquilt GO! to cut out my flowers (even adding one to the bottom), some of the buttons that were my grandmother's for the flower centers, and machine quilted the entire bag.  My stash was used for everything, which I had challenged myself to also do.  It never ceases to amaze me if I just look at what I have I usually can find everything I need to make something.  Here are the others joining me in the hop today and thanks for stopping by.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen 

June 3rd

What A Week...

This last week has been exhausting to say the least.  We had the long three-day weekend, which was wonderful, but I could have used five days, and it was the last week of school.  I always seem to forget that the last week of school is full of added activities besides the normal ones.  Thank goodness it is all over with and I say "Bring on Summer."  Of course that would mean we would be able to turn our furnace off.  Never in my life do I remember having the furnace running in June...but last night it did.  It was just too cold for me, and I have to say I was wonderfully warm all night!

I did get some late night stitching done over the holiday.  I am working my way across the 12-month "A Dozen Buzzin's" patterns by SamSarah, and I have just started the second border of May.  I'm still enjoying it which is a good thing as I have to keep flipping through the 12 patterns.  It is a cute project when finished, and I have just the place to display it.

This is a project in color placement using a couple Kona solids charm packs.  I am using a Schnibble's pattern and in all my excitement of trying to keep the fabrics in color order, I forgot to cut enough pieces.  I realized this at about 1:30 this morning.  It gives me a little more to think about while I'm working on it.  I realize I've been absent for a while, but I have a couple of blog hops coming up and a few vacation days which will be spent waiting for my son while he is in out of town day camps.  That means there should be ample time to explore quilt shops AND spend a lot of time sewing.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen