Monday, November 1, 2010

To the neighbors and beyond

So this was the first year lil' B went door to door for Halloween. We wanted to make his costume so bad but he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and wasn't having any of our other suggestions. So we bought an off the shelf Buzz costume and I built the jet pack. G also made him a custom trick or treat bag.
Always test your equipment before the first flight.

Ready for duty.

You can barely see, but I built lights into the wing tips and the exhaust of the jet pack.

Hitting our first house, more amazed than scared!

We really thought lil' B was going to give up after couple houses but he kept going for over an hour!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I am featured on none other than fabric designer Alice Kennedy's blog! Take a look! alice kennedy design

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


We're still here!

It's been a while since we've posted anything, it seems the fall is slipping by in a flurry of house work, gardening, sewing, zoo visiting, working, and reading Richard Scarry books. Time to catch up!

Another quilt finished off and gifted to a new babe. I love the graphic quality of the blacks, whites and reds together! These were sample blocks for our Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild block swap from July, made as I was learning how to make a Wonky Log Cabin.

The back is a swirly black print, the binding is upcycled from a favorite cotton skirt with a damaged zipper, and it measures about 46" square... it was hard to give away!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Front Page!

Isn't it great!?

Monday, August 9, 2010

B has a new lunchbox called a Goodbyn. It's designed like a bento box, only with many more compartments that seal themselves, eliminating the need for sandwich baggies and other "disposables." The center holds a 8 oz bottle.
It also came with TONS of stickers to decorate the outside. What did he pick? An ice cream cone, sock, log of wood, cell phone, traffic light, glass of juice with a bendy straw, skeleton key, and an amoeba.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A bit too big

If I can fit, so can you, grandpa!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pickling a Peck of Peppers

Peppers soaking in their briny/vinegar goodness

More garlic!
Finishing the hot bath...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Picking Peppers to Pickle

Summer evening, no shoes. Wicker baskets, ripe peppers.

Into the garden we go.

Filling up the wheelbarrow to take them up to the house.

Next: pickling!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sophie's Quilt

Sophie's become a favorite toy as of late. And any self-respecting giraffe needs a quilt of her very own.

Sophie's Quilt

Sophie's become a favorite toy as of late. And any self-respecting giraffe needs a quilt of her very own to snuggle under.

I chose a fun Japanese print of Ed Emberly's animals and made a simple patch quilt using some scraps of Amy Butler (they looked like a giraffe's spots to me) and a bit of Kona orange solid and a green textured print from the scrap bin.

The back is a fun black and white swirly-spotty print.

It's in the wash at the moment, so I will update with better pictures later.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Bennett has been WAAAY into puzzles lately. Ignore the mountains of fabric in the background. Oh, and the ugly looking scrape on his nose.
Instead focus on the 12 and 20 piece puzzles this kid can complete with no help.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Quilt Done!!!

This quilt was begun about 10 years ago. At the time I needed a machine with a walking foot and was just so broke I couldn't afford to buy one. I did find a free-motion foot, but my machine's feed dogs didn't lower, and the cover kept popping off. So, after trying a couple different methods with little success, (I had in fact grown way beyond the capabilities of my machine) I got frustrated and sick of looking at it. Into the closet it went, unceremoniously shoved in a bag.

Well, now that we've got a local Modern Quilt Guild I've resurrected several old quilts and am determined to finish them. And here one is!!!

The center panels are an Alexander Henry print bought at St. Theresa's Textile Trove back in the day. I wanted it to look like an Asian shoji screen and used a traditional Amish pattern.

The geishas are hand quilted, the rest is machine quilted.
Here's an image of the pieced back, which is all the rage these 10 years later!
It is made for a full size bed, which we got rid of 4 years ago. Ha!