Thursday, February 11, 2010

My little 'Cooker Man'

Jud says when he grows up he wants to be a 'Cooker Man.' Last week John's sister, Dawn, sent him an email with a link to a web site of her business, Dawn to Dusk. She makes little aprons with matching hats for kids. John saw them and immediately placed an order with her for an orange (John's favorite color) set for Jud. We got them in the mail today and I got no peace until I started supper so he could help me. He cut up the onions for me. This is the first time I have let him use a sharp knife. He usually hacks away with a butter knife. Hope I haven't created a problem for myself. He was so proud of his new stuff and that he could help Mommy now. Thanks Dawn!

He is so proud he gets to use a big person's knife.

His eyes started burning from the onions. I was helping him try to get it stopped.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Year and a half in the making

For a long time I have wanted to make a Log Cabin Quilt. One day, going thru my scraps of material I decided I was going to start. Being the idiot I am, I gave no real thought to what I was doing, I just started cutting out strips of material. Not until I started sewing them up did I realize how small those strips were going to be once they were sewn up! Oh well! I wasn't going to stop now!!!
I started in July, a year and a half ago, working on it pretty steady, in between gardening and canning and such. Then I had to put it away to work on Christmas projects. Another project came along, then another, then I was sewing dresses for Brittany's wedding. After Christmas this year I was pondering on some resolutions I would like to make and one thing that came to mind was "Finish some of your projects." This quilt top was on the top of the list.
I am proud to say, "I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED IT!!!" It is King size, made to fit our bed. It is just the top right now. I plan to buy some material for the back, some batting, and take it over to Boise to my friend to quilt it with her long-arm machine. No way am I going to quilt this by hand!
It is not perfect, by any means. Some of the seams are crooked, the color scheme wasn't in any real order, (was just trying to use up scraps of material I had), so I won't show the actual product to too many people so they can't see the sloppy job that was done. I hope my friend doesn't cringe too hard at all the mistakes. But guess what???!!! I am proud of it! I did it all by myself and it is my first one! After this, the strips will be bigger and much easier to put together, and all the seams will hopefully be straight and line up!

This is a close-up of a couple of blocks so you can kind of see how it was put together.

Next project? Well--I have a couple of dresses to make for my nieces, then I have some more squares cut up to make a twin quilt. They are much easier! When that is done, I have tons of old jeans I want to sew up into quilts for camping and using for picnics and such. After that....Oh man, do I have lots of ideas and patterns of quilts I want to do! I hope my children like homemade quilts because I plan on keeping them supplied!