Showing posts with label this week in 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label this week in 2012. Show all posts

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Look Back at 2012

It is week 52 in my series "This Week in 2012".  I only missed posting a weekly follow-up two weeks; one while I was on vacation and the other last Sunday, before Christmas, when I was up to my ears in Christmas prep. For the final week I thought I would end the series by showing you all the projects I made in 2012. I know there are a few missing and a few I still can't show you, but you can see it was a good year for productivity.

Quilts Completed

2012 quilts
I already have four quilt tops ready to baste and quilt in 2013 and have started a fifth and sixth one.


2012 swaps
I was glad I kept swaps to a minimum this year and really only signed up for the ones where I knew there would be great challenges and lots of talented people to get to know. I also received some lovely gifts in return. Through the year I also received some "just because" gifts from generous and talented friends.

Quilt Alongs, BOM, and Bees
2012 bees, bom, qal
The same goes for Quilt-alongs, Block of the Month and Bees. The people are the best part of these groups. The bee I started, Stitch Tease, has been full of secrets and great friendships. I was so happy to meet Danny, Dianne and Katy in person this year and look forward to meeting Susan, Hadley and Helen in July. That leaves Annabella...someday soon we will meet. But for now we talk on the phone and email a lot.
I finished the year of the New Bee on the Block and also joined Modern Stitching Bee, where there is the possiblility for great friendships to form and lots of talent.
I learned to English Paper Piece and hope to finish my Hexie MF quilt before  we get too far into the new year .
Home Dec
2012 home dec

Pillows, pillows, pillows...such a simple thing to make and they really pack a punch. I think the hardest thing I ever made was the Not So Spring Deer pillow...not because it was a difficult pattern, but because spatially, my brain can't think in reverse, backwards and upside down. I think Nova's fabric bowl pattern is brilliant and I know there are more of these in my future.
Purses and Bags

2012 purses, bags and clutches
I know, I know, I am a little obsessed with making purses, bags and framed clutch purses...but they are so fun and make a great gift. I'm running out of people to make them for but will need to make several samples for the class I am teaching, in March, at The Sew South Retreat.


2012 food

I always like sharing the recipes I have made that I think are really good or that I have tried for the first time. I especially like making things with fruits and vegetables picked from our garden.

The year had some wonderful highlights and some sad moments, too. Looking back, family gatherings top the list as do celebrating our anniversary in Poland in June and my 60th birthday, in July, surrounded by family and friends. Meeting Tacha in Berlin, Dianne in Vienna and all the wonderful new friends at Sewing Summit definitely deserve a mention. We said goodbye to our sweet bulldog, Maddie. She was the sweetest dog ever.

It is with great sadness that we also had a few friends die this year. We are so grateful for the friendships that we had with them and the love and good times we shared.
I thank each and every one of my readers for coming to my little corner of the blogosphere and taking the time to read and comment on the things I care to share with you. Writing this blog gives me great joy. I love sharing my projects and little bits of my life with you.  In return, you all inspire me and challenge me to go outside of my creative comfort zone. I only hope 2013 will be a good year for all of us and I look forward to meeting more of you in person.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 50

Nothing I made 
did this week
 can take my mind off my broken heart 
for those parents and children 
affected by the horrible events 
in Connecticut
of this past week. 

The hearts of our nation mourn
the loss of these little children
so senselessly gunned down
and the teachers who tried to protect them.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 49

Here's a quick re-cap of my week in Instagram photos.
I continued the family tradition of making Nut Roll for some of our Christmas sweets

You can see the recipe here from last year's blog post.

I finished the last 3 dozen coasters made from this fabric panel  purchased on Spoonflower.
They will be gifts for friends.

I built the last two shelves to get all my fabric organized.
IKEA is perfect for this kind of storage.

A first for me.
I spent two days starching and cutting out the fabrics 
for a quilt before even sewing one square.
This is Camille Roskelley's Flower Girl pattern
and her Marmalade fabrics.

And then I made one square to see how it will come together.
This one is easier than her Swoon pattern.

We finished decorating the outside of the house.

Do you do the same decorations every year?
I might have to change things up next year.

I made my first of 8 hoop Christmas ornaments
for our grandkids.

I have lots to finish in the next 10 days.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 43

This week I finished piecing the intersecting stars for the Pillow Talk Swap.
Now to decide how to quilt it and finish it.
I'm thinking it needs red piping all around the outside.

I made these delicious pumpkin brownies from  a recipe I found on Pinterest.
My entire house smelled like fall
and they were really good.

I am almost finished listening to Rod Stewart's autobiography 
that I downloaded from
One more quick sewing session and I will be finished.

I forgot to show you the pouch I received in the zipper pouch swap at Sewing Summit.
It was made by Tammy who blogs at
I never saw her after the swap so I didn't get to thank her.

It's an open-wide pouch, so I will find a lot of uses for this one.

My daughter-in-law put my son's photo and their son's photo side by side.
Both are 6 years old in their photos. I'd say they look quite similar,

I've been working on some projects that I can't reveal until next week
and I also finished a quilt that deserves it's own post.

It's been a good week.
I hope your's was, too.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 40

This week started out with a birthday celebration for my mom. It was so wonderful to have my brother, sister and 3 of our 4 sons and their families here to help celebrate.

We made homemade ice cream the old fashioned {aka EXPENSIVE} way. 

I had to share this photo that our son Kyle posted to his Instagram this week. He left for Thailand with his girlfriend the day after our birthday celebration. This is such a cool photo and what an adventure for Kyle and Briana. It makes me want to plan a trip to Thailand before I get too old to ride an elephant.

Monday arrived and it was time to say goodbye to my brother, but not before we went to my favorite sushi restaurant in Newport Coast and then a quick shopping trip so he could buy some t-shirts from a local surf shop for his kids.
I had such a great time with my brother and look forward to seeing him again soon. None of this 7 years between visits, stuff!

I am trying to get ready to leave for Sewing Summit on Wednesday, so I have been cutting fabric for classes, making little swap gifts and trying to put a wardrobe together for cooler weather. It's been so long since I have worn something besides shorts or sundresses, I have to dig through my closet to find the appropriate clothes and boots to wear.

This is the zipper pouch I made for one of the swaps

I finished my tote for the Mouthy Stitches swap and I must say I think it is pretty darned awesome. I will need to make a separate post about this tote so I can tell you about the pattern and fabrics used.

We have not gone to a lot of our grandkids games this season but we did make it to Corbin's game and were able to see him make a goal during his soccer game.
photo edited with Magic Hour app
As if one sewing/quilting retreat isn't enough to be excited about, I registered for Fat Quarterly Retreat in London today. 

Yes, you read that correctly, I am going to London next July. Mr. Romance and I had decided a few weeks ago to incorporate the London retreat into our vacation to Ireland next summer. I can't wait to meet all my blogging buddies from the other side of the Atlantic.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, September 9, 2012

This Week in 2012, week 36

I had so many fun things happen this week and got in a lot of sewing.  Each day deserves a separate blog post.
I will tell you about one and leave you sitting on pins and needles until I tell the rest. Don't hold your breath or anything, my life is not THAT exciting.
I am officially a Mouthy Stitches 2 member. I knew the sign ups were looming in the beginning of September somewhere, so I had been frantically checking the Flickr site several times a day because I did not want to miss a spot in this more than fun swap.
Friday night we had a fun night with friends to celebrate friend Monika's birthday. After getting home at midnight I decided to check the Flickr site and noticed that the swap mamas had made new mosaics...hmmm, something was a brewing in the United Kingdom. So I woke up bright and early Saturday morning and sure enough round 2 was open for sign ups. 
I was accepted and have made my inspiration mosaic...ok, I made it after reading the rules but before I was accepted and I can tell you there is some major talent and inspiration going on at this Flickr site. 
I went a little overboard with my mosaic because how can you pick just a few favorites when there are so many lovely quilty things on Flickr?
We will be making a simple market bag tote, but with a kick of quilty goodness on one side.
Here is my inspiration mosaic:

mouthy stitches 2 Inspiration

If you are wondering why I am so happy to be in this group, let me leave you with one more mosaic...

Bras Galore

This should explain the fun we have in this group and most of us have never met in person. It's just one big happy time.
Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, September 2, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 35

I am going to post really quickly tonight. We had a fun few days in Las Vegas but have decided we miss the old Vegas...the one where you could tell the street walkers from the 20 somethings who are actually tourists in Las Vegas.  What are some of these young women thinking when they get dressed?
We miss the old Vegas, where you actually won a little money or at least had fun losing it for a few hours.
In spite of the complaints, we did have a good time and really enjoyed the drive.

The sky is one of my favorite things about the desert.

The dancing fountains at the Bellagio Hotel are always a treat to watch on a hot summer night.

I did baste a few dozen hexies as we sat in our room to escape the heat for a few hours.

We found an amazing new to us sushi restaurant called Kabuto. It's in a strip mall off of Las Vegas Blvd. Best sushi of my life, for sure.

I'm keeping up with my photo a day following Fat Mum Slim's prompts.
I need to do a little editing and then I can post the August page of photos.

Today was Father's Day in Australia, so the prompt was father. This photo was taken of me and my dad the morning our eldest son was married, in 1999. I miss him like crazy!

I worked on this quilt today. It's a little further along than this photo. Hopefully more progress photos later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, July 15, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 28

I haven't written a post in this series for about a month because we were away on vacation. I am so glad you all enjoyed my vacation posts. It really was a trip of a lifetime.
This week was special as well. It was my 60th birthday. There were several small celebrations this last week which ended in a beautiful party with lots of surprises planned by my husband, sons, sister and friends.
There were beautiful flower arrangements

and lots of friends and family.

There was tons of laughter

and a fabulous menu

The party was held at the restaurant where our son is chef, just so we could see him too. We knew if we had the party anywhere else there was no way he could have gotten a Saturday night off to attend.  I don't know about you other moms out there, but for me if one of my boys is not at a "family" event, I really miss them. So the night was not complete until Evan came out and brought me a birthday cake and took a bow. The meal was fantastic and all the guests were so impressed with the restaurant and his skills as a chef.

In 1997 my boys had this photo taken and gave it to us for Christmas. It was displayed in our family room until about a year ago. They are each "wearing" the things that they were interested in at the time.

They thought it would be fun to recreate the photo, this time "wearing" things that represent their career choices.

This was my reaction when they gave me the photo.

Paul wrote to all the guests in advance and asked them to send in a letter, photo or message to me to be included in a photo album that he put together. I was very touched by all the nice things people said to me, but especially what my brother wrote. I really wished he could have flown in from Ohio for the party.

I also received some beautiful and generous gifts. My sister drew a caricature of me and even included actual images from my granny square quilt. I love it and can't wait to hang it in my new sewing room.

I love it so much that she made a blog button, too. So go ahead and grab my button if you want to. Or go check out Geri's other art work here.
Geri also gave a special toast to Paul and I for our anniversary and asked the 5 people who were at our wedding to stand up. That was so special to have three of my bridesmaids, a groomsman and my mom all here to celebrate with us!
Our youngest son, Kyle, had people send him photos and he made a video. As soon as I get an actual DVD I will load it to YouTube so you can see it if you want to.

With everyone in town this weekend, we scheduled a photographer to take a nice family photo. We went to the park and he took about 500 shots. Hopefully, we will get a good one! Afterwards, we went to Wahoo's for lunch.
I am so incredibly blessed!

Tomorrow, I will actually get back to sewing. I can't wait to set up my Bernina again. 

Thanks for stopping by,