Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oh, Happy Day!

The Visa came!!!  Woo Hoo!!!  Thank you to everyone who emailed me with good wishes and all those finger-crossers out there!  We are doing some packing and running of errands with a bit of tempers flaring, but alas, no sewing.  I am going to try and schedule some posts before we leave on Saturday.
Thanks for visiting, see you in October!

Year of Schnibbles Redux

The Year of Schnibbles girls,  Sinta and Sherri wanted the YOS participants to post a retrospective of all our Schnibbles so here's mine starting with September and Winter White,
October and Cindy Lou Who,
November and Picnic,
and finishing out the year with Tuffets pincushions for December.

January and Madeline, my second favorite,
February and Sunday Best.
March and Roundabout,
and my favorite one for April, Tagalong.  I made a large version and just love it!
For May we had a free choice and I chose Ballet Slippers,
June was State Fair,
and for July, Joy Luck
and ending the Parade Redux, Plan C for August.
Whew!  I hope I got them all sorted right.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Odds and Ends

I wanted to show the fabric I bought in Koblenz, Germany.  The shop had a large assortment of fabric designed by Tone Finnanger for the Tilda brand.  All so very sweet.  I probably could have got it for less back home but couldn't resist the shop's display of it.  Sorry, no pictures, they are part of the 300 or so that my memory card did not record due to my lack of formatting the card.
I forgot to unpack this little guy and had simply put the bag he was in aside.  Wish I'd bought more of the wooden toys and ornaments especially from this store in Heidelberg.
It was just chock full of wonderful Christmas things!
Here's some more pictures of Amsterdam that Blogger wouldn't let me load the other day,
We had the best time walking through the red-light district.  It was so, well, awkward, I mean how can you not stop and stare.  We were cursed at in Dutch a few times.
And lastly, I'm amazed this even turned out and turned out well.  I snapped it through the glass of our cabin at dusk.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 20, 2010

In Need of Positive Vibes

First the good news, last fall my daughter was nominated for a History Fellowship at the University of Oxford and was accepted into the program.  She's to spend her Junior year at the college.  It's all very exciting!  But...
To accuse the college of being slow in processing all the necessary forms and letters would be kind.  The term begins early October so we thought we'd leave several days early to get in some sightseeing in London before heading for Oxford.  We are scheduled to leave this Saturday but my daughter still has not received her passport with student visa!  We are frantic!!!  I dread the thought of the extra fees involved in changing our plane reservations.  So, everyone, cross your fingers,  rub your rabbit's foot, send positive vibes, we need it!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


I am way behind in doing this,  posting the last block in the Moose on the Porch Quilt Along and
the finished Sampler Quilt.  It's mostly the Fig and Plum fabric line except for some random greens and the sashing which is called Dot.  It went so well I had to use it.  All in all, I like it.
I ended up having more leftovers than I thought and made this,
To change gears, Spoonflower had a free swatch giveaway a few weeks ago.  All you had to do was pick one of the many different designs of fabric and they'd send it to you.  If you are not familiar with them, you design your own fabric and then pay from $18 to $32/ yard to have it printed.  Here's the swatch I chose,
I ordered the quilting weight but was so disappointed with the quality of the fabric.  I am assuming the quality was the same you'd get if you ordered it.  Held up to the light:
Has anyone ordered Spoonflower fabric?

And lastly some pictures of Amsterdam from our trip last month,
I've never seen so many bikes!  I was a bit envious of it all.  It seems the residents of Amsterdam own 2 to 3 bikes apiece.  I don't think I mentioned it before but like a dunce I neglected to format my camera's memory card before using it and lost about 300 pictures.  It was a heartbreaking discovery.   I have zero of Vienna and only some of each day's pictures.  Really weird how the memory card/camera only captured some images.
I've a few more pictures but I'll have to begin the next post with them as Blogger won't cooperate this morning.  Talk to you later!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

In remembrance of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives when Muslim hijackers perpetrated a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.  Never forget.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Plan D

As in dunce, dimwit, or dunce, all names I was calling myself after cutting out the Plan C Schnibbles and sewing the border strips into four patches.  Talk about being on auto-pilot!  Gee whiz.  {Our assignment was to make either Short Story, Schnibbles or full size using Carrie Nelson's new book Schnibbles Times Two.}
I used two charm packs of Botany.  Due to my snafu with the four patches, I had to change the border design.  I think it still works okay.
I loved all the birds, and spider webs in the fabric.  It's a really cute, bright line.  I'm going to bind it in the tone-on-tone coral.  Here's a close-up,
I can't believe we've come full-circle.  A big thanks to Sherri and Sinta for the idea and coordination.  I've had a lot of fun sewing and admiring everyone's work each month.   I wonder what they have planned next?  And just because it's cute, a little red Dutch car we saw on the streets of Amsterdam,
 Until next time~