Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cutting into fabrics and a WIN!!

I think this is going to be a good day! Or at least, I hope so! The hay is done for a while anyway....maybe next week sometime. It has been so hot here and now it is pouring rain!!!! We so needed it! The weatherman is saying that we should have rain on and off for the next few days! And since the hay is done right now we can REST!!!

First off, I won a giveaway!! I was soooo happy, I never win anything! And the best part of it was, I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted to win it! My friend, Janet of Rogue Quilter was having a giveaway of a pattern, ruler set (needed for the pattern) and some homemade soap and I won! She had shown the pattern on her blog before and I just fell in love with it. You know how so many of the patterns seem to look alike or they just don't really catch your eye, well this one was different. I had planned on ordering it when I got a few extra dollars, but now I don't have to. :) She took a photo of the store sample and that is the photo that caught my eye, click here to see how pretty it is. If you like scrap quilts, you will love this one! She is actually making hers as a leader/ender project. I think I will start cutting some pieces for mine as I cut other projects and put them aside. Oh, while you are over on Janet's blog, check out the quilt on her blog header, another leader/ender project, I love it!

Today since it is raining and my legs are killing me because I have been on them so much this week. I plan on kicking back and cutting more strips for my Courthouse Steps. I only need a zillion more blocks! LOL!

Do you ever find it hard to cut into your fat quarters and yardage?? I certainly do! I always cut my scraps first and sometimes it just makes me sick to my stomach to cut into anything else, but I guess we have to from time to time. When I run out of scraps or can't find anything in them that suits me I start with the fat quarters first. As most of you know, I am in love with Civil War Repro fabrics and I am just now getting my stash built...if only I could win the lottery! LOL! Anyway...I am sitting here this morning debating on cutting into these. First I will start with these scraps, actually I have another pile of them but I didn't get a photo of them... Oh and before you say anything....I know not all of the fabrics in the following photos are Repro fabrics but they still blend well with them. :)

These are what I am dreading fat quarters and 1/2 to 1 yard cuts. I counted and there are 79 fat quarters here...I wish there were 790! LOL! Here are a few yardage pieces that I save and use for borders. I think I have more that is already boxed up and moved in the other house.
I've had these two for a few years now. I guess I am lazy, these are to be used for the borders for my Civil War Love Letters quilt. I have all 121 blocks paper pieced, sashed and sewn into a top now I only need to add borders. I'm sure you are wondering why I haven't done that yet??? Well....silly me left all of the papers on the 121 blocks and sewed the top together and now it is a little overwhelming trying to take them off...In other news....Hunter is on his 3rd day of 4th grade and hates it!!! I really dreaded waking him up this morning because I knew the mood that he would be in!! I just hope he learns to deal with it better. He is a wonderful student he just doesn't want to be away from home.

And...Andrew!!! Andrew, Andrew, Andrew!!!! I love him with all of my heart, a very good kid, never in trouble or anything like that, just a little mouthy but I guess that is a teenage thing. As most of you know he is 18 now and off to college in a few weeks and like any mother that just worries me sick! But what does he come home with the other night????? A BIG HONKING TATTOO!!!!! I know it is not the end of the world but I just never imagined Andrew getting one!!! I know millions of people have them, Richard even has on on his back from years ago and my sister has 2 on her back but I just didn't want my boys to have them, I guess that is a "mom thing" anyway it is on his upper arm shoulder area and will be under his shirt sleeve and it is a HUGE bull that is inked red. Oh well....I guess life goes on, not like I can do anything about it now.

I'm off to do some laundry and start cutting strips!!!


Janet O. said...

Glad you got the hay done before the rains came (many farmers around here still have hay down and we got hit hard with rain yesterday, 1-2 inches across the valley)--and I'm glad the rains finally came! Good excuse to stay in off those aching legs and quilt!!
Hooray for winning!! Isn't it fun?
Thanks for the kind words and I really like your CW repro collection, but I had to laugh when you talked about your hesitancy to cut into it. You should see the box I have collected and the patterns that are supposed to be made from it, but I can't bring myself to cut them. Maybe that is why I make so many scrap quilts from other people's cast-offs! That way I don't have to cut into my pristine yardage and FQs!!

Yvette said...

What a great win! Congratulations!!!

You have a nice CW stash built up. I just got 32 new FQ's and I hate to cut them like you. I am trying to use all my bits first.

Libby said...

Congratulations on your win! That quilt is stunning! You have a very nice stack of Civil War fabrics! and so neat and tidy!

UGH on that tattoo! My Joey and his best friend went last summer and got 92 (the year they were born) on their chests, kinda small, maybe 2 inches. Well, that has led to an ugly anchor thing on his calf and NOW he has something really big and ugly on his side that wraps to his chest:( He has kept it hid from us.

It burns me up when I think about how I gave up Diet Coke the 9 months that I was pregnant with him so that his little body would be perfect! BOYS!

Texan said...

Congrats on your win. I have that ruler set. I bought it for a quilt pattern but umm for the life of me I can't tell which one now LOL. Obviously I haven't used the rulers yet LOL...

I ran over to the site you won it. Read about her Hexagon quilt, so what did I do. I got out my box of hexagons. LOL Been cutting some out this evening. Oh I am so easily distracted from one thing to another LOL.

Julia said...

Congrats on your win.
It's so hard to cut into new FQ's..You have a nice stash there Kristie..beautiful quilts in the making..
Julia ♥

Regina said...

Woohoo!! Have fun with your win!

Darci said...

When my 22 year old "baby" got his first tattoo, I burst into tears (which surprised us both!) Now after his second one, I've settled down a bit. I count my blessings that he's a good kid and loves his mother.

Guðrún said...

Congratulations on your winning! I guess the tattoo is his way of showing that he is getting older.