Most people when planning a spring break vacation head south. Not us we went North. We braved the snow and wind and drove to upstate New York to visit family. Most people from the south are surprised when we say we are going to New York. I have lived all but 4 of my 38 years in the south. Most people know that my husband is from Kentucky. It took us 15 hours to get there from Alabama and 16 1/2 hours to get home. On the way up we stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania for the night. We woke up to a dusting of snow on the truck.
On our way from Erie to Buffalo it looked like this.
Not too bad really. It cleared up once we got past Buffalo. Our first stop was my mother and Marty’s house. Here I am with my mommy.
We went to GG’s house after wards. We stayed with GG (Gramma Geri) because she has more room at her house and lets face it five people need some room. Especially when two of those people are over 6 feet tall. The next picture is of Thin Danly (Flat Stanley’s cousin) with the snow castle the kids were making at moms house.
Don’t you just love his I Love NY shirt. He traveled with us from Alabama. Here are the kids at GG’s House.
(Kayla, Timmy, Carrie, Carissa, Ali, Tina, and Joshua on the floor). We let Andrew practice being a photography. He took very random pictures and wanted selfies with us.
The boys went outside at moms house and started building a Fort that ended up looking almost like an igloo.
This is Barney. Chuck and Gramma’s puppy. He was very friendly and loved getting his belly rubbed.
Andrew gave Gramma Kathy a refresher course on playing UNO.
Here we are getting ready to leave and head back to Alabama. Can you see my ready puffy eyes. It was sad. We had a great week. Hopefully it won’t be 3 years before we get back up there. We sure do miss everyone but not the cold weather.
Last year I received an email from Cathy Habermann from Hands on Design asking if she could use the image from the True Blue Quilt Block and turn it into a counted canvas quilt square pattern. I said yes of course. It was an honor to be asked. Cathy came up with a beautiful design called RW&B Steps. The way she chose to stitch each square gave the finished design such wonderful dimension and the colors really pop.
Cathy creates delightful designs for counted canvas. You can go to her website Hands On Design to see some of her creations. Page 2 has the RW&B Steps picture. You can also follow Cathy through her blog and on her Facebook page.
It is a blessing from God to get to meet so many talented people through my love of quilts and sewing. Thank you again Cathy for contacting me.
I finished Addisyn’s t-shirt quilt this past week. It is always fun for me to see what types of shirts people want to use in quilts. This t-shirt quilt will hopefully bring to mind lots of happy memories. I quilted it using my Juki TL-98Q.
Yesterday I monogrammed the white sweatshirt for my friend Angie. I had to hoop it three times to use the big letters. I used the Chevron Font from Hang to Dry. I also made my first pocket tees yesterday. The coral colored t-shirt is for me. I used a Thirty One fabric swatch from my kit. It has cute flip flops on it. The second pocket tee is also for Angie. It is a surprise. She didn’t know I was making it for her. She loves lime green. The pocket is a gray denim fabric that was also from the Thirty One fabric swatches. The pot holder hand towel set is for a customer. She requested two sets. The other set has a Y on them with the same fabric. I made the pot holder. There is 5 layers. Fabric, Insul Bright, fusible fleece, Insul Bright, and then fabric. They are pretty thick. I used the La De Da applique frame from Planet Applique on the hand towel. The font on the pot hold and hand towel is the Elizabeth Font from Applique Corner.
I made this Bama Girl Applique Shirt for myself right before Christmas. I bought the design from a digitizer and then added the word Girl to it. We love Alabama football here in North Alabama. Too bad they aren’t playing tonight. I can’t decide if I will be routing for Auburn or Florida State tonight. Either way it will be a fantastic football game.
I made this cute Valentine’s Day Applique Hand Towel this morning. I know it is crazy to be thinking that far ahead already. The holidays creep up on me fast. I never get all the projects done that I intend on doing. I sold a few of the Christmas hand towels so I thought I would give other holidays a try too.
I made this blooming rose applique hand towel this morning as well. The blooming rose applique design is from Applique Alley. The fabric is Amy Butler. It has been in my stash for a while. My intention was to make a baby quilt with the Amy Butler fabric. I haven’t gotten there yet. I can’t decide if I want to advertise this one in my Etsy shop or not. It took a while to stitch out.
Last but not least is a picture of the pajama shirt I made for my husband to wear on Christmas day. On Christmas Eve we open new pajamas and our Christmas ornaments. The applique letters are from Planet Applique’s Santa Alphabet.
Just a sample of a few things that I have been working on this week. I had a few Etsy orders for some Christmas hand towels.
I embroidered names on the stockings for a lady using the A Pure Heart Font from Applique Corner. I also attempted my first in the hoop coaster. I bought the ITH design from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. The Monogram Coaster turned out pretty good and wasn’t all that scary to make. (Big Smiles). I get nervous trying new patterns. I don’t know why. It took me a few months just to get my embroidery machine out of the box. I was so nervous that I was going to screw something up. And I know those babies aren’t cheap. My next new project is an ITH eye glasses case that is an owl. I need to get a certain stabilizer first. It should be interesting. Wish me luck!
Last week I was asked to make a fire fighter themed baby quilt. Um, yes of course I would love to. Chandon sent me a picture of a valance that was already hanging in the babies room to use for inspiration. It had a lot of black, orange, and yellow colors in it. I already had some Dalmatian fabric and spotted fabric in my stash. I have been hanging on to it for just the right quilt. I used EQ7 to come up with this baby quilt pattern.
Drum roll please……Here is the finished quilt.
The picture is a little crooked. I am not the best at taking photos. Some times I forget all together to take one because I am too excited to give the person their quilt. Here it is with out a flash.(No photo editing Tim.)
I took the finished quilt to Chandon this morning and she loved it. Yay! I am always afraid that they aren’t going to like it. This has happened to me once that I know of. I am going to create a pdf file with the instructions for this quilt some time soon. Until my next post. God bless and happy sewing.