Sunday, July 28, 2013

laptop sleeves for Jessica

Jessica just replaced her laptop and asked me to make her a sleeve for the new one. The brown one was my prototype--these are super easy to put together.  Anyway, she loves this nesting doll fabric so I was excited that I actually had some on hand.  I'll send both of them to her tomorrow. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Been busy...

My mother told my son she wanted to have a party in honor of his recent surprise wedding.  Of course, she wasn't really thinking clearly.  When the guest list exceeded 50 people, I had to put my foot down and tell her "this isn't just a little picnic anymore."  So we rented an affordable (and air conditioned) recreation hall...
And now we are trying to prepare for a fun day in a white cement block building that is very VERY plain.   I'm also insistent that we honor their personalities; they live simply, responsibly and creatively.  A "princess for a day" theme is just not Jessica.

 I asked Jessica what she would like at the picnic and she said "suprise us!"   Soooo I'm taking my cue from the outfit Jess wore at her wedding.  I making a lot of table squares for the tables and finally touching my beloved 30s/40s style fabric.  Afterwards, I'll wash the squares, take them apart and make a 9 patch quilt in their colors for them:
I'm going to make fabric pennants as well and sachets as favors.  When in doubt, pull out your fabric!!  I have to do this now since the party is at the end of August.  

We will decorate mason jars that I have and friends are loaning for vases.  I pruned all my flowers so we can have more in time for the party.  This is the time I am grateful I have an over the top garden :)  
I also found some vintage  "cats in love" embroidery transfers on flickr.  I bet you are surprised that I am not using poodles but the couple have a cat they adore.    I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this but then I visited Martha's site, Q is for Quilter and she incorporated a similar block (cat in a wedding gown and veil) into a quilt she made for her daughter afterwards.
Anyway, that is what I am up to these days and why I am AWOL.  I am truly happy these days and enjoying this so much!  I just love this couple and it makes my heart sing to think about how happy they are.  They may joke that nothing is changed but they are GLOWING :)  
Have a safe and happy day ya'all!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ufo completed!

From quilt top that was never going to be completed...
 to pillows for Katie.  Katie is now 14 (I think) and changing her room to be white with bright polka dots.  Anyway, she and Denise liked them!
I know have four ufos basted and ready to quilt.  I'm super busy these days so anytime I can get moments to sew, I'm happy.  Hope you are staying cool and hydrated!  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Scoops of love quilt

Got a recent request from our guild for this quilt.  The request was for quilts to send to children who are dealing with the trauma of the Oklahoma tornadoes.  Anyway, I got this one finished and can hand it in tonight at our meeting.  Have another set of blocks ready to go and hope to assemble it and get it finished during next week (we are on a deadline).

Monday, July 1, 2013

Photos from Saturday's surprise...

For Linda...Really bad camera photos from the surprise wedding that my son and Jess had on Saturday evening.  Yes it was a legal marriage, nobody knew about it beforehand and it was relaxed and carefree.  Can't wait to get the good photos (hopefully from Jana) in the next week or two.  The couple have been together for 7 years but with Jessica's upcoming surgery, made it legal so that Peter is officially her next of kin and caregiver...

"Yes we are going to get real rings...when we can afford them."   I love that these two are always sticking to their budget and always doing it with a sense of humor.

Signing the license :)

Jess with Franscesca her lifelong best friend (and maid of honor) and below, Jess with Jana (Peter's lifelong best friend), Peter and Sean (another lifelong friend and the official best man).
Better photos and the story to come...but right now I'm still celebrating the joy of officially having Jessica in our family!!!