Friday, August 22, 2014


What's progress?

I finished two of the Hawaiian-style appliqué setting triangles. And I'm out of background fabric big enough to cut the other two triangles. I'm waiting for more fabric to come in the mail.

I've got just 1 1/2 blocks left to piece for my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. The Winding Ways block is being a pain. The outside curves are too long for the background pieces, so they're practically gathering. I'm afraid they might not ever lay flat, even with steaming the seams. I think it's an extra block anyway, so it's probably not going in the quilt.

I've been a little busy, with baby getting two teeth in, middle brother getting a cold and giving it to baby. Nursing has been a pain, with a baby so stuffed up its hard gor him to eat, plus him not sleeping well. But he's on the upswing, I think!

School open houses happened on Monday, to meet teachers. My two bigger boys are attending two different schools. S is riding the bus to two towns away for his new autism unit 2nd grade, and J is starting kindergarten next week at our neighborhood elementary school. S is so excited to start school again and ride the bus--I think he just completed a great first week back.

I'm a little flabbergasted to learn J will have a homework every week. Not just reading with mom/dad. Is homework in kindergarten common?
(my mom homeschooled me until 3rd grade, so I have no idea.)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


It's my birthday, shout hooray!

I realize that I am now as old as there are inches in a yard!

Last night at work in the ER, I walked up to my friend and neighbor and coworker, who is a nurse, and said "I feel old. It's my birthday in 15 minutes. 18 years ago we graduated from high school and we were freshman room roommates." 

she's like "wow, it has been that long! Now I feel old too! ". And we chuckled, and the secretary said "what a small world!" and wished me happy birthday.

My birthday present to myself was a Solstice by Kate Spain layer cake, plus a mini-charm pack of Solstice. Thank you, Cotton Bliss !

And my hubby bought the dVD of Divergent for me, so we will cuddle and watch the movie tonight after all the little ones are in bed, and before he goes back on shift.

We already had dinner and cake, and I'm taking a break nursing the baby. Gotta go back and chat some more with my hubby's mother and brother who came to party.

See you later!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ALYOF--August goal

Ha! It's August, and that means it's my birthday at the end of the week!

Ok, so I need to decide on my goal !

1--Finish the appliqué and the top of the Hawaiian-style memorial quilt for my cousin Vai. I need to get it done as fast as I can, since I just don't know how long she has. (yes, I need to tell her story).

2--Machine-quilt the HST star medallion quilt.

3--finish the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks. I think I have just three left.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I'm so tired all the time right now. I guess I'm just wearing a lot of hats.


Trying to finish more pieces of projects.

Baby got his 6-month shots and got a bit sick, then his first tooth crowned! Talk about keeping me up nights. And he's nearly crawling, and the past two days, he's been doing awesome, getting up to sitting on his own.

Biggest brother's first two adult bottom teeth crowned and he lost his first baby tooth.  It was the week of the teeth!

The first center block of the Hawaiian-style appliqué.

I was able to cut two of the background triangles for the on-point setting. Then I cut another appliqué, and got two sections basted onto the two triangles. I'm definitely getting faster at the needle-turn appliqué.  Now I need to wait for payday to get more background fabric.

It was fun listening to book on CD while I cut and basted and stitched this week. Jennifer Chiaverini's "The Aloha Quilt", and I was so glad to learn more history of Hawaiian-style quilts, Hawaiian history, and symbolism behind Hawaiian-style quilting. As I stitched, I could recognize parts of the symbolism in the Plumeria design that I'm stitching.

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks that I finished this week:

Friday, August 1, 2014

ALYOF: July Finish

I accomplished some of every goal!

--I finished one block and almost finished a second block for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

--I finished ditch-stitching the Star medallion Autism quilt; it's now ready for FMQ.

--I have nearly finished the first block of my Hawaiian-style appliqué.

And look at this lovely bundle of rainbow fat quarters from Studio E ! I won one of their weekly giveaways! I love the tonal swirl print.

This bundle is going to help me make a Jaybird Quilts' Night Sky quilt! Whee!

I also celebrated my hubby and I's 10th wedding anniversary this past week. Holy cow, where did the time go? Although, I guess in being married and sealed for eternity in the temple, 10 years isn't a lot. But I still love and live for the flame of my life, and look forward to forever too.

Notes on my wedding dress: yes, I sewed my own wedding dress, and my aunt sewed my veil for me to match my dress.
My dress was white satin charmeuse with overlays of white chiffon. Three tiers of layered bell sleeves. Two tiers of layered skirt with the charmeuse and chiffon...and I loved the slight train that it created, puddling gracefully around my feet. I finished the V neckline with clear rhinestone trim, and the bell sleeves are rolled hem on my serger with white and white iridescent wooly nylon  thread (the edges of the veil are finished that way too by my request).
French seams are not hard! Just slippery with charmeuse!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day's work

Two posts in one day. That's unusual for me! But I had to share some thoughts.

Jack in the Box

And all the sections of my New York Beauty.

Part of my goal of this month was to get some progress made on the rest of my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks. Here's one completed and another 3/4 way through.

I was stitching away tonight, listening to the Aloha Quilt on CD by Jennifer Chiaverini, learning through her character Bonnie, more about Hawaiian appliqué-style and Hawaiian quilting. And I was thinking about my own project of Hawaiian-style appliqué that I'm working on. 

I was suddenly struck by this awe, this reverence, for a new culture, a new style, a new tradition, and the opportunity and inspiration that I've been given to learn this new skill. I haven't done much appliqué and haven't liked a lot of it that I've seen...but this is different. I know that I've been blessed from my Heavenly Father with talents to learn, develop and share, and the intelligence and desire to seek to learn something new, and the desire to bless the lives of others with my talents.

I just hope that I can decide on a design to complement and enlarge my appliqué into a quilt.
And I hope that I can finish in time for the recipient to enjoy it before she passes on.

Wow. Does anyone else ever feel this flash of divinity while working on this lovely, useful, artistic obsession that we call quilting?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New York Beauty


Here's my finished paper-pieced New York Beauty sections.

Aren't they pretty?

Ok, so I'm a history buff as far as quilt blocks are concerned.

Why is it called New York Beauty?
What year did it first appear?

I kind of had an epiphany while working on these the other night....I think this part looks like Lady Liberty's crown (Statue of Liberty). That would explain the New York part, and beautiful part.

What do you think?

Any other insights to other block names?
(Who is Aunt Sukie and why did she "choose" that block?)