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New Meaning to An Old Phrase

How many times have you said, “What did you do last night?”  Or, how many times have you been asked?  Well, two weeks ago I was running on empty, downing that eggnog shake, because I had been up literally the entire night before!  Well, I take that back….I did go to bed at 5….in the MORNING!  What was I doing?  Well, sewing and playing Words, of course! 

Remember those Christmas dresses mentioned in an earlier post? Well you know about those promises. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here they are…

And here they are on….

Merry Christmas!๏ปฟ
I had thought I was further along, than I was with these dresses.  Then a major distraction hit me head on, and THEN, Tall Guy had to make a trip to the ER for staples.  Get this…at basketball practice, he and a friend go up at the same time, and his friends tooth hits his arm.  No harm, no foul?  Not this time.  The tooth broke off in Tall Guys arm, to be found on the floor later, and, needless to say, sliced his arm like a knife.  Poor boys!  Tall Guy was in the ER that night, and Friend was in the dentist chair first thing the next morning.
AND  we were all at a basketball tournament by that afternoon. :p  I’m thinking a nap on the couch would have been oh, soooooo nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
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Brown Baggin’ It….(almost done;) )

Here we go…..one…more…time.   Hate to tell you, but it won’t be the last.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  The back of my Brown Bag quilt is done!  But……I don’t have a picture of it, completed.  I will show you what I do have pictures of. ๐Ÿ™‚

I saved this as blue and green make neutral. ๐Ÿ˜‰  See I found some black with leaves(the pic refused to upload :-/ ), and saved it as “closebutno”, you understand. So to make my back the size it needed to be, I simply added this allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way around.  It’s not too bad, if I do say  so myself.

 This is what  it looked like before I added the “blueandgreenmakeneutral.” 

 And….if it’s not lying perfectly flat, *ahem-clears throat*, it must be because my youngest, decided it was a great spot to take a rest. ๐Ÿ˜‰  She would be the reason I HAVE to use a cutting table.  Like her momma, she loves fabric, in fact, it must call to her, as it does me, because if a piece is spread out or put down, she is gonna be on it! :0)  Her name is Ella, and she is my cuddle buddy, nap partner and co-fabric hound.  Hehehe

My First Quilt

I started quilting in the summer of 1999, the quilting bug bit me good.  At that time I was VERY into rubberstamping.  I have a dear sister friend, Ms. Sarah Kate, who at the time was interested in my hobby.  So, one afternoon, she and her two littles, at the time, came on over and we set to stamping!  It was fun on overdrive.  When it was time for her to go home and get supper started, she invited me over for a quilting lesson the next week.  Well, I thought I’d never be able to figure it out, but we’d had such a good time that afternoon, what could it hurt?  Hehehe…. little did I know!!!  Seriously, stop and laugh here!  The next week I took my two littles, at the time(the one in the oven, too ๐Ÿ˜‰  ), and headed on over not knowing what to expect.  I was in wonder at her quilts, and at that time she was even selling to a gallery in Chicago.  HOW would I ever learn to DO that?  Weirdest thing happened…she pulled out a piece of paper.  Then she told me I was going to sew the fabric to the paper, and that would make a quilt block? Really?  I had seen my grandmothers and great-grandmothers quilt, and that was NOT how they did it.  But since I knew nothing, and it looked like she did, I decided to trust her. ๐Ÿ™‚  Ever so glad I did.

Paper piecing was a perfect way for a young mom to learn to quilt.  It required no math, even though I thoroughly enjoy that aspect of the process now, when your about brain dead from pregnancy and preschoolers, it’s kind of nice to just enjoy the creative process, without too much critical thinking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

She kindly sent me home with patterns and fabric.  Sarah Kate, have I ever said, “Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.”? 

Well, it wasn’t long(read *within the next two days) before I was out buying fabric, and I haven’t stopped yet!  Hehehehe…..

And, so, within a couple of weeks, I had made my first quilt… and it is entirely paper pieced, borders included. Lol  This quilt has been loved, washed, dried, thrown up on and I don’t even want to know what else…  So, the colors are a little faded, and my color choices certainly have changed, but here it is…

And the girl I made it for “then”…

And “now”….

My sweet Bonnie Love!  Who just happened to turn 13 last week.  Oh, how time goes by…
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