It's been a while since I've posted. As with many of you, it seems that Easter break was not as productive as I wanted in the stitching department. I ventured out on our annual camping trip with my Parents, Brother, and Kids (DH had to work) to the land of "Devil's Playground", in the Northwest corner of Utah. My kids think this is the best thing to do in the whole world. We've spent thousands of dollars on "real" trips, like Hawaii, Florida, and cruises, and hands down, they would rather go camping with their cousins. We did have a lot of fun, and I did get some stitching done. However, the second night the wind started to blow. It whipped us around like we were in a Hurricane. I lay there all night praying the trailer wouldn't tip over. Not fun!!!! My kids slept right through it. I wish I could do that. It left me tired, grumpy and longing for a hot shower and my stitching chair. Thank goodness it was time to go home. I really try to be a camping kind of girl, but alas, I am not that good at it. I can handle it for short periods, and I love to do the 4 wheeler thing. It's so fun! I guess it's something I can work on.The second part to Blackbird's Designs "Flea Market Find"Here is what I got done over Easter break. I stitched the windows in the wrong color, and I'm in the process of ripping them out, and replacing them with the dark blue. I'm thinking about leaving the "back" side of the house with the light blue (What do you think?)
Now on to other things. Why am I blaming this post of David Archuleta? Well, if any of you watch American Idol, you know who this talented boy is. I do not watch much, if any, T.V., besides my beloved old movies. I'd heard his name before, but never heard any of his music, until the other day. I was hooked. I downloaded a bunch of songs on my zune, and went to bed listening to him croon in my ear. The next morning I met my dear Sis-in-law at Bernina (a fabric store in a nearby town) because they were having a 30% off sale. That David Archuleta was still singing in my head, and it put me in quite the buying mood. I bought fabric for several new projects.
I bought this pattern in Portland last month, and I can't wait to get going on it. It is so bright and fun, it will look perfect in my main room, which has red and white checkered couches. I bought much of the fabric at Quilters Haven in Bountiful, but still needed a few pieces to finish it. While I was burning up my credit card with purchases I threw in 2 fat quarters to use for the sun in the center of the quilt, but after getting home, I just wasn't happy with them. The colors were not "bright" enough. So with David Archuleta singing on, I went on a fabric buying spree on the Internet. I ended up finding the exact fabric she used on her quilt (It's been gone for a couple of years so I felt very fortunate to find it). I also decided to buy fabric for a dress and jacket, because I found a great fabric store on www.quiltshops.com, (This is a site that lists over 227 independent stores. If you know the fabric line you are looking for, chances are, someone will have it on this site). Whittles fabric had just what I needed (Flirt by Robyn Pandolf, for this green little number) and most of their fabric was $3.50 a yard. Even with shipping, it was a fabulous deal! I think I have a serious addiction to buying fabric. I really just love buying it, even if I never finish the projects I buy it for!!!
I'm going to Pennsylvania next month with my fabric buying clan, to the Spring Quilt Market. I can hardly wait. We are flying into Philadelphia, and then taking the "Amish Tour" to Lancaster. We will end up in Pittsburgh for the show, and then fly home from there. If any of you have been to the Amish areas, I would love some advice on what to see. I haven't found much on the Internet. Anyhoo (as Siobhan would say), I need a cute jacket for the trip, so I bought the fabric for this little number. I don't know why I think I can make clothes. The last time I made something for myself, it went in the garbage can, and I swore I would never make another item of clothing again. When I started quilting 9 years ago, I learned that a seam allowance is not a "general guideline" but something that really needs to be the same, on all seams. I have a lot of overinflated confidence that I can do this, so lets pray for the best. Most of the clothing patterns I'm doing are from Serendipity gifts. Kay is a fabulous designer, and she tells me it's not hard. We will see! The main fabric for my jacket I bought six months ago at a great store in Salt Lake City, called Home Fabrics (formally the $2.00 fabric store). I only paid $1.00 a yard!!!! I figured if I totally screw it up, I didn't spend more than $15.00 bucks on the whole thing, and I can again swear I'll never make anything.This is going to be a new purse. I love the fun bright fabrics that are coming out! I don't have anything to wear with this purse, so I might have to do a little more shopping when I'm done!!!
I went to my framers and dropped off "Angels O're this house", and while I was there, I found this little frame. I don't have a clue what I will use it for, but I just loved it, so it had to come home with me. David's spell had not worn off yet!
I started Blackbird Designs challenge of making their French Sampler while Alma and Barb are in France. this is what I have so far. I worked on it last night, but because my allergies have been giving me migraines, I can hardly see to sew. I just noticed that I will have unpick "A and B" because they are up 2 threads too high. I couldn't see last night! I'm using Thread Gatherers silk and R&R fabric. I'll find the names next time I post.
Saturday I got in a real spring cleaning mood. I spent half a day cleaning my bathroom, and the other half doing my bedroom. I have a tendency to "over decorate" and this tub rarely gets used because it had too many candles and decorations around it. I took almost everything off, and it's looking a little "bare" to me right now. However, I think it will entice me to fill it up a little more often. I could use a good soak every once in a while.
That's all that's going on in my neck of the woods. I'm anxious for school to get out, so I can enjoy the lovely weather. As always, thanks so much for your comments and friendship. I love my blogging friends!!!!!
BTW Check out Coldplay's new song, Viva la Vida. I think I'll be singing that for the next week or so. The sun is shining, and the top is down on the Mini! Heaven help me (and my credit card!)