Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
My kids are thriving there, especially DS13, my aspie. It takes a special blend of compassion and acceptance to work with a kid like him and this school does so very well at making him feel like he is part of something bigger and that he is accepted by all staff and students alike. And he truly is accepted. That is a rare thing for an aspie. With bullying on the rise, many kids could use some acceptance at school. We don't tolerate bullying at all. We're proactive about that and it helps keep our kids and students safe.
We have no debt as a school. But, we got into a lease agreement to use a school building with a strong possibility that we could purchase the building in time. Unfortunately, due to changes in the economy, the building will come off of the market and won't be sold to anyone. Next year is our final year in "our" building.
We have located property that is wonderful and have put money down on it. We are desperately trying to raise money to pay off the land and build the building without inurring debt. Debt would make tuitions rise sharply and we are trying to keep tuition low for families that really need our school.
So, we are having an amazing raffle! Tickets are $10 each and there are numerous prizes (with more being added daily) including a week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a week at a Lake House; free tuition for a year, jewelry, and more! We are waiting confirmation on some airline tickets and possibly a car to add to the list. For a complete list (updated daily) check out our school's website here.
All that to say that if you would like to support our efforts to bring Christian education to lots of families or if you would just like to win cool prizes, let me know in a comment and I can get with you to get your ticket to you. Thanks!
Either way, we would love to have you praying for our success! Thanks!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I can't stand myself; I am so proud of my kiddo and his friends!!!
From left to right: Gif Beaton (author and event judge), Ethan Hatchett, Daven Hayes, Tim Keyes (Event Coordinator), and C.J. Armour. Not pictured is my hubby, the exhausted, but very proud couch who is currently snoring on the couch!
Tonight, it was the machine needle breaking and leaping into my left index finger. For some reason that made me think to call it quits for tonight.
One small part of a seam came apart. I tacked it back together by hand, but I am worried about it. The flannel fabric will tend to ravel and baby quilts are laundered alot.
I am going to have to ponder this one. Funny how I thought I was done with this one, but like it so much better now with the extra stitching.
After she admired my Crazy Shortcut Quilt, I bought her a copy of the book and answered a few questions and shared some websites that I like. Well, she has taken off and run with it, that is for sure.
Ahem. Today she rocked my socks off. Not only has she been amazingly prolific with her quilting, she was teaching me more than one thing that I didn't know and recommending some new websites!
Yikes! I have created a monster (a good one, a quilt monster)!
So, now that Dr. Who is over, I am adding extra quilting on the baby boy quilt I did recently, using the technique that she showed me. I am adding circles of quilting to add interest to an otherwise okay but not terribly inspired looking baby quilt. Glad I hadn't bound it yet!
Can't wait to finish it and see how it works out. Photos soon, I promise!
So, in and among my other errands, we stopped in to check out a small thrift shop that I had never really noticed before. It wasn't associated with a charity like most in this area. When I was a kid, we called these places "junk shops." I like junk shops!
Anyway, I scored some remarkable sheets. See?
The center one is a blue, teal, green, and white fitted sheet that the elastic is shot. The one on the left is a queen flat with blue, yellow, and purple flowers on it. The one on the right is a queen flat that is perfect! I am keeping a large section of it for a baby quilt backing. How perfect is that?
The baby quilt I am planning will be my first foray into using this gorgeous fabric. I can't wait!
I washed them up last night and hope to get them cut today for my swap (and some will be kept of course). I just love that they are soft and pretty. I love that hubby loves these types of colors for our bedding and that in patchwork he kind of digs that "grandmother's bedroom" shabby chic look. But, the best part is that I get to keep on quilting and don't have to spend oodles of money to get a look that I really, really adore!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The baby is due in May! Time to get crackin'!
This is the backing fabric with little shoes!
All in all, I think that while it is simple, the fabrics are adorable and it was a good use of a weekday evening! Not too shabby if I say so myself.
Next up is to finish a baby girl quilt for the coming great granddaughter of a lady at church. The top is finished, but not quilted yet. Then, I am making one for DS12s teacher's first grandbaby--another girl! I love making the frou frou stuff.
It's also a good use of material I got on sale. I love turning something small into something much nicer!
Monday, April 19, 2010
But, if, as the philosopher's say, "Truth is beauty, and beauty truth," I must add something of truth.
Hmmm. Tough one!Today, on my first search for Vintage Sheets to use in the swap I joined, I scored this beauty: a pillowcase with hula girls for $.59. That's nearly a yard of fabric for less than the price of a can of Diet Coke. I mean, can you dig it? It's hula girls, for goodness sake! The are beautiful and kitchy and retro and COOL!!! And that's the truth!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I have enjoyed working on this. A single block at a time doesn't seem too very difficult, even if it is a tough block. I am debating on trying to pull enough stash fabrics together to make another one. I do have a jelly roll sitting around, but I am not really sure if I am ready to cut into it yet.
There is also a pinwheel quilt along at the blog P.S., I Quilt. I might start piddling on one of those just to see what happens.
Having quilts coming together (especially out of stash) can be very helpful at gift giving times! I can give great gifts without spending loads on overpriced consumer junk. I much prefer the handmade!
I also have my log cabin quilt in the frame (for over a week now) and I haven't had a chance or energy to put a single stitch into it. I hate when that happens, but the pollen has kicked my fanny this week.
This last Tuesday, we took cap and gown photos for our senior class at school. It was exciting. They got to see who would wear honor cords, etc. and they were so excited.
Today, we spent all day taking prom photos, both on location and in our makeshift studio (my classroom). All the kids were all dressed up and looked wonderful and so grown up! I love seeing them.
But, now I am exhausted!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Well, it's all Susan Schamber's fault! Look here and see what I mean....
I saw this video about a month ago. I mulled it over. I decided that even though I didn't have the rails to secure the backing and top to, I wanted to use the 'herringbone' basting stitch that she describes. It looks easier to me than the traditional way of basting.
The last time I remember hand basting a quilt top was my friend, Bev's, scrappy stars quilt. That was ages ago. Since then, I have played around with glue basting and safety pins to avoid that kind of basting.
Anyway, Mom and I decided to try it out and we completely basted a double bed sized quilt in 1 hour and 40 minutes! Last time we did it, it took a huge chunk out of a Saturday. This was quick, simple, and easy. More importantly, I can do it! I can do it easily! I dig being finished in a reasonable amount of time.
I will post photos of the basting when I get my frame put together and what not. This is way exciting for me! I love bringing some efficiency to the project!
I have drooled over these patterns for some time, but money is tight right now. What could be better than free? What could be better than gifts made from free patterns? I know 4 folks right now that would love an Abbey Bag and a couple who would dig the purse. Everyone I know would love My Dear Prudence, well, maybe not the guys, but you get the idea.
Hmmm. More projects. I can't wait to get started!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Aw, Shucks! I am truly surprised and honored. Thanks, Amy!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Now, due to some setbacks and additional responsibilities, I find myself back at my quilting roots, working with scraps from my stash. I have so many ideas and I really find that I stretch my creativity when I am having to "make do." My stash consists of some old clothes, an old bridesmaid dress, some sale purchased fabrics, stuff my mom gave me, and left over bits from other projects.
Now the challenge is to make as much out of them as possible, buying as little as possible to make good, solid quilts for gifts, charity, warmth, whatever. I'd like to get as much as I can done on my sewing machine, saving hand quilting for the best projects (otherwise, I'd never catch up).
I think I will take the lead from my Aunt who is making fabulous quilts using the "quilt as you go" method. Her color selections are very sophisticated and I would like to take a cue from her, but when you make scrap quilts, sometimes "accidental quality" is the best you can ask for.
I am on spring break this week. Right now I am catching up on laundry and trying to get my gumption up to finish my latest quilt along block and get my log cabin quilt ready for basting.