• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me

Boo!

Did I scare you?!?  (sorry, channeling my younger daughter who “hides” all over, jumping out with very loud but not very scary or surprising “Boo!”s.)

At the beginning of this year I got all sad reading everybody’s reviews of 2011 with lists of things they’ve done.  The thing is, I did *lots* of crafting and sewing in 2011, but I did a poor job of documenting it.  And I miss blogging about everything.

So, for myself, my goal for 2012 is to blog more about my crafts.  And it only took until late January to get that goal written out!  ha!

Anyway, I love show and tell.  And although this is a brief hello, there is definitely more to come.

As evidence that I’ve been busy, here’s a picture of 4 different bindings ready to go on quilts!
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They look rather patriotic together, don’t they? The red ones are for semi-patriotic quilts — I at least plan on donating them to Quilts of Valor.  The blue one is for a space quilt, and the one binding is for a very feminine floral quilt my mom made.  I called dibs on it, and she gave it to me all done except for the trimming up and the binding.  Pretty good deal if you ask me!

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Ahhh, The Emotions Go Wild

The highs and lows around here — it feels like the stock market!

Unfortunately, my sewing machine is sick.  Poor thing.  I was sewing along on new dresses for the girls when all of a sudden there was a loud clunk and the whirr of a non-moving machine.  After I cleaned up the mess of thread and the almost-broken needle, I realized that the bobbin casing is now hitting the machine and won’t move.  Boo.  So, the machine is at the sewing machine hospital for an estimated 10 day stay and I’m here, twiddling my thumbs and fretting about the things on my sewing list.  Ahh, sadness.

With this free time, though, I was going through pinterest and happened upon some of my quilts pinned onto people’s boards, and even repinned with great comments.  Had me SO excited, and it was so much fun to see people really admiring my work!

And in the meantime, just one more week until summer is officially over and school starts for my Elena.  A first grader.  Oh MY!

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Finally, since I couldn’t go pictureless, above is one of my girls this summer inspecting one of their many science experiments: white carnations in food-dyed water.  The blue water definitely worked the best!

Many Hands, One Charity Quilt

One of my Mom’s customers brought her an old quilt top recently.  I believe the customer said she had made it long ago and put it away with no plans.  It was unearthed and was found to be a bit stained and no longer anything she wanted, but she thought it should be finished, and so she brought it to my Mom.

They both worked – successfully! – to get all of the stains out, and then my Mom quilted it up.  The customer really didn’t want it back, so my Mom next handed it to me to bind and I have since given it to my mother-in-law, who has given it to a shelter for recent immigrants that she often supports.  My mother-in-law was thrilled, and the rest of us were happy.

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It is a nice twin-sized quilt, and I’m sure the shelter is putting it to good use.

It’s a good reminder for all of us that someone will love and appreciate those no-longer-loved half-finished quilts we have sitting about, so it is always a good thing to finish them up.

Yay for quilts on beds!  (Sorry – no better picture!  I only thought to snap this one picture the morning I handed it to my mother-in-law.)

GO IRISH! (again….)

Okay, my previous blog post deleted for some unknown reason, so I’m trying this again…

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m just sitting on the couch, I am snuggled up in a quilt.

Football season calls for a lot of just sitting on the couch — I do love my football!  I also have the good luck of being a Notre Dame alum & fan, and what with their NBC contract showing all their home games, I get to watch lots of college football!  (My other alma mater is University of Houston, and although they are less than 200 miles away, I can’t watch any of their games on TV ~ BOO!)  I’m sadly missing football season right now, so it is as good a time as any to share my new cuddle-during-games quilt:

I did actually finish this quilt before the end of the last football season, and watched my Irish win their bowl game while snuggled warm and cozy underneath it.  YAY!2011 05 20_0025.JPG

I previously blogged about this quilt here.  The shirts are The Shirt from when I attended Notre Dame and for some years beyond.  (Ten shirts total – used fronts and backs since both have designs.)  Proceeds from The Shirt go to charity, and it is awesome to see all the students wearing it at home games.  It is also unbelievable that these shirts are in any condition to be made into a quilt because I wore them ALL. THE. TIME.  Yep, I definitely lived in ND t-shirts those years.  (We’ll forgo any photographic evidence of that right now…)

I know t-shirt quilts are fairly ordinary, but I did want to recommend my stabilizer.  I stabilized all the t-shirts with Pellon’s Easy-Knit Fusible Tricot.

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I bought a whole bolt of this stabilizer and HIGHLY recommend it for working with t-shirts.  I was completely worried about the stretching I’d have with the t-shirts, especially since I didn’t use sashing between the blocks.  But this stabilizer is pretty lightweight and was a dream to work with, and the quilt is perfectly square.

The quilting was done by That Quilter (my Mom) yet again – I love the shamrock pattern she found and the green thread is great!
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Another favorite of this quilt is the backing — it’s flannel with some pretty-darn-cool appliques if I do say so myself (and I do!):

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My little Irish cheerleader likes the backing too, and just before this was taken tried to sit on it and thus it fell off the fence.  Oops!

Suffice it to say, this quilt is H.E.A.V.Y. what with the t-shirts and flannel backing!  My husband’s not a fan of using it for that reason, but that’s okay, I like the weight.  Oh, and this quilt is BIG, especially for a couch quilt.  60″ x 75″ big.  (Each t-shirt is a 15″ square.)

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Getting into shaking her pompom a little bit more.

So happy to have finished this quilt just for me, and even happier to share it!

Oh, I’m also putting this as my entry into the current Bloggers’ Quilt Festival:

Amy's Creative Side

I’m a little late on it this year — be sure to check out all the beautiful quilts out there!

Reminder: Austin Quilt Show this weekend!

I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times in passing, but just wanted to make sure my local readers COME to the Austin Area Quilt Guild Show & Sale!  It is going on now, and I truly enjoyed going to it today, and I’m sure I’ll be back this weekend before it closes!

“Changing Gears”

Quilt Show and Sale

Austin Area Quilt Guild

September 17-19, 2010

Lester E. Palmer Events Center
(Fabulous New Location!)
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX

Lester E. Palmer Events Center
(Fabulous New Location!)
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
Thursday,
September 16
Friday,
September 17
Saturday,
September 18
Sunday,
September 19
Opening Night
AAQG Members Only
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Noon – 5 p.m.

A Plea for Help

There is a little girl I know of who is Julia’s age.  We hang with the same Mom’s group.   Her name is Reagan:

Isn’t she just adorable?

She was born a happy and healthy little girl and then slowly started missing developmental milestones.  Her parents took her from doctor to doctor searching for answers, and just before her 2nd birthday,  Reagan was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in females.

Reagan can no longer speak and has lost the purposeful use of her arms and hands.  Fortunately, she is one of the few girls affected that can walk but it is possible that she will eventually lose this ability as well. She does not say any words and rarely babbles but she has the most beautiful smile and a giggle that warms everyone’s heart.

You can read more about Reagan here:  http://reagan-haley.blogspot.com/

Let me say here that I very rarely do fundraisers.  I’m just not into asking people for money.  However, Reagan’s story has really touched my heart since she is Julia’s age.  And, after reading about Rett Syndrome and all the girls affected, you can’t help but want to find a cure.

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So, I’ve said all of this to ask for some help.  I have 3 ways to help – some easier than others:

1.  Easy and FUN:  Come to the Austin Strollathon this Saturday from 9 am to noon!  It is at Lake Walter E. Long Recreational Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Rd., here in Austin.  In addition to the mile walk, there will be an inflatable bouncer, face painters, free Schwan’s ice cream, concession stand, silent auction, a DJ, etc.  And Kevin Black (as in Clint’s brother) will also be doing a live performance to close out the event.  This is a free event!  Reagan’s Mom really wants to just raise awareness of this disease.

2.  Easy but will affect your pocketbook: Please consider sponsoring my family at any amount in our walk to find a cure and raise awareness at the Austin Rett Walk/Strollathon.  You can find my fundraising page and donate at: http://www.firstgiving.com/nancyalvarado

3.  EASY – Just a couple clicks of your mouse!:  The International Rett Syndrome Foundation is trying to win $$ from Pepsi to help research.   You can help by voting daily in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge.  It just takes a quick sign in and a click to help win $250k for research on Rett Syndrome!

1. Vote with your Pepsi Refresh account. 2. Vote with your Facebook account! 3. Vote via Text: Text 100842 to Pepsi (73774)
Note: Standard text messaging rates apply

http://www.rettsyndrome.org/get-involved/research-to-reality/pepsi-refresh.html

Thanks for listening to this plea for help.  I’ll reward y’all with a post on a long-awaited quilt finish tomorrow!

The End of My Personal Challenge

Before I get into the exciting rundown of my latest challenge projects, I just wanted to say: MY GOODNESS! I’ve had a TON of unexpected visitors to my blog the last few days!

Apparently someone did a framed hairbow holder like I did in this post, and pointed to me as inspiration on facebook, twitter and a chatboard and I had a HUGE jump in stats.  If anyone is still here from that, welcome!

Now on to business.   2 months ago I challenged myself with 10 goals for August 1st.  I  completely finished 4 of them and touched 4 others. 2 projects I just looked at on the list and sighed at.  Not nearly as good as my last challenge, but if I didn’t do the challenge, I’d fear nothing would be done!

1.  Framed hairbow holders for my own girls. DONE! And the cause of so much commotion on here this week!

2.  Father’s Day dresses for the girls. DONE! And one of my favorite things I’ve done lately.

3.  Firefly dress for Julia. Well, I “touched” this project:  I measured Julia.  I am so excited about this dress though that I *have* to do it!

4.  Black/white/red dress for Elena. Also “touched” this project: I measured Elena.  Need to do for Elena’s new school wardrobe!

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Just a random picture because this post is too long!  And: OH MY, the Fake Smile disease now afflicts both my girls!  ACK!  And:  Mmmmm, is that cake mix I see???

5.  Julia’s baptism signature quilt. Top done! I’m finishing the label on the back and then will be shipping this to my Mom for quilting.

6.  Julia’s baby quilt. I knew I wouldn’t do it, and I didn’t.  Boo.

7.  GO IRISH Notre Dame T-shirt quilt. Lots of work done on this quilt, but not actually done.  Will be sharing soon!
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T-shirts are cut and stabilized…

8.  Julia’s bloomers. DONE!

9.  Floral vintage sheet quilt. DONE!  Will blog soon!

10.  Ice cream cone pretend food/pincushions. umm, thought about it?

Will be posting my new challenge soon.  I rather like this holding-myself-accountable thing.