Monday, May 23, 2011

Good to Wow!!!

Hey, friends! Thank you for the sweet words about the quilt! I truly do appreciate it! More projects are underway here, but for now, I need to share a really cool "God moment" with you!

As we were going out of town late yesterday afternoon, my eagle eyed hubby spotted something on our neighbor's fence post. He drove slowly toward it and stopped to see our reactions. Y'all, it was a hawk! He was just perched on top of the post looking around his open fields. It was so cool! I grabbed my camera and changed the lens to a zoom because I thought he would quickly take flight. He did not! That critter just sat and posed for me to take 50 million shots! Wish I could say that about my boys!!! Oh, well.

Here is the before picture. I have done absolutley nothing to enhance the shot. And, this preditor was in full sun. So, the sun is filling my camera to boot. Can't wait to give this a try and see what happens. I will post my after shot on Thursday and let you see how it turns out.

I just hopped over to Jill's blog to link up with her photos this week, and oopsie! She has a great sooc (straight out of camera) challenge. It's using sidewalk chalk! Oh, well, I will just show y'all what I do with this critter on Thursday. But, for cool ideas and pics with fun chalk, go visit Jill!

Y'all have a great day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quilting 101

Each time I begin to blog, I start out with an apology as to why I haven't touched the keyboard in a while. Hmm.....I think it's called groceries, committee meetings, editing, planning graduation parties, planning birthday parties, church, substituting, running.... life in general! Sorry--once again! I have finally decided to just forgive myself and hope you do the same! You can catch up with my "exciting" life on facebook if I haven't blogged in a month or so!

One thing that I have been working on is a quilt for child #1' s graduation. Back in the dark ages, when I taught school 180 days out of the year, a wonderful parent volunteer made a quilt for my classroom. It was precious! She had each of the children paint their hand prints on squares, and she sewed them together for a lovely wall hanging. I believe in "paying it forward", so I too made small quilts for the boys' teachers when they were little. I loved doing this.

I have a tendency to save things. Maybe it's the teacher in me--who knows! But, I saved special t-shirts that the boys had worn from the age of 4 until now. I thought in the back of my head, "one day I'll make them a quilt!" Well, stacks of t-shirts moved with us for three house moves! My hubby kept asking if I really was going to use them!

In January, I pulled them out. I had thought about using the old-fashioned poster board template--like the ones I had used for the teacher quilts. But....these shirts were pretty big! I broke down and went to Wal-mart and purchased real, live quilting templates and a rotary cutter! That cutter is amazing!!!!! One cold  afternoon, I sat down in front of the tv and began cutting. And, cutting, and cutting. Two hours later, I had a stack of 36 t-shirt squares. I was a little impressed that they really were all symmetrical! Having the right tools does help the process!

I began piecing them together--the dining room table makes a great workstation! The pieces got bigger and bigger. I finally pieced them together and added the batting and the back. Whew! Now, in the middle of the project, my handy dandy 20 year old sewing machine died. It really did. It's in the trash dump! So, I borrowed a sweet friend's machine and completed the project. I finished the hand sewing before lunch today. So, yes, even Runnermom can complete a project that's been in the recesses of her mind for many years. That in itself is an amazing feat! And, I get to do it again in 3 years when child #2 graduates! Mercy!!

What projects do you have going on now? Or, what do you want to learn to do? Summer is the perfect time to start a new project. You may not finish it bythe time school starts in August, but that's ok. Just learn to forgive yourself!

Sweet Blessings,