>U is for…

>Up and posting photos again! Yes, I am a happy camper (to say the least) so what have I been doing?

We, my oldest daughter and I, have been making boa scarves for a Halloween swap over at MJF, ruoughly 14 of these.

I have also been working on the mini yoyo quilt and the normal cd yoyo quilt.

I have also been taking my oldest kid to school and taking care of the one that fell down the stairs and the one that got pink eye, who is also the oldest, while I wasn’t posting pictures. I thought about taking a picture of her, the pink eye one, the first day of the infection. Can we say she looked like Quasimodo? Sad but true, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings by posting a picture of her that way, so I changed my mind.

I also made my block for quisic in the swap on flickr, the block of the month group. Since it is going to be mailed one day late, I also made next month’s block for her, too, as an added bonus and apology. So she will get one Aug. block and one Sept. block.
blocks for quisic

>T is for ….

>Time to look at a new version of an old tried and true favorite: the Cathedral Windows quilt. Over at Hyena In Petticoats there is a tutorial, but it has a twist on the old favorite; it has batting in it. Check it out if you ever wanted to make this type of quilt. If you do make some, please add them to the flicker group about Cathedral Windows Quilts. You can also check out her old blog on paper string cloth.
Cathedral Window Quilts /Robbing Peter to Pay Paul /Orange Peel. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>S is for…..

>September block of the month.

Block of the month. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

This upcoming month in the flickr group the block that will be swapped is the Disappearing Nine patch. Please feel free to check out the group and join in on the fun. You don’t have to swap to be a member. If you are a great seamstress and don’t need truing up, start with a 4-inch block. However, to get the desired block of 10 inches finished (10 1/2 unfinished), most people need truing up; so, start with 4 1/2 or 4 1/4 for fudge factor. I hope I can post photos soon; this is driving me a little crazy. I would suggest starting with 4 1/4; that is what I did. It’s easy to do with little truing up but it is needed, truing that is.

Disappearing 9 patch
This block is not mine; it is fairbanksfancygoods and she gave me permission to post this so you could see what the block looks like when done. Please check out her photos on flickr.

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1. butterfly pillow, 2. suzyhomemakers mini quilt is done, 3. This block is made by clare, 4. 1st finished butterfly for curtain, 5. lt and dk pink tatting, 6. hex granny squares, 7. more antique tatting, 8. antique tatting,9. front, 10. redwork butterfly signature block, 11. style d, 12. layette set, 13. crazy daisies, 14. flower tutorial, 15. English Paper piecing tutorial, 16. bubble gum pink quilt #1,17. lazy daisy week 3, 18. back side dove, 19. felt snow man done, style:christmas colors

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

>R is for…

>Rock-n groups on flicker that I am a member of but not admin.

Babette Blanket. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrHexagon Love. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrCRAFT. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
Doll Quilt Challenge. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrSewing Tools & Accessories. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
I Made it Myself. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
Corners of My Home. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
thrift and craft, formerly recycled yarn. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>Q is for …

>Quite cute little girls. We went to a picnic with friends last night and did Karaoke in the park. Here is our daughter and one of the other little girls singing their hearts out. Pretty funny because neither one can read, so as you can guess they where making up their own words to the second verse of twinkle twinkle little star. Since my computer is still not talking to my camera, this was actually emailed to me from one of our friends after the picnic; sorry for the poor quality, but cameras on phones are that way.

We played a barter game there where every one brings items to trade. As you can see, my daughter ended up as a Harry Potter Pirate; not sure what that is, but she was happy about it, because her shirt is Kim Possible. Maybe it is a Harry Possible Pirate or something like that. This is the butterfly girl that tried to fly down our stairs head over heals. Hard to tell, but she has a shiner on her left eye from the whole thing. However, as you can see, in typical 5-year-old fashion nothing keeps them down for long. Even if mom had to say more than a dozen times, “Slow down; don’t run you might hurt yourself again.” I think I am more worried than she is!

>P is for….

>Pictures, or in this case, no pictures! My computer is not talking to the memory card of my camera, so this might take a little bit before I can post pictures again.
If you are into the tatting challenge, here is a site with a few patterns and lovely examples of tatting.

>O is for….

>OOOOHHH!! so pretty. This is the rainbow that I saw on the 18th of this month while I was at my daughter’s soccer practice. It was actually a double rainbow, but the other didn’t show up well in the photos. In the next photo you can sort of see the second one right over the telephone pole, the right most pole, arching the same way as the predominate rainbow. A few of the girls on the team were worried about getting hit by lightening because of the clouds. Click here to see a big version of this photo to see if you can see it, too. Once in new picture, click on it again for even a bigger image and better view of rainbows. Leave me a comment if you can see it, too. the weird thing about the second rainbow is the colors looked reversed to me. I have never seen one like that — have you? I did a little bit of research on the reverse rainbow and that is normal; go here near bottom of page to find out more.

double rainbow hard to seerainbow

O is also for OUCH……..Sorry I didn’t post this yesterday like I had planned, but my 5-year-old daughter fall down our stairs and I had to take her to the doctor. She had 3 vertebrae out in her neck, 2 in her upper back, and one in her lower back from the whole thing. The chiropractor adjusted her, and she felt much better. He said it was good she was only 5, because their bodies bend easier (little kids, that is) than adults; other wise he thinks her neck would have broken from hitting the stairs three times on the way down. She sort of cartwheeled her way down with out putting her hands out to brace herself, so she now has a slight case of whip lash. He said if she had broken it where she wrenched it, she might have been paralyzed from the fall. We think she hit her teeth together each time she hit the stairs, and now her teeth hurt. Luckily, her tongue didn’t get caught between her teeth because that could have been real bad, too. Long story short, I am very grateful all she has is whiplash and not being paralyzed.

>N is for…

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antique tatting, originally uploaded by sunshine’s creations.

Number Nine in 25 motif challenge.

This is a photo of one piece of tatting that is in a salesman tatting sampler that hangs in my front room c. 1900.
Look at that price: 55 cents a yard. Wow, wish I could buy it for that price now!

Pattern starting with chain on left:

ch1: ch 4 picot ch 8 picot chain 8 picot ( future join place safety pin here to find this spot easily later), chain four

r1: 9 picot term 1 (join 5th picot to starting point)

**ch2: chain 5ds

r2: 9 picot term 1

chain3: 5ds( future join here*), ch 4, picot (future join), ch 8, picot , ch 8, picot( future join), ch 4

3r: 9 picot term 1, form join on 5th picot to first future join* on chain3** repeat

Please look at photo to see where joins are.

My other items for this challenge are here.

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vintage crochet threadI used antique crochet cotton for this. Now, I wish I had not because it is a little too floppy for my tastes. Maybe I will do #10 with this same pattern but with tatting thread.
DO NOT USE THIS PATTERN TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

>M is for…

>Motif #8 = finished

tatted edging

This is my edging, all done for #8 on to # 9 for the “25 motif challenge“. This is just shy of 2 yards long. If you want to see the others I have done, go here.

Photos from salesman tatting sampler.
Pattern from the pink one; the blue and purple have a tiny bit different stitch count.

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