Note: Choose Batting Wisely

I was going through some past uploaded photos.  (wish i had a new camera) This is my daughters quilt.  We made it together - with our 4-H group in Arizona, great group (hello C.H.E.V.Y. kids!) ... gosh, that was about 10 years ago...  We each swapped fabric (cut in 5" squares and they were sewn together with individual accent and sashing.  I have a group photo - somewhere, I should scan it it  (thank's to the old man for the NEW scanner, TONS of photos to scan!) ...ANY way
.... About a year ago i took them both apart. In our rush to finish them, probably because i more than likely had a coupon, a Toddler and in a hurry, we used this crummy batting ... and then mostly tied the quilts, (i quilted mine in the sashing - a real bear to remove) ...
This is what becomes of crummy batting when you love  your quilt and use it, as intended, and wash it ... who knew.  Pretty uncomfortable when you want to cuddle with it. especially when your not feeling well (like now, which is why i probably am missing it)  If I never slept,&  lived a perfect life, i would have repaired them - IT would have made a great Christmas gift for the girl. I don't even have my Christmas Tree up... i just can't get in the mood...
at least someone appreciates bad batting!
 But, truth be told it's not a perfect world - this year has been what this batting looks like, crappy.  SO, in the future - we hope to make better choices.  We have learned our lesson about batting ...
Life doesn't come with instructions ... but, there are great quilting instructions, and i am happy to learn from both!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Vanilla Candles
Sound of: Trains in the distance
Taste of: Cinnamon & Orange Spice Tea
Sight of: Video of my Grandson
Feel of: Freshly made bed

Good Things about Today:
- Great day to sleep, jipped work
- Peter made Stromboni for dinner
- That i am starting to feel better, finally
- That my family is safe.


Merry Christmas to me... Thanks KCMQG!

Another Reason i love the KCMQG! I won the Kona Color Card!
... so i got to take it off my wish list!
How great is that!? ... I would love to show you the fun 2.5sq's of fabric that i received in the swap, or my Hot Pad from Petra ... from our Log Cabin Hot Pad Swap with our Modern Guild sisters in Portland.
 I will get pictures posted later ...
... truth be told, i feel crummy
... and am typing this with one old kitty laying on me to keep warm.
.. quite comical to picture...
~ but, instead, I am going to show-n-tell the Habitat quilt top/back that i completed - but Have not had time to quilt yet ... but am looking forward to playing with some techniques
... SO, the next time you see this 'ugly thing' (as my daughter calls it)
... will be when it is completely quilted, bound and  DONE!
(i finally got these pictures uploaded,
one step forward, two steps back!) 
McCaroll Habitat Challenge Fabric Bundle
Habitat Front
Habitat Back
 The weather kind of has me down... But, i have had a chance to briefly hang out in my studio to play with the KC Scrappy Bee Blocks ... Forrest & Fields for Nancy 
 ... I have been missing in action from blog-land, mostly cuz i just have not found my life that thrilling, besides hearing my son play the BASS & the Orchestra presentation of 'A Night at the Movies'
... But, i hope to show you soon what i am making for my grand-son!!! super excited about that! ...
i guess i can tell you, as he cant read yet! ...
  =D  It's a Quiet Book! 
... for now, i have to go let the dog out, she fell down the stairs earlier and was a little freaked out, and flattered we all ran to check on her! 
Keep WARM! 




~ these are a few of my favorite things! ~

*Update* Habitat Challenge TOP finished
...working on piecing the back! ...
heading back into my *happy place* ...


WIP Wednesday: Habitat Countdown!

Just wondering ... Will i get done?
... Will i get the back pieced? 
... will i get it layered?
Will it get Quilted in one week?
... will there be binding on it by the KCMQG November meeting?
The weather is cold and chilli - and i MISS my studio,
but i come home from work exhausted,
... i go in to change out of my work clothes
my bed is so warm and inviting. My kitty needs to cuddle.
I need rest, so i will go to bed early and DREAM about finishing it.
... i have ideas for making the back fun
... but for now i will finish the top (nearly done!)
... just the finishing the final vertical seams! ...
Habitat Design Wall - Sneak Peek!
... see how well the fabrics play with the Linen? ...
Even though my daughter came home from a visit from Kstate,
and exclaimed:
"omg mommy, that is the ugliest thing i have ever seen on your design wall!"
~ it's kind of grown on me
... KINDA!

I'm getting excited to see what the other's have come up with,
it's so fun to see the diversity we can come up with the same fabrics!
~ i'm looking fw to show-n-tell ... 
See ya' next week! 


Just a couple reasons to LOVE the KC Modern Quilt Guild ...

Quilt Show ... Beautiful day and quilts! ... 
a few weekends earlier ~ our very own "Iron Quilter" Competition!
...just a couple reasons ... 


To Do: make ~ "Love in the Mist Block"

Grey, Aqua, Red, Love in the Mist Block by oneygirl

Grey, Aqua, Red, Love in the Mist Block, a photo by oneygirl on Flickr.

I am smitten w/this block - i want to make it in ORANGE! ...

Modify Tradition


Kleenex Box Quilt

Kleenex Box Quilt by lollyquiltz
Kleenex Box Quilt, a photo by lollyquiltz on Flickr.

Not mine! ... I love what Carla can do ~ when i grow up i want to be her! ... I visit her blog nearly every day for inspiration! ...
Today, she is off having fun ... yes, when i grow up I am going to make beautiful things and go on vacation...
~ until then, i am off to work! ...


SaTurDaYs StaSh! ...

Playing w/Solids! 

... and working on my habitat challenge, inspired by
and something else ....to Bust my Stash! ...

Bullseyes ...for Butterflies "tutorial"

1. Start with a 10" square of Black background fabric
2. Freehand cut an 8" circle  .. 6" and 4" circles ...
>>  Using a  small stitch length eyeball the seam allowance ...
3. Flip-n-Snip ... on the BACKSIDE to reduce bulk ..
... (remember - raw edges show) ...REPEAT!    =0)

{If you making these for the KC Scrappy Bee ..
No need to quarter them, i may choose some to remain whole
... or not, I will be turning them into FLOWERS!}


ButterFlieS aRe FreE ~ or~ aka: ButterFly Garden!

Bulls Eye 
~ Just a little something For my KC Scrappy Bee Buddies
to Create & Play with My [round I] Wonky Butterflies ...
... BULLS EYE Tutorial to follow! 

NOTE: {Basically - 10" squares - with 8", 6" and 4" Centers}
Vintage by {h}art - has a fairly easy Tutorial,
yes Like "LOLLY'S"  with RAW EDGES  or Nikki's Circles =0)
Bee Buds, Have fun with these! PLEASE
~ Not to worry about STRAIGHT LINES ...
~ Freehand cutting  & 'eyeball' your circles! 
... basically keeping the CENTERS BRIGHT  
... but using the BLACK background fabric provided, 
Please add whatever scraps you  may have 
that will add an energetic variety 
-(if you need more fabric let me know!) ~ thank you! 

>>feel free to  Google Bulls-eye Quilt
     ~ there are some fun examples out there! .... 

Roolz ~ basically: NO PINK ALLOWED ~ Round II
{Bee -Mates: I have given you 3 different backgrounds, 
& 2 basic BRIGHTS.
*don't worry about cutting them into 4ths when you are done, 
i will do that when i get them back} ... 
Please make at least 2 ... up to four would be nice, 
if you have 10" square you would like to add for variety =0)
... I will be adding leaves & turning them into 'flowers' ~ 
... to make my Butter Fly Garden! 

More to follow ... 
 [I have been experiencing some Technical Difficulties]

Purdy Pleeze with a cherry on top ... with a few of the scraps, or what not's ... would you please sign your name on a piece of whatever... and i'm going to make a crazy patch with all our names on it for the back ...Label!  ...PLZ also include your BLOG/Flickr Name/info.  
cuz that would be fun! ...


To Blog? ... or to Quilt ...

... off to PLAY with the Habitat Fabrics ... 
AND catch up on BEE Blocks ...
Later: Upload photos and Blog ...  NOW: Sew! ... See Ya!


{SaTuRdAy'S StaSh}

Trying to Use what I've got .... 
or not?
 & accepting the Challenge w/ KCMQG  

Getting ready to PLAY! 
... because aparently i don't have enough projects ;0)
... truth be told: it's my therapy... 
now if i could find the energy to cut into THIS: 
ok, ok - the top three are NOT part of the collection, 
( They are the 'cherry on top' )
 my purchase from my good friend at Marmalade!



Nothing fabulously creative to report.  
Surviving the heat ... one Heart Beat at a time ...
Sometimes LIFE just get's in the way.
I'm terribly Tardy on my Bee Blocks 
and apologize - i promise to get to them ASAP,
and be a better Blogger ...

Here's to the worst MAY ever ... I started to feel like
The Cardiac Unit was my home ...

Leaving in the 'Wee Hours' - to get young son off to school
~ FINALS WEEK~ (of course!)

Teddy & I saw Papa off just after he had  his 'feel good cocktail'
Hubby had Open Heart Surgery
and has spent the summer recovering.
Prayers have gotten us through, thanks!


Easter Blessigs to you & yours

Today I am GRATEFUL FOR ~ technology & my family!

May Christ,
Our Risen Savior,
always be there by your side
Bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear,
  &  Bless you
most abundantly ~


Sunday Something

Alex & Shawna: Happy 6mo Anniversary!

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~ But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, 
Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control ~ 
Galatians 5:22-23


by Samantha

... i was going through my photos, and found this Picture of how my daughter spent her Christmas Break - making this GIANT quilt as a gift!  She is amazing. The back is super cool - it's reversible -- maybe she can steal it back long enough to get a picture of the back! She is amazing ... to me she is PERFECT!

 ... i WISH she would come sew with me this weekend!

Handmade by Heidi


Mason: "forever 9"

Celebrate LIFE

We got together to CELEBRATE Mason, who will be "FOREVER 9"
Releasing 9 green balloons, his favorite color,
& ONE white Balloon, Representing Eternal Life.
Coincidentally, his middle name, 'Arik' means: FOREVER .


A Quilt for Mason ... & his Grandma, Kay!

I love Kay's sewing Room! .. it feels like HOME!

~ Kay is an awesome lady in our Starlight Small group ~ she is a ray of sunshine! I love her smile and strength.  I fell in love with her little creative corner - and she graciously let me share ~
... I've also included pictures of her grandson Mason - you may remember the QUILT we worked on for him - 'Some of his Favorite things' ~ I have been blessed to share this project with my quilting friends. Just wanted to share an update ...
Prayers for Kay and her family!


Once Upon a Time: Hoffman Challenge, BUTTERFLY Fabric ...

... and some of My First Hand dyed fabrics! ... i LOVE this
... it makes me smile ...
? Why have i Not finished it? Well, because i love it so much it deserves better quilting than i feel confident to do ... ? Because it was so wonderful that it inspired me to do other things; a catalyst to MORE fabric & MORE ideas...?  because  we MOVED!?! ... I started it while we lived on Jacinto, (Mesa, AZ) before Derek was born (GADS! where did fifteen years go?!) THEN, we moved to Navarro (Mesa, AZ) ... it went on a Mom's retreat with me ... It moved to Grand (Mesa, AZ) where i pinned it on the wall for inspiration and a reminder to finish it ... It supervised while i made baby quilts for friends and Project Linus. It overlooked as i STARTED SEVEN wedding quilts (still WIP's).  It has moved to Kansas with me, Lenexa and now Olathe. IT is now  WAS UP in my studio
... It has moved with me five  SIX times!
.... (btw that is FUCHSIA NOT PINK that is surrounding the lovely orange, because we all know, i DON'T do Pink! !) I am in love with the hand dyed muted purple border. Maybe i don't want to finish it until i hand dye more fabric, yeah, that's it! Perhaps it is simply a reminder that I am a PROCESS person, rather than a PROJECT person.  I like to LIVE WITH my projects, rather than crank them out, because lets face it, when i finish things i tend to give them away!
& i'm not done living with this one! 
... it is on the TOP of my handwork basket in my studio ... 


... " a chair of your own" ... ?

~ oops, i've done it again ... spent time blog hopping and gaining terrific inspiration
... and it's OK!
 I grant myself permission for some 'me' time - It's a beautiful day for sure.  I have gained inspiration to be more with less: mini lessons and enjoy my space ... (i really am not sure i got to those links, other than, i have a few fav's and each day i log on, with a cup of coffee and start hopping for 15 min or so~ i love where my blog-friends lead me! .... If you have a favorite link that inspires you ~ please share below~! LEAVE A COMMENT... and see what happens!)
"Every woman must have money and a room of her own ... " Virginia Woolf

So, whilst enjoying my 'space' recently and working on the KONA Challenge ... this has been my Work In Progress (WIP) ... i'm taking a moment away from it to start on the Strarlight Mystery quilt, (i will show you my fabric choices when i get them uploaded ... I am i bit behind there!) One step forward, two steps back! ...  Here is the Process of what i have so far ~>

~ so FIRST i thought i would group them by color 
and do a 'split 4-patch' variation ... 

~ then i moved them around and thought it a bit 
... i dunno ...boring? ...
~ now it's kind of taken on a mind of it's own and turned into a traincrash! ... I think i may want to regain some control... ? Playing a bit with the improv style ...So, folks, this is what happens when you are tired of patterns, play with color and too many ideas collide!
~ what do you think?


Gettin' Busy ... quick peek

Just a peek, I'm not telling anything more, but I am forcing myself to work a little more in the 'Improv style, and it is harder than i thought to be more 'free form' ... i'm finding myself stopping to think and trying to just play! ... I've done it before, but life was different then.  Simple. 
due date: this Thurs ... ack!

KCMQG Kona Solids Challenge
{~ Thx to Nikki ~ for taking great picts! ~}