Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


Christmas Quilting

I finished a quilt.  Yes, you read that right.  Well, sort of.  It’s pieced, but not quilted.

I started this quilt several years ago and quickly got bored making star blocks.  I’d pack it away and every time I’d pull it out to work on it, I’d realize I didn’t have the pattern book with the quilt.  I’d search for the book, make a few more star blocks, and pack it away.

Last week, I pulled the bin out yet again, and started a google search for the pattern.  I think what finally yielded a photo was “Christmas star quilt”.  Score!!!!!  It’s a Brenda Riddle pattern from the book Comfort and Joy.  I ordered the book and finished the star blocks while I waited for the mailman.  Then I finished the quilt, and didn’t do it quite like the pattern anyway, because I was going to run out of fabric.


I think this will be one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever made when it’s quilted which will probably be two years from now.  The fabric is Roman Holiday by Three Sisters for Moda.  Don’t even bother looking for it.  It’s long gone.  I think I saw somewhere that the fabric came out in 2006.

And….another finish, though not nearly as major.  I started a scarf last fall with some squishy soft yarn that I actually spun worsted.  It should have been a quick scarf to knit, but for whatever reason, my ball of yarn seemed to go on forever.  I pulled it out the other day and decided it had to be finished.  Frankie had a band concert the other night.

Yep, that’s him playing the tuba.

Anyway, I finished the scarf!

It’s a big squishy roll.

It’s finished and I really like it.

And….there is weaving.

Only it’s not mine.  The Genius got a loom for Christmas….a little early.  She’s never had a lesson and this is her third project.

We call her The Genius for a reason.

And now I’m off to see what else I can finish.


Merry Valentine’s Day!

I did a little decorating this morning!

Nope!  I haven’t taken the tree down yet!  Superblonde had the brilliant idea right after Christmas to decorate the tree for Valentine’s Day.  She now says it was because she didn’t want to help take down the tree.  Oh, well! (Yes!  That’s Nascar on the tv in the background.  Hallelujah!)

I took all of the gold ornaments off the tree and left the lime green and purple.  I bought a couple of things at Target.  The big hearts are puffy foam.  They came in a huge package.

There are noises about an Easter tree and a 4th of July tree.  We’ll see how long suffering My Hero is.

I finished piecing a quilt.  I don’t love it, but some cool quilting may help.

The fabric is Frolic by Sandy Gervais for Moda.  The pattern is a freebie from Moda Bake Shop, called Easy as Cake.  I’m kind of done making quilts with great big pieces.  I like more detail than this.

I quilted an entire quilt yesterday and have another one loaded and ready to go.  More on that next week.

What else did I do this week?  I have to think.  We went to one basketball game, but missed the second one because Dreamboy got the stomach flu.  I ordered new glasses.  I did 11 loads of laundry.  I ran Mom’s taxi service.  I cooked, but not much.  It seems like everyone was here and there all week.

And I quilted.  A lot!  It was a good week.

I’m off to the grocery store.  There’s a teen party here tonight.  Pizza, Mountain Dew, and chocolate chip cookies are on the menu!


Hang On For The Ride

Ok, I need to write fast, because Mom’s Taxi Service begins in ten minutes!

Quilting…lots of it!  I finished this last week Monday and forgot to blog it.

This was a jelly roll sampler by Moose On The Porch Quilts.  I started it last March.  The fabric is Birdie by Me and My Sister for Moda.

I put this together last night.

The hand buttonholing is done on the four center squares.  Now I need to do the applique on the outside edge.

Up next is this fun fabric!

This is Java by Deb Strain for Moda.  The kitchen at My Hero’s office is orange with coffee cups.  This will be a fun project!

There has been knitting going on, but it’s a big green blob.  I started an afghan a couple of years ago, and all I found in the knitting bag was the chart.  It’s in Victorian Lace Today, so one of these days I’ll figure out what it is and blog it.

And on the home front, My Hero is repairing something in this house almost every day.  On Monday he headed up to work on some ice on the roof.

Yes, that is a Santa hat and he’s wearing Dreamboy’s goggles to protect from flying ice chunks.  And they were flying.  Sorry, ladies!  He’s my goofball.  Find your own.

Ok, gotta go warm up the taxi!


Quilting on the Brain!

After quilting all last week, I decided I needed to clean my sewing room.  Quilt retreat is in our basement, and I didn’t want to bring all that stuff back upstairs before I did some sorting.  My sewing room isn’t perfect, but it’s much better!

I have a finished quilt top to show you, but I cheated.  A couple weeks ago at our quilt day, my aunt was piecing a quilt and she didn’t like it.  I jokingly told her she could give me the quilt, and I’d give her some fabric.  Well, she took me up on the deal.  I had the border fabrics, so all I added were the red and the floral borders.

I love this quilt!!!  I got the pink polka dot flannel for the backing.  I’m probably not going to quilt this one for a while, because it’s going on the chair in Superblonde’s room…after she goes to college.  We’ve threatened to back a dumpster up to her window when she leaves.  Let’s just say her room is really bad!!!

The fabric is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  The pattern is Jelly and Jam by Fig Tree Quilts.  And no, Betty, you can’t have it back!  (She chose some Civil War prints in exchange!) I still can’t believe she didn’t like it, but I’m not complaining.

I also completed another quilt top that I’m so in love with, and I can’t show it to you!  It’s going to be in the next book by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures.  We had the rare pleasure of a show of some of the new quilts going in her next book.  You’re in for a treat, but not until spring market.   She finished the quilt that you see on her latest blog post.  She’s probably got it quilted by now.  She’s really fast!

I’m ready for a quiet week after a whole week of quilt retreat.  I’ve definitely got quilting on the brain, so there will be more of that.  I need to get going on some more knitting as well as some spinning.

Oh, and it’s laundry time!  And I need to do some cooking.  My long suffering family is ready for some good meals.

G’night all!  Have a great Monday!


I Slept So Good!

I have a new quilt on my bed!

My kids can’t figure out how their friends can sleep without a quilt on their beds.  They do feel so nice!

I love scalloped borders.  It takes a little more time, but it’s well worth it!

I started out with a total different idea when making this quilt, so I don’t have a pattern.  The fabric is Sweet by Urban Chicks for Moda.

This quilt makes me think spring….even though we just got another 10 inches of snow.

Gotta go!  There are ladies here ready to quilt.


Miles and Miles of Thread

This is where I spend a lot of my day yesterday.  I started quilting this last week, and I was determined to finish it!

I haven’t quilted anything since before Christmas, so what do I start on?  A king size quilt thats 116 inches square. I finished it at about 11 PM.  Dreamboy was ready to kick me out, because the longarm is in his bedroom.  (Actually, his bed is in my longarm room.  I was there first.)  I took the quilt upstairs and laid it out to look at it.  Then I just kind of shoved it out of the way and went to bed.

Here’s where the kids found Georgie this morning.

My project for today is to get the binding on it.  The hand stitching is going to take a while.  I’m thinking I’m going to scallop the borders.

I’ve been finding some stuff while digging through my sewing room that will offer further proof that I’m crazy.  More on that later!

I need to dig through a bunch of unfinished knitting projects too.  I’ll bet I can find some things I want to finish and maybe a few to frog.

I also found out that quilting and cleaning don’t go together.  My house is a mess.  I suppose I should do something about that today as well!

Time to get moving….maybe!  I should knit just a few rows first.  My knitting has been neglected this week!


Peace and Adrenalin

Those two words don’t go together, do they?  Except that’s what happens when I have time in my sewing room.  (The peace may have something to do with the fact that The Bickersons are all in school!)

The first project I tackled yesterday was a Block Of The Month.

This is the Designer Mystery Block of The Month from Fat Quarter Shop.    I was not going to sign up for this BOM, because I’m notoriously bad at getting them done.  Then I saw the first block, which was the Christmas gifts.  I was sold!  I’ve never done a BOM through Fat Quarter Shop before.  Let me just say that I’m really impressed.    The instructions are so well done and they’re extremely generous with the fabric.  I think there are a lot of the months that I could make a second block, especially if I ordered extra background fabric.  Each month is designed by a different designer.  For instance, the bottom right tree block was designed by my friend Heather of Anka’s Treasures.

Here’s a closer look at a couple of the blocks.

Now I have to wait for the next block.  That’s part of the reason I’m not great with BOM programs.  I’m an instant gratification kind of a gal.  Oh, well!!!

After that, I decided I wanted to try to make a Dresden Plate block.  I’ve been quilting for 25 years and I’ve never made one.  I bought the ruler a long time ago and lost it, so I bought another one!  I had to hunt for that one too.  I was going to use some scrap fabric, but I wanted it to be pretty.  So…I grabbed my Luna Notte Layer cake and started cutting.  Here’s my first Dresden Plate.

Aunt B, you were wrong!!!  This is really fun and easy!

I  played around with borders a bit too.

This is where the adrenalin part comes in for me.  By the time I was done digging through my Moda cupboard and getting more ideas, I was wired.

So wired that I went to bed at 3 AM.

Today, I’m doing laundry and sewing.  And making cookies.  It’s Frankie’s 10th birthday tomorrow and he wants to take cookies to school for his treat.  For dinner he wants a Papa Murphy’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza on The Big Green Egg.  That could be interesting.

This weekend we’re doing a little camping and four wheeling for Frankie’s birthday.  He’s bringing a friend and they’ll be busy guys.  That means I’ll have time to knit!  I started a new project, but I want to get a little further before I show you.  It looks like a blob at this point.

Gotta go reload the washing machine!  And all those little Dresden pieces are calling me.