Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stash Report

Nothing, I got nothing... :(  BUT, I had a wonderful week!  Our sweet Honey came to visit!  Soooo... I'm still sitting pretty at: 
                                    Fabric out YTD: 5.5 yds

So, even though NO sewing got done, we had a very productive week.  We enjoyed the mall...

And the park, but most of all each other, and can't wait to be together again!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Honey Comes to Visit

No sewing done yesterday, but we did have a very special visitor!  Our Honey came!!!  More pics to come, but for now I'll say we had a great first day, and look forward to two more. :)  How did we start out our visit?  Well, with a trip to Catfish Hole!  How many people drive from Orlando to Alma, Arkansas, for good catfish and hush puppies?  I know two that do!

Betty Smiles with her Honey

Little Guy with his Honey

My sweet Daddy with Dodge(and Bonnie Love being a toot and getting out of the pic!)

My Guys
Hope your day is as good as mine is going to be!

Monday, August 23, 2010


So, my kids have phones, and I can't tell you how many times I've told them to make sure those things are off and do not come out in church!  Well, remember the saying, "Do as I say and not as I do"?  Sunday night I looked to my right and could not resist taking my phone out to snap this picture.
Five Bibles open in a row, the oldest 16, the youngest 10, makes a momma's heart swell.  Just wanted to share. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stash Report

Can't believe a week has gone by since I was last on here!  I haven't even READ any blogs in the last week!  Must spend some time catching up.

This week started off with a bang! :)) Glory and I went north to a quilt shop that had recently changed locations.  Before shopping we stopped at Red Robin for lunch, yummmmm!  Then on to the quilt shop!  I picked up The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, by Laurie Aaron Hird, can't wait to get started on it!
And...3 3/4 yards of fabric, already used some of it tho...  They had one of the "no photo" policies, next time I think I'll explain more clearly WHY and HOW the photos would be used, I mean who doesn't want FREE advertising???  BUT I was just a little sneeky and got this quick one of the floor! Lol
Had to act like I was checking a text, and a lady that worked there even came and looked over my shoulder for a second! Lol

Anyway, we had a great time, and even stopped at a second Red Robin for milkshakes on the way home!

Got my second block done for my Stash Buster quilt, so that would make two so far...

For the rest of the week, I made one little dress, two pairs of little pants, and a TON of monogramming!

On to the stash report...
Fabric in:     3.75yds
Fabric in YTD :  12.25 yds

Fabric used:     3yds
Fabric used YTD:  17.75

Total Fabric out YTD:   5.5yds
(at least I'm still able to say out, lol)

On to another busy week!  My aunt from Orlando arrives on Tuesday, she has a job interview on Wednesday at noon, so everybody say a prayer!  We would so love to have her here!

Blessings to you all, jan

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stash Report

What a busy week and day!!!  Cousin's and Sister in Love have been here this week, and we have had fun, Fun, FUN!  They stopped by the house on Wednesday for final measurements for sundresses.  Thursday, they came by and picked up Little Guy could spend the night and play with Nifty.  Friday, Sister and I went and saw "Eat, Pray, Love."  Left Little Guy again, and brought home the Niceys.  Late night, up till 3!  On top of all that, back to school monogramming started this week!! Backpacks, towels, and lunch bags coming out my ears!  Thank goodness, I need the business!  AND today, Coach and Jewel celebrated 40 years of marriage.  We are so blessed!

On to the Stash Report...
                                      Fabric in: 0
                                      Fabric in YTD: 8 1/2yds(helps when you start keeping track in AUGUST;))

                                      Fabric used: 2 3/4yds
                                      Fabric used to date: 14 3/4yds

                                      Fabric in/out to date: -6.25yds

Many thanks to my webmaster, Jill.
Happy Anniversary!

M&M in their dresses

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stash Busters!

This morning, before anything else, I met with my good
This is my new mug.  I have two others I had been using, but my aunt(a nurse practioner) told me if the finish on the inside of your cup starts to wear away, and you see black, it's time for a new one!  so this is my choice.  Yeppers, it's from a set that belonged to my mom.<3

Remember the magazine I bought last week, well, the first block is completed!

I'm happy with it, most of the points came out ok.  My new favorite quote is, "If it's still ugly, you didn't cut it small enough!"  I have no idea who came up with that one, but it's great!  The goal is to only cut one 1 1/2 inch strip from each fabric in my stash for this quilt.  You may see a fabric in more than one block, but can't be more than one strip.  I think it calls for 140 strips, or 5.8 yards...? Think I can make it ,  uhmmmm....sadly(or gladly?), yeah I think I can.  Lol!!

Basketball started this week, that means cathedral windows came out of hiding.  Wonder how much will get done this year?  More to come on that one. 

Do you have pet progect that only comes out at certain times of the year?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stash Report

Ok, since Judy said last week that anybody could jump in I am.  My name is Jan and I am so new to all of this, but enjoying it so much!  I started quilting in the summer of 1999, at that time I was very into rubber stamping, but one afternoon a girlfriend, Sarah Kate, from, had me over and showed me how to paper piece.  The quilting bug bit me good, and, needless to say, my poor stamps have been boxed up ever since.  In the last two years I've grown a small business with my sewing, but I so miss my quilting. 

A WordsWithFriends buddy told me about her blog, Sewing Adventures(  I was very intrigued, and the rest, I am.  :)

On to the Stash Report

In: 8 1/2 yards (feel ok about it cause I DO have a plan for it. hehe)
Used: 12yards (helps that I made curtains, out of my stash, no less!)

Guess that means I'm at a -3.5

Hope it was ok to introduce myself, and many thanks to Jill( for answering my questions and walking me through. :) 
curtains are a great stash buster!

I promise to learn how to link to others by next week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sewing Saturday!!

Saturday is here and I am gonna sew!!  Archer and Dad left at 4 this morning for McAlister(sp), OK, for a big tournament, traditional all the way!
Archer doing what he loves
Dad and Little Guy
 So it's just me and the kiddos for the day. Not sure what THEY are gonna do, but I'm spending time with Aunt Bee!

And I might even crank up ol' Bertha!
See the map on the wall?  Well, this used to be our schoolroom, and I sewed in a smaller room downstairs.  We finally got our priorities in line and I moved upstairs!  I did keep the ironing board downstairs, makes me check on my sweeties, and helps me get my steps in everyday. ;)  Yes, there is a method to the madness.
Happy Saturday sewing, to you!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stash Busters

Ok, think of movie theme songs, see if you can guess what I'm thinking...the words go something like this:  When the fabric over flows, and you can't walk thru the room, who ya gonna call?  Stash Busters!
When all you can say is, "oh, where is that?" Who you gonna call? Stash Busters!

isn't he a cutie
Lol! Yeah, I know I'm corny, but you gotta give me an A for effort.  Really, my stash makes me incredibly happy.  Just to see it and touch it.  Just last night Bonnie Love said, "Good night, mom.  Have fun ironing."  Lol! BUT it has gotten out of hand.  I'm so very blessed to have a room in our home, just for my sewing, and I must apologized to my sweet hubby for the mess I have let it become. 

So what do I do?  Bring one more thing home, of course!  I bought this Monday.
 It's full of great ideas for busting up a stash that's been sitting for a while.   There are three quilts I want to make for sure in there.  It also featured 4 sewing studios.  I don't know about you, but I love seeing where other people work!  The front cover also sported the words, "Get Organized!"  Seriously, who could resist? 

I've already started cutting strips for the quilt on the cover.

Can you guess what color I started with?  Just now getting to the blues.  Go, me, cutting into that stash an inch and a half at the time!  I know it doesn't sound like much, but it does make me feel better.  A lot of these fabrics have been inherited, you see, I've lost my Mom and Grandma, both in the last two and a half years.  With all I had before, then all of their fabric, well, let's just say, I'm blessed.  I feel them with me, and know how pleased they would both be to know they are still physically providing for me, even now.  One day I'll get to tell them thank you, again!! Now that a post that was supposed to be funny, has brought me to tears...I better get to work.  Got some more strips to cut!!

I was just wondering what's your favorite way to bust up your stash?

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Home Improvements Can Include Sewing! :))

Well, the last couple of weeks have been busy! We have all been working hard, including our sweet neighbors Amen and Glory.  One day I sent Archer a text that said, "Amen is picking up your yard, and Glory is sweeping my floor."  Praise the Lord for good neighbors!!  It has all been worth it, the house has been appraised and come in at exactly what we needed it to!  Can you say, God answers prayers!  We finished painting the kitchen
where we had been keeping up with heights on the dry wall

My sweet Daddy brought me this from Pennsylvania two years ago.  It's the first thing you see when you come in our front door(did I tell you I painted the front door black? Love it!).  So this year he brought me this! just happened to have the exact color in the  quilt, as we had put on the wall, yeah...I'm smiling. :)

Our kitchen cabinets had these plastic inserts in them, and I forgot to take a picture with them in, but I remembered to take one without.
Then I made some curtains, and this is what we ended up with...(all fabric came from my stash! Go me!!)
Now just to make curtains for the windows!  As you can tell our house is a little different.  But I think it fits us, I tell people think Silver Dollar City meets Big Cedar Lodge, more on the SDC side.  Lol!

What's been your most recent home improvement project?