Feb 27, 2013

Our Son's Wedding

This is just a quick post to say that last Saturday our son got married! Elise is an official member of our ever-growing family. There are 16 of us now-and that's just my husband and myself, our kids and kids-in-law, and our grands! We added two new members this month-our grandson and daughter-in-law.

The wedding was spectacular and the reception was a blast! I was so busy drinking in every moment that I forgot to take pictures and so until I have received some from the bride and groom, I have nothing to share. :(

I did make the ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket for the wedding. I think they both came out cute and I am going to post about them soon. I took pictures as I went along to do a sorta step-by-step tutorial of the basket-it definitely was one of a kind and I wanted to show that you can use your imagination and come up with your own ideas for projects like these. 

My Internet modem and wireless router are apparently not speaking to each other at this time. Not sure what their issues are-they need to kiss and make up-and so I am quickly blogging on my husband's work computer with his air card. I need to get this resolved so that I can get back on my own computer. 

Now that the festivities of February are behind me, it is time to start quilting again. Today I worked on swap blocks. I hope to be back online and posting pics and projects soon. Be patient with me.

Happy Quilting.

Feb 12, 2013

Sew Magazine

There are just some times in your life when everything is perfect and all your news is good news......and that feels so wonderful. Our first grandson just arrived 4 days ago and he is healthy and precious. Our youngest son's wedding is Feb 23 and we are so excited to have a new daughter in law. Our oldest daughter has designed a really cute fabric for Spoonflower's "Love is in the Air" contest. And our youngest daughter is featured in a magazine! Yes, life certainly is good. 

Sew Magazine is a monthly British publication featuring a wide variety of sewing projects. There is something for every style and taste in each issue. And each month the magazine also highlights a "blog of the month". This month that blogger is my daughter and her blog! 

Melissa started blogging in June 2010. Her blog is called Sew Like My Mom (which, of course, tickled the devil out of me.) She blogs about cooking, savvy shopping, and, of course, sewing. She makes clothing for both women and children and has tons of cute craft ideas. She has patterns for sale in her Etsy store and does awesome free tutorials on her blog. 

This picture is the page from the magazine where her blog is featured.

We have yet to find the magazine on any newsstand in the Atlanta area, but Melissa did download an issue. My friend, Tisha, who lives in England has sourced six magazines for us. We can't wait to see her in paper print! 

Yes, life is sweet and you have to take the time to savor the each and every moment. Blessings are everywhere if you take the time to look for them. 

Feb 9, 2013


My blog is called "Grammy Quilts" for a reason. It's because being a Grammy is, and always will be, my number one hobby and being a quilter is second. Everyone who knows me knows how much I adore my granddaughters. I always have a funny anecdote to share or a picture to show off. And when you have 6 granddaughters, you have a lot of great stories to tell!

Yesterday my life got even better! We added our first ever grandSON, Oliver, to our family! And he is a doll. He has three older sisters, ages 4 1/2, 3 (in 2 months), and 16 1/2 months who are crazy about him and I know they are going to spoil him rotten. 

This is the picture that my daughter posted on Facebook last night. When we visited the hospital, each of Oliver's sisters spent some special one-on-one time with him. My daughter captured the moments perfectly. I can't wait to have lots of fun stories to tell about Oliver too-but in the meantime, I have LOTS of pictures to show to everyone I see. 

Feb 7, 2013

Those funny someecards

I don't know why, but I am in love with these silly cards. Some of them really hit home and make me laugh out loud. This is my quilting life in someecards.

Why is it that after we spend time folding and storing our stash, we all realize that we "need" more fabric? Maybe a few more greens to round out that stack, or some fabric to  "go with" that fat quarter bundle you got at the last quilt show. Admit it~no matter how much fabric we have, there is always a new one that calls our name and wants to go home with us. So, off to the store I go, and then.......

Now, be honest here. You're guilty of this too, aren't you? We get inside a quilt shop and are carried away to another place where time stands still. There are so many goodies to distract us, we all suffer from ADD as soon as we walk through the door. Ten minutes or two hours~it's all the same. I just need a fat quarter of this one and a half yard of that one.....and maybe 4 yards of that one, because it is on sale and I could use it on the back of a quilt someday.  

This one makes me laugh the most! I have enough fabric to last me the rest of my quilting life~even if I live and quilt to be 100. And even then, I may still have some left to bequeath to my daughters and granddaughters, too. I am sewing it up as quickly as I can, but I do seem to be bringing in more than is going out. It may have something to do with the fact that I keep organizing my stash and then going to the quilt shop and buying "just a little bit more."

I am very generous with my stash, though. You can ask my friends. They'll tell you, if you see a piece of fabric in my stash that you think would look good in your next project, or just better in your stash than mine~it's yours. And I will never miss it, either! I guess I am shopping for us all when I go to the store. 

If your quilting life was on a someecard, what would it say?

Feb 6, 2013

Cigar Boxes

I just love Temecula Quilt Company. I am a huge fan of her store (though I have never been there because I live in Georgia and the shop is located in California, it is on my quilt shop bucket list). I also love her blog. My quilting friend, Tisha, has sent me gifts from Temecula Quilt Co. on numerous occasions. Their ruler boxes are adorable!! I have two of them.  :)

When Tisha sent me the link to this adorable picture from the Temecula Quilt Co. blog (November 11, 2012) I was totally enchanted. Tisha was in love with the box and had even called the quilt shop to see if she could order one for herself. 

Sheryl said that her husband made this for her from an old cigar box that her daughter found at a garage sale. She said it is a one of a kind and that if any of us are lucky enough to have handy husbands then maybe they could make them for us too.

That was all the permission I needed! I showed my husband the picture and asked him if he would make a few for myself and my friends. And of course, he said "yes"! My husband is an occasional cigar smoker and he had several boxes to donate to the cause. I also picked several up at the local cigar store and my friend Pam gave me several. I was ready for business. 

Since each box was a different size I divided them up a little differently. I looked for old yard sticks at several antique malls, but when that didn't yield what I wanted my husband just used strips of wood. It took about an hour per box to glue them up, and I am so happy with the results. 

Since I am doing a lot of hand applique these days I have been using this little box a lot! And I love it more than I ever thought I would. Thank you, Sheryl, and thank your husband too!! 

This one is mine.

This one is Pam's.

This one is Anne's. She hasn't decided 
how she wants to use it yet.

This one is Judy's-she sent me a blurry picture, but you can still get the idea. For this box my husband bought a new yard stick and put a light stain on it-he loved the look and wants to redo mine this way now! 

This box is Tisha's-this whole thing is because she saw the picture on Temecula Quilt Co. blog!

I hope you are inspired too-and if you have a handy husband, you can have a neat sewing box for your hand sewing supplies too.

Happy stitching.