The Economy Block Quilt Wagon

DSCN2312I am not immune to all the economy quilt blocks that are popping up all over Flickr and instagram. They are all just so stinkin adorable. It just so happens I have procrastinated an entire year on making a baby quilt for my nephew, a year and a half if you count when my sister-n-law was pregnant. Well my nephew Trevor turns one years old at the beginning of February and these economy quilt blocks will make a perfect baby/toddler blankie.

DSCN2258Here is what I am using. I am using a fabric panel titled “a fun day in the jungle” along with pulled fabric from my stash. I don’t have an exact quilt design plan yet. I will make up maybe 12 of these blocks and see if I need more or not. For my economy blocks I am using a 5 inch fabric center with a 4.5 inch middle round and outside is 5.75 inch trimming as I go. I prefer to make larger triangles then necessary that way I can trim them down to square up. My block size squared up are coming out at 9 1/2 inches. If you are interested in making some economy quilt blocks you can find the tutorial at Red Pepper Quilts blog

DSCN2301Here is my January block for my quilting bee. I joined the Stash Bee for 2014. There are actually 12 hives this year and I am in Hive #8. Kat is our Hive Mamma and also our Queen Bee for January. She blogs over at FlutterKat. She requested a Tonganoxie 9 patch block in colors of grey & aqua. I enjoyed making this block and am looking forward to seeing all the blocks our hive members request. My month to be the queen bee is May. I have a few ideas we will see how many times I change my mind by the time May rolls around.

DSCN2217We just had a 3 day weekend and spent the majority of it in our pajamas. My little Minnie me insisted on trying out some hair curlers after seeing me with hot curlers in my hair. Yes I am 41 and still play with my hair. Yes for no reason at all I plugged in the old hot curlers and rolled them up in my hair just see what it would look like. I had not curled my hair with curlers in many years and yet I have a linen closet with random bags of curlers and 2 hot curler sets. I had fun rolling Chloe’s hair and telling her all about when I was a little girl and going to bed with curlers in my hair and how we would sit under a large weird object with a dome and holes that blew warm air drying your head full of curlers.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

On My Mind Mondays

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Welcome to what’s on my mind. I thought I would start a little spot for me to unload some of the things that I am thinking about or into at the moment. I use this blog as a journal in a way and I thought it would be nice to look back and see what interested me. You know the whole reminiscing of remember when I was obsessed with “fill in the blank”?. Anyway here are something’s on my mind.

Kumquat-treeIt never fails this time of year when it gets super cold, I always start dreaming about gardening. I start to think about what I might plant in the spring. Unfortunately we are still renting so major gardening will not take place here. I am not going to rule out a little gardening and of course there is always container gardening. Last year I clipped out an article on Kumquat Trees and how they do well planted in pots. I have been googling these trees for several months now and learning what conditions they like and how to care for them. As soon as there is no chance of a freeze I will be scoping out local garden nurseries for one of these babies to call my own. Yes I can see it now once I have it and planted in a perfect pot looking at it everyday and hoping for it to fruit. Does anyone else think about plants like this and the future plants they might have?

Thumbnail_DA4_TeaseOk I just need to put this out there. Finally the next season of Downton Abbey started last week. This show makes me giddy. It is like an event when I watch it. I usually work on my stitching and make sure there is no outside distractions. I sit and let it evolve in front of me and think thru out how much I love this show.

alex and sierraOk occasionally I will watch the singing talent shows that come on. I started watching the last season of X Factor and was hooked from the beginning due to these two people Alex & Sierra. I love their voice combination. At first I was drawn to Alex he was text book the type that I fall for. Then after watching the two of them together you can not help but fall for the both of them. When they sing it is so genuine it gives me a feeling of right now in the moment and being a live. My favorite song they did on the show was a remake of One Directions song titled “The Best Song Ever” I love this song and at any given moment I am singing it in my head. You can find the Utube video of them singing it HERE I can not wait for them to put out an album.

Tweed - miaslandliv blogThis photo is from Mias Landliv blog. This photo makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I have been following Mia’s blog for a long time and her photos are always breath taking. This was beauty overload for me with the cable knitted pillow in the background with the crochet blanket on the side and then the wowzer stack of tweed fabrics in the center. Seriously I had visions of my own stack of tweed fabric and all the wonderful things I would make with them. This is one of those images I will file away and someday maybe in a few months or in a few years I will be in some quilt shop or fabric store and will come across possibly a bundle of tweed or wool fabrics and I will have to have it.

Well there it is a little window into what has been twirling around inside my head. I will end this with a quote by Emerson. I do love a good quote.

Emerson

Happy New Year 2014

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Happy New Year! Wow a whole new year ripe for new beginnings and a clean slate. On Christmas Eve Chris and I got to bed a little after midnight after setting up for the next days festivities. Chloe promptly woke us up at 5:00 am. As you can see in the photo thru the windows it is pitch black outside. We all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed our time with each other. I was planning on writing a big post with lots of photos but I am feeling it is time to move passed the holidays and start the new year. So I will keep this short and sweet.

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I did want to share a supper easy treat Chloe and I made over the holidays that is fun and easy for little kids to make. You just need some small pretzels, Hershey kisses, & some M&M’s. You lay out the pretzels on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Then you place one Hershey kiss on each pretzel. Heat in the oven on low heat just long enough for the Hershey kiss to start to soften. Pull it out of the oven and let it cool just a bit so it is not to hot for the kids to touch but warm enough that it is still a bit soft. Then place 2 M&M’s on top of the soft Hershey kisses. Place tray in refrigerator until they set. Chloe had fun making this tray of treats.

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We put a few of these on a plate along with some milk for Santa and his reindeer to enjoy while he visited our house.

December was a tough month for me. I don’t want to get into too many details. After some unexpected events my biological Mother moved in with us for a little over 3 weeks in December. In this time we tried hard to get things in place to have her move to our state and set her all up with social services for her health and other needs. After all our efforts in the end our help was not wanted and she has moved back to where she was. A brief background on my mother – her and my Dad were divorced when I was 2 years old and my Father got custody of my older sister and I. My Dad raised me. I don’t have that whole bond where I feel some big connection to my mother. Even with out that bond I felt the need to try and help her. The whole experience was a huge eye opener and a learning experience. The sad part is that I had so little expectations for my mother and she still let me down. I normally would not post this kind of stuff but sometimes I feel the need to share incase it helps someone else that might be in a similar situation. Plus sometimes it is good to show the real side of life and that everything is not always rosy. Anywhoo, glad for the growing experience and super glad to be moving on.

I am looking forward to 2014. Of course I have an endless list of projects I would like to work on. We already have a few travel plans for 2014 that I am looking forward to. One of those trips is a family vacation where we finally get to see my new nephew that was born in 2013. I joined a Quilting bee for 2014 that starts up this month. My daughter turns 5 this year and will officially start kindergarten in the Fall. The list goes on and on of all the things I am looking forward to and am excited about.