Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's Not Easy Bein' Green

School has hit the time of year that my head goes spinning: holidays, fundraisers, report cards, mandatory Parent/Teacher conferences, a field trip to Riley's Farm in Oakglen, all the projects that come with this time, and trying to keep it fun for the 26 students in my class.
Sewing becomes a dream of snatching any opportunity possible, but no such chance this week! I even went to my quilting class just to visit, and oh, dear, we have homework this week! *smile*
The above green project is to be a table runner my daughter Lydia is making for a Christmas gift. We've both decided that "runners" may be the gift theme this year. She was making a 4-patch, but opted to add a darker green brick, and I like the look. Stay tuned, there will be more of these to come (although, if I'm missing in action, you'll know it's with my kiddos)!

Happy Quilting, Pokey

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Primitive Quilt Shoppe

Tell me, do these look like fun to you? They do to me, and I'm blogging for a chance to win! Go read more on Brenda's blog, the Pumpkin Patch Primitive Quilt Shoppe. She's got these, and other cool items. Did you see that Dragon quilt? WOW! Make sure to tell Brenda I sent you over!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Today's Project


This will be a table runner for my friend next Saturday. Pauline will be 50 this year, and I was her daughter's Kindergarten co-teacher. Deandra is in her second year of college now, time flies!
Pauline's birthday is actually on Christmas Day. So, she's celebrating this one the best way, having a party, but not really gaining the year!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let's Meet a New Friend!

I did my first "from the blogs" quilt this summer following Comfortstitching's Aneela through her half-hexagon tutorial. (See my header? That's the quilt I made.) She was such an encourager, and I started my Flickr pictures to be part of her 'pool'. Does any of this sound confusing to you? Well, some of it still amazes me, too :-} !
So, a few other projects later, and an attempt to contact Karen of Sew Many Ways, and --here you are, at Pokey's place!
And, so, (yes, I am always telling my second graders not to start their sentences with 'and'!) when Aneela introduced Jenny's brand new blog, Cut. Sew. Iron. Repeat, I said self, we are going to welcome the new kid. And get this, she's having a giveaway.
Go welcome her to the neighborhood!
Happy Quilting, Pokey

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Look at This!


Audrie from "Blue is Bleu" http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com is having a giveaway! A halloween table runner perfect for dressing up your home! She also has neat projects to show, so go see.
(Can you tell it's weekend? 3 posts now!) p.s. the new potty isn't in, yet. :-} pokey

Kim Walus, Designer



Kim Walus has some great ideas for fun on your dinner table. Not only that, she's given us a tutorial on it. Go check out her neat ideas and great pictures at Moda Bake Shop. Boy I want to try this; don't you love the Dresden plate? Kim has a giveaway going on, and an informative blog at Bitty Bits and Pieces, I've enjoyed her projects for a while now. Go see! Happy Quilting, Pokey

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturdays!


Well, congratulations are in order for Rose Marie of Applique 'N Patch Quilting! She won the 1000 post giveaway from Julia. Lucky girl!

And, Deb from Willowtree Treasures won the neat primitives from Firecracker Kid. What fun!

I sent my I Spy squares off this week to Karen. The Post Office said it will take 8 days,but I hope not. Also, we sent off a few pincushions to her, and to my sweet MIL Barb in Nebraska. Mom celebrated her 80th birthday this past May, and we flew back to be there. I had made a topper for their round farmhouse table. I wish I had a clear photo, I was happy with the little quilt itself. Here is Mom and Ginger, my SIL who had flown in from Texas to be at the big eight-oh. We decided after this trip that we just do not see our family enough. We also took a rag throw quilt I had made earlier, but that photo was impossible to make out!
Oh, yeah the title, Saturdays? Well, best laid plans were to quilt on a scrap top today, and instead I'm on K.P., yard work, laundry and installing a new toilet in the master bath. Oh, the life of a full time teacher in a school year. Now, you know why I love summer.
Happy Quilting, pokey

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Flip Flops of CA


See what I mean? The Preview looked okay, but I lost this part of the photo (aren't they cute!) So here they are! Forgive my inadequacy at the running of this blog, I hope I get better!
God Bless, Pokey

I Spy Swap, and 1000 Posts!




We went on our Reindeer Quilt Run, and it was a great time as usual!
We collected fat quarters that all coordinate with the I Believe in Santa prints from Bernartex, and some really cute patterns, all to go with the Christmas theme. I was also looking for another print to give in the I SPY Swap coordinated by Karen of Sew Many Ways. There have been some fun fabrics posted, and I can't wait to get mine sent off to her. I found the flip flop fabric today, how's that for a "California" pattern? I know, then why the penguins? Because they were so happy, we had to have those, too!

So, I find posting photos where I want them to go a big frustration!
Anyway, This Holly Tree quilt is a beauty, made by the beautiful Julia. She is celebrating 1000 posts, is that amazing, or what ?!? Go check her art displayed at her place, Creative Ribbons, which comes to us all the way from Ribbonwiz Perth, Western Australia!

Isn't it incredible how far reaching our blogland reaches? I'm glad to be part of this quilting community!

Happy Quilting, Pokey

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What's on the Frame


This is a project My friend Beth took on for a signature quilt. I'm trying to do loops in my quilting and not get too much red thread on the white, but the squares are seven by eight inches, and it is challenging with my "not long arm" machine.

It is the fourth quilt I've worked on since we bought the frame in July, I'm still learning and mostly having fun with it.

We have been praying for Terry and her husband John. He has had a life altering accident, and many months of therapy ahead. Please drop her an encouraging word, and pray for the healing needed for John and the family, won't you? She is a kind-hearted lady, and we wish them well. Laurie has a great idea for us quilters to make a square for a quilt, and send them a hug! Go see http://ayankeequilter.blogspot.com
God bless, and happy quilting, Pokey