Monday, August 31, 2009
I enjoyed seeing Jayne's wedding quilt the gals made for her!! THATS what we're all about! For sharing, for having fun with our craft and for doing nice things for our friends with love!! Lovely picture of the two of you holding your flowers in front of your beautiful quilt -- what a treasure! May your marriage be sewn with all the love that is sewn with every stitch in that quilt!
Beautifully said, Jan. I couldn't agree more. Women who sew are the BEST.
Then, Jan's email went on with more trash talk about the jeans challenge -- AND a very interesting story about Bonne at a "hands-on" embroidery class at last year's show..lol..
The three of us are working on our "four-letter-word" description of our jeans challenge. Also, this week, I might be able to post a few hints about what they're planning for their "Nooner" Sew Expo style show.
Bonne said: Jan may absolutely love HAND sewing, but in my book it's a four letter work. Last evening while I was doing the Four Letter Word, I was trying to think of something fun. I decided to try and imagine what each of your garments would look like, and I think I just may be starting to come up with a visual in my mind.
Rita: a wonderful, very sassy, creative pair of jeans with a possible zebra gusset :-)
Jan: an amazing, colorful, artistic jacket with just a hint of thread (not! -if I know Jan,more like miles of thread- LOL!)
Am I getting warm Ladies???
So -- Bonne. hummm....your email makes me think the three of us should come up with a FOUR LETTER WORD that would describe our finished jeans project. THAT's your next clue assignment....now I'm thinkin'.....
My blogging assignment was to take pictures with my semi-new Blackberry (it's not that new -- I just haven't used any features since that day in May when Nancy Zieman showed me how to silence the incoming email sound..).
Then -- send the pictures to my email so I could blog them.
Bert is holding a hand-made quilt that looks like it was never washed. Embroidered blocks -- every block is a STATE flower. Amazing bargain at only $25. The really amazing thing is that neither one of us bought it. (So -- just imagine how many quilts we own between us!)
These four beautifully hand-embroidered bathroom hand towels were only $8. And I DID buy 'em. Don't you love the words? And I love the colors. I'm going to hang them all in a row in my bathroom..
Bert could NOT resist this complete set of 12 silverplate. It's the Friendship pattern -- which was her Mom's! Quite a good buy for $45, eh?
(but, frankly, I already know way more than I actually need to know about this topic...)
This sweet little "Mother's" plaque made me think of my cousin Kim. Altho her collection "is complete" -- we have both lived the poem:
This cute little kitchy duck had a pincushion & spoolholders. Only $5.
If you can make it out -- this is a beautiful porceline tabletop that has been fastened on top of an OLD TREADLE SINGER BASE. Isn't it cool? I think it was $110. But -- as wonderful as this table is -- it was NOT the best sewing treasure of the day....
THIS WAS THE BEST!! Can you see it? In all my years of treasure hunting -- I've never run across something like this. Do you get it?
Guess how much?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I recently got married…(June 27 2009) where as a wedding present, these ladies made the most BEAUTIFUL wedding quilt for my new husband and I. There is NO doubt of the Love and patience shown in this quilt. I cried excessively when we opened it at the wedding.
I have heard of the Sewing Expo from other “sewers” by have not had the pleasure of attending a show yet. I intend to change that in 2010!!! I receive the newsletter you write…(which is Great!!) and went to the sew expo website. I am only seeing info from 2009. Am I going to the wrong place for new info? I was curious about the classes offered, etc. for 2010.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
My version of a 3-ring circus = 1 serger + 2 of my sewing machines LOL!!! Have to make the absolute most of the sewing time we get :-)
Here are some new clues:
-could the book be a clue?
-what is one of Rita's favorite fabrics doing in my serger? trying to influence or mingle with my denim?
-and those waistbands??
Enjoying this recycled jeans challenge way too much! Watch out Rita & Jan!!!! Bonne
So -- Bonne -- First of all -- your sewing room is AMAZING. I am green with envy!!
But -- hey -- WHAT BOOK IS ON YOUR COUNTER?? I can't quite make it out...I only WISH I had thought about using zebra stripes in my project. HEY -- it's not too late!! Maybe I can pass it off as my own original idea, eh? Wait -- I've got it!! Maybe I should use the zebra stripe for my butt gusset??
WELL -- just in case you missed Project Runway on it's regular Thursday night -- Lifetime is repeating it several times during the week!! Yahoo!! Now you can ALL get caught up in the magic that is Project Runway -- people actually SEWING challenges.
Sunday morning, they are running Episode #1 and Episode #2, back to back. 10:00 EST (I think).
CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS.......most cable companies carry the "Lifetime" network. I've watched the first episode three times and I notice something different every single time.
C'mon -- GET ON BOARD. JOIN IN THE FUN...really....give it a shot -- I think you'll like it! And it'll give you something to do while you're waiting for the EXPO website to be updated. (that's coming in September -- thanks for your patience!)
How about some clues from you??? Jan & I have shown you some bits and pieces of where we are going with ours, but what direction are you going with yours?
You know Jan, if we ever did do a Martha Pullen challenge it would be the perfect inspiration to use that pleater I just had to buy because you had one!!!! Then there are all those wing needles we could use..... you know there may be a future Expo challenge depending.... Rita you are aware of our challenges, but did you also realize we have a sewing -machine, tools, patterns, gadgets, embellishment- competition of sorts as well? I mean I certainly can't let Jan having a cool sewing item and not have my own :-) Bonne
Rita: Gheesh...pressure, pressure...it looks to me like the two of you are actually SEWING something fabulous out of the recycled jeans. Whereas, I'm more of a "put three pair of old jeans together to make something new" kinda girl....
Friday, August 28, 2009
This week, she SMOKED the competition by making not only a stunning maternity dress -- but also a lined wool coat. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
Altho they sent the odd-could-never-tell-if-it-was-a-guy-or-a-girl "Malvin" -- home for his (her?) hideous egg costume -- for my money -- the very WORST outfit of the night was from "Epperson". IT WAS A JUMPSUIT!! REALLY?? WITH A HALTER TOP?? SERIOUSLY??? Tell me, Epperson -- have you ever known a pregnant woman??? OR -- been standing in front of a ladie's room door as a pregnant woman was comin' at ya??
As if the impracticality of a maternity jumpsuit wasn't bad enough -- he chose some kind of cardboardy white fabric. Just what every pregnant woman wants -- a stiff fabric that makes her look like a gigantic Eskimo igloo. Puhleeeezzzzze. Apparently, Epperson's nightmare jumpsuit flew under the radar because Malvin's rotten egg outfit was just slightly more horrible than Michell's boring ill-fitting-beige-shorts-and t-shirt-that-looked-like-they-came-out-of-the-dumpster-behind-the-homeless-shelter. Neither Malvin or Michell could sew -- MUCH LESS DESIGN -- and I can hardly believe Michell will live for one more challenge...but I predict Week 3 will be his last. (hopefully).
Hey -- I didn't hate everybody! I loved what Minnesota Christopher did. And I was pleasantly surprised by Qristyl. (and yes, that's really how she spells her name...)
At this point, I'm rooting for Christopher AND Shirin. They've both had great outfits for two weeks in a row.
What did you think??
Her daughter, Kelcy, is expecting in November. Way back on August 7, I posted a picture of Kelcy's hand-painted nursery and the Safari-themed bedding Deena made. It was beautiful...
Well, Deena's son, Toby and his wife Brenda are ALSO EXPECTING in November. Since Deena made the "crib set" for her very first grandchild -- now it is a tradition she must maintain. And -- HER KIDS ARE KEEPING HER PRETTY BUSY, EH??
This is the set she made for Toby & Brenda's baby. Isn't it beautiful? I hope you can see the beautiful embroidered tractor scenes. Toby & Brenda already know they're having a boy. (Kelcy does not know -- or at least -- she's not telling!)
THE POWER OF SEWING, EH?? No matter how much money you had -- it would not be possible to buy such a perfect, individual, themed set of quality bedding for a new baby. I hope our kids know how lucky they are.
Well, actually, it's only DEENA's kids who are getting the handmade bedding sets...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Which means -- she is actually experienced with HTML -- and this blogging thing comes very naturally to her.
And she always does everything in a lovely, very Canadian-Debra-sweet-delicate-tasteful way. As you can tell from her pincushion teacup picture (which I ripped off her blog).
Debra has a beautiful header on her blog -- my first header was really tacky. Isn't the new one a big improvement? Deb sent me the picture -- and THEN she cropped it so it would fit.
So the new post gets buried...AND, if somebody comes to the blog every day, they would, of course, only read the top post...
Anybody have an answer for this blogging riddle?? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow. Very impressive 'sewing studio". (Ya'll would be very disappointed if I posted a picture of my sewing machine sitting on top of a folding table, stuck behind the pool table...it's not so much a sewing studio as it is a corner of my crowded basement...)
NEED MORE THREAD, JAN??
and the flower stuff is..... - vogue DKNY pattern - no plain old blue stuff for me!! Bonne, I'm impressed with your volumn of jeans to work from - I will be OUT of jeans before this challenge is done - who's idea was this anyway? Oh right! Thanks Luveta for sigining up on this blog first!!! ha ha ha! Guess its better than if Martha Pullen had signed in - we'd be doing heirloom baby bonnets!
P.S. Hey -- Martha is a rock star -- and, as a new Grandma, there is something very sweet about an heirloom baby bonnet. That reminds me -- I have some GREAT pictures of Lillian Claire, wearing my husband's 65-year old Christening gown..so much to blog...so little time...
AND -- don't forget that tonight is the NEW episode of Project Runway! So -- Bonne & Jan, Debra, Mary, Linda, Sandy & #7 (you know who you are) -- be sure to TUNE IN. It's really fun to watch and think about how you might handle the challenge....It starts at 8:00 on Lifetime. If you missed last week's premiere -- they will be repeating it tonight. C'mon -- give it a shot!! Some of these designers really can sew!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
For our August book club meeting -- it was unseasonably cool and breezy on the porch. We ate chicken salad (with the grapes and walnuts -- yum) -- and you already know about Sandy's two homemade pies. Book Club is NOT about the diet food!!
Because I could not figure out how to
take a picture of the four of us at one time (yes, I know there's a feature on my camera -- but I'm just not there yet, people) -- I did the only thing I could think of. Here is a picture of OUR FEET.
The four of us are holding up the August Book -- which we all loved. Harlan Coben. In the Woods. He writes some barn burners...
Yes, that is a FABULOUS ZEBRA RUG you see...it's all quite amazing!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Would you be okay with a Sept 8th deadline (2 weeks from today)? It's just not in my nature to start a project until the one I'm working on is complete, and I will be done with current project this evening - a little obsessive, but I never have an unfinished project LOL!!!!! Jan on the other hand can work on many projects at one time. You 2 have probably gotten a jump start on me :-)
My first bit/clue to what I'm doing: Are you envious of my hoard of old jeans I've been saving for years? Actually I use them quite frequently for totes or throws. Being the literal type I'm going to make a jeans jacket using a McCall's/Palmer/Pletsch pattern. Oh, but watch out Jan & Rita, wait till you see what I do with it!!!
Well I'd best get back to work, Bonne
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
People, people -- this is soo much fun!!
Just thought you might be interested in passing along this link to the URI library for patterns that have been archived. It goes back to 1854. They have opened up access, for one week, in which people can view and download patterns and images. It's an excellent site for those who enjoy vintage patterns and designs. This was originally posted on the 19th, so that's when the week of viewing started. The user name to access the account is "guest" and the password is "pattern". I am in pattern heaven! :) I thought your readers might be interested. :)http://www.uri.edu/library/special_collections/COPA/index.php
Wow, that would be wonderful. The picture is #8, in your file of pictures and has the caption, Audience 2. We are the three in the front who look somewhat a like. I am the natural red head while my mum and sister are wannabes. :) We all look so serious, I wonder what we were all thinking at that point in time. Must have been one of those 'touching' moments. It was great to have my mum come to the show....I am incredibly blessed to be able to attend Expo, Rita. I am a mum of 6 children, and getting away from home, to attend the show, is not an easy task. Thank you for all you and the crew do to make it an excellent show, it's a highlight of my year!
Blessings to you,
Thursday, August 20, 2009
When my husband retired -- John was looking forward to having the luxury of TIME to spend doing the hobbies he loves. (as opposed to all those years he never missed a day of going into a job he HATED). John enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, Civil War history, baking Italian bread, being an avid baseball fan, making maple syrup -- and he loves mowing his very large yard AND he is a lifelong avid gardener. As you can imagine -- HE COULD HARDLY WAIT TO RETIRE...and I was very hopeful.
This year, John joined a beautiful public golf course only 20 minutes from the house. You know how it works -- the more often you go golfing, the "cheaper" every round is -- right? He was welcomed into a very interesting group of early-morning-golfers.
The good news is with the moderate summer weather we've had in Iowa -- John's frequent golf schedule means he's amortized a round of golf down to about $3.00. The bad news is here's what the garden looks like... As it turns out -- John's gardening could easily be compared to my housecleaning. He loves to golf. I love to sew. Hey -- we ALL MAKE CHOICES!!.
LOL...The only thing that matters is that HE HAS NEVER BEEN HAPPPIER. And -- hey -- even with all the weeds, we're still getting plenty of garden vegetables. Of course, the #1 sandwich this time of year is a good old-fashioned BLT. And we love 'em! But the unique sandwich we look forward to every year is the Jay Ohland special:
Spread one slice of fresh bread with chunky peanut butter. Spread the other slice of bread with mayonnaise. Put a thick slice of tomato right in the middle (i need salt).
UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS...trust me....you will get so hungry for this sandwich you'll start dreaming about it next winter...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The last picture are the bits I've cut out...some reverse applique flowers from one pair (size 6) -- and the great layered fringed leg bottoms from the second pair.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I'm happy to report that ALL FOUR of our children long ago moved out of our respective homes -- they have jobs, and EVEN MORE IMPORTANT -- they're having babies!
Recently, we spent our customary "day" together to celebrate Sue's birthday. I took a blanket for Sue's new grandson. Because Kara (Sue's daughter) and her husband both work at John Deere -- I made a baby blanket for new-baby Ian. Here's Sue, holding Ian's new tractor blanket.
Sue took me into the cozy bedroom under the eaves of her beautiful remodeled farmhouse. There, on a little bed, was the blanket I made for Kara when she was born. (30+ years ago!) WHERE DID THE TIME GO?? How is it possible that we are grandmothers? It pains me to tell you that I had no memory at all of making Kara's blanket. That was a lifetime ago.
Apparently, Kara was born during my 'cross-stitch phase". lol. I honestly cannot remember EVER having that much TIME ON MY HANDS. Yikes! The funny thing is -- when I saw the little Snoopy fabric pillowcase on the bed -- THAT I remembered!
Sue assures me that her grandchildren love the little bed with the 30-year-old embroidered bunny quilt. Everything about our day made me think how lucky I am to have a friend like Sue. And what beautiful care she takes of everything. Her home, her family, grandchildren, quilts, friends...
Happy Birthday, Sue!! (too bad you don't do computers or have email...)